I'm from Mexico City, I work as consultant on environmental issues for the Mexican Government, NGOs such as Oxfam, Greenpeace, etc., and UNEP.
I stay in MaryJo's apartment for 2 months, and came to love it very much. To be fair, I liked it from the beginning. MaryJo works in sourthern Mexico, so her father met me at the entrance to the apartment. Although Luis doesn't speak much English, and my Spanish was terrible, we got along perfectly. He demonstrated how to operate everything that I might need to know. I didn't experience any problems throughout that whole period, but when I was unable to figure out how to re-light the gas heater I called Luis and he arrived within minutes and showed me how to do it.
The area itself is wonderful - safe, friendly, and populated with wonderful food and drink. They're a cute park at the end of the block, and two much larger ones minutes away. Here too are beautiful places to run, if you like to exercise. Most things are available at the local market a block or two away, and there's a couple of supermarkets within walking distance.
I would recommend MaryJo's apartment to people looking for either a short or long term stay in Mexico city. It's perfectly cited if you just want to see the sights, but quiet and unique enough for those who want to relax and explore the city. The fact that MaryJo and Luis were perfect hosts is just a bonus. Highly Recommended!
Nice apartment in a safe area of the city and the subway is just 5 minutes from the place! The apartment is very convenient and has everything you' d need: sofa+tv, microwave, fridge (with a welcome pack ;) ) hot water in the shower, coffee machine, wi-fi, etc etc etc etc. Besides, both MaryJo and her dad were super nice, super helpful, easy going and friendly. Would definitely go back. Highly recommendable!
MaryJo's flat in D.F. is located in a great neighborhood with easy access to the metro, Bosque de Chapultepec, and a lively market just up the street. Her father Luis met us upon our arrival at the apartment and was available if we ever needed anything...and amazingly hospitable. MaryJo had emailed detailed instructions on the apartment and how to get around so we felt secure and comfortable at all times.
My girlfriend and I spent a week in Mexico, spending New Year's Eve partying in the Polanco district, and came back to a quiet, safe apartment feeling lucky to have arranged such a great place with great hosts. All in all, a fantastic experience that I won't soon forget.
What a great apartment! Nice neighborhood, close to public transportation, and a stone's throw away from some of the best food and drinks in the city. María José and her family are simply the best. María José wasn't actually in Mexico City when I rented her apartment on account of her NGO work in southeastern Mexico. However, her parents -- Luis and Vicky, who live a few blocks away -- took more than good care of me. They were quick to respond whenever anything came up at the apartment, and they always pointed me in the right direction if I had a question. It should be noted that Luis and Vicky speak mostly Spanish. I cannot recommend this apartment enough. I will definitely be staying here again the next time I'm in Mexico City!
A GREAT DEAL - I stayed in this apartment for a month with my wife and daughter. Overall our experience was very positive, though I'll note a couple of things some travelers might want to be aware of. Our host was Mary Jo's father, who was always just a phone call away whenever there was a problem with the apartment. During our stay, a number of little things popped up (water heater tuning off, leak in the bathroom sink). A phone call to Luis and these were quickly taken care of.
As advertised, the apartment is right at the southern edge of Condesa. We had lots of fun just walking around and checking out local bakeries (La Artesa was our favorite), cafes (Péndulo for book lovers, Maque for delicious savory breakfast), parks (México, España), etc. The apartment was clean and the kitchen and bathroom were functional.
The two things I think some travelers will want to know are (1) The bed is not terribly comfortable. I like a firm mattress, my wife preferes a soft mattress, neither of us found the bed easy to sleep on. (2) The apartment itself does not have a particularly attractive view out of either window, though Luis told me that there is a roof-top area with a view.
Considering what hotel accommodations in the neighborhood cost, I found this to be a fantastic deal and would definitely stay again.
This was a perfect apartment in a great location. Maria José and her parents were very nice and ready to help with anything!
First time i received somebody in my appartment.
Maria and her mother were respectful toward my little home.
Let's hope that it lasts!
Maryjo, i think she was GREAT! I think everyone would be lucky to have her or her mom as a guest. They were clean, helpful and very considerate. What else could anyone expect from a guest. They were very friendly and peaceful. Her mother did not know the english language but she did not have to...I could tell that she was a good person with a kind heart..
I met MJ 3 years ago while I was living in Mexico and she has enriched my life as a foreigner in DF, helping me to adapt and cope with the intensity of a big city since I come from a small country. She guided me when I needed an advice. She is a true and devoted friend, somebody you can always count on in hard times.
MJ and her family have recently welcomed my close female friend into the apartment (who was living alone in DF for 3 months writing her doctor's thesis), where they treated her very friendly and with respect, were also very helpful and made her feel secure and happy.
The neighbourghood is great, the apartment is very clean, peaceful, safe and on a great location. I would always recommend it to all of my friends, also knowing that I can trust MJ and her whole family to be very friendly and warm but also very professional.
I have known MaryJo for 5 years and moved to Mexico on the strength of this friendship!
She is totally professional and has held down important jobs within environmental NGOs and the Mexican Government and has been sponsored by them to study overseas (where I met her).