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Tim Ghirardelli

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Walk to Everything Colonial Home in the Historic Centro

23 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

Barrio de Santiago House Rental Photos and Description

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

Casa La Barenda is located in the heart of Merida’s centro historico, walking distance to restaurants, hotels, museums, shops, theaters and all the exciting activities that go on in the Plaza Grande (the central square). 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.

Casa La Barenda has two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a plunge pool, kitchen, and large dining and living areas… making it the perfect vacation home for families or couples.

Casa La Barenda makes a terrific base to explore Mayan ruins, Cenotes, Caves, Haciendas, Bird sanctuaries, Fishing villages, Churches, Antiquities and Beaches of the Yucatan.

Your personal concierge will deliver ALL the services you enjoy. Pre-arrival shopping to stock the fridge with your favorites, food delivery, taxi, tours, or personal massage just to name a few...please just ask.

Keywords: Vacation Rental Home

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Tim Ghirardelli (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About Tim Ghirardelli

I am a fourth generation Californian, traveler based in the San Francisco, Bay Area. I’m fascinated by ancient advanced culture where from Sumerian tablets to Atlantian myths and Mayan ruins—Yucatan plays a central 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

Casa La Barenda is an easy day-trip from 'home', 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.

I enjoy the French-Spanish colonial architecture and exploring the many fascinating Archeological and natural wonders nearby. Not least of which also includes the local food, art, music, history, people and culture--there is much here to enjoy. Currently, I'm exploring the many surrounding cenotes as more become available to view. These natural geological formations are otherworldly.

What makes this house unique

Casa La Barenda is a simple, rustic property with all the essentials and various architectural touches to reflect local character and lifestyle. Guests love the walk-to- everything location; the plunge pool and garden with the Mayan water feature overhead and the rooftop lounge area with neighborhood views. The casa feels good and travelers and friends think enough to return. Hopefully Casa La Barenda 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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Reviews

4.5
based on 23 traveler reviews

Walk to Everything Colonial Home in the Historic Centro
average rating of 4.478261 based on 25 reviews
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Beautiful home in a great location

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed in the home for several days at the end of August 2016. Was a highly positive experience and would recommend this house to those visiting Merida.

Pros:

Location is great. Three blocks from Santiago park and its church and food stalls and food market. Short walk, maybe 10 minutes or so, to the city's grand plaza and trendy Santa Lucia park area. A bit longer walk to Paseo de Montejo and its attractions, but totally doable. Plenty of restaurants nearby, plenty of on street parking within one block. Convenience store directly across the street for beer and snacks, full grocery store three blocks away in Santiago.

House is lovely. Two large bedrooms with queen beds in each. Full bathroom attached to each bedroom. Washing machine (clothes line drying though). Decent sized splash pool and lounge area on the patio. Relaxing roof deck. Hammocks. Big enough kitchen to cook if you want (we cooked breakfasts each morning) and big dining room table. Nice living room with big couch and tv. Very quiet. Can barely hear the street noise in the living areas, and not at all in the bedrooms at night. Nicely decorated, homey, classy.

Super nice and responsive owner and management. They answered questions quickly and well. House was very clean. Check in and check out simple and easy. Lots of helpful info provided in the welcome booklet.

Cons: It's hot in there. Yes, Merida is always hot no matter where you go, and especially in August, but that said, the house seemed to be maximized for quiet and avoiding street noise which sacrificed ventilation. Many of the windows are not screened, but rather enclosed by plastic so it's difficult to get cross breezes going. That makes the house very hot inside, so you will need to use the a.c., which can be expensive. We got by only using the a.c. at night to sleep, but something to keep in mind. You can escape the heat nicely in the splash pool and on the rooftop patio.

Overall, a very nice place and a great option if you want to stay in a house in the historical central district of Merida.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: With the unique European influence, Merida is an all-the-more interesting destination to experience the Mayan and Spanish colonial history, not to mention the architecture, food and art scene. Unseasonably high temperatures can be managed quite effectively both in the casa and surrounds. We’ll be adding this info to the Welcome Book.
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A beautiful and well located home

  • 5 of 5

The home worked perfectly for me. It was very comfortable to stay in and a good value. The owner was prompt to respond and informative and welcoming. The management team was exceptional and responsive. Javier provided excellent customer service throughout the stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Casa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed around Casa La Barenda for one week and had a great stay! We have been to Merida four times and found for that Casa La Barenda was in a perfect location for us and offer all we needed. Very close to the main square and Santa Lucia. The owner Tim and the management made us feel very welcome....like we were at home! Everything at the casa was even better than the pictures showed and we would recommend it to anyone visiting Merida. Thanks again to Tim and to Javier (Tim's property manager in Merida) for everything and we hope to see them again soon!. Keith & Lauri

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always a pleasure sharing the casa with guests who really enjoy the adventure of it all--the friendly city of Merida; the sights-- Mayan, Spanish and European history and architecture; the natural wonders, and the amazing fusions that are occurring in the food and art culture. But especially the non-tourist, international vibe that travelers love. Thanks so much! We hope to see you two in the neighborhood!
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Almost didn't stay but glad we did

  • 3 of 5

The house is in good location. Street parking, which wasn't a problem for us. Easy walk to several parks, very nice restaurants and shopping. Also walking distance to several tour companies that will take you to see ruins, cenotes etc. We felt completely comfortable walking in this area any time of night or day. You'll find the Mexican people are extremely friendly in Merida.

The house itself is nice for two couples. Kitchen is small, but with eating out prices being as low as they are, we found that we only used the kitchen for breakfast. Street noise did bother us the first night, but got used to it very quickly. The noise is just something that you'll have in any houses in Merida, as most were built long before paved roads were put in and cars were around.

The only problem that we had was that no one gave us good directions to the house and we were not aware that as you enter and leave different barrios the street numbers start over. I had a general idea from my own research on the internet. After more than an hour of trying to figure out where to go, we ended up calling the owner for directions. We were told that we should have gotten an email with directions and the code for the lock box from the management company. "Just give them a call" is what we were told. Great but we don't even know who the management company is, much less have their phone number. After another hour or so, a representative from the management company met us at a local gas station and escorted us to the house and let us in. The problem was that the management company was never told that we were coming, therefore not ready for us. But they got the house ready very quickly and left us with a nice bottle of wine. The management company was great and really took very good care of us. We'll use the management company directly to book stays in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at the casa and in Merida. It's very important to touch base with the owner or management company prior to your dates. And when driving a car in Yucatan, be sure to inform your host, and ask about any special navigation tips. We'd hope too, that you'd be traveling with a good map, or have access to GPS on your hand-held device.
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5

Awesome house , highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property that is conveniently located 3 blocks from the heart of downtown ( the cathedral and plaza) to enjoy in this city.

The management was very attentive and friendly.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's a pleasure to provide a great experience for guests. Management is happy to stock the fridge prior to your arrival, or concierge day trips too. Thanks so much!
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Cool and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Casa la Barenda, good location, air conditioning that worked and everything thing we needed to relax and enjoy. We visited in late July early August and it was hot outside, but we kept it nice and comfortable inside. There were some good maps at the Casa that made it easy for us to get to what we wanted to see. Uxmal and the ruins of the Ruta Puuc are amazing. We visited several nearby museums that were free and air conditioned as well as a day to to the beaches near Progreso . There are good restaurants nearby that can be easily walked to. Only negative was no hot water for the shower and several lights needed to be replace so it was a little dark. Would definitely recommend to friends and would look to return if we get the chance to visit Merida again, we would plan for November to April. The plunge pool was a refreshing relief after walking around town in the heat. The roof deck was another added bonus. The private outdoor space with grill table and ceiling fan was another added plus

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The plunge pool is so nice to cool off in after a day exploring, or just chilling on the rooftop enjoying the breezes and city views. Local management is happy to respond to any needs in the casa, or concierge day trips too. Thanks so much!
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Map

Cenotes at Cuzama
"I wrote about this experience in my Blog...Like an Indiana Jones adventure...It's a must-do!"
Merida Cathedral
"Great history and architecture built from Mayan pyramids. Located in the Central Plaza. A ..."
Parque Principal
"Have a seat at the park and watch the world go by."
Dzibilchaltun Ruins
"Close-by the casa about 20-30 min. drive. Dzbilchaltun will give you a feel for what's to c..."
Chichen Itza
"Its at least a day trip and a must-do World Heritage site. Try a sleep over at mayaland hot..."
Palacio Canton
Museo de Arte
La Tratto
Car: not necessary

Casa La Barenda is close to Mayan Archaeological sites, Museums, Restaurants, Art Galleries, Music, Theaters, Colonial Churches, Forts, Plantations, Haciendas, Bird Sanctuaries, Cenotes, Caves, beaches and more.

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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
 
SUMMER 2016
Mar 30 2016 - Oct 29 2016
4 night minimum stay
$84
$412
$1,281
 
 
FALL
Oct 30 2016 - Dec 21 2016
4 night minimum stay
$113
$616
$2,155
 
 
CHRISTMAS 2016-17
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
$203
$1,278
 
 
EWINTER 2017
Jan 4 2017 - Jan 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$140
$840
$3,080
 
 
LWINTER
Feb 1 2017 - Mar 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
$147
$882
$3,234
 
 
SPRING
Mar 2 2017 - Mar 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
$113
$646
$2,464
 
 
EASTER 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
$168
$923
 
 
SUMMER 2017
Apr 17 2017 - Oct 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
$84
$412
$1,281
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$103
$542
$1,568
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $100

1. The home is available for check in after 3pm. Check out is before 11am. Depending on availability of the home, we are happy to accommodate an early check-in.

2. Your booking and payment is your agreement to our lease terms and conditions. A copy of this will be forwarded to you upon request.

3. Guests will be charged for electricity usage. For tenancies longer than 1 month, natural gas usage will also be payable by guest.

4. For stays longer than one month, and additional security deposit will be required. Guest will be required to pay electricity use monthly. For stays longer than three months, the last month of rent will also be due at check in.

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Amenities

Barrio de Santiago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , vanity and sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Vanity and sink
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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 concierge most anything and is a valuable resource for any travel related questions, insider city tips, medical referral questions and can solve any household problem. Please note that electricity use is not included in your rental rates. Please also find us at: www.CasaLaBarenda.com.

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