Last Updated on November 4, 2022 by Janine
Trying to decide where to stay in Mexico City? Read on to discover a collection of beautiful, safe, and well-located Airbnbs in two of Mexico City’s most desirable neighborhoods.
When it comes to accommodation in Mexico City, Airbnb (and vacation rentals in general) is my go-to choice. I find that in Mexico City, Airbnb and VRBO offer a great value for the price since many of them come equipped with kitchens and living spaces instead of just a place to sleep.
Using one of these services enables you to stay in some of Mexico City’s more residential neighborhoods where hotels are not as common. These areas also happen to be some of the safest and most desirable parts of the city.
Safest Mexico City Neighborhoods for Solo Female Travelers
For this article, I’ve chosen to focus on accommodation in just two of Mexico City’s neighborhoods: Roma and Condesa. I’ve done this because not only are these neighborhoods two of the safest areas for travelers and they’re centrally located to just about anything you might include in your Mexico City itinerary.
Roma and Condesa also happen to be beautiful, relatively quiet, and packed with tons of great bars, restaurants, among other attractions. Both neighborhoods have a trendy bohemian, bourgeois vibe (but in a good way) and are home to many notable Mexican actors, musicians, and artists.
The two neighborhoods are side by side and the differences between the two are pretty subtle. Condesa is more on the residential side, and slightly more exclusive, while Roma is a bit livelier and has more bars and nightlife.
The streets have wide sidewalks and are lined with leafy green trees, making Roma and Condesa wonderful to explore on foot. As you wander you’ll encounter an eclectic mix of international cuisine along with street food and restaurants serving all kinds of different styles of Mexican food.
Beautiful Airbnbs in Mexico City’s Condesa & Roma
I’ve stayed in some of these properties in the past and had a good experience, so I feel confident recommending them to you as safe places to stay in Mexico City.
In the instances in which I haven’t stayed in a property in the past, I’ve recommended them because I would feel confident booking them based on my knowledge of the neighborhood and the reviews.
When it comes to choosing where to stay in Mexico City (and in general), this is what I look for:
- Under “Type of Place” I select “entire place.” As a solo traveler, it’s safer when you’re the only one with access to the accommodation.
- There is a guest rating of 4.5 stars or higher
- It is located in a safe area — if you’re not sure, look for clues in the reviews or continue researching
- There are positive reviews from female guests
If you choose to trust me blindly I will take that as the ultimate compliment, but I do suggest taking a look at the reviews on your own before you commit to anything. And, check out this article for guidance on how to find the perfect Airbnb for your trip.
1. Amazing Apartment in Roma Norte
Reviewers praise this Roma apartment for its fantastic location, appealing decor, and quiet setting. It’s close to a metro station, delicious street food stands, restaurants, and many museums and attractions.
The apartment features one bedroom with a queen bed, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living room, and a workspace (digital nomads rejoice!). There is also a small terrace for enjoying your morning coffee. The building also has a doorman, adding an extra level of safety.
With a clean, modern design and an average rating of 4.9, this apartment seems like a wonderful option for your stay in Mexico City.
2. Casa de Los Cactus, Condesa
This two-bedroom apartment is conveniently located in the Condesa neighborhood. I stayed here with a friend for a week and had a great time. The apartment has a small but fully equipped kitchen, stocked with essentials like a coffee maker and a corkscrew, along with a full set of dishes.
The location couldn’t be better: it’s one block from the Superama grocery store and within easy walking distance of all the attractions, restaurants, and bars within Condesa. There’s also a delicious antojito restaurant called Antojitos Lety downstairs if you’re looking for tasty budget bites in the area.
The only issue (if you can even call it that) that we had with this apartment was that the wifi signal is really weak in the bedrooms. Otherwise, we loved our stay. Gabriela was an accommodating and communicative host and everything about her apartment was easy and convenient.
While two bedrooms may be overkill for a solo traveler, the price and desirable location make this unit an enticing option.
3. Bright, Sunny Apartment in Roma
This bright two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in La Roma boasts a 4.92-star rating, with reviewers repeatedly praising the hosts for being responsive and thoughtful.
The apartment features a kitchen outfitted with all of the essentials for preparing daily meals as well as a washing machine, making it a great option for longer stays. There is also a balcony, perfect for sipping a morning coffee and people watching. The living room is outfitted with a sofa, television, and a small workspace.
As for location, this unit sits just 200m from a metro station and a Metrobus station, making it easy to move through the city on public transportation. There is also an ecoBici (bike rental) station across the street from the building!
4. Charming and Cozy Apartment, Condesa
This lovely apartment offers trendy, vintage vibes. Located in a 1950’s building in the heart of Condesa, it will be easy to walk anywhere you might like to go.
Reviewers rave about the thoughtful, responsive hosts, and the proximity of restaurants and attractions.
The apartment has one bedroom with a queen bed as well as a pullout sofa. There is a fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, dishes, and a coffee maker, meaning you can easily prepare your own meals during your stay. The bathroom is stocked with the essentials: towels, soap, shampoo, and a hairdryer. There is also a balcony overlooking the tree-lined street below!
5. Stylish, Sun-Soaked Apartment, Condesa
This bright, stylish studio apartment sounds like a wonderful base for exploring Mexico City. The studio features a new (as of 2018) Queen sized bed, one bathroom, a living area, dining table, a fully equipped kitchen, and a sunny terrace.
Reviewers praise the location for safety and walkability. Many people also commented that the hosts were quick to respond to questions and concerns.
The apartment is located in Condesa, between Parque España and Parque Chapultepec, and near the border of the Roma Norte neighborhood. The location is really walkable and safe, with many bars and restaurants nearby.
6. Beautiful Antique Apartment in Condesa
If you go nuts for mid-century modern design and soft paint tones, this Condesa apartment is for you. But this apartment is more than just a pretty space, it has an average rating of 4.97 stars!
Past guests praise the apartment for being stylish and well-located, and say the host, Fernanda, is responsive and willing to go above and beyond for her guests.
This apartment features two bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms, along with a full living room, dining area, and outfitted kitchen. There is even a children’s play space complete with books and toys! There is also a washing machine available for guest use.
Located in the heart of Condesa, this unit is just a few blocks from numerous eateries, coffee shops, and beautiful parks.
7. Spacious Mid-Century Design in Condesa
This two-bedroom unit in Condesa is huge! It features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, and living area. While I wouldn’t describe the kitchen as fully equipped, it does have what you need to prepare basic meals and coffee.
Héctor and I stayed here with a friend and really enjoyed the space. We loved being able to relax in the living room with beers after long days of sightseeing. The bedrooms are toward the back of the unit, meaning you won’t be disturbed by street noise in the early mornings. The only weird thing about this apartment was that the wood floors are really squeaky. Obviously, this is a non-issue if you’re alone, but something to consider if you’re traveling with friends.
This apartment is just a couple of blocks from the Superama grocery store in Condesa, and within easy walking distance of a plethora of bars and restaurants, as well as Parque Mexico, Parque España, and Chapultepec Park.
Again, this is a huge space for just one person, but the location and comfortable living space make it worth considering, especially for longer stays.
8. Incredible, Stylish Apartment in Condesa
This spacious, one-bedroom, one-bath apartment also features a private garden patio, perfect for relaxing. The stylish space features mid-century modern furniture with rustic accent pieces, bold tile patterns, crown moldings, and other architectural accents that add charm and interest.
The bedroom is equipped with a queen bed and the kitchen is fully stocked with anything you’ll need for meal prep.
Reviewers praise the space, claiming it’s on a quiet street and is just as beautiful as advertised and stating that the host is extremely accommodating.
Like any property in Condesa, this unit is in a walkable area with tons of restaurants, shops, cafes, and public transportation available within a few blocks.
9. Cozy, Stylish Studio in La Roma
This modern, minimalist apartment in Roma is a wonderful base for solo travelers in Mexico City. The studio features a queen bed with a pillow-top mattress, a living area with an HD TV (& Netflix access), a dining area, a kitchen, and a bathroom with a rain shower. There is also a balcony adorned with plants for enjoying a glass of wine in the evening!
The kitchen is equipped with a blender, coffee maker, microwave, mini-fridge, and a hot plate for cooking.
The unit also offers a washing machine, as well as access to a communal gym and pool within the building.
10. Charming Roma Norte Apartment with Terrace
This modern, stylish, sun-filled apartment in Roma would be a great base for a trip to Mexico City. With two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, it might be overkill for a solo trip, but with a 4.96 rating and such an incredible setting, it’s worth a bit of a splurge.
This unit features a full kitchen, a bathroom stocked with towels, soap, and shampoo, and a hairdryer. There is also a terrace off the living room, perfect for enjoying the evening sun. What’s more, this unit happens to be pet-friendly!
Reviewers praise the space for being comfortable, clean, safe (there’s building security), and well located. Many people even said they would happily live there!
11. Condesa Apartment with Leafy Terrace
You’ll never want to leave this gorgeous Condesa apartment. With floor-to-ceiling windows, modern furniture, and plenty of greenery, it feels like an oasis in the middle of the city.
The space boasts a king bed, one bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, and a huge, sunny terrace, and breakfast is included!
Past guests write that the service at this unit is fantastic and the location is ideal. Some even went so far as to say it’s the best Airbnb they’ve ever stayed in!
Additional Things to Note About Mexico City Airbnbs
As you begin reading reviews of properties in Mexico there are a couple of things that may come up over and over again that I always take with a grain of salt:
- Iffy hot water situations
Naturally, these two issues are less than ideal, but they are also pretty common in Mexico.
Noise is almost unavoidable in Mexico.
Mexico is just inherently noisy, especially in cities. You’ll hear vehicles that surely require engine work, screechy brakes, trucks blasting sales recordings over loudspeakers, food vendors promoting their offerings at the top of their lungs, dogs barking, bars blasting reggaeton music into all hours of the morning, and that’s just the beginning.
If you go to Mexico City and don’t hear this recording, did you even go to Mexico City? I don’t think so.
Couple all that noise with buildings that lack any form of insulation and you’ll feel like you’re living inside a rainmaker.
So I get it, everyone wants a peaceful night’s sleep, but it’s not always realistic. Definitely take noise complaints in Airbnb reviews into account, but keep in mind that noise-free accommodation in Mexico City is kind of a tall ask.
And, if you find yourself becoming frustrated or overwhelmed by all the noise during your trip, remember it’s part of the cultural experience. The sounds of Mexico, after all, were one of the main characters in Alfonso Cuarón’s film, Roma, which took place in the area you’re now planning to visit.
Hot water heaters have minds of their own.
Finicky hot water heaters are kind of a rite of passage in Mexico. No two heaters seem to work the same way. Many Airbnb hosts will ask that you turn the hot water heater off after you shower, as it helps to save gas.
Problems arise when visitors are charged with igniting the heater once again. This process is sometimes made more confusing by the fact that hosts often leave written instructions in broken English.
My advice: Leave the heater on for your entire stay, even if your host says otherwise. Unless you’re staying for a long time the difference in gas consumption will be minimal.
The other thing to keep in mind is that hot water heaters in Mexico don’t usually hold the same water capacity as you might be used to back home. To conserve water, and thus avoid unwanted cold showers, don’t open the hot water tap all the way.
Open it just enough to have a warm shower, even if you have to sacrifice a bit of water volume. There’s nothing worse than the water going cold mid-shampoo!
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