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16th Century Artist-Designed Apartment in Centro Historico

Bedrooms 3
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

This beautiful apartment is in a 16th century former monastery run by the Dominicans right in the centre of the Centro Historico. It's a peaceful enclave (where you can't hear any traffic) just 50 yards from Plaza Santa Domingo and less than five minutes walk from the Zocalo - the main central square.

The apartment has been beautifully restored with original stripped wood floors and colour washed plaster walls and is on the second floor of the building which is arranged around a courtyard. Most of the residents of the 30 apartments are Mexican families so you will get a real flavour of life in Mexico City. The second floor is reached by a flight of wide stairs.

Two of the bedrooms have views across the Leandro Valle to the bell tower of Santo Domingo Church. One of the bedrooms looks onto a smaller internal courtyard.

Kitchen/dining room - large fridge/freezer, cooker, double sink tiled with hand-made tiles and coffee maker. Hand-made table and chairs to seat six.

Sitting room/lounge - sofa, hand made desk, chairs, television & DVD player (with large selection of English-language movies) and internet access.

Bedroom 1 - Queen-sized double bed.

Bedroom 2 - Double bed.

Bedroom 3 - Twin beds (ideal for children or beds can be pushed together to make a king-sized double.

Bathroom 1 - Wet room with shower, toilet & wash-basin carved out of a single piece of volcanic rock, limestone walls and floor

Bathroom 2 - Wet room with shower, toilet, hand made ceramic wash-basin, limestone floors and walls.

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Arturo Reyes
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish, danish, norwegian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2018

About Arturo Reyes

Sarah Tisdall and Arturo Reyes. We are both artists. Arturo has a degree from San Carlos in Mexico City and Sarah has a degree from The Slade School, University College London UK. We moved here 6 years ago from London. We enjoy the vivacity of the City and the beautiful old buildings in this area and the creativity shown by the Mexican Craftsmen in various disciplines. The climate is near perfect and it is easy to travel round the country from here.

Arturo Reyes purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Arturo Reyes chose Centro Histórico

We like this ancient block of apartments and purchased one in addition to ours. We enjoy the vivacity of the City and the beautiful old buildings in this area and the creativity shown by the Mexican craftsmen in various disciplines. The climate is near perfect and it is easy to travel round the country from here.

What makes this apartment unique

Beautiful area which is being refurbished. Three blocks from the Zocalo, many beautiful buildings round about, an outlook towards Santo Domingo Church. Easy walking distance to many historic sites such as Templo Mayor, The Cathedral, San Ildefonso Museum, Museo Nacional de Arte, Palacio de Bellas Artes. Three metro stations within easy walking: Zocalo, Allende y Lagunilla. Taxis easily available very reasonably priced. Sunday cycling with free bike rentals on cleared streets in the Historical Centre. Plaza Santo Doming Cafe and good Mexican food at Hosteria Santo Domingo. The location is popular with film makers, most notably Denzil Washington in Man of Fire, Dennis Quaid and Forest Whitaker in Vantage Point and From the creators of "The Matrix" and "Babylon 5" comes this tense series called "Sense8" in which eight people can telepathically experience each other's lives.

Starring: Tuppence Middleton, Brian J. Smith, Doona Bae. TV also like to use it for soaps and adds. Frequently other entertainers use the Plaza, for example music and dancers, and equestrian events from time to time.


Centro Histórico Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Convertible bed - 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , contact owner
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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16th Century Artist-Designed Apartment in Centro Historico
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 51 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This is a very special place in a great location. Highly recommended and Arturo was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sechelt, British Columbia

Home away from hme

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here previously and will absolutely stay again. Mexico City is an amazing place. We have recommended this place to many people and they all love it. Arturo and Sarah are the most incredible hosts. They are so gracious and extremely helpful. It is walking distance to most places and even though we are repeat guests there is never enough time to explore all the area has to offer. If you want a real taste of Mexico and not the typical resort experience this is the place to be. We will definitely be back again.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Littleton, CO


  • 5 of 5

Arturo and Sarah did not leave out any detail to make sure our stay was amazing. Not only is the apartment beautiful and we'll appointed, but it is right in the middle of the downtown area where so many museums, shops, restaurants, and sights are only blocks away. For longer day trips, they provided a driver who knew all the great spots, shortcuts, restaurants, and possessed ALL the patience in the world. We couldn't have had a better experience for our first time in the city thanks to them. We met so many friendly people, we always felt safe, and we loved being so close to everything. We walked everywhere, day and night and came back to a quiet apartment in a secure building. We highly recommend staying here for anyone who wants an immersive experience in Mexico City.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are utmost grateful and happy for your kind and tremendous review more specially because you guys being from Denver your fabulous experience contrasts with other people also from Denver who did not dare to have that same great time and cancelled their stay in December on the grounds of dodgy and dubious advice from ill informed and prejudicious people about the location of our apartment in Mexico City; they will regret what they have missed while, you diaphanous guests now friends will adorn the rest of your lives with this unforgetful experience. It is not about the money, it is about sharing affordable human cool experiences. Yours Sarah & Arturo
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Quiet gem in the heart of Mexico City!

  • 4 of 5

Five of us stayed here for three nights and had a fantastic time. Truly a sweet little place in the heart of the historic district! The owners were accommodating and friendly, meeting us upon arrival and going over details of the property and helping us orient ourselves to the area with detailed maps. Everything was comfortable and pleasant for us, and we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA, USA

A slice of life in Mexico City

  • 5 of 5

The apartment will stir your creative juices.

Out in the courtyard

It's raining jacarandas

Leandro Valle

Thank you Arturo and Sarah for sharing your lives with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio, Texas

Won the lottery when another family decided not to stay!

  • 5 of 5

I snagged this apartment after an abrupt cancellation by a family from the United States visiting their relatives in Mexico. They inexplicably deemed the location to be undesirable and left, leaving the owners in a lurch during holidays. As a Mexican living in the United States, I feel compelled to address this issue in my review of this apartment, its amenities and owners.

Centro Historico in Mexico City is much like the Sultanahmet in Istanbul or Trastevere in Rome. There are fantastic streets, there are great streets and then there are the not so great streets. Do I walk around texting on my iPhone with pesos hanging out of my pocket at night? No. I don't do that here in San Antonio, Texas, where I reside. Yes, thirty years ago, this was once a rough, working class neighborhood but then so was Soho in New York City. Today the neighborhood is in rapid transition, historic apartments and buildings are being snapped up by Europeans and Americans in the know. Investor Carlos Slim, the "richest man in the world", purchased the colonial building on the corner. The location is ideal, it is ground zero for Mexican culture and history from the sacred stones of Tenochtitlan and the plazas of Spanish Inquisition to world class museums and a main plaza filled with demonstrators, indigenous healers and Catholic pilgrims. It is alive with the chaotic commerce of the Capitol of Latin America against a backdrop of subtle decay and restored beauty.

With that being said, I must go on to say that the apartment is wonderful and has all of those things you just do not find in most vacation rentals. Wine bottle openers, travel guides, spices, pasta strainers, French press coffee makers, flower vases, gallons of bottled water, a clothes line - the things you take for granted at home but somehow are absent in most vacation rentals. Your Mexican neighbors are mothers raising their children, professors and politicians who always have time to say "buenos dias" or "buenas noches" in the stairwell. The characters directly out front, have even stopped me to tell me that my keys fell out of my pocket or gave me tips on the tricky front door lock. It is a friendly environment.

The owners are gracious, sophisticated, worldly and kind. Arturo, a Mexican artist-mathematician-historian-linguist-marathon runner and his partner, Sarah, an English painter-artist-chef-avid mystery reader can answer any question you may have regarding the city.

Come, stay, don't cancel.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Benito Juarez
Car: not necessary

Famous wrestling theater round the corner, The early murals by Diego Rivera in the Education Building on Plaza Santo Domingo.




Additional information about rental rates

These are the real prices, please base your enquiry on them
1 bedroom ... $ 80/night .. $500/week .. $1700/month
2 bedrooms .. $110/night .. $800/week .. $2800/month
3 bedrooms .. $120/night .. $800/week .. $3000/month
Minimum 3 nights. The renting if only one bedroom means that
you have rented the whole apartment. No multiple bookings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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