Submitted: January 9, 2009
Stayed: January 2009
Despite all the praise we’d read on this website, Bolivar Suites managed to exceed our expectations. Five friends stayed there over New Year’s for nearly a week and had a wonderful time. The space is large, comfortable and quiet -- a refuge in the heart of Mexico City’s crowded, chaotic Centro Historico. The kitchen is equipped with all the essentials and spacious enough for several of us to prepare dinner the nights we stayed in. The maid service -- which included daily replenishment of filtered water, fresh fruit, and other breakfast foods -- was excellent. Located on a safe, centrally-located block, the apartment has 24-hour security and is a short walk from numerous must-see attractions, including the Zocalo, Palacio Nacional, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Alameda, as well as several good restaurants. Although our host, Petra Fischer, is clearly running a business, she has the nurturing instincts of a New England innkeeper. She thought of everything we needed for an enjoyable stay, providing advice on what to see, how to get there, and when to go. All of her recommendations were wonderful, from restaurants to museums to food markets and other sites. Petra arranged for her driver to take us on two day trips, to Teotihuacan and to Coyoacan and San Angel, saving us the arduous task of planning these trips on our own. She even gave us a small, parting gift and called for taxis to take us back to the airport. Our only regret was that we missed out on Ceci the housekeeper’s cooking class because she was away for the holidays.
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