About this listing
Our new apt with historic flavor is located in the heart of the city! It comfortably fits 2 and you can walk everywhere, located between Zocalo and Alameda. Enjoy modernity in the majesty of an 18 C. mansion, full kitchen, 5min walk to all transport.
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 11 apartments in building, high ceilings and thick walls, cool neighbors, 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 15 min cab to other hip neighborhoods 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, DVD’s and nice things, to make the best out of your stay, TV 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...).
Comfortable ventilated bathroom with shower.
I was born and mostly raised in Mexico; 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 neighborhood in the City, its is named after its historical position and its colonial period buildings and monuments, like the main plaza Zocalo, the Templo Mayor pyramids, the Murals, Bellas Artes, 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 and the Subway to move around the city to the airport, bus stations and other neighboring 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 and Bus terminals: Subway different direct lines.
To Reforma (financial district): 15 minute walk by the Alameda park and up and down the avenue with the bus or subway.
Teotihuacan pyramids: subway 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 or by just going through my profile.
The Vestry – Up to 2 guests
The New Duplex – Up to 4 guests
Legendary Balcony – Up to 4 guets
The Balcony – Up to 4 guests
Please read entirely through the apartment description.
You are living in a community, neighbours are mostly middle-aged professionals, and they will not tolerate all night long parties or very loud music/noise particularly during the week between 10 PM and 9AM.
Common areas are shared and building management will expect you to leave the premises clean after use.
Juan Carlos was really available and his posting was accurate. We enjoyed our stay.
The house is fantastic. It is big with some of very nice rooms in the first floor. Well these are not for guest. Guest room are all in the backyard, all most on the 2nd floor. The staffs can always provide the prompt response when you need some help. Although I cannot speak English, we still can communicate by body language:) The location is a great advantage. 5 minutes to historical center. If you do not require a 4 star room but 4 star atmosphere in the whole house, this is your best choice.
Juan Carolos is a great host - he let us check in a little early and showed us around the apartment. Was super responsive to any questions. Would definitely stay again. Apartment is in an absolutely stunning and quiet building.
After travelling for 11 weeks it was great to spend time in stylish and practical Casa Borda, and experience the best sleep we'd had in the whole trip! The apartment is in an excellent location and we were also grateful for the use of the washing machine. Juan Carlos was very welcoming and gave superb advice about places to eat - and rescued us when we had problems organising a taxi for the airport.
A great few days in a great place. Everything was exactly as described in the listing, and we had a fantastic time in Mexico City, in part due to having this place.
Despite being in the middle of busy Centro Historico, the appartment is calm as it is in an interior courtyard. The building itself is beauiful and full of history.
Juan Carlos made himself available to meet us as we arrived, showed us around and provided helpful tips for food and activities in the neighbourhood. He was very friendly and when we thought (for a short 10mn) that we'd lost our key, was already on his way to open the door for us. Highly recommend the place for people discovering the city and looking to make the most of Centro Historico by foot!
Juan Carlos was a fracious and attentive host. Even though we did not meet personally, he communicated during the stay promptly. For example, the television did not work on our first night. I inquired about this and he replaced it with a new television the next day. The kitchen was spotless on our arrival. The refrigerator looked new on the inside. The bed was comfortable. The apartment looked just like the photos. The floor in the kitchen and bath were new and clean. The tiles in living room and bedroom appeared dirty but I believe they are very old and worn because the rest of the apartment was very clean and attractive. The building itself is fantastic. We couldn't take enough photos. The host provided excellent materials about Mexico City to help us decide where to go. He also wrote a thoughtful manual with information about the neighborhood and the best restaurants, which came in very handy for us. The location has pros and cons. It is very well located in terms of seeing the sights and getting to public transportation. The only con (which for me, was a big one) is that there is a lot of noise that can be heard above and next to the bedroom area. This was a surprise given how thick the walls are. The noise includes loud thumping music from a dance place around the corner. The music starts Thursday night through Saturday night. The thumping actually continued overnight on Friday. I woke up and looked at the time and it was 6:30 am! The thumping was still happening. I couldn't believe it. The noise from the disco finally stopped, just in time for people to start their day, including renovations going on next door. I got very little sleep all week, which for me was quite a problem. If you do not need a quiet environment for sleeping as I do, this location is perfect for you. I should also mention that the hot water in the shower lasted a long time and we were able to flush toilet paper with no problem. These are things we take for granted in the US but they do not always happen in Mexico due to the age of the plumbing in many places.
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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.