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5 ft beamed ceilings add volume this airy spacious unit with top-line king bed

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Studio
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Experience Colonial Mexico in Authenticly Restored Studio Apartment

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 cities in all of Mexico. In keeping with its historic past, most of the wires are underground making broad clear walkways flanked with historic buildings, some without cars. The even terrain provides easy walking while sight-seeing. Built 500 years ago when the Spanish were silver mining, the center is rich in Spanish colonial architecture with fantastic old buildings with courtyards, high ceilings and two-feet thick walls to keep out errant gun shots and provide comfortable temperatures within. Outdoor restaurants and cafes abound on any one of several plazas and streets. People-watching is a great past time in one many outdoor areas with live music often wafting through or a surprise concert or dancing. Free concerts and events occur year-round such as Aztecs in full costumes dancing in parades with their drums and blowing conch shells. Christmas season starts with on the 6th of December with the crowning of the Queen of the Begonias by the governor. The following days are filled with concerts. On the 12th, a huge celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe occurs with traditional food booths and the churches welcome to the Aztecs and tourists alike. The annual posada begins about the 14th with each participating neighborhood blocking off their street, hanging decorations and serving free tamales and drinks to celebrate the coming of Christ on Navidad. Activities wind down for Noche Buena/Christmas Eve when families and friends gather for a volumptuous feast that lasts from 11 pm until the early morning hours. Christmas weeks is quiet until people start gearing up for King's Day on the 6th of January when children receive their gifts and there is a King Cake in every house with a token inside. Whoever receives this gifts provides the party for February 2nd, Candelaria. The list of activities goes on and on with huge celebrations at Holy Week as well as the traditional Silent Parade in which the men carry crosses re-enacting Christ's journey to the cross. Highlighting summer are the many celebrations of Queretaro's founding nearly 500 years ago. The 15th of September, fireworks and dancing ring out with Mexico's hard-won independence celebration, 16 de Septiembre. Each church celebrates its own patron saint so nearly daily there are some fireworks and churchbells ringing. Queretaro is not only a friendly city but a joyous one. Toward the end of October scores of booths with traditional Day of the Dead ornaments and masks and candy are set up in plazas and streets culminating in celebrations honoring the dead through the food and things they love celebrating how they lived and for being part of their lives. The list goes on and on and the fun begins when you decide to make Queretaro part of your life.

Owner

Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, spanish
Calendar last updated: 02/05/2017

Property Type

  • Studio
  • On floor 1
  • 325 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Our usual guest is late 30's and up...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    All but one room is located on the ground floor with private lockable entrances. Slight 2-inch' rise at room entry for some rooms....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    On rooftop terrace only...moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We love them but many guests have allergies......moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    100% high-count cotton sheets provided for top-line mattress...moreless

  • Top-line comfortable king bed with hand-carved headboard and matching Girasol (Sunflower) dresser; closet, table and comfortable chairs, desk with additional chair...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    New plumbing for plenty of hot water and flush toilet paper...moreless

  • Every bathroom at Quinta Zoe has it's own floral mural that is the theme of each accommodation. The Girasol or Sunflower studio has brightly colored hand-painted floral mural and matching sink in the fully tiled bathroom. The ample linen and toiletry cabinet is located over the toilet....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Weekly social activities for guests to mingle or enjoy Queretaro

Entertainment

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television:

    TVs have internet access for English-speaking channels...moreless

  • Video Library:

    VCR and video library access upon request...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The city is ringed by mountains. Some church tops are visible from rooftop terrace....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Air conditioning is not needed in our temperate climate. Ceiling fans in each room proved comfort. Portable air conditioners available we never use. Ventilator system provides constant changes of air...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    When you rent all available rooms, one parking spot within our gate is available to your party....moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    To US, Canada and many European countries...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    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

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    WiFi and/or hard-wired internet...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    100% high-count cotton sheets provided...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Phone card cell phones are easily available and reasonably priced....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking is available for a nominal fee in one of two secured parking garages within 1 block...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    Use our internet phone for free calls out to US or Canada...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Large fluffy white towels and washcloths provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Use of laundry room on premises or laundry service available...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi in all rooms and common areas...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Your choice - either a Dulce Gusto pod coffeemaker or a drip or an electric water-heating pot...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Cooking utensils include tongs to can opener to wine opener...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Flatware and knives provided...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    More of a kitchenette in the Girasol - all the necessaries are provided including purified bottled water...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Delux microwave with heating element for browning...moreless

  • Oven:

    Delux counter-top oven doubles as toaster...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic spices ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Counter-size fridge with freezer and ice cube trays. Extra ice available....moreless

  • Stove:

    Two electric burners...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Oven also toasts...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Main courtyard on the first level and partially-covered rooftop terrace...moreless

Building Type

  • Villa
 

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7 night min stay

$525 $1,200
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Notes:

YOUR FIRST BREAKFAST IS ON US because we stock your fridge to help make you feel right at home.

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 REBOOK YOUR FULL RESERVATION at the same rates or higher, we will refund your reservation payment minus booking fees and/or other charges incurred by us once full payment the replacement stay has been completed and fully paid.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Last updated: 02/05/2017
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Location

30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Queretaro International Airport (QRO)
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Hank's
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
DiVino's

Car: Not Necessary

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 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. 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.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: 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

Why the Owner Chose Querétaro, Santiago de Querétaro, Qro., Mexico:
This sprawling property will make you feel at home with all the amenities yet give you an authentic Mexican experience of colonial days gone by. We purposely didn't air condition the building because it is rarely too hot - a ceiling fan and the natural breezes through large openable windows let you know where you are. We also have a ventilation system that circulates the air many times per minute. You can feel the atmosphere and experience living within the two-feet thick walls. Most Queretano homes do not have fireplaces because it is rarely cold enough to need heat. We found that there are some weeks that we need heat and so we provided it in our accommodations and suggest you have it whenever you decide to come in November, December or January. We have given our accommodations all the comforts we have given ourselves. We know how to live comfortably and get the most out of the area.

The Unique Benefits at this Studio:
In this ideal location, you will get the most from your Mexico vacation. You can live cheaply and well. For example, we can visit a mercado twice a day if we want. Fresh food is so readily available that we each lost 17 pounds last year because we were eating fresh fish and vegetables for dinner. We have time to cook so we each do. We could just as easily walk to the nearest gourmet restaurant and eat the best dishes for less than $30. 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. We can walk to plazas and discover events we normally wouldn't be aware of. We live every day without driving because we can catch a taxi to Costoc or Sam's Club by walking half a block and one appears. 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 the property which isn't always the case in Mexico. Cheap, cheap prices don't often mean quality or consistency. We hold ourselves to a standard. We want you to have everything you expected and more for your vacation dollar.


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Speaks: english, spanish
Calendar last updated: 02/05/2017

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Photos

  • 5 ft beamed ceilings add volume this airy spacious unit with top-line king bed

    5 ft beamed ceilings add volume this airy spacious unit with top-line king bed

  • Comfortable seating with fountain view and for viewing 42" flat-screen TV

    Comfortable seating with fountain view and for viewing 42" flat-screen TV

  • View from fountain seating

    View from fountain seating

  • The Girasol Kitchenette has everything you will need to cook or store your food.

    The Girasol Kitchenette has everything you will need to cook or store your food.

  • Cooking utensils from lime squeezer to wine opener

    Cooking utensils from lime squeezer to wine opener

  • The roomy shower with curtain - always hot with our two hot water heaters

    The roomy shower with curtain - always hot with our two hot water heaters

  • Quinta Zoe is the pink house on this lovely antique residential street

    Quinta Zoe is the pink house on this lovely antique residential street

  • Private conversation area in entryway

    Private conversation area in entryway

  • Take a siesta behind the curtains or take a sunbath in your choice seating

    Take a siesta behind the curtains or take a sunbath in your choice seating

  • Romantic night lighting from local artisan's hand-made light fixture

    Romantic night lighting from local artisan's hand-made light fixture

  • Fountain view from the large openable and screened window

    Fountain view from the large openable and screened window

  • The flatware, knives and and cutting board

    The flatware, knives and and cutting board

  • Girasol mural and matching sink hand-painted fully talavera-tiled bathroom

    Girasol mural and matching sink hand-painted fully talavera-tiled bathroom

  • Plenty of storage for linens (provided) and your personal items

    Plenty of storage for linens (provided) and your personal items

  • Enter into your oasis. Note all units have private entrances

    Enter into your oasis. Note all units have private entrances

  • Quinta Zoe's perfect location in the Historic Center of this World Heritage Site

    Quinta Zoe's perfect location in the Historic Center of this World Heritage Site

  • Deep blue skies with churchtop view south (east and north view equally expansive

    Deep blue skies with churchtop view south (east and north view equally expansive

VRBO #379714

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, February 16, 2017

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