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El patio 77, first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City
Ranked #2 of 141 Mexico City B&B and Inns
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“Cute, calm and cool”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We stayed three nights last week and on the whole really enjoyed El Patio 77. I would have to agree with the mosquito issue and am glad to hear it is being looked into. The city cools down at night and the area is quiet so sleeping with the windows open seemed logical, but the mosquitoes were relentless. that said, it didn't ruin my experience overall. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, and the breakfasts were a nice way to start the day. We stayed in the Oaxaca room which looks exactly as advertised. The only other advice I would have is they request you use the provided biodegradable soaps due to their water filtration system. My skin freaks out easily so I would've liked to have known that in advance so I could've brought my own biodegradable soap.

The location is great, we loved getting a feel for the city in a less touristy neighborhood and the walk to the subway is easy. I would definitely recommend El Patio 77 and would stay again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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elpatio77, Director de Recepción at El patio 77, first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Hello
First of all we would like to give you an apologize for the mosquito issue
we already tried different things to solve rhis problem.
And is nice to read that this problem doesn´t ruin your stay with us.
Thanks a lot for your recommendations and advices they are really helpful for
us to improve our service.
Kind regards
Adrian G.
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

We generally enjoyed our stay at El patio 77. It was fun staying in an older restored home of a wealthy family in what today has become a working class neighborhood, away from all the tumult and commotion of the Centro. We enjoyed the high ceilings, techos de bóveda, large windows, stately staircases, and art and artistry all around us. The shared bath proved not to be a problem. Breakfasts were prepared with love and affection and there was only one repetition in our seven day stay. The staff was friendly and helpful and made us feel at home. There is a library featuring books about Mexico City for all to enjoy and benefit from. Our bed was comfortable and beautifully made for us every day. There was no change of bath towels for the week, but perhaps that is to be expected in a bed and breakfast calling itself "sostenible." Perhaps our only problem during our stay in mid-May was that if we opened our windows at night, the room was full of hungry mosquitoes. If we did not open them, we were uncomfortably warm with no air stirring through the double-paned windows. Sleeping was difficult without fresh air flowing through the room. (The staff provided us with a plug-in device to help ward off the bugs, but alas it did not work.) So we chose to open the windows to get some cool air at night to be able to sleep and went home with more than a few bites.

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elpatio77, Director de Recepción at El patio 77, first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Hello
We are happy to read that you enjoyed the architecture,the breakfasts and in general your whole stay with us.
Sorry about the mosquitos incident...we are working on this issue so other guests don´t pass through the same problem.
Thanks for your suggestions.
Kind regards
El Patio 77 ream
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

As other reviewers have noted, el patio 77 is quiet, beautifully designed, and spacious to say the least. However, the neighborhood was a bit secluded from many tourist spots and dining options. Be prepared generally for very long walks or having to depend on taxis and taking the metro when going out at night. Mezzo mezzo was an exception however and was a lovely 15 minute walk south where we had yummy dinner of affordable pizzas and salads. Breakfast was simple and tasty, the neighborhood was quiet, and safe feeling. I did find the price to be a touch expensive (common, no Eco TV?), but I suppose we are charged not only for the facilities and amenities but also for the hip, social conscious attitude of the establishment.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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elpatio77, Director de Recepción at El patio 77, first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Hello
Thanks a lot for your comments, they are really helpful to improve our B&B.
We think that walking along the neighborhood and taking the subway to get to museums,restaurants and other attractions show our guests the real Mexico City.
The main neighborhoods around here are not so far..just like 15 minutes walking.
We are happy to read that in general you enjoyed your stay with us.
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El Patio 77 Staff
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

The environmentally aware aspect of El Patio was the reason for us choosing to stay there. But what we hadn't anticipated was the beauty of the building-photos cannot convey how spectacular El Patio is. In addition all the staff were professional and helpful. We were very appreciative that they were able to accomodate us as vegans with a really great breakfast daily provided without fuss or stress. Thank you everyone at El Patio we hope to return soon but meanwhile you are in our dreams! Ginny and John

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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elpatio77, Director de Recepción at El patio 77, first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City, responded to this review, May 12, 2013
Hi!!

Thanks for your comment!!! We really glad that you enjoyed the stay in El patio. and about the breakfast, we always try that you felt like home that is why we managed for the special diet of our guest.

You will be welcome whenever you like, our house is yours!

Thanks again.

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

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.'

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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elpatio77, Director de Recepción at El patio 77, first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Hello
We know sometimes it is a little bit complicated for our guests
to find our B&B because if you look from the outside it seems to be
just another house of the neighborhood.
We are happy to read that you enjoyed your whole stay with us.Thanks
a lot for your positive comments
Hope to see you soon again.
Kind regards
El Patio 77 Staff
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

I wanted really to be near StaMaria de la Ribera to explore that area and go to Museo Chopo and that is how I found El Patio 77 which is in the adjacent Colonia San Rafael. All is very well done in the style, beds are comfortable but the issued one large towel should include a hand towel and washcloth. Breakfasts were OK, especially the fruit, yogurt and juices but the Bimbo bread should be replaced with some good Mexican bread. Coffee was nice. The cab connected with hotel was a great deal to airport ($150p) but we were snookered on another really short ride over to Cuahatemoc, ask fare 1st. Overall good a little expensive...

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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elpatio77, Director de Recepción at El patio 77, first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Hello Cardie
Thanks a lot for your comments and suggestions,they are really
helpful to improve our service and give to you a better experience with us.
We do have handtowels for our guests, you only need to ask for them.
We do not put them on the bedrooms because we are eco-friendly and we
try to save water by not washing a lot of towels,among other things
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El Patio 77 Staff
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Where to start? First off, I liked the host, Adrian. He wore a fashionably tattered electronica festival shirt and appeared to be in his early-mid thirties. Very chill dude, very helpful. The room we stayed in had a bathroom and shower down the hall which was fine because there were only like five rooms there so it was mellow (some rooms have their own private bath though). The whole place is clean and artfully decorated. An old building with an ornate iron gated entrance and lots of white inside and original wood. One annoying thing though was that the shower's water was cold, then cool and then finally after one of us had showered in such conditions it turned really hot. We weren't too irked because we only had one night there and it was hot as the dickens outside any way and everything else was so great there that we didn't mention it to the front desk. The breakfast and the coffee was delicious. Guava to die for and the best organic coffee from Mexico. A perfect first night in Mexico City stop.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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elpatio77, Director de Recepción at El patio 77, first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Hello Joelllen
All the staff that works here are happy to know that you had a good time at our B&B.
The issue with the hot water is that because we heat the water with solar panels it starts to come out from the shower after the first 5 minutes, sorry to read you had a bad experiencie while taking a bath.We hope to see you soon here again!
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Property: El patio 77, first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City
Address: Calle Joaquin Garcia Icazbalceta 77 | San Rafael District, Mexico City, Mexico City 06470, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Mexico City
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Suites
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Ranked #2 of 141 B&Bs / Inns in Mexico City
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — El patio 77, first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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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