COLONIAL HOME IN THE BEST CENTRO LOCATION WITH SWIMMING POOL!

Jane and Clive Galton

Speaks english, spanish
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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COLONIAL HOME IN THE BEST CENTRO LOCATION WITH SWIMMING POOL!

Merida House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Casa de los Mosaicos (House of Tiles) is located on a quiet street between two parks in the centre of Merida, Parques Santa Lucia and Santiago. It is literally four blocks to the main square, called the Plaza Grande or Zocalo. Here you can watch the world go by, sit in the traditional confidantes (chairs), eat ice cream in the shaded passageways around the square, and enjoy the artisans stalls set up on weekends when the centro is closed to traffic. Walk easily to nearby shops, museums and restaurants. And at night, watch the salsa dancing in the parks and maybe even give it a whirl yourself!

All our rooms have high beamed ceilings typical of these old colonial houses, with both mini-split air conditioners and ceiling fans. The kitchen and bathrooms have been lovingly renovated with modern fixtures and appliances, all centered around a courtyard with a plunge swimming pool and a rooftop deck... a great place for an outdoor breakfast or glass of wine while watching the sunset. And because this is the perfect Merida vacation rental, it even has a garage for your car! Look no further, Casa de Los Mosaicos is the perfect vacation home in Merida Mexico!

Where is this beautiful house, you might ask? Well, it is located in a very good neighborhood in the Centro Historico of Merida, which is the capital of the State of Yucatan in Mexico. Yucatan is one of three states on the Yucatan Peninsula. Merida is the largest city on the peninsula, and has been here for over 1000 years. The city is three hours west (by car) of Cancun, and a million miles away culturally. Merida was an important Mayan city before the Spaniards came to Mexico. Then it became an important colonial city... the Spaniards tore down the Mayan temples and used the stones to build the soaring Catholic cathedral (the oldest in Latin America) that graces the town square, or Plaza Grande.

Merida's weather is called tropical desert. This means it is hot and humid in the summertime, but warm and lovely in the winter months (about October to March). There are two rainy seasons: one in the late summer months, and one in the early part of the calendar year. Whenever it rains, it's usually just a shower that dissipates quickly, leaving a lovely clean city for you to enjoy.

The city of Merida houses more than a million souls, but you'd never know it... it is so tranquil, relaxed, friendly and safe. Walking around the downtown area, you'll feel as if you've gone back in time and are walking around a small colonial town. There are many cultural events to enjoy that are free, as well as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, museums, shops, a zoo, movie theaters, a symphony, galleries, parks and much more... all within walking distance of Casa de Los Mosaicos!

Keywords: Merida vacation rental, Family Home, Colonial rental, Colonial rental in centro, centro historico, Merida Yucatan rental

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for children
  • limited accessibility
Guestbook comments from the manager
Casa de Los Mosaicos is a lovely house and a great place to make your Merida base. It is located very centrally, only a short walk to the main square, and near many restaurants, bars and shops. From Merida we were able to take several day trips to the surrounding historic and natural sights.

The house was spacious and comfortable, and very well equipped, and the courtyard with plunge pool was pleasant in the afternoons.



We would be more than happy to stay here again, and recommend a stay!
Nov 2010
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Jane and Clive Galton

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2007
Speaks english, spanish

Jane and Clive are British and have been travelling since we were born, Jane in Malta and Clive in Montevideo. From then on we travelled the world separately - Jane to Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the US, Clive to Spain, India, Iran, Kuwait, Greece and Peru. We got together in 1989 and just kept travelling, to Oman, Nigeria and in 2002 to Mexico City, where we spent 5 very happy years.

Jane is passionate about animals and animal conservation, while Clive is passionate (Jane would say obsessional!!) about fishing! But we also love travelling, going to the movies and the theatre, and taking in the odd pop/rock concert!

Clive has recently retired after working for over 30 years for an organisation called The British Council, and Jane has also just recently retired, but is staying very busy with charitable pursuits, mostly related to animals.

Jane and Clive Galton purchased this house in 2005

We moved to Mexico City in 2002 and fell in love with the country and its people, and in particular with Merida and its Mayan history and culture, which is still so alive and such an integral part of life here.

After so many years spent travelling, usually to warm places, Jane and Clive don't really do winters any more!! So we were looking for somewhere warm to escape to when the nights began to draw in in London, which is where we now spend a large part of our time. And Merida certainly fits that bill!

We love the beautiful old features of our house, the exquisite old tiles (we're told they are originally from Italy), the high high ceilinged rooms with their beams.

And we love being in the centre of the city, so that we can more or less walk everywhere and enjoy all the amenities that Merida has to offer without having to get into a car. One of our treats is to wander in to the centre to one of our favourite cafes for a leisurely Mexican breakfast, delicious! Or wander down to the Zocalo for a delicious home made coconut ice-cream!

But we also have our own garage (which is such a boon in Merida, where parking can be a problem) so we can jump into our car and head off to the beach if we want to.

And there is some wonderful saltwater fly fishing (remember that Clive is passionate about fishing?!) to be had in a number of spots quite close to Merida - Campeche, Rio Lagartos, Progreso, San Felipe, Holbox.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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5
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Colonial Home in THE BEST Centro location with Swimming Pool!
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
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Colonial Home in THE BEST Centro location with Swimming Pool!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p147072vb
Merida Yucatan
Alta, CA
5

NO DOUBT AN EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY!

  • 5 of 5
Casa De Los Mosaicos far exceeded all of our expectations. From the exceptional communications with the owner and the care the property managers took to enhance our Merida visit. Specifically, the manager met us at the door upon our arrival from the aeropuerto and gave us a tour of the rooms, instructed us on opening and closing the home, and helped us with restaurant recommendations.
Throughout our 13 day stay the manager was one phone call away with ideas for excursions and even recommended her highly successful tour guide Rodolfo, who was hired for multiple day trips introducing us to the historical aspects of the Mayan culture. He was courteous, always punctual, and a delight. We miss him already!
The neighborhood is very safe and secure and the locals are more than happy to assist you in guidance or recommendations. The home is immaculate and fully furnished including a culinary artists'kitchen! Lupita came in once a week for a thorough cleaning even down to the decorative tissues! The property is located
in the old Santiago Centro and we walked everywhere. The San Ildefonso Cathedral,(a must see), the Mercado, LaHabana,(our favorito breakfast spot,three blocks), and the numerous parks. The plunge pool is a real treat. To relax on the pool chairs and reading your book while sipping a margarita became a daily ritual for the four of us. You also wake to the gorgeous chirping of the mockingbirds while sipping the local caffe. We are already planning another visit in 2015. We all highly recommend this property for you Yucatan visit.
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: The description of the house is spot on and our property manager and her team are truly amazing. Just one small point regarding the location. The house is much closer to Parque St Lucia than Parque Santiago and therefore closer to the main square. St Lucia now has some excellent restaurants with outside seating and offer a great opportunity to watch the world go by while sampling delicious food. There is also dancing in the square on Thursdays and Sundays when the locals do their "danson", which is a real treat. So much to see and do in Merida and the surrounding areas.
business
Colonial Home in THE BEST Centro location with Swimming Pool!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p147072vb
Merida Yucatan
Alta, CA
5

NO DOUBT AN EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY!

  • 5 of 5
Casa De Los Mosaicos far exceeded all of our expectations. From the exceptional communications with the owner and the care the property managers took to enhance our Merida visit. Specifically, the manager met us at the door upon our arrival from the aeropuerto and gave us a tour of the rooms, instructed us on opening and closing the home, and helped us with restaurant recommendations. Throughout our 13 day stay the manager was one phone call away with ideas for excursions and even recommended her highly successful tour guide Rodolfo, who we hired for multiple day trips introducing us to the historical aspects of the Mayan culture. He was courteous, always punctual, and a delight. We miss him already! The neighborhood is very safe and secure and the locals are more than happy to assist you in guidance or recommendations. The home is immaculate and fully furnished including a culinary artists' kitchen! Lupita came in once a week for a thorough cleaning even down to the decorative tissues! The property is located in the old Santiago Centro and we walked everywhere. The Cathedral, (a must see), the mercado, La Habana,(our favorite breakfast spot, three blocks) and numerous parks. The plunge pool is a real treat. To relax on the pool chairs and reading your book while sipping a margarita became a daily ritual for the four of us. You also wake to the gorgeous chirping of the mockingbirds while sipping the local caffe. We are already planning another visit in 2015. We all highly recommend this spot for your Yucatan visit.
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: The description of the house is spot on and our property manager and her team are truly amazing. Just one small point regarding the location. The house is much closer to Parque St Lucia than Parque Santiago and therefore closer to the main square. St Lucia now has some excellent restaurants with outside seating and offer a great opportunity to watch the world go by while sampling delicious food. There is also dancing in the square on Thursdays and Sundays when the locals do their "danson", which is a real treat. So much to see and do in Merida and the surrounding areas.
business
Colonial Home in THE BEST Centro location with Swimming Pool!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p147072vb
Merida Yucatan
Fort Lauderale, FL
5

THE BEST

  • 5 of 5
This property lives up to the pictures. It is the quintessential Colonial home with all the character; the painted tiles and vibrant colors. Extra large modern kitchen with all conveniences. Intimate little courtyard which one passes through to get to the outside bedroom. It was all so secure and safe. We didn't have a car but the garage would have been great if we had.

Walked everywhere. We were fortunate to be there for the anniversary celebration of 400 plus years for the City of Merida. The City provided incredible entertainment every night. From the absolutely charming salsa dancing in a local square to concerts in the Plaza Principal, we were mesmerized. You can feel safe walking the streets at any time of the day or night. Walking home our last night at 11:30PM we happened upon Mariachis playing and singing to a young lady standing in the shadows of a doorway while her young man stood by. Couldn’t have been more romantic or beautiful. What a way to complete our stay.

As an owner of a small hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL we understood the challenges of renting such a property. The owners couldn't have been more accommodating.

This should be your choice when visiting Merida.
  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Colonial Home in THE BEST Centro location with Swimming Pool!
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Merida Yucatan
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5

EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

  • 5 of 5
This property lived up to the pictures on VRBO. It is the quintessential Colonial home with all the character with the painted tiles and vibrant colors. Extra large modern kitchen with all conveniences. Intimate little courtyard which one passes through to get to the outside bedroom. It was all so secure and safe. We didn't have a car but the garage would have been great if we had. . You can feel safe walking the streets at any time of the day or night. Walking home our last night at 11:30PM we happened upon Mariachis playing and singing to a young lady standing in the shadows of a doorway while her young man stood by. Couldn’t have been more romantic or beautiful. What a way to complete our stay.

Walked everywhere. We were fortunate to be there for the anniversary celebration of 400 plus years for the City of Merida. The City provided incredible entertainment every night. From the absolutely charming salsa dancing in a local square to concerts in the Plaza Principal, we were mesmerized.

As an owner of a small hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL we understood the challenges of renting such a property. The owners couldn't have been more accommodating.

This should be your choice when visiting Merida.
  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colonial Home in THE BEST Centro location with Swimming Pool!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p147072vb
Merida Yucatan
Denver, Colorado
5

GREAT PROPERTY IN MERIDA

  • 5 of 5
We recently stayed at this fantastic house for 9 days and had a terrific time. Our family consisted of my two in-laws (a sprightly 78 and 80 year old) as well as two children (8 and 9) in addition to my husband and myself. The listing was exactly as described; the house was very clean and well maintained. The management team, Andrea and Andy, were helpful and great to work with; if we had a problem (which were few and minor), they responded quickly. Jane, the property owner, was also so helpful in answering the numerous questions we peppered her with before we arrived. We elected not to rent a car, but the property is in a wonderful central location; we were close to all the major tourist areas as well as numerous restaurants. We walked several blocks to the bus terminal and even made a long trip to the Merida zoo/amusement park (although my in-laws and kids decided to take a taxi home!). We made a few trips out of Merida and simply took the second class buses from the nearest bus terminal (a true slice of Mexican life). We were close to several supermarkets and having the kitchen worked well for our family (especially for breakfast). The area where the home is located is quite safe; I grew up near New York City (and lived in the city for a while) and I felt safer walking around the neighborhood in Merida than I did in NYC. That said, we were never out past 11:00 pm but we were routinely walking around after dark. The dipping pool was an endless source of amusement for the kids. The pool does get deep, so this might not be the best place for very small children. Likewise, the furniture is lovely and older, so again, not the best place for smaller kids. The only, and I do mean only, caution I would make about the property is the traffic noise (which was fairly persistent even at night). Personally, I can sleep through anything, so it was not an issue for me, the kids or for my in-laws who slept off the courtyard. My husband is a light sleeper, so occasionally he would wake up at night when a truck or bus rolled past, although he felt that it was a small price to pay for such a great home. I mention it only if you are really bothered by traffic. I would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone. If we go to Merida for any lengthy stay, we would stay here again in a heartbeat.
  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Just a couple of comments to what is a great review.
1. We have had kids of all ages stay at the house with no problem but as mentioned by the reviewer, the dunk pool is deep at one end so young kids would need to be supervised. There is a shelf to sit on so that makes it easier. Some of the furniture is antique but again, we have had no problems with smaller kids.
2. The area is extremely safe, we live in London (UK) and Merida is as safe as houses, much safer than London!
3. Traffic at night is very light and we have no problems, but guess that if you are a light sleeper, maybe best to use ear plugs!
4. The house is very central so is great for walking and for guests without a car. However, there is a garage with the house so this is a real bonus if you want to rent a car and travel further afield.

We look forward to welcoming you to Casa de los Mosaicos.

Best wishes

Jane and Clive
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Colonial Home in THE BEST Centro location with Swimming Pool!
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Merida Yucatan
Denver, Colorado
5

EXCEPTIONAL HOME IN MERIDA

  • 5 of 5
We recently stayed at this fantastic house for 9 days and had a terrific time. Our family consisted of my two in-laws (a sprightly 78 and 80 year old) as well as two children (8 and 9) in addition to my husband and myself.
The listing was exactly as described; the house was very clean and well maintained. The management team, Andrea and Andy, were helpful and great to work with; if we had a problem (which were few and minor), they responded quickly. Jane, the property owner, was also so helpful in answering the numerous questions we peppered her with before we arrived.
We elected not to rent a car, but the property is in a wonderful central location; we were close to all the major tourist areas as well as numerous restaurants. We walked several blocks to the bus terminal and even made a long trip to the Merida zoo/amusement park (although my in-laws and kids decided to take a taxi home!). We made a few trips out of Merida and simply took the second class buses from the nearest bus terminal (a true slice of Mexican life).
We were close to several supermarkets and having the kitchen worked well for our family (especially for breakfast).
The area where the home is located is quite safe; I grew up near New York City (and lived in the city for a while) and I felt safer walking around the neighborhood in Merida than I did in NYC. That said, we were never out past 11:00 pm but we were routinely walking around after dark.
The dipping pool was an endless source of amusement for the kids. The pool does get deep, so this might not be the best place for very small children. Likewise, the furniture is lovely and older, so again, not the best place for smaller kids.
The only, and I do mean only, caution I would make about the property is the traffic noise (which was fairly persistent even at night). Personally, I can sleep through anything, so it was not an issue for me, the kids or for my in-laws who slept off the courtyard. My husband is a light sleeper, so occasionally he would wake up at night when a truck or bus rolled past, although he felt that it was a small price to pay for such a great home. I mention it only if you are really bothered by traffic.
I would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone. If we go to Merida for any lengthy stay, we would stay here again in a heartbeat.
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Hi there

The review is great but I just wanted to make a couple of comments on the noise comments and recommended ages.

The house is very well located in the colonial part of Merida and therefore is great if you do not want to rent a car. If you do decide to do so however, there is a garage with an automatic door which is a real bonus as street parking is difficult.

Being so central, there is traffic during the day but once in the house, the noise does not impinge. At night, heavy traffic is rare.

The house is suitable for all ages although small children who cannot swim will need to be supervised when in the dunk pool as it is deep. It was built this way so it could be a place to have a really good soak!

I hope that you will try out the house in the future.

With best wishes for a happy 2014.

Jane and Clive
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
(MID) Merida International Airport
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Progreso, Yucatan
Nearest Barpub
0.12 Kilometres
Various
Nearest Restaurant
0.12 Kilometres
Various

Explore the Mayan archaeological ruins using Casa de los Mosaicos as your base. Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balaam, Coba and others are all just a day trip away from this central location. You can also visit smaller colonial cities, like Izamal, Valladolid, Ticul and others in just a day. Take a day trip to the cenotes of Cuzama (three cenotes in one trip) or to the beach at Progreso and other towns along the Yucatan Gulf Coast. Play golf and tennis at nearby La Ceiba Golf Course, or enjoy the public tennis courts, racketball courts, track and other sports facilities at the Salvador Alvarado Sports Stadium. If you like to fish, there is excellent fishing on the Yucatan Gulf Coast... both fly and line fishing in places like Campeche, Sisal, Rio Lagartos and San Felipe. Or go bird watching at Celestun and see the huge flocks of pink flamingoes. Within walking distance, you can go to multiple museums, or take a drive and go to the new Maya Museum in North Merida or the Museo de Cacao on the way to Sotuta de Peon or Yaxcopoil, hacienda museums. The list of great restaurants in Merida is growing all the time... go to Hennessy's Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo for a taste of Irish Mexican culture. There is also plenty of shopping for arts and crafts close to Casa Mosaicos, as well as bookstores, antique stores, tourist shops, bakeries, traditional mercados and much more.

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Merida House Rental Rates

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Low
Apr 16 - Oct 14
2 night minimum stay
$150
$903
 
 
High
Oct 15 - Apr 15
2 night minimum stay
$189
$1,204
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$150
$910
 
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Amenities

Merida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Garage ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
Kitchen:
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms are beautifully appointed. The bathroom off the second bedroom (also accessible from the pool area) has a luxurious full-size bathtub for your luxuriating pleasure!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Can push the two single beds together to make a king bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a sofabed in the living room which can accommodate two people.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for children ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • health/beauty spa
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • photography
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • ice skating
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • fly fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • kayaking
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • jet skiing
  • golf
  • fishing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
  • sailing
Notes:
Casa de los Mosaicos has beautiful old tiled floors in every room - hence the name of the house - and high beamed ceilings, typical of old colonial houses in Merida.
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