|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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. There is a safe available for guest use during their stay, large enough for laptops. 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 $200 pesos ($15 USD). The ADO bus station is approximately 10 minutes by taxi (50 pesos/$3.20 USD). For rental cars, street parking is generally easily available in front of the house (opposite side).
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.
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,
Well, after two weeks here, we are just about finishing up our packing. I thought I would take several minutes and write about our perfect experience. After reading all the wonderful and totally accurate reviews of Casa Cruz (save for the one where I can only say that the renter had other issues) I decided to approach this review from a little different angle. First and foremost there is the manager, who without we would have been lost. Thank you for being so kind and patient with two gringos. Second, thank you to the owners, for having a home so well equipped that we needed for nothing. Although, we did buy more hangers....we are in Mexico for 3 months....so I have a lot of clothes. We have left the hangers for subsequent visitors. The house's charm and beauty definately added to the overall experience. Daily we chose a different direction to travel. From Progreso to Celestun to the PUUC Trail, to all the Parque's around the city....life was good! Thirdly, we were grateful for the friendly and helpful residents and professionals of the city. Even when stopped by the police for executing an illegal left turn.....the police were kind and helpful in getting us to where we wanted to go. No, we did not get a ticket....which my husband deserved! Fourthly, in 48 years of marriage I never have hung clothes on a line to dry. So now I know an old dog can learn new tricks.. Lastly, take this opportunity to not only experience , taste and enjoy this remarkable city, but venture out.....you too may still look like a gringo.....but in your heart you are anything but....
The end of November was a beautiful time of year to stay in Merida, and staying at Casa de la Cruz made our family trip amazing! We arrived early in the morning and were greeted by Sylvia who kindly acclimated us to the house. We quickly learned that we would have plenty of room to spread out, an updated kitchen to cook in, and a beautiful outdoor patio area with a pool and hammocks to relax in. We loved the indoor-outdoor living feel at Casa de la Cruz, which made this casita very unique for us and is one of the things we liked best about our stay there! Even though cooler weather in Merida meant cooler water in the pool, we still enjoyed it at midday when the sun was directly out to warm us. We also loved the traditional art, pottery and other furnishings in the home, and it was in a perfect location for navigating the city by foot. We could leave the casita and in 5-20 minutes we could be at one of the city's parks where we found beautiful churches to explore, markets to buy fresh produce and benches to sit and take in the sights and sounds of the people living there. Around 8:00pm we found traditional music and dancing in one park which we enjoyed watching one night, as well as a Mayan ball game called Pok ta Pok, which we LOVED another night! Our stay in Merida was filled with taking in beautiful sights and meeting gracious people. It was absolutely lovely and we would highly recommend it!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Oct 1 2015 - Apr 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Departure Cleaning Fee||$85.00|
|Property Damage Protection||$59.00|
|Notes||Signed, written rental agreement required.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.