|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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
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
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!
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.
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!
The house is perfectly located for easy walking to all the cultural and historic sites in Merida. It is also 2 short blocks from Santa Lucia square which is the place to go for good restaurants and great people watching. The 2 bedroom property is very comfortable and well maintained with all modern appliances and air-conditioning which we didn't use much even though it was hot - the ceilings are so high we were fine just using the fans. The courtyard with plunge pool and loungers is a lovely spot to enjoy relaxing any time of the day or evening.
The house was as advertised. Good location in in Centro. Walk to restaurants and museums.
We were primarily doing day trips to Mayan ruins, so having a garage for our car was a plus.
The local management people were outstanding.
My family stayed for 5 nights at Casa de Mosaicos over the Christmas holidays. The house is delightful, comfortable and quiet. It is perfectly located in the historic Santa Lucia neighborhood, with many excellent restaurants and a morning fruit and vegetable market and bakery within a few blocks. With so many great day trips from Merida, if you rent a car, you'll find the off street garage a huge plus. The owner, Jane, was easy to work with and the local property manager, efficient and professional. We had a wonderful visit to Merida and loved our stay at the Casa de Mosaicos.
My wife and I stayed at Casa de Mosaicos from October 29 through November 5, 2016. We loved every minute spent in this beautifully restored colonial home in Merida Centro.
This home has gorgeous authentic tile, huge ceilings, bright colors and tasteful decorations throughout. Casa de Mosaicos retains its original colonial feel with large, wooden doors throughout. The home is wide open and spacious, lending to a feeling of lightness and freedom! One enters the home into a large, beautiful Fourier flanked by a spacious living room area (complete with cable TV!). Beyond is a large dining area, and beyond that a spacious kitchen with all the modern amenities. The enormous master bedroom is accessed via either the living room or dining area. It has a nice en suite with a huge shower. Leading outside from the dining area is a cozy, enclosed patio with a beautiful blue dipping pool. Off this patio is another living area with two twin beds and another en suite bathroom with a huge bathtub! A narrow set of stairs leads up from the patio to a spacious deck area. All the rooms have their own separate air-conditioning units which made things comfortable. Internet worked great too.
Casa de Mosaicos is perfectly located on Calle 55 in downtown Merida. Parks (Santa Ana, Santa Lucia), restaurants (Chaya and Aguayo), shopping, history and culture are mere steps away. The beautiful Plaza de la Independencia, flanked by the Catedral de Merida, Palacio de Gobierno and Palacio Municipal, are a few short blocks away. It’s so convenient to experience all Merida has to offer.
The owner, Jane, is so responsive, gracious and personable. And we knew that Andrea, the property manager, was always available should we need anything whatsoever.
We truly loved everything about our stay at Casa de Mosaicos, and highly recommend it for anyone seeking an authentic, peaceful refuge in the middle of historic Merida!
We stayed a week here & enjoyed the central location, fabulous decor & excellent facilities. JAne made the booking process easy and this was backed up by Andrea on site. We had a hire car & the garage was a bonus. We were advised to leave the white gates on the outside of the front door "open" - indicating we were in residence & we had no problems with anyone blocking our access.
Kitchen facilities were excellent - you could cook a banquet for 20 with the equipment! Being on holiday we didn't but made use of the excellent restaurants within walking distance, often having wandered down to the main square to watch the night live free entertainment - don't miss the evening of local dancing! Neil's daughter had recommended some restaurants further out but excellent. Try Nectar or for lunch La Tradicion.
It was very hot during our stay so the air conditioning & fans were most welcome but the best was the plunge pool to cool off in after a hot day at the sites, accompanied by a glass of chilled wine sitting in the garden.
Merida is a great base to explore Uxmal, go early the have lunch at Hacienda Temozon. Drive up to Progreso and chose one of the great fresh fish restaurants, or just explore the town itself. Our one regret - we picked a week where it was just too hot for golf!
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.
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Nov 15 2017 - Dec 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Xmas and New Year
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
50% deposit on booking and 50% one month prior to arrival plus 25% damages deposit.
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.