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La Misión de Fray Diego

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is full of history and charm, being a converted convent. The location is excellent, being walking distance to the many restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel has a beautiful courtyard and pool area. The rooms were very comfortable.The welcome cocktails were a nice touch! My Husband and I booked massages with the wonderful Gabby, who comes to the Hotel - would highly recommend after a day of sightseeing! We would highly recommend this Hotel, and hope to return one day in the future.

We stayed here for several nights and we were so pleased with the accommodations. Very comfortable rooms, and a beautiful courtyard and pool. We had breakfast here each morning and the meals were delicious. It is very close to the city center so a short walk took us to the heart of evening activity and restaurants, but then we were tucked away in this beautiful little hotel away from crowds each night. I would definitely recommend La Mission de Fray Diego the history of it and the stay were very memorable. I would hope to stay there again.

Loved the location, hotel is beautiful, restaurant was very good. My complaint is that the air conditioner was extremely loud and made sleep very difficult. The fan wouldn't work without the light being on so that wasn't an option.

The hotel is very atmospheric and just a short walk from the main square. The restaurant was quite good, and the staff very helpful. Only thing keeping from a 5-star rating was the lack of hot water one morning. Felt very comfortable staying there. Our rooms, in the forecourt, had a nearly soundproof extra door since the originals are so old - it eliminated the street noise, which was not distracting when you're actually sitting in the courtyard.

A cute, historical hotel. Excellent service (incl valet parking) and the food (breakfast and the restaurant) was great. Close to the main square, but we used it mainly for our trip to Uxmal. The hotel was nice and quiet and we did not hear the sounds from the city! Would visit again.

Small refrigerator in room would be nice. Filiberto from restaurant staff was Outstanding! Went above and beyond to assist with anything we needed during our stay. Perfect location, very safe, close to everything! Would definitely stay again.

A brilliant hotel to explore Merida from. Great service, great food, both breakfast and dinner were excellent. Very different hotel being once a convent. Very nice but small pool in the original courtyard.

We came to Merida for a week, and stayed at the Fray Diego. The street it is located on is very busy and noisy, with a bus stop across the street from it. However, once you enter the first courtyard, the noise is minuscule. Check-in was quick and easy. Be aware that there is no elevator, but the steps are wide and have handrails. Room was quite large, with clothes storage in the entertainment unit. Rooms have both a ceiling fan and a/c, and even through 100 degree F weather, we were able to spend much of the time with just the fan. We ate breakfast twice in the little restaurant. Food was very good, with fast service. The waiters do ask several times for your room number, in Spanish, and they speak quite rapidly, so it is a little disconcerting when you're trying to use your High School Spanish from 40 years ago. The Mision is only 1.5 blocks from the Zocalo, the Catedral, Governor's Mansion, and many historic sites. I would recommend finding a guide to walk you through all the historic places and explain the significance of each one. Just the Catedral alone is worth whatever the guide charges. We paid $200 MX for ours, but he was a free-lance guide, not a registered one. I don't know how much they charge. I do believe each one has his/her own store that they are affiliated with, and will send you to it after the tour. They will tell you that all the others have merchandise that is made in China or somewhere else, and that theirs is locally made by the Mayan people, with all proceeds going back into the Mayan community. We spent our entire week in the Zocalo area, and on the last day took a horse-drawn buggy ride through town. It is well worth the money, and they will offer the ride to you based on how prosperous you look. Don't be hesitant to haggle over the price. Seeing a different (rich) part of town and going slowly enough for great photo ops makes the price worth it. The rides are about 40 minutes. If you have to choose 1 or 2 days to head to Merida Centro, be sure to experience either a Saturday or Sunday. The Zocalo comes alive with food, music, booths selling everything from honey to foam lizards and clothes. We spent from March 28 to April 3 there, and it was hothothot. Over 100 F several of the days. Make sure to hydrate and use sunscreen. Favorite place to eat was Las Vigas Restaurant, on the 2nd floor of a hotel 2.5 blocks from the Mision. Cheap food and beer, a/c, and fast efficient service brought us back 3 of the 6 nights. Best place we found. FYI, for those taking the bus from Merida to Cancun Airport!!!!! The bus leaves from the Fiesta Americana bus terminal, which is a long long long long way to walk. Take a taxi, or give yourself at least 1.5 hours for the walk time. We walked to the main terminal and bought the tickets, but found out that the times they had listed on the bus schedule were for going into Cancun itself, not the airport. This is a wonderful adventure, and the people are incredible. We will come back again for a longer stay next time!

The review here is more for Asians 1. For tourists coming from Asia who are non-Christian or non-Catholics, the room can be too daunting as there is this huge cross just next to the bed. When I say huge, it is really much bigger than any you have ever seen in other hotels (refer to picture). Imagination runs wild easily if you are of different religion. The room was actually satisfactory and spacious but I was glad to leave the hotel after 2 nights as I did not sleep well. To cater for Asian travelers from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, China and Singapore, maybe they can have more standard rooms that are not so daunting. 2. The breakfast ONLY serves one glass of juice/a plate of fresh fruits. Any additional glass of juice you need to pay. I was not told till I finished my breakfast which was included in the package. Remember coffee is free flow but not the juices. So in my humble opinion, is better to choose a plate of fresh fruits than a glass of fresh juice from a bottle. 3. Wifi is very weak in the room with sudden disconnection. You need to go to the lobby or restaurant to get good connection. 4. The pool in the night changes colors with its lighting. It will sparkles and change from blue, yellow, violet, red to green. The ironic part is after seeing how the colors change, it is not inviting and you may want to avoid getting into the pool totally as you may be afraid of being electrocuted. 5. Good thing is you are staying in a historical place and is near to the main plaza. A bit confusing in the beginning but slowly you will make your way around 6. For tourists from States/Europe/Philippines and the western world, you will love this historical hotel

This is a historic convent in heart of city. Beautifully restored. Rooms are large, clean, confortable. Staff are friendly, accomodating. Ask for room overlooking pool. Location difficult to find. Make sure you have a map.

Calle 61, 524 entre 64 y 66, Col Centro Merida YUC

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Centro, La Misión de Fray Diego is within a 5-minute walk of sights such as Plaza Grande and Montejo House. This 26-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's in central Merida and also a short walk from Merida Cathedral and Macay Museum.


This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. Start each morning with continental breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 11 AM.


La Misión de Fray Diego's 26 recently renovated rooms provide washers/dryers, ceiling fans, and safes. 32-inch LED TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Phones, ironing boards, and desks are also available.

Property features

Renovated in 2015, La Misión de Fray Diego offers an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the shuttle from the hotel to the airport (available 24 hours). The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Special room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Suite, 1 Bedroom, Hot Tub, Garden View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite, 1 Bedroom, Hot Tub, Garden View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 290 reviews