Merida is an ideal town for a romantic getaway, with its charming Spanish colonial architecture and foodie delights. There are plenty of options for lodging in a restored colonial style home, but we are here to tell you that this home is the one you’re going to want to book as soon as possible. If the pics alone don’t convince you, read on to find out what made our two night stay here extra special.
From $102/nt plus Airbnb fees, 1 bedroom, sleeps 2
Maison Azul is a beautifully restored home right in the heart of colonial Merida. The property consists of a main house with three bedrooms, an indoor and outdoor living space, outdoor dining room and separate kitchen, a pool and garden, and the private casita in the garden which is separated from the rest of the house by the pool area. Each individual bedroom is available to rent, or you can rent the whole house. We rented the private casita in the garden.
Hosts Stan and Sherry live at this property, but the particular week we visited, they were away from home. Through airbnb, they messaged us instructions on self check-in which were very detailed and easy to understand. Sherry even recorded a virtual tour video for guests for when she can’t be there in person to give detailed visuals on all the things you need to know, like where the drinking water is located, etc!
La Casita sits at the back of the property, beyond the pool and outdoor dining area. It was likely a horse stable in colonial times. It is the most private room in the house, surrounded by a garden, and even has floor to ceiling windows in the shower that open up to the back of the property if you wish to hear the sounds of nature while you shower! Thoughtful details like the chocolate soap made the stay even more luxurious. The room was plenty cool with an air conditioner, but you could also open the windows to let the breeze in as there are screens on all the windows, so you don’t have to worry about bugs. The bed was comfortable, there were plenty of electrical outlets, and there was even an armoire with a tv and some movies in the room! Hammock hooks are all over the property, so you can take the hammock from your room and string it up to nap wherever you wish. Sherry even left a binder with tips on what to see and where to eat in Merida.
The house was empty the two days that we were there, but even if there had been other guests, there are plenty of places to seclude yourself. There is an indoor living room, an outdoor living room, outdoor dining table, the pool area, and then if you’re staying in the Casita, you can also enjoy the garden which has a table and chairs. The fully stocked kitchen is available for guests to use, and fruit, cereal and coffee are provided for breakfast, as well as drinking water. We enjoyed leisurely mornings making our own coffee, cutting some fruit and taking it out to the garden to enjoy while we read books and napped in the hammock. If we had more time at the house, we may have hit up the market and cooked our own dinner in the adorable kitchen, just to use the huge chef stove!
Interior design is important to me, and so I’ll be honest, the whole reason we booked this stay is because of the design of the house, decorated with antiques and filled with gorgeous plants. The layout and surroundings make this house a perfect background for meditation and relaxation…. and insta photos!
This house is located in the heart of downtown Merida. It’s a four block walk westward to Santa Lucia park, where you can enjoy many of the top restaurants. From there, you can walk three more blocks south to get to the main square, Plaza Grande, where the cathedral and some of the museums are located. There is something going on here nearly every night of the week, so it was nice to be close enough to check out the happenings each night. The walk to the Paseo Montejo would be a little longer from the house, but you can always call an Uber for a few bucks to get to the places a little outside of walking distance. Also, if you will have a rental car like we did, there is gated covered parking for the house across the street. It was nice to know our rental car was safe while we were there.
We’re used to trading credit card points to cover hotel stays for free. But every once in a while, the charm of a small bnb is absolutely worth the money, and this home stay confirms that. Families with active small children may look elsewhere, but if you’re looking for a romantic getaway, book this now. Book this yesterday!
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