About Urbano Rentals
Urbano Rentals features town homes in the historic center of Merida as well as private country estates for vacation rentals. Many of our rentals were renovated by and for ourselves and have the highest standards of design and comfort. Our first home, the 17c L’Ermita de Santa Isabel, is in one the oldest barrios of Merida’s colonial era. Our newest house the contemporary Meson San Sebastian is just around the corner. The Orangerie de Santa Ana is a home that Josh designed for his parents. The new owners added a second master bedroom suite and roof terraces in 2011. Josh designed his luxurious home El Portico de la Candelaria in 2007. For the holidays in 2016 we started renting a large home that we designed and renovated. Villa Los Arcos de San Juan is a colonial casona that was renovated in 1930 and again by us in 2006.
We met the owners of Casa Azul de Santiago the year we moved to Merida and it has been one of our most popular rentals from the beginning. Over the years we have been updating and decorating Casa Azul but the house was renovated by Salvador Reyes in 2001. There is a lot of original furniture he designed specifically for Casa Azul. In 2001 our first design project upon arriving in Merida from New York was to collaborate with Salvadore Reyes Rios and Josephina Larrain on a home in the Pueblo Magico town of Izamal. This home and studio for the owners of the Hacienda San Jose Cholul also serves as an artist in residence retreat & gallery. In 2006 we added Hacienda San Antonio to our portfolio . In 2012 we added Mayazul, another Reyes Rios + Larrain project finished in the same year as Rosas y Xocolate Hotel. Mayazul is actually two houses that are easily combined giving 5 bedrooms, ideal for a family reunion.
All of our rental properties are in colonial Merida’s centro historico except a private hacienda near the village of Acanceh 30 minutes from Merida. The Hacienda San Antonio compound includes a contemporary award winning home, Casa Agave, and both were designed by Reyes Rios + Larrain. Josephina Larrain has updated the beautiful gardens in 2017 when several buildings were added to the estate. The hacienda is a popular rental for destination weddings.
It is our sincere wish that as our guests you will feel more at home and less like tourists. In fact many of our guests have bought homes in Merida over the past 15 years. Welcome to the best of Yucatan.