MEXICO CITY (November 6, 2006) "“ Less than 180 miles from the seaside resort town of Cancun lies Mérida, capital of the Yucatan and home to ancient Mayan ruins, historic colonial architecture and breathtaking natural wonders.

Now through December 31, 2006, travelers seeking an enriching vacation experience can book the "Discover Mérida" package at the Presidente InterContinental Villa Mercedes Mérida, the city's newest hotel.

The "Discover Mérida" package includes deluxe room accommodations (double occupancy) and two of the following three options: a guided Mérida city tour, daily breakfast or an upgrade to an elegant suite. Rates start at USD$102 per night, exclusive of taxes and children 6-12 stay free with parents. To book the "Discover Mérida" package call 800-327-0200 or make your arrangements online at

The 127-room Presidente InterContinental Villa Mercedes Mérida, which debuted in February 2006, is designed in a residential art nouveau style and set in a 19th century mansion located just 300 feet from the Paseo Montejo, a broad tree-lined avenue built in the late 1880s to resemble the Champs Elysees in Paris. Today, the popular thoroughfare is lined with museums, upscale shops, restaurants, cafés and mansions.

The Plaza Grande, just a short walk from the hotel, is Mérida’s main square, surrounded by 16th-century Spanish colonial structures and the oldest cathedral in the Americas, built with materials from a Mayan temple.

The hotel's concierge service can make arrangements to visit area attractions, including the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, the flamingo preserve at Celestún, or a tour of Mérida's network of cenotes "“ ancient cisterns and caves with underground pools for swimming.

The Presidente InterContinental Villa Mercedes Mérida reflects the city's colonial past, while offering all the services and amenities one would expect from an international hotel brand with a respected reputation. Elegance is reflected in the architecture, with grand arches and terraces framed by sculpted stone. The hotel, just nine miles from the Mérida International Airport, also offers modern touches, including wireless high speed internet access, plasma televisions, and several 24-hour services. For more information visit