House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-4)
Chacon & DuBois
- english, spanish, portuguese
About Chacon & DuBois
We are long-time partners with our primary home in the San Francisco Bay Area, California - when we aren't enjoying adventures in the Yucatan. We work in management consulting, graphic design and communications when we have to - but we'd secretly prefer just moving to Merida.
Chacon & DuBois purchased this House in 2009
Why Chacon & DuBois chose Barrio de Santiago
Our first experience with Merida and the Yucatan was 35 years ago when one of us was an exchange student in Mexico, with a dream to stay there. That plan was interrupted by college and a career until 2008, when we went together on an exploratory trip and decided it was something that we wanted to do. We chose Merida because it offers all of the modern urban amenities intermixed with rich culture, history, and architecture. But more than anything, the people of Merida are incredibly warm and friendly, and we find the lifestyle to be simple, peaceful, and relaxing.
What makes this House unique
Casa de la Cruz captured our attention because it is a small colonial house, oriented to outdoor living within a traditional and genuine neighborhood. We appreciate its simplicity and minimalism, but also enjoy being there because it always feels full of life. We have tried to keep it true to its origins. We enjoy our great neighbors, the simple neighborhood things like beeping tricycles with fresh baked goods every evening, walking to Parque Santiago for lunch or a movie, and being close, but not directly in the midst of Merida's major tourist attractions. We've come to really enjoy the easy day-trips to the beach in Progreso, always taking the bus to get there. Not to mention the hammocks, pool, and terraza right at the house where it's easy to spend a week without doing anything.
Check-out: 11:00 am
Children not allowed
Open pool area, not recommended for small child.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Guests must provide contact information and estimated arrival time at least one week in advance of stay to coordinate with property manager for access
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A perfect stay: everything we love about Mexico with easy access to Merida and her gentle people.
Thoughtful, authentic design details with no excess. We just loved our visit.
The way I would like a Mexican home
I cannot say enough good about our stay at Casa Cuz. Greeted by Sylvia, the caretaker, fresh cut flowers, bottle of wine, Mexican coffee, and bananas. The house is much bigger than I thought it would be, with lots of personal touches. Been traveling to Latin America for 20 Years and by far one of the nicest places I have stayed at. We came for Mayan pyramids and the culture of the city of Merida and found ourselves in the afternoon wishing to get back to Casa Cruz to relax in the plunge pool before going out for the evening. If you are planning a trip to Merida, do not hesitate to rent this house. It is wonderful. You will not be sorry. Recommendations. Use Uber to get around town. Cheap, and a good expierence for us.. Uxmal pyramid, Fantastic! Food, Chaya Maya, Kuuk. This is one place the pictures do not do it justice. 5 stars
Thank you so much for the kind comments. We're very appreciative that you chose to stay with us during your trip to the Yucatan, and extremely happy to know that you enjoyed Casa Cruz so much. We've tried to maintain a balance between its authentic origins and modern conveniences, and it's great to know that you appreciated the outcome. We never want to leave either. Thank you for being such wonderful guests. We'd love to have you back.
Great stay, beautiful property!
We loved this cute little property and the privacy it offered. Our stay here was the last few nights of a month long stay at beach, and the location was perfect. Property manager was terrific!! Would definitely stay again!
Great Home in a Great Location
The Casa de la Crux is a beautiful oasis in a wonderful city. It has all the amenities required for a comfortable stay, but still retains the charm of the past. (The pictures posted do not mislead - this is a beautiful home.)
By some miracle of design, the front room and dining area remain quite cool, even though there is no air-conditioning. Our many siestas in the peak heat of the day taken in the front room attest to that!
The natural lighting, especially in the bathroom and kitchen, were a stroke of genius.
The separate bedroom was very comfortable, and the fan and air-conditioning worked wonderfully.
Perhaps best of all was the perfectly (and totally) private outdoor garden where you could sit in comfort and dine casually, and escape the heat by using the plunge pool. The pool was well-used and a very enjoyable and easy way to bring down the body temperature. Again, I am not certain how or why, but the pool remained cool and refreshing, even chilly, during our one-week stay despite the heat of the day.
The hosts were more than kind and generous in their help and their suggestions.
All in all, it was a memorable stay, and one that we would recommend highly, as well as one that we hope to repeat again. (We have stayed in homes in a number of countries in the area and in other continents, and this house is among the best we have stayed at. Our comments, therefore, are considered and based on our experience elsewhere.)
Two final general notes:
- Merida is a lovely and vibrant city with many attractions so a week or two week stay is warranted. There are also many locations/attractions nearby that warrant a visit.
- Despite what you may have read elsewhere, driving (we had a car, but you do not need one) was quite easy once you learned that all odd-numbered streets run at right angle to even-numbered streets in a grid-fashion and that, in either case, they (mostly) consecutively are one-way in one direction or the other.
Good place to stay for a couple
Stayed at the Casita for a week in February. House is just as described and very comfortable. Had a few problems with the electric and washing machine but Sylvia the agent was very prompt in responding to issues and communicating. Only slight negative was that it is on the junction between 2 roads which had lorries and buses going past so can be quite noisy at times from the early morning. Otherwise would recommend whole heartedly.
casa cruz, a real charmer
This casita gets better each time we visit. The renos on the kitchen and bathroom added to our comfort. It's bright and airy, and then there's the plunge pool - a real delight. The owners and manager are a dream to deal with. It's a bit of a hike to El Centro, but exercise is good when you''re walking to a restaurant. And Santiago Plaza is not too far away. Loved our week-long stay.
Marg and Will - we're always really glad to see you come back to Casa Cruz, and definitely appreciate the feedback on the most recent renovations. We also love your adventurous Yucatecan spirit! We can see how Casa Cruz fits you well. Thanks very much for being our guests, and we look to hearing from you again. All the best on your next adventures.
Casa de la Cruz is located in a traditional residential area of Colonia Santiago, one of the oldest colonias in Merida. Five blocks from Casa de la Cruz is Parque Santiago, a quaint tree-filled public square, with a traditional Mexican church founded in 1637. A market is located next to the church, with fruits and vegetables, meats, and a good flower selection. There are a host of excellent cocina economicas, sundries stores, and an ice cream store along the market. There is also big band music (Tuesday nights), dancing, fairs and temporary markets. Surrounding the park you can find a coffee house, grocery store (Aki), a drugstore, and a movie theatre. The Santiago district is to the west and north of Plaza Grande, about a 15-20 minute walk.
Casa de la Cruz is a good home base for day trips to Mayan ruins at Dzilbilchaltun, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza. It is also an easy day trip to the Yucatan beaches (Progreso), cenotes, and the colonial city of Izamal.