Book a stay at our hotels in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico. You’ll be near this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s cluster of churches, convents and Spanish mansions.
Guests of our hotels in Querétaro can easily explore the colonial quarter by foot. Claim a park bench under a shady tree in Zenea Garden square to admire the white bell tower of San Francisco Church. The pedestrian streets surrounding the church lead to Independence Plaza and Casa de Ecala, a colonial mansion decked with curly wrought-iron balconies and sumptuous stone arches. The Casa Zacatecana museum offers a glimpse of how Querétaro’s 17th-century silver barons lived. The decadent rooms of this restored mansion are stuffed with European treasures, from Viennese porcelain to Italian mosaics. Our Querétaro hotels are also near the aqueduct, its 75 aches running gracefully down De Los Arcos Street. A tour of the nearby Convent of Santa Cruz demonstrates how the 18th-century aqueduct kept Querétaro’s fountains flowing with water.
Shops around Querétaro’s historic center sell opals, pale stones infused with iridescent blues and oranges mined from the surrounding countryside. The Casa Queretana de Artesanía is a one-stop showcase of Querétaro state’s crafts, from intricate hand-sewn lace to delicate woven baskets. After a dinner of enchiladas queretanas, baked tortillas filled with chicken and potatoes topped with a red sauce, guests of our hotels in Querétaro can return to Zenea Garden. A big band plays nightly here to crowds of strutting couples and local families with their bouncing kids.
Book a room at one of our Holiday Inn® Querétaro hotels in April, when the center’s plazas fill with live music performances in the Santiago de Querétaro Festival. Or stay in September, when the city that sparked Mexico’s split from Spain celebrates Independence Day with massive fireworks displays and jubilant street parties.