This is a beautifully restored colonial house in the tranquil historic neighborhood of La Ermita, standing on one of the oldest cobblestone streets in the great city of Merida. The house is centrally located nine blocks from Merida's colorful main square, nine blocks from the splendid main market, and only steps away from lovely La Ermita Park and the neighborhood's botanic garden.
The house is ideal for a couple, a cozy home with original Yucatecan doors and windows, skylights, and dazzling pasta tile floors. A generous covered outdoor dining area opens out to a patio, pool, and garden. A charming staircase leads you up to a sunny roof terrace. The large, renovated kitchen is bright, fully equipped, and cook friendly, with a dishwasher and ample storage. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, and the modern bathroom includes a shower large enough for two. The original 18' high ceilings help keep all the rooms cool and airy.
Due to the staircase and the depth of the pool, the house may not be suitable for small children.
Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from our management company, who will help you to settle in and answer any questions you may have about the house and about the city. Airport transportation can also be provided. If you choose to rent a car, parking is readily available on the street at all times, directly in front of the house.
We invite you to make yourself at home here, and hope you will enjoy the house while you are exploring this vibrant, unique, lovely city and all the wonderful surrounding areas.
We live in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., and work in film and television. We love Mexico, and have been especially drawn to Merida, the wonderful capital city of the Yucatan, and to Yucatecan culture in general.
Derrick Tseng and Teresa Mastropierro purchased this house in 2006
We were attracted to Merida from having visited in the past, and were encouraged by friends who live there to look into purchasing property. It is a vibrant, growing city where tradition and modern life mix gracefully. Its location in the heart of the Yucatan makes it an ideal departure point for exploring the rest of the country. It's an easy place to spend a lot of time in -- a perfect home away from home.
We enjoy the sunny, tropical climate, the warmth of the people, the slower pace of life, the wonderful food, and the immediate connection to Yucatecan culture.
My husband and I just returned from a wonderful week in this lovely home. The size and layout were perfect, the kitchen complete, the lanai amazing and the pool SO refreshing. Everything was spotless. The neighborhood was quiet with a cute little grocery store a couple of blocks away (turn left leaving the house, first left, then first right and down a half block) where we got toasted sandwiches for breakfast. Restaurants Chaya Maya (Yucatecan) and Dadaumpa (Italian) were great. Highly recommend, would stay here again in a heartbeat.
My wife and I had the opportunity to spend the last week of 2014 in this wonderful home in the warm city of Merida. We love outdoor style of colonial living and this is a perfect house to do it with the large covered terrace, hammocks and of course the refreshing pool to cool off in if you ever get too warm. We didn't do too much in the way of cooking but the kitchen is perfectly equipped if you that inclination. The bedroom has a very comfortable firm queen that we slept perfectly on, a spacious closet and beautiful bathroom with a huge rain shower. The location is great for exploring as many have already mentioned before. It is just a few blocks to Churches/Squares of San Juan, La Ermita and San Sebastian and just a little further to Plaza Grande. Cabs and Carriages are also very easy to find at the San Juan Square if you don't feel like walking. The cabs are also very affordable and I don't believe our fare was more than $25 pesos (or $2 USD) for any ride in el Centro. You can also catch many of the "combis" at San Juan which take you to smaller pueblo communities outside of Merida. We employed this means of transportation to get to Muna and then onward to the Mayan ruins at Uxmal. This is just everyday travel for the locals but for us what an adventure! Also, the owners and property managers were very accommodating and we owe a special thanks to Andy who interrupted her Christmas evening to meet us upon our arrival! We would definitely recommend this house to anyone who is coming to Merida whether it is to relax in your private compound and lounge by the pool or as home base to explore the city and further into the Yucatan countryside, or both!
We loved this house (especially the hammocks) and would definitely stay here again. Unless the owners make changes, there are no English speaking tv channels, nor DVD'S in ENGLISH. Also, there is no system for playing those wonderful Latin cd's you might want to play. Be forwarned: you will be charged for electricity usage.
The house was in a safe neighborhood, close to several plazas, although a bit farther from the main plaza, and we never did take advantage of the horse drawn carriages that came by the house regularly. The clopping of the horses' hooves was a constant reminder that we were in a special location.
A great option for staying in Merida!!!!
We recently stayed for 8 nights in the beautiful Casa La Ermita. It is a spacious old colonial home, located on a lovely brick street, which has been completely renovated with a modern touch. Although we didn't do a lot of cooking while we were there, the kitchen was fully equipped with everything we would've needed.......and more. In the backyard was where we spent a lot of time, on the beautiful patio or swimming in the pool. The house has very good cross-ventilation and fantastic ceiling fans. Even though it was pretty hot on several days during the week, we only had to turn on the A/C for about an hour on a couple of nights. We were in Merida long enough this trip to meet some of the very charming neighbors in La Ermita and to be able to experience some of the local restaurants. We loved the salbutes and panuchos at Poderosa, located in the nearby San Sebastian neighborhood. There is even a little "antique" store two doors down where they make lattes, cappuccinos and frappes. We met some neighbors for drinks at a recently renovated restaurant on 60th, Templo Maya. As long as we were drinking, they continued to serve us many delicious botanas. After two beers, we were too full to order any dinner. Casa La Ermita was very clean, the property manager was extremely efficient. Many thanks to the owners, Derrick and Teresa, for providing such a beautiful space. We will be back! D & E
From the moment we walked in the doors of Casa L'Ermita we knew our expectations, which by the way were high, were going to be exceeded. We could not have been happier with our choice of place to spend 10 days in Merida. It is a gracious colonial home that is absolutely perfect for a couple and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. The pictures on this site are but a tease for the overall ambience and charm of the home. Everything from the very comfy bed and nice linens to the bathroom and abundance of towels to the lovely kitchen were perfect. The outdoor patio area has to be my favourite aspect of the house and is where we spent most of our time enjoying the outdoor lifestyle and I wish I was back there swinging in a hammock now. Yes, the place comes with 2 hammocks which added to the enjoyment of Merida's famous outdoor living lifestyle. The place was immaculate and the owners provided an excellent overview of the house before we arrived and property manager they work with was fabulous. Thank you Derrick and Teresa for sharing your very special house with us and for your patience in answering all of our questions. Of all the VRBO rentals we've had, in Mexico and Europe, this was experience was a highlight and will be very hard to beat.
We only had a week here, and wish it could have been longer. What a beautiful place, and is larger than the pictures suggest. Great location, close to the main plaza, and most things in el centro that you might want to walk to. We had a car, and parking on the street was never a problem, although Sunday mornings you have to move it around the corner since the street is part of the bikes-only thing, which is a wonderful idea!
The owner Derrick was extremely helpful, as was Andrea, his local representative. Everything was so clean, and the kitchen and bath are very modern and well appointed. We really enjoyed the pool, and used it daily.
We would return in a heartbeat!
Mary and Rick