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Fabulous Location - Calle 55 in Santiago, Centro Merida

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Constructed in the 1960's by a local engineer/builder, this Art Deco house was originally a gift to his daughter. She was a prima ballerina and a loved celebrity in Merida. This house is dedicated to her talent and her life.

Located in the Santiago neighborhood of Centro Merida (fondly referred to as 'Gringo Gulch') this lovingly restored two story tropical home is in the heart of an area that is rated as one of the best from which to explore all that the beautiful city of Merida has to offer. Close to many restaurants, shops, medical facilities, this house is a 2 block walk to The Merida English Library, 2 blocks to Santiago Square, 3 blocks to Santa Lucia Square and a 9 block walk to the Plaza Grande (Zocolo).

Newly restored and updated, the house retains the allure and charm of it's original period design while offering contemporary updates and modern amenities. Ceiling heights in all rooms are 11', which gives the house a lofty and airy feel while still maintaining intimacy which can be lacking in older colonial homes. Individually controlled air conditioning units, pressurized and softened water system, kitchen with dishwasher and microwave (and exit to the terrance and pool), beautifully outfitted bathrooms contribute to the comfort of this home.

Upstairs, both comfortable bedrooms have queen beds, custom-padded headboards, individually controlled air conditioning units and ceiling fans. They have French doors that open onto the second level terrace that offers cooling breezes, custom-designed, locally crafted furniture and tree-top views of the distant cathedral towers. Beautiful mood lighting make this a spectacular area for evening cocktails and entertaining.

Below in the garden, the filtered plunge pool was inspired by local 'cenotes' (the Yucatan's famous subterranean hidden fresh water lagoons). Large enough for 4 to 6 people, the lighted pool is backed by a blue rock wall that was hand built by local Maya stone workers. Flanking the pool are tropical plants that surround and envelope it with their huge undulating, exotic leaves. Finally, an outdoor shower completes this serene garden and pool setting.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

About The Owner

We have traveled to many destinations in Mexico and ultimately chose Merida as a place to purchase vacation property based on the history, culture and warmth of the people in this beautiful city. This home had been neglected for many years when we discovered it and we have given it a total renovation to return it to its original beauty and charm, while updating the systems to modern standards.

We frequently visit and enjoy our house. When we are not in Merida, we offer it as a comfortable vacation getaway in the heart of this vibrant urban destination.

The Owner purchased this house in 2006

Why The Owner chose Merida

Merida was our city of choice for vacation property ownership because of the culture, warmth and friendly spirit of the local residents, ease of travel, safety of the community and access to shopping and excellent medical care.

What makes this house unique

Airport pick up is available at an additional charge.

English-speaking property managers are local residents.

Food shopping, cultural activities and restaurants are a short walk from the house.

You can be relaxing on the sunny Gulf of Mexico beaches after a 40 minute drive north of the city.

Close proximity to the historical Mayan world and ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal are within a 2 hour drive.


Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2) Comfortable queen beds are featured in both bedrooms.
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Fabulous Location - Calle 55 in Santiago, Centro Merida
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Shhhhhhhhh! Don't tell anyone about this home!

  • 5 of 5

This is by far the best place we have stayed in.

Location - perfect (close to several good coffee shops & restaurants)

Outside space - perfect (plunge pool with waterfall to enjoy after a long day of shopping/ sightseeing)

Bedrooms - perfect ( both looked on to a roof-top garden setting)

Kitchen (since a professional chef owns this home) - very well equipped.

Manager was very accommodating. Met us when we arrived and walked us through the home. Took some time with us.

We can't wait to go back next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this glowing review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay in our Merida home. We have always wanted this house to be as comfortable and welcoming to our guests as possible. And we're very proud to work with our Merida management team that takes very good care of our guests. We look forward to having you back next year!
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Wonderful casa and location!

  • 4 of 5

We spent five weeks in Casa Paul and absolutely loved it! The home itself is lovely with handsome decor, a great patio and cenote, comfortable beds, and an amazing fully-equipped kitchen. The location is excellent-within walking distance to almost any place we wanted to go but far enough away from the chaos closer to Plaza Grande. In addition, Merida Rentals, the management company, was superb. Javier, Carlos and LeAnn were always available and willing to go above and beyond. We can highly recommend this property to anyone vacationing in Merida.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montreal,Quebec, Canada

A beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

A great place in a great location. Well equipped and centrally located for easy access to all our needs. We had a very enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and thoughtful review of our home in Merida. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your stay there and your visit to Merida. It was our pleasure to host you and I truly hope you plan a return visit to this beautiful city (and hopefully our home) again.
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Dennis & Tony

  • 5 of 5

We loved Casa Paul and the location. The Casa is very comfortable, stylish, and well equipt. The location is minutes away from a wonderful local market, grocery store, and in walking distance to downtown and many great places to eat. The Merida English Libray is very close and the volunteer staff is very helpful. We attended the Libray sponsored home tour one morning and wine tasting one evening.

The pictures do not do the Casa justice. We plan to go back next year for two weeks. We cannot say enough nice things about the owner, the Casa, or Merida. We are totally hooked.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a haven!

  • 5 of 5

Paul's house is incredible, and one of the best rentals I've ever used. The house is enormous, spacious, and has air conditioning in every room. And the cenote! It was so nice to dip into this after a long hot day, and then read on the patio. The pictures here really don't do it justice.

We had some issues with hot water the first day, but as they provided a cell phone with the management's numbers, we called them to ask about it and they came by immediately to turn up the boiler. Really excellent attention to this.

We would not hesitate to return here, and you should not hesitate to book this place. For those worried about safety, don't. The place is VERY secure, and on a quiet, quiet street very close to Merida's zocalo.

The stairs in the condo are steep and concrete, so if you have trouble ascending, this may not be for you, since both bedrooms are there.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the glowing review! We have tried to make our house as much of a home for everyone as possible and we are thrilled that we met your expectations. We love Merida and are so happy to share our home and beautiful city with you!
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Athens, Georgia

Magnificent Place!

  • 5 of 5

We spent just 2 nights here, but we fell in love with the property. We kind of wish now that we had stayed here the whole time while vacationing in Mexico - and then took day trips to see points of interests. But, there is always next time. The house is very well decorated and stocked, and very clean. This was a hassle-free place to rent. The house is located in a good neighborhood, and offers the ability to walk and/or take public transportation to restaurants, etc. I highly recommend this property. We hope to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Centro House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
May 1 2017 - Nov 1 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $600

Electrical usage is not included in rental rates. Cost of electricity will be charged based on meter readings at arrival and departure. Cost of electricity will be deducted from damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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