Centro Historico - Full Studio

Castle - Entire home/apt · Bolívar 26 apt, Mexico City, Federal District 06000, Mexico

The Space

Hi there if it is not available, please check out my other listings. Same quality same satisfaction.
Ideal for short, medium and long stays.
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 9 apartments in building, high ceilings and thick walls, cool neighbours, high security – card access to building.
Location - Interior apartment 30 meters of Madero Street between Zocalo and Bellas Artes.
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 grocery store and walking distance to the mercados.
15 min walk to Reforma Av. (financial district) and 40 min walk to other hip neighbourhoods and direct subway line to Coyoacan/San Angel.
Fully equipped kitchen, nice to receive friends (table fits up to 4), ventilated and cozy.
King size bed / closet / black out curtains / book shelf with nice books, CD's DVD’s and nice things, to make the best out of your (website hidden) and DVD, but no cable.
Art work on walls.
Best WIFI available, laundry facilities within building, and free access to common areas of building (Terrace, patios, BBQ, motorbike and bike parking, etc...) we also have 2 ok bikes to lend you.
Comfortable ventilated 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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $420 /week
Monthly Price: $1500 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $25
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Juan Carlos' lovely apartment in Centro Historico was just about perfect. It was located close to everything whether it was cofee or tacos (just downstairs) or the metro station. The apartment is well outfitted with all necessities and extremely clean. The building provides a sanctuary in the hustle and bustle of city life and it was always such a welcoming place to come back to after exploring D.F.
    Juan Carlos himself is an exceptional host and he not only welcomed us in person upon arrival, but was available and easy to reach throughout our stay. I would highly recommend Juan Carlos' apartment to anyone visiting Mexico City.

    April 2014
  • Great location and quiet setting in the middle of the Centro Historico. Juan Carlos was very considerate of my needs and was available if I needed anything. The apartment was well-equipped and the bed was comfortable. A great experience!

    April 2014
  • The studio was perfect for our visit. Juan Carlos saved us from a swindling taxi driver and made sure we arrived at the right location with a perfectly timed phone call. We had everything we needed to be settled in, including the gratefully accepted jug of water! The apartment felt safe and comfortable; I don't think we would have felt that way in a hotel room in downtown DF. The bed was comfortable and the living space more than adequate. There are plenty of places to eat nearby and shop as well. We were surprised really how close the Zocalo really was- 5 minute walk is serious. The studio is also close to several metro stations, which we used to get everywhere in the city. The internet was a big deal for us since we didn't have cell phones- it was easy to log on and offered fast service. If we ever return to DF, we will definitely look up Juan Carlos and Centro Historico first!

    April 2014
  • Juan Carlos's studio was perfect for our stay - very clean, centrally located, large for a studio, and in a beautiful and secure historic building. It was very easy to get in touch with Juan Carlos and we found him to be a charming and thoughtful host. He usually responded to emails within the hour and he left a large bottle of water and various maps and guidebooks in the apartment for us, including a local guide he prepared himself. I would highly recommend this apartment to other travelers.

    March 2014
  • Juan Carlos is an excellent host -- reliable, knowledgeable, helpful, and very friendly -- and he worked hard to make my stay as enjoyable as possible.

    The apartment is less an apartment than a residential suite. It is cozily tucked away on the middle floor in the back of a former palacio, which has the feel of a family hacienda, the way it has been lovingly restored. The apartment overlooks an interior courtyard, and there is a larger interior courtyard near the front entrance.

    Each morning when I left and each night when I returned, I would walk slowly through the main courtyard to make sure I experienced it fully, and I would look up at the glass roof that lets the sun, the moon and the stars shine in.

    The apartment has almost floor-to-ceiling windows ("almost" because the ceilings are at least 20 feet tall, and probably taller). The windows are actually doors that can be opened to let the air in. The apartment is spacious, furnished like someone's home, it is clean and well-stocked with lots of household items you might need or want. As other guests have said before me, the place is a peaceful sanctuary to come home to after a day or night (or both) exploring the City. It is hard to describe just how special the palacio is. My trip was much enhanced by staying here.

    Locals whom I invited over to the palacio as guests were not sure how to describe it, when I asked them, "What do you call this?" Many of them asked if it was a hotel. All of them said it was very nice. One man, when I asked, "What do you call something like this?" said "I have no idea, because I've never seen anything like it."

    The location is superb. While at home, you have peace and quiet, but walk outside the front gate, and you have the entire Centro Historico to discover, with probably the best offerings of any colonia/neighborhood in the City.

    Juan Carlos has created a useful guide for guests listing places around the Centro worth visiting -- restaurants, shops, bakeries, etc. I tried all of them, and they were all great. His guide also provides helpful tips for making your way around the City, and for doings things as locals do them.

    I stayed for 2 weeks; the palacio became my home. I loved it. Juan Carlos is always available, whatever you might need. He is generous, he provides privacy, yet he and I would run into each other on the street, or in the coffee shop below the palacio (which has great coffee, and where the people are very friendly, like almost everyone else I met).

    Juan Carlos kept in touch with me and made sure I had everything I needed to make my stay comfortable. I would not hesitate to go back. Thank you, Juan ! Milles gracias.....

    March 2014
  • I thought the photos of this property looked charming but when we arrived I fell in love! It is a quiet little apartment in a lovely old updated building being lovingly restored by Juan Carlos. He is a superb host! Flexible, available and full of great tips and insights. I had never been able to understand what the deal with Mexico city cabs was until he explained it to us and gave us the real 'rules' of using cabs. The main reason people sometimes shy away from AirBnB I think is because they are afraid they will be left to fend for themselves without the concierge of a hotel. The irony of that of course is that concierges steer you to where they want you to go. Folks like Juan Carlos give you real world advice thats like having friends waiting for you in Mexico City. If we return, we will be in touch with JC! Thanks for the memories, Juan Carlos.

    March 2014
  • The full studio at Centrol Historico known as the Casa Borda was perfect for our three week stay in Mexico City. Our priority was to visit as many museums and historic sites as possible and we were able to do that from this central location. It is close to the Metro, which is one of best Metros in the world. Their are 14 lines that go everywhere for only 5 pesos (about 40 cents) a ride. The apartment had a nice kitchen and separate bath. The bed was king sized and extremely comfortable. We were close to stores, restaurants and transportation. The building is right on the street but has secure electronic entry and is an old style colonial building that has been upgraded. When one steps throught the door to the building, it is immediately cooler and quieter. It is like a sanctuary in the middle of the city. We found the area very safe and clean and the Mexican people very friendly. For the price and location, it would be difficult to find a better place from which to visit Mexico City.

    February 2014
  • Juan Carlos was an excellent host, and the apartment was spacious, clean, comfortable, and very convenient - right in the heart of Centro Historico! Highly recommended.

    February 2014
  • Loved loved loved the location!!! it was so close to everything and easy to find. We were there for three weeks. It was exactly as described and had everything we needed. Although minor things went wrong, Juan Carlos went out of his way to fix them with the least amount of inconvenience to us. We would definitely stay there again. Loved Mexico City, in part because of the studio apartment and people associated with it.

    January 2014
  • A luxurious, quiet apartment located three blocks from the Zócalo.
    Exactly as adverstised. Communication with Juan Carlos was very efficient.

    January 2014
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Juan, 34, French, Greek, 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 fotographer.
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