11 Amazing Airbnbs, VRBOs & Vacation Homes in Merida, Mexico

written by local expert Jane Elmets

Jane always knew she wasn't destined for a desk job... She has travelled all over the world and is passionate about noodles, sloths and her hiking boots! When she isn't busy adventuring around the world, you can find her reviewing travel gear and dishing out travel tips to all the places she's visited.

Are you looking for an Airbnb in Merida, Mexico for your upcoming vacation? Lucky for you, we’ve taken the time to put together our top 11 picks for the best vacation rentals in Merida to make the most of your time in Yucatan.

Renting a vacation home is definitely the way to go when it comes to holiday accommodation. Not only are they typically less costly than hotels, but vacation homes offer a huge amount of privacy and perks like having access to a kitchen, terrace, and occasionally, your own private pool! 

Take advantage of your time in Merida by booking a local stay at one of these lavish Airbnbs, VRBOs or vacation rentals for a price that won’t break the bank. The truth is, they simply cannot be beaten.

Editor’s Note: Please note that Airbnb recently made changes to their program so in this article, we are including links to other options like VRBO or Booking.com which have much lower booking fees.

11 Best Airbnbs, VRBOs, & Vacation Homes in Merida

Check out our top 11 picks for the best Airbnbs, VRBOs and vacation homes in Merida, Mexico! These properties are incredible… prepare to be amazed.

Artist’s Retreat in the Heart of Merida

colorful vacation home in merida, mexico
Images courtesy of VRBO

Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Near Parque Santa Lucia

Price: $

Sitting on the outskirts of Centro, this vacation home in Merida, Yucatan is just a hop and a skip from all you’ll want to see while visiting this city. It’s the ideal location for sightseeing and is surrounded by plenty of restaurants for getting your feed on. 

This entire house exudes Mexican charm and stays true to Merida’s ultra colorful vibe, with a glorious indoor/outdoor courtyard and a sweet little fountain. The home has an extensive kitchen for cooking, a dining area set for a group, and spacious common areas, in addition to the three bedrooms. 

Why We Love It: Entire artsy home with a large courtyard and lots of outdoor space.  

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House Apartment in the Greatest Location

house apartment with private pool and terrace in an amazing location
Images courtesy of VRBO

Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Santiago

Price: $

This VRBO in Merida is situated in Santiago, one of the most traditional neighborhoods of the city. It’s just a quick walk away from parks, markets, restaurants and the historic center, making it a prime location if you’re keen to explore Merida. 

This pick is an entire house apartment that’s designed for a couple, with a single bright bedroom and a contemporary bathroom. 

The house is unique and vibrant, full of eye-catching decorations, colorful tiles, and modern furnishings. Besides the stunning interior, there’s a decent size terrace with a private pool and plenty of furniture for lounging about or dining al fresco.  

Why We Love It: Vibrant modern home with private terrace and pool.

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El Palacito Secreto, La Suite Isabella

El Palacito Secreto, La Suite Isabella
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Type: Room in Boutique Hotel 

Location: Santa Ana

Price: $

For an enchanting stay, it doesn’t get much better than this boutique vacation rental in Merida. It’s a suite in a boutique hotel with offerings fit for royalty and plenty of peace and quiet to relax on your holiday.

This room features a super king bed with a massive private bathroom clad in stone and complete with a soaking tub. It also comes with a private terrace to enjoy the sunshine and views from.

The property itself is absolutely marvelous with expansive grounds featuring French architecture making the hotel resemble a Chateau. There’s a large pool and a landscaped garden for you to enjoy, along with additional perks like spa treatments, tours, and breakfast for an additional cost.

Why We Love It: Magical boutique hotel that looks like a little palace.

Planning to visit a cenote while in the city? Check out our full guide on the best Merida Cenotes!

Casa Mamama

merida vacation rental casa mamama with a terrace and pool
Images courtesy of VRBO

Type: Entire Home (2BR, 2B)

Location: 2 blocks from Parques San Sebastian

Price: $$

A charming home that makes for a fun stay, this Merida vacation rental is a true treat for guests. It’s just on the edge of Centro, so it’s super easy to walk anywhere you’re hoping to go, while being surrounded by plenty of bars and restaurants.

Built in a colonial style with gorgeous tiled floors, each of the rooms in this house is immaculately decorated, creating a space that’s warm and inviting. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need for cooking up a feast, and the lounge area is the most comfortable you’ll come across. 

The real showstopper here is the sweet courtyard with a plunge pool and lounge chairs to kick back and relax… You’re on vacation, after all!

Why We Love It: Great location with a mix of fun and tradition. 

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Colonial Home in the Historic Centro

colonial vacation home in Merida with terrace and pool
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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 2B)

Location: Next to Parque de Santiago

Price: $$

This vacation home in Merida offers exceptional value in terms of price and offerings. It’s an entire colorful house with two bedrooms, old school charm and plenty of space to kick back and relax. 

The living room has an ultra plush sectional, and there’s a large kitchen and dining area for group meals. Everything has a traditional vibe to it here, from the wood furniture and finishings, tiled floors, exposed stone details, and tremendous archways throughout the house. 

When you want some fresh air, choose between the private garden with a plunge pool or the rooftop lounge overlooking the city… What more could you ask for?

Why We Love It: Entire traditional home with tons of outdoor space. 

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Beautiful Restored Colonial 

colonial home in merida mexico on VRBO
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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Next to Palacio Cantón

Price: $$

This dreamy home makes for the perfect vacation rental in Merida, Mexico on a luxurious trip. In terms of a mid-range stay, it truly doesn’t get much better than this entire house, with tremendous value and plenty of space.

Stylishly designed and decorated with posh furniture, there’s a large living area, spacious kitchen, and long dining table for big family dinners. 

Bedrooms feature comfortable beds with space to unpack your belongings… As soon as you settle in, make a beeline for the indoor/outdoor courtyard and medium sized private pool! 

Why We Love It: Unmatched value for an incredible home. 

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Insider Tip: Since things are pretty spread out in Merida, having a car is essential to make the most of your trip. Click Here to check out rental car options and get ready to hit the road!

Luxury Colonial Villa

merida vacation home on VRBO, a beautiful luxury colonial villa
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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 4B)

Location: Next to Santiago Park

Price: $$$

Minimalist but designed to a tee, this villa in Merida is easy on the eyes and an enchanting homebase while visiting the city.

Just minutes from Santiago Park, this house has three huge suites with their own bathrooms and large central living areas to chill out in. The best part about this house has to be the huge backyard pool with a seating area, or the upstairs terrace overlooking the backyard. 

Designed for a group of friends or a small family, this Airbnb is a prime choice if you’re into design, architecture or are just looking for a unique and upscale place to stay in Merida. 

Why We Love It: Minimalist designer villa with large private pool. 

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Historic Home with Pool

beautiful historic vacation home in merida with a pool
Images courtesy of VRBO

Type: Entire Home (3BR, 3B)

Location: Next to Santiago Park

Price: $$$

Casa de los Monos is a thrilling mix of Mexican and Moroccan design that creates a small palace-like atmosphere in the center of Merida. 

Completely restored, this colorful space is full of brightly painted walls, intricate tile work, soaring ceilings and an abundance of natural light. Decorated to the nines, there’s an old-world feel to this place but with all of the comforts and luxuries of the modern world.

Aside from the intricate decor, spa-like bathrooms, and a complete indoor/outdoor living concept, there’s a large central courtyard with a pool and seating area that serves as the heart of the house. Other notable areas include the balcony off of the top-floor suite, glassed-in office/sitting room, and each of the three regal bedrooms, fit for all of the royalty in your life.

If you’re hunting for an unforgettable space in Merida, this is the place to be!

Why We Love It: Beautiful colonial design with lots of colors, decorations, and outdoor space.

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Villa Leonie

Villa Leonie
Images courtesy of Airbnb

Type: Entire Home (4BR, 3B)

Location: Directly next to Santiago Park

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

A historic house in the middle of the city, this Airbnb in Merida is great for groups or families with its four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The house has a total regal feel to it with the four-poster beds (occasionally with a canopy), armchairs that belong in castles, and the simple but elegant decorations. When you see the outside of the house, your jaw is likely to drop as it really does look like a small royal residence.

Like most homes in the area, Villa Leonie has a charming courtyard and outdoor pool, full kitchen, and spacious dining area. Past guests have actually called this Airbnb one of the most beautiful they’ve ever stayed in!

Why We Love It: Absolutely gorgeous colonial architecture with modern restoration. 

What Past Guests Have Said: “Emily’s home is gorgeous and in fact the most beautiful Airbnb we have stayed in. My boyfriend and just spent ten days there and could have easily extended. The location is great and easily walkable to all things in Centro. In addition Emily and Guillermo were amazing and responsive hosts. Emily took the time to answer all my questions and give me fantastic dining recommendations for Merida. Already wishing that I was back relaxing by the pool!”

“Casa Leonie is perfectly situated near the parque Santiago and is walking distance, in January, to all parts of the Centro- the market, Santa Lucia, slow food market. The pool was refreshing and the beds were really comfortable. Wifi works well. Kitchen supplies were fine. There are a few tiendas close by to get coffee, milk and other essentials. Loved the pasta tile floors, high ceilings and the masterful renovation.”

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Casa Lolita 52. Centro

Casa Lolita 52. Centro
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Type: Entire Home (6BR, 5.5B)

Location: Near Mercado 60

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$$

Originally built in 1903, this colonial house in the middle of Merida is a choice Airbnb pick if you’re looking for a chic, traditional stay. It was actually restored in 2019 so although the house is old, it has all the comforts of the modern world.

There are a whopping six bedrooms in this home, with the ability to accommodate up to 12 guests during your stay. You’ll be plenty comfortable in the extra large rooms and hangout spaces that are decked out with plush sofas and lounge chairs. 

There’s a massive pool in the back of the house with a large courtyard and bar area. What’s more, there’s also a large deck on the second floor that overlooks the rest of the property.

People who have stayed here have called Casa Lolita a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city, so book it if you’re looking for the best of both worlds! 

Why We Love It: Incredibly restored colonial home in a peaceful environment. 

What Past Guests Have Said: “Absolutely phenomenal property. Don’t hesitate even one second before booking this spot. Best location, super comfy beds, quiet area, cold ACs, insanely beautiful bathrooms and great backyard area. I’m looking forward to returning!”

“Excellent place. Beautiful architecture. Located within walking distance to some of the best restaurants and downtown. We truly enjoyed our stay at Jorge’s house. We were two families with many children and the place was spacious and comfortable. Definitely a place we will go back to.”

“Every bit as stunning as we expected. Simply a beautiful space to call ours for a week.”

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Casa Cardenas

gorgeous designer home in merida on VRBO
Images courtesy of VRBO

Type: Entire Home (5BR, 4.5B)

Location: 2 blocks from Parque de Santiago

Price: $$$

Featured in the New York Times and an ideal vacation rental for any and all design lovers, Casa Cardenas offers a luxury stay in a renovated colonial home. Located literally steps from the heart of Merida, you can walk pretty much anywhere in the city from this show-stopping VRBO. 

Complete with five bright bedrooms, sprawling indoor and outdoor lounges, and a state-of-the-art kitchen, you’ll have everything you need during your stay. 

And that’s just getting started.

This home is so decked out with amenities, you won’t be left longing for anything. A stay here comes with a glass sided pool to splash around in, an outdoor fire place for cooler evenings, a humongous projector screen for movie nights, and extras like a Nintendo Wii, iPod docks, and all the board games you could ever dream of.

Why We Love It: Designer house teeming with five star amenities.

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As you can see, vacation homes in Merida, Mexico offer the most incredible stays you can ever imagine. From quaint houses to full-blown colonial mansions, the accommodation options in Merida are unique and simply cannot be missed during your stay.

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