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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 a day
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Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Centro in Merida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Terrace ...
* 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


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Artist's Retreat in the Heart of Merida
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews

Nice casa in the center

  • 5 of 5

We stayed nine nights in the casa and enjoyed it very much. It is located in the historic center and very close to the plaza, restaurants and shops. Don't miss the juice bar Pola in the street 55 just around the corner.

The commnication with Neil was very good and fast and he had very good recommendations for us - for restaurants or a cenote in the surrounding.

The only thing you have to know: it is very hot in Merida in July.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Elke, I'm glad you and Wolfgang enjoyed your stay at Casa Claire. Indeed it does get quite hot in Merida in the summer (a good thing two of the bedrooms are air-conditioned). Pola that you recommended for juices also make excellent ice cream, a great place to stop on your way back from dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants in Santa Lucia square!
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Beautiful central location for getting to know Mérida!

  • 4 of 5

Very well equipped rental and obviously at the right price. Lots of space and within walking distance of all sights and activities in the center of Mérida.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Stay in Casa Claire

  • 5 of 5

Casa Claire gave me the experience I wanted: living in El Centro like a local.

Perfectly located just blocks from Plaza Gran and Parque de Santa Lucia.

Two of the bedrooms provided AC units which you will need in you plan to visit from during the summer.

Neil, the property manager, was extremely attentive and quickly answered/resolved any of my requests during my stay.

The maid service provided by Ester was superb, she is the sweetest and hardest working maid I have met.

You cannot beat the price and the location!!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, comfortable, & conveniently central.

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I spent a truly content 6 weeks here: 31Jan-14Mar 2018. Casa Claire is well-stocked with everything one might need, & more. The 2 bedrooms, each with AC & en suite bath, are at opposite ends of the house. Ideal for two couples, affording each privacy. There is also sleeping for 2 more in the mezzanine. Total of 13 ceiling fans throughout.

We had no problem with mosquitoes at this particular time. However, I used the net to scoop out occasional larvae in the fountain whenever I noticed any. Also no problem with cockroaches. (It goes without saying: all drains covered after use, kitchen floor & counters kept clean, and no food left out.)

Enjoyed having plants to tend & 2 rooftop cats to feed. Soon learnt to put out dry food - upstairs landing & merely one serving - only when I saw a cat otherwise birds will gobble it up within minutes!

Property manager Neil ideally suited to his role: attentive, pleasant & very helpful. Do consult the green binder he supplied: pointers about staying at CC. Cleaning lady Ester a gem.

Recommendation: pick up a free copy of the monthly publication YUCATAN TODAY at the office in the green Governor's Palace on Plaza Grande. They have many informative posts on the web as well, some about activities one might otherwise not have been aware of. Eg. visit to a hacienda still producing sisal; hammocks still being made by hand in the traditional way; a Mayan cemetery (option of a free guided tour 8pm on Wednesdays) etc. etc. On Saturdays - aft &/or eve - splendid weddings of the very well to do take place in the historic churches of Merida. Quite something to behold. The Santa Ana barrio is worth a visit (eg. several art galleries) & from there a stroll along Paseo de Montejo featuring palacios of the sisal barons of yore. On Sundays the paseo is closed to cars until noon & one can instead rent a bicycle to explore its length.

Highly recommended: Tue mornings house tour offered by the Merida English Library (close by), 250pesos pp. Every week a different set of 3 homes are featured, all within walking distance. The half hour talk beforehand is splendid also.

The very popular Ik Kil cenote is often on tours which combine it with a visit to Chichen Itza beforehand. Read: busloads of tourists descend on the cenote. Not fun. We opted for a tour which combined the 3 cenotes of Santa Barbara at Homun, followed by lunch. Both were quite satisfactory.

We departed Casa Claire with heavy hearts. Hope you do too!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Linda for leaving a detailed and useful review, I'm glad you and Radko enjoyed your stay. There is usually dry cat food at the house for those who wish to feed the rooftop cats, but it is not compulsory!
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Quaint cozy house in the middle of Merida has a ton of charm.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely detail in this centrally located artistic home. The house is a great place to come back to after adventures and a hustling city. Due to the open courtyard, which is nice and common in Meruda, the house gets dirty very fast. Also, the sweet fountain while we kept it running, it still attracted a plethora of mosquito babies. The one bedroom below the loft is not completely enclosed and therefore, while you sleep the mosquitos sneek in and had a feast nightly. We weren't even there in rainy season. All in all, this cute house was a fair exchange for the price. It could have been cleaned much more efficiently prior to our arrival; the ceiling fans, corners, behind furniture were pretty dirty built up. The host, Neil was always there for anything we needed and more. One day he took my call and tried to help us communicate with our friendly laundromat.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Marcey. I'm sorry the house was not as clean as it should have been when you arrived, this was due to two separate mixups which resulted in us only having a few hours to get the house cleaned and ready for you after the previous guest left the same day you arrived. This is not how we normally operate and I have taken steps to ensure that it doesn't happen again. The fountain is not normally a problem in respect of mosquito larvae, but it can easily be drained and refilled in an hour if necessary. I'm here to help and can take care of any problems that are brought to my attention.
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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.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Centro, Yucatan

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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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