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Pretty rustic cottage in Santiago with terraces and pool close to all amenities

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 4 Sleeps

Maya House is in the Santiago area of Merida centro. This cosy, rustic house has all the amenities: dipping pool, 2 terraces plus patio, WI-FI, air-con upstairs and down; mosquito netting on all doors and windows, cable TV, fans in all rooms, nice bathroom downstairs and additional toilet /washbasin upstairs, all new kitchen; separate dining room; sun patio with dipping pool and sun chairs (please note the dipping pool itself is not fenced and so the patio is not suitable for unsupervised young children. The door to the patio can, however, be locked.)

Beds: Main bedroom: two single beds. Second bedroom: double bed. Downstairs: double sofa bed for occasional visitors.

Maya house has been fully redecorated for the 2014 / 2015 season.

Downstairs:

Living room; TV room, ceiling fans, kitchen; dining room; bathroom, sun patio; dipping pool.

Front living room has multiple chairs and tables.

TV room has a very comfortable suite: three seat sofa, a two seat sofa and single armchair. There is a 32 inch flat screen TV and DVD player.

There is a double sofa bed for visitors in the dining room.

Upstairs:

1. Double bedroom with two single beds together, ensuite toilet and washbasin, air conditioning, fan and sun terrace with sun chairs and tables

2. Bedroom with double bed, sun terrace, sun chairs and table

Please note that in common with most homes in the Yucatan, inside rooms are open plan, without doors. This is to allow cool air to circulate.

Maya House is situated on Calle 49, between Calle 72 and 74 in Merida Centro, just three blocks from Merida’s English Library on Calle 53 in the Santiago area.

Maya house is just three blocks from the ever popular Santiago Park and its wonderful cafes, six blocks from Santa Ana and Paseo de Montejo. It is a short stroll to Wal-Mart at the top of Paseo de Montejo.

Maya House is in a quiet neighbourhood, but within walking distance of Merida's famous cantinas with live music, food and draft beer.

More Details

Owner
Peter Hobday
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 8, 2017

About Peter Hobday

We are British, and live in Folkestone England when we are not in Merida. Merida is our second home and we live here for five months each year, so Maya House is fully equiped as a comfortable home should be. Like many others, we fell in love with Merida because of the people and amenities. It is a very peaceful town, with a lot to do!

Peter Hobday purchased this house in 2012

Why Peter Hobday chose Merida

Maya House is in the perfect spot for a quiet life, but within a short walking distance to the hub of Merida - Santiago Square - the place where many want to live! We were very lucky to find Maya House, as it has two big terraces outside each bedroom, and a patio downstairs with a very nice dipping pool. Maya house is cosy, but has all the amenities! The famous 49 bus runs close by, to the Plaza Las Americas where you will find Walmart and many other big stores -- and it costs just 7 pesos for any journey (that's 12 US cents).

What makes this house unique

Without doubt, it is the two terraces and downstairs patio with pool that made us fall in love with the house -- together with its location close to the centre of Merida. The house is perfectly laid out, with a nice kitchen and open plan dining room all configured for easy access and cooking.

Map

Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport MID
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
La Negrita Cantina on Calle 49, five minutes walk
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Progreso
Car: not necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Free concerts almost every night.

* Chichen Itza pyramids.

* Great open air speciality restaurants.

* Low cost travel almost everywhere.

* Wonderful underground spring cenotes to visit.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Bus to coast resorts just 40 mins.

* Dance in the open squares every night free.

* Low-cost cycle hire every Sunday.

* Family fun day Sunday on Paseo de Montejo.

* Economic cafes all around Merida Centro.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Free city zoo.

* 10 peso family bike rides.

* Free guided tours.

* Cheap bus to Progreso beaches.

* Great family restaurants.

Low cost living in Merida

Santiago square has famous free big-band music performances on Tuesday nights with dancing, fairs, cafes and temporary markets offering Yucatan speciality foods and local crafts. Surrounding the park you’ll find a coffee house, supermarket (Aki), drugstore and a movie theatre. The Santiago district is north of Plaza Grande, a five minute walk from Maya House.

The squares and parks here in Merida have free wifi and electricity for computers and you can walk around using Skype to show the folks back home the Merida experience!

For those who like a good read, Maya House is just two blocks from the English Library with its popular information and reference centre and superb outside garden. You'll find thousands of fiction and non-fiction English language books for loan and a great DVD library, all donated by visitors and library members.

Merida is the ‘City of Peace’ the capital of the state of Yucatan. It is located in the northwest part of the state on the Gulf of Mexico.

Why is Merida so popular?

It is true that you will almost never hear any local or international visitor complain or have any bad thing to say about Merida. The place appears to be one of the most constantly popular and engaging destinations in the world.

Merida is popular among experienced world travellers because it is safe, beautiful, has tons of culture and is very inexpensive.

Oh - and the people in Merida are very, very nice!

Merida's low rental costs

A month's rental in Merida costs around three times less than elsewhere in the world.

Renting the equivalent two bed house in Spain or Florida, for example, would cost you around USD $2,630.00.

Merida is a colonial city with a very different culture from the rest of Mexico due to its geographical isolation, its traditional connection with Europe and Cuba and the strong Mayan presence. Though many thousands of people have settled in the Yucatan since new roads opened the area to the rest of Mexico in the 1970’s, estimates calculate that true Mayan’s account for above 70 percent of the population.

Although part of Mexico, Merida and the Yucatan has its own, very individual identity and culture. It is this separate identity that attracts so many international travelers to visit, to explore and to often make the Yucatan their home. Many expatriates have homes in Merida and stay here during the winter months - November through to April - to escape the colder climates in their own countries.

What to do in Merida?

Today Merida is a cosmopolitan city with colonial-era architecture and a rich cultural heritage. The overriding impression of visitors is that Merida is great value! In fact, every day of the week you will find free entertainment. Depending on the day, you can enjoy a selection of free dances, classical music concerts, visits to the zoo, guided tours around Merida and big band concerts.

Most nights you can enjoy regular free outdoor concerts, dancing and classical music entertainment.

Music forms an important part of Mexican culture and you will find plenty to enjoy around the neighbourhood.

Here are a few ideas that we found really worth while:

* Free open-air concerts in plazas and parks around Centro most evenings

* 10 peso family bike rides every Sunday along Paseo Montejo and through the city

* City tour of Merida on the tourist bus for an overview of the city

* Museum of Anthropology on Paseo Montejo

* Free guided tour around the buildings of Plaza Grande, Merida

* Take a cooking class and learn about Yucatecan cuisine

* Ruta Puc, a Friday, Saturday or Sunday bus tour around five Mayan sites, from the centro Ado bus station

* Great visit to cenote - underground spring and lake - just a bus ride away

* Stroll along tree-lined Paseo de Montejo on Sunday, have an ice cream and admire the art display along the boulevard

* Explore the main market four blocks to the south east of the main Plaza

The Yucatan - and Merida in particular - stimulate affection and loyalty inthose who live here in a similar way to regions such as Cornwall in England, Andalucia in Spain and Brittany in France. These places all possess a separate culture and identity from the rest of the country - with an indigenous, independent, welcoming population who engender great affection among visitors.

Of course, wherever we travel, it is always the people who make a visit to a place worthwhile. But Merida also has colonial architecture, a Caribbean atmosphere and Mayan cuisine to help make the city a successful and memorable destination.

Merida is sometimes called the 'White City,' because of its buildings made of white stone and the city's cleanliness.

Restaurant Economica: scattered throughout Merida are wonderful, tiny 'restaurant economicas' where you will find local dishes such as chicken and beef at low prices - we rarely pay above USD $6 for a meal for two. In Progreso and other coastal towns and villages, we eat at the fish restaurants where they serve delicious deep fried Grouper at a typical price of USD $10 for two people, with drinks. We eat in the market where the catch comes in, but there are plenty of fine eating places along the beach with exemplory service.

Amenities

Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , toilet plus sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , main bathroom downstairs
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Upstairs are two bedrooms: an en suite main bedroom and second bedroom. Both bedrooms have large terrace area, chairs and tables. Downstairs is a sofa bed for visitors.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
Notes:
Our house is close to Santiago Park and the English Library with thousands of great books and DVDs; beautifully refurbished for 2014/5, Maya house sleeps four, plus a sofa bed for visitors. We have a sun patio with dipping pool, two large upstairs terraces off bedrooms. Nice kitchen and dining room. Maya house is close to bus stops and there are taxi ranks close by. Taxis a very cheap here - we usually find a taxi ride in Merida costs around 40 pesos, which is USD $3.00. It is just 40 minutes bus ride to the great beaches at Progreso - cost 20 pesos (just over a dollar) and the coast with their famous low-cost fish restaurants. Fresh caught Grouper is a pretty standard meal in most restaurants, but is cheapest in the thriving and huge market just two blocks from the beach: around 170 pesos for two people with drinks - which is USD $9.00.

Reviews

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Pretty rustic cottage in Santiago with terraces and pool close to all amenities
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5

We had a wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

This property is fabulous. It came equipped with everything we needed. We were in Merida when temperatures reached 106 degrees F, and we survived just fine with the soaking pool and A/C units in the house. It has a great location - walking to the store or parks or plazas was pleasant, and we could easily catch a cheap taxi to get around when it was too hot to trek far. The owner and local property manager are both fantastic and very helpful and responsive. Highly, highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very lucky to have a supermarket and fresh food market just a few blocks from our house. We are also lucky to have really nice guests! Thanks for staying at Maya House, and you are always very welcome!
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Great Value for Your Money

  • 3 of 5

Great little Mexucan type house near Santiago Square. Has a cute little pool and outdoor sitting area. Beds were basic but comfortable. There was lots of bedding and towels. Kitchen area worked with a microwave stove and oven.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, Ca
5

Amazing location and very comfortable accommodations

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at this property and it was a very pleasant experience, lots of room in every room to make yourself comfortable. The Jacuzzi/pool is life saver specially in a tropical weather. You can not ask for a better location, you can walk downtown in about 10 minutes and public transportation passes right on the front door to go to Walmart for groceries. Very easy to move around. Merida is a very unique city in Mexico, it very safe and vibrant. We enjoyed our stay very much and recommend Casa Maya to anyone staying in Merida.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! Wonderful guests, always welcome back to Casa Maya should you return to Merida.
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5

Very nice place!

  • 5 of 5

To stay here was a very nice experience. The house is near the center of the city in a very quiet neighbour.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay at Casa Maya!
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Québec, Canada
5

Excellent value and great location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two weeks at Casa Maya in July 2016. Having stayed in Merida a few times before, we can say that this accommodation is an excellent value for the price.

While not luxurious, the house is spacious and comfortable. It includes everything you need (bedding, kitchen equipment, small pool, great wifi, television, washing machine, mood lighting and reading lamps, etc.). The house was very clean on arrival and we were warmly welcomed by Carlos, the manager, who was very helpful whenever we called him.

As everywhere in the Centro, the place is obviously a bit noisy when traffic resumes in the morning, but this is largely compensated by the ideal location of the house that allows to easily walk everywhere. A little away from the bustle (15 minutes from the Plaza Grande), the house is conveniently located 5 minutes from Santiago market and a grocery store where you can find everything you need. We rented a car for a few days to get out of town and we had no trouble parking in front of the house.

In July, the temperature is obviously very hot in Merida but the air conditioning, which we used only at night, when allowed us good nights sleep. During the day, fans have been enough for us.

Communications with the owner have always been easy, caregivers and cordial, from the first contacts to the refund of the security deposit. Similarly, every encounter with Carlos, who takes care of the property in the absence of the owner, were most enjoyable. In short, we recommend this accommodation and we will not hesitate to return on a future trip to Merida.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Québec, Canada
5

Excellente valeur et emplacement idéal

  • 5 of 5

Mon conjoint et moi avons passé deux semaines à la Casa Maya en juillet 2016. Ayant déjà séjourné à Mérida à quelques reprises, nous pouvons affirmer que cet hébergement constitue une excellente valeur pour le prix.

Sans être luxueuse, la maison est spacieuse et très confortable. Elle comporte tout ce dont on a besoin (literie, équipement de cuisine, petite piscine, wifi excellent, télévision, lave-linge, éclairage d'ambiance et de lecture, etc.). La maison était très propre à notre arrivée et nous y avons été accueillis chaleureusement par Carlos, le manager, qui s'est montré très disponible à chaque fois que nous avons fait appel à lui.

Comme partout dans le Centro, l'endroit est évidemment un peu bruyant lorsque le trafic reprend le matin, mais c'est largement compensé par l'emplacement idéal de la maison qui permet de se rendre partout à pied facilement. Un peu à l'écart de l'agitation (à 15 minutes de la Plaza Grande), la maison est avantageusement située à 5 minutes du marché de Santiago et d'une épicerie où on peut trouver tout ce dont on a besoin. Nous avons loué une voiture quelques jours pour sortir de la ville et nous n'avons eu aucune difficulté à nous stationner en face de la maison.

En juillet, la température est évidemment très chaude à Mérida mais la climatisation, que nous n'avons utilisé que la nuit, nous a quand même permis de bonnes nuits de sommeil. Durant la journée, les ventilateurs nous ont suffi.

Les communications avec le propriétaire ont toujours été faciles, aidantes et cordiales, des premiers contacts au remboursement du dépôt de sécurité. De même, chaque rencontre avec Carlos, qui s'occupe de la propriété en l'absence du propriétaire, ont été des plus agréables. Bref, nous recommandons cet hébergement et nous n'hésiterons pas à y retourner lors d'un prochain séjour à Mérida.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Please note an electricity deposit of USD $50 each week for weekly guests, or USD $150 each month for monthly guests is required on or prior to arrival. The balance is refunded on departure, with metered electricity consumption deducted. This is usual practice in Merida because electricity usage depends on air conditioning use. As a general guide, without air conditioning, electricity cost is around USD $50 a month.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.