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Artist's Retreat in the Heart of Merida

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps

Full of Light, Color and Space!

A delightful artist's retreat and vaction rental in the heart of colonial Merida, Yucatan, a city where the arts are celebrated!

Casa Claire is a restored 250 year old residence with two air-conditioned bedrooms with attached private bathrooms. One bedroom has a double bed, the other has two twin beds. There is additional comfortable sleeping for two in the spacious loft which overlooks the open courtyard at the center of the house.

The courtyard with lovely fountain is surrounded by open sitting and dining areas, and a well-equipped kitchen (stove and refrigerator, of course, but also microwave, mixer and coffee maker).

Above it all is a roof terrace, perfect for star gazing or catching a refreshing evening breeze.

Enjoy the Indoor/Outdoor Life. By day, swing in the courtyard hammock or sit in a colorful hammock chair, and watch the clouds go by. Most ceilings in the house are 20 feet or more, with ceiling fans throughout, making Casa Claire open, airy and bright.

Excellent Central Location

If you can pull yourself away from the easy comfort inside the house, go outside and find the city of Merida practically at your doorstep. Turning left after stepping out the front door, it's an easy five minute walk to the main square with its splendid cathedral, museums, shops and people-watching, not to mention the adjacent Jose Peon Contreras Opera House and the State University.

Turn right, and it's only a few minutes to Parque Santiago with its open fresh food and flower market, great local cuisine and beautifully restored cathedral. Go there on Tuesday nights and get a special treat! Live Big Band music under the stars and open-air public dancing!

Internet cafes, bookstores, laundry services, all-night convenience stores, restaurants, bars, movie theatres, playhouses and much more are only blocks away. The house is on calle 57 between 64 y 66.

High speed WI-FI internet included.

From a guest who stayed for the month of February 2010:

"Hi Claire,

Have just arrived back in Canada from our stay in Merida at your casa. I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed staying there. You home is absolutely lovely with its open, airy feel. The paintings were most impressive and the whole atmosphere is very creative. The plants seemed to being doing well. I noticed you had some plant food so gave them a bit twice during the month. Your property manager was easy to reach and very helpful.

Also a special Thanks for the book you left for us. Really enjoyed it and I have brought it home with me.

All the best.


"Perfect in every way!"

brenda002 Vancouver island, BC Canada

Reviewed September 20, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

"A brief holiday with my daughter in law and another friend to one of my favorite places in Mexico. Casa Claire made it all easy and comfortable. Walk to the zocalo, shopping at local mercados, visits to museums. Found a great driver/guide for trips to Celestun, Vallodalid and Ek Balaam. We will return for more and longer."

“Perfect Location, Very Satisfied”

ChasMac, Charleston, South Carolina

Reviewed February 3, 2011 for a stay in January 2011

"From beginning to end, our experience at Casa Claire was positive. Our flight was delayed but the property manager was there waiting when we arrived. We received a warm welcome to a lovely casa in the heart of centro. Close to Plaza Grande, and the squares of Santiago and Santa Lucia, Casa Claire was the perfect location from which to explore Merida on foot. We enjoyed morning coffee on the roof top, watching flocks of parrots frolic in the palms, and evenings in the courtyard lounging near the fountain. There was a local cell phone available for our use - and high speed wireless internet. There is no television, which was a welcome relief for the 5 weeks we spent. The entire process of rental from start to finish was professionally handled. If you visit Merida and choose a casa instead of hotel, definitely consider Casa Claire. You won't be disappointed."

More Details

Neil Youngson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 6, 2017


Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
* Air Conditioning * Roof terrace with table, chairs and hammock * Internet Access * Fully equipped kitchen * Interior Courtyard living room with Fountain * Loft study bedroom * Ideal central location * English Property manager * Pets by prior agreement with owner


4.6/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)


Very pleasant home in the midst of Merida

  • 4 of 5

Casa Claire is as beautiful in person as it is in the online photos. Coming from the Pacific Northwest in the US where a building from 1900 is considered old, it was a privilege to stay in a place that had so much history. The accommodations were plenty spacious for the two of us and it was nice to have a little elbow room.

The main centro is within easy walking distance as are a couple of other squares. There is nightly music, dancing, and street activity plus good and affordable food everywhere. We found ourselves happily engaged every evening. It was difficult to go out in the heat of mid-day so we often took a siesta and/or read our books from the noon to 5:00 PM period. Perfect for vacation! The two bedrooms in Casa Claire have air conditioning which we kept going around the clock in one room. This allowed us an immediate respite from the heat and humidity whenever desired. Mornings we spent visiting museums or exploring the neighborhood. On a couple of occasions we headed out to the beach to "beat the heat".

Neil was a good host . . . he was responsive to emails and made himself available as needed while also giving us our privacy. We needed one repair while we were there and he did it within just a few hours.

Being there for more than three weeks, we rented a car. This wasn't necessary within Merida but it did allow us to get to the beach, explore the surrounding towns, swim in some cenotes, and get to the ruins easily. The area seemed quite safe. It wasn't exactly quiet but the noise was not troublesome when we retreated inside.

We would be happy to stay in Casa Claire again and recommend it to anyone who would like to feel that they are a part of the old city.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Villa

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Casa Claire and loved the city of Merida. The property was very charming and so roomy! We loved having a kitchen and being right in the middle of the city. It was clean, safe, and the air conditioning in the rooms worked great. There was a light breeze in the rest of the house due to the open design bit might be too hot in the warmer months of the year.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Meaghan for taking the time to leave a review, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Claire. The months don't get much hotter than April, May is the hottest then the temps gradually subside over the summer, and in June the rains freshen thing up. Saludos Neil - property manager
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Réal hospitality

  • 5 of 5

A really well situated flat with everything you need for daily living. We liked having the feeling that hospitality was behind thé desire to have guests. From hats, to cooking oil, and of course kitchen equipment. Photos speak for themselves.

Thanks for a nice stay, made easy by the friendly caretaker, Neil.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Rachele, thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure having the three of you stay at Casa Claire, we hope to see you back here again sometime. Best Neil
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Truthfully a Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

it was a truly great and unexpected experience. I would love to visit Mexico and stay at Casa Claire again. Thank you

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Wonderful oasis in the heart of Merida.

  • 5 of 5

I visited Merida over 20 years ago and it made quite an impression as a lovely city filled with music and art. When my wife and I found out a friend had a home available for a vacation in the center of Merida, we jumped at the chance. Casa Claire immediately became one of our favorite places we've ever stayed. It's a vibrant and comfortable home a few minutes walk from lots of bustling activity, but feels quiet and secluded all the same. It's quite a large home, certainly more than we needed, but for a family of 4 or 5 it would be just right. The property is very well-maintained, and any minor concerns we had were addressed promptly and thoroughly by property manager Neil (who also served as our knowledgeable, good natured, engaging tour guide to the ocean, jungle, Mayan ruins, and beyond). Everything we needed was laid out, and Neil took huge steps to help accommodate my dietary restrictions with a stocked refrigerator to get our week started easily. I would recommend anyone who loves a pedestrian-friendly city environment, delicious food (El Chaya Maya for traditional Mayan and Lo Que Hay for inventive vegan cuisine just to name two), layers of architecture, culture, and comfort (Rosas y Xocolate for the greatest spa experience ever) – and a thoroughly modern outlook – visit Merida, and I would not hesitate to recommend Casa Claire. The only concern I would mention is the heat in Merida. The stonework in the city absorbs and retains heat all day and night, so even relatively moderate heat is amplified. Casa Claire stays cool, and there is air conditioning in the bedrooms, but stepping outside can be a shock, and on super-hot days, staying in might be the best option.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Killick and Delene, it was a pleasure to meet you both and spend some time exploring the countryside together. I hope to see you again in Merida some time in the future. Best Neil
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Rates & Availability

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Nov 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest
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7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Electrcity charged separately based on usage. There will be a $2,000 MXN security deposit payable in cash at check-in. The cost of electricty will be deducted from this and the balance refunded at check-out providing there are no damages to be paid for.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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