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Walk to Everything Colonial Home in the Historic Centro

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

SUMMER SPECIALS COMING SOON!!!--JUST ASK. Casa La Barenda is located in the heart of Merida’s centro historico, walking distance to restaurants, local markets, plaza's, museums, shops, theaters, and all the exciting activities that go on in the Plaza Grande. And it’s only fifteen minutes from Merida’s international airport!

Travelers to Merida will discover a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that retains much of its French and Spanish colonial charm… and Casa La Barenda is right in the middle of one of the most charming historic districts, Santiago.

The casa has two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a plunge pool, kitchen, and large dining and living areas and a comfortable indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Casa La Barenda makes a terrific base to explore Mayan ruins, Cenotes, Caves, Haciendas, Colonial Churches, Bird sanctuaries, Fishing villages and the soft white sand Beaches nearby.

Its high adventure in Yucatan -- if you want it to be -- and you certainly won't be lacking in things to do...even if it’s nothing!

We hope you'll find time to relax and decompress around the casa too. Fall asleep in comfy handmade hammocks - warm your bones or do yoga at the rooftop lounge while enjoying seasonal breezes and city views. Crack open a beer, or blend up a Margarita and chill away around the plunge pool terrace. Reflect on the day and let the charms of Merida sink in. Casa La Barenda and Merida awaits you!

Your personal assistant is available for any additional services like pre-arrival shopping to stock the fridge, tours, massage...please just ask.

Keywords: Vacation Rental Home, Yucatan, Merida, Mayan, Colonial Home

More Details

Tim Ghirardelli
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Tim Ghirardelli

I am a fourth generation Californian, traveler based in the San Francisco, Bay Area. I’m fascinated by ancient advanced cultures where from Sumerian tablets to Atlantian myths and Mayan ruins—Yucatan plays a contributing role. While visiting Merida for the first time in 2003, I was hooked and came back to discover even more...

Tim Ghirardelli purchased this house in 2005

Why Tim Ghirardelli chose Merida

It's always a pleasure to see the ever-evolving food, art, music, people and cultural scene--there is so much here to experience. You can feel the history and explore the many fascinating Archeological and natural wonders nearby. Casa La Barenda is an easy day-trip from many areas on the planet, yet it's a world away! Being able to walk to everything in the centro historico and only fifteen minutes from Merida’s international airport makes it a snap to go.

What makes this house unique

Guests love the walk-to-everything lifestyle and the relaxing feel of the home with comfortable furniture and colonial features decorated with a blend of antiques and local artwork. It's easy to decompress here with the indoor/outdoor living, chilling around the plunge pool or warming your bones at the rooftop lounge. The casa feels good and travelers and friends think enough to return. Hopefully Casa La Barenda and Merida surrounds will bring a smile and pleasure to your stay too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I’m so glad there were no vacancies in the local hotels. We had everything we needed and then some! Very clean and worth every penny. We kept saying how happy we were to find it!
Mar 2012
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Barrio de Santiago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , vanity and sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Vanity and sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Two Queen size Beds. Sitting areas, ample closet space, en-suite bathrooms. Visiting guest air mattress available at $50.00us set up/take down charge plus added guest charge of $9us per night.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Enjoy city views from rooftop lounge area and Pergola. Be sure to ask about amenities not shown that you would like to have at additional charge: We'll stock the fridge with your favorites, provide local cell phones, In-house cooking or delivery, massage, tours, taxi's, etc. Our local English-speaking manager can assist with most anything, and is a valuable resource for any travel related questions, insider city tips, and can solve any household problem. Please note that electricity use is not included in your rental rates. Please also find us at:


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Walk to Everything Colonial Home in the Historic Centro
average rating of 4.551724 based on 31 reviews

100% All the Way

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely casa. From arrival to departure everything was perfect. Management staff was warm, welcoming, and went out of their way. Thank you for a memorable visit.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a pleasure to have so many guests appreciate the efforts involved by so many people working together with heart-felt pride to deliver the best possible experience. We try to make it fun, unique, personal and memorable. Thank you! This just in...a French Bistro has opened steps from the casa where you can enjoy morning latte's, croissant's and other fine pastries. Breakfast also served in a nice, sun lit dining area.
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A Beautiful Haven in Merida

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Casa La Berendera!

For four of us the house proved spacious, comfortable, and deeply pleasing aesthetically, with great colors, statuary, and decorative touches. We had some delightful evening hours on the roof-top terrace, and enjoyed the dipping pool as a great way to cool off from 90+ daytime temperatures. We never needed to use the AC (which will cost you some $$'s for electricity. The beds (and hammocks!) were really excellent.

From the house, a well-lit walk of 4 or 5 blocks gets you into the lively heart of charming downtown Merida, and made an easy jumping-off point for exploring other areas of the amazing northern Yucatan. When one of our party needed to stay several hours beyond check-out time until her flight out, Tim was extremely generous and accommodating, for which we are very grateful. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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great location, very comfortable casa

  • 5 of 5

The casa is as pretty as the pictures....great location for walking to the Plaza or the library. Management was fine, our 14 days were very enjoyable. The plunge pool helps in the hot mid-day heat....we would return. I recommend this casa. Martin

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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UK Hertfordshire

Discerning traveller

  • 5 of 5

A stunningly restored house with an emphasis on the best of it's historical features. A quiet haven which allows one to relax in the fabulous courtyard after exploring Merida. Nearby markets and parks ensures shopping and evening entertainment a delight .

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spring, TX

Cozy, comfortable retreat, very responsive and polite Property Mgmt!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Casa Barenda! The property is tastefully decorated; contemporary yet retaining the Mexican Mayan elements that make Merida so special. Everything you need is within walking distance, and with the convenience of Uber (reserved for those rainy afternoons) we didn't miss having a car at all. The little pool was so fun for our kids and to relax after a busy day of walking. The kitchen, although in our opinion too small for meal prep & cooking for a family of 4, offers everything you need if you were to cook and eat in! With the convenience of having Mercado de Santiago and all the restaurants of Santa Lucia within a few blocks, as well as the extremely reasonable prices, we ate out/ordered in for every meal for a fraction of what it would cost in the States. The rooftop terrace was perfect to have a drink and enjoy the cool afternoon breeze. Our only concern was not realizing that the second bedroom was separate from the main structure, accessible through the pool/courtyard area. It does have a lock and key, but with younger kids we wouldn't have been comfortable leaving them there for the night. The 4 of us ended up sharing the main bedroom, and the kids slept great in their own hammock! Our electric bill wasn't outrageous (the equivalent of ~30 USD for 4 nights), but we were very stingy running the AC's only when needed. We would love to come back once our kids are older and they can have their own room! We definitely recommend this property for couples traveling together, or for families with teenage kids. Thank you Tim and your team at Merida Rentals & Property Management!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for sharing your experiences! I look forward to your next visit. There's so much to enjoy just steps from the casa. From the cultural arts, music and theatrical events going on constantly throughout the city to the culinary delights that are unique to Yucatan. And of course the fascinating Mayan history and natural geological wonders. Traveler's would do well to stay a little longer to allow the charms of Merida to sink in.
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Oakland, CA

Beautiful renovated house in the middle of it all

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this lovely house. It is very large, plenty of room and well decorated. The kitchen is spacious and had most anything we needed. It was great having a washer to rinse out our sweaty clothes and the separation of the bedrooms was perfect. We didn't use the roof desk at all as it was extremely hot during our stay and the stairway is a bit of a challenge. The heat was an issue (not the owners fault). I had read all the reviews and saw the ones referring to the noise and the addition of the sound windows in all the external street windows.The problem is this creates a space with no air and no air flow. Only the dining room fan had any strength so the bedrooms were very, very hot and not knowing how expensive the air conditioning would be I was afraid to use it. I finally broke down and did and am still not sure what the cost was as I haven't gotten my deposit back. At a cooler time of year and with an unlimited budget you would be hard pressed to find a better place to stay, we did really enjoy it. The disco around the corner is very loud on Friday and Saturday, it didn't bother me but my friend is sensitive to noise like that just so you are aware.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Casa La Barenda is in the middle of it all and walkable to everything in the historic centro. AC use for this 8-night stay cost $25usd during an unusually hot period. A quick read of the Owners Manual will help you get the feel of the house with tips on living local. And don't forget to cool off in the plunge pool. It's more than nice, it's a functional part of living in Yucatan. Merida is a lively town and living in the centro come's with the typical city sounds. Staying in a renovated 18th century Colonial home is an awesome one-of-a-kind experience complete with idiosyncrasies, as all homes have. It's part of the joy and privilege of travel. I hope you'll choose to stir up your travels a little. You might otherwise be searching for perfect for a long time, or find that you are better suited to hotels.
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Rates & Availability

Barrio de Santiago House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Summer
Apr 8 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Fall Winter
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas New Years
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter Spring
Jan 8 2018 - Mar 24 2018
4 night minimum stay
Mar 25 2018 - Apr 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $100

CHECK IN: The house is available for check in after 3pm. Check out is 11am. Depending on the availability of the home, I am happy to accommodate an early check-in.

REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT: Assuming no damages, your deposit will be returned to you at the end of your stay, minus a charge for electricity used during your stay (meter is checked on arrival/departure). For stays of longer than one month the refundable security deposit is 500 US dollars. For stays longer than three months, the first and last months rent will also be due in advance.

ELECTRICITY: Guests will be charged for electricity usage. This is standard practice in Yucatan and is based on actual consumption. The meter at check in and on departure and the cost will be deducted from your deposit.

SERVICES: Complimentary housekeeping, pool and gardening service are included for all reservations. (1 service every 7 days).

SMOKING: Smoking is permitted but not inside the home or bedrooms please.

OCCUPANCY: The house is rented on the basis of the people listed on the agreement up to a maximum of 4. No extra overnight guests are allowed without the permission of the owner. The house is not designed to accommodate more than 4.

PARTIES: Absolutely no parties are permitted in the house.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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