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Villa Sarteneja - Beautiful Restored Colonial Home in Centro

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Stunning Vacation Home

Welcome to Villa Sarteneja . . .

Villa Sartenja is a beautiful three bedroom, two bathroom remodelled colonial home in el centro, located on the famous Calle 66. It is only three blocks to the main square and just steps to the local park. During the day, it is an easy walk to nearby markets, museums and restaurants. At night you can enjoy an outdoor concert or salsa dancing ...

Villa Sarteneja’s bedrooms and living room have high-beamed ceilings typical of old colonial houses, with mini-split air conditioners and ceiling fans for your comfort. The kitchen and bathrooms have been renovated with modern fixtures and appliances. Villa Sarteneja features beautiful iron work, screens on every window and over the smaller courtyard. The second, larger courtyard has a deep lap swimming pool and is perfect for entertaining and enjoying Merida’s warm tropical breezes, year round.

More Details

Debra Parker
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018


Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • not suitable for children
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
* 3 bedrooms, 2 with ensuite bathrooms, both with double sinks and showers * 2 private, furnished courtyards, with stereo speakers * 100% cotton linens, bath and pool towels * Remote controlled mini-split air conditioning in each bedroom * Ceiling fans, indoors and out * LED flatscreen television with cable * DVD player with selection of DVDs * Wireless high speed Internet throughout * Kitchen essential utensils, dishes and glassware * Appliances: refrigerator, gas range, microwave, toaster, blender & coffee maker * Washer and dryer * Pressurized water system * Purified bottled water dispenser * Cellular phone for local calling * Three, secure parking lots within one block * Local, English speaking property manager


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Villa Sarteneja - Beautiful Restored Colonial Home in Centro
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
Raton, New Mexico

Great stay in old Merida

  • 4 of 5

(I feel reviews that just gush don't help anyone, so I write to help fit people with places.)

We spent a wonderful week in the Villa. Its as pretty as shown, with clear lines of its ancient roots, and is a little oasis in a sprawling old colonial city. We walked all over town and felt we were well situated, although a longish 4 blocks from the main plaza into a working class neighborhood. Although Merida is probably as safe as a rural village in Vermont, the neighborhood is not particularly affluent, and might feel edgy until you are there a day or two and feel the good will among locals. So, a good location for us, but a short hike for seniors or guests with disabilities.

The rental is well suited to 2 couples. The third bedroom without bath, makes it more of a challenge for more.

There are lots or chairs and a dining table around the pool and that is where we spent virtually all of our awake time at home. The other common rooms feel closer around you and less wonderful than the patio and deck area. The kitchen is smallish, but very well stocked with both plastic and glass options - which choice we greatly appreciate around a pool. There are 2 big, high-ceilinged bedrooms with funky but spotless and fine bathrooms. The 3rd BR - through a slight French doorway from the 2nd BR - is similar, but the two room really operate better as a suite for parents and perhaps a few smaller children, with the bath at one end. As a stand alone 3rd room, you'd have to actually walk through someone else's bedroom, or through 2 interior rooms, to your bath.

For two couples, with or without a few kids, this is an amazing value in an amazing destination.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Divine Villa Sarteneja in the heart of Merida’s Centro district. Just perfecto!

  • 5 of 5

What can we say??? Wow! The pictures of this gorgeous Villa just don’t do it justice. The place is just beautiful with all its rustic Mexican/colonial charm.

We stayed at Debra and Johns Villa Sarteneja in mid January 2018 during our visit to Merida (as part of our first holiday in Mexico). Debra was kind and helpful from the moment we enquired about the property. After booking, Debra helped us out with all questions we had about the Villa and getting around Merida in general. We even had an issue with a last minute flight change and Debra happily accommodated an earlier check for us. Gracias!

On arrival, and after being amazed at how beautful the property was, we were shown around by Agustin (the property manager). Also very helpful. He helped organize a driver for us also as we did a few long day trips in the Yucatan. Perfecto!

Everything was as the pictures reflected and more!

All rooms were beautiful, spacious with high ceilings, fans and air conditioning. Beds very large and comfortable. Bathrooms well equipped with towels and amenities. As was the kitchen, including plenty of drinking water.

The back pool and patio area was divine. The pool lit up at night (gorgeous) and the kids enjoyed breakfast at the breakfast bar on the pool patio in the mornings.

Whilst the pool is quite deep (need to keep a close watchful eye on younger kids) our kids enjoyed it after a hot day out walking. We had a life jacket for our little one, which provided us with comfort....and also whilst indoors, we could lock the access door to the back patio/pool which was helpful. Debra explained all this to us prior to booking ;)

The location of the property on Calle 66 was perfect and only a very short walking distance to the Plaza Grande, various beautiful parques, Lucas deGalvez market etc and also walkable to the Paseo de Montejo. Recommend taking a horse and carriage ride down the Paseo de Montejo - just beautiful.

Loads to do around town, particularly around Plaza Grande. There are so many quaint and charming parks close by (Santa Lucia, Santa Ana etc) surrounded by beautiful restaurants and delicious street food.

We were lucky to be around for Merida fest. The streets around Plaza Grande are closed off on weekends and the city comes to life with musicians, Mariachis, stalls and night shows around the Cathedral.

Absolutely loved our stay in Merida and Villa Sarteneja! Muchas gracias Debra!!

Sharon, Steve and the kids x

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home in the heart of Merida!

  • 5 of 5

The house is a colonial masterpiece! It was clean, spacious, inviting, and it was very safe. The courtyard was so inviting and the rooms were large and comfortable. The pool was a real hit with our two young boys (ages 2 and 5) and it is within easy walking distance of major tourist sites and delicious restaurants. We spent time in the main plaza and our children enjoyed the nearby park. Shopping and site seeing abounds in this location. For being in a busy downtown location we were astonished at how peaceful and quiet it was once inside the house. Agustin (the host) was terrific and the owners were helpful and replied promptly to emails. I would highly recommend this property if you are looking to experience Merida and all its charms!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Better than we believed was possible!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived later than expected due to a rental car issues at the Cancun airport. Agustin was there to meet us and showed us around the place giving us all the advice we needed and more; even included a local cell phone with directions on how to load minutes if needed. We had a car and parking on the street was never an issue. Air conditioning worked well; we shut it off when we left and it still stayed reasonably cool when we returned. I don't know if we hit a heat wave when we were there but it was in the mid 90's everyday. Our electricity ran $32 US for the 4 nights we were there; we ran it whenever we were in the unit. All beds were comfortable and it seemed like there was a mixture of firmness, I couldn't imagine anyone not finding somewhere to be comfortable. The front bedroom became a little noisy about 7 am but it wasn't anything that would wake you. The other rooms were crypt quiet. The pool area was unbelievable! Many of our friends who have seen pictures were amazed it wasn't a hotel resort. Safety in the area was never an issue, and we wandered far and wide at all hours of the day and night. The neighbors were very friendly and wished us Merry Christmas whenever they saw us. This is the first place where pictures do not do the place justice. Definitely our best experience using VRBO and can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Myers,Fl,USA

Modern,Stylish House With Colonial Touches

  • 5 of 5

We loved our 12 days stay in Villa Sarteneja.The house is spacious,beautifully furnished with modern and colonial furniture,with huge bedrooms and bathrooms.The backyard patio is to die for:we spent countless hours just reading and relaxing there,occasionally taking a dip in the sparkling and surprisingly cool pool,or swimming laps when we felt more like exercising.We also had all our meals there.There is always a pleasant breeze coming through the entire house ,and there are a lot of ceiling fans in the house and in the patio.There are speakers installed and zoned in the house and the patio ,and we listened to classical music in the evenings ,with the patio beautifully lit around us.Magic moments.

The caretaker ,Agustin ,was very responsive to our questions ,and was ready with response email within a few minutes.The internet worked very well ,with strong coverage in the entire house and patio.The house is located 7 minutes walk from the Main Plaza,and about 10 minutes from supermarkets and the Central Market,which we visited almost daily for fresh fruit,and for colorful sightseeing.(We happen to like local markets).Buses to Progreso(the nearby beach)leave 5 minutes from the house ,and to Isamal about 15 minutes.The main bus station is 2 blocks away.

We definitely would recommend this property to our friends and family,for both short and long stays.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Property, Excellent Location, & Very Affordable!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for around 4 days and enjoyed walking all over Merida. Many plazas, shows, shops, restaurants/food carts are within walking distance. It is a safe location to walk around at night. The property itself was clean and had many beautiful details. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Browse the Mercado Municipal.

* Buy a hammock at Casa de las Artesanias.

* Visit the Anthropology Museum.

* Enjoy the Corazon de Merida at nights.

* Dine at Casa de Frida.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Nightly free concerts and dancing nightly.

* Murals of Palacio de Gobierno.

* Botanas (like tapas, they're free when you order drinks).

* Lunch at local cocinas economica's.

* Free Walking Tour of the Historic Centre.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* See Chichen Itza.

* Take the Celestun Flamingo Tour.

* Visit the Anthropology Museum.

* Ride the Sunday Bicycle Route.

* Visit Centenario Zoo.

Merida has open markets, street festivals and live music and entertainment at different neighbourhood parks every night of the week. On weekends, visitors can try salsa dancing or enjoy their dinner and music right on the streets, where some areas of El Centro are blocked off from local traffic. For the romantics, there are horse and buggy rides down the beautiful and historic Paseo Montejo, or for those who choose to enjoy the sights on their own steam, bicycle rentals. Merida has excellent restaurants, theatres, museums, and art galleries, all within walking distance in El Centro.

Merida is located just 30 kilometers south of the Gulf Coast. Day trips are easily possible both to the Yucatan Gulf Coast or into the center of the Yucatan Peninsula to explore other colonial cities, cenotes or ancient Mayan ruins.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Min.Electric Deposit$200 $0

Please inquire about monthly and holiday rates.

All stays require a deposit. Length of stay determines exact deposit (minimum $200 - adjusted for long term stays - payable upon booking). Rate includes weekly pool maintenance and housekeeping approximately every 10 days for long term guests. It does not include electricity. The meter is read at check-in and again at check-out and consumption is taken from your deposit. Villa Sarteneja is unsuitable for children under 12 due to the depth of the pool.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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