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Living room (detail)
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Evening view from terrace
Living room - work station
Bedroom I Aviones (1 king or 2 twin beds)
Bedroom I - Aviones
Bathroom I - jaccuzzi
Bedroom II Peces (2 twins or 1 king)
Bedroom II Peces
Bathroom II
Bedoom III El Toro (queen bed)
Bedroom IV (single) - Capote
Dining area
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Kitchen
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Building - Edificio Santa Clara
Penthouse with arches on top floor
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

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Andrea H
Alberta, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Spacious, well-appointed flat central to the Centro Historico”
Reviewed May 13, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

We spent about a week in this apartment, having rented 3 rooms ( I believe it could be expanded up to 5 rooms if requested) for 2 couples and 2 children. It was well furnished and equipped with interesting art, sculpture and plants to make it feel homey. I was worried that it might be a little too "precious" based on the lovely photos, but in person the apartment was well loved and we felt comfortable even with 2 small children. The furniture is comfortable, though the couches are a bit tired, and could use better lighting for reading in the evenings. We wanted for nothing in the kitchen. We visited in January and being an old building, the apartment was cool. However there is a propane furnace which heats the main area nicely, as well as space heaters in each of the rooms and electric blankets on the beds to keep you toasty. The terrace is filled to the brim with plants, which is attractive - however do not expect to sit on the terrace. The building felt very safe with the attended door 24/7, and a gate locked vestibule prior to the main apartment door. There is city noise (of course), but we had no trouble to sleep.

The host (Petra) provides one airport transfer per stay - we were met in the arrivals area of the airport with a lady bearing a sign, and she helped us with our luggage to the driver's SUV. Petra then met us late in the evening on our arrival and oriented us briefly to the apartment. She also returned the following day to add some more details. She was helpful without being intrusive. We took advantage of Petra's booking expertise for 2 day trips (Teotihuacan and Cholula/Puebla). We had pre-arranged the first tour prior to our arrival, and it went so well, we asked last-minute if she could arrange the latter, and so it was! She hired us a driver with an appropriate vehicle for our party - we were very pleased with his driving, and with a group our size, this arrangement was both practical and comparable in price to a group tour. We are not particularly factoid thirsty, so we did not hire guiding services but rather the Coles-notes version in our travel books sufficed for us.

Each morning we woke to find the kitchen stores restocked with pastries, eggs, butter, milk, juice and fruit (lovely!). We also indulged ourselves with 2 dinner meals prepared by Ceci in the apartment while our children slept. She cooked delicious 3-4 course meals complete with a starter drink, and coffee to finish. Portions were sizeable and varied.

The apartment was also cleaned each day which was nice, though I would have preferred it to be less frequent based on a longer stay.

Petra provides you with all the information about cost of driver, tours, cook, etc. upon demand when you inquire about the apartment.

My only small issue complaint would be that tipping is strongly encouraged for every service around the apartment. I suffer from tipping fatigue, I guess. I do hope that the staff are compensated well for the work that they do, as the apartment is priced fairly (but not budget), and that a tip is a bonus, if I decide to do so.

We walked extensively from the apartment around the Centro Historico - this is truly a great location to explore the most historically important parts of Mexico City. Mexico City is so enormous, I wish that we'd ventured on the Metro earlier in our stay as it was a very reasonable, safe and efficient way to explore other neighbourhoods (though a little awkward with a bulky double stroller!). We had Petra book us a radio taxi once - and that was a good experience. We did get cheated when we hailed our own radio taxi off the street however.

We had a great stay. 1 week doesn't do any justice to Mexico City, but it was a good introduction, and the penthouse provided a great location to explore from and retire to.

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Liked best: location, size, decor
Liked least: *suggested* tipping
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
May 14, 2016
Thank you, Andrea, for your lovely and detailed review and your suggestions on how to improve Bolivar Suites. Tired sofa and lack of reading lights in living room: duly noted. We'll take care of this. Tipping: Please note that gratuities are customary in Mexico, more so than in many other countries. It's a tipping culture! Our staff is paid well; our employees have stayed with us for over 15 years. But not tipping for service is considered rude in Mexico. That's why we suggest that guests, at the end of their stay, give the maids a small reward for their efforts. But of course this is optional.
Saludos,
Petra
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Joseph H
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Phenomenal central apartment”
Reviewed March 22, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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The apartment is even better looking than the pictures. It has a fabulous view over the central city, is walking distance to many sites and has convenient metro access. Petra was a great host. She met us, gave us the rundown of the apartment/neighborhood, and there are many resources in the apartment that made our stay easier. From a self service breakfast to guidebooks. I would happily stay here again.

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Liked best: Location and view
Liked least: Mattresses a little firm
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Management Response
Mar 23, 2016
Thank you, Joseph. Glad you enjoyed your stay. And of course we would happily host you again. You were great guests!
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Joanne M
Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent location and facilities”
Reviewed August 2, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
1
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Located very well, just a couple of blocks to the Zocolo, or the opposite direction to Bellas Artes. Metro stop Allende at the end of the block. Cafe Tacuba right next to metro stop.
Drivers Petra arranged for airport pick up and drop off very efficient and friendly. Also Petra arranged tours for Teotihuacan and a visit to Tepoztlan and a family lunch out in the suburbs.
The apartment was very comfortable and a godsend to the grandparents, and our son, his wife and 2 young teenagers as there was plenty of room, tv's, and a big table to eat and play games. Good breakfast supplied and Cecilia catered to our bread and fruit wishes for breakfast and kept our place immaculate during our stay.

Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Brice B
Seattle, Washington, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing Apartment in Centro Mexico City”
Reviewed January 11, 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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This apartment is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend you stay here enough. It is spacious, comfortable and felt like I was at home. It's centrally located (less than 2 blocks to a metro stop) & close walking distance to the historic Centro neighborhood. Petra is amazing and took such great care of us. The breakfast provided is delicious and it was kept very clean during our entire stay. We liked it so much it was hard to leave the apartment before noon :)

Traveling group: Friends
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Mgoblue52...
Beverly Hills, California
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing apt in the centro historico”
Reviewed September 4, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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person found this review helpful

Pictures do not do the view, or the apartment, justice! Perfectly safe location to explore the centro historico. 2 blocks to the west and you're in the middle of the palacio nacional/zocalo/templo mayor. And the palacio de Bellas Artes and Alameda Park can be found 3 blocks to the east. It was a blessing to come back from a long day of walking, open one of the terrace windows, and plop right down on the comfy couches.
Petra is a wealth of knowledge and provided my family and I with fabulous tips and suggestions. Her staff is amazing! Ceci, the housekeeper, brought us pan dulce from panaderia Ideal every morning during our stay after I had asked Petra where the nearest panaderia was! That's service for you! We also booked a driver, through Petra, to teotihuacan and he was very knowledgeable and personal.
I highly recommend and encourage anyone looking to stay in the centro historico to book the Bolivar Suites. Thanks Petra!

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Liked best: The furnishings, the view and the location!
Liked least: Mattresses are a little hard but perfect if you have a bad back (like I do!)
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Sep 10, 2014
Thank you, Jessica. I am happy you and your family enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again on your next visit to Mexico City. There'll be more"pan dulce" for all of you. And Ceci can make you "pan de elote," one of her specialties.
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ESD2011
Houston, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fabulous apartment in a great location.”
Reviewed August 11, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We were a large family group. Six of us stayed in this beautiful apartment while the remainder of our group stayed nearby. Ours was the gathering place for everyone. The large living area and comfortable furnishings made visiting easy. The balcony is filled with plants and hummingbirds stopped by the feeder daily. Ceci and Petra arranged excursions and gave advice. We were within easy walking distance of the Zocalo and the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Allende subway stop is around the corner. It was a wonderful place to stay!

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DreamOn20...
Buenos Aires
1 review
“A sunny recluse overlooking the bustling”
Reviewed April 15, 2014 for a stay in October 2013

Our stay was fantastic. The spacious and stylishly furnished top-floor loft easily accommodated our group of five and the helpful and friendly staff kept it well-cleaned and maintained for the entirety of our two week stay. The excellent location of the Bolívar Suites allowed us to easy access to all far-flung reaches of the city during the day and its secure building let us sleep soundly at night. The combination of comfort and location could not have been more ideal!

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Traveling group: Large Group
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