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Walk to Everything Colonial Home in the Historic Centro

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Casa La Barenda is located in the heart of Merida’s centro historico, walking distance to restaurants, local markets, plaza's, museums, shops, theaters, and all the exciting activities that go on in the Plaza Grande. And it’s only fifteen minutes from Merida’s international airport!

Travelers to Merida will discover a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that retains much of its French and Spanish colonial charm… and Casa La Barenda is right in the middle of one of the most charming historic districts, Santiago.

The casa has two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a plunge pool, kitchen, and large dining and living areas and a comfortable indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Casa La Barenda makes a terrific base to explore Mayan ruins, Cenotes, Caves, Haciendas, Colonial Churches, Bird sanctuaries, Fishing villages and the soft white sand beaches nearby.

Its high adventure in Yucatan -- if you want it to be -- and you certainly won't be lacking in things to do...even if it’s nothing!

We hope you'll find time to relax and decompress around the casa too. Fall asleep in comfy handmade hammocks - warm your bones or do yoga at the rooftop lounge while enjoying seasonal breezes and city views. Crack open a beer, or blend up a Margarita and chill away around the plunge pool terrace. Reflect on the day and let the charms of Merida sink in. Casa La Barenda and Merida awaits you!

Your personal assistant is available for any additional services like pre-arrival shopping to stock the fridge, tours, massage...please just ask.

Keywords: Vacation Rental Home, Yucatan, Merida, Mayan, Colonial Home

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Tim Ghirardelli
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018

About Tim Ghirardelli

I am based in the San Francisco Bay Area and I'm fascinated by ancient advanced cultures worldwide and the megalithic structures they leave behind. While visiting Merida for the first time in 2003 to discover the contributing role of the Maya, I was hooked and came back to discover even more...

Tim Ghirardelli purchased this house in 2005

Why Tim Ghirardelli chose Centro

It's always a pleasure to see the ever-evolving food, art, music, people and cultural scene--there is so much here to experience. You can feel the history and explore the many fascinating Archeological and natural wonders nearby. Casa La Barenda is an easy day-trip from many areas on the planet, yet it's a world away! Being able to walk to everything in the centro historico and only fifteen minutes from Merida’s international airport makes it a snap to go.

What makes this house unique

Guests love the walk-to-everything lifestyle and the relaxing feel of the home with comfortable furniture and colonial features decorated with a blend of antiques and local artwork. You'll decompress here in no time with the indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Chill around the plunge pool, warm your bones at the rooftop lounge and gently swing away in hand made hammocks. The casa feels good and travelers and friends think enough to return. Hopefully Casa La Barenda and Merida surrounds will bring a smile and pleasure to your stay too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I’m so glad there were no vacancies in the local hotels. We had everything we needed and then some! Very clean and worth every penny. We kept saying how happy we were to find it!
Mar 2012
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Centro, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Guests are responsible for the electricity they consume. Electricity is metered per kWh and the meter will be read at check-in and check-out.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • cell phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , vanity and sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Vanity and sink
  • Walk-in showers with seating amenities. Note city-wide plumbing is sensitive in Merida all homes in centro require paper disposal separately.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Two Queen size Beds. Sitting areas, ample closet space, en-suite bathrooms. AIR MATTRESS AVAILABLE: Great to use at the rooftop pergola for a terrific outdoor experience! $50.00us set up/take down fee. Visiting guest use charge of $9us per night.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Enjoy city views from rooftop lounge area and Pergola. Be sure to ask about amenities not shown that you would like to have at additional charge: Local management can assist with anything--stock the fridge with your favorites, provide local cell phones, in-house cooking, food delivery, massage, tours, taxi's, insider tips, etc. Please note that electricity use is not included in your rental rates. Please also find us at:


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(37 traveler reviews)

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Walk to Everything Colonial Home in the Historic Centro
average rating of 4.5135136 based on 39 reviews

Beautifully Designed Home

  • 5 of 5

We really liked this casa in central Merida. I especially loved the modern and traditional design touches in the home. The living room and bedrooms are especially lovely, and the bathrooms are modern and nice. We made ample use of the pool, the patio, and the rooftop spaces. Our host and the rental company were very helpful and responsive.

The information about the house and the neighborhood provided by our host were very useful. We appreciated the restaurant recommendations and found plenty to do in Merida and the surrounding area. I'd go back and stay here again!

  • Submitted: 18-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House with a Terrific Location with everything close by

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa La Barenda May '18. The house itself is very clean and is decorated with regional themes/items throughout. We loved the rock walls, the tall ceilings and the lighting throughout the house. The completely private pool in the middle of the house was fantastic after the hot Yucatan days (May is pretty warm) and cooler evenings out on the squares. Not to mention the rooftop terrace to lounge after you get out of the pool plunge.

All the major squares are very walkable from the property and there is something organized going on every single night on at least one of these squares. Lots of shops, restaurants, bus depots, ubers, taxis and horse carriages nearby. If you are looking for a two bedroom house with multiple living areas to be immersed into Merida Living, you have found it.

  • Submitted: 6-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I rented this house for a week over the Easter Holiday. It is a lovely interior and great size for 2-4 people sharing. It had everything we needed and the management hosts were very attentive, checking in when needed. The house is on a busy corner but the double glass on the windows worked well to block out noise and we were never kept up or bothered by street noise. The location was fabulous. Only a 5 minute walk to the main square, Santa Lucia square and Santiago Square and just 10 minutes to the Paseo Montejo and Santa Ana square. It made getting around a breeze and going back to the house in the hot afternoons for a swim break perfectly doable. If I had to make any suggestions it would be that there is not as much airflow in the house as there could be due to the glassed in windows. However, there is air conditioning in all rooms and the cost was not high for the week of electricity so all in all a great experience. Thank you very much!

  • Submitted: 9-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your post during such a special time in Merida. A quick look at the Welcome info provides super helpful tips on orientation and fun, new, and one-off things to do you won't find anywhere else.
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Beautiful house responsive hosts

  • 5 of 5

Good location near the center.

House nicely decorated.

  • Submitted: 27-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Interesting experience.

  • 3 of 5

We liked the space. We managed in the kitchen fairly well. Good knives!! Colors wonderful. The roof lounging space however needs sun cover.

The washer needs a dryer. Humidity too high to depend on nature.

We had cold showers for 3days before that got straightened. Then the plumbing in second bedroom needs attention. There must be leakage in walls as it’s got mildew odor in there. Not good for ones health.

The main bedroom bathroom needs better design for shower. Looks good but function off. Floor soaked after shower. Hence needed to wash towels and found dryer would make life better.

The basic idea of house great but too many major issues to deal with. Would not likely rent again.

Pepe and rental people lovely.

  • Submitted: 14-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gosh, we don't know if these guests actually stayed with us! It makes us think though that Merida does have regional differences to other places on the planet that most guests love--others not so much. One of them is plumbing. It's a city-wide given in Merida that plumbing is sensitive and requires paper disposal separately. Another is value-- 2 adults can stay in this spacious, private home for the equivalent price of a room in a hotel. Come to think of it, that's just about it. We hope you'll find your way here. Most come for the endless possibilities in exploration, history and culture. And more stay for the relaxed lifestyle, and for the gentle and friendly nature of the people.
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Very nice and cozy Colonial Home in the Heart of Merida

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a week during New Years. Tim's Home was very nice. It has been restored/remodeled with very good taste. The living room is very nice and spacious as is the master bedroom. The second bedroom was also very nice and cozy. The roof terrace was a really great place to spend our evenings. The kitchen is fully equipped, except for an oven, but it has a very spacious toaster oven. It was perfect so that we could cook breakfast and also several dinners. There is also a nice covered patio with an adjacent dipping pool to cool off.

The location of the house is within walking distance to pretty much everything in the center of Merida. There are several parks near by where you can dine out or just have a drink and listen to music (some nights live). The main cathedral is a few blocks away as well as many other important buildings. There are loads of restaurants with many types of cuisine.

Tim was as very good host and I definitely recommend his home!

  • Submitted: 10-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Casa La Barenda is close to Mayan Archaeological sites, Museums, Restaurants, Art Galleries, Music, Theaters, Colonial Churches, Forts, Plantations, Haciendas, Bird Sanctuaries, Cenotes, Caves, beaches and more.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Centro, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Spring Summer
Apr 8 2018 - Sep 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$46.61
Additional Guest Fee C$11.99 per person per night
Pet Fee C$133.17
Damage Deposit C$399.51

CHECK IN: The house is available for check in after 3pm. Check out is 11am. Depending on the availability of the home, I am happy to accommodate an early check-in or later departures by prior arrangement.

REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT: Assuming no damages, your deposit will be returned to you at the end of your stay, minus a charge for electricity used during your stay (meter is checked on arrival/departure). For stays of longer than one month the refundable security deposit is 500 US dollars. For stays longer than 3 months, the first and last months rent will also be due in advance and gas usage will also be payable by guest.

ELECTRICITY: Guests will be charged for electricity usage. This is standard practice in Yucatan and is based on actual consumption. The meter at check in and on departure and the cost will be deducted from your deposit.

SERVICES: Complimentary weekly housekeeping, pool and gardening service are included for all reservations. (1 service every 7 days).

SMOKING: Smoking is permitted in the outside terrace or rooftop only please.

OCCUPANCY: The house is rented on the basis of the people listed on the agreement up to a maximum of 4. No extra overnight guests are allowed without the permission of the owner. The house is not designed to accommodate more than 4.

PARTIES/EVENTS: Absolutely no parties or events are permitted in the house.



Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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