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Comfort and Tranquility in Merida's Historic Centre

Bedrooms 2
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 new (for 2016) very comfortable rattan furniture 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. New for April 2016 is a covered outdoor seating area with built-in BBQ grill and French tiled roof (photos coming soon).

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

Neil Youngson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 6, 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.

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
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
  • 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 4.857143 based on 22 reviews

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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Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Warmth and Sunshine!

  • 5 of 5

If you don't like city activity combined with warmth and sunshine, maybe Merida is not your place.... But if you enjoy the sights and sounds a different culture can bring you, and you like sunshine, you may find it here. I have been neglectful on writing a review because I really don't want too many people finding out about this special spot. Every year, we escape somewhere to discover a new place. This last winter, our escape for warmth was to Merida. We fell in love with the photos of the colorful house and lap pool, and it didn't take much convincing for Tim and I to choose Neil's home for our getaway. Neil, the owner, resides a few blocks away, is very much a conscientious homeowner, and the house has everything we needed or could want. If you are a cook, you will be happy with how well the kitchen is equipped. If you are a swimmer, you will LOVE the pool.... We certainly did! The pool garden area is superb and very private. We are homebodies, and it suited us perfectly. We are also walkers, and loved that we could walk everywhere. There is a nice supermarket just down a few short blocks.... It is about a 20 minute walk to Centro. People are very kind here in Merida, and we really enjoyed Neil. He's the "pool man" on Wednesdays and was kind enough to let us share in tending the garden, and showing me how to help with the pool, which, to me, was a lot of fun! We found lots of good places to go, and lots of general information in a notebook that Neil provides for guests. Our day trip to Mayapán and swim in a cenoté, followed by lunch at a hacienda was a perfect day! Thanks Neil... for sharing your time and space with us. See you again SOON!!!

Laurie and Tim

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a great review, looking forward to your return this coming winter. Saludos Neil
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Kenora, Ontario Canada

Every thing you'll need.

  • 4 of 5

We had met Neil previously and looked forward to getting into a different neighbourhood in a house that had the amenities we need.

The two bedrooms with their own bathrooms is a great feature for privacy. The kitchen/ dining area provided all utensils we would stock ourselves for in house dining plus a charcoal barbecue. The rear garden, pool area is a quiet sanctuary for relaxing time after cooling off in the lap pool. Many rentals have a "splash" pool but if you're serious about some room and exercise this pool will not disappoint.

Neil is a reliable, hands on owner and a knowledgeable source of info for Merida and area. As others mentioned, groceries, transport, parks and even a gym are nearby with Centro in walkable proximity.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Caye Caulker, Belize

Great comfortable house

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at this house. We were with 3 persons and because of the different rooms (living, kitchen, dining room area, 2 bedrooms and of course the outside area) it was easy to retreat in one of the nooks to have some private time. The house was decorated in a homey way and we immediately felt at home. The swimming pool was awesome, we swam many laps or floated in our air chairs which we brought ourselves (it would be nice if they were provided). September was very hot and sometimes we left the a/c in the bedrooms on with the doors to the other rooms open, to create a little bit more coolness in the living and dining room. The a/c was not really cold so at night time a sheet was more than enough. The kitchen has everything you need and we prepared a lot of meals.

The supermarket around the corner has all the basics and if you need some more specialties there is a bigger supermarket about 20 minutes by foot. We didn't have a car and like to walk to shops, bars and restaurants but that was sometimes a little bit too far (nearest places about 15 minutes) especially because it was so hot outside. The bus stop was nearby and also a taxi was easy to get, but I missed a little bit of 'action' more closer to the house. Although it was nice that the neighborhood was residential and quiet.

Neil was quick in his responses to our questions and I appreciated the folder with information in the house (got a real nice haircut at one of the hairdressers he recommended).

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Monique. September was indeed hot, in fact most of this summer the temps were 3-5˚C hotter than normal, it wasn't until October that things started to get back to normal. I had no guests in October so took the opportunity to carry out necessary maintenance and upgrades - repainting, refinishing of wooden doors and painting of wrought iron, reupholstering one of the sofas, and some additional work on the gardens. I previously had li-los for the pool, not sure what happened to them - air chairs will be added!
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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 $500 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.