VRBO Reviews

VRBO Testimonials and Reviews
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Joan K.

Steve and Sanda are extraordinary people who have created a superb restoration of a colonial home. The attention to detail, the art on the walls (their own paintings), the tasteful furnishings, the plantings in the garden – all has been done to a very high level. Best of all……..the suspended beds on sisal ropes which provide a gentle rocking motion. Our hosts went over and above the usual – the thoughtful touches (a bottle of wine, excellent loaf of sourdough, milk, tea, yoghurt, etc.) as well as their helpful suggestions and general hospitality. One of our best experiences with a vacation rental anywhere in the world. Highly recommended.
  • Stayed: December 17 – December 21, 2022
  • Submitted: December 30, 2022
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Sadik K.
Breathtaking beauty.

A masterpiece of a home, some of the most comfortable bedrooms you will ever sleep in. Beautifully decorated interior. The backyard Is something everyone needs to experience you can sit there for hours and just relax. The house is located next to everything you would ever need from restaurants to grocery store to the most important city center. Only minutes away from all major highways to get you to anywhere else. Amazing host, everything you want to know about the city will be in the guest book. Will definitely be back!
  • Stayed: November 30 – December 04, 2022
  • Submitted: December 08, 2022
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Shannon L.
Absolutely amazing property!!!

Beautiful house and yard! Every detail was stunning! Steve and Sanda were the perfect hosts and made sure every little thing was thought of to make our stay comfy and relaxing!! We will defiantly be back to stay in their beautiful home!
  • Stayed: October 08 – 16, 2022
  • Submitted: October 17, 2022
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Melinda E.
Amazing hosts, amazing home

There aren’t enough words to describe this property. Immaculately kept, spacious well laid out floor plan, and the outside gardens, pool and sitting areas are magical. Sanda and Steve are the most gracious hosts. Helpful, responsive and extremely focused on making our stay memorable. Can’t thank them enough.
  • Stayed: September 21 – August 03, 2022
  • Submitted: October 03, 2022
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Muriel G.
Fantastic home and warm hosts!

We had a great vacation in Merida! Steven and Sanda are exceptional hosts who deeply care about their guests. The house is amazing, spacious, well decorated and with a great garden and a pool. It is located in a nice neighborhood at a walking distance to most touristic places, shops and nice restaurants. Highly recommended!
  • Stayed: June 18 – 26, 2022
  • Submitted: June 27, 2022
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Katie B.
We need more stars to accurately rate!

This place is actually even prettier in person. And the hosts are both extremely professional and highly personable– perfect combo. After a week in Merida, where we have friends with houses, we think that this property is the perfect location. Quiet street a short walk to the center. Also, the garden area is extraordinary– huge and beautifully laid out. We tended to go out to lunch and then cook or get take-away for dinner– no restaurant could be as nice as sitting at the table with the garden lit up all around you. We rented a car and it was very easy to park and to get around in it– lots of outings outside the city. Definitely book this place.
  • Stayed: March 19 – March 26, 2021
  • Submitted: March 22, 2022
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Magical Merida

We really enjoyed our stay at Sanda and Steve’s amazing hacienda.They were amazing and responsive (and generous!) hosts for the duration of our 5 night stay taking care of any small issue immediately. The layout of the house is great and very communal. Can’t wait to return the this incredible retreat. Thank you S&S!

Pae W.

  • Stayed: February 23 – March 02, 2021
  • Submitted: March 10, 2022
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway


A beautiful house, perfectly maintained, in a quiet and lovely neighborhood. Hosts were wonderful. Five stars!.

Patricia P.

  • Stayed: December 19 – December 26, 2021
  • Submitted: December 27, 2022
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway


Casablanca is absolutely stunning! We loved every moment and Steve and Sanda are lovely hosts. It is obvious they care deeply for their guests and have poured love, creativity, and savvy logistical planning into their home and its operations.

Bridget R.

  • Stayed: November 21 – November 27, 2021
  • Submitted: November 30, 2021
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Garden of Eden in Merida

The house and garden feels intimate and yet spacious. Everything was meticulously designed, arranged, provided for – music, linens, food, grounds, artwork. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect place to be rejuvenated and refreshed after a year and half of lock down. We plan to come back every year (or more) if Steve and Sanda will have us!

Jody L.

  • Stayed: October 23 – October 27, 2021
  • Submitted: November 05, 2021
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Paradise in the City

The pictures speak for themselves, a beautiful house with exquisite garden and pool area with dramatic lighting for evening lounging. Fluffy towels, soft sheets and comfortable beds. Locally sourced soap and shampoo. Robes, umbrellas, a laundry line for drying pool towels. A Plethora of treats upon arrival. A strong fast and reliable internet connection and a dramatic big screen projector TV for movie nights with speakers throughout for music. If you even feel the need to leave the house be advised it is not in Centro so there will be a 20 minute walk to the Cathedral area or, take a taxi or Uber they are readily available and very inexpensive. Parque Santiago a short four block walk offers any thing one might need from a full service Mexican grocery store, Super Aki to a butcher shop, Mexicane with refrigerated cases, and an out door fresh market open daily from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. What really sets this property apart from others we have rented is the attention to detail and concierge service provided by Sanda and Steve. From the thorough orientation upon arrival to their willingness to help with car rental, fresh fish delivery and restaurant recommendations. For those of us who are not fluent in Spanish, their prompt response to requests and questions was appreciated. We hope to return again and thank you for making this such a special time away.

Ellen B.

  • Stayed: October 02 – October 23, 2021
  • Submitted: October 26, 2021
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

A luxurious hacienda in Merida for the best vacation ever!

This property is beautiful, peaceful, and luxurious. Elegant and stylish, the large open spaces spill into the gorgeous garden where the pool is located. Lots of outdoor space for lounging and entertaining yourself or guests! The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to make a margarita or a full course dinner. The 3 bedrooms are large with the most comfortable beds and bedding ever. It’s like sleeping on a cloud! Bathrooms are large and luxurious as well. Steve and Sanda, our host/hostess welcomed us with a few special surprises that made our visit feel like we were family being welcomed home. This is a first class property that is hard to leave once you arrive! Everything you can think of is provided. The list is too long to note here. Thank you, Sanda and Steve for an amazing experience. We will be back!


  • Stayed: April 23, 2021 – May 01, 2021
  • Submitted: May 02, 2021
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Best stay in Merida

We’ve been to Merida many times and have stayed in some beautiful houses, but Steve & Sandas is by far the best. They are also the best hosts, and set us up with food and coffee for the next day after coming to Merida after a long day it travel. Stunning grounds. Gorgeous home that is well thought out, quiet and everything we love about Merida. Will stay again!

Ben C.

  • Stayed: April 06, 2021 – April 13, 2021
  • Submitted: April 16, 2021
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Preciosa propiedad / Beautiful property

La casa es muy bonita, tiene muchos detalles acordes a Mérida. Los propietarios son muy buenas personas y están atentos al 100% sobre tu estancia. Lo recomiendo ampliamente!

The house is very beautiful, it has many details according to Merida. The owners are very good people and are 100% attentive about your stay. I highly recommend it!

Gabriel D.

  • Stayed: March 31, 2021 – April 05, 2021
  • Submitted: April 08, 2021
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Most Beautiful Property, No Detail Spared, 5 Star Hotel Quality

As someone who stays almost exclusively in boutique hotels, I can honestly say that this place rivals the best. It’s a beautiful oasis in the middle of merida. I particularly enjoyed the quality of the bedding, the fully stocked kitchen upon arrival, and the friendliness/availability of Steve and Sanda who graciously made all of our restaurant reservations because my spanish is not what it used to be. If you’re thinking about staying in Merida, I highly recommend this option over the local hotels and the other rentals… it’s about a 10-15 min walk to the good restaurants, but we ubered around with no problem as my mom is older, and were everywhere in a flash.

Sarah C.

  • Stayed: December 30 – January 03, 2021
  • Submitted: January 18, 2021
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Perfect and relaxing

This was the perfect house for our two week escape from the US. Due to covid we have been doing very little for the last very stressful 8 months. When we got to Casablanca we were met by Steve and Sanda who welcomed us and showed us everything about the house. When we walked in the doors there was such a wonderful calming vibe that we felt all of the stress from the last eight months lift right off our minds and bodies! The house was so perfect that we hardly left. We only left to get groceries and to go out for dinner several nights and several days we did not even leave at all!! Steve offered many great suggestions for restaurants and a bakery very near the house. The house was even better than in the pictures. It was so comfortable and had every convenience. The beds were very comfortable. The pool was fabulous and the back garden was very thoughtfully designed. It was so peaceful and tranquil that it did not feel as if we were in the middle of a large city. The neighborhood was very nice and very walkable to all that we needed. The garden lighting at night was very romantic and made spending evenings outdoors great. Steve’s selection of music enhanced the peaceful vibe. We enjoyed spending some evenings in watching the large projection home theater system. Overall it all it was more than we could hoped for. We look forward to returning. Thank you Steve and Sanda for creating such a wonderful escape!

Leslie M.

  • Stayed: Sat, Nov 21 – Sat, Dec 05, 2020
  • Submitted: December, 2019
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

First Merida Vacation

What an outstanding and beautiful property to call home on our vacation.. Sanda and Steve were the best. Every detail of the stay was to perfection. The property and experience could not have been better. We will be back.

Risa P.

  • Stayed: November, 2019
  • Submitted: December, 2019
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Merida First Visit

Lovely owners…..terrific property …. highly recommended …. we will return.

Bill H.

  • Stayed: October, 2019
  • Submitted: October, 2019
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Magic at Casa Blanca

Returning home after our vacation in Merida, we still cannot get enough memories of our fantastic stay at Casa Blanca, a renovated hacienda owned by two gifted artists,Steve and Stena. Their hospitality could not have been more gracious.The beautiful,comfortable furnishings,the glorious pool and yard,an everything kitchen,perfect lighting and security,music in a great location a few blocks from the center of town,every room with stylish surprises and a valuable and very informative hand made guide book! We recommend Casa Blanca without a doubt and can’t wait to return.A perfect place to stay . Merida, with beauty and history, a truly worthy spot chosen recently for the summit of Peace Prize Laureates this September in this magical city. Merida/Casa Blanca what an unbeatable combo for a perfect vacation.

Gail B.

  • Stayed: October, 2019
  • Submitted: October, 2019
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Merida First Visit

Lovely owners…..terrific property …. highly recommended …. we will return.

Bill H.

  • Stayed: October, 2019
  • Submitted: October, 2019
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway


The pictures of the house are stunning but being there in person is breathtaking. Steve and Sanda are great artist and their art pieces are perfectly spread through out, but I feel their masterpiece is this house. The home is in a great location on a quiet street and conveniently close to shops and restaurants. checking in and out was very easy and enjoyable. every square inch of this place was spotless. Steve and Sanda go above and beyond to make one feel at home. Steve had prepared just an awesome playlist of music for us to enjoy on our stay. they have even taken the time to prepare a book with maps, restaurant recommendations, emergency numbers etc…. I would like to keep this one a secret but there’s some things you just must share. This place is a MUST-STAY!!! thank you guys… it was a great pleasure meeting the two of you.

Gerardo Lara

  • Stayed: October, 2019
  • Submitted: October, 2019
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Casa Blanca is a very special property

Beautifully decorated, comfortable, and elegant. The owners, Steve and Sanda, are warm and welcoming.

Christopher S.

  • Stayed: June, 2019
  • Submitted: July, 2019
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Gracious hosts and beautiful house

This house is more stunning than the photos with art, an established garden, and great amenities. The spaces are large and the bedrooms are private and comfortable. Steve and Sanda are welcoming and a fabulous source of information for anything you need (Cenotes, silver chains and market advice). They are both easy to work with, and made sure we had a relaxing stay. Our adult son loved having a guitar to play, while we lounged in the pool hammock. We have stayed in many VRBO properties and have found that some house photos are older or inaccurate. Casablanca is as beautiful as it looks. You won’t be disappointed. Thanks so much Steve and Sanda!

Lisa W.

  • Stayed: May, 2019
  • Submitted: June, 2019
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Just amazing and more

I’ve stayed in many places over the years but this experience just tops it all.  Steve and Sanda made us feel welcomed and taken care from the moment we arrived. House is beautiful and beyond.  All I can say is thank you for such a privilege to stay at your house! Here are some comments to help people choose this gem: – Photos are good but just wait till you see the property in person – so much more impressive. Every detail is thought about, everything is comfortable, elegant, amazing quality and just beautiful. I felt like visiting some really cool friends who where happy to see me. – Beds are super comfortable and they do swing. – Plenty of incredible toiletries, towels, etc. – Location is perfect – not too close to the touristy places but walk-able enough to get around. Plus you will always have parking space. – It could get loud at night (music + parties) but I guess that goes for entire Merida. People do enjoy life there. – Pool and garden is heavenly. – So many antiques – doors, tiles, art, pots… truly a cultural experience. – Kitchen is gorgeous with simple equipment and not intended for a non stop gourmet cooking and why would you – restaurants in Merida are so good. – Lot’s of mosquitoes – bring repellents and all that if you are allergic to them like me. That has nothing to do with the house – they are everywhere in that area. – Thank you Steve and Sanda for all the lights, music and all that atmospheric things that photos just can’t show and words can’t really describe. – You will not want to leave.

Daiga A.

  • Stayed: March 28, 2019
  • Submitted: April 04, 2019
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Casablanca – our perfect stay

Arriving in Merida after 19 hours of travel, at the entrance to Casablanca a southern Shangri-La, we found ourselves greeted by our warm and welcoming hosts Steve and Sanda.  From the very first moment our experience was idyllic – so much so we had to keep pinching ourselves and asking, “is this real”? Casablanca is uniquely perfect as a vacation property – spectacular in design, the attention to detail and complete privacy that it offers. Nothing was lacking.  All aspects of providing a home away from home had been thought of and everything we needed was within reach.  Steve and Sanda, via one of several digital options provided, gave prompt and warm answers to any questions we had throughout our stay.  Surrounded by elegance and refinement we spent our days lounging by the pool and exploring the city and its offerings during the cooler hours.  At night we slept soundly, feeling completely secure in the luxurious master bedroom with the full moon shining in.  This all seems unrealistic but the Casablanca experience was out of this world and perfect for us.  We would recommend it as a 5-star accommodation in a vibrant and beautiful city – one we hope to return to if we are ever to be so lucky.  The only “hard part” of staying at Casablanca was leaving.

Jacques L

  • Stayed: March 18, 2019
  • Submitted: April 16, 2019
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Sumptuous Serenity

The moment we entered Steve and Sanda’s lovely hacienda, I felt the Zen vibe I had envisioned and hoped for. After spending 9 perfect days seaside in Sisal I had worried that we would miss the incredible majesty of nature at it’s finest, but Casablanca dispelled any reservations immediately. Casablanca is truly an oasis of sublime, sensual luxury; with the rich culture of Merida at your door step, what’s not to fall in love? Steve and Sanda are outstanding hosts who go the extra mile (and then some) to assure an experience worthy of dreamy memories. And no detail is missed – from a much appreciated welcome tour of the amenities and workings of this well appointed “casa” (much more like a five star resort than casa but with the feeling of “mi casa”) to the kitchen equipped with a bounty of fresh fruit and refreshments – “Oh yesssss, please!!!!” is all I can say. Travel anywhere you can imagine within the magical city of Merida is a quick, inexpensive Uber ride away (or brief stroll if you are so inclined). A wonderful bakery is just around the corner for morning treats. Several of Merida’s parks are within easy reach, as are numerous cultural sites and events. The hardest decision you will have to make will be tearing yourself away from Casablanca. If you decide to hang out and relax, no worries, the kitchen can handle any meal you want to prepare, with well stocked supermarkets a short ride away ( or delivery of excellent homemade pasta and pizza a phone call away ). Treat yourself and don’t hesitate in choosing this amazing spot – “return worthy” for us!!! Thank you Steve and Sanda.

Karen S. and Roy.

  • Stayed: January 20, 2019
  • Submitted: January 28, 2019
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway


Everything was great ! Thank you so much Steve and Sanda. We loved the house.

Fernanda R.

  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Submitted: July 28, 2018
  • Source: VRBO / HomeAway

Wonderful experience in Merida

CasaBlanca is a large colonial era house with high ceilings and a large floor area. My wife and I stayed there for four weeks and really enjoyed the experience. The house has been brought up to modern standards with a tasteful, artistic renovation. Further, the art work throughout the house is quite impressive. CasaBlanca is maintained at a very high level and is immaculately clean on one’s arrival. The kitchen is large and exceptionally well equipped, and the adjacent dining area is a delight. Among the most impressive features are the outdoor spaces. In the back, outside the kitchen and dining area, there is a large yard which is well lit and particularly enjoyable during the evenings. The lighting throughout the house and in the backyard is little short of inspired. We found the cabana near the pool delightful in the mornings and the court yard particularly inviting during the afternoon. The owners, Steve and Sanda, are wonderful people who go out of their way to insure a completely enjoyable experience for their guests.


  • Stayed: January 31, 2018
  • Submitted: March 06
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Amazing Stay in Merida!

Steve and Sanda’s home was spectacularly beautiful! They did a fantastic job on the renovation. The outside area is equally as gorgeous as the inside with the pool, fruit trees, plantings, all professionally landscaped. The birds calling in the morning were a special treat.

Loving to cook, the kitchen was set up to very high standards.

I have to say that both Steve and Sanda are wonderful people and is apparent that they love and take very good care of the home. We can’t wait to go back!

We highly recommend Casablanca Living!

Hary K.

  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Submitted: January
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway

Wonderful, Magical Place!

Magical setting..the garden and pool are so peaceful…it’s like being a million miles away from everything and all you have to do is open your front door and you’ve have Merida to explore.

Carol R.


  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Submitted: December 22, 2017
  • Source: VRBO from HomeAway


This luxurious property was architecturally stunning. Five hundred year old stone walls, exquisite pool and outdoor living space that flow seamlessly with the indoor spaces made staying here an experience for all of the senses. Every detail was thoughtfully attended to and of highest quality. Casblanca’s simple elegance is a sanctuary within a magnificent city of a million people. From cleanliness to linens to kitchen needs, everything was provided generously. Our hosts were responsive to our queries and needs from our first emails confirming our stay until the morning of our departure. Their highly regarded expertise in the service industry and event planning in Vancouver, Canada was clearly evident. Original artwork through out the home resonates with the beautiful place they have created in Merida. It was a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed: December 2016
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Lynne Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada


Comfort, Spacious and so so Beautiful. “Thank You!”

Our friends shared this home and from the moment we arrived, everything was taken care of. With a warm welcome and drinks at the ready, then after a quick refresh from traveling, we were given a light tour of the home. We were also given a local map, a quick orientation and directions, for easy walking to get to the main market and some local restaurants. This was a really nice way to start our perfect holiday knowing we were completely taken care of. As for the house – it’s Stunning! It’s completely unique and offers all the privacy, comfort and calm you want, when you want it. We already miss being there and hope we can make this happen again. Thank you both!

  • Stayed: November 2016
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I. Williams Manhattan, NY, USA


Everything you could want

Our hosts Steven and Sanda thought of everything needed to make a holiday special and relaxing. The garden with pool gave a feeling of absolute privacy and solitude in the middle of a busy city. From making fresh squeezed O.J. to roasting a lamb leg the kitchen had it all. The bedroom mattress and pillows were 5 star making for a great sleep. I loved this home and will be back again.

  • Stayed: October 2016
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Carlos: Vancouver, BC, Canada


Pamper Yourself

It is a truly a wonderful experience to stay at this serene oasis in the heart of Merida. The home is spacious, luxurious and meticulously kept. No detail was left unattended, and our stay was most relaxing and tranquil. Aside from the fabulous suspended king size beds, the well stocked new kitchen and the large pool in a quiet tropical oasis, what impressed us the most was the attention that the owners gave to the lighting, both in and out. It was created with romance and relaxation in mind. These owners have done a GREAT JOB, and we would love to return someday. Muchas Gracias

  • Stayed: September 2016
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Joyful Travelers Vancouver/BC/Canada


Wonderful Memories

Exceptional! A most unique home with a mix of Old Colonial and Modern. All the amenities one would come to expect and nothing but total privacy right in the heart of everything. I can’t say thank you enough for all the care, attention to detail and advice from the owners. My family and I will certainly be back.

  • Stayed: November 2015
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W. Mackey San Diego, California, USA


The Most Amazing Holiday Home!

I don’t even know where to begin. The home is stunning, spacious, clean with all the amenities you want or need; the service staff were extremely polite, nice and professional and the little start off/welcome items were a really nice touch. There is nothing you wanted to do more than stay at the house to completely relax in total privacy. Thank you so very very much!

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Charlies Pride: San Antonio, Texas, United States


Exceptional Property!

Stunning home with all the amenities and walking distance from everything, your property is beautifully appointed. As there were 4 of us staying, we had all the privacy we could want and the space to enjoy. Even though we couldn’t go anywhere on the one rainy day, the massive 5 meter x 3 meter projection screen and movie selections allowed us to stay warm, dry and cozy in what felt like our own private movie theater. A remarkable home. We’ll be sure to stay again the next time we visit Merida. Thank you!

  • Stayed: March 2014
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13 Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Stunning, Tranquil Home with Cool Hanging Beds! 

We went to spend time with friends and they showed us other friends homes there, but Casablanca was stunning! The place was exceptionally clean and the outdoor space is huge and completely manicured. Great service from start to finish, including the welcome wine and coffee as both were needed after our long journey there. We’ll be back without question

  • Stayed: February 2014
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