I stayed in this hotel for a night during a trip to San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. I was flying out of Queretaro so it made sense to stay nearby.
I knew I wanted to stay in an affordable historic property in the centro so I could soak up the ambiance for my brief stay, but where to stay? There are so few reviews on Queretaro hotels, it was unclear what would be a good choice near museums, the plazas and restaurants. One of the most famous hotels in the centro is the La Casa de la Marquesa but it's very pricey. Did I really need opulent splendor for just one night?
Instead, I rolled the dice on La Casa Azul, which I read once used to be a part of La Casa de la Marquesa but had recently been sold to new owners. I liked the pictures on the website and it was much cheaper than the Marquesa. I booked through Expedia and had NO troubles at check-in. They referred to me as the "Expedia person." Ha!
I'm so glad I made this choice! La Casa Azul is a delightful hotel with a hardworking staff. They went out of their way to make sure all my needs were met even though I was only staying one night. They gave me the Miro room, which has a single queen bed with French doors which looked out onto the street and the famous Neptune Fountain. It was gorgeous.
The rooms have all the original wood and tall ceilings along with central air and a flat panel television (no English stations, however.)
The front desk staff spoke some English, with the afternoon/evening staff totally fluent. This was helpful because my Spanish is elementary, at best. They arranged car service to the airport and also arranged an English speaking guide to take me on a quick tour of the city and its lovely churches.
La Casa Azul isn't large. It has 12 rooms which face either the center courtyard or the outside street. I stayed a Friday night and it was LOUD out on the street at about 2:30 am (but I had my French doors open.) But there was nothing like waking up to the sound of church bells from the church directly across the street in the morning. It was like being in Europe.
I ate breakfast at the hotel. The restaurant is in the lovely center courtyard. They have a basic breakfast menu with omelets and other egg dishes. It was cheap and fresh.
As for the location, for those looking to be in the middle of all the historic sites, this hotel fits the bill. It was an easy 5 to 7 minute walk to the Plaza de Armas where there are some lovely restaurants. (I ate at Restaurante 1810. See my review on that.) As a single woman, I felt completely safe walking around by myself during the day and the early evening. I also felt safe in the hotel.
One caveat however, which I did discuss with the front desk staff, is that there are no safes in the room. Since the hotel is under new ownership, they seem open to suggestions. I told them they might want to consider installing these. It was really the only thing that was lacking.
Oh- for those wondering about the water situation (which can sometimes be dicey at older hotels)- there was hot water in the shower and the sink and two bottles of water waiting for me when I arrived in the room.
I would not hesitate to stay here again when I was in Queretaro.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our beautiful hotel boutique, which boasts 12 exclusive rooms for you to enjoy. Within our premises you can find rooms with 1 or 2 Queen size beds or 1 King size bed, free internet access for our valued clients, air conditioning, bathrooms with both showers and tubs, not to mention various amenities. We also have staff waiting to give you the personalized attention you deserve for a great experience! We offer BUSINESS ARRANGEMENTS for companies looking to do business or stay in Queretaro for longer. At your request we offer a salon, with a maximum capacity for 100 guests, ideal for executive meetings or any social occasion you may desire. We also offer our colonial patio for that special occasion with room for 130 guests. Send us an email for more information and we will also send you personalized cost estimation sheets. ... more less
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