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Elegant Penthouse with incredible views in historic center

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Centro Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This wonderful apartment, decorated in a fresh contemporary style, is the perfect oasis from which to venture out into the bustling streets and plazas of the historic center and explore its many impressive buildings and museums on foot. The 'Centro', as the locals call it, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1991. It is chockfull of Aztec and Colonial treasures, fascinating museums, busy shopping streets and markets, and plenty of restaurants and bars. Here you feel the throbbing pulse of this great megalopolis - and all just a few steps away from your apartment.

Located on the top floor of a stately building, this penthouse offers breathtaking views of major Mexico City landmarks. It has an enormous living area with a plant-filled terrace, four charming bedrooms, three and a half marble baths (one with jacuzzi), and a modern well-equipped kitchen. It comfortably accommodate six guests.

Cost of renting the apartment depends on the number of bedrooms you occupy and starts at USD220 for two people. You will always have exclusive use of the apartment - even if you rent just one bedroom. No sharing with other guests! Please see our detailed rate list under "Rates".

Your rental rate includes:

• Generous Continental breakfast (self-service)

• Maid service Monday through Saturday

• Well-stocked minibar

• Computer and Wi-Fi

• Flat-screen satellite TV

• DVD/CD players and access to owner's DVD/CD library

• Portable heaters and fans, electric blankets

• Bathrobes, slippers and other amenities

• 24-hour security

• Transport and tours assistance

For stays on one week or longer, we will also provide

• Free airport pick-up

• Mexican cell phone during your stay

Minimum stay is three nights. During Easter and Thanksgiving week, and from December 15 to January 6, minimum stay is four nights.

Petra, the owner lives in the building. She wants her guests to feel at home and personally attends to their needs and special wishes. A producer of documentaries on Mexico, she is an expert on unusual destinations and activities and will gladly assist you in planning your Mexican vacation, both in Mexico City and the rest of the country.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • alternative lifestyle
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Petra Fischer
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016

About Petra Fischer

Petra, the German owner (she speaks German, English, Spanish and French) has lived and worked as a journalist in Mexico for nearly 30 years. When authorities began to spruce up the decaying Centro Histórico more than ten years years ago, she bought two apartments on the top floor of a stately building between the Zocalo and Bellas Artes.

Before moving in, she totally remodeled, modernized and redecorated both properties – one to live in herself, the other to put up friends, relatives and paying guests when visiting Mexico.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fantastic Find!

I have travelled to Mexico City many times and this was the first time that I did not stay with family. It was the most comfortable stay of all. Our hostess and her staff were extremely knowledgeable and accomodating. We felt like they were family by the time we left. They gave us the opportunity to see so much of Mexico in a very short period of time. The apartment was always clean and neat and the breakfast foods were fresh. It was amazingly quiet and the location extremely handy for everything from shopping and dining to sightseeing. Definitely an oasis in a charming but otherwise hectic city.

Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway, and Sightseeing
Apr 2008
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Elegant Penthouse with incredible views in historic center
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

This is a unique find. Beautiful apartment, tastefully

done, with large, luxurious living space. It's a quiet

and welcome refuge in the heart of a great but

frantic city. Petra is an incredible hostess. She's

mastered the art of being constantly helpful,

without ever being intrusive. And that's a rare and

welcome quality. We've travelled enough and are

fairly demanding, yet we can say without hesitation,

this was a remarkably pleasant experience for us.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Accomodations - Close to Everything

  • 5 of 5

Prior to our arrival:

Petra was extremely responsive and very informative on what was located immediately around the penthouse, offered site seeing recommendations based on what our interests were, and provided recommendations for available drivers to take us too and from the out of town excursions. There was so much information exchanged and shared that upon arriving, that we wasted no time in trying to 'figure things out' during our stay.

Arrival and During our Stay:

We were welcomed by Petra and Ceci and immediately provided with a brief tour of the penthouse, which has everything you would need for a short or long term stay. Everything in the penthouse provided the comfort we needed after very long day's of sightseeing, while everything you may need (ATM's, convenience stores, shopping, etc.) are all within a very short walking distance.


We were again greeted by Petra and Ceci prior to departing and asked about our stay. Further recommendations for driver or taxi service to the airport were again provided to us which made everything from our arrival to departure nothing less than a flawless process.

In Closing:

Everything about this trip was perfect. The hospitality, accommodations, and location are all what make this place a true gem in Mexico City that everyone should have the opportunity to experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake Jackson, Texas

The perfect place

  • 5 of 5

I took my grand-daughter to Mexico City to introduce her to the beautiful Mexican culture and to meet relatives. My nephew, nieces and sister also joined us. I really wanted this to be a memorable and perfect trip. And it was! Petra's home was the perfect house with the perfect location and Petra was the perfect host.When arranging the reservation she was in constant communication with me making sure every thing was in place. She arranged for the driver to provide transportation to and from the airport and she was at the house to greet us when we arrived. We were able to arrange tours with her which made it so easy for us. We knew we were in good hands. She has a wonderful cook who helped us with a very special dinner for our relatives. I have rented many homes through vrbo which were very nice, but this home was a jewel perfected by Petra!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How wonderful that all of you enjoyed your stay. We also had fun helping you with your family celebration. Just having you next door was a pleasure. And your review! Thank you so much! Do come back....
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Tucson, Arizona USA

Very comfortable apartment in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and three friends just returned from a week in Mexico City staying in this very comfortable, extremely well located, apartment within easy walking distance of all the sites in the historical district. Unlike many city apartments this one is very spacious, with good size bedrooms and bathrooms and a very large living area. We two couples and a single were extremely comfortable. Unlike other VRBO rentals we have used around the world, this also offers both daily maid service and very generous continental breakfast, (fruit, pasties, coffee and tea). While the apartment was wonderful, the real treasure is Petra (the owner). Her knowledge of Mexico and the city is boundless. Her ability to assess ones areas of interest, and suggest plans to capitalize on them, allows one to get the maximum benefit from time spent in this vibrant city. We certainly look forward to a return visit

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and the "gang" for such a terrific review. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. And you certainly seem to have made the best of the apartment AND Mexico City. Such an energetic group you are! I hope to see you again one day, here or at the missions in the Sierra Gorda. Muchos saludos afectuosos, Petra
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2nd stay at Bolivar Suites

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Bolivar Suites, and it lived up to our memories. The apartment is a beautiful oasis with daily cleaning, fresh pastries and fruit for breakfast each day, and an affordable mini-bar.

An added bonus is Petra's assistance and recommendations with activities in Mexico City. Last year, we went (on Petra's suggestion) to the Ciudadela on Saturday afternoon to watch people dancing Danzon - an elegant, complex dance that originated in Cuba and has been popular in Mexico for decades. We loved it! This year, Petra arranged a private dance lesson in our apartment from Armando (you can find video of him if you search for Danzon, Ciudadela, and Suavecito). It was wonderful! If you like to dance, I highly recommend booking a lesson with Armando and following it up with a whirl at the Ciudadela.

Thank you, Petra and Ceci, for another wonderful trip!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston tx

Comfortable elegance

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful experience! the apartment was spacious and well equipped. Though we did not meet Petra she left us in the very capable hands of Ela and Ceci. They did everything they could to make sure we enjoyed Mexico City and the apartment. The views from the living room were delightful. We even had hummingbirds visit the feeders on the terrace.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Benito Juarez International Airport Mexico City
Nearest Beach
300 Miles
Car: not necessary

Private Mexican cooking lessons, meals prepared by private cook, Spanish classes, massages, tequila and mezcal tasting -- all in your apartment. For details, please contact owner.


Rates & Availability

Centro Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Entire apartment (6P)
May 12 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

RATES (exclusive use of apartment)

1 dble bedroom ------ USD220/night USD1,300/week
1 dble + 1 single ---- USD250/night USD1,500/week
2 dbles ----------------USD300/night USD1,800/week
2 dbles + 1 single ----USD350/night USD2,100/week
2dbles + 2 singles ----USD380/night USD2,400/week
Minimum stay is 3 nights. During Easter week and Dec 15 - Jan 6, minimum stay is 4 nights.
No end-of stay cleaning fee.
Please note that there is a USD20 fee for check-in/out between 9 pam and 9 am and on Sundays and official Mexican holidays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Centro Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 6
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Computer Available
  • Elevator
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - Aviones - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - Peces - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - El Capote - toilet , shower
    Guest bathroom - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - Aviones - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Bedroom can be made up with 1 king or two twin beds
    Bedroom 2 - Peces - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Bedroom can be made up with one king or two twin beds
    Bedroom 3 - El Toro - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - El Capote - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • alternative lifestyle
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
OPTIONAL: Laundry service, in-house parking (1 car), private cook, Mexican cooking classes, language seminars, massages - ALL IN YOUR APARTMENT!. Owner will gladly share her knowledge of Mexico (the city AND the country) with you, give you travel and other tips, and help you arrange activities and excursions.

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