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.
A very comfortable and quiet apartment in an ideal centro location. Very good experience.
Juan Carlos was a punctual and gracious host. The loft was lovely and the Centro Historico is a very safe neighborhood with great art museums, restaurants, and historical buildings. We had a great stay. No complaints.
We arrived first week of March. The weather was perfectly comfortable. Entering the complex there is a delightful courtyard that is immediately free of traffic noise. We felt safe and secure. Our room was all we hoped it would be: large and comfortable. You could easily entertain 4 other guests. Large French doors open to a courtyard. No cable but a DVD/CD player and some DVDs. Also speakers for sound system so we plugged in our laptop and listened to music we had. The kitchen had all we needed and then some. The elevator was a great extra as we are on what the US considers the third floor. There were fans (we used) and a heater (which we never used). Some mention of mosquitoes but we didn't encounter any. No microwave but a two burner stove, coffee pot, toaster oven. A collection of local photos cover the walls and there are beautiful art volumes as well as maps and guide books. Juan Carlos provides a folder of suggestions which, like everyplace we've been, falls a bit short because of assumptions. So... the bakeries (Globo for bread, Ideal for pastries): Left out the door, first right, and they are in the middle of the block (amazing!). ATM: Right out the door, first right and it is about 50 feet down on the same block. Markets are a distance and a bit tricky to find find so pay attention and plan on a taxi back with your bags. We followed Juan Carlos' suggestions about the street taxis and had no problems there. Metro: Purchase tickets at the station (5 pesos, can be bought in advance). Metro lines are indicated by their last stop (“Direction...”). Change lines at stations indicated (often a long walk). Some lines were crowded at rush hour (which seems to last from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM). Cars are set aside for women and children. We had no problem getting to Chapultepec, Coyocan, and the Norte Autobus station (for Teotihuacan) on the metro. For Teotihuacan take underpass to bus station, left to Gate 8, and second to last ticket counter. Round trip was less than $4 US each and (from our room) was just over 1.5 hours. We left our room at 6:30 AM and were the first ones there. Around 10:30 the tour buses arrived. Go to the Antropologia Museum first to see the items from Teotihuacan. This is one of the most beautiful museums we have visited since it is fairly new and has room to spread out. NOTE: Bellas Artes only has tours of the theater itself at 1:00 each day. We also loved the Franz Mayer, a smaller museum behind the Belles Artes. Restaurants: Try Sirenas on the third floor directly behind the Cathedral for open air and beautiful view. Also the fabulous Cafe inside and across from Azul Historico.We never had a bad restaurant experience (except for Sanborn's). Our room and location could not have been better. Thank you Juan Carlos!
We stayed at Juan Carlos' The Duplex for one week on our first visit to Mexico City. Location-wise, it was perfect as the apartment was just minutes walk from the places in the Historical District which we wanted to visit. The nearest cross street was a pedestrian-only street with restaurants and various stores on both sides, and which had a fiesta atmosphere on weekends with street performers. We felt safe, secure and welcomed. The apartment looks exactly the same way as presented in the photographs and Juan Carlos has provided a guide book with valuable information that any traveller will find useful (tips on where to eat, where to change money, etc.). Although Juan Carlos was not able to meet us upon arrival, we were welcomed by his property manager Victor. We eventually met Juan Carlos at the coffee shop just outside the main entrance and he graciously offered any help which we may need. He checked on us via mobile phone a few days before our departure and made sure that the arrangements we made with the airport taxi was in order, by personally calling the taxi company and confirming the details. JC manages 6 rental units in Casa Borda, which felt like another world on its own, near all the activity, yet peaceful and quiet once you are inside. This is the perfect spot to use as base for exploring the city. We will definitely consider staying here again if and when our travels take us back to Mexico City. Thanks JC for being a great host, and for creating such a great space which really felt like home away from home.
My friend and I arrived at the Duplex and Juan was there wait for us, with a big smile! Juan was very welcoming and showed us around the Duplex and made recommendations of places to visit during our two day stay in Mexico City. The space couldn't be any better, clean, bright, spacious, and beautiful. Juan had left us with maps and a booklet full of recommendations and directions of how to get around Centro Historico as well as other neighbourhoods in Mexico City. A great place to stay and a wonderful and hospitable host!
Juan Carlos was a gracious and professional host. The property was in a perfect Centro location and a very quiet retreat after leaving the busy street. Highly recommended and we hope to return in the near future.
The Duplex is set in a really lovely building, really central, and is fantastic. JC was very attentive, and we had a great trip. The breakfast place across the road – Don Toribio – is a must!
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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.