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.
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 1 night.
We absolutely loved Juan Carlos' apartment. He was there at the front at the appointed times to meet us. He gave us information on all the things to see, how to get around, great restaurants. The apartment was very clean and so quiet, once you closed the door you wouldn't know you were in the heart of Mexico City. A great location, near the Zocalo, near metro stations, within easy walking distance to convenience stores. The apartment was the nicest we have ever used on airbnb. A beautiful heritage building lovingly restored. And just to finish it off there was a great coffee shop right next door. We were only sorry we couldn't stay longer. We would highly recommend
My friend and I stayed at the Duplex for 4 nights. It is incredible and we both strongly recommend it. The location is great, easy walking distance from the square. The house was very clean and comfortable (bed was amazing!) we didn't get to meet Juan, but he was very responsive and handled our departure and arrival well. He also has some great recommendations for food and drinks! A wonderful experience!
We have just spent a wonderful five nights in Juan Carlos (JC's) apartment in Mexico City.
The apartment is as described and exactly like the pictures show. The location is very central in the downtown historic centre close to the Metro, museums and the UNESCO world Heritage sites around Zocalo Square. Everything is literally at your doorstep.
All our communications with JC were responded too in a very timely manner, and the arrangements we made for our arrival and departure all worked perfectly. JC went out of his way to make our stay enjoyable.
The appointments of the apartment satisfied our every need. The history of the building in which the apartment is located makes it a destination in itself - we loved the look and feel of the place, and the WiFi was extremely fast too.
We highly recommend JC and this apartment and hope to return and stay again some time in the future. We enjoyed the experience so much so that we even wrote a blog about it.
You can read it here.
This place couldn't of been any better. It was perfect for a family of 5 (3 adults, 2 kids). It's even prettier than described and it's located in a very safe place and it really close to the center. We couldn't meet Juan Carlos unfortunately,but his assistant Victor was very welcoming and helpful. You will find this place to be the perfect home to come to after a busy day in the streets of Mexico City. We loved our stay and we can't wait to stay again!!
The apartment is clean, cosy and spacious, set right in the heart of Centro Historico! It really felt like a home from home. The bed is so comfortable as is the L-shaped sofa!
I would highly recommend it!
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!
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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.