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Spanish Colonial Suite in the Heart of Historic Center Ideal Location

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 325 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 5 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 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
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 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.

What makes this studio unique

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.

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • 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 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.
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
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
Notes:
As about our tour of a traditional Mexican mercado

Reviews

5/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

Spanish Colonial Suite in the Heart of Historic Center Ideal Location
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
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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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 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.

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Rates & Availability

Querétaro Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$65
$455
$1,365
 

Additional information about rental rates

BR Ingredient Opt for 1 $9
BR Ingredient Opt for 2 $14
Refundable damage deposit $200

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 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 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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