Cozy Charming Casita with Pool; Centro Historico
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
Casa de la Cruz is a small, charming colonial-style home with a courtyard garden, tiled-roof terraza, plunge pool and modern amenities. It is most comfortable for two adults, and ideal for those seeking a genuine, local experience.
The casita features traditional high ceilings, vibrant hacienda colors, antique wooden doors, Mexican pasta tile floors, and wrought-iron rejas adorning large windows looking to a central courtyard, which gives the house a bright and airy feeling.
It offers a living room, dining room, modern kitchen, full bath, laundry, and a separate main bedroom across an interior courtyard. The main bedroom provides a bright, traditional Mexico design with a custom-made queen size bed, plenty of closet space, and air conditioning. Up to two additional guests can be accommodated in the sala (living room) utilizing the custom-made day beds, which were designed to transform into a second queen-size bed.
ROOM BY ROOM TOUR : Entering from the sunny front courtyard, antique wooden front doors open to a cozy living room/sala. With high ceilings and a large window overlooking the courtyard, the room is naturally airy and full of light. There are two comfortable custom-made day beds, which can combine into a second queen-size bed when easily moved together.
The light and airy feel continues in the dining room, with a large window looking to the pool. In the center is a rustic dining table that seats four comfortably. Traditional 'hamaca' (hammock) hooks dot the east and west walls of the dining room. Experience the traditional Yucatecan hammocks provided for guest use (VERY comfortable!).
The updated kitchen offers a granite counter, natural stone back splash, modern appliances including new refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, coffee maker, cooking utensils, and table service for four.
The bath is modern with a stone sink, tiled walk-in shower, new hot water heater, and sky light. It's outfitted with ample towels for both bath and pool. Just beyond, is a small interior courtyard that holds a separate laundry room for guest use.
Across the courtyard is the separate air-conditioned bedroom. The quiet, comfortable room looks out to the pool and courtyard. Designed in an authentic Mexican style, it offers a custom-made queen-size bed, a ceiling fan above, an office desk area, and generous closet/shelf space.
A stone privacy wall secludes the outdoor living areas - a sunny front courtyard, garden, a central courtyard with a tiled-roof terraza (more hamaca hooks) and a 10' x 15' (approx. 3.25 m x 5 m) plunge pool, perfect for relaxing after a day in the Mayan sun.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES & ARRIVAL : Casa de la Cruz is comfortably appointed and includes hi-speed wifi, cable TV, a Telcel Amigo pre-pay phone for guest stays, and bottled water delivered for drinking and cooking. There is a safe available for guest use during their stay, large enough for laptops. Daily or periodic housekeeping service during longer stays can be arranged for about $25 per visit.
Public transportation stops across the street from the front of house. The bus ride to Parque Central/downtown is 6 pesos. It's the true way to have a local, Merida experience.
Casa de la Cruz is located15 minutes from Mérida's airport. Exiting the main terminal, a “Taxi Sítio” offers fixed fares to Centro and Casa de la Cruz. The cost for up to 3 persons is about $200 pesos ($15 USD). The ADO bus station is approximately 10 minutes by taxi (50 pesos/$3.20 USD). For rental cars, street parking is generally easily available in front of the house (opposite side).
Member since: 2011
- 1050 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Non Smoking Only
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Satellite / Cable
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Sight Seeing
Approximately 30-40 minutes to Progreso, a quaint beach village on the Northern Yucatan coast with restaurants under thatched huts on the sand and a waterfront boardwalk (malecon) with shops....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Dining Room
- Seating for 4 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Basic Soaps
- Bottled Water
- Ceiling Fans
- Free Local Calls
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Area
- Living Room
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Mobile Phone
- Paper Towels
- Parking On Street
- Sofa Bed
- Split-System Air Conditioning
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Pantry Items
- Beach Towels
- Deck / Patio
- Fully Fenced Property
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Entertainment Area
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
- In Ground Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool
- Housekeeper Optional
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Oct 1 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Departure Cleaning Fee $85
- Property Damage Protection $59
Signed, written rental agreement required.
Owner's cancellation policy:
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Car: Not Necessary
Casa de la Cruz is located in a traditional residential area of Colonia Santiago, one of the oldest colonias in Merida. Five blocks from Casa de la Cruz is Parque Santiago, a quaint tree-filled public square, with a traditional Mexican church founded in 1637. A market is located next to the church, with fruits and vegetables, meats, and a good flower selection. There are a host of excellent cocina economicas, sundries stores, and an ice cream store along the market. There is also big band music (Tuesday nights), dancing, fairs and temporary markets. Surrounding the park you can find a coffee house, grocery store (Aki), a drugstore, and a movie theatre. The Santiago district is to the west and north of Plaza Grande, about a 15-20 minute walk.
Casa de la Cruz is a good home base for day trips to Mayan ruins at Dzilbilchaltun, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza. It is also an easy day trip to the Yucatan beaches (Progreso), cenotes, and the colonial city of Izamal.
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: We are long-time partners with our primary home in Napa, California - when we aren't enjoying adventures in the Yucatan. We work in management consulting, graphic design and communications when we have to - but we'd secretly prefer just moving to Merida.
Why the Owner Chose Barrio de Santiago, Mérida, Yuc., Mexico:
Our first experience with Merida and the Yucatan was 35 years ago when one of us was an exchange student in Mexico, with a dream to stay there. That plan was interrupted by college and a career until 2008, when we went together on an exploratory trip and decided it was something that we wanted to do. We chose Merida because it offers all of the modern urban amenities intermixed with rich culture, history, and architecture. But more than anything, the people of Merida are incredibly warm and friendly, and we find the lifestyle to be simple, peaceful, and relaxing.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Casa de la Cruz captured our attention because it is a small colonial house, oriented to outdoor living within a traditional and genuine neighborhood. We appreciate its simplicity and minimalism, but also enjoy being there because it always feels full of life. We have tried to keep it true to its origins. We enjoy our great neighbors, the simple neighborhood things like beeping tricycles with fresh baked goods every evening, walking to Parque Santiago for lunch or a movie, and being close, but not directly in the midst of Merida's major tourist attractions. We've come to really enjoy the easy day-trips to the beach in Progreso, always taking the bus to get there. Not to mention the hammocks, pool, and terraza right at the house where it's easy to spend a week without doing anything.
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Private pool courtyard area with tiled-roof terrace
Front courtyard; fountain, connects to pool patio
Living room with custom day bed (converts to 2nd queen-size bed)
Living room; vibrant hacienda colors; day bed
Dining room with pasta tile floors, looking to kitchen with chimenea
Dining Room at night
Kitchen at evening, open to dining room
Outdoor patio dining, poolside
Garden Night Time Magic
Entry door with stone wall enclosing courtyard
House entry door from front courtyard
Main bedroom, with A/C, desk, large closet, screened windows to pool/courtyard
Living room with day beds converted to queen-size
Dining room looking to living room with Mission table, and window to courtyard.
Kitchen, simple but fully equipped with utensils, table service, stainless steel appliances
Interior courtyard leading to main bedroom
Bathroom, stone sink, walk-in shower
Outdoor Dining Table Poolside
Bicycles for guests to enjoy the Sunday bike route thru the historic district.
Traditional Yucatecan hamacas (hammocks) included
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Sunday, December 04, 2016
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