About This Listing
Big duplex with historic flavor located in the heart of the city! Comfortably fits up to 4 and you can walk everywhere, between Zocalo and Alameda. Enjoy the majesty of a totally restored 18 C. mansion, full kitchen, and 5 min walk to major transport
Ideal for a romantic getaway, small families, and small groups.
New apartment in entirely restored 18th Century building Casa Borda, 20 meters off Madero Street - Built by wealthy miner from Taxco to compete against the house of Cortez. Most secure area in the City.
Only 11 apartments in building, high ceilings and thick walls, cool neighbors, high security – card access to building.
Location - Interior apartment between Zocalo and Bellas Artes.
Option 1: King bed in top floor and two individual beds in lower floor.
Option 2: King bed in top floor and queen in the lower floor.
Option 3: 2 individual beds in top floor and 2 individual beds in lower floor.
Less than 5 minute walk to different public transportation systems.
Next to must see sites in Mexico City.
Next to some of the best value for money restaurants and shops in the city. All budgets.
On top of 24hr. grocery store and great cafe, and walking distance to the mercados.
15 min walk to Reforma Av. (financial district) and 15 min can drive to other hip neighborhoods and direct subway line to Coyoacan/San Angel.
Fully equipped kitchen, nice to receive friends (table fits up to 8), ventilated and cozy.
King size bed (with best cotton sheets available in Mexico) + 2 individual beds / closet / curtains / book shelf with nice books, DVD’s, board games, and nice things, art, TV and DVD player, but no cable.
Best WIFI available, laundry facilities within building, and free access to common areas of building (Terrace, patios, BBQ, motorbike and bike parking, etc)...
Spacious bathroom with shower.
I was born and mostly raised in Mexico; I speak English French and Spanish. I am an avid traveller and have lived in other countries for extended periods. I enjoy living and working in Downtown and will be glad to introduce you to the magic of Mexico City.
Feel comfortable to write to me if you need anything in particular, I might be able to get it for you. Enjoy your journey.
Guests are aloud to walk around the house and use common areas of building (Terraces, patios and bike parking) and can wash and dry their clothes in the shared laundry room.
Interaction with Guests
I work around the neighborhood. I do like to interact with guests but have a clear understanding of privacy. I usually check in guests and sometimes greet goodbye. I am always available through the system or by phone on short notice.
The Centro Historico is up and running, though vibrant it is statistically the safest neighbourhood in the City, it is named after its historical position and its colonial period buildings and monuments, like the main plaza Zocalo, the Templo Mayor pyramids, the Cathedral, Bellas Artes, the Murals, the Torre Latinoamericana, and some of Mexico’s finest historic and contemporary museums. Clean and safe, close to grocery stores and great places to eat out, like the gourmet market of San Juan, traditional Mexican and International restaurants and taquerias/cantinas, all budgets. Enjoy a morning run or night walk in the recently restored Alameda park.
Two blocks away to major transportation systems like the Metrobus (Bellas Artes) and the Subway (Allende blue line or Bellas Artes pink line) to move around the city to the airport, bus stations and other neighbouring colonias such as Condesa, Roma, Polanco and Coyoacan.
From the airport: I recommend a Taxi (20USD and 40 min) an alternative is public transit, Metrobus, stop Bellas Artes then 5 min walk (4USD per person and 35 min), which is clean, fast and new.
To Condesa and Roma Metrobus or taxi: 25 minute ride there and vice versa.
To Coyoacan (Frida Khalo museum) and Bus terminals: Subway different direct lines.
To Reforma (financial district): 20 minute nice walk by the Alameda park and up and down the avenue with the bus.
Teotihuacan pyramids: trolley bus to bus station and then bus to the pyramids or through a tour operator.
Other Things to Note
If apartment is booked for your traveling dates or your group exceeds the capacity of the apartment, please look at my other listings, same building, same quality, same service and satisfaction .
You can see them in the following links
The New Duplex – 4 persons
The Vestry – 2 Persons
The Legendary Balcony – 4 Persons
The Balcony – 4 persons
Please read through the apartment description.
Respect to other neighbors (middle aged professionals) is expected. No loud music or noise after 10PM on week days is recommended.
Building management expects to find common areas clean as found.
Juan Carlos war sehr freundlich und nahm sich viel Zeit um uns alles zu erklären und unsTipps zu geben. Die Wohnung ist wunderbar. Sehr zentral und trotzdem ruhig. Wir haben uns absolut sicher und wohl gefühlt. Die Wohnung ist genau so wie beschrieben. Wir bekamen auch zwischendurch auf unsere Bitte hin, frische Handtücher.
This apartment was more than perfect for what we needed. It is very large for a couple, clean and tidy. All the amenities were there, towels, kitchen supplies, wifi , etc and extras...a large jug of filtered water, dvds, english-spanish dictionaries and travel guides, umbrellas, etc! Juan Carlos was really accommodating to our schedule, we were a little later than our scheduled meet time and although we he couldn't meet him, he sent someone to let us in right away. He was also readily available with communication through airbnb. The building is beautiful and very safe. It is really close to a Metro station and a convenient location for everything. It is in the centro historico/zocalo area and has many sites and restaurants and taco stands. We walked everywhere or took the Metro or taxis. We loved the area and would definitely stay here again when we come to Mexico City. Thank you Juan Carlos!
Juan Carlos arranged to meet with us upon arrival and was extremely responsive and helpful during our stay the couple of times we had to contact him (once for airport transportation and once because I almost lost an earring down the sink due to my own carelessness). The accomodations are as described -- sparse yet very comfortable -- and the building (a historic one) extremely grand and beautiful, and most importantly for us, very quiet. After Mexico's busy streets and often snarled traffic, especially around El Centro (the historic center), where this building is located, you will need a quiet haven to return to, trust me. We are a couple who stayed there for 12 days without a car (we used taxis to get around and walked a lot, although the Metro and buses are also possibilities). The bed in the main room was very comfortable and the water in the shower hot. We used the kitchen for very light cooking (basically heating tortillas). Juan Carlos left a book full of helpful recommendations. There's no cable (which we knew) so bring DVDs if you like; we used the wireless (very fast) to stream movies at night. We debated about whether to stay in Roma/Condesa or El Centro, but this place was (by far) the nicest Airbnb accommodation available when we were looking and, for our very first trip, it was convenient to make El Centro the base for explorations. Overall, the apartment more than met our expectations and we enjoyed our stay very much. Thank you, Juan Carlos!
Great great great place. Juan carlos is very nice and helpful. The house is amazing and great price for what you're enjoying. The only thing that was complicated for us is that there is no parking lot and parking lots around the place charge $15 pesos per hour. If you come make sure you flight. You can easily move around without it, in Mexico City they rent bikes and there are buses all over. Besides that the house is even prettier than the pictures.
Juan was a fantastic host, he checked in several times during our stay to make sure we were doing well. The apartment is exactly as described, and it is beautiful! The place is right in the middle of it all, which is where we wanted to be. We could access the entire city from the metro or taxi, I couldn't have asked for a better place. The coffee shop downstairs made each morning relaxing and wonderful, they were patient with our broken spanish and the coffee was delicious. The house is equipped with everything you need to have a great time in DF!!
Our experience with Juan Carlos and staying in the duplex could not have been better!
To enter the door off a busy street in central Mexico city and find yourself in a beautiful courtyard with plants and balconies is just the beginning!
The duplex was a peaceful retreat for us and the floor to ceiling windows made it even more beautiful every morning when we opened them to let in the light and air.
Everything you need is here and communication with Juan Carlos was delightful - he is quite a good photographer I might add.
Full kitchen and cafe downstairs with the Zocolo just a few blocks away made this a perfect choice for us. Hasta Luego Juan Carlos!
We spent an enjoyable long weekend in the Duplex. The apartment is located in a well-maintained, secure historical building in Centro near the district's sights and street life. Nearby Metro stations make it easy to explore other parts of the city. The apartment was a relaxing escape from the busy city after a day of exploring. Juan Carlos was responsive and easy to contact. Highly recommended.
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About the Host, Juan Carlos
Juan, 36, Mexican born and living in Mexico. Has lived also in France, Canada and the UK.
Avid traveller, mostly around Mexico and Europe.
Historic house restaurer and property manager.
Passioned by art, promotes cultural projects and artists. Well connected to the cinematography and contemporary art scenes
International sailor and amateur street photographer.