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Chacon & DuBois

Speaks english, spanish, portuguese
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-4)

Casa de la Cruz is a small, charming colonial-style home with a courtyard garden, tiled-roof terraza, plunge pool and modern amenities. It is most comfortable for two adults, and ideal for those seeking a genuine, local experience.

The casita features traditional high ceilings, vibrant hacienda colors, antique wooden doors, Mexican pasta tile floors, and wrought-iron rejas adorning large windows looking to a central courtyard, which gives the house a bright and airy feeling.

It offers a living room, dining room, modern kitchen, full bath, laundry, and a separate main bedroom across an interior courtyard. The main bedroom provides a bright, traditional Mexico design with a custom-made queen size bed, plenty of closet space, and air conditioning. Up to two additional guests can be accommodated in the sala (living room) utilizing the custom-made day beds, which were designed to transform into a second queen-size bed.

ROOM BY ROOM TOUR : Entering from the sunny front courtyard, antique wooden front doors open to a cozy living room/sala. With high ceilings and a large window overlooking the courtyard, the room is naturally airy and full of light. There are two comfortable custom-made day beds, which can combine into a second queen-size bed when easily moved together.

The light and airy feel continues in the dining room, with a large window looking to the pool. In the center is a rustic dining table that seats four comfortably. Traditional 'hamaca' (hammock) hooks dot the east and west walls of the dining room. Experience the traditional Yucatecan hammocks provided for guest use (VERY comfortable!).

The updated kitchen offers a granite counter, natural stone back splash, modern appliances including new refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, coffee maker, cooking utensils, and table service for four.

The bath is modern with a stone sink, tiled walk-in shower, new hot water heater, and sky light. It's outfitted with ample towels for both bath and pool. Just beyond, is a small interior courtyard that holds a separate laundry room for guest use.

Across the courtyard is the separate air-conditioned bedroom. The quiet, comfortable room looks out to the pool and courtyard. Designed in an authentic Mexican style, it offers a custom-made queen-size bed, a ceiling fan above, an office desk area, and generous closet/shelf space.

A stone privacy wall secludes the outdoor living areas - a sunny front courtyard, garden, a central courtyard with a tiled-roof terraza (more hamaca hooks) and a 10' x 15' (approx. 3.25 m x 5 m) plunge pool, perfect for relaxing after a day in the Mayan sun.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES & ARRIVAL : Casa de la Cruz is comfortably appointed and includes hi-speed wifi, cable TV, a Telcel Amigo pre-pay phone for guest stays, and bottled water delivered for drinking and cooking. Daily or periodic housekeeping service during longer stays can be arranged for about $25 per visit.

Public transportation stops across the street from the front of house. The bus ride to Parque Central/downtown is 6 pesos. It's the true way to have a local, Merida experience.

Casa de la Cruz is located15 minutes from Mérida's airport. Exiting the main terminal, a “Taxi Sítio” offers fixed fares to Centro and Casa de la Cruz. The cost for up to 3 persons is about 180 pesos ($15 USD). The ADO bus station is approximately 10 minutes by taxi (40 pesos/$3.20 USD). For rental cars, street parking is generally easily available in front of the house (opposite side).

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  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Chacon & DuBois

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Speaks english, spanish, portuguese

We are long-time partners with our primary home in San Francisco CA - when we aren't enjoying adventures in the Yucatan. We work in management consulting, graphic design and communications when we have to - but we'd secretly prefer just moving to Merida.

Chacon & DuBois purchased this house in 2009

Our first experience with Merida and the Yucatan was 35 years ago when one of us was an exchange student in Mexico, with a dream to stay there. That plan was interrupted by college and a career until 2008, when we went together on an exploratory trip and decided it was something that we wanted to do. We chose Merida because it offers all of the modern urban amenities intermixed with rich culture, history, and architecture. But more than anything, the people of Merida are incredibly warm and friendly, and we find the lifestyle to be simple, peaceful, and relaxing.

Casa de la Cruz captured our attention because it is a small colonial house, oriented to outdoor living within a traditional and genuine neighborhood. We appreciate its simplicity and minimalism, but also enjoy being there because it always feels full of life. We have tried to keep it true to its origins. We enjoy our great neighbors, the simple neighborhood things like beeping tricycles with fresh baked goods every evening, walking to Parque Santiago for lunch or a movie, and being close, but not directly in the midst of Merida's major tourist attractions. We've come to really enjoy the easy day-trips to the beach in Progreso, always taking the bus to get there. Not to mention the hammocks, pool, and terraza right at the house where it's easy to spend a week without doing anything.

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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Property Reviews

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Cozy Charming Casita with Pool; Centro Historico
average rating of 4.4545455 based on 12 reviews
Cozy Charming Casita with Pool; Centro Historico
Merida Yucatan

Beautiful, just beautiful!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
We had a wonderful stay here. We were welcomed by Sylvia, who made sure that we were settled in. She was informative and personable and happy that we should call her with any further queries.
The casita was clean and well maintained. The rooms were spacious, tastefully furnished and with fresh flowers on the table and milk and juice in the fridge.
It was fantastic having the pool to cool off in on our return from days out.
We'd definitely recommend this charming casita....we thought, more than once while there, how lovely it would be to share it with others.
Thank you for making our stay comfortable!
Cozy Charming Casita with Pool; Centro Historico
Merida Yucatan

Great Merida stay!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
We loved this casita with its casual charm and comfort. It is close to Santiago Park and just a twenty minute walk from Plaza Grande. There is a corner store a short walk away and a major grocery store at Santiago Park. Most of the major sites in Centro are within walking distance. A dip in the pool at the end of a hot day was the refreshing break that we needed and it made lounging on the patio very enjoyable. Although we spent most of our spare time on the patio, the living area of the house is large and tastefully decorated, particularly the living and dining rooms. The kitchen was fully equipped for all the cooking we needed to do. We really enjoyed the rain showerhead in the bathroom with excellent water pressure and plenty of hot water. Sylvia, the Property Manager, answered all our questions and was very attentive and helpful. We would highly recommend this property as a great place to stay in Merida.
Helpful votes: 2/2
Cozy Charming Casita with Pool; Centro Historico
Merida Yucatan

Merida, gateway to a Mayan experience

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
Casa de la Cruz is an amazing home away from home sanctuary. The pleasant tropical environment is very appealing, especially the feeling of being in a country other than Mexico. Because of its Caribbean influence Merida is in world of its own, traditions, foods, local idioms, colors, and most of all the people. We took many side trips to archeological sites, churches, plazas, and each one unique but also very similar because of their collective culture.

Of the many years that I have lived in Mexico, nearly 8, this was my first trip to the Yucatan Peninsula. The comfortable house with its dunking pool was an excellent way to end every evening in the quietness of our surroundings after returning from one of about 7 plazas that put on a show every night. While we were not centrally located in reference to the Zocalo, a bus ride to all that was happening in the main squares was no more than 10 minutes away.

It was a relief to have the comforts of home quite different than intruding hotel personnel and staff. While walking a mere block to the local abarrote, mini supermarket, I met neighbors that were from the States and even from Havana, Cuba. I find it satisfying that when asking the local people about how to obtain food or services you get a quick and correct response; although the owners of the house and their property manager have provided an ample supply of information to make the stay as easy and relaxing as possible.
Owner's Response: We were very glad to hear that you had such an incredible first time experience in Merida, the Yucatan, and at Casa de la Cruz. Thank you for appreciating the house and the traditional neighborhood experience that Santiago offers. As you noted, we always find the location great for easy access to all of historic/tourist sites in Merida downtown, as well as quick day-trips; but a nice sanctuary to return home a little beyond the main square buzz. We hope that you'll come back again and sincerely appreciate the awesome photos that you sent us. Saludos!
Helpful votes: 5/5
Cozy Charming Casita with Pool; Centro Historico
Merida Yucatan


  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
I recently enjoyed a 5-day reprieve in this wonderful home. In all of my time in Mérida, I'd never stayed en el centro. I'm very glad I chose this terrific little house in the Santiago neighborhood. The owners have renovated the home beautifully in a romantic, rustic style and equipped it with all of the major amenities of modern life.
The small courtyard inside the front gate is lovely. The first room inside the L-shaped house is a cozy LR w/flat screen TV & cable. I loved being outside, so didn't spend much time in this room. The LR flows into a spacious dining room with a beautiful wood & tile table. The DR leads to a darling kitchen.
A left turn through the kitchen takes you down a short hallway and through an interior garden to the bedroom. The bed has a good, comfortable mattress. There is ample closet space for guests, AC and a small writing desk.
The terrace is divine. There is a nice table for 4 on the covered terrace, an open patio for lounging in the sun, and a small pool for cooling off. The plantings and outdoor lighting make it a dreamy spot for resting in the evening, too.
I adore the Santiago neighborhood where the casita is located. It's close enough to walk to the touristy areas of the centro, but thankfully (for me) separate from them. In Mérida, buses are widely available and taxis are inexpensive, so if you don't feel like walking, there are other options. I was personally glad to stay in a really (really) old residential neighborhood, and shop for basics at the little mom & pop stores close by.
The reservation and payment process was super easy and quick, thanks to the owners. Their property manager, Sylvia, is really nice, too. She greeted me at the house and explained everything I would need to know. She's also available by phone or email. She had basic supplies at the house for me, such as milk, juice, coffee and fruit. The fresh flowers and bottle of wine were icing on the cake--I felt so welcomed to be there!
This trip was a work/vacation mix for me. It was hard to work while I was there, but I managed to get a few things done. The rest of the time, I completely relaxed and enjoyed myself. This little house is a gem and the owners and manager are great!
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very kind words. We're thrilled to know that you appreciated the casa and the Santiago neighborhood. We can also totally relate to your experience of arriving with the intention of doing work while there, but finding it a bit too easy to avoid. That's why we made sure the WiFI works outdoors by the pool! We hope that you'll come back again soon. Saludos!
Helpful votes: 7/7
Cozy Charming Casita with Pool; Centro Historico
Merida Yucatan
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We can't say enough complimentary things

We can't say enough complimentary things
  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
We can't say enough complimentary things about Casa Cruz. Our stay was a complete pleasure. We found the property clean, private, quiet, especially for sleeping at night, very well appointed, with a better equipped kitchen than we had expected from the write up on the VRBO website. Sylvia, the house manager, and Pete, the house owner were both delightful to deal with. And then there's the plunge pool. Superb. We lived in it.

The location is a little further away from El Centro than we're used to, but it meant more exercise, and seeing things we hadn't seen before - Parque Santiago, where we found the AKI supermarket to meet our needs, beer, cheese, tortillas, fruit; the zoological gardens, where we loved watching the families out on a Sunday afternoon, and enjoyed a children's dance contest, as well as the best churros.

We also took in a concert at the Teatro Peon Contreras, and a hipile exhibit at the Palacio Conte, the first at the Plaza Grande, the north end of our range, and the latter on the Paseo Montejo. - All walking.

Our favouite restaurants: Almendros, the new Chaya Maya, and Martin Azul for the best pescado empanizado we've had in Mexico.

A wonderful visit to Merida. We'll be back.

Hasta la proxima,
Helpful votes: 7/7
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Casa de la Cruz is located in a traditional residential area of Colonia Santiago, one of the oldest colonias in Merida. Five blocks from Casa de la Cruz is Parque Santiago, a quaint tree-filled public square, with a traditional Mexican church founded in 1637. A market is located next to the church, with fruits and vegetables, meats, and a good flower selection. There are a host of excellent cocina economicas, sundries stores, and an ice cream store along the market. There is also big band music (Tuesday nights), dancing, fairs and temporary markets. Surrounding the park you can find a coffee house, grocery store (Aki), a drugstore, and a movie theatre. The Santiago district is to the west and north of Plaza Grande, about a 15-20 minute walk.

Casa de la Cruz is a good home base for day trips to Mayan ruins at Dzilbilchaltun, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza. It is also an easy day trip to the Yucatan beaches (Progreso), cenotes, and the colonial city of Izamal.

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Availability & Rates

Merida House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
Prime 2014
Jan 1 2014 - Apr 30 2014
3 nights
Prime 2015
Oct 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $49.00
Departure Cleaning Fee $85.00
Notes Signed, written rental agreement required.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Merida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Town
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Adventure
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Living Room
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Wireless Internet
  • Mobile Phone
  • Washing Machine
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking On Street
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Living Area
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Main - 1 queen
    Sala - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen size
  • Custom designed living room day beds can be utilized as two singles or combined to one queen size, sleeping two in addition to the queen-size bed in the main bedroom.
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Beach Chairs
  • Courtyard
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • In Ground Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • playground
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • live theater
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • cycling
Air conditioning in bedroom, ceiling fans other rooms
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