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Spanish Colonial Suites in the Heart of Historic Center's Ideal Location

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 325 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 90 nights

Overview

About the property

Experience Colonial Mexico in Authenticly Restored, Meticulously Furnished Suite

The Historic Center of Queretaro has been a World Heritage Site since the 90's and is known to be one of the safest, fastest-growing and high-tech cities in all of Mexico. In keeping with its historic past, most of the wires are underground enhancing the broad brick walkways flanked by beautifully restored Spanish colonial buildings. Andadores (streets without cars) are common providing even terrain for easy walking while sight-seeing. Built by the Spanish nearly 500 years ago during silver mining, traditional Spanish buildings display beautiful hand-carved fountains to decorate large center stone courtyards. High beamed ceilings with two-feet thick walls were built to maintain comfortable temperatures within. Outdoor restaurants and cafes abound on any one of several plazas and streets. People-watching is a great past time in the many outdoor areas with live music often wafting throughout or a surprise concert or dance. Cultural events occur year-round such as Aztecs parading in full costume through the streets to native rhythms and the the ancient ritualistic blowing of conch shells. January celebrations begin on the 6th, All King's Day, with gift giving and the traditional King Cake appears in all the bakeries. He who gets the prize hidden in the cake gives a party on the 2nd of February, Dia de Candelaria. If you're fortunate to be here during Holy Week, start celebrations by choosing from ingeniously hand-crafted palm frond designs sold in front of the churches for a few pesos. During the week, partake in the visitation of churches where cammomile (healing) flowers and bread are distributed. On Good Friday, witness the Silent Parade marching throughout the historic center and past our house in which Christ's journey to the cross is reinacted by men carrying crosses. Prized religious artifacts are carried throughout the parade bearing flowers and even matador outfits. Holy Week culminates in the many happy festivities held on Easter Sunday. Highlighting summer are July festivities celebrating Queretaro's founding nearly 500 years ago. Soon preparations begin in September for one of the most special days of the year, Mexican Independence Day called the 16th of September (Dieciseis de Septiembre) celebrated with fireworks and eating the traditional Chiles en Nogada (a stuft chile decorated in Mexican flag colors). A big concert is held in Plaza Independencia (1 block from Quinta Zoe) where the govenor appears on the 15th. Beginning in mid-October, festivities begin for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Colorful booths are set up to sell articles celebrating the dead and altars with several tiers are built to commemorate a cherished person's life with food and articles they loved in life. Mexican tradition dictates that death should be celebrated as a part of life. These are just some of the many celebrations throughout the year. Queretaro is not only a friendly city but a joyous one.


Owner
Zoe Sherrill
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2017

About Zoe Sherrill

As an English-as-a-Second-Language instructor in Los Angeles with several hundred Mexican students coming to my classes, I was impressed with their kindness, generosity, work ethic and often tireless efforts to learn English. Their families were far away and most longed to return to their homeland but with no work to be had, they had to provide for their families elsewhere. My students inspired me and my husband, who retired in 2003, to go and discover the real Mexico. We headed to lovely Puerta Vallarta and then traveled traveled inland to Guadalajara in search of the Silver Cities built when the Spanish occupied Mexico. We visited beautiful pristine Morelia then headed to an American artist community, San Miguel de Allende by bus. Once in the Queretaro bus station, a main station in Mexico, we met a Mexican who suggest we see Queretaro. We stayed several days walking the historic center. The many plazas and fountains reminded us of Rome - we felt like we were in Europe but yet so close to home. Within a week we bought our house because it was undeniably in the best location in the center. It was such a large property that we decided the building was perfect for a bed and breakfast. Each room had a private entrance off the courtyard as well as led one room into another. We closed off each bedroom and added bathrooms, then created an annex for two more rooms and added a dining room. This was a 13-month process with nearly all Spanish speakers at a time when we spoke no Spanish. With many kind and helpful people, we finished our house in 2006, later to revise it by making independent accommodations for vacation rentals at a nominal rate. We dance almost nightly and play under the sunny skies of Queretaro where nearly every day is t-shirt weather and the people are so friendly and welcoming to us that we have a hard time leaving when we visit our daughter in the states. We want to welcome you and share our oasis and the treasures of Queretaro with you and yours

Zoe Sherrill purchased this studio in 2004

Why Zoe Sherrill chose Queretaro

This sprawling property will make you feel at home with luxurious amenities yet give you an authentic Mexican experience of colonial days gone by. Ceiling fans and cooling systems provide comfort even on the warmest afternoon. Large openable windows catch the constant Queretaro breeze which to provide soothing comfort and a sense of place in this wonderful temperate climate. In addition, ceiling ventilators change the air throughout the day. Most Queretano hotels, homes and restaurants do not have heating systems for it is rarely cold except for a few weeks of the year. However, at Quinta Zoe we go the extra mile with safe, built-in ceramic wall heaters. While rarely needed, you can be sure of your comfort and so can we.

What makes this studio unique

In this ideal location, you will get the most from your Mexico vacation. Within our secured property, you can be assured of your safety and security. With very few employees and an electronic safe in each room, you can be assured of a safe as well as smokeless atmosphere. We show you how to buy exceptional produce in local mercados so you can live inexpensively and well. Mercados also provide high-quality cooked meals so there is no need to cook or eat out. The vegetarian restaurant across the street delivers many excellent and cheap meals daily for about $3. We give our guests restaurant recommendations on our numbered map. As English speakers we can help you learn some basic Spanish (see our website with links to Spanish videos). We understand that Mexican standards can differ from other North American and European and we know how to deliver or obtain these standards in many ways such as medical care or referrals to the best jewelers. We maintain our property meticulously which isn't always the case in Mexico. We want you to enjoy your time with us worry-free with soothing sleep-filled nights and full days of many pleasant experiences getting the most for value for your money.

Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Queretaro International Airport (QRO)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Hank's
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
DiVino's
Car: not necessary

Quinta Zoe is in the ideal location to visit the Historic Center of World Heritage Site Queretaro. On a residential street in the heart of the 500-year-old historic center of Queretaro, it offers a peaceful oasis within walking distance of everything. Built by the Spanish, this beautiful city is a fine example of Spanish colonial architecture as well as fine museums, gardens, 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 block 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 4 times 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. The most celebrated holiday occurs on 16 of September, with festivities starting the 15th. Most events are free or at nominal cost. Queretaro is the fastest growing high-tech city in Queretaro sporting the largest shopping mall in all of Latin America. 22 colleges and universities and conservatories of music make for a diverse cultural center. The newly renovated river walk and wide thoroughfares on even terraine provide extensive walking opportunities. The colorful Colonial buildings of the historic center with underground street wiring remind one of Old European cities. Walk to any of large tree-lined with al fresco dining, cafes and shops with live music ever constant. Marvel day and night at the 77 arches of the aqueduct over 90 feet high built to carry water to the city as early as 1727. Having lived here nearly 14 years, we can vouch that one CAN find Europe in Mexico at bargain prices!

Amenities

Querétaro Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 325 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Guests agree that owners/maid may enter unit to turn off lights or TVs left on by absent guests.
  • Guests agree to an assigned weekly cleaning day (included in room rate).
  • Overnight guests must be registered, maximum 2 persons per unit.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , New plumbing for plenty of hot water and flush toilet paper
  • Every bathroom at Quinta Zoe is tiled with hand-painted Talavera and with it's own floral mural that is the theme of each accommodation. Ample linen and toiletry storage is provided as well as all of your towels and fine cotton linens.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 100% high-count cotton sheets provided for top-line mattress
  • Top-line comfortable king bed with hand-carved headboard and matching Girasol (Sunflower) dresser; closet, table and comfortable chairs, desk with additional chair
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
Notes:
As about our tour of a traditional Mexican mercado

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
5

convenient, well furnished, clean, and totally simpatico

  • 5 of 5

zoe is a great hostess. she has seen to every detail. This unit is in the heart of the city but just far enough away (two blocks) to be accessible to the historic city and at the same time remote from the hub bub of the city. Every detail of conveience and privacy have been thought of.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We strive to make our guests feel at home and to give them privacy and safety in a beautiful environment close to everything. We are so glad you could visit and we hope to see you back very soon.
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5

Queretaro gem!

  • 5 of 5

Behind a light pink facade and through a chocolate colored set of towering doors lies Quinta Zoe, a gorgeous trio of rental units. We stayed in the smallest studio, which was impeccably decorated in traditional Mexican decor. The kitchen was well stocked , and perfect for a light breakfast before heading out to explore the city for the day. The courtyard and sun deck were private and peaceful. Zoe and Dave were wonderful hosts and welcomed us with helpful tips and let us know what events were going on around the city. Location was excellent, just 1-2 blocks from the main plazas, shopping and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We enjoyed having you as our guests. We look forward to seeing you in October. It's always nice when guests want to plan a return visit. It shows us we're on the right track.
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Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $200

We offer a BREAKFAST INGREDIENT OPTION - for a fee we stock your chosen accommodation with breakfast ingredients for the duration of your stay $9/day for one person and $14/day for two persons.
Please give us approximate arrival time by email or phone. (No texting service available).
AS A GOODWILL GESTURE, IF YOU MUST CANCEL after the cancellation deadline, IF WE ARE ABLE TO RE-BOOK YOUR FULL RESERVATION DATES at the same rates or higher, we will refund your reservation payment minus booking fees and/or other charges incurred by us once the replacement stay and full payment have been received.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.