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Colonial Home in THE BEST Centro location with Swimming Pool!

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Centro House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible sofa bed for 2, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Casa de los Mosaicos (House of Tiles) is located on a quiet street between two parks in the centre of Merida, Parques Santa Lucia and Santiago. It is literally four blocks to the main square, called the Plaza Grande or Zocalo. Here you can watch the world go by, sit in the traditional confidantes (chairs), eat ice cream in the shaded passageways around the square, and enjoy the artisans stalls set up on weekends when the centro is closed to traffic. Walk easily to nearby shops, museums and restaurants. And at night, watch the salsa dancing in the parks and maybe even give it a whirl yourself!

All our rooms have high beamed ceilings typical of these old colonial houses, with both mini-split air conditioners and ceiling fans. The kitchen and bathrooms have been lovingly renovated with modern fixtures and appliances, all centered around a courtyard with a plunge swimming pool and a rooftop deck... a great place for an outdoor breakfast or glass of wine while watching the sunset. And because this is the perfect Merida vacation rental, it even has a garage for your car! Look no further, Casa de Los Mosaicos is the perfect vacation home in Merida Mexico!

Where is this beautiful house, you might ask? Well, it is located in a very good neighborhood in the Centro Historico of Merida, which is the capital of the State of Yucatan in Mexico. Yucatan is one of three states on the Yucatan Peninsula. Merida is the largest city on the peninsula, and has been here for over 1000 years. The city is three hours west (by car) of Cancun, and a million miles away culturally. Merida was an important Mayan city before the Spaniards came to Mexico. Then it became an important colonial city... the Spaniards tore down the Mayan temples and used the stones to build the soaring Catholic cathedral (the oldest in Latin America) that graces the town square, or Plaza Grande.

Merida's weather is called tropical desert. This means it is hot and humid in the summertime, but warm and lovely in the winter months (about October to March). There are two rainy seasons: one in the late summer months, and one in the early part of the calendar year. Whenever it rains, it's usually just a shower that dissipates quickly, leaving a lovely clean city for you to enjoy.

The city of Merida houses more than a million souls, but you'd never know it... it is so tranquil, relaxed, friendly and safe. Walking around the downtown area, you'll feel as if you've gone back in time and are walking around a small colonial town. There are many cultural events to enjoy that are free, as well as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, museums, shops, a zoo, movie theaters, a symphony, galleries, parks and much more... all within walking distance of Casa de Los Mosaicos!

Keywords: Merida vacation rental, Family Home, Colonial rental, Colonial rental in centro, centro historico, Merida Yucatan rental

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Jane Galton and Clive Bruton
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
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September 8, 2016
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About Jane Galton and Clive Bruton

Jane and Clive are British and have been travelling since we were born, Jane in Malta and Clive in Montevideo. From then on we travelled the world separately - Jane to Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the US, Clive to Spain, India, Iran, Kuwait, Greece and Peru. We got together in 1989 and just kept travelling, to Oman, Nigeria and in 2002 to Mexico City, where we spent 5 very happy years. This is where we fell in love with Mexico so decided to buy somewhere permanent before returning to live in London, UK. Merida was the place of choice for many obvious reasons!

Jane is passionate about animals and animal conservation, while Clive is passionate (Jane would say obsessional!!) about fishing! But we also love travelling, going to the movies and the theatre, and taking in the odd pop/rock concert!

Clive has recently retired after working for over 30 years for an organisation called The British Council, and Jane has also just recently retired, but is staying very busy with charitable pursuits, mostly related to animals.

Jane Galton and Clive Bruton purchased this house in 2005

Why Jane Galton and Clive Bruton chose Merida

We moved to Mexico City in 2002 and fell in love with the country and its people, and in particular with Merida and its Mayan history and culture, which is still so alive and such an integral part of life here.

After so many years spent travelling, usually to warm places, Jane and Clive don't really do winters any more!! So we were looking for somewhere warm to escape to when the nights began to draw in in London, which is where we now spend a large part of our time. And Merida certainly fits that bill!

What makes this house unique

We love the beautiful old features of our house, the exquisite old tiles (we're told they are originally from Italy), the high high ceilinged rooms with their beams.

And we love being in the centre of the city, so that we can more or less walk everywhere and enjoy all the amenities that Merida has to offer without having to get into a car. One of our treats is to wander in to the centre to one of our favourite cafes for a leisurely Mexican breakfast, delicious! Or wander down to the Zocalo for a delicious home made coconut ice-cream!

But we also have our own garage (which is such a boon in Merida, where parking can be a problem) so we can jump into our car and head off to the beach at Progresso or a little further afield to the Caribbean coast if we want to.

And there is some wonderful saltwater fly fishing (remember that Clive is passionate about fishing?!) to be had in a number of spots quite close to Merida - Campeche, Rio Lagartos, Progreso, San Felipe, Holbox.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Casa de Los Mosaicos is a lovely house and a great place to make your Merida base. It is located very centrally, only a short walk to the main square, and near many restaurants, bars and shops. From Merida we were able to take several day trips to the surrounding historic and natural sights.

The house was spacious and comfortable, and very well equipped, and the courtyard with plunge pool was pleasant in the afternoons.

We would be more than happy to stay here again, and recommend a stay!
Nov 2010
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based on 21 traveler reviews

Colonial Home in THE BEST Centro location with Swimming Pool!
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Great location, great house, great service

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this lovely house for 5 nights while travelling round the Yucatan peninsula, and couldn't have chosen a better place to stay.

The location is excellent, walkable to the local squares, shops, restaurants, etc. There is a fabulous ice cream parlour just a 2 minute walk down the road. Although a car is not needed in Merida, we were travelling so had a hire car which enabled us to have day trips to Cuzuma cenotes (excellent directions provided in the house) and Celestum to see the flamingos. I note someone else commented on difficulties with the garage entrance being blocked and I must say we didn't have any problems with this at all. Access was never a problem and it was very easy to reverse out on to the street.

Excellent service was provided with booking, payment, local activity information etc. We were greeted on arrival and made very welcome. All communication was very quick and efficient.

Two specific points- firstly the second bedroom is across the courtyard and separate from the main house but very private, secure and enclosed. This suited us fine as enabled our 2 grown up daughters to have a bit of space from us parents!

Secondly, in response to a comment Jane made under another review 'Parque St Lucia ... where there are wonderful restaurants and shops, and Yucatan dances performed on a Thursday night and Sunday lunch time'. We stayed Thursday to Tuesday and this square, a few minutes walk away, was fabulous. Local dances, local mayan ball game, so atmospheric that I would highly recommend trying to include Thursday and Sunday in any stay if at all possible.

This was our favourite place in Mexico, very friendly, plenty to do but not necessarily on the usual tourist route especially for europeans- we met no other visitors from the UK while there.

A must for experiencing the wonderful mexican lifestyle,food and hospitality.

Would love to return and nowhere better to stay in Merida. Will certainly recommend to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely stay at Casa de los Mosaicos House No 147072!

  • 5 of 5

Spent a wonderful 2 weeks in Casa de los Mosaicos House in Merida's Centro historic district. Perfect location to sights and markets. Beautiful tiles, nice bathrooms, serviceable splash pool and amazing nearby shops and restaurants make for a an inviting temporary home away from home.

Jane was easy to work with and her property manager made our family vacation worry free.

Our three children are 8,6, and 4 and enjoyed the property and the wonderful city. They were perfectly a safe in the splash pool which is deeper than it appears.

We cooked and washed clothes and really made ourselves at home. I cannot recommend it enough. The biggest challenge is the parking if you are renting a car. We had issues with people parking in front of the garage or so close to the drive that it was difficult to get out some days.

Jane, thanks again for the stay and maybe we will be there again next summer. Lee and Stella and the kids.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The garage is a real bonus in the centre of Merida and with an automatic garage door makes hiring a car and parking very simple. We are aware of the problem of cars parking in front of our garage and know who the main culprits are so we will do all we can to ensure that they do not continue to do so.
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Super nice, fast and easy communication!

  • 5 of 5


We have been worldwide VRBO patrons for 10 years. The available dates for this rental didn't work out for us. I must leave a positive review based upon the back and forth communication with Jane trying to see if we could make the dates of availability work with our schedule. This was our first choice. She was fast and super nice and helpful. Believe all of the positive reviews. Thank you Jane for your consideration, even while you were on vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London. UK

Charming Authentic home in Centre of Old Town

  • 5 of 5

This delightful home within walking distance of the beautiful centre of Merida is the perfect base for exploring all the interesting sites and restaurants. It is comfortable and all the amenities work. Having an off road garage was a bonus and we loved the dipping pool to cool off after a morning exploring.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London, UK

A jewel nestling in the middle of an enchanting city

  • 5 of 5

Behind a terraced facade, this elegant, extremely comfortable and well equipped town house is the ideal location from which to explore the old town of Merida. High ceilings and tiled floors ensure that the house is wonderfully cool, and to have a pool to cool off in even better. The 2nd bedroom being across the courtyard ensured that both couples had complete privacy too. I highly recommend this charming home.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I'd like to keep it a secret...

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect in every way ; great location , owner, management people, and pristine. We have done rentals in Mexico and this is the best! We love the tasteful decor, quiet location by Santiago Parque, and only 4 blocks from Inpendencia Plaza. Jane couldn't be easier to deal with, accomadating and gracious. Our added secret thrill... The ice maker! Oh,and I almost forgot, off street parking in a tiled-floor garage.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have have you back at Casa de los Mosaicos once again. Thank you for such a lovely review and I am glad you enjoyed your time at the house and in Merida. Just a quick note to clarify that the house is between Parque Santiago and Parque St Lucia but actually closer to the latter where there are wonderful restaurants and shops, and Yucatan dances preformed on a Thursday night and Sunday lunch time. Quite the place to be. The house is also only 4 blocks from the main square or Zocalo. With best wishes, Jane
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
(MID) Merida International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.12 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
La Ceiba Club de Golfe
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Campeche - Merida - Cancun
Nearest Restaurant
0.12 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Progreso, Yucatan

Explore the Mayan archaeological ruins using Casa de los Mosaicos as your base. Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balaam, Coba and others are all just a day trip away from this central location. You can also visit smaller colonial cities, like Izamal, Valladolid, Ticul and others in just a day. Take a day trip to the cenotes of Cuzama (three cenotes in one trip) or to the beach at Progreso and other towns along the Yucatan Gulf Coast. Play golf and tennis at nearby La Ceiba Golf Course, or enjoy the public tennis courts, racketball courts, track and other sports facilities at the Salvador Alvarado Sports Stadium. If you like to fish, there is excellent fishing on the Yucatan Gulf Coast... both fly and line fishing in places like Campeche, Sisal, Rio Lagartos and San Felipe. Or go bird watching at Celestun and see the huge flocks of pink flamingoes. Within walking distance, you can go to multiple museums, or take a drive and go to the new Maya Museum in North Merida or the Museo de Cacao on the way to Sotuta de Peon or Yaxcopoil, hacienda museums. The list of great restaurants in Merida is growing all the time... go to Hennessy's Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo for a taste of Irish Mexican culture or Apoala on Parque Santa Lucia to experience nouvelle Oaxacan cuisine. There is also plenty of shopping for arts and crafts close to Casa Mosaicos, as well as bookstores, antique stores, tourist shops, bakeries, traditional mercados and much more.


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Apr 16 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 15 2017
3 night minimum stay

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50% deposit on booking and 50% one month prior to arrival plus 25% damages deposit.

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Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms are beautifully appointed. The bathroom off the second bedroom (also accessible from the pool area) has a full-size bathtub for your luxuriating pleasure!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Sofabed is in the sitting room
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Can push the two single beds together to make a king bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a sofabed in the living room which can accommodate two people.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Casa de los Mosaicos has beautiful old tiled floors in every room - hence the name of the house - and high beamed ceilings, typical of old colonial houses in Merida. Each room has some beautiful antique Yucatecan furniture mixed with the new for comfortable living. The light fixtures are made by a local Yucatecan ceramicist and the walls have interesting pieces of art from local artists as well as pieces from our international travels.

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