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.
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!
Juan Carlos' Casa Borda listings are probably one of the best Airbnb experiences in Mexico City. The 18th century building is incredibly beautiful and has been restored and renovated. The units are modern and comfortable. The location is just perfect for those interested in experiencing the heart of Mexico City's historic centre with its amazing architecture, attractions and exquisite traditional shopping. There's excellent food and drinks on the doorstep 24x7. The neighborhood is extremely busy, but when you enter the patio-facing Duplex you will feel a quiet atmosphere. Juan Carlos is a great host and makes everything possible to improve the experience. Highly recommended.
The Duplex was a fantastic place to stay. Located near many of the centro historico sites. Very clean, easy to find and safe. Highly recommend staying there.
We had a fantastic stay in The Duplex. The apartment is a modern loft in a historic building in the Centro Historico right by a busy shopping area and walking distance to the Zocalo. The location is key if you want to spend most of your time in the center of the city, and the apartment is conveniently located above a coffee shop and convenience store.
Our host Juan Carlos was the fastest communicator I’ve ever encountered on Airbnb, and he was waiting for us as scheduled when we arrived. He provided us with a binder of information about the apartment and the surrounding area, which was a great resource throughout the week.
The apartment was very well appointed with a full kitchen setup, which was great for us as we stayed for a whole week and were able to prepare light meals before heading out for the day. There’s also a laundry room with free access, though note that the machines are programmed in Spanish. I found a YouTube video of the same machine programmed in English which helped me figure out how to use it.
Please note that the area is incredibly busy with people and vehicle traffic especially in the afternoon and evening — if you’re looking for a peaceful location this might not be your ideal place. But if you’re looking to be part of the action, then The Duplex is a great spot.
Our stay as family was absolutely fantastic at Jose Luis nice apt, it's like an oasis in the middle of the biggest city of the world, connected to everything and yet so isolated once one enters the main (high security) gate. The ambiance and lighting and excellent decorative taste adds a wonderful cosy feeling to the place. He was welcoming, puntual and formal in his agreement, helpful and has wonderful insights of the area. It can be a little cold at night, make sure to connect the electric heater (if in winter) and you'll be more than fine. Not a place if you've got small children, for our it was perfect (ages 10&13). Try it..I'll recommend it!
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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.