A splendid early 20th Century flat, resembling more a small elegant house, with an independent entrance through a gated private pedestrian street, full of gardens. It is situated in Mexico City's first building to house apartments, the historical Edificio del Buen Tono (also known as La Mascota).
The ideal place for an unforgettable stay in Mexico, either on holidays or for a longer period. It is an oasis in the middle of a very busy city. A place where you can relax, enjoy it and rest, and at the same time will offer you all the amenities and interest of one of the biggest cities in the world.
The flat has all the original features, has two bedrooms, living room, a beautiful dining room, a superb traditional kitchen, a charming patio and rustically-furnished cellars where you can enjoy a bit of cool in the hot spring and summer.
Located almost within walking distance of the Historic Centre, the famous Zona Rosa neighborhood, just south of the most beautiful avenue in the City, the Paseo de la Reforma. It is an ideal place for culture (the National Library, main Craft market, and Palace of Fine Arts are all nearby) and night life (with cafes, restaurants, discos and the gay quarter over in the Zona Rosa).
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(I am posting the first part of a beautiful comment from one of our guests:)"I have told the story of my stay in Casa Gardenia countless times and yet I am only beginning to know it. With each telling I find lacing through my words new threads of memory I must follow back to their source. Casa Gardenia is a living place. You will not find it, like so many lodgings, merely a location to set your bags in. It will become part of your destination. You will want to explore it just as you would any street in the heart of Mexico City. Perhaps, like us, you will stroll slowly through the rooms and along the terrace stopping often to touch, to open, and to admire. Or, you might be walking from one room to another and suddenly find your progress halted by some previously unnoticed object caught by the corner of your eye. You will contemplate many layers of Gardenia’s history while there, then after you return home uncover others you hadn’t even considered, ones that reveal themselves only through the echoes of rumination. That is what happened to each of us." (Please read the second part in a different comment)
As two teachers from San Diego, we were looking to come to the heart of Mexico City and explore all this beautiful ciudad had to offer! This rustic and most beautiful home was in walking distance of most destinations, and close to all public transportation.
I felt compelled to write this review in direct response to Roger's review - if you are looking for a -Las Vegas-ish, 5-star type of accommodations, then this is not the place for you! If you are looking for a historical, well-maintained oasis in the heart of the city, filled with character and magical charm, then this is the location for you! The pictures do not adequately capture just how unique and beautiful this rental is! Juan and Delphine were so gracious in their suggestions for the city - and every detail has been attended to!
We had a fabulous trip and would DEFINITELY stay here again when we return! Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us!
If you are someone who seeks uniquely authentic, unforgettable and unconventional travel experiences, this charming row house is the place for you. My family spent a truly enchanting time in this lovely home. It is furnished with great personal style, amazing antiques and fascinating art and staffed with a very helpful manager and extremely thorough cleaning staff. We prepared many meals in the charming kitchen and spent almost every night in the pretty little open-air patio. If you want a real Chilango experience, the location could not be better. Half a block from the metro, a short walk from the main mercado de artesanias and near the remarkable, world-class Mercado San Juan. The owner, Juan, was as helpful as he was hospitable and one of the major reasons that we are so eager to return to his beautiful home. During our entire stay, the house was impeccably clean, decorated with fresh flowers and a marvelously serene escape from the city's busy streets. During our time there, not one person ever "jumped" at our windows and except for during trash collection, the gates were always locked. I suppose that if your taste runs to a more conventional accommodation, such as a hotel room, this extraordinary place might not be to your taste. I can only say that it met all our expectations and made for a magical time in a remarkable city.
This is my third long and lovely stay at La Gardenia. It is so full of old world charm, family heirlooms and intelligent art that I feel privileged to be invited as a guest by a significant family into a real home and not a staged rental. La Gardenia is a carefully preserved treasure from its pull chain toilet to its beautifully tiled floors and painted, enormously high ceilings. Just breathing in the atmosphere, gives me pleasure, a pleasure that cannot be replicated. It is a living history, which any renovation would scrub away.
There are usually three of us here when I come and we all love to cook. The kitchen is a jewel and there is nothing better than sitting down afterwards at the huge table in the formal dining room with a crowd of friends to eat and enjoy. The interior patio garden is another favorite gathering place, which adds so much ambiance to this already unique apartment.
We entertain a lot, and every one who walks in the door falls in love with La Gardenia. Many have since rented from Juan and one bought the next apartment to come on the market.
None of us can fathom what the last reviewer was even talking about. None of the things he says about the apartment are true. Nothing. The review was vicious and perverse. Some of the things he says are true about Mexico City - the bustle, the noise, the pollution, but he infers that all of this is born and then emanating out from La Gardenia. He should have travelled to Switzerland and left Mexico City for those who love and understand its crazy vivacious nature!
Juan and his staff are instantly responsive. If the toilet clogs or I need help calling a secure cab, they are right there for me. If I don't feel like doing the dishes after a party, I call for extra cleaning support.
The lack of communication and transparency of the last reviewer just does not make any sense. To stay somewhere for that long and to be so miserable without asking for help or a refund, which Juan would have offered in a heartbeat, does not ring true or add up. Something else is going on here.
When his head clears, I hope that he will have the decency to retract it and have it permanently removed from the VRBO site.
One last thing I want to underline is that the apartment is very safe. I have been here alone for weeks at a time in between children visits and NEVER had a worry. My husband, who is not a traveler, would never let me stay here, if either of us had any concern.
We booked this apt. thinking if we pay more we will have a better apt. Do not believe the photos. This is not the case. The apt. is located 5 feet from a, 6 lane major street, bumper to bumper 24/7, with tractor trailers and dump trucks. It is very noisy and the pollution made us ill. The apart. is very dirty. Soon our feet were black! It smells bad and is furnished with very used unusable, worn out furniture. Paint is peeling from the ceilings. Everything you touch is dirty. Woodwork chewed off by rodents? Enamel peeling from the bath and toilet. Toilet is child size. The only chairs we were able to sit on came from the dining room. The kitchen sink is a disaster and dangerous as you bang your head trying to do dishes. Young men jump at the living windows trying to break in - while you are sitting there! The security gate is left open - by the condo staff! It was cold and the 2 heaters were barely adequate. There was a gas stove but you have to keep it turned off at the pipe as there are no pilots and there could be a gas leak. I pointed out the filthy floors to the manager and she couldn't do anything. If you are renting to North Americans, your cleaner needs to be TRAINED to use a vacuum and how to scrub floors. The cleaners once a week, pushing the dirt around, is not working. Everywhere there was human hands touched, there was old grime. The hot water was impossible to get for a shower. In 31 days I had 2 hot showers! Guests would have to be drunk not to see the dirt. A disgrace. The kitchen flooded from above. Every utensil in the kitchen is dirty, worn out, broken or otherwise useless. They do not wash dishes between guests so lumps on the plates! To top it all off there were cockroaches. DO NOT RENT HERE. (review was delayed due to illness) We stayed the month of January, 2014.
Juan and Delphine are wonderful people. This apartment is so near the Reforma that you can get a bus anywhere if you want to but you can walk just about everywhere. Darling spot for art/literary folks.
Our stay at Gardenia was wonderful! My sister's plane was delayed so we didn't arrive until much later than planned. I kept Delphine, the property manager, abreast of the situation and she was there to meet us when we arrived around 11:00PM. She is a very warm and helpful person and we very much appreciated all of her efforts for our well being. The flat is charming and delightful with just the kind of ambiance to be expected of an apartment of it's vintage and we very much enjoyed using the kitchen in the mornings and evenings. It is within easy walking distance of a super market, a mercado, an OXXO convenience store and best of all El Mercado de Artesanias La Ciudadela. This is a large and varied handicrafts market which is well worth a visit or two! And alongside the mercado de artesanias is the Plaza de la Ciudadela where at least on the weekends you can count on live music and lots of people dancing danzon in the plaza, a must see, delightful! If you are so inclined you might take a lesson in danzon on the perimeter of the plaza, I saw many folks doing just that. We spent ten nights there and want to return as soon as possible. Juan, the owner was not in town but I spoke to him by phone while making the reservation and enjoyed our conversation. His manager Delphine was everything that could be expected and more, thank you!