For rent: A newly restored colonial house in Barrio Santa Ana, Merida's most desirable neighborhood. Convenient to the historic center and a short walk to the Paseo Montejo, clearly the place to be. Every effort has been made to restore the house to it's original beauty with thoroughly modern amenities. The house is comfortably furnished with art and European and Asian antiques. The swimming pool operates with a state of the art filtration system. Housekeeping service is provided, and the rental includes an airport pick-up. An English speaking driver is at your disposal ( for a nominal fee ) for excursions to the nearby archeological sites and places of historical interest. The white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico at Progresso are thirty minutes away. Merida, the capitol city of the Yucatan, is a thriving metropolis where the mix of Spanish Colonial and the Mayan culture is a constant source of wonder and delight.
To make your stay more enjoyable the house is managed by Promanagement, a valuable source of information for any travel related questions ( insider city tips, lodging for extra guests, medical referral questions, etc.) and can solve any household problem. Do not hesitate to contact the thoroughly dependable Promanagement team. Due to the size and depth of the pool the house is not suitable for small children. We suggest you bring your cellular phone but phone rental is available. We hope you enjoy your stay and welcome your suggestions to make your stay more enjoyable.
I can unequivocally state that my week in Merida at the Casa Santa Ana was the finest vacation I have ever experienced. The house is a refurbished colonial structure on a street in the capital city of the Yucatan. Once inside its unpretentious doorway one walks into a cool, high-ceilinged apartment that feels airy and expansive and quiet. Its concrete surfaces are simultaneously cool and calming as well as warm and polished, with a feeling of its native country. Its walls are tastefully decorated with original art and its doors are tall and made with warm wood. There are two ample bedrooms, a foyer/dining room, a spacious kitchen and a sitting room that opens on a patio. They are all well-ventilated, furnished with antiques and very inviting. The kitchen is well-appointed with cooking and eating utensils that would serve the needs of anyone who enjoys these activities. The entire apartment is clean and breezy. Its patio features lounge chairs, a beautiful miniature orange tree with delicate leaves and blossoms, a wonderful swimming pool which has underwater lights for night and a waterfall that can be turned on at will—all surrounded by a high wall which completely isolates one from the outside world and affords the luxury of lounging and swimming naked at any hour—something that the balmy temperatures invite. There is a stairway to the roof to enjoy breezes and observation. The colors and textures of this lodging are exquisite. The premises were always clean and it was quite easy to obtain water and multitudes of local oranges. It afforded me an environment that was close to paradise and should be imitated everywhere.
Our experiences outside the house were delightful and enriching as well. There was a great ease in being able to walk through the city, enjoy freshly made juices and fresh local food in the local markets—one of which is within walking distance of the house, The life of the city is friendly, relaxed and safe. We enjoyed plazas with music and dance, cultural galleries and beautiful local churches as well as being able to walk to a more modern boulevard with museums, banks, and restaurants. Our forays outside the city were exciting.
I found the entire experience of arranging our trip and staying at this house very easy, warm and inviting. Should one desire an authentic experience in the Yucatan with honest, elegant amenities, staying at this house is likely the best way to accomplish this.
Cold Spring, NY 10516
The rental is exactly as pictured, and is in a great location within walking distance to Centro Historico, Paseo de Montejo, good restaurants.
Andrea at Pro Management was marvelous, responsive to any problems, helpful, informative.
The kitchen was well stocked with utensils, pot and pans, and lovely dishes.
I was in sensory overload by the fabulous paintings, prints and pottery done by the owners
The main and really only issue I had were ants of every type and color. I've been going to Mexico since 1983 so I know to expect ants. I bring my own plastic containers, ziplock bags of every sort and size. I keep everything in the fridge including cereal, pasta anything that is open. The first time I went grocery shopping I bought indoor pesticide.
The ants began coming in through the light switches, from under the bathroom mirror. I don't mean an ant here and there, but hundreds. I went to make my bed and there hundreds at the head of the bed coming from the electrical fixture. I contacted Andrea and within the hour someone was sent to fumigate. I left and was told to come back in 2 hours to allow the smell to dissipate.I came back 4 hours later and the smell was overwhelming There are just screens for windows and one door, so lots of air movement and still it took days. I started having headaches and sore throats.
The next 2 weeks the ants were sporadic and I handled them with the spray I bought.
One morning I went into the bathroom and there were hundreds coming from under the mirror. I called Andrea and she sent the handyman over again with pesticide.I'm into my second week by now, the smell of pesticide permeates the air.
The gardner swept under the bougainvillea tree. A fire ant colony was disturbed and they were everywhere. I was bitten many times.The yard/ pool was not useable. It was at a point that pesticide had to be used every 10 days to 2 weeks.
The fire ants made a reappearance after the gardner cut some branches and the once again the pesticide was applied.
Two weeks later they were back, they came in with my laundry.I was bitten so many times I lost track. It was the day before I was due to leave, so I called Andrea, she sent someone over with pesticide but at this point I was having health repercussions and I packed up and spent my last night in a hotel.
I had stopped eating in the house and left a fridge full of food.
I would never rent that house but I would definitely rent through Pro Management.
This house was one of the best things about my trip to Merida.I came to have dental work done by one of the very competent dentists in the area (MUCH cheaper than in NY) as well as sightsee (I don't drive) and Casa Santa Ana was the perfect base, close to everything I wanted to do.For trips to the amazing ruins, I was able to join small guided tours, and the rest of the time I walked , took buses or taxis...
The house itself is a dream..The front door opens to a really high-ceilinged room with beautiful tiled floors and a Nakashima dining table, and manages to retain a sophisticated Mexican feel while featuring the owner's eclectic, slightly bohemian furniture and art.Everything is done with taste and carefully curated, one has the impression of being a guest in a lovely home, not a "renter".
I loved the coolness and quiet of the interior when coming in off the street, and of course, those dips in the pool under the blooming bouganvillea.I'll come back when I can.
My husband & I have rented vacation homes from Andrea and her promanagement team for over 3 years, she did not disappoint with Casa Santa Ana. In fact, we are now repeat renters of Casa Santa Ana.
Peaceful environment. wonderful location.
I had the pleasure of renting the house for two weeks while work was being done on my house. I loved the layout, location, pool, and helpful support staff. The set up of the den opening to the covered outside dining area looking over the pool was really great. Perfect indoor/outdoor living - I used this all the time. I also found myself constantly looking at all the great art work. An overall great stay and I would highly recommend this house.
The best part of our trip to lovely Merida-after all the Mayan ruins, charming church squares, great live music, food and tropical heat-was coming "home" to this house. It was very clean and comfortable and felt like a real home. We loved relaxing by the pool with a refreshing drink and enjoying the perfect night air in the garden. Would definitely go back.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in this house. The house is conveniently located in relation to all the places you'd want to go in Merida-- while also an oasis of peace and quiet in the middle of the center. I found the house well-maintained, clean and well-equipped and even a lot nicer than the photos. I would heartily recommend it.