House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 4 Sleeps
- english, spanish
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 Centro
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.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Adequate for a one-month stay, but not luxury
The house is well-located and in a safe, fairly quiet area within walking distance to the AKI supermarket on Calle 59, plus smaller convenience stores close by.
However, it really needs to be thoroughly cleaned, especially the main floor bathroom sink where the grout is very mouldy. The shower never worked properly, nor did the TV in the living room.
The pool turned out to be more like a hot tub.
I would say it’s alright, but don’t expect modern finishes and satin sheets...
Muy buen viaje.
Please note that any problems at Maya House are attended within 24 hours by our Property Managers.
I am pleased to say the downstairs sink was immediately replaced when notified of the problem. The house is thoroughly cleaned the day before residents arrive and our cleaning service will rectify any problems notified to us during your stay.
As pictured in our listing, we have a plunge pool at Maya House, size is approximately 8ft by 8ft.
Contact numbers for our Property Managers are provided to all residents who will repair or replace any item as required.
NOT AS ADVERTISED
"Pretty rustic cottage in Santiago with terraces and pool; close to attractions" – this is the opening pitch for Maya House. It looked great so I booked a 2 month stay.(This year's VRBO site is identical)
Maya House is well-located. It's close to attractions like Plaza Grande, Santa Anna Park and Paseo de Montejo. 6 blocks away is Mercado Santiago and an AKI store.
The layout of Maya House is practical. The kitchen and dining room are next to each other. A back yard utility room has a washing machine for laundry and the main bathroom/shower is off the kitchen. The TV room was the main area for visiting. The front room was rarely used. The 2 bedrooms are on the second floor and have lots of closet space with comfortable mattresses. The 1/2 bathroom is a real bonus! The terraces are appreciated even with noisy diesel busses. The plunge pool is wonderful!
You are lucky because the water system is now in great shape!
Don't worry about your water supply! I spent at least 1 week dealing with water problems.
First, the hot water tank broke down. The plumber took days before it was replaced. The base of the old tank had literally rusted away!
Next, I had NO water when the water pump burned out. More days passed as it was replaced.
Problem #3 was a toilet that was blocked for 36+ hours. My friend and I resolved this problem quicker than the manager's plumber..
The water problems help explain the "Not as Advertised" title. Here are some more reasons:
- TV & cable never worked from Day One and no one tried to fix it.
- Outdoor table is rusted; chairs and umbrella are missing; sling chairs by pool are gone
- The potted plants are now 25+ feet tall and litter the water with leaves
- All sheets, pillows and blankets are old and threadbare
- Floor tiles are chipped; become black with dirt, especially in the kitchen
- Bathroom & kitchen sinks are tiled with mouldy, black grout & leaky taps
- Entire house needs a thorough cleaning: remove cobwebs from the ceiling; scrub ceiling fans & replace burned-out light bulbs
The greatest shortfall was the Manager. I never saw him after our "tour" on the first day. He rarely responded to emails, phone calls went to Spanish voicemail – then nothing. No apologies nor compensation were offered to me. Maya House looked like an excellent place to rent – I was truly saddened by the circumstances I encountered.
As explained in the house details provided to guests, it is customary in Merida that toilet paper and other objects should be placed in the bins provided in the bathroom, and not in the toilet itself.
Our Property Manager, Carlos, is available by telephone from 09.00 to 19.00 hours. We send an engineer to attend to any breakdowns or damage within 24 hours from notification (Sunday's excepted) and arrange for the work to be done as soon as the fault is identified. Any replacements, repairs or damage to fixings are then carried out at our expense.
A weekly cleaning service is provided at USD $20 a week at guests convenience, so guests are able supervise all cleaning of the house.
great location in Merida
The property was as pictured. Plenty of room for my wife and I. The kitchen was well supplied with pans, dishes etc. to cook a meal or 2 in. AKI grocery store was 5 blocks and the apartment had a small cart to take with. You will need your own spices and olive oil. Ice trays are in the freezer to make ice. Many of the activities to be seen and done were with in easy walking distance from this apartment so in our opinion no car is necessary. Uber is convenient. It was about 30 pesos to the ADO CAME bus station. The first floor remains quite comfortable even during the heat of the day and there are ceiling fans in all rooms on the first floor. Their is A/C in master bedroom but during our 7 day stay we used it twice for about an hour before bed to cool down room and then slept with the fan provided. We would recommend this apartment.
Thank you for your kind review Dan. Of course you are welcome any time in the future -- and Merida has so much to offer!
We had a wonderful time!
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!!!
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!
Great Value for Your Money
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.
Amazing location and very comfortable accommodations
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.
Thanks! Wonderful guests, always welcome back to Casa Maya should you return to Merida.
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.