Huge bedrooms right off park-like gardens and pool - 12 ft ceilings - it's home!
Ben and Ron
- english, spanish, Thai
About Ben and Ron
Ron was brought up in New England, educated in New York State, Portland, Maine, and Ft Lauderdale, FL; We live in beautiful Metro Vancouver, since 2005 with my partner, Ben. We enjoy all our friends, hiking, travelling, family, and the outdoors, always visiting a wide range of activities here. I work for the School Board as a therapist. Ben worked at the Delta Waterfront Hotel, a graduate of Chulakorn University, Bangkok, Faculty of Economics and a Masters Degree, Northeastern University, Boston, where we met in July, 1997. in January 2015, we begin a world tour meeting new people, seeing all that we have in this world. A month in Southern US, In late January 2015 we began our international year - long trip - May 2015 Merida Mexico, May - July 2015, Avignon Provence France, parts of Europe, Prague, then Thailand for seven months before returning to Vancouver!!! We love hiking in the North Shore Mtns, especially around Cleveland Dam, Lynn Canyon, walking the seawall and hanging out at Granville Island or Horshoe Bay with our best friend Sean. We spend time meditating at the Buddhist Temple in Richmond. Trips back to Thailand, Pattaya and Bangkok, to visit Ben's family is special as we travel to the Wats (Buddhist Temples), or going to New York City to visit Ron's sons Nick and Nate and grandkids E-JKay and Kenzie or to Bangkok where we enjoy being with Ben'f huge family!
Ben and Ron purchased this House in 2017
Why Ben and Ron chose Centro
Ben and Ron lived in Merida for four months Jan - May 2015 after seeing some 7 episodes of House Hunters International in Merida! We fell in love with this historic and amazingly culturally filled city once home 100s of years earlier to the Mayans. The Yucatan people are so friendly and beautiful, their city - art galleries, exploding entertainment every night in every barrio park, the Yucatan Strings, The Yucatan Symphony, an untouched Mexico breathing living history with several museums - cobblestone streets, horse drawn carriages - not a typical tourist trap - a very safe city! Not far away - beautiful beaches and historic pyramids - cenotes, Sunday morning bike riding along a magnificent French styled boulevard - international and original cuisine - Our dream was to return and buy a home similar to the one we rented!
What makes this House unique
We looked at several homes to buy - this one stood out as that amazing Yucatan recreated colonial that stretches almost a 3/4 city block in the most popular parque de Santiago., a quick walk to Centro Historico Merida - filled with shoppes, eateries, bakeries, coffee shoppes, more parks, 100s of restored Yucatan colonials and 1000s waiting! Our home - the sweet pool in park-like setting, huge overisized bedrooms and showers with that style that sings over the original pasta floors - In discussing the sale with owners we sat past two hours - not wanting to leave - It feels like home and that feeling you will have as well!! Hotels in Merida are reasonable and interesting but for the same oen can have an entire home and privacy and pool!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great location. Amazing house.
Very comfortable house. Best experience ever.
Todo pfevto !
Uno días muy agradables. La casa súper cómoda con todos los servicios y los dueños muy amables
100 % recomendable !!
Lo disfrutamos mucho y nos complació que pudiéramos responder a todas sus necesidades y que usted haya disfrutado la casa.
Wonderful Stay.... Just what I needed.
We were so pleased to have you. We love the home so much we will soon make this casa our home base.
Our vacation was on the second week of June stayed five nights. The check in was not good at all had to message the night before to get information. As we got into the house it was pouring outside and we were afraid that water was going to come inside the house. And made it difficult to go from one bedroom to another. I would think that is not good for family with small children. The electricity is extra just make sure turn off lights and AC not in use. The AC on the dining room doesn’t work well. Suggestion to owner to fix the back door for parking. We had a rental SUV and the side street is very busy and the front street you can’t park because is yellow line. also, no cable, no local tv just if you have Netflix but thank God we had smartphones. Overall, house was nice and comfortable. Thank you to the owners. Merida is very beautiful and we had fun.
Thanks for your review. Your comments will be sent to PM23 for instructional purposes. we again are sorry you did not have more of a timely response from them.
As you are aware Merida is tropical and heavy tropical downpours so occur and often there is about an hour or so for water to subside in the court yard and in some Merida streets yet water never goes into the home because of the design for those purposes.
Please know that the back door to the courtyared is just that - a courtyard - it is not for use as a garage. I am sorry that you had a difficult time with parking - and yes streets can be busy as it is in the centre of a 1 million populated city. I am surprised though parking was struggle as you never asked for assistance on this matter and in past we have had guests with huge RVs with no challenges.
Thank you again for staying with us and we are pleased your stay was otherwise comfortable for the value of the asking price for the reservation!
We stayed here only a month ago. No change - still a great location, nice house and nice owners.
See review from last month
PAUL IS AMAZING AND IS EXCELLENT AT COMMUNICATION WITH US.
HE IS AN ASSET AND TAKES TIME TO PATIENTLY LIST ANY CONCERNS WITH THE HOME, SO HELPFUL.
We had a good time in this spacious, well-located property in Merida Centro. Communication with owners Ron & Ben was so good that I almost feel I know them. I already had an excellent relationship with anager, Carlos, whom I know from previous visits to Merida. We are looking forward to returning for a fe days next month.
We just loved having these folks as guests. So helpful, so interested and even prepared a list of things needed attending to , which management team immediately handled
One of the oldest colonias in Merida, the Santiago district is to the west and north of Plaza Grande. The church, founded in 1637, was once much grander; now little remains of the original structure other than the modest sanctuary with a baroque statue of Santiago and the dated inscription above the entry. The front of the church and the main nave, supported by buttresses, not necessarily flying, was built in the 19th century. There is a park in front of the church and a market next to the church, with fruits and vegetables, meats, and a good flower selection. There are also a host of excellent cocina economicas, sundries stores and an ice cream store. There is also a children's playground in the park, a beautiful water fountain surrounded by shade trees, and a large concrete area used at various times for skateboarding, big band music (every Tuesday night!), dancing, fairs and temporary markets. Surrounding the park you can find a grocery store, a drugstore, a movie theatre and a branch of Mexico's pawn shop chain, Nacional Monte de Piedad. Behind the church are a number of hardware stores, paint stores, a bicycle store and Flor de Santiago, a bakery, a milk store, a cafe and restaurant. And on the other side of Calle 59 are two large schools, one public and one private, in beautiful buildings both built during the Porfirio Era (early 1900s).
Originally (350-400 years ago), Santiago was the area relegated to the indigenous indios and artisans. Due to its close proximity to the central square, Santiago was one of the first areas to expand in population. It quickly became the shopping area for residents of San Sebastian, Ermita and other areas who wanted to avoid the downtown. Famous figures hailing from Santiago include Manuel Cepada Peraza (a governor of Yucatan in the 1860's), composer Guadalupe Trigo, Crescencio Carrillo y Ancona (a bishop of Yucatan who grew up in Santiago) and the educator/writer/reporter Rodolfo Menéndez de la Peña who died in Santiago in 1928.
Our friend Miguel Faller tells us that Santiago was once the German district, with the building on the corner once known as Quinta Los Alemanes. Santiago was the nicest place to live in Merida, before Paseo de Montejo was built around the turn of the century (1900), and Calle 59 was the main formal entrance into Merida after Porfirio Diaz built the Centenario Zoo and Parque de La Paz. It is still the main road if you come from the airport, and all of Calle 59 was renovated in 2013 so that it makes a beautiful entrance into the city. The Germans owned three or four big hardware stores (Faller's grandfather was one of them) in the Santiago district, all of which did their main trade with the haciendas. The diesel engines that powered the hacienda plants came from Germany in the late 1800's, so hardware was a natural business for the Germans to expand into in the early 1900's.
In 1914, Santiago got its movie theatre, then called La Frontera, which also had a hotel and was also located on the west side of the park. That building eventually became the supermarket that is there today. Another theatre, called the Salon, was built in 1915 on the north side of the park. It was later called the Apolo, and presented zarzuelas (Spanish musical theatre) and operettas, as well as films. In 1922, it was renamed the Cinema Rivoli and today it is called the Cines Hollywood. After some remodeling of the plaza between 1982 and 1984, the park began the tradition of holding Remembranzas Musicales every Tuesday night. This event brings residents and tourists together to dance the cha-cha, the mambo, salsa and other Latin dances to live, Big Band music under the stars.
For extranjeros, Santiago is one of the most desirable downtown neighborhoods and there are many American and Canadian-owned renovated colonial homes in this area. (From The Working Gringos)