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Casa de Ambar - Colonial Paradise in Merida

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Casa de Ambar - outstanding property in Santiago, one of the two most prestigious neighborhoods in the Historical Center of Merida!

From a very quiet street in the heart of Centro Historico you are welcome inside this tastefully, recently renovated home, where you will be greeted by an unexpected array of colors, open spaces and the view of a tropical garden. The dining room, with an antique oval table that seats 6, is connected through a wide open space to a fully equipped kitchen with a double door American style fridge, microwave, coffee maker, blender and other useful appliances. After cooking your gourmet meal, you will feel like spending time outdoors as the kitchen opens onto the magnificent, six meters (18 feet) high terrace with a view of the swimming pool and tropical garden surrounded by high stone walls for complete privacy.

The always shaded, colonial style terrace, equipped with 2 hammocks, located at the back of the garden is a perfect place for siesta. The soothing sound of water cascading down the stones provides a completely relaxing atmosphere. The interior of the house provides equal comfort, with fans in each room and two interior gardens that always bring a fresh breeze of air, something essential in a tropical climate. The three spacious bedrooms have large windows, a very unusual feature, rarely found in colonial houses. Two of the three bedrooms have a remote controlled air conditioning unit. Every bedroom has its own large bathroom equipped with a shower. Another unique feature of this house is the garage; a great convenience, although there is also plenty of room for parking on the one way street. Finally, no need to worry about your laundry as the house has its own laundry room equipped with a new European compact washing machine.

Casa de Ambar is located in one of the oldest parts of Merida, only 2 blocks from Santiago Square, where you will find a 17-th century Church and surrounding park with its old, stone fountain. At the local marketplace you can purchase all your fresh fruits and vegetables and enjoy the live band music and dancing every Tuesday night. There is also and IKA supermarket, for all your daily needs, a Pharmacy and plenty of food vendors serving authentic Mayan cuisine. Within six blocks, or ten minutes walking distance, is Merida's Main Square (Plaza Grande) with its famous Cathedral, Municipal Palace and most of the museums, galleries, cinemas, fine restaurants, theatres, goods shopping, nightlife and yucatecan dances being performed every weekend.

The white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico between Progresso and Telchac are only 30 minutes away. Merida, the capital of Yucatan, is a thriving metropolis where the mix of Spanish colonial and Mayan culture is a constant source of wonder and delight. It is also known as the safest city in Mexico.

To make the stay more enjoyable the house is managed by "Gone South" professional property management. They will provide a valuable source of information for any travel related questions (insider city tips, lodging for extra guests, medical referral questions, etc.). We hope you enjoy your time at Casa de Ambar and we welcome your suggestions to make your stay even more satisfying. We care about our guests and welcome you as returning customers.

For more inquiry and the high resolution photographs of a house, please email the owner. Once you fall in love with Merida, you'll want to return again and again!

IMPORTANT: minimum stay is a week (7 nights)

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house rental amenities

  • sleeps six people
  • 3  spacious bedrooms - two with king size bed and one with two double beds
  • high quality cotton sheets and towels
  • each bedroom has its own bathroom with shower
  • two bedrooms have A/C installed
  • dining room with large table and six chairs
  • comfortable, spacious living room with cable, wireless internet, DVD player and 42" plasma flat screen TV
  • 2 interior gardens, bringing a fresh current of air into the house
  • ceiling fans throughout
  • 6 m (18 feet) height magnificent terrace   
  • second terrace with 2 double Mayan hammocks and bamboo sofas
  • stone and pasta tile floors
  • large, filtered swimming pool  with cascading stone waterfall
  • outdoor pool shower
  • garden with night lights
  • ironing board and iron
  • Plenty of appliances in fully equipped kitchen

additional info

  • rent includes maid service, pool maintenance and gardener
  • smoking only outside
  • electricity charged extra based on meter reading before and after

activities and attractions in Merida Yucatan

Merida is a city full of music and dances, known for its many free concerts in the squares of the Historical Center. The bus tour will show you French and Spanish architecture and all the attractions of the city including its famous Avenida Paseo de Montejo, known as Champs-Élysées of Merida. The beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico are only a short drive away, where a meal at one of the beach side seafood restaurants is a must. Nature lovers can visit the flamingo reserve at Celestun. Other great attractions are underground caves, known as cenotes, where you can swim in crystal clear, warm water.  Merida is a central location for exploring Mayan archeological sites. Delight in visiting Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balam, and many smaller gems, such as Dzibichaltun, Kabah, Labna, Sayil and Xlapak. 

Recent news: 

Merida was the Culture Capital of the North American Continent in the year 2000.  At the end of 2010, Merida, Yucatan was chosen to join the ranks of the 100 Cities of Peace for Peace. This program is carried out by an international institution recognized by the International Committee of the Flag of Peace of the UN-NGO.

vacation rental rates

All our rates are in US dollars.    

Rental includes

•    Hot water gas heating costs

•    Usage of a filtered swimming pool

•    80 Channels 42" Plasma TV in the Living Room

•    Wireless Internet throughout entire property    

•    Basic Toiletries in the Bathroom

Cancelation policy:

•    Up to one month before arrival you will get your full refund minus $50.00 processing fee.

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  • owner Mariusz
  • 2nd phone 514 581 4598

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Top things to do in Merida
  • Plaza Grande and Cathedral
  • Avenida Paseo de Montejo Architecture
  • Mayan performance on the weekend
  • Restaurants, theatres, philharmonic
  • Palacio de Gobernador
Top things to do on a budget
  • Free night dance and live music in Santiago Plaza
  • Day trip to Progreso - 11 pesos
  • Cocinita economica for lunch
  • See colorful fruit and vegetable market
  • See barios in Centro Historico
Top things to do with a family
  • Visit Celestun and flamingo colonies
  • Uxmal - fantastic Lost Mayan City
  • Cenotes at Cusuma
  • Stroll in the old City
  • Best caffee at Itzimna

Mariusz , owner

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Wonderful Stay

Review submitted: September 8, 2013   Date of arrival: August 16, 2013

Casa de Ambar is in a great location for exploring Merida and on a quiet street - which can be very important in a city as busy as Merida. Rosalinda, the house manager, was wonderful and waited for us even though our flight was delayed 3 hours. She was very helpful during our two week stay. The house is well appointed and comfortable and the pool/garden area is very soothing. The location is convenient to Centro, though if you plan on venturing outside of Centro, you may want to rent a car - street parking in front of the house is always available and there is a garage as well. Enjoyed our stay - THANK YOU.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Thank you James for a nice review. I am glad you've enjoyed your Merida vacation and tranquility of our place. Thanks for well taking care of our house, which was noticed and complimented by our property manager.
If you ever wish to come back we will be opening a "Bed & Breakfast" in the house on October 15, 2013.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Awesome stay in beautiful Merida!

Review submitted: June 6, 2013   Date of arrival: May 25, 2013

We absolutely loved staying at Casa de Ambar! We were there for a week, and loved the house so much that we ended up staying home often to swim in the pool and enjoy the patio rather than roaming around in the hot sun. While we were a bit nervous about how much electricity would cost for a group of 5 (running air conditioning at night), it turned out to be super affordable. The neighborhood was very safe and close to the centro, so we were able to walk almost everywhere! Rosalinda and Mariusz were very responsive to all questions and concerns. Overall a 5 star experience that I would love to come back to!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Owners response: Thank you Jessica for a lovely review and please thank your friend for posting a hilarious article at groupthink.

I am really happy for you. Come along again when I run my "Bed & Breakfast" starting October 15th, 2013. You will have a choice between first and the last bedrooms (I am taking the one in the center), price is $50/night for a room and I will serve you a free breakfast every morning.

My official website is: merida studiobim ca
ciao and have a great summer in Frisco :)
for Casa de Ambar

Helpful votes: 1 / 1



Review submitted: January 8, 2013   Date of arrival: December 18, 2012

Staying at Casa de Ambar was absolutely wonderful! We arrived in the evening, greeted by a wonderfully sweet host who spoke only Spanish (this was okay for us though :). To our delight, the house had WIFI! So,we were able to send pictures to our friends while on the trip. The house was just as described, and really we were shocked that it was that beautiful!

What's also great about Casa de Ambar is the location. The home is in a quiet neighborhood located walking distance from Plaza Santiago where you can do all of your shopping and dining. La terminal CAME (the bus station) is walking distance as well. We were able to travel from Merida to Chichen Itza quiet easily, and we also went to Playa del Carmen and Cancun.

I recommend the Yucatan to anyone! The people are so friendly, but you do really need to have some background of Spanish. :)

I can't wait to stay there again!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


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