House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 4 Sleeps
Casa Abhayaa is ideally-located in Merida Centro Historico, less than a minute walk to the beautiful 17th century church, La Ermita de Santa Isabel, and only five minutes from San Sebastian, another of Mérida's fabulous churches. The house is convenient to Mérida’s central square, the airport, and all autoroutes.
Casa Abhayaa is a comfortable 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home with high ceilings, gracefully-arched doors, and lots of light. Its construction and furnishings tastefully employ traditional colonial materials such as wrought iron, concrete pasta tiles, polished concrete floors, and wood. The living room opens onto a charming private courtyard with plunge pool, and areas for eating and lounging, surrounded by plants and fruit trees. The spacious kitchen contains all modern appliances and incorporates a large dining table for six. The guest bedroom with twin beds, and a full bathroom complete the lower level.
The entire upper level is devoted to the sumptuous master bedroom suite, including a king bed, massive custom wardrobe, desk, full ensuite bathroom, balcony overlooking the courtyard, and a generous rooftop deck, for cool evening cocktails, or daytime sunbathing.
Casa Abhayaa is equipped with high-speed internet, WiFi, cable television, audio system for CD/iPod/iPhone/FM/AM, air conditioning in the bedrooms, and a pressurized, softened, and purified water system.
Casa Abhayaa is unfortunately not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
No pets, please.
About the Owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had a truly delightful experience staying at Casa Abhayaa. It is located in between two churches so we could hear the singing on Sunday morning.
It is a friendly neighbourhood with roosters, cats, dogs and occasionally the guitar serenades right in the historical part of the city.
The house is so lovely, elegant and well maintain.
This was our first visit in Merida and we will definitely return and rent the same place.
4.3 based on 4 traveler reviews
Both the amenities and the aesthetics of this house are exactly as described, and perfect for our group of 3 adults. It's private, cool, calm, and very comfortable!! The local manager is a great resource, immediately responsive on even the smallest question. Highly recommended!
A place of serenity in midst of bussling Merida
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Abhayaa.
The home's high ceilings, cool colors, and spare decor invite feelings of tranquility and reflection. The spacious kitchen is great for preparing and eating meals. The attractive living room opens onto a patio oasis of tropical vegetation (in fact, lemons from the tree out back went into our margaritas!). A small sitting pool and lawn chairs invite you to outdoor time.
I really love the open stairs that ascend to the master bedroom, with a very comfortable bed and open-air patios on either side. The shower is a gem of design -- standing on the bathing stone, looking at the sky through the window, I felt happily spoiled.
Calle 77 is busy and noisy but after a night we got used to the city sounds. We were delighted two mornings to hear a wandering trumpeter work his way down the street. From Casa Abhayaa it's about a mile to the central cathedral and plaza -- an easy walk (taxis are plentiful as well).
Merida is a cultural gem, a vibrant city surrounded by historical treasures. We enjoyed our trip in large part because we had a nice home to go to.
Central but soothing
My niece and I spent a magical week in La Ermita just before Christmas, 2014. We are walkers, so its central location for exploring the parks of Mérida, and shopping at the markets during the day was perfect. Wandering randomly after dinner in Centro to enjoy the holiday lights on people's homes was charming and we always found new routes home, since La Ermita is a center of activity. Breakfast we purchased from the ladies at the breadshop on the corner, on the mornings we didn't enjoy fruit from the market in the garden. There was always a fresh lime or orange on the trees to squeeze on the papaya. A small corner store supplemented anything we might have forgotten, or that Andrea had not provided for us on arrival. Two doors down towards San Sebastian a friendly couple supplied ice-cold beers from their front room for watching the sun set from the roof.
Previous guests have observed that the internet connection was intermittent. We found that also, but that for our few e-mail needs, late evening to early morning was always reliable. I should add, that even in the medium-sized Texas town where I use the internet for work, there are frustrations with service! The furniture was perfectly comfortable for our needs - mostly sitting at the ample kitchen table or on the patio. We never even thought to turn the television on, so can't comment on the adequacy of the sitting room. As far as cleanliness is concerned, we took our cue from our neighbors - they sweep their houses every morning, and clean up leaf litter daily as well. Unless a daily concierge service is part of the rental package, this is part of the ritual of living in the urban tropics with the windows and doors open. I swept daily when I lived in Panamá several years ago - it doesn't take long and is quite soothing.
We probably won't be staying in Casa Abhayaa again, because Andrea is putting the finishing touches to our house, very similar in conception, a few blocks away. But we will always pass it with feelings of affection, and call in at the church before catching a cab in the square and embarking on a journey.
Overrated Property - Problems Persisted
Although a Beautiful Home, lots of problems with the property... For example, gas problems (cannisters were not full upon arrival), so no propane - no Hot Water, plus no water pressure, floors were dirty/black upon our arrival to the point we had to wear flip flops in the house, Pool area was also Black and Slimy, so one had to be careful not to slip. Then, we had persistent Cable Outages... which also affected Internet, and the last 2 weeks without cable. Plus, we had frequent mailings coming to the house with disconnection notices for garbage... plus our electricity was disconnected for an extended period of time... half a day... In addition, the property is right by Ermita Park.... Busy... and on a Bus Route... we had to run the fan/air at night because the street noise was so bad... Bugs in the Back Yard, Mice in the Backyard, then we saw the rats... crawling up the wall... I had to use a shovel on one... The Backyard was full of falling fruit so the rats/mice had a feast... The furniture, although stylish, was very uncomfortable... So, overall... the house is nice... but it was all the little things... and we have lived in Belize for a couple years so we do understand the little things and are pretty flexible... but really not the 4 star experience we were hoping for.... and, a long way to get groceries from Ermita to Centro Mercado... Overall... 2-3 star and disappointing experience... Oh, and upon leaving... we were overcharged for the electricity bill but just wanted out of there.... Terry
Activity and Interests
Mérida is a special city in the heart of the Mayan Yucatan. Beaches, cenotes (large fresh-water natural cisterns), and ancient Mayan archaelogical sites are all within easy driving distance.
Mérida offers excellent shopping, cultural, sports, and a wide range of other activities. Check out the many online resources for events and activities. You can be very busy or very quiet and peaceful here.
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1 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional information about rental rates
Weekly Rate: $500 - $1200
Monthly Rate: $1500 - $2500
High Season Oct 1 - Apr 30. $800/wk
Low Season May 1 - Sep 30 $500/wk
Holiday Seasons - Christmas, New Year, Easter $1200/wk
Refundable security deposit required
Electricity not included
Long-term rentals - please inquire
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Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- pets not allowed
- Beach View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Secure, private Fully-equipped kitchen -- refrigerator, gas cooktop and oven, microwave, coffee-maker, blender, toaster, quality china, glassware and cookware Washer/dryer Private courtyard with plunge pool 2 full bathrooms HD flat-screen TV with DVD player Cable TV service High-speed internet and WiFi iPod/USB/CD/FM/AM Sound System Pressurized, purified, softened water system Quality linens Custom-designed iron and wood furnishings Weekly pool and maid service Professional local property manager