A Gallery – Hotel in the heart of Queretaro
Did you remodel the property, build it purposely or what was there before?
The hotel is located in a property from 1790 – that is, from the 18th century – and originally it was twice as big as we found it. In its first years it was the venue of the Caballeros de Colón but it was always living quarters. For some years in the 1970’s it was rented as a multi-housing and then it was used a commercial space.
When we started the project we conditioned the property to have six rooms; after two years we decided to enlarge the hotel in the back yard (here we lived for a while). We started with six rooms because it was an easy number to control and ever since, it has been as hosting friends and family.
Who was the responsible architect? What previous work did he do?
We designed the architectonic project ourselves, it took us about six months. We then built four rooms in the house that was part of the patio in the original property.
What is the general concept in the decor?
Our spaces are an eclectic mixture of very clear styles (decó furniture with minimalistic lamps; empire chairs with contemporary art, etc.) each room has its own and particular style, which depends mainly on the specific color we assign to each suite.
Which styles are mixed? What treasures are there in the decoration?
For each suite we select one or several pieces with a special value; some works are by renowned artists, others are from a very specific period or style. To mention some: the paintings collection in suite 5, which feature color is yellow, includes works by Luis Filcer, Lola Benton and Tanya Kohn; in suite 12 we decided to place a large-format work by Claudia Ramos; in suite 2, which features a grapes mural, we hung a 19th-century door that came from India.
Another good example is the Korean black lacquer chest with mother-of-pearl shell. The best part for us is that every guest discovers the pieces in their suite and enjoys them thoroughly.
The concept we have always had clear is that both in the bazaar and in the hotel guests should enjoy the art works and decoration we have exhibited and in used. It is a way to use the objects normally exhibited as untouchable and distant; we like to know that our guests can appreciate these objects that have an artistic value for us.
The concept is and has always been that we are a hotel-gallery, two inseparable concepts from our perspective.
About your spa?
We just recently opened the doors of our spa, a space with Mediterranean atmosphere that fulfills two main functions: it offers the services of massage, relaxation and exfoliation and at the same time, is a perfect place to unplug from the outside world and breathe tranquility.
What do you recommend to do around the hotel?
La Casa del Atrio is located in the heart of the Historic Center of the city, which allows the guests to enjoy the benefits of its cultural richness and the gastronomic offer it features. There are cultural unmissables such as a visit to eh City Museum of Art (right across the street from our hotel) and gastronomic delights as Tikua, offering southeast food, one of the best restaurants downtown located next door to La Casa del Atrio.
We invite you to chill out a few days, visit our city and pamper in the spa, contact us.
With over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry and a bachelors in Hospitality and Tourism Management specializing in marketing and sales, Mary Carmen has developed her career working at various hotels in Mexico and abroad, focusing in recent years on the boutique hotel industry. Passionate about tourism in Mexico, in every trip she seeks to find the cultural, culinary and historic highlights of each destination.