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Casa del Confidente- Urban Oasis, Welcome!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Completely Renovated 2 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath In Santa Ana Neighborhood

This unique, beautiful home gets it's name from the typical Yucatecan white bench found in the garden. Guests will see them throughout the city in parks and along Paseo Montejo.

The property has been completely renovated including new plumbing and electricity which was completed in 2014. It consists of 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a very well-equipped open kitchen with new appliances, granite countertops and an additional sink with a flitration system for drinking water, a spacious dining and living area with beamed 20ft ceilings to keep the home cool under the yucatecan sun.

The upstairs bedroom has an adjoining bathroom with local stone finishes and a tub and shower. The room has a queen-size bed, closet, chest of drawers and opens to a very large terrace which overlooks the garden.

The lower bedroom also has a queen-size bed, adjoining bathroom with shower. All faucets in the home are of high-quality and there is special pump installed to ensure excellent water pressure, as well as a water softener system. The lower bedroom has a candleplace, a romantic feature which provides the feel of a fireplace, without the unneccesary heat. This bedroom and bathroom have high, beamed ceilings.

The 1/2 bath is located on the main floor in a common area with access to the kitchen, stairs, and living area. In this area you'll find a desk which is perfect for planning the day's activities making use of the wireless internet connection provided.

Throughout the living and dining area, common area, stairs and bedrooms you'll find the beautiful 'tapetes' (decorative cement rugs) typical of the original flooring found in colonial homes in the historic center. The doors, windows, closets and cabinetry are all made of cedar by local carpenters. The flooring in the kitchen is Saltillo tile. The flooring on the terrace and patio is artisanal clay. There is extensive stone work in the home and patios even some exposed 'mamposteria' (heavy stone walls) for aestetic purposes.

The home has a washer and dryer located in the garden area.

The covered patio off the kitchen is the perfect place to enjoy a snack or meal while you enjoy the view of the garden. The pool and garden area is a fantastic place to unwind after a long day exploring the city and area or simply to spend the day lounging by and in your filtered glass-tiled plunge pool. The high walls of the back yard provide complete privacy while you enjoy the deck chairs, or relax in the pool. The garden is home to two large fruit trees and many plants which help to create your oasis in the historic center. Welcome home!

More Details

Steven Johnson
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Steven Johnson

Casa del Confidente is owned by a Merida-born businessman currently living in Cancun and a US-born manager of the property. This home was remodeled, renovated and decorated specifically with our guests in mind. Our goal was to provide a well-equipped home for travelers to enjoy, that would be decidedly Yucatecan. ALL furnishings, cookware, linens, appliances... (everything!) has been purchased to provide the best possible experience for our guests. As such you'll find the home is nicely furnished, well-appointed and great care has been taken to update and modernize the property while respecting the charming aspects of a typical colonial home in Merida.

Steven Johnson purchased this house in 2008

Why Steven Johnson chose Centro

Casa del Confidente is very much a Yucatecan home. There are features in every room and the patio that affords guests a decidedly unique vacation experience in Merida. Best of all, the home is managed by the owners. This allows us to provide the type of service and attention that our guests deserve. We purchased this home in 2008 because of it's proximity to Santa Ana park and the city center. It's convenient, and while Calle 62 is a busy street with bus service (7 pesos per ride). Every effort has been taken to minimize street noise, by installing special glass Doors and Window on the street side of the home. Since the home is located in the bustling city center, The bedrooms have both been situated so that outside noise is minimized. Evenings and weekends are generally very peaceful in the neighborhood as it is residential.

What makes this house unique

In spite of the fact that the home was in dire need of TLC, the owners saw the potential and liked the fact that it isn't far from where Alejandro grew up in the historic center. The owners designed and supervised the construction and renovation. Special care was taken to leave the home with every modern convenience, while integrating features that make this home unmistakably Yucatecan. Guests will note several features, including the 'truck' (typical railroad cart used to transport hennequen and other goods) raised to form the kitchen island workspace. Woodwork, metalwork, decorative glasswork, (lamps as well as a stained glass window) and masonry features were all designed and commissioned by local artisans. Main floor doorway borders as well as murals found in the 1/2 bath and master bath were hand painted by a very talented local artist.

You'll find this area of the historic center to be the perfect base for your time in Merida. You'll be mere blocks from the famous Paseo de Montejo, with it's restaurants, museums, and activities. Noche Mexicana ( each Saturday night) is about 4 blocks away, Thursdays in Santa Lucia (serenata) is 6 blocks. The slow food market on Sats. is 6 blocks


Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs Ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Downstairs Ensuite
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Toilet and Sink (Off Common Area)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1- Upstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2-Main Floor - 1 queen
  • Upper Bedroom, Chest of Drawers, plenty of closet space, Queen Size Bed, Small Bedside Tables, Lamp
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Casa del Confidente- Urban Oasis, Welcome!
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Fantastic home- beautiful city

  • 5 of 5

This lovely house has everything you need for your stay in Merida. The location is good- close to the old town but just removed enough to feel more private. The owners are fantastic and very willing to help- they arranged a driver for us to take a couple of day trips. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kenyon! It was a pleasure to meet and host you and your family on your return trip to Merida!
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Wellington, NZ

Simply excellent!

  • 5 of 5

Superlatives don't nearly do Steven's home justice. Simply put, a sublime place to stay if you're fortunate enough to spend some time here.

Steven has literally thought of everything and his home is beautifully styled with small touches in every corner.

Steven's communication from our first booking so many months back has been second to none and our arrival was so easy.

Steven, thanks so much for sharing your home and being such a gracious host.

We hope you make that trip to NZ one day!

Ian & MaiLynn

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ian and MaiLynn! It was a pleasure to meet you both and have you enjoy Casa del Confidente! Enjoy the rest of your vacation!
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We loved the house, location, clean, safe...

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in a few vacation rental homes. Never have we felt so well taken care of. Steven, came to welcome us and showed everything about the house. This made the stay stay feel like visiting family. The house was spotless. Everything was perfect. The beds and bedding felt clean and fresh (very important for us). The kitchen was beautiful. Having filtered drinking water and a glass pitcher. Is more eco friendly I loved that! Thank you! We can't wait to comeback and enjoy El Confidente house.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Anel! It was a pleasure to meet the three of you, and have you stay in Casa del Confidente. We'll gladly welcome you back anytime, thanks for taking such great care of the home. Happy travels, steven
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Beyond Expectations!!!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Del Confidente is truly a beautiful and authentic Mayan experience not to be missed! Steven (owner/property manager and extraordinaire) is not only a kind, thoughtful and generous host but an ambassador to Merida's history and culture. Thanks for an absolutely amazing vacation!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thanks Judy! We're so glad you chose Casa del Confidente to be your home during your stay in Merida. It was great to meet you and we'll both look forward to seeing you when your travels bring you back to Merida. Thanks to both you and Kyle!
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This is the property other VRBO properties should be judged against.

  • 5 of 5

Casa del Confidente is not just the nicest VRBO home that I've stayed in, it's the nicest accommodations I've stayed in ever. It was like stepping into a design program on television - it was hard to believe we were staying in a place so beautiful. It doesn't stop there, though - the place is incredibly clean and Steven has thought of everything, from complimentary toothpaste and soap to maps and local information to ear plugs for those who may find the street noise a bit much at night. There are two big bedrooms with beautiful en suites and a third half bath, a gorgeous outdoor area, a rooftop balcony, a huge kitchen with all the appliances that you could hope for, a pool for cooling off in the afternoons, and laundry facilities. The location is unreal as well - just a few blocks away from the historic downtown core and two blocks off of the beautiful Paseo de Montejo. I hope to one day return to Merida and if I do it will be staying at the Casa del Confidente.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Clay! We're glad you enjoyed Casa del Confidente. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family, and we'd be happy to see you again should your travels bring you back to Merida. Thanks!
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Casa del Confidente

  • 5 of 5

It was great to back at Casa Del Confidente . Once again we loved staying there. We stayed for a month in 2015 and it felt like coming home this year. Steven and Alejandro were wonderful, once again.

If you want a beautiful home in Centro Merida, with everything you need, this is the place to be.

Hopefully we can return in 2017.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jim and Jeannie, we enjoyed seeing you again! Steven and Alejandro
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Car: not necessary

Casa del Confidente is conveniently located a few blocks from the Paseo de Montejo and Santa Ana Park. Taxi stands in the park allow for easy access to the whole city and beyond. Inexpensive(7pesos) pass in front of the house regularly.




Additional information about rental rates

We prefer not to "nickle and dime" guests. Compare other rentals- electricity policy- cleaning fee- extras? We charge rent- which includes gas, taxes, internet, cable, filtered drinking water-you get the idea ; ). The rent includes NORMAL use electricity. (explanation follows!)

Security/Excess Electrical Usage Deposit. A $300 deposit payable in cash ON CHECK-IN- is held until check-out. IN TWO SEASONS ALL guests received ALL of their deposit back on check-out by returning the home in excellent condition and making good use of the electricity. (turning off when you leave the home) Any questions please ask! Our Canadian guests may leave the deposit in CAD$ to avoid changing currency. We return the same bills when you check out. (assuming normal use)

Guest Cancellation Policy: If Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation prior to sixty (60) days before the Check-In Date; the Reservation Deposit will be refunded in full, minus a $100 service charge, provided that the Homeowner is able to re-rent the property. If, however, Homeowner is unable to re-rent the property, the entire Reservation Deposit is forfeited. No cancellations will be permitted less than sixty (60) days prior to the Check-in Date. We are a small operation and unable to absorb the losses for dates that aren't rented, but blocked on our calendar. If you believe that you might be cancelling, we recommend guests purchase travelers insurance for protection.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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