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).
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.
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.