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Comfort and Tranquility in Merida's Historic Centre

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2 living areas, large yard with lap pool & BBQ

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 zoo (free-to-enter). 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 very comfortable rattan furniture and a large TV with cable service, 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. Recently added is a covered outdoor seating area with built-in BBQ grill and French tiled roof.

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 and cafes and restaurants 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

Neil Youngson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2018

About Neil Youngson

I left England in 2007 with a round-the-world ticket and 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 decided to check out Merida and straight away knew it was the place for me - three weeks later I had bought a house!

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

Neil Youngson purchased this house in 2009

Why Neil Youngson chose Barrio de Santiago

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

I am working slowly but surely to create a wonderful tropical space in the garden around the pool. Unfortunately with the house being rented most of the year I don't get to spend too much time tending to the garden! Some of my green-fingered guests have asked permission to do a bit of gardening during their stay and I am always happy to for this to happen, but it is not required!

Guestbook comments from the owner

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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Barrio de Santiago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , En suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , En suite bathroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
** FREE airport pick-up and drop-off service * Living room with sofa, armchair, 40" LCD HDTV with cable & 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. * Covered seating area with 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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Comfort and Tranquility in Merida's Historic Centre
average rating of 4.875 based on 25 reviews

Wonderful place, very comfortable and the pool is fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable; House was cool even in numerous 95 degree days; never needed a/c. All necessities in house, large supermarket literally 4 minutes walk away. Neil took the time to show us everything and how everything worked; he was also gracious enough to extend the time of departure for our last day when our next location wasn’t immediately available. Great communication both before and after our arrival; would love to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jim, it was a pleasure having you and your wife stay here, hope to see you again sometime.
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We love this place😍

  • 5 of 5

Clean, well equipped and a superb host/owner. This property is so well thought out, it’s easy to tell that is was renovated not as a rental house but as a home. A toothbrush is all you will need. The beds are comfortable, bathrooms user friendly and the kitchen superbly equipped. Entertainment options varied and internet availability excellent. The pool and patio area where we spent most of our time is wonderful. Clothing is optional, if that’s your choice you’ll feel and be safe.

Neil is easy to communicate with and as a long time resident of Merida is very well versed in the ins and outs of making the most of your visit to this wonderful part of Mexico.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our Little Oasis in the Yucatan!

  • 5 of 5

We finally had the opportunity to visit Merida this winter. It was an exciting yet stress free vibrant city. Neil's place afforded us the opportunity to live in a quiet residential area yet within minutes of the excitement. Merida is a large city but yet laid back. We never felt the need to rent a car because we had buses and taxis within a short walk. We visited a Flamingo Reserve, Lots of Ruins, Cenotes (underground springs) and Progresso Beach all unique in their own way.

Lots and lots of restaurants to choose from. There's a main Big Plaza about a 30 minute walk or a 5 minute cab fare. That's where everything is happening. But there are also lots of smaller plazas where something is always happening at least once a week. The nearest Plaza to us was Santiago. Nice market, a lot of small restaurants, a Cinema and there's dancing every Tue. night. The Yucatan Today has a calendar of events which details all the goings on! It's also a very helpful magazine and it's free. If you don't have access to one, you can google it on line.

It was great coming back to Neil's house to his wonderful lap pool. We even befriended an Iguana. We named him Pepe. He was a delight. The house is spacious and was well equipped with everything. Neil was most gracious and a true professional. All we had to do was call him or email and he took care of all our needs and concerns. We've rented dozens of homes and by far he was one of the best. Really appreciated having him near.

This was our first time in Mexico and hope it will not be our last. A lasting memory for sure. Thanks again Neil for making this getaway so special and one we will remember forever.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Elvin & Maria, so glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa 503, and hope to see you back in Merida sometime.
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Great place to stay in Merida. Good amenities and a welcome retreat to relax at the end of the day.

  • 4 of 5

Great for exploring the wonders of the Mayan world!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at this property. We enjoyed the huge pool, the great covered seating area in the beautiful courtyard, the spacious inside rooms, the kitchen equipped with everything you need, comfortable beds, laundry facility and the best manager ever. Neil makes your stay effortless with information about everything in the house and around Merida. Aside from the grocery at the end of the block there is a really nice Chedraui just a few blocks down the highway. Cabs and busses are everywhere and the Centro is quite an easy walk. We have stayed other places that cost a bit more but this place is the BEST! Thank you Neil!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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lovely well equipped house, highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a month in this wonderful house in Merida. Neil is incredibly helpful and an excellent host, he replied very quickly to any questions I emailed him.

The house is clean, and had everything we needed. The garden area is lovely and private, with a long narrow pool which is perfect for children (and adults!).

There is a supermarket one block away, so food shopping is simple and easy. One block further is the zoo which has a lot of fairground rides my children enjoyed. It was easy and cheap to get a taxi into the centre of Merida.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sarah, thanks for taking the time to write a review, I'm happy that you had a great time. Casa 503 is indeed ideal as a summer retreat for families with kids, the lap pool is always a big hit! And as you say everything you need is within a few minutes walk. Hope to see you again sometime. Best Neil
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Car: not necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Explore Merida's parks and squares on foot.

* Admire the mansions on Paseo de Montejo.

* Visit the Mayan ruins at Uxmal or Mayapan.

* Swim in a fresh water underground cenote.

* Sample Yucatecan food around the markets.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Enjoy traffic-free cycling on Sunday mornings Bici-Ruta.

* Get lost exploring the vast Mercado Lucas De Galvéz.

* Enjoy a free English tour of Merida's City Museum.

* Visit the free zoo in Parque del Centenario.

* Dance with the locals in Santa Lucia.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Visit the flamingo colonies at Celestun.

* Discover henequen at Hacienda Sotuta de Peon.

* Take a house tour with the English Library.

* Experience traditional folk dancing on Sat nights.

* Visit the Yucatan Railway Museum.

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Please note: due to changes in the VacationRentals system it is no longer possible for me to specify my rates in USD, instead I am forced to do so in GBP and the site then provides a dollar amount based on the current exchange rate - this results in some strange looking rates! Please email me for a definitive price for your stated dates. My normal rates are

Week $450 USD
Month $1200 USD

High Season (Nov - Mar):
Week $600 USD
Month $1350 USD

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.