Maya House is in the Santiago area of Merida centro. This cosy, rustic house has all the amenities: dipping pool, 2 terraces plus patio, WI-FI, air-con upstairs and down; cable TV, fans in all rooms, nice bathroom downstairs and additional toilet /washbasin upstairs, all new kitchen; separate dining room; sun patio with dipping pool and sun chairs (please note the dipping pool itself is not fenced and so the patio is not suitable for unsupervised young children. The door to the patio can, however, be locked.)
Beds: Main bedroom: two single beds. Second bedroom: double bed. Downstairs: double sofa bed
Maya house has been fully redecorated for the 2014 / 2015 season.
Living room; TV room, ceiling fans, kitchen; dining room; bathroom, sun patio; dipping pool.
Front living room has multiple chairs and tables.
TV room has a very comfortable suite: three seat sofa, a two seat sofa and single armchair. There is a 32 inch flat screen TV and DVD player.
There is a double sofa bed for visitors in the dining room.
!. Double bedroom with two single beds together, ensuite toilet and washbasin, air conditioning, fan and sun terrace with sun chairs and tables
2. Bedroom with double bed, sun terrace, sun chairs and table
Please note that in common with most homes in the Yucatan, inside rooms are open plan, without doors. This is to allow cool air to circulate.
Maya House is situated on Calle 49, between Calle 72 and 74 in Merida Centro, just three blocks from Merida’s English Library on Calle 53 in the Santiago area.
Maya house is just four blocks from the ever popular Santiago Park and its wonderful cafes, six blocks from Santa Ana and Paseo de Montejo. It is a short stroll to Wal-Mart at the top of Paseo de Montejo.
Rent per month: USD $700 to USD $950; Rent per week: USD $250 to USD $400 depending on season and length of stay.
We are British, and live in Folkestone England when we are not in Merida. Merida is our second home and we live there for five months each year. Like many others, we fell in love with Merida because of the people and amenities. It is a very peaceful town, with a lot to do!
“Maya House is in the perfect spot for a quiet life, but within a short walking distance to the hub of Merida - Santiago Square - the place where many want to live! We were very lucky to find Maya House, as it has two big terraces outside each bedroom, and a patio downstairs with a very nice dipping pool. Maya house is cosy, but has all the amenities!”
Low cost living in Merida
Santiago square has famous free big-band music performances on Tuesday nights with dancing, fairs, cafes and temporary markets offering Yucatan speciality foods and local crafts. Surrounding the park you’ll find a coffee house, supermarket (Aki), drugstore and a movie theatre. The Santiago district is to the west and north of Plaza Grande, a five minute walk from Maya House.
The squares and parks here in Merida have free wifi and electricity for computers and you can walk around using Skype to show the folks back home the Merida experience!
For those who like a good read, Maya House is just two blocks from the English Library with its popular information and reference centre and superb outside garden. As a guest at Maya House you have free membership of the English Library. You'll find thousands of fiction and non-fiction English language books for loan and a great DVD library, all donated by visitors and library members.
Merida is the ‘City of Peace’ the capital of the state of Yucatan. It is located in the northwest part of the state on the Gulf of Mexico.
Why is Merida so popular?
It is true that you will almost never hear any local or international visitor complain or have any bad thing to say about Merida. The place appears to be one of the most constantly popular and engaging destinations in the world. Even Tripadvisor has nothing negative posted!
Merida is popular among experienced world travellers because it is safe, beautiful, has tons of culture and is very inexpensive.
Oh - and the people in Merida are very, very nice!
Merida's low rental costs
A month's rental in Merida costs around three times less than elsewhere in the world.
Renting the equivalent two bed house in Spain or Florida, for example, would cost you around USD $2,630.00.
Merida is a colonial city with a very different culture from the rest of Mexico due to its geographical isolation, its traditional connection with Europe and Cuba and the strong Mayan presence. Though many thousands of people have settled in the Yucatan since new roads opened the area to the rest of Mexico in the 1970’s, estimates calculate that true Mayan’s account for above 70 percent of the population.
Although part of Mexico, Merida and the Yucatan has its own, very individual identity and culture. It is this separate identity that attracts so many international travelers to visit, to explore and to often make the Yucatan their home. Many expatriates have homes in Merida and stay here during the winter months - November through to April - to escape the colder climates in their own countries.
What to do in Merida?
Today Merida is a cosmopolitan city with colonial-era architecture and a rich cultural heritage. The overriding impression of visitors is that Merida is great value! In fact, every day of the week you will find free entertainment. Depending on the day, you can enjoy a selection of free dances, classical music concerts, visits to the zoo, guided tours around Merida and big band concerts.
Most nights you can enjoy regular free outdoor concerts, dancing and classical music entertainment.
Music forms an important part of Mexican culture and you will find plenty to enjoy around the neighbourhood.
Here are a few ideas that we found really worth while:
* Free open-air concerts in plazas and parks around Centro most evenings
* 10 peso family bike rides every Sunday along Paseo Montejo and through the city
* City tour of Merida on the tourist bus for an overview of the city
* Museum of Anthropology on Paseo Montejo
* Free guided tour around the buildings of Plaza Grande, Merida
* Take a cooking class and learn about Yucatecan cuisine
* Ruta Puc, a Friday, Saturday or Sunday bus tour around five Mayan sites, from the centro Ado bus station
* Great visit to cenote - underground spring and lake - just a bus ride away
* Stroll along tree-lined Paseo de Montejo on Sunday, have an ice cream and admire the art display along the boulevard
* Explore the main market four blocks to the south east of the main Plaza
The Yucatan - and Merida in particular - stimulate affection and loyalty inthose who live here in a similar way to regions such as Cornwall in England, Andalucia in Spain and Brittany in France. These places all possess a separate culture and identity from the rest of the country - with an indigenous, independent, welcoming population who engender great affection among visitors.
Of course, wherever we travel, it is always the people who make a visit to a place worthwhile. But Merida also has colonial architecture, a Caribbean atmosphere and Mayan cuisine to help make the city a successful and memorable destination.
Merida is sometimes called the 'White City,' because of its buildings made of white stone and the city's cleanliness.
Restaurant Economica: scattered throughout Merida are wonderful, tiny 'restaurant economicas' where you will find local dishes such as chicken and beef at low prices - we rarely pay above USD $6 for a meal for two. In Progreso and other coastal towns and villages, we eat at the fish restaurants where they serve delicious deep fried Grouper at a typical price of USD $10 for two people, with drinks. We eat in the market where the catch comes in, but there are plenty of fine eating places along the beach with exemplory service.
The history of Merida /stron
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
nov to dec
Nov 15 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
May 2 2015 - Oct 31 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Deposit of USD $50 for a week's booking, or USD $150 for a month's booking or more via Paypal or Bank Transfer. Details on request. Pay the rent when you arrive.
Weekly Rate: $250 - $400
Monthly Rate: $700 - $950 depending dates on dates
Low monthly rent starting at just USD $700 a month, USD$ 250 a week for the 2014 / 2015 season.
*May to October: USD $750 each month, USD $250 each week. USD $700 for bookings of three months or more.
*November to April: USD $950 each month, USD $400 each week. USD $900 for bookings of three months or more.
“Without doubt, it is the two terraces and downstairs patio with pool that made us fall in love with the house. Maya House is not on one of the main routes, so noise is not a huge issue. The house is perfectly laid out, with a nice kitchen and open plan dining room all configured for easy access and cooking.”