Spanish Colonial Home One Block from the Main Plaza, Plaza De Armas
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Queretaro villa description
Everything you need is within walking distance...restaurants, shops ATMs, tree-lined plazas, convenience stores, pharmacies, historical museums and sites as well as abundant cultural and musical venues. Experience Colonial Mexico in the comfort and security of our fully restored, 18th century colonial with 15-foot high wood-beam ceilings and two-foot thick walls. Quinta Zoe is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city providing a friendly alternative to local hotels.
With our exclusive Quinta Zoe guide to restaurants with corresponding map you'll start enjoy our wonderful city from the time you arrive. Then enjoy a peaceful night's sleep on our top-line mattresses and luxury linens. New plumbing ensures your comfort including toilets that flush paper.
You'll know you're in Mexico in any of our rooms, all of which have ensuite bathrooms and are beautifully decorated with a different Mexican flower theme - the Amapola (poppy), the Tulipan, the Girasol (sunflower) and the Water Lily Room. Enjoy hand-made (carved and/or painted) furniture by local artisans along with Talavera (hand-painted ceramics) tiles, sinks, murals and jars, large, hand-carved and painted Mexican mirrors.
In addition, enjoy our two courtyards with 9' foot fountains carved from locally quarried cantera stone. Relax on our rooftop terrace with city view for sunning during the day or star gazing at night. You might even catch a lavish fire-works display directly overhead.
Located between two Mexican mercados, enjoy local shopping for produce and crafts. Just a taxi ride away are the Josefa Dominguez Auditorium and the new concert hall. Enjoy four shopping centers as well as local Sam's Clubs, Walmarts and a Costco. Taxis and buses are available within a block as well as a parking lot (nominal fee) for those who drive. The local bus station offers buses to anywhere in Mexico which makes Queretaro the perfect base from which to visit many parts of Mexico.
Just a bus ride away, shop in San Miguel de Allende or visit historic Dolores Hidalgo for Talavera pottery at its more than fifty Talavera factories. Visit nearby Marbletown or Leathertown or watch cantera-stone artisans sculpt works from locally-quarried stones. Air conditioned mini-buses take you to nearby picturesque villages and wineries. Climb the second largest rock in the world in charming Bernal or sit at the base enjoying the view. Both Tequisquiapan and Bernal abound with artisan shops and scenic beauty - we take a yearly day trip to visit the beautifully decorated cemetary in Tequisquiapan in late October around Dia de los Muertos (the highly celebrated and colorful Day of the Dead).
Whether you come to Queretaro for work or for vacation, Quinta Zoe offers the best of locations from which to enjoy all that Queretaro has to offer. Please note that a two-night minimum applies.
Keywords: Located in the heart of the historic center
One block from the zocalo or main plaza
Historic Spanish colonial
All first floor rooms except one
Lockable entry doors on all rooms
24-hour locked gated entry
2 patios plus rooftop terrace with city views
room with kitchenette available
- Vacation Rental
- Limited Accessibility:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Smoking Allowed:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Ice Maker
Thermal gas heaters are provided in every room for safety and comfort during our three or so 'winter' weeks in which temperatures can dip to 40 degrees in November or December. However, colder days are usually not continuous. We recommend a medium jacket, hat and scarf for these times. Otherwise a sweater is recommended for evenings....moreless
- Air Conditioning:
- Covered Parking:
- Parking Off Street:
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
Location & View
- Sight Seeing
- Medical Services
- Winery Tours
- Live Theater
- Quinta Zoe is on a residential street in the heart of the 500-year-old historic center of Queretaro, a World Heritage Site. Built by the Spanish, this beautiful city is a fine example of Spanish colonial architecture as well as fine museums, beautiful old churches and a number of plazas for dining, bar hopping, people-watching and shopping. Stroll the hundred year-old park called the Alameda located 1 1/2 blocks south of Quinta Zoe or run the sand track around the park. Queretaro is a main center of art and culture in Mexico containing famous conservatories known for its world-reknown musicians. Free concerts are continuously held in the museums, plazas and in the historic Teatro de Repulico wherein the Mexican Constitution was signed. Dancing in the park occurs twice a week and also at the Historic train depot. Festivals abound in which dancers perform the Mexican Hat Dance among other traditional dances and including the ancient Aztec Conchero (Conch) dances native to this location. El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the Christmas season starting the 6th of December right up to the 24th of December are not to be missed. Most events are free or for a nominal cost. ...moreless
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Five night minimum. Generous Discounts are based on length of stay. Coffe/tea makers in each room unlimited chilled bottled water included Unlimited chilled, bottled water is provided for drinking Personal checks on US banks are acceptable no-fee form of payment Payment by direct bank deposit in Mexico is a no-fee form of payment
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Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: While teaching English as a Second Language in Los Angeles, I was impressed by the gentle natures and generosity of my many Mexican students which helped me overcome any resistance I had to visiting Mexico. When David retired from aerospace in 2003, we took the opportunity to see the interior of Mexico for the first time. Now we live in Mexico and travel often to the US where our only child, our daughter lives. I love cooking and am nearly finished with my first cookbook. I have a passion for music and for ballroom dancing and can be seen dancing at the bi-weekly dances in the park two blocks from our house. David loves cars and doing mechanical things and maintaining our house. He is a philosopher and loves current events and TV shows about how things work. We both enjoy meeting new people, hearing their travel adventures and showing them our beautiful city. We designed this home to share it with our guests. We think you will love it, too.
Why the Owner Chose Queretaro:
During our first and only trip to Mexico (other than Tijuana once), we headed to the silver cities in central Mexico after a visit to Puerta Vallarta. We were curious about these 'European' cities, once called the New Spain, which had been built by the Spanish about 500 years ago. We knew little to nothing about Queretaro and were just passing through after visiting Morelia and on our way to San Miguel de Allende. We didn't get to San Miguel for another year because as soon as we saw Queretaro, we fell in love with it. With its several plazas and fountains, it reminded us of Rome. Daily deep blue skies were reminiscent of sunny days spent on the Mediterranean. Star-filled indigo nights were so caressing and temperate. We didn't know then that we were in the land of eternal spring. Music wafted through the air and guitarists played our Mexican favorite, Maleguena Salorosa. An opera singer sang arias at an outdoor restaurant while a band played Pink Floyd in another plaza. There was a total eclipse of the moon as an Argentinian orchestra complete with tango dancers serenaded us. It was magical. Add beautiful churches, art and festivals in the street and we were hooked. There was this house with a 'se vende' sign on it in the most perfect location in town. Though we spoke no Spanish, we figured out it was for sale. On the street we met a young girl with her father. She spoke perfect English and they contacted the owner for us. We are still friends to this day. What had been a two-week vacation became four months in Queretaro. The next year we returned to renovate, creating separate rooms for guests and adding a bathroom for each room. We took great joy in roaming the surrounding area for just the right tiles and stone and decorative furniture for the house. We love our home and the beautiful city of Queretaro. We never tire of it. We feel more secure here than we ever did in Los Angeles.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Being in the center of everything yet on a residential street, we have all the benefits of living in this World Heritage site. We walk out the door and down the street to concerts, ATMs, mercados, whatever we need at the time. Taxis are on the next block. The bus to the one mercado passes by our house. Everything we need is within walking distance or, at most, within a 5 min drive. There's a Costco and two Sam's Clubs, two Home Depots so we can get most anything we want. We sometimes sit on our rooftop terrace with a glass of wine in hand thinking we are in our most favorite place in the world. We invite you to come and see for yourself.
Fountain and garden of main courtyard at Quinta Zoe
Romantic lighted dome ceiling with 4 poster queen canopy bed with kitchenette
Spectacular city and sky view from rooftop terrace
Luxury at budge rates, hand-crafted headboad with comfortable pillow-top king
Comfort and spacious, the Girasol offers king bed or two twins with trundle bed
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Date last modified - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
5 Bedroom / 5 Bathroom
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