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La Casa del Tio Rafa Reviews

Calle 65 #589 x 72y74 Centro, Merida, Mexico

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122 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 71%Facilities

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We really enjoyed our stay here. The breakfasts were great and the owner Rafa was lovely! Great part of town as there were lots more local bars/eateries.


This hostel is a wonderful place to stay. Tio Rafa is very generous and hospitable. Staying at this hostel felt like staying in a second home. He made a wonderful pancake breakfast in the morning and we were able to eat in the comfortable backyard equipped with tables, and hammocks. Sheets were provided, and the mattresses were suitable. The price was excellent and the location was good enough. It was about a ten minute walk from the hostel to the center of town.

  • 9th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Rafa is such an awesome host! His breakfasts were always delicious and fresh off the stove! Our room was always clean and comfortable. The only thing was there was no hot water. But other than that, we recommend staying with Rafa!


Its annoying that we cannot have a key.. you need to ask everytime you wanna go out..


I stayed for four nights. First, the locations is great. It is close from Bus Station and it takes for 15 minutes from Main Square. Second, rooom and bathroom are old and poor. Bed and sheet are clean but the quality is poor. Rooms are very hot even though there is a large fan in ceiling. It is very hard to sleep. Bathroom is in poor condition. Men's bathroom does not have tile on the wall. Shower booth water level is very low. Third, common kitchen is quite messy because they display food.


Rafa was friendly and cooked a great breakfast for us every morning. The rooms were hot and not air conditioned so we didn't get much sleep because of the heat and the mosquitos but this was made up for in the atmosphere and awesome people we met.


10-15min from the bus stations and zocalo. Our dorm had big lockers. When we were there, there was only 2 more guess so it was quiet. My only concern was the ladies' washroom, the shower was weak, no hot water (or rather hot water took a while to come out so I showered before it ever came.) But since it was so hot, it wasn't a dealbreaker for me.


A small, homely hostel 10 minutes walk from the main square. Rafa is an incredibly friendly host, who makes a great & different breakfast every morning for his guests. Helpful with information &very friendly to chat to. The hostel is undergoing a few restorations, therefore the small garden is mostly unaccessible. The bathrooms are clean-ish but unfortunately the ladies shower was no more than a cold dribble - I can't speak for the men's shower. Also the spacious rooms are hot, even with fans.


We had great expectations for this hostel but were sadly disappointed. The backyard, the reason we choose this place was a absolute mess full of rubble from the roof being replaced lots of wires and bags of cement everywhere I never saw anyone go out there once. Bathrooms were dingy & dirty with bad water pressure. The sad part is the host was super lovely and helpful but the lack of chill space and scorching hot dorms was tough especially as the mattresses were covered in plastic.


Had a great time here, Rafa is very friendly and helpful and looks after his guests very well.


Too, the owner is very nice and a good cook. He also meets people everyday at the bus station which is nearby. He has 2 staff for the next 3 months. One is British and the other is American. They are both very friendly and will socialise with guests.


This place would be 100% except that there is no wifi in the private rooms because they are detached from the main building. I think Rafa should buy another router or whatever they're called. : - ) Rafa, the owner, is the best. Full of information about everything it seems. Breakfast every morning was either fried eggs, pancakes or fresh fruit. A nice touch.

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