Review: A Dreamy Airbnb in Merida

Review: A Dreamy Airbnb in Merida

Whenever I plan my holiday, I look at both, hotels as well as Airbnb properties. There are times when I want all the luxuries that a hotel offers, while others when an Airbnb property is too charming and too local to not consider. Also, depending on the length of stay and number of people, a shared rental property can turn out to be a more economical option. I have booked through Airbnb a couple of times but my best experience has been the one that I stayed in Merida. Photographs and honest reviews are very important when booking a private rental, hence I am sharing my honest in-depth review of a dreamy Airbnb in Merida.

Airbnb Merida Review – Especial, linda y romántica. Santa Ana


When we arrived in Merida, it was almost midnight. Our hosts Ina and Roberto were waiting up for us and were very gracious and accommodating about our arrival so late at night. It took them less than 10 minutes to check us in and explain everything we needed to know about the house.


The house itself is very impressive. High vaulted ceilings and exposed beams add to the openness of the house. The terracota-coloured tiles interspersed with colourful patterns make the house look cosy and homely, particularly so at night when the rooms are lit with the warm yellow lights. This house oozes charm with its distressed vintage furniture, rustic decor, and Spanish books dotted around languorously. It is a house that says slow down, unwind, hop on the hammock.

Airbnb Merida review | Yucatan | Mexico |

Airbnb Merida review | Yucatan | Mexico |

Airbnb Merida review | Yucatan | Mexico |

Airbnb Merida review | Yucatan | Mexico |


Location-wise, the house is quite well-placed. We felt very safe in the area, even during late evening hours when we walked home after dinner. The historic centre (Centro) is around a 12minutes’ walk and taking a taxi would cost around 30 to 40 Pesos. The Santa Ana market nearby is where you can get your meal fix. Nothing better than a local food market, right? We rented a car to explore more of Yucatán (read my post on Izamal HERE) and parked it for free near the Santa Ana market as well.


Although we booked this through AirBnB as a private room, I was (pleasantly) surprised to know that we had the entire house to ourselves. Roberto uses it as his office at times but he was never in when we were.


The kitchen is huge and rustic. It looks well-appointed with a gas cooking range, oven, microwave and a modern refrigerator. However, eating out in Merida was a way more exciting option and so because we barely used the kitchen.

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The bedroom is of a good size with a double bed, a dressing table and hammock. To be honest, having never used one, I was actually surprised how comfortable the hammock was! I loved the high ceiling as well as the high ceiling fan 😀 Luckily, the room also has an air-conditioner for the hot and humid nights.

Airbnb Merida review | Yucatan | Mexico |

Airbnb Merida review | Yucatan | Mexico |


There is an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and wardrobe. This was one area in the house with which I had a problem. The pressure in the tap and shower was too low for my comfort.

Airbnb Merida review | Yucatan | Mexico |

Airbnb Merida review | Yucatan | Mexico |


My favourite part of this house has to be the backyard. It is definitely the most charming backyard that I have ever seen! A tiny slice of cool oasis in hot Merida 😀 The focal point is a little pool, framed by a tree with knickknacks hanging from it including the cutest strings of stars. Add to this, the fairy lights running across wall-to-wall and you have a perfect setting for a glass of iced tea or wine, whichever you prefer. My jet-lagged mornings were made better by sitting here while listening to birds chirping which is definitely something a city-dweller like me doesn’t get to do very often.

Airbnb Merida review | Yucatan | Mexico |


Airbnb Merida review | Yucatan | Mexico |

If you are in Merida, I would highly recommend staying at Ina & Roberto’s Airbnb house. The colonial feel of the house combined with the colourful neighbourhood will truly give you a taste of Merida. If you have never booked through Airbnb, you can sign up using my discount code and get 30£ off your first booking. Get the discount code HERE.

This is not a sponsored review but if you use my discount code, I may earn some travel credit from Airbnb.

Are you open to staying in Airbnb and similar private rentals? Do you prefer a hotel stay instead? I’d love to know your thoughts!

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Ameeta xx


  1. June 14, 2017 / 2:26 am

    Ammeta, no puedo mas que agradecerte tantas líneas dedicadas a esta casita que fue su casa durante su estancia en Mérida. Se siente taaaan bonito!!! Muchas gracias. Estoy feliz!

    Ammeta, I can only thank you for the many lines dedicated to this house that was your home during your stay in Merida. It feels soooo nice !!! I’m happy! 🙂 🙂

    • ayewanderful
      June 14, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      It’s a beautiful house, with so much attention to detail, yet somehow keeping intact the casual laidback ambience. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. 🙂

  2. June 14, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    I have never used Air BnB but I keep on seeing people stay in fabulous properties which tempts me to try it.

    • ayewanderful
      June 19, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      It can be a hit and miss, so do check reviews when you book through AirBnb. I particularly prefer it when travelling in a group. Merida was the first time when we booked an AirBnb although we were travelling as a couple.

  3. Melissa
    June 17, 2017 / 11:26 am

    Agreed! Airbnb is always a cool alternative! I just had an amazing studio in Paris and loved it! 😊 looks like you found a good one too!

    • ayewanderful
      June 19, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Oh a studio in Paris sounds lovely, especially if you got a local vibe. I have always dreamt of staying in a luxurious Parisian apartments with a balcony, too must to ask? 🙂

  4. June 17, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    This looks like the perfect place for a quiet week of writing. On my recent trips, I’ve stayed at some lovely Airbnbs too and I’m a fan.

    • ayewanderful
      June 19, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      You are right, I wished we stayed for longer. It was so relaxing, do post a round-up of your favourite AirBnb ones. It would be very useful for my future travels 🙂

  5. June 17, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    It looks like such a lovely spot! Can see why the backyard was you favourite. So cute!

    • ayewanderful
      June 19, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      It’s a beautiful space. I loved how they have created such a quiet and relaxing spot.

    • ayewanderful
      June 19, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      I have had one disappointing one but I do always check AirBnb because they sometimes have very unique and well placed properties.

  6. Sarah
    June 18, 2017 / 11:37 am

    I always look at Airbnb!! I love it – some places are hit or miss though so it’s nice to have such an in depth review!

    • ayewanderful
      June 19, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks Sarah, I agree that having in-depth reviews of Airbnb is very useful.

  7. Tales of travelling sisters
    June 20, 2017 / 5:56 am

    The backyard is so dreamy and charming, we can imagine ourself spending whole day there just relaxing! Airbnb offers such quaint and unusual places, this is why we love opting for Airbnbs than hotels! 🙂

    • ayewanderful
      June 23, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      I loved this place so much, I would stay there again every time I visit Merida. There was something so slow and calming about it, and sometimes that’s what we need from our travels.