Experience Merida on the mystical Yucatan Peninsula from the privacy of an historic home in the Centro. Just behind the massive wooden entry doors is a place of peace and simple luxury.
This privately owned townhouse is offered as a vacation rental to those seeking privacy, unstructured days and independent adventures in travel. This is not your typical Bed and Breakfast or hotel experience but offers guests an opportunity to immerse themselves into the local culture, color and richness of this undiscovered colonial Mexican city.
Casa Pocito is a restored colonial rowhouse with 18' high ceilings, thick stone walls and cool tile floors. A Moroccan-inspired pool is the centerpiece of the rear patio. The middle courtyard allows light and air to filter into the interior spaces. Well-known local architect Salvador Reyes Rios originally restored this property in 2000. The current owners and Wisecracker, their design company recetly reinvented all of the interior and exterior spaces while respecting the original colonial charm. Systems were upgraded, exterior hardscapes were rethought to improve flow and be more functional. The lines between indoor and outdoors are blurred and become transparent thanks to the openness of the architecture.
They have coined the new name Casa Pocito Redux to define the totally re-imagined design. Many of the furnishings are custom and were designed especially for the house. Artwork, unique textile accents and accessories have been gathered from their travels around the globe. Chunky rustic antique pieces were discovered locally. Modern elements add another unexpected layer. The rooms painted in traditional mineral-based paints are of a palette inspired by nature; lush flora, stone and water. The sum of these elements is a soothing, uncluttered comfortable place that you may find difficult to leave.
Casa Pocito Redux includes plenty of room for entertaining or relaxing in the formal sala, a comedor that seats 8, a center courtyard with a sleek architectural infinity fountain and a sparkling new kitchen. The cocina has polished concrete counters, typical handmade pasta tile, modern stainless steel appliances and an antique armoire for additional storage. It is equipped with everything you'll need to prepare meals at home if you wish.
There are two air-conditioned bedrooms, including one with an impressive painted 4 poster bed with antique gilt flourishes.The master bedroom overlooks the pool with its wrought iron canopy bed made by a local craftsman. Two modern bathrooms with step-in showers retain their original character with antique tiles. The bedrooms each contain one queen sized bed and have bathrooms adjacent to them. The bedroom suites are located at opposite ends of the house which provides great privacy when two couples are traveling together.
Antique stone walls surround the peaceful rear garden which blooms with bougainvillea, heliconia, palms and flowering banana trees. The centerpiece of this garden is a Moroccan style plunge pool lined with glass mosaic tiles and framed with native stone. The place to refresh, revive and relax. Casa Pocito, like Merida itself, is a special small secret.
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Perfect Location, Impeccable Design, Plunge Pool Merida, Yucatan-Mayan Riviera, Mexico (Property location is approximate) ?
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One of Casa Pocito’s most enviable features is its prized location on a small street with no bus traffic. It is rare in bustling Merida to experience the quiet and tranquility of a local neighborhood and still be near the epicenter of the Hictorico Centro. The principle plaza is a 7 block walk from the front door. Parque Santa Ana with it’s fine church and diminutive fresh produce market is 3 blocks from Pocito.
Colorful local markets, museums, the Zocalo, the busy cafes and Pasejo Montejo are all just blocks from the house. Taxis are generally plentiful at the Parque Santa Ana to take you to more distant places. Day trips to beaches (45 minutes), important Mayan archaeological sites (1½ – 2 hours) and the restored haciendas that dot the countryside are easy to organize.
Left on 04/12/2015 for a stay in March 2015 | SanFranVoyageurReviewed Apr 12, 2015Stayed Mar 2015
Entering the Casa Pocito, you look past an elegant sitting room to an interior atrium with fountain, then another sitting area and garden beyond. To your left is a large bedroom with canopied bed with quality mattress and linens. A welcome clothes washer/dryer is tucked into a hall closet. Right across from the front bedroom is a contemporary bathroom. The first sitting room opens into the atrium and an elegant dining room. Walking through the dining room is a large modern kitchen with island and top end appliances. A hallway leads to the master bath and bedroom with its own living room and access to the rear garden and plunge pool. The fixtures, furniture, wall art, wall colors were obviously carefully selected to create a sophisticated, contemporary space that complements the historic elements. The floor plan allows 2 couples to have their own private quarters, yet share the common areas without intruding. We appreciated the powerful ceiling fans and air conditioners in each room. We didn't use the kitchen, but it was fully equipped. The plunge pool was essential during the day, as was the mosquito netting (mosquitoes were a minor nuisance in March). Excellent expresso and organic breakfast 2 blocks away, as well as a late night taqueria around the corner. There is a bustling bar and restaurant at the end of the block that attracts a fun, young crowd. It quieted down by 10pm. The main plazas are a 10 minute walk. Excellent wifi in all rooms.
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