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FLOR de MAYO - An Artistically Restored Colonial Home.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Flor de Mayo is an artistically renovated colonial style home. It features 16 ft ceilings, pasta tile floors, handmade doors and ceiling fans throughout. The walls retain the original stenciling. There are two spacious en-suite bedrooms with A/C. The house is filled with folk art and antiques from around the world. A large eat-in-kitchen opens onto a covered patio and garden area, great for outdoor entertaining. The garden has old stone walls surrounding a pool with fountain, tropical vegetation and large shade trees. Flor de Mayo is located in the historic Centro, a 10 minute walk to the Plaza Grande.We are near restaurants, shops, 18th c. churches and museums. Relax at a side walk cafe, listen to music, or watch folk dancing - check out the colonial flavor of Merida. Come explore the many wonders of the Yucatan...we look forward to having you.

Deborah Lachapelle
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2016


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

FLOR de MAYO - An Artistically Restored Colonial Home.
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Ferndale, MI USA

Gorgeous setting

  • 5 of 5

When we walked into Flor de Mayo it was just as pictured in the images on VRBO. The décor, and atmosphere created by it, is incredible. We had a week-long stay in Merida, instead of our usual beach vacation in Cozumel, and the hustle and bustle of the city took a little getting used to. We were met by Eduardo, the property manager, who made sure we had everything we needed. Eduardo was helpful in every way, and completely charming. Deborah, the owner, who had been in frequent contact with us to make sure we knew how to get from the airport and to confirm our flight time, met us a day later and spent some time chatting with us about Merida and giving us suggestions. The abarroteria (“mini-mart”) across the street got us started with some staples, then we walked the ten blocks or so to the supermarket Chedraui for other supplies.

Each morning we enjoyed breakfast on the patio, watching the hummingbirds feed at the beautiful bird of paradise; occasionally a cat would walk along the high wall of the adjoining property. Returning in the afternoon we took advantage of the dipping pool (what a relief after some 90+ degree days) and sat reading until time for dinner. One comment is that we wished the chairs outside had been a little more comfortable for long-term sitting, maybe some lounge chairs? The fan in the patio chased away the mosquitoes, as did the insect repellent supplied by the owner.

We have to agree with a previous comment on the inability to use the beautiful bath tub, as there was enough hot water to only supply 2 inches or so of warm water. But that was before the temps hit 90 degrees, so really wasn’t an issue. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. The first three or four days we walked everywhere but in the heat, walking on narrow, crowded sidewalks with huge buses roaring by, we started taking taxis, which are very inexpensive. Be sure and get a Taximetro, which is a metered taxi. Fare from the house to Parque Santa Lucia was 30 pesos.

In summary, the house was beautiful, well-located, and the people we met in Merida were very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So nice to have meet you guys....glad you enjoyed yourselves & found Merida interesting.Hope to see you again,Deborah
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Serenity Inside & Out

  • 5 of 5

Prior to arriving in Merida, we spoke directly to the owner of this beautiful home, Deborah. We were due to arrive in Merida on December 30 at noon and had an appointment to attend at 4:00pm. Other guests were checking out the same day so the entire home (and it's large) needed to be turned over before we could check in. Deborah and her staff were so willing to cooperate with us - we simply needed to drop our bags before heading out to explore and then on to our appointment. Eduardo gave us our keys, his contact information, and a brief overview of the home. That evening, we returned to a peaceful, inviting home!

Deborah stopped by the following day late in the afternoon while we were relaxing on the patio. We had a lovely chat with her, and she made us feel welcome in her home.

The home and property look exactly like the photos on VRBO - it is stunning! Modern appliances and facilities combined with the old-word charm of Mexico. There are treasures in every corner to look at, even in the garden. The home had everything we needed for our 5-night stay. We really didn't do much cooking, but if we had, the kitchen was well stocked with all the necessities. The only thing remotely negative to say is that there was limited hot water (we took quick showers), but wouldn't let that stop us from returning. We would have enjoyed taking a bath in the huge tub but not enough hot water to fill it! There were plenty of ceiling fans throughout the home and an A/C in the bedrooms to keep cool. There was very little street noise so the patio was a retreat regardless of the time of day We felt completely safe walking back and forth from the home to the central plaza in historic Merida (about a 10-minute walk). Eduardo arranged for a taxi to pick us up at the exact time we needed to depart for the airport.

We would enjoy going back to this peaceful home and would highly recommend it to others. Thank you, Deborah, for sharing it with us!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Im so glad you guys felt comfortable & enjoyed yourselves.I enjoyed meeting you guys & chatting about Mexico,real estate,etc.Eduardo & I look forward to having you again.Ive told check the hot water tank to see if it might not have been turned all the way up to very HOT...Hasta pronto,Deborah
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A Charming Artistic Retreat in a Wonderful City

  • 5 of 5

I was delighted to be able to stay in this beautiful, restful and artistic home away from home. I loved the layout, privacy of the bedrooms and truly inspiring decor. I loved the folklore accents, original tile floors and artwork. Merida is a safe, vibrant and inspiring city and the Yucatan is a fabulous historically rich region of Mexico. Looking forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased to hear that you were happy here...we hope youll return.Thanks,Deborah
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Peaceful, relaxing, serene

  • 5 of 5

My family and I really enjoyed staying here. It is filled with beautiful art, and the attention to detail in this place is unbelievable. The kitchen is huge, and there is a nearby market which was great because we love to cook. After sight seeing, we would usually hang out in the pool, which we took advantage of on a daily basis. There are many great restaurants within walking distance, and the house manager had no shortage of suggestions for us to try. Merida is a very interesting city, and while there we went to one of the best Zoo's I have ever been to. All in all it was a great experience staying at flor de mayo. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to visit the area, and we will definitely be coming back

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Youre right - theres much to do in Merida...the Zoo is a well kept secret.Great having you & your family. Hope to see you guys again,Deborah
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A consistent positive experience

  • 5 of 5

I've had the pleasure of staying more than once at this fabulous spot and it never disappoints. The ambience is relaxing, the home is spacious, well laid out and perfect for a complete retreat It is a little difficult to leave once you enter through the front door, in spite of the lure of fabulous sites to see in Merida. Beds comfortable, bathrooms luxurious, home spotless and attention to every detail is apparent. Would recommends strongly to other guests. Oh...and the location is fabulous. Love the grocery store across the street for every possible need.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always glad to see you each time you come to Merida & happy this is a home away from home for you.See you guys the next time,Deborah
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Absolutely Magnificent with modern amenities

  • 5 of 5

Flor De Mayo is one of the best examples of the modern yucatan architecture and design.

Even though I am not a design aficionado, I found myself completely immersed in awe at the level of details in every room from high ceilings, restored stencils on the wall, the garden, the pool fountain, the conservatory-style roof filled with lush bougainvillea, intricate pasta-tile floors, the antiques pieces acquired locally interspersed with modernist furnishings and the list goes on.

Meanwhile, it was restored keeping the modern traveller in mind (such as wifi everywhere, lovely bathrooms, modern kitchen).

Once I entered the house, I was transported to a relaxing world of leisure, filled with intrigue.

In addition, the wonderful house manager is charming and was available to address any of my needs.

This house is one of famous designer Deb LaChappelle's masterpieces.

I highly recommend this place to all.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I loved restoring this house as it offered so many colonial-style features to work with - very glad it was a good fit for you...Thanks from Edwardo (best house mgr.going) & me.
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Car: recommended

We are located in the historic center of Merida near cathedrals, restaurants, shops and museums. There is music and dancing in the main plaza weekly. We are a 30 minute drive/bus ride from the beach.


Rates & Availability

Centro House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2
Feb 2 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter 1
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 13 2017 - Jan 9 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Electricity usage is to be paid by guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Spacious en-suite bedrooms with A/C.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • spelunking
  • swimming

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