Finding this eco B&B (a rarity in DF) can be a bit of a challenge. However, after staying there a couple of days it was easy to orient the cab driver to it. With no signage the building looks like other stately mansions in this quiet neighborhood except that this one has been beautifully restored. I can feel that this area is ripe for renewal and there aren't many more of these in DF. Neighboring San Miguel de Ribera is another one. The colonia is well situated within close distance to Centro Historico, Colonia Roma etc. The French owner is a pioneer and has created a very comfortable and pleasing oasis. Full breakfasts (which vary every day) are included in the pricing and the rooms are spacious; the beds comfy. Good wifi everywhere and a nice guide to the neighborhood gets you well oriented. The staff is friendly and helpful. They also offer city tours but we didn't use any as we all had previous DF knowledge and knew where we wanted to go. They gave us a card for their recommended taxi service (safe and reliable). Would recommend this spot if you are comfortable exploring an out of the way place and suggest you look at the options (private or shared bathrooms) and rooms with more light or less and serene. http://www.elpatio77.com/
Interesting places close enough to walk to: El Chopo Contemporary Art Museum (UNAM operated) Mezzo Mezzo Italian resto (taxi over and walk back) and not to be missed The Kiosk at the Alameda Park. Here is Wikipedia write up on the Kiosk: 'it was designed and built in the late 19th century by José Ramón Ibarrola to be the Mexico Pavilion at the World’s Fair of 1886 in New Orleans and of the Saint Louis Exposition of 1902. The structure is completely made of wrought iron, which was in fashion at that time. It is thought that the iron came from the Carnegie Steel Company of Pittsburgh. It consists of panels that can be disassembled and a glass cupola. After these events, the structure was brought back to Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century and installed on the south side of the Alameda Central. While it was here, it became the site of the national lottery drawing. For the Centennial of the Mexican War of Independence, the kiosk was moved to make way for the Benito Juárez Monument. The residents of the colonia petitioned to have the kiosk moved to this neighborhood.
More from Wiki on El Chopo: The Museo del Chopo or Chopo Museum is an Art Nouveau ironwork and glass construction, which stands out due to its two large metal towers. Due to its appearance, it has been nicknamed the Palacio de Cristal or the Crystal Palace, due to is similarity with the structure in England. Much of the metal and glasswork is from Germany and created in 1902. Then it was brought piece by piece to Mexico. From 1913 to 1964, the building was the site of the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (National Natural History Museum). The most famous exhibit of this museum was a large dinosaur bone. In the 1960s, it remained abandoned and was almost sold as scrap. In 1975, the museum underwent major reconstructive work for two years and then was re-inaugurated as the Museo Universitario del Chopo. Today it specializes in modern art and experimental projects for marginalized groups and young artists. It is located on Dr. Enrique Gonzalez Martinez Street.'
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- El patio 77 is the first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City and the best boutique B&B in the center part of the city. More than a hotel, come and enjoy our house of the XIX Century with only 8 unique suites and a great service in the middle of this great city. San Rafael is a safe and central neighborhood near from the city center, roma, condesa and Polanco. ... more less
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