Hotel del Gobernador: A Majestic Landmark in Merida’s Downtown

Mérida is considered the oldest continually-occupied city in the Americas.

Carved Maya stones from the ancient Mayan city of T’ho were widely used to build the Spanish colonial buildings that are plentiful in downtown Mérida, and that are visible in the walls of the main cathedral.

Much of Mérida’s architecture from the colonial period through the 18th and 19th centuries is still standing in the centro histórico of this city.

The city was founded on January 6th, 1542; and it was traced in the style of Spanish colonial cities of the sixteenth century: straight and parallel streets, running from north to south and from east to west.


Existant roads that connected respected Mayan villages were transformed into the main streets: the road to the village of “Cupules” is Calle 59; the way to Ah Kin Chel is now Calle 63; and the road heading north to Ceh Pech and south to Chacan is today Calle 60.

From colonial times through the mid-19th century, Mérida was a walled city intended to protect the residents from periodic revolts by the indigenous Maya. Several of the old Spanish city gates survive, but modern Mérida has expanded well beyond the old city walls.

During the first half of the XX Century, Mérida starts growing and the mansions of Paseo de Montejo are built, the railroad joins Yucatan with the rest of Mexico and hotels start to appear in the Center of the City.

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“Hotel del Gobernador” has been well established in the Historical Center of the “White City” for almost 30 years now, and it has become a A Majestic Landmark in Merida’s Downtown.

On November 22nd 1977, Mr. Eduardo Mendez Puerto from Mérida Yucatán, acquired the property formerly known as “Hotel El Español”, located on Calle 59 (x 66), Downtown, Mérida.

The Hotel featured 11 rooms, one cafeteria, a paint shop, a “Mexicana Airlines” office and a small parking lot.

After one year of operations, the owners obtained a credit from the National Tourism Fund (Fondo Nacional de Turismo: FONATUR), and an extension of the facility was built, resulting in 59 rooms, one restaurant, five shops and a central space with a swimming pool.


On July 11th, 1981, “El Hotel del Gobernador” was open to the public.

And on December 17th of the same year, Francisco Luna Kan, who was the Governor of Yucatan at the time, presided a ceremony announcing to the media the official inauguration of this new hotel in the downtown area.

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In the year 1983 a new remodeling work took place, providing the facility with 5 new commercial spaces and a brand new Conference / Events Room called “El Parlamento”.


On May 1987 the building next door is bought, and the occupation goes up to 61 hotel rooms, an accounting office and a larger parking lot are built as well.

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By June 1992, another property located on Calle 59 is acquired and added to the hotel.

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On January 23rd 1997, Mr. Eduardo Mendez Puerto inherited the hotel to their 5 daughters on equal terms. And on the same year, the Mendez family invests on a new remodeling project, raising the number of rooms to 80.


Now in the XXI Century, Hotel del Gobernador is one of the most convenient and strategically located hotels in our city, featuring 86 comfortable fully equipped rooms to enjoy a relaxing stay.

When staying with us, you will find your quarters overlooking the greatness of the “White City” historic downtown, from a unique angle.

We provide all the most important services such as: FREE Wireless Internet / Electronic room key / Cable T.V. /
Air Conditioning / Swimming Pool / Hair Dryer in All Rooms / Room Service / Car Rental / Safety Deposit Boxes (Free of Charge at the Front Desk)  / External Medical Service 24 hours a day. (At Extra Charge) / Laundry & Dry Cleaning and an Executive Office with Secretarial Assistence, Computer & Internet Facilities, among many other features.

Planning a trip to Merida? Give us a call and make your reservation today!

Call toll free 01 800 712 04 33, or  011 52 (999) 930 41 41

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Hotel del Gobernador: A Majestic Landmark in Merida’s Downtown



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