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Cozy Charming Casita with Pool; Centro Historico

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,050 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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).

More Details

Chacon & DuBois
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We can't say enough complimentary things about Casa Cruz. Our stay was a complete pleasure. We found the property clean, private, quiet, especially for sleeping at night, very well appointed, with a better equipped kitchen than we had expected from the write up on the VRBO website. Sylvia, the house manager, and Pete, the house owner were both delightful to deal with. And then there's the plunge pool. Superb. We lived in it.

The location is a little further away from El Centro than we're used to, but it meant more exercise, and seeing things we hadn't seen before - Parque Santiago, where we found the AKI supermarket to meet our needs, beer, cheese, tortillas, fruit; the zoological gardens, where we loved watching the families out on a Sunday afternoon, and enjoyed a children's dance contest, as well as the best churros.

We also took in a concert at the Teatro Peon Contreras, and a hipile exhibit at the Palacio Conte, the first at the Plaza Grande, the north end of our range, and the latter on the Paseo Montejo. - All walking.

Our favouite restaurants: Almendros, the new Chaya Maya, and Martin Azul for the best pescado empanizado we've had in Mexico.

A wonderful visit to Merida. We'll be back.

Hasta la proxima,
Feb 2013
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Barrio de Santiago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Free Local Calls
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Main - 1 queen
    Sala - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen size
  • Custom designed living room day beds can be utilized as two singles or combined to one queen size, sleeping two in addition to the queen-size bed in the main bedroom.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
Air conditioning in bedroom, ceiling fans other rooms. Sentry Safe available for guest use during stay.


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Cozy Charming Casita with Pool; Centro Historico
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 19 reviews

casa cruz, a real charmer

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Pete
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Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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Beautiful House!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Don, 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!
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Little Rock, AR USA

Nicely appointed and clean house in Merida

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and the pool is great! The location is also desireable. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saskatoon, SK Canada

Great Casa

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just spent eight days in Merida at Casa de la Cruz. What a perfect place to stay! We walked every place we went. The first couple of days it was just to Parque Santiago, then we started spending time in Plaza de la Independencia. It was so refreshing to go back to the casa and cool off in the pool. Pete (owner) and Sylvia (property manager) have thought of everything. It is very thoughtful of them to supply coffee, large bottles of water, a few basic staples such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and a few other herbs and spices - not really items you want to have to go purchase for a short stay. Both Sylvia and Pete were very quick to reply to any questions or concerns we had. As others have mentioned, the bed and pillows were comfortable. Hammocks available in practically every room, towels for the pool, laundry detergent, clothesline and pegs, every need anticipated. It was also very refreshing not to be constantly bombarded by someone trying to sell something. People would stop to talk to us, suggesting a Mayan co-operative for hats, hammocks and clothing, a cantina (La Negrita) that had 1 litre jars of sangria or beer for $50 pesos, all you could eat snacks, live music and a decent menu when snacks weren't enough. We would definitely recommend the Casa, the only caveat being check maximum temperature and humidity, both can be overwhelming if you are not used to it.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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East Lansing/Michigan


  • 5 of 5

Well, after two weeks here, we are just about finishing up our packing. I thought I would take several minutes and write about our perfect experience. After reading all the wonderful and totally accurate reviews of Casa Cruz (save for the one where I can only say that the renter had other issues) I decided to approach this review from a little different angle. First and foremost there is the manager, who without we would have been lost. Thank you for being so kind and patient with two gringos. Second, thank you to the owners, for having a home so well equipped that we needed for nothing. Although, we did buy more hangers....we are in Mexico for 3 I have a lot of clothes. We have left the hangers for subsequent visitors. The house's charm and beauty definately added to the overall experience. Daily we chose a different direction to travel. From Progreso to Celestun to the PUUC Trail, to all the Parque's around the was good! Thirdly, we were grateful for the friendly and helpful residents and professionals of the city. Even when stopped by the police for executing an illegal left turn.....the police were kind and helpful in getting us to where we wanted to go. No, we did not get a ticket....which my husband deserved! Fourthly, in 48 years of marriage I never have hung clothes on a line to dry. So now I know an old dog can learn new tricks.😉. Lastly, take this opportunity to not only experience , taste and enjoy this remarkable city, but venture too may still look like a gringo.....but in your heart you are anything but....😃

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
La Negrita
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
MX 261
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Cleaning Fee $85
Property Damage Protection $59

Signed, written rental agreement required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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