We stayed at Casa Pina for the first two weeks of april, and had a comfortable, relaxing time there. The house is full of light, lovely with all the various and varied plants, including climbing trumpet vines and bougainvillea that provide dense shelter and nectar for birds whose songs fill the air.
The house, in a perfect central location, has comfortable beds, fine linens, a well-stocked kitchen that any foodie would lust after. We explored the many corners and nooks of the house, watching the sunset from the highest spots, but in the main, after running ourselves ragged around the city, we loved to retreat to the comfortable sala, where we spent many hours reading, staring at the fine art on the walls, drifting and dreaming to the birdsong, trying to figure out the random-seeming bursts of church bells.
Tere the housekeeper and Mari the cook were cheerful and pampering, and cooked some wonderful meals for us, including the best chiles rellenos we've ever had - nothing like the pathetic versions we get in this country.
Casa Pina's owner, Aleida, could not have been more helpful, or patient with our many questions. She recommended a driver, Martin Gonzalez, who not only picked us up and drove us back to Queretaro airport, but who also took us out to Mineral de Pozos one day, and on another, hauled us around the countryside to see a couple of chapels and some other interesting things. It was great to have such a safe, courteous, bilingual driver.
Our one gripe - and it was not the fault of the place itself - was a yapper of a dog in a nearby house. Since we couldn't strangle the thing, which we'd have happily done, we had to sleep with ear plugs and a fan, which Tere provided and which was good for not only helping to mask the random, often-prolonged barking, but which also cooled off the room for more comfortable sleeping.