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Property Details

Updated: May 14, 2015
House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 4 Sleeps

Casa 503 is a fully renovated house located within the popular barrio (neighbourhood) of Santiago in Merida's Centro district. It sits on a quiet bus-free street just one block from the beautiful Parque del Centenario which houses Merida's free-to-enter zoo. Within 2 minutes walk is a large supermarket and pharmacy for your local shopping needs.

The spacious house has two air-conditioned bedrooms with on-suite bathrooms, a living room with comfortable leather sofas and a large TV with HD cable, a fully-equipped kitchen designed for those who love to cook, a second living/dining room with dining table and large comfortable L-shaped sofa - this room opens onto the spacious and completely private yard where you will find ample space for relaxing, entertaining or having a BBQ, and a 40ft filtered lap pool that gets lots of sun and is useable throughout the year.

The house has traditional pasta tile floors, thick mamposteria walls, and remains cool with good air-flow from front to back and has fans in every room. High-speed wireless internet is provided, as well as laundry facilities and hot water throughout the house. All windows and doors are equipped with insect screens.

Merida is safe and pedestrian-friendly with many small parks and squares and is easy to explore on foot. From the house a 10 minute stroll past the grand colonial buildings on Calle 59 brings you to Parque de Santiago with its beautiful church, market, Art Deco cinema, and on Tuesday evenings live music and dancing in the square. Continue down Calle 59 and you'll soon be standing in Merida's main plaza gazing up at the oldest cathedral in the Americas, surrounded by street vendors and market stalls.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

I left England in 2007 and with a round-the-world ticket I set off in search of a better quality of life. In 2008 I arrived in Mexico knowing nothing about the country, but within a few months I knew it was where I wanted to be. A year later I arrived in Merida and within 2 days knew it was the place for me.

'When the dust of Mexico has settled on your heart, you will find peace in no other land.' Stan Delaplane

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My wife and I stayed in Casa 503 for the entire month of June 2011. My wife is Mexican-native and has spent her 20’s in Merida, so we were quite familiar with the city and neighbourhoods.

Casa 503 has recently been remodelled in a lovely way, where you’ll encounter both western standards and authentic Mexican style of living / architecture.

We actually took a look at various houses in advance to our booking – without a doubt Casa 503 is the best deal you can get regarding size/quality/location in this price category. My wife and I had a wonderful time in Casa 503 and can only highly recommend it to every tourist who’s interested in an authentic lodging and a recovering vacation. Neil cares a lot about the house and all concerns his guests might face, though he leaves you in peace if you don’t need his help.
May 2011
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14 Reviews

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Comfort and Tranquility in Merida's Historic Centre
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan
Mill Bay, BC Canada

Returned a third time

  • 5 of 5
Also see our earlier review, as this is our third visit. We pack lightly for two weeks so appreciate the washer and long clothesline (instant-dry!) in the warm climate. Also loved the new loungers and patio chairs, very comfy. Neil had just bought two new sets of bedding, new set of knives and few replacement items for kitchen, new laundry basket, and said there were a few more things on the way. There is now a basic house cell phone that guests can use on a pay-as-you-go basis, refill at OXXO, very helpful. This is how a vacation rental should be run, and why we returned a third time. Neil has always provided great travel tips as well, he told us of a route that wasn't shown on either of our detailed maps and we had a great adventure!
  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sue and John

it was a pleasure to have you stay again at Casa 503, and glad you enjoyed the trip to the secret cenote - it's a special place.

Hope to see you back here again sometime in the future.

Comfort and Tranquility in Merida's Historic Centre
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan

a very good stay

  • 5 of 5
Neil is the best property manager we had since we are spending holidays in Mérida. He is discrete and helpful. For example he picks us up at the airport and brings us back to the airport. The house information book is well done and very helpful.
The swimming pool is wonderful (it's not a padding pool!), it's really possible to swim in it. You can practice different swim styles.
The back of the house with its sitting corner, "stone garden" is cute, a small paradise, and we did not hear the street.
The house is situated close to the zoo. A supermarket is 250m away. From the house it's also easy to reach the market of Santiago (by foot 10 to 12 minutes; by bus only a few minutes). 5 minutes more for the Zócalo of Mérida.
Resumee: a very good stay
  • Submitted: May 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you Simone and Eric, it was a pleasure having you stay at Casa 503 and I'm glad you enjoyed your two month stay. I hope to see you again in Merida.
Comfort and Tranquility in Merida's Historic Centre
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan
New Orleans, LA, USA

Merida in November

  • 5 of 5
We traveled to Merida in November, 2013 for two weeks and absolutely LOVED Casa 503! We have been to Merida in the past but never rented a house - we have been inspired by Neil and are currently shopping for our own house there. Casa 503 is well planned with a very functional floor plan, modern kitchen & baths, but the best feature was the garden and lap pool where we spent most of our outdoor time. There was onsite laundry and Daniela the maid spoke fantastic English, going above and beyond our expectations. Since it was the American Thanksgiving while we were there, we were able to fully utilize the large and well equipped kitchen, and enjoyed the Aki Grocery only 2 short blocks away. The neighborhood is quiet and convenient to Santiago and the Centro, all within walking distance. Neil was a fantastic host and even took us to Uxmal and a secret, off-the-beaten-path Cenote for a nominal fee. We really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it for anyone interested in exploring Merida and the Yucatan State. Thank you again and again, Neil - we hope to see you again soon!
  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lizzy and Greg for a great review, it was a pleasure having you stay at Casa 503 and you're welcome back any time. Of course you'll probably have your own house to stay in next time!

Since you left I managed to reach the cenotes we tried to go to, not as off the beaten track as Kankirixche but worth a visit and interesting in their own way - each and every cenote has its own character.

Hope to see you both in Merida again soon.
Comfort and Tranquility in Merida's Historic Centre
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan


  • 5 of 5
My husband, two young daughters (2 & 4 yrs) and I stayed at Casa 503 for two weeks in June, and it was absolutely magical. Since our children are so young we knew we wouldn't be able to eat out often, so we truly enjoyed walking a few blocks to the supermarket and preparing our food in the spacious kitchen. With the heat in June the pool felt heavenly, and our girls had a blast playing. We also took advantage of the free entry zoo near the house, and had a great time there. Venturing out into the city required walking a bit, but it worked out well for us because we brought two umbrella strollers. Neil is very helpful with any house questions & knowledgeable regarding the Merida & it's surroundings. We can't wait to return. Thanks so much for your wonderful hospitality, Neil.
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lindsey, it was great having you, Gerado and the two little ones stay at Casa 503, and to see the kids having such a great time in the pool. Hope to see you back here again soon!
Comfort and Tranquility in Merida's Historic Centre
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan
Washington, DC, United States

Great House and a Great Host

  • 5 of 5
I stayed here with my fiance in late May and had a wonderful time. The pool was great, the house was clean, the neighborhood was quiet at night, and it was within walking distance of everything you would want to see within Centro. If you like taking longer walks, you can even walk quite far up Paseo Montejo. Neil was also a great host and was even available to take us on a few road trips throughout the Yucatan. On three separate days we went to Celestún, Uxmal, Izamal and a cenote in Chunkanan. All of these trips were great and Neil knew where to find the best food in each place. I very much enjoyed my stay in the house and would love to come back someday after I'm done traveling the world with my fiance. The house has a great layout that would make a stay there great for a romantic getaway, a group of friends, or a family. It should also be noted that if you are looking to travel to anywhere on the Yucatan peninsula, Mérida is the place you should visit. It's a slow-paced city, but there are lots of great things to do and see. It has colonial charm, wonderful people, and an overall great culture.
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a great review and good luck with your next trip and the honeymoon planning! If you ever return to Merida be sure to get in touch.
Comfort and Tranquility in Merida's Historic Centre
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan
Bolton-est, Qc. Canada

a great stay

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I spent 3 months at casa 503.
Short review since everything there is close to perfection to say the least.
Good location, close to services, 20 minutes walk to Centro Historico. House very clean kitchen well very well equipped,important for we almost always ate home.
Neil the owner taking good care of us;just great guest book, ,full of detailed infos .on Merida, and the POOL, A LAP ONE a plus! We enjoyed the privacy of the back garden. To make a long story short: WE LOVE casa 502
  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Thank you Mariette and David, it was a pleasure having you stay at Casa 503, and I look forward to seeing you next winter in Merida.


From the Owner

I looked at 25 properties in Merida before viewing Casa 503, but when I walked into this partially renovated house I was instantly struck by the feeling of calm and tranquility - the house definitely had good vibes! It took about 8 months of renovation to remodel it into what it is now but it never lost that feeling. It's in a nice neighbourhood, close to a park and supermarket and just far enough away from the noise and bustle of the centre of town, yet close enough to walk to the main plaza.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Merida at 3 Miles Nearest Beach : Progreso at 25 Miles Car: not necessary

Merida is the cultural centre of the Yucatan with many museums, art galleries, concert halls, and free live music in the city's parks. The city is full of beautiful old colonial architecture and many churches including the oldest cathedral in the Americas. There are many fine restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets - eat fresh seafood tacos with the locals or dine in fine establishments that wouldn't be out of place in London or New York. If shopping is your thing there are modern air-conditioned malls or you can explore the antique and craft shops around centro or get lost in the maze that is San Benito Market. For exercise, head up calle 60 to Estadio Salvador Alvarado where early in the mornings you'll find hundreds of locals and ex-pats running, working out, joining in aerobics classes, playing tennis, squash, racket-ball, basketball, or just walking in the early morning sunshine.

The countryside surrounding Merida is full of interesting places to visit. Head north to the coast at Progreso for some sun, sand and seafood, visit the flamingo colonies at Celestun, swim in the warm fresh underground waters of a cenote, visit a hacienda and explore the history that once made Merida one of the richest cities in the world, or explore the ruins of ancient Mayan cities at places such as Uxmal, Mayapan or Chichen-Itza. Your property manager can arrange an English-speaking tour guide and transport to make any of these trips, and can also facilitate car hire.


From $95 Per night

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High Season
Nov 1 2015 - Mar 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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December Rates
Month of December $1400 USD
2 weeks in December $1050 USD
1 week over Christmas or New Year week $850 USD

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Updated: May 14, 2015


From the Owner

The house has great airflow front to back. The small front garden with bougainvillea makes it possible to open the doors and windows at the front and let the winds from the east blow through the house keeping it cool. The big yard at the back is completely private allowing uninhibited use of the wonderful lap pool, day or night.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Downtown


  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


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


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • ** FREE Airport pick-up and drop-off service ** FREE unlimited bottle drinking water * Living room with 2 sofas, armchair, 40' LCD HDTV with cable and DVD * Living/dining room with sofas and 8-seat dining table, overlooking garden * 2 air-conditioned bedrooms with queen-size beds and on-suite bathrooms * Fully equipped kitchen with gas cooker and oven, large LG refrigerator, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee-maker, pots/pans/cooking utensils * Gas water heater supplying hot water throughout the house * Laundry room with Maytag washing machine * Large totally private rear garden with table and 4 chairs with sun umbrella, tropical plants and trees. * BBQ grill * Filtered lap pool (12m / 40ft long) * 2 loungers * High-speed wireless internet (10Mb/s) * Digital cable HDTV package with 80+ channels inc HD channels & movies and sports (a number of channels have English language content) Additional info * Property managed by English-speaking property manager * Weekly maid service and pool cleaning is included * Personalised trips to Mayan ruins, cenotes, etc., available on request * Assistance with car hire if required * Parking always available on the street outside the house * Smoking only outside * Credit Cards accepted

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