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La Casa Bonita - Merida Centro

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, 5 Sleeps

La Casa Bonita is a little piece of paradise right in the Center of the Colonial white city of Merida - Yucatan, Mexico. Located between one of the oldest areas Santa Ana and Santiago. On a very quiet street. The House was recently remodeled. With excellent taste and waiting for you to relax enjoying its green spaces.

The huge back garden of about 300 square meters is fully walled. There also is a small front garden, fully walled and with a covered car porch.

The nearest OXXO (24h) is just half a block from Casa Bonita.

Enjoy your stay :-)

More Details

Mario Winteler
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Mario Winteler

I am a swiss timber engineer, now working as primary teacher in Mexico. I am married, have two kids and a dog.

Why Mario Winteler chose Centro

I traveled to Merida and fell in love with the it`s people, the cenotes, and casa bonita.

What makes this house unique

It is quiet with a huge garden, centric and an original Meridian Colonial Home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had the best time and loved the city and the house ! We will be going back for Feb. next year , it was so great and we felt right at home , safe , so close to everything.
Feb 2018
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Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Half Bathroom -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
It has two bedrooms, living room, dining room, one bathroom and half, kitchen, dining room with view to the garden, fully furnished, air conditioning in main bedroom and ceiling fans in all the other areas. Beautiful pool surrounded by trees and garden. A bicicle will be provided if willing to use it. It also has laundry room with washing machine. It has parking. Incluided on the rent wireless internet access, water, maintenance of pool and garden and garbage pick up. Guests pay for electricity at checkout. A US$35.- cleaning fee is one time only. If you like you can contract a weekly maid service.


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(8 traveler reviews)

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La Casa Bonita - Merida Centro
average rating of 4.375 based on 10 reviews

I love Casa Bonita and am sad to be leaving it!

  • 5 of 5

I love Casa Bonita and am sad to be leaving it. Diorella tells us that you

have new renters arriving this week. That is good for you, and the cleaning

lady is coming on Monday. I said to Chris "ah, new renters are coming to

our house already!" We feel so at home here, it is easy to feel like it's

our house!

I will be very happy to return the next time I'm in Mérida, if Casa Bonita

is available!

Thank you,


Samantha Swan

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Merida, Yucatan Mexico

Long term stay at La Casa Bonita!

  • 5 of 5

I arrived at La Casa Bonita May, 2014 and stayed until October, 2015. It was the perfect place for me and my two dogs while my own house was being constructed nearby.

As the owner has shown in the pictures, and previous tenants reported, the furnishings are minimal. While this may be an issue for some guests, it was optimal for me as I had loads of room to store items that I purchased for my new home. The front entry was also ideal to store my small trailer and bring my vehicle in off the street; out of the rain and sun.

The house has two bedrooms that share a large bathroom. There is also a half bath in the garden near the pool with an outdoor shower. The front bedroom is equipped with AC which my guests used occasionally. The garden bedroom has a fan and three doors with plenty of air flow.

The kitchen is separated from the house with large glass doors to the patio. I provided my own kitchen supplies, linens and towels because I brought them with me. The house supplies are basic.

There is a washing machine for laundry and a solar hot water system that works very well - even on cloudy days, the shower water was tepid.

The garden is lovely with mature trees and a large swimming pool. As a long term tenant, I maintained the pool and the house cleaning at my own expense and paid the electrical bill. The owner took care of the gas, phone/cable and gardening costs.

The location was also excellent for me with easy access to major roads and downtown. I did not take the bus as I have a vehicle and a bicycle but there are local buses right out the front door. Restaurants, cantinas, shops, theatres, squares, the Paseo... all are within a 20 minute walk or a 30 peso cab ride.

Naturally, when in a home for as long as I was, there were maintenance issues and inconveniences. However, communication and necessary action by both the property manager and the home owner was both timely and satisfactory.

I have recommended this property to others interested in a long term stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Holly for the positive feedback. It has been a pleasure to have you as a tenant in casa bonita. Saludos Mario
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Beautiful house - needs some comfort though

  • 4 of 5

Let me start by saying that all people involved in the rental of this property are responsive and eager to help. Mario has always responded to emails timely, Hannah has come same day to fix small issue and Anna would clean house for 4 hours to make it superb.

We have been here for 1 week (out of 5) so far and enjoy every minute of the stay.

The best place of the property is kitchen. Very well equipped, lit, and aired. Don't expect to see microwave or a toaster if you are used to them, learn how to "survive" without them. The lack of them was not a problem for us. Master bedroom have air conditioner in it that makes it comfortable to sleep at night.

Living room is spacious though in need of some new (updated) furniture. It has rattan sofas with pillows which are not comfortable to sit on for a prolong amount of time.

The bathroom is beautifully decorated but not practical to use. IT is the middle room and has 3 doors leading to it. The shower has no curtain or door so privacy is out of the question. Keep in mind who is in our party when you stay together.

Overall it is an OK house. For longer periods of time I would prefer more practical living and less antique furniture.

Thank you for your hospitality and allowing us to stay at this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Port Rowan, Ont, Canada

update on previous review

  • 4 of 5

As mentioned in the previous review, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Merida and in Casa Bonita. Hannah (the house manager) met us at the airport, even though it was quite late and explained everything to us. She was just an e-mail away whenever we needed help or had a question.

Ana (cleaning lady) and the "pool guys" came every week and kept everything beautiful. On our last day Ana even came over at 5:30am to make sure we caught the taxi to the airport alright. So sweet.

The house is as the pictures show. It is nicely appointed, and has a large, very well equipped, kitchen. The patio and courtyard areas are lovely and shaded. Landscaping is very nice.The pool was not however circulating. We were still able to use it, and it was very welcome, as we skimmed it twice a day, put in chlorine granuals every other day and as mentioned the "pool guys" did a complete cleaning every week.

For a long stay, more comfortable living room furniture would have been nice and four chairs outside rather than just 2. We concur with the previous reviewer that some loungers round the pool would also have enhanced the use of that part of the garden.

The house is about a 20min walk to San Diago square where there is a market, super market and butcher. Another 20 mins or so gets you downtown. The sooner you can gain confidence on the bus system the better as on a hot day, carrying groceries, that's a long walk back. Just get on the bus (6M$) and learn the route. The 49 Petronilia route (which goes past the door) will take you downtown to Centro and on the way back you get off at 49 and 76 and walk the block home. You can catch the same bus on 49 and take it out to the Walmart. They have an extensive bakery and fish department that the SuperAki at San Diago, doesn't have. They have a more extensive liquor selection but SuperAki is cheaper for the brands they stock.

The big museum Gran Museo de Mondo Maya is well worth going to (we used a taxi and it was only 40M$. Also the free city museum south of the main Plaza.

In a final note, we were not satisfied by Mario's response to our dispute re our security deposit. Make sure you get in an e-mail exactly what it will cost you to rent. He used our security deposit to charge us more for the house than we had originally agreed on. In his e-mails he obviously believed he was in the right to do so, but we disagreed. We have however ended our dispute, via paypal, with him.

We didn't use the air conditioning, the electricity US$20

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carol, I am glad you enjoyed your stay in casa bonita. I am sorry we do not agree over the deposit. Originally you rented casa bonita for 2 months. So I made you a better price for this long-time rental. Since you cancelled 1 month in advance, you pay the normal monthly rent. Kind regards Mario
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Kenora, Ontario Canada

Casa Bonita

  • 4 of 5

Casa Bonita is a charming home located in west Santa Ana. We were met on our arrival by the property mgr who graciously picked us up from the bus. The home is a very functional colonial style layout in a typical Meridano barrio. The house has a charming colour palate with high ceilings and a separate, standalone kitchen/dining bldg with wonderful openness to the courtyard, terraza, and rear pool and yard. Having the separate kitchen kept cooking heat from the house even though the house is generally comfortably cool without the A/C. The Jack and Jill bathroom between the bedrooms is light filled from a ventilation shaft, functional and open with a solar heater providing hot water on all but cloudy days. Water pressure is low which is typical to the area without the addition of pressurized water, a pump.The owner has decorated with a few eclectic whimsical pieces however the furnishings are quite spartan, the beds basic and I would suggest bringing or purchasing pillows. Likewise, the outdoor lacks comfortable seating. The space is nice but for outdoor enjoyment after a swim there is nothing to lounge on. A small steel cafe table with two hard chairs is cute but not comfortable. Some comfortable outdoor furniture would enhance the enjoyment of these areas immensely. WIFI was as fast as at home but the one TV only has antenna reception to fuzzy local Spanish only channels. A DVD player is available. The garage can accommodate a very small car. We always felt safe in the neighbourhood which is a mixture of small business and residential homes and every one we talked to was friendly. The yard was perfect for our small dog.There is an excellent family run cocina economica 1/2 a block north from the corner of Calle 76 and wonderful local stores west on 47 with fresh tortillas, bakery, meat, fruit and veg. The neighbours are quiet generally but Calle 47 can be busy during the day. In the evening you can stroll west to an ice cream counter located in a family home. Santa Ana park and the beginning of the Paseo Montejo with its stores and restaurants is about 15 minutes walk with the Grand Plaza and other sights within a slightly longer walking distance. You won't be in the downtown centre or Gringo Gulch but a little further out.

The property mgr is English, fully bilingual and was quickly responsive to our needs and the weekly cleaning was efficient and regular. Although we never met the owner he was very easy to deal with in a friendly manner. A great stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2013
  • Stayed: January 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the constructive feedback! We are going to buy some lounge chairs for this summer. Have a good time! Greetings Mario
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Port Rowan, Ont, Canada

Currently in a dispute over the security deposit

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Casa Bonita March 7 to April 7, 2013. We have nothing but great things to say about the house and Hannah (house manager) and Ana (cleaning lady and more)however we are having some difficulty getting Mario to return our security deposit. I will write a more complete review and an update re the deposit, when this is resolved. Just wanted to give potential renters a "heads up".

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carol, I am glad you enjoyed your stay in casa bonita. I am sorry we do not agree over the deposit. Originally you rented casa bonita for 2 months. So I made you a better price for this long-time rental. Since you cancelled 1 month in advance, you pay the normal monthly rent. Kind regards Mario
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Aeropuerto Internacional de Mérida
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Yucatán Country Club,
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Car: not necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Just enjoy everything.....

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Enjoy the Big Band music and dancing each Tuesday in Santiago.

* By your food in the city-Market....

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Playground in Santiago.....

Merida is a city full of music and dancing which can be found by way of free concerts in the many squares in the Centro Historico. The tourist bus tour of Merida will show you the beautiful French and Spanish architecture and layout of the City. The beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico are only a short bus ride or car ride from Merida where a meal at one of the beachside seafood restaurants is a must. See the flamingos at Celestun. There are many day tours that can be booked to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal close to Merida.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Weekly Rate: $550 - $650

Monthly Rate: $1350 - $1650

Low Season (APR30-OCT31): $1350/month $550/week
High Season (NOV1-APR30): $1650/month $650/week

Guests pay for electricity at checkout. Water and gas are included. A US$35.- cleaning fee is one time only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund