A large room in the Centro Historico with complete bath at front of house accessible without going into rest of house. Cable TV, WiFi, small refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, armoir, desk, king-sized bed that can be made into two singles.
Traditional Mexican houses are entered through a covered zaguan leading to a patio. This bedroom is off of the zaguan which is separated from the patio and the rest of the house by an iron gate. The room is high-ceilinged and large, and we provide weekly maid service. We can convert the king-sized bed into two singles upon request.
Guests are requested not to enter the patio before 8AM and after 10PM. A wrought iron table and two chairs are provided in the zaguan.
We will normally be available during your stay unless we are off visiting the grandkids or the family in France. We can also help you get oriented to the historic district with suggestions of things to see, places to visit, tours and restaurants.
Queretanos are invariably polite, helpful and friendly, but this is a conservative, traditional city, and shorts are frowned upon for both men and women. Although there are stores with local handicrafts, these are probably better found in a day trip to San Miguel de Allende. Unlike San Miguel, there are few Americans and other foreigners in Querétaro, and a few Spanish classes before coming would be useful. There are also a number of good language schools in the city and in Barrio de la Cruz.
This is not a party house, and we expect people to be quiet after 10PM. The room is non-smoking, but you can smoke in the zaguan. There are plenty of bars and lounges along 5 de Mayo (half a block away) to party and meet people, as well as cafes in Plaza de Armas, but feel free to invite a few friends to visit during the day or evening. Pets welcome with prior approval.
I am a retired archaeologist/anthropologist living in the historic district of Querétaro, a UNESCO World Heritage City. My wife is Christiane, and she was an elementary school teacher at the Atlanta International School. Christiane is French and speaks English, French and Spanish, and I am American and also speak French and Spanish, but not as well as Christiane. We lived in Mexico in the 1970s, where our second daughter was born, and have now been in Querétaro for the past nine years. We have three daughters and four grandchildren spread around the US .
I keep busy with my art, and Christiane is active with various volunteer groups and still teaches French occasionally. I am also interested in historic preservation, have been fairly active in the historic district, and am a member of ICOMOS. Christiane often travels to the US to visit the grandkids in Santa Cruz, California, and Forest Park, Illinois. Every year or so, we travel to France to visit her rather extended family. We also travel around Mexico. Querétaro is also the headquarters for the Peace Corps in Mexico, and in fact, Christiane and I got married when I was in the Peace Corps in Morocco, so we keep up with volunteers and staff here.