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.
This place is amazing - great location only minutes walk from the Zocolo and close to some great restaurants, bars and entertainment. The apartment itself is beautiful - open and spacious with books and DVDs to entertain you when you aren't out exploring Mexico City!
We chose to book The Duplex as our DF landing pad largely based on the long list of great reviews. And it did not disappoint. Juan Carlos was super friendly and helpful. The listing was as described and shown in the photos. The location was very central- about as central as it gets. If you are looking for a nice, quite place to stay in the heart of DF- then you should stay here.
I received a great welcome from Juan and the accommodation was stunning. Such a beautiful building and the perfect location in the historic centre of Mexico City. Was a great place to explore from and very comfortable after long days walking the city.
A very comfortable and quiet apartment in an ideal centro location. Very good experience.
We loved The Duplex. It was better than the pictures. Comfortable and nicely decorated with artistic touches and a great amount of reference books and material about Mexico city and the neighborhood. Very grand!
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!
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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.