A jewel in the crown of Yucatan's queen, colonial Merida
What to Expect
In 1542 the Spanish conquistador Montejo conquered the thousand year old Mayan city of T'ho, leveled it and used the stones of its pyramids and temples to build the colonial city of Merida. The history of the city of Merida is fascinating. Casa Santiago is situated in the very historic center of the city but you would not know it once inside our property's walls. It is quiet and green. That is the nature of Spanish colonial architecture which owes much to Roman and Moorish influences. The food here is great and Yucatecan cuisine is one of the great achievements of the kitchen. Merida is the safest and most peaceful city in all of Mexico and it is certainly the friendliest place we have ever experienced in the world. The magazine International Living has named Merida one of the best places in the world for expatriates to retire. Medical and dental care is excellent, respectful and reasonably priced. There are more than four universities here, an opera house, a daily diet of free or low priced cultural events, many luxury shopping centers, an upscale Costco and a charming zoo down the street a few blocks dating from 1910. But it is the ordinary happy daily life of the old squares, the music, the churchbells and the Mayan people that make Merida so charming. Even if you do not stay with us, you really owe it to yourself to visit Merida and experience an intact culture. It will do you a world of good. The Yucatan has the nickname of "la tierra de las sonrisas." That means the land of smiles.
Casa Santiago is a lovely and tastefully modernized nineteenth century compound consisting of three homes and two pools located in the Santiago neighborhood of Merida’s historic central city, just two blocks away from the great church and square of Santiago and four blocks down the street from the Cathedral and Main Square.
Casa Santiago has eight very large bedrooms.Each has its own separate private bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning system and ceiling fan. We have wireless internet access.The ceilings throughout are 13 to 16 feet high and the antique pasta tile floors, a splendid Merida art form descended from the Romans, have been preserved.The bedrooms in Casa Santiago open into a wide 80 foot/24 meter common room lit by enormous Moorish windows looking out into the inner courtyard which is full of flowers and plants.All of our beds are extremely comfortable and have wildly expensive American-made pillow-top mattresses.
The fully equipped kitchens are modern and charming.You are welcome to use the kidtchen facilities so long as you clean up after yourself. The refrigerator automatically dispenses ice made from purified water.This purified water tastes great and is available on tap in the kitchen.There is also a purified water reservoir in the kitchen for you to refill your water bottle.
The walled gardens are amazing.There is a filtered 12’ x 18’ swimming pool at Casa Santiago bordered by a large purple bougainvillea-covered pergola sitting on Doric columns and the much larger pool in the adjoining garden of Casa Navidad and Casa FelizThere is no sense of claustrophobia here.The whole of the sky and its stars are yours to see.It is planted with flowers and different kinds of palms and flowering trees.There is even a lawn. It is the perfect place to sit, in sun or shade as you prefer and enjoy the soft sounds of music and bells that drift in the air from nearby squares.Birds, butterflies and the occasional iguana enjoy the garden too.Smoking is permitted outdoors.The pool has no life guard and is 5 feet deep.For this reason children under age 14 cannot be accommodated at Casa Santiago.Be in touch with us if you think this rule should not be applicable to your family situation.
Our guests love this place.
Supposing that your Spanish is a little rusty or non-existent, Casa Santiago is a great place for you to stay. The neighborhood is very walkable. Within a couple or so blocks, there are three pharmacies, a taxi stand, a large grocery store, an ATM, a 24-hour convenience store, a coffeehouse, a beautiful old movie house with two screens, an old covered market, no fewer than a dozen loncherias for inexpensive Yucatecan cuisine, many restaurants for dinner and a park where you can sit in the shade and listen to the birds and watch life. A laundry is around the corner. Casa Santiago is three blocks from the first and second class bus stations and you can use our house as your base to take day trips to the great Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or Uxmal or other ancient sites, or the beach which is about 16 miles away or the many charming colonial Yucatan towns clustered around enormous sixteenth century Franciscan churches. Even better, go to Celestun, a nature preserve and see the flocks of flamingos fly over your head, a near religious experience. Taxis are plentiful and very reasonably priced.
Because everyone asks, you will be happy to hear that temperatures here are very pleasant in the morning and at night, somewhere around 75 degreesF/25 degreesC with a nice breeze from the ocean to the east. At about 11:00 AM the temperature begins to climb to about 95 degreesF/36degreesC. The high temperatures at the end of the dry season in late May go higher. It cools remarkably at sundown. In short, the afternoons are hot, but thus forewarned, you will be in the pool or the shade.
Check out time is noon. Check in time is 1:00 pm. Allowances are made if circumstances allow.
There is also an adjacent rental house Casa Feliz which can be rented by the week.It is luxurious, private and charming.Measured against hotel prices, it is relatively inexpensive.If you are thinking about an extended stay, you should visit the Casa Feliz section of this website. If the rental house is not taken for the week, the rooms in it, Africa, Buddha and Persia, are available for you even if you are not going to stay for a whole week.
We would be happy to welcome you into our Casa Santiago family. The only requirement is that you be nice. We make our friends without regard to your race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or lack of religion. We want you to have the best and most peaceful time of your life and come back.
casa santiago 562 Calle 63 x 70 y 72, Centro (Santiago), Merida, Yucatan 97000
or 517 Calle 70 x 63 y 65, Centro (Santiago), Merida, Yucatan 97000
(The property is L shaped and hence has two addresses)
Skype (US number that rings in Merida) 1 314 266 1888 Sergio the manager's cell if you call while in Mexico: 999 997 4058 Sergio's cell if you call outside Mexico: 011 521 999 997 4058