Hotel Criol, Queretaro, Mexico

Hotel Criol Queretaro Mexico Heather Perry Travel

The journey through Mexico continues as we head from San Miguel de Allende to the neighboring town of Queretaro. Searching for flights bound for Oaxaca, Queretaro was the nearest airport. With flights not available until the following day, we posted up for a night at Hotel Criol.

Hotel Criol Queretaro Mexico

Located in the town's historic city center, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Hotel Criol is a mix of design, culture, and community. This town, like many others in Mexico, is built upon colonial architecture. Tucked away on an unassuming street, the doors at Hotel Criol open up into the eclectic world they've created. 

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Designed by Miguel Concha Architecture, their design is semi-desert, the historic center of Queretaro and the strength of the modern city experienced at the same time. The most impressive fact about the construction of the hotel was the employment of local materials, techniques, and people. Utilizing a local workshop to manufacture the cement floor, incorporating national pinewood in design elements, and employing workers and suppliers from the area, proves the perfect weave of design and innovation with community and sustainability. 

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The property has ample outdoor spaces designed to make you forget you're in the bustling city center. The outdoor pool deck and patio are lined with trees and modern design, the fire pit lounge is surrounded by locally sourced cacti and succulents, and an inner courtyard with trickling sounds of the water feature echoing throughout.  

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Although our stay was short and sweet, Hotel Criol's space made it easy to relax.  We enjoyed our room which was well laid out and full of unique design elements and amazing artwork, we loved the messages of conservation in the bathroom. 

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Our quick layover in Queretaro piqued our curiosity for this place. It's definitely on the list of places to return along with Hotel Criol. Although we didn't get to see much of the town, I couldn't have left without seeing the aqueduct built here in the 1720s. Running through the middle of town it still stands and we drove the length of the aqueduct on our way to the airport. 

Feliciana Hotel San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

 Our stay in San Miguel de Allende was pure magic. With its colonial streets and cosmopolitan vibes, the town is brimming with charm. Adding to the charm was our stay at the Feliciana Hotel

Feliciana Hotel San Miguel de Allende Mexico

Feliciana Hotel San Miguel de Allende Mexico

The hotel gives off Spanish hacienda vibes with a modern twist. With only six rooms, a rooftop pool and bar, courtyards, fountains, and a dynamite restaurant, The Feliciana Hotel is proof that good things do come in small packages. Entering through the wooden gates you are greeted by an open courtyard and fountain that promotes the hotels calming vibes. The echoing sound of the water instantly transported us into relaxation mode, we knew we were in the right place. 

Feliciana Hotel San Miguel de Allende Mexico

Feliciana Hotel San Miguel de Allende Mexico

We spent evenings sipping lavender-infused cocktails on the rooftop with expansive views of the city. Mornings were met with delightful breakfasts in the courtyard, with vegan options made available (a plus for me). Service is always important and the staff went above and beyond to ensure our stay was comfortable. The hotel's central location made exploring the town amazingly simple. 

Feliciana Hotel San Miguel de Allende Mexico

Feliciana Hotel San Miguel de Allende Mexico

When traveling, lodging is always of utmost importance, and for me where I tend to put most research. I aim for a place that incorporates design, comfort, cleanliness, service, and that magic touch that makes it hard to leave. The Feliciana Hotel possesses all of the above. 

A Colonoial and Cosmopolitan visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Welcome to San Miguel de Allende, a colonial cosmopolitan town in the central highlands of Mexico. The town's story starts with the name. In 1542 the town was founded by a monk named Juan de San Miguel, and took on the name San Miguel. In 1826 the towns name was updated with the addition de Allende, in honor of Ignacio Allende. Allende was a town native and royal army officer famed for being a leader in the Mexican War that liberated Mexico from Spanish rule. 

Traveling with no itinerary, Guanajuato, Mexico

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Traveling with an itinerary is how most people like to adventure. We flew to Mexico with no plans and decided we would see where we landed. There is a magical feeling of the unknown when flying by the seat of your pants, which is how we ended up in Guanajuato, a desert-vibed town in the hills of Mexico. 
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