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Casa La Ermita, Charming Restored Colonial in Historic Centro

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

This is a beautifully restored colonial house in the tranquil historic neighborhood of La Ermita, standing on one of the oldest cobblestone streets in the great city of Merida. The house is centrally located nine blocks from Merida's colorful main square, nine blocks from the splendid main market, and only steps away from lovely La Ermita Park and the neighborhood's botanic garden.

The house is ideal for a couple, a cozy home with original Yucatecan doors and windows, skylights, and dazzling pasta tile floors. A generous covered outdoor dining area opens out to a patio, pool, and garden. A charming staircase leads you up to a sunny roof terrace. The large, renovated kitchen is bright, fully equipped, and cook friendly, with a dishwasher and ample storage. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, and the modern bathroom includes a shower large enough for two. The original 18' high ceilings help keep all the rooms cool and airy.

Due to the staircase and the depth of the pool, the house may not be suitable for small children.

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from our management company, who will help you to settle in and answer any questions you may have about the house and about the city. Airport transportation can also be provided. If you choose to rent a car, parking is readily available on the street at all times, directly in front of the house.

We invite you to make yourself at home here, and hope you will enjoy the house while you are exploring this vibrant, unique, lovely city and all the wonderful surrounding areas.

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Derrick Tseng and Teresa Mastropierro
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
December 28, 2016

About Derrick Tseng and Teresa Mastropierro

We live in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., and work in film and television. We love Mexico, and have been especially drawn to Merida, the wonderful capital city of the Yucatan, and to Yucatecan culture in general.

Derrick Tseng and Teresa Mastropierro purchased this house in 2006

Why Derrick Tseng and Teresa Mastropierro chose Merida

We were attracted to Merida from having visited in the past, and were encouraged by friends who live there to look into purchasing property. It is a vibrant, growing city where tradition and modern life mix gracefully. Its location in the heart of the Yucatan makes it an ideal departure point for exploring the rest of the country. It's an easy place to spend a lot of time in -- a perfect home away from home.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy the sunny, tropical climate, the warmth of the people, the slower pace of life, the wonderful food, and the immediate connection to Yucatecan culture.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Casa La Ermita, Charming Restored Colonial in Historic Centro
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Los Angeles

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay. 3 nights in mid-July. The city gets hot/humid that time of year, but you can still stay cool in the house! Even though pool is small and shallow, it managed to stay refreshing throughout the day and night. Overall great style, very clean, awesome laundry.

Couple of things to note:

- Gentleman who let us in when we arrived mentioned internet would be down for 12-24 hours. It never came back the whole time we were there. There are plenty of travel books available in the house, so we weren't totally in the dark, but the location isn't easy walking-distance any internet cafes (as far as our disconnected research could find), so if you're planning on doing work while travelling, that might be problem here. Or maybe it was a one-time thing. :)

- Location is great if you have a car. All of our research for exploring Merida pointed us north quite a ways, so I don't recommend this house if you're without a car. We walked it a few times, but the crowded sidewalks, zooming busses, and heat made the walk unpleasant to do over and over.

- Friendly neighbor woke us up on a Sunday morning to let us know to move our car due to a weekly street closing for bicycles. He seemed surprised that we weren't warned. Very nice guy! There were a couple other cars parked still on the street that didn't get towed, but I'm happy to not have taken any chances. Check with the owners about the Sunday parking issue to get more clarity.

Again, overall very happy, definitely 5 stars.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: h i , e v a n & a m a n d a -- t h a n k s again for being our guests, for your kind review, & for your very helpful notes . apologies for the wifi malfunction ! that is unusual . but, regardless, the problem should have been addressed prior to your arrival and certainly should not have persisted the entire length of your stay . not that this necessarily would have helped, but, in fact, there is a lovely park just a few blocks east ( near the church ) that is a wifi hot spot . . . had we known, we at very least would have recommended that alternative . in any case, we will be sure to emphasize that going forward . apologies, too, for neglecting to remind you about the sun. parking regulation . purely an oversight on our part . glad to hear it was not too big an annoyance . . . and, again, we'll be sure to add this note to our orientation materials in future . again, t h a n k s ! d & t
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Cedarburg, WI, USA

Fabulous home and experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful week in this lovely home. The size and layout were perfect, the kitchen complete, the lanai amazing and the pool SO refreshing. Everything was spotless. The neighborhood was quiet with a cute little grocery store a couple of blocks away (turn left leaving the house, first left, then first right and down a half block) where we got toasted sandwiches for breakfast. Restaurants Chaya Maya (Yucatecan) and Dadaumpa (Italian) were great. Highly recommend, would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Texas

Beautifully Restored Colonial Home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had the opportunity to spend the last week of 2014 in this wonderful home in the warm city of Merida. We love outdoor style of colonial living and this is a perfect house to do it with the large covered terrace, hammocks and of course the refreshing pool to cool off in if you ever get too warm. We didn't do too much in the way of cooking but the kitchen is perfectly equipped if you that inclination. The bedroom has a very comfortable firm queen that we slept perfectly on, a spacious closet and beautiful bathroom with a huge rain shower. The location is great for exploring as many have already mentioned before. It is just a few blocks to Churches/Squares of San Juan, La Ermita and San Sebastian and just a little further to Plaza Grande. Cabs and Carriages are also very easy to find at the San Juan Square if you don't feel like walking. The cabs are also very affordable and I don't believe our fare was more than $25 pesos (or $2 USD) for any ride in el Centro. You can also catch many of the "combis" at San Juan which take you to smaller pueblo communities outside of Merida. We employed this means of transportation to get to Muna and then onward to the Mayan ruins at Uxmal. This is just everyday travel for the locals but for us what an adventure! Also, the owners and property managers were very accommodating and we owe a special thanks to Andy who interrupted her Christmas evening to meet us upon our arrival! We would definitely recommend this house to anyone who is coming to Merida whether it is to relax in your private compound and lounge by the pool or as home base to explore the city and further into the Yucatan countryside, or both!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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University Park, Md

Beautifully restored home in the heart of Merida

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house (especially the hammocks) and would definitely stay here again. Unless the owners make changes, there are no English speaking tv channels, nor DVD'S in ENGLISH. Also, there is no system for playing those wonderful Latin cd's you might want to play. Be forwarned: you will be charged for electricity usage.

The house was in a safe neighborhood, close to several plazas, although a bit farther from the main plaza, and we never did take advantage of the horse drawn carriages that came by the house regularly. The clopping of the horses' hooves was a constant reminder that we were in a special location.

A great option for staying in Merida!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, Texas

A Place of Tranquility!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed for 8 nights in the beautiful Casa La Ermita. It is a spacious old colonial home, located on a lovely brick street, which has been completely renovated with a modern touch. Although we didn't do a lot of cooking while we were there, the kitchen was fully equipped with everything we would've needed.......and more. In the backyard was where we spent a lot of time, on the beautiful patio or swimming in the pool. The house has very good cross-ventilation and fantastic ceiling fans. Even though it was pretty hot on several days during the week, we only had to turn on the A/C for about an hour on a couple of nights. We were in Merida long enough this trip to meet some of the very charming neighbors in La Ermita and to be able to experience some of the local restaurants. We loved the salbutes and panuchos at Poderosa, located in the nearby San Sebastian neighborhood. There is even a little "antique" store two doors down where they make lattes, cappuccinos and frappes. We met some neighbors for drinks at a recently renovated restaurant on 60th, Templo Maya. As long as we were drinking, they continued to serve us many delicious botanas. After two beers, we were too full to order any dinner. Casa La Ermita was very clean, the property manager was extremely efficient. Many thanks to the owners, Derrick and Teresa, for providing such a beautiful space. We will be back! D & E

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria, BC

A Gem in Merida

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we walked in the doors of Casa L'Ermita we knew our expectations, which by the way were high, were going to be exceeded. We could not have been happier with our choice of place to spend 10 days in Merida. It is a gracious colonial home that is absolutely perfect for a couple and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. The pictures on this site are but a tease for the overall ambience and charm of the home. Everything from the very comfy bed and nice linens to the bathroom and abundance of towels to the lovely kitchen were perfect. The outdoor patio area has to be my favourite aspect of the house and is where we spent most of our time enjoying the outdoor lifestyle and I wish I was back there swinging in a hammock now. Yes, the place comes with 2 hammocks which added to the enjoyment of Merida's famous outdoor living lifestyle. The place was immaculate and the owners provided an excellent overview of the house before we arrived and property manager they work with was fabulous. Thank you Derrick and Teresa for sharing your very special house with us and for your patience in answering all of our questions. Of all the VRBO rentals we've had, in Mexico and Europe, this was experience was a highlight and will be very hard to beat.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Merida International Airport (MID)
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Centro House Rental Rates

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Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

there will be a ( typically ) small additional charge for electricity, determined by meter readings, that is mostly a function of air conditioner use .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Walk-in shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Bed (1), Air conditioning, Opens onto covered terrazzo, Opens into large walk-in closet
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling

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