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March 4, 2005
They offer regular doubles with one double bed for 350 pesos ($31). We got a room with two doubles for 410 pesos ($37). We stayed seven nights. Our large room had a balcony overlooking Madero Street with a view to San Francisco church on Corregidora. The rooms themselves are furnished modestly, basically with old furniture (wouldn’t call them treasured antiques), but they had a large desk, wardrobe, and nightstand. The beds were firm and comfortable. Bathrooms are quite small, but with all new wall and floor tiles and fixtures, so everything works well and is kept clean. The rooms have large (25-inch) TVs with 52 channels--at least six in English, including CNN, BBC, Hallmark, etc.
The location is absolutely perfect. It is in the center of the historic center, just a few steps to Jardin Zenea, with Corregidora Plaza across the street and the beginning of all the andadores. The Marquesa is four doors down from Hidalgo, walking toward Plaza Guerrero with the Presidential Palace, which is just one block away. To find such a reasonable hotel in such a great location was surprising.
The food at their restaurant is great and reasonable. They have set breakfasts from 30-51 pesos, or you can order off the menu. They also have a menu of the day for lunch, which is 52 pesos. You can get lunch cheaper--the lowest we saw was 23--but compared to the cheaper options, theirs is a steal. The food is very good!
The hotel mainly caters to Mexicans, both business people and relatives visiting the area, but we saw at least three or four sets of tourists each day staying there. All the staff our VERY helpful; this took some patience on their part, due to our nonexistent Spanish. A few waiters speak some English, as well as one of the receptionists. Even the ones who didn’t always found a way to help us with anything we needed. The value can’t be beat. If you’re looking for a decent place to stay in a prime location without paying for a lot of extra frills, I’d say it’s the best option in town.
From journal A Week in Queretaro
March 4, 2003
Despite its busy location, the hotel interior and rooms are very quiet. The desk staff is adamantly Spanish-speaking only. There's a lobby phone at the desk, or several Telmex (and a couple Ladatel further away) phones within short walking distance. Major banks with safely designed ATMs are all within 2 minutes' walk or less. Extensive re-tiling is being done on the second floor (as of early December; it will probably be done by the time you read this). The restaurant has pretty good food that's reasonably priced, along with very good service. The hotel is also situated close to an indoor mall market and tons of localized stores and services within short walking distance, all in a reasonably lit, pretty safe area. It's about 2 to 5 minutes' walk from all the noteworthy gardens and parks.
Overall, Hotel Hidalgo offers great prices, clean accommodations, and a great location.
From journal Colonial Amblings 5 - Queretaro