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Property Details

Updated: May 1, 2015
House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 8 Sleeps

Across from the English Library , Fun, Elegant, Quiet retreat.

Welcome to Casa Esplendida, nestled in the heart of Historic Centro, Merida. Mayan Culture and Historical Architecture will amaze you! Located across from the English Library, (the hub of information for any visitor) Casa Esplendida is undeniably the best location for all that Merida has to offer. Museums, Art Galleries, Markets and Enchanting Parks with evening entertainment, as well as restaurants and shopping are all within a short walking distance. Day trips and many excursions are available to Mayan Ruins, Haciendas, Cenotes (underground fresh water caves) or even the beach.

From the moment you enter the Iron Gate, you are embraced by the antique vase with nine foot floral design, silhouetted by massive arches and 18 foot colonial ceilings. The foyer and living room speak of something rich and grand, yet soothing and comfortable. The original tile floors, the craftsmanship of local artists, and the comfortable furnishings will immediately make you feel you're at home.

Just completed in the spring of 2009, this Colonial Historic home has had a makeover just for you. Blended in accents of stone, hardwood and iron works by local craftsmen, Casa Esplendida is a tasteful melding of historic and modern, elegant and comfortable. The blend of colors and textures will draw you in through the dinning room arches, past the large modern kitchen (with eat at bar) and through the iron gate to the open air terrace. This area is large enough to entertain, yet cozy enough for two to relax in their own oasis retreat. Enjoy the new pool encompassed by massive archways and pillars on one side and flanked by a life size fountain of natural stone. The soft sounds of water gently cascading will melt your worries away. Siesta on the patio or roof top terrace and refresh yourself under the outside stone shower.

Everything has been completely redone: electrical, plumbing, air conditioning in both master suites and living room, ceiling fans and all new lighting. The kitchen is new and modern. Everything is there for you! Bedrooms are adorned with antique wood and iron, and bamboo furnishings to set the mood. You can enjoy dinning in the formal dinning room, which seats six, or outside on the patio. If you choose, you can entertain and dine right at the kitchen bar which is dressed in natural Tikul stone. The pool, patio, and kitchen are the heart of this home so you will never be more than a few steps away from your next cocktail or the volume on the radio. The floor plan has been designed for the utmost comfort, convenience and privacy. This home features wifi internet and a new television with cable. If you don’t have your laptop, just walk across the street to the library for computer access with an English key board. The Library can provide assistance, if needed. Pick up something to read or find out happenings of the day or events through out the week.

Your home away from home has many conveniences. Upon request, there can be maid service, cook, laundry, and gardener/pool service available. A Local Property Manager will meet each guest upon arrival to the Merida airport, where transportation to Casa Esplendida will be arranged. They can assist or give advice on transportation, tour information, restaurant recommendations, general information or emergencies.

Your visit will be Unforgettable! This property will invoke envy among your friends and family when you share your photos and beautiful memories with them.

Casa Esplendida – A Splendid House Indeed!!

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  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet

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I hope you got my other message last night. We love your home, Javier and Merida! We have traveled everywhere in Yucatan and by far your place is the best. Will definitely give positive feedback. Thanks for a very beautiful and comfortable place to stay. We had everything we needed; plenty of towels soap lotion fresh water. You know how to treat your guests. Thanks so much. Pat
Jun 2012
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More than a house..An Experience.. Casa Esplendida
+1 -7152979429
Merida Yucatan
Blue Mounds, WI


  • 5 of 5
Expansive, gorgeous updated casa located within walking distance to just about everything the city has to offer. Restaurants, museums, tours, you name it, it can be accomplished steps away from the door. This four bedroom casa actually has four master suites, two in the main house and two in the casita. Perfect for privacy and/or just getting away for a while from your family/travel mates.

The plunge pool was the perfect size for cooling off throughout the day, and the depth was perfect for everyone (not too shallow/not too deep). Used the AC two nights out of seven, and only when there was no breeze. Perfectly equipped kitchen and plenty of linens and towels for everyone. The washer/dryer was a nice touch as well....

Do not count on GPS to get there initially, as the city has many similarly marked streets (we found 4 calle 66's!!) Get directions directly from the owners, and use them.....! Assertive driving is a must in this city, but once you get the hang of it, it is easy AND fun! The carriage rides are wonderful, but not every carriage driver treats his horse well. Find one who will introduce you to their horse, and bring a carrot for them too!!

A little Spanish goes a long way, but we found that waiters would bring us English menus without asking. Prices are VERY inexpensive in Merida, make sure to tip waiters, baggers, drivers, etc.

The owners and management were prompt with information and e-mails, and we lacked for nothing while we were there.
  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Hey Guys, thanks so much for your kind words. We hope folks make memories to last a lifetime when staying at our home and it sounds like you may have done just that. You are so right...So Much to do, See, Taste, Experience, right out the front door, and a quick trip to the beach is a blast as well.
Thanks again for choosing Casa Esplendida. We look forward to seeing you again!
Dave & Shari
More than a house..An Experience.. Casa Esplendida
+1 -7152979429
Merida Yucatan
Minneapolis, MN

Wonderful Home

  • 5 of 5
Thank You to Dave & Shari for sharing this lovely property with us.
Enjoyed every minute of our time here. Beautiful home and a good location.
The pool was great, a fantastic treat at the end of the day! We loved the back yard and took naps in the hammocks. All the necessities and more. Microwave, gas stove, coffee maker, alarm clock, bottled water, ceiling fans and air conditioning, stereo and some CD’s. The “more” would be a TV, because who would watch TV when there is a pool! Easy walk to more activities then we were able to do, at the same time, a very quiet neighborhood where the home is located.

The home & outdoor area are very clean and well maintained. Saturday our towels and bedding were changed and washed. The people involved with this property were fantastic, from Dave & Shari, LeAnn (the property manager), Javier (transportation to/from airport, as well as a liquor store) and Maria. Also a huge thanks to LeAnn for setting up our Uxmal tour with Carlos, hands down the best tour guide we’ve ever had. They made our trip effortless.

Bug free. Sure there were a couple here and there while sitting by the pool at dusk, but no problems other then that. I mention it because of another review that said it was full of mosquitos. I slept in the rear of the main house, with all the windows open and the screens functioned fine.

We plan to visit Palenque in the future, and, after talking to Carlos, plan to base the trip from Merida. We’d rent Casa Esplendida again in a heart beat. Thanks Again!

Tips: Get a city map, maybe from a magazine or they may have one on a table in the entry. It is really easy getting around in Merida. All north/south Calles (streets) seem to be even numbered and the east/west are odd. We felt very safe at all times. Taking cabs are inexpensive and easy. A member of our party loved the walking tour of homer that left from the English Library, literally across the street. Obtain Pesos, you’ll need them. Not a lot of dollars get used here. Check out the local information in the home near the front door, brouchers and such. A little Spanish or a language guide goes a long ways, for example, all menus we encountered were only in Spanish.

Thanks for sharing your home,
Minneapolis, MN
  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hola Greg.

Thanks so much for your kind words. Sorry about the TV, we do have a large flat screen which was unfortunately in for repairs....we do agree however, that very little time is ever spent in front of the tube. Although Javier did bring his personal TV to our home for a period of time, and we are so grateful for that, ours should be back soon.

We do feel we have a good team of folks working together that enable our clients to make the memories of a lifetime that they are looking for. Comfort, convince, peacefulness, is all attributed to Casa Esplendidas location, owners, and team. Thanks again for recognizing this and your kind words...they mean so much to us.

We hope your family and friends will be visiting again soon. Merida is an excellent hub to take in all the Yucatan has to offer.

Take care.
Dave & Shari
More than a house..An Experience.. Casa Esplendida
+1 -7152979429
Merida Yucatan
Madison, wi, usa

Great Experience

  • 5 of 5
As my son and daughter-in-law told us upon arrival, "it's perfect!" and it was for the five of us (including our 9 month old granddaughter. Clean, spacious, great garden and outdoors hanging out area, everything we needed. Wonderful support from rental agent and her support people ( Javier could not hav been more gracious and helpful). Walking distance to parks and restaurants and markets, including the central plaza. Would easily accommodate 8 adults. Highly recommend!
Dennis and Jane
  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hey guy's, thanks so much for your kind words. Glad we could be part of your lifetime memories. Casa Esplendida and Merida are a wonderful combination for a family get away and it sounds like you would agree. It is so nice to hear when others appreciate all our home and its location have to offer. We looked at many properties before deciding on this, and you are right its location is key to enjoying the great city of Merida. Keep in touch, we hope you visit again.

Dave&Shari Berna/owners
More than a house..An Experience.. Casa Esplendida
+1 -7152979429
Merida Yucatan
Wausau, WI

Lovely "casa" in Merida!

Lovely "casa" in Merida!
  • 5 of 5
This is a lovely house to come home to after a day of exploring Merida and the Yucatan. It is spotless and has many lovely touches such as authentic Mexican tiles throughout, a great lay-out, comfortable beds, a well-appointed entertaining kitchen, and a spacious outdoor area for enjoying the cooler Mexican evenings. The English library across the street is great for getting information and meeting people. The property manager, Lee Ann, is also a great source of information about the area. Forget the news you've heard about the dangers of Mexico. The Yucatan is a place apart and we did not have one instance of worrying about our safety during our stay. The Yucatecans are hard-working and honest people who delight in showing off their city of Merida and telling you about the surrounding sites. This would be a perfect place for a family or four couples or a "girls' get-a-way."
  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hola Mary Nell and friends. Gracias for your great reply! We are so glad you had such a fun experience here in Merida and the Yucatan. We look forward to your next visit, and for you to enjoy Casa Esplendida and all that Merida has to offer.
More than a house..An Experience.. Casa Esplendida
+1 -7152979429
Merida Yucatan

Phenomenal Vacation House

  • 5 of 5
Your own personal sanctuary in the middle of Merida, Yucatan. Soak up the endless sunshine, siesta by the pool, cool off with margaritas.

City has an incredibly relaxing atmosphere, fascinating history, excellent cuisine, and an emotional appeal that will draw you back again and again. Once you stay at Casa Esplendida you will never want to leave.
  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

Activities and Attractions in Merida Yucatan

Most of our favorite attractions are walking distance from Casa Esplendida, but check out www. yucatantoday. com for more ideas including day trips and tours with local maps. Take advantage of the Open Markets and Street Festivals and enjoy the live music and entertainment at a different Park every evening. Try Salsa dancing or enjoy fine dinning and music right on the streets of Merida, where every Saturday and Sunday the down town area is blocked off for fun night life. Take a romantic horse and buggy ride down the beautiful and historic Paseo Montejo, or bicycle Paseo Montejo on Sundays and take in the Historic Architecture and side walk art displays. Merida is gifted with an abundance of great Restaurants, Theaters, Museums, Art Galleries and Gift Shops. Walk across the street to the English Library, where on Wednesdays they have a walking tour of several homes. On Mondays take a free narrated tour of the Plaza Square and visit the oldest Cathedral on the American continent.

Explore all that the Yucatan has to offer on a day trip. One of our favorites is the tour to the Cuzama Cenotes. About an hour drive from Merida you will arrive at Chundanan Hacienda where you will be pulled through the jungle on a platform cart, by horses on a rail system to 3 Cenotes. Enjoy a refreshing afternoon swimming in these amazing underground fresh water pools. Located on the calm beaches southwest of Merida in Celestun are the beautiful flamingo colonies. About 30 minutes north of Merida you can enjoy a day at the beach and relax at a beach front restaurant with your favorite drink. Mayan Ruins surround you in Merida. One of the 7 Wonders of the World is Chichen Itza, just 1.5 hours from Merida. These Mayan pyramids date back over 1550’s years ago. Ruta Puuc and Uxmal are other favorite sites where you may want to spend the night to take in the evening Sight and Sound show!!

However, don’t forget to just sit and relax by the pool at Casa Esplendida, after all … you’re on Vacation!!!


From $250 Per night

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Jan 31 2015 - Dec 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $800.00

Nightly Rate: $200- $250

Weekly Rate: $1100 - $1800

Monthly Rate: Inquire

Low Season May 1 - Sept 30 $200/Night (3 Night Min.) or $1100/week
High Season Oct 1 - Apr 30 $1400/Week
Holiday Rates $1800/Week (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter)
Rates are for 1 to 4 people ( additional costs $25 per person, per night, for up to 8 people )
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Updated: May 1, 2015


Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool


  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Downtown

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf


  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


  • House Rental Amenities - Perfect Locations; across form the English Library. - All prices include pickup and return service to Merida airport with an English speaking escort. - Local Property Manager available for assistance and emergencies. - Very quiet neighborhood with roadside parking. - Easy walking distance to EVERY local park, museum, theater, restaurants, shopping and the Square -6 blocks from the Grand Plaza Square -4 blocks from Easy Way car rental and others -3 blocks from Santa Lucia Park -4 blocks from Santiago Park and full market - 1 & 2 blocks from convenience store (bottled water, basic groceries and, cold drinks) -Private massage therapist across the street - Total Renovation (Including appliances, furniture and artwork throughout). - Fully outfitted for Summer Rental 2010 – EVERYTHING BRAND NEW!! - Total House Air Conditioning and ceiling fans - Two, King Master Suites & Two Garden Suites - 1st Master Suite is a tropical theme with iron and wood décor - 2nd Master Suite is a bamboo theme and opens to the terrace pool - 800 thread count linens - Built in closets - Walk in showers with double sink vanities - Fully equipped, large modern kitchen with eat at bar - Original tile floors and iron works - Accents of natural stone and hardwoods throughout - Floor plan design – comfortable and convenient - Beautiful pool and cascading stone water fountain - Shaded relaxing patio and terrace - Outdoor shower - Lounge chairs for sunning on patio or roof terrace - All pool and bath towels included - Outdoor eating area - Iron and ironing board - Wireless internet - Cable TV

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