About the property
- House1050 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-4)
Casa de la Cruz is a small, charming colonial-style home with a courtyard garden, tiled-roof terraza, plunge pool and modern amenities. It is most comfortable for two adults, and ideal for those seeking a genuine, local experience.
The casita features traditional high ceilings, vibrant hacienda colors, antique wooden doors, Mexican pasta tile floors, and wrought-iron rejas adorning large windows looking to a central courtyard, which gives the house a bright, open and airy feeling.
It offers a living room, dining room, modern kitchen, full modern bath, private outdoor shower, laundry, and a separate main bedroom across an interior courtyard. The main bedroom provides a bright, traditional Mexican design with a custom-made queen size bed, plenty of closet space, and air conditioning. Up to two additional guests can be accommodated in the sala (living room) utilizing the custom-made day beds, which were designed to transform into a second queen-size bed.
ROOM BY ROOM TOUR : Entering from the sunny front courtyard, antique wooden front doors open to a cozy living room/sala. With high ceilings and a large window overlooking the courtyard, the room is naturally airy and full of light. There are two comfortable custom-made day beds, which can combine into a second queen-size bed when easily moved together.
The light and airy feel continues in the dining room, with a large window looking to the pool. In the center is a rustic dining table that seats four comfortably. Traditional 'hamaca' (hammock) hooks dot the east and west walls of the dining room. Experience the traditional Yucatecan hammocks provided for guest use (VERY comfortable!).
The updated kitchen offers polished concrete counters, pasta tile floors and backsplash, modern appliances including new refrigerator, new gas stove and oven, toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker, cooking utensils, and table service for four.
The bath is modern with polished concrete, pasta tile mosaic walls, walk-in shower, new hot water heater, and sky lights. It's outfitted with ample towels for both bath and pool. Just beyond, is a small interior courtyard with a private outdoor shower, and a separate "bodega" room with laundry for guest use.
Across the courtyard is the separate air-conditioned bedroom. The quiet, comfortable room looks out to the pool and courtyard. Designed in an authentic Mexican style, it offers a custom-made queen-size bed, a ceiling fan above, an office desk area, and generous closet/shelf space.
A stone privacy wall secludes the outdoor living areas - a sunny front courtyard, garden, a central courtyard with a tiled-roof terraza (more hamaca hooks) and a 10' x 15' (approx. 3.25 m x 5 m) plunge pool, perfect for relaxing after a day in the Mayan sun.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES & ARRIVAL : Casa de la Cruz is comfortably appointed and includes hi-speed wifi, cable TV, a Telcel Amigo pre-pay phone for guest stays, and bottled water delivered for drinking and cooking. There is a safe available for guest use during their stay, large enough for laptops. Daily or periodic housekeeping service during longer stays can be arranged for about $25 per visit. Otherwise, we provide weekly service during longer stays.
Public transportation stops across the street from the front of house. The bus ride to Parque Central/downtown is 7 pesos. It's the true way to have a local, Merida experience.
Casa de la Cruz is located 15 minutes from Mérida's airport. Exiting the main terminal, a “Taxi Sítio” offers fixed fares to Centro and Casa de la Cruz. The cost for up to 3 persons is about $300 pesos ($15 USD). The ADO bus station is approximately 10 minutes by taxi (approx 75 pesos/$3-4 USD). For rental cars, street parking is generally easily available in front of the house (opposite side of street).
Chacon & DuBois
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- Apr 16, 2018
About Chacon & DuBois
We are long-time partners with our primary home in the San Francisco Bay Area, California - when we aren't enjoying adventures in the Yucatan. We work in management consulting, graphic design and communications when we have to - but we'd secretly prefer just moving to Merida.
Chacon & DuBois purchased this House in 2009
Why Chacon & DuBois chose Barrio de Santiago
Our first experience with Merida and the Yucatan was 35 years ago when one of us was an exchange student in Mexico, with a dream to stay there. That plan was interrupted by college and a career until 2008, when we went together on an exploratory trip and decided it was something that we wanted to do. We chose Merida because it offers all of the modern urban amenities intermixed with rich culture, history, and architecture. But more than anything, the people of Merida are incredibly warm and friendly, and we find the lifestyle to be simple, peaceful, and relaxing.
What makes this House unique
Casa de la Cruz captured our attention because it is a small colonial house, oriented to outdoor living within a traditional and genuine neighborhood. We appreciate its simplicity and minimalism, but also enjoy being there because it always feels full of life. We have tried to keep it true to its origins. We enjoy our great neighbors, the simple neighborhood things like beeping tricycles with fresh baked goods every evening, walking to Parque Santiago for lunch or a movie, and being close, but not directly in the midst of Merida's major tourist attractions. We've come to really enjoy the easy day-trips to the beach in Progreso, always taking the bus to get there. Not to mention the hammocks, pool, and terraza right at the house where it's easy to spend a week without doing anything.
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Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great stay, beautiful property!
We loved this cute little property and the privacy it offered. Our stay here was the last few nights of a month long stay at beach, and the location was perfect. Property manager was terrific!! Would definitely stay again!
Great Home in a Great Location
The Casa de la Crux is a beautiful oasis in a wonderful city. It has all the amenities required for a comfortable stay, but still retains the charm of the past. (The pictures posted do not mislead - this is a beautiful home.)
By some miracle of design, the front room and dining area remain quite cool, even though there is no air-conditioning. Our many siestas in the peak heat of the day taken in the front room attest to that!
The natural lighting, especially in the bathroom and kitchen, were a stroke of genius.
The separate bedroom was very comfortable, and the fan and air-conditioning worked wonderfully.
Perhaps best of all was the perfectly (and totally) private outdoor garden where you could sit in comfort and dine casually, and escape the heat by using the plunge pool. The pool was well-used and a very enjoyable and easy way to bring down the body temperature. Again, I am not certain how or why, but the pool remained cool and refreshing, even chilly, during our one-week stay despite the heat of the day.
The hosts were more than kind and generous in their help and their suggestions.
All in all, it was a memorable stay, and one that we would recommend highly, as well as one that we hope to repeat again. (We have stayed in homes in a number of countries in the area and in other continents, and this house is among the best we have stayed at. Our comments, therefore, are considered and based on our experience elsewhere.)
Two final general notes:
- Merida is a lovely and vibrant city with many attractions so a week or two week stay is warranted. There are also many locations/attractions nearby that warrant a visit.
- Despite what you may have read elsewhere, driving (we had a car, but you do not need one) was quite easy once you learned that all odd-numbered streets run at right angle to even-numbered streets in a grid-fashion and that, in either case, they (mostly) consecutively are one-way in one direction or the other.
Good place to stay for a couple
Stayed at the Casita for a week in February. House is just as described and very comfortable. Had a few problems with the electric and washing machine but Sylvia the agent was very prompt in responding to issues and communicating. Only slight negative was that it is on the junction between 2 roads which had lorries and buses going past so can be quite noisy at times from the early morning. Otherwise would recommend whole heartedly.
casa cruz, a real charmer
This casita gets better each time we visit. The renos on the kitchen and bathroom added to our comfort. It's bright and airy, and then there's the plunge pool - a real delight. The owners and manager are a dream to deal with. It's a bit of a hike to El Centro, but exercise is good when you''re walking to a restaurant. And Santiago Plaza is not too far away. Loved our week-long stay.
Marg and Will - we're always really glad to see you come back to Casa Cruz, and definitely appreciate the feedback on the most recent renovations. We also love your adventurous Yucatecan spirit! We can see how Casa Cruz fits you well. Thanks very much for being our guests, and we look to hearing from you again. All the best on your next adventures.
We came to Merida to relax and at the same time get a little work done without distractions. Casa de la Cruz proved to be a very good choice for us. It is airy, comfortable, and has all the charm one would expect in the heart of the Yucatan. Pete DuBois, the owner was very accommodating, and property manager Sylvia Sanchez, was especially responsive to our needs, and offered tips and advice on traveling the city. While we happened to be there during a very hot period, and didn't get out much during the day, Merida itself has many things to see, and the food was astonishingly good at every restaurant we visited. I can highly recommend the casita to anyone visiting the area.
Thanks so much for the kind words, and for being such great guests at Casa Cruz. We're happy to hear your appreciation of the airy, open style of the house and its reflection of Yucatecan style and simplicity. We'd love to have you back anytime - hopefully the next trip your flight connections will be a little smoother. Saludos!
Beautifully redone house just outside of Centro. Much larger than the photos suggest. Probably not for the timid traveler but we had a blast! We had cool weather for Merida so didn't use the plunge pool much but it would be a great resource when the temps hit 90. The bikes were great to have, especially on Sunday when the main streets downtown close to car traffic.
Thanks very much for choosing Casa Cruz for your stay in Merida; and opting for the slightly more authentic and adventurous alternative in your choice of where to stay. We loved having you, and we hope that you'll be back again. We sincerely appreciate your taking a moment to provide a review. Saludos!
Casa de la Cruz is located in a traditional residential area of Colonia Santiago, one of the oldest colonias in Merida. Five blocks from Casa de la Cruz is Parque Santiago, a quaint tree-filled public square, with a traditional Mexican church founded in 1637. A market is located next to the church, with fruits and vegetables, meats, and a good flower selection. There are a host of excellent cocina economicas, sundries stores, and an ice cream store along the market. There is also big band music (Tuesday nights), dancing, fairs and temporary markets. Surrounding the park you can find a coffee house, grocery store (Aki), a drugstore, and a movie theatre. The Santiago district is to the west and north of Plaza Grande, about a 15-20 minute walk.
Casa de la Cruz is a good home base for day trips to Mayan ruins at Dzilbilchaltun, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza. It is also an easy day trip to the Yucatan beaches (Progreso), cenotes, and the colonial city of Izamal.
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