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Casa del Confidente- Urban Oasis, Welcome!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Steven Johnson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

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 Merida

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

Amenities

Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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)
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Casa del Confidente- Urban Oasis, Welcome!
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
5

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: Mar 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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5

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: Mar 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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5

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: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jim and Jeannie, we enjoyed seeing you again! Steven and Alejandro
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Nanaimo, BC, Canada
5

A little bit of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

What can I say about Casa del Confidente that hasn't been said all ready? Absolutely Nothing!!!

What has been written in previous reviews covers everything about this beautiful home away from

home. The photos on the VRBO site do not do this outstanding home justice. It far exceeds all expectations. The pool, a fully stocked kitchen, and all the necessities of home are all right there. Cleaning supplies, laundry care, toiletries, right down to the spices in the kitchen have all been provided. Ask and you shall receive. Be careful what you say about what you left behind or couldn't bring with you, because Steven will bring it to you the next day. He wants you to have everything you need, so you can have the perfect holiday.

My friends and I enjoyed our stay at Casa del Confidente. We were sad to leave Merida and the friends we made while staying at the Casa. We hope we'll be able to return for another visit as we didn't get to see everything we wanted to. If you are planning to visit Merida, and want to rent this home, I recommend that you book your holiday 6 months in advance. Casa del Confidente is in great demand, and there is the possibility that it will be fully booked at the time you want to take your vacation. I highly recommend this vacation rental property.

I want to take this time to wish Steven and Alejandro all the best on their new project and hope all goes as planned. I also want to thank them for the absolute best holiday ever. You made our stay perfect.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Corrine- We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, it went way too fast! and we'd love to welcome the three of you again in the future. By the way, Alejandro found the white vanilla you had asked about...check your email...; ) Thanks for the kind words! Steven and Alejandro
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5

Elegant and Charming

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed in several VRBO listings and not all have been as nice as the descriptions made them out to be. I can truthfully say that the description and reviews of this listing are all very TRUE! TRUE! TRUE!

It truly is a home away from home with everything you could possibly need during your stay. Steven and Alejandro have really done an exceptional job of anticipating their quests needs. A big thank you for the gift basket of fruit, wine, coffee and personalized coffee mugs etc. we received on our arrival.

My friends and I cannot thank Steven and Alejandro enough for the hospitality they showed us during our stay. They went above and beyond showing us the sites and traditions of the Yucatan. Taking us for a taste of Yucatan Cuisine at one of their favourite restaurants, a tour of Progresso and Telchac Puerto and of course the Yellow city of Izamal really added to our stay. I know we have made new friends for life.

Our time seemed to fly by because there is so much to see an do and everything is within easy walking distance of restaurants, clubs, parks and entertainment. It was hard to say goodby.

I highly recommend this Oasis in the middle of the Historical Centre of Merida. I know you will enjoy it as much as we did.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen, Thanks so much for your wonderful words- we're glad to know you enjoyed the home, and appreciate that we had some time to be able to get to know you and share some very fun times during your stay. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness, we look forward to seeing you again! Steven and Alejandro
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Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada
5

Outstanding in all respects!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented from various agencies over many years in all different parts of the world and Casa del Confidente definitely was the best service we have ever experienced.

House. It's a gem of a house, excellently located within walking distance of all the major sites and restaurants in Centro. The write up and photos don't do it justice as the quality of the workmanship and furnishings are excellent. The kitchen utensils, two sets of dishes, beautiful pots and pans, etc. exceed our kitchen at home. It is beautifully and fully appointed. The towels in the house are plentiful and of very good quality. The back garden and pool areai are an oasis. Yes, the house is located on a busy street but noise was not a problem for us owing to double glazing and most of our time was spent in the garden.

Service. The service aspect is where Steven and Alejandro are outstanding. It's like having a favorite cousin in town who is available, interested, helpful and caring but not intrusive. Steven offered to pick us up at the airport, drove us grocery shopping twice, took us out to dinner, had a basket of snacks waiting for us at the house, gave us mugs with a photo of the Confidente in the garden and our names on them, provided us with a pound of coffee, milk, sugar and wine the first night we arrived. One Saturday I had some difficulty with the washing machine, emailed Steven ( as he had said to ask if we ever had any questions), and within a half hour he came over and fixed my mistake. Now, that is service!

Merida. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the museums, galleries, and plazas in Merida. Steven provided lots of recommendations for restaurants and sights to see.

It was a pleasure getting to know Steven and Alejandro and staying in Casa del Confidete. We would definitely rent from them in the future.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maureen and Douglas, Thank you! It sounds like you enjoyed your stay in Merida as much as we enjoyed hosting and getting to know you. Truly our pleasure! We look forward to hearing about the rest of your adventure, ¡Buen viaje! Steven and Alejandro
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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

Centro House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
May 2 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$95
$625
 
 
High
Sep 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
$120
$750
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$115
$700
 

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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