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Luxury Historic Home with Pool in Colonia Santiago - Centro

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 10 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps up to 7)

If you are looking for an elegant and luxurious home in the best location of the historic Centro of Merida at reasonable rents, one block from Parque Santiago, Casa de los Monos is it! On the corner of Calle 57 and Calle 74, this home is in Colonia Santiago, the best residential area in the city. Casa de los Monos is not a 'rental house.' Rather it is a private, historic residence which is occasionally available to a few, responsible people for extended stays. Therefore, the furnishings, linens, art, and appointments are commensurate with what you expect to find in a private, luxury home.

The main floor living room has glass doors opening onto the pool. At one end you will find a beautiful tiled and fully equipped kitchen (with powder room) which opens to a lovely dining room with comfortable seating for 8. The other end of the living room opens to a large guest room with two double beds. The elegant and comfortable master bedroom has a queen size bed and opens onto a glassed in sitting room/office going out to the pool. A huge marble bathroom/dressing room connects the two main floor bedrooms. On the second floor is the third bedroom, beautifully decorated with a queen size bed and full bathroom. A balcony overlooks the pool.

Two of the greatest Mayan pyramids (Chichen Itza and Uxmal) are within a two hour drive. Cancun and Guatemala are just 4.5 hours away. The lovely beach of Progreso with its beautiful new Malecon is only a 30 minute drive from Merida and our favorite "secluded" beach town of Sisal is an hour away. Enjoy symphonies, ballets, theater, fine dining, incredible museums, galleries, modern movie theaters, and so much more in this beautiful 'White City' that looks like Paris. Taxis are very reasonable, and the shopping is superb..

The large exercise lap pool has fountains which flow into it, and the lighting at night is magical. The second floor bedroom will comfortably sleep two in a queen size bed. The other two bedrooms downstairs offer a queen size bed in one and two double beds in the other. All the downstairs rooms enjoy large glass windows and doors facing the pool. The ceilings are 18 feet high. The entire building has separate air conditioning in each room.

Come and enjoy one of the most beautiful areas you can imagine, as you relax in a lovely, historical home; enjoy the pool; relax to the music of the built-in stereo sound system; and explore World Heritage sites.

Weekly maid service included. Of significant importance, Merida has the lowest crime rate in Mexico. A strong police presence is everywhere. This is a very safe and friendly city.

Keywords: Home, pool, central, historic, luxury, 3 bedrooms, corner, elegant, light, pool, Santiago, antiques,

More Details

Melanie Harris
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2018

About Melanie Harris

Melanie grew-up in San Miguel de Allende where her husband was born. They currently spend time between San Antonio, San Miguel, Merida and Mexico City where Melanie works as a Contemporary art dealer and advisor and husband is a developer and architect.

Melanie Harris purchased this house in 2013

Why Melanie Harris chose Centro

There are some stunning properties in Merida but our home is not just stunning but super well thought out for ultimate comfort and relaxation. With screens on all of the doors and fully openable portico areas you can choose whether to let nature in or to allow it to waft in through the window. This is great for the days when you really just want to enjoy some air conditioning. The pool is the perfect lap pool after a day of enjoying a stroll around this great part of town. Our rooms offer privacy and space and we keep the highest quality linens and bath towels possible. Our living room is such a great place to kick back and have a great conversation with the kitchen at arms length for making margaritas or pouring a mezcal. Our property managers at Yucatan Best Living are the best for coordinating your spa services, in house requests and local travel destinations.

What makes this house unique

The house is one block from the beautiful and lively Santiago Park which hosts a live band with dancing every Tuesday night and houses the perfect little fresh market for your shopping needs. We are also just a few blocks from the main plaza. You can walk to restaurants and museums. You can quickly catch a taxi either on the street or at the taxi stand a block away and easily go to major shopping malls, restaurants, museums, cenotes and archeological sites.

Or you can stay home and lounge by the pool with your favorite beverage...


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Centro, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , With
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , additional single air mattress available
  • Queen size Beds (1) Master Bedroom., Double Beds (3) Two in guest room. One in second guest room. Available single inflatable mattress and 1 single foldable thick mat (great for children 10 & under)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Beautiful artwork by national and international artists are exhibited through house as owner is an art dealer. Built-in central Hi-Fi in each room, large swimming pool, weekly maid service included.


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Luxury Historic Home with Pool in Colonia Santiago - Centro
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Comfortable, well equipped, beautifully decorated

  • 5 of 5

Conveniently located, close to many attractions. Pool was s welcome relief in the warm afternoons

  • Submitted: 26-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Just like the photos!

  • Submitted: 6-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Leander, Texas

Property was fantastic! Pleasingly appointed, especially the pool and outdoor living spaces.

  • 5 of 5

Property manager, Lilian, greeted us and showed us the home and rules. The property was decorated to perfection, pleasing to the eye and comfortable. The ability to open doors to the pool and patio was perfect for enjoying music and cooling breezes. Restaurants were awesome, some foodie, some divine and traditional cuisine: the newly named Viva Merida, La Recova, La Negrita Cantina. Visited Progreso for sun bathing and eating twice at Crabster. All fantastic experiences. Thursday evenings on Santa Lucia Square are filled with music and dancing. Reserve your favorite restaurant there many weeks before. Amenities are close by, supermarkets and pharmacies. Paseo de Montejo is notable avenue of restaurants, shops, museums and architecture. Mayan monuments are close by. Chichen Itsa is 2 hrs away with lots of walking. GO EARLY TO BEAT HEAT AND CROWDS. Uber is everywhere and safe. All in all, Casa de Los Monos(house of the monkey) was extremely relaxing, immaculate, and difficult to leave at the end of our stay!! Thank you, Melanie!

  • Submitted: 2-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii

Just amazing

  • 5 of 5

Our stay of five days at Casa de los Monos was even more special than I had hoped or expected. First of all, the house is drop-dead gorgeous. The location is perfect. The accommodation is extremely comfortable too. After a hot day outside, the pool is inviting and refreshing. The kitchen has all you need, if you choose to cook. The bedrooms are inviting and very comfortable. Honestly, it's hard to think of anything wrong with the place. Here are a couple of things to consider when booking: if you book the house with the three bedrooms, be aware that the third room is up a set of rather steep and narrow stairs. There are also a few stairs that step down into the bedroom. No big deal for anyone reasonably healthy. The trade off is the great, private patio outside the room. One other small thing is the traffic outside. At times it can be very noisy. The two intersecting streets at the corner where the house is located can be busy. However, if you are inside with the windows closed and the A/C on, most of the noise is unheard, and most of the noise is during the day. Melanie, the owner is extremely responsive to questions and concerns, as are the local contact people in Merida. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. Thank you, Melanie!

  • Submitted: 20-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alan, I am so glad to hear about your "more special" than expected stay! We really have worked hard over the years to put together the right team of property managers and house staff in order for our guests to feel extra taken care of. I heard street noise for the first time in several years just in these past few weeks that we have been here enjoying the house and so we had out the handyman to reapply new seals around the windows so your next stay should be more quiet. We also fixed that squeeky a/c unit in the double bedroom. I so very appreciate it when our guests suggest actionable improvements so thank you again for your time to write this review to help us improve for our future guests! Gracias de nuevo, Melanie
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A beautiful stay at an incredible home

  • 5 of 5

Me and my wife love Merida like a second hometown. This was our first stay at Casa de los Monos and it helped further our love affair with the city and its people. This house is amazing and comfortable and joyous.

One of the benefits is the location. It's nestled into the local community, but is still only a block from Santiago, where you can enjoy dancing and food and buy groceries. It's an easy walk to Lucia, my favorite park, and the main square. And after those walks when we'd come home hot and sweaty, it was an easy change into our swimsuits and a leap into the pool to cool off and swim some laps or just float around. There was some occasional bus traffic on the street, but by the evening it all calmed down and was peaceful with only the sounds of the bands echoing from nearby Santiago, as the moonlight reflected off of the pool and shimmered on the garden wall.

There are air conditioning units in pretty much every room in the house, but we never turned them on. Instead we opened the windows in all of the sliding doors and let the breezes cool off the house. It was remarkable how much cooler the house was, with its high ceilings and large doors and windows, than the streets outside. The only time we used the AC was at night in the bedroom when it was time to sleep, and even then we often turned it off in the night at some point.

The owner, Melanie, was amazing at communicating everything and getting us prepared. And Katia met us at the house, gave us her phone number in case we needed anything and showed us around the house. She even ordered a taxi for us on our final morning when we had to get up early to (unfortunately) leave. We were so well taken care of!

Every day felt like home here and we felt honored to have been allowed to stay in such a wonderful place. If there is a heaven, I hope it's at least half as nice as Casa de los Monos.

  • Submitted: 8-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Northern California

Perfect Home Base!

  • 5 of 5

Casa de los Monos was the absolute perfect home base for our family of four (two parents, two college age kids) as we explored Mérida and toured the Yucatán Peninsula. The home was as beautiful and well maintained as it appeared in the photos. It was well stocked with everything we needed (including yoga mats!) to make our stay relaxing and comfortable. The host and her staff were also incredibly responsive and gave us some wonderful recommendations which we included in our itinerary. One of the things we loved the most was the pool in the courtyard where we enjoyed cooling off after spending time in the hot sun. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Casa de los Monos especially for travelers that are looking to stay in a neighborhood and outside of touristy areas. We look forward to a return visit.

  • Submitted: 1-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Car: not necessary

For Mayan pyramid exploring and viewing old mansions and haciendas, excellent restaurants and shopping, this home is perfect. A marvelous beach is thirty minutes away.


Rates & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nightly Rate
Apr 16 2018 - Aug 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 28 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 5 2019
10 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$640.85
Cleaning Fee C$64.09

Due to the high expense of electrical/gas utilities in Mexico, we ask that you be responsible for these expenses. The temperature you keep the house and pool are up to you. Prior to check-in and after departure the property manager will take a meter reading and the cost of electricity for your stay, as well as the pool gas, which has a seperate system, will be billed to your deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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