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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Electricity usage is to be paid by guest.