Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel
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... two giant peaks of the Sierra Madre range gives this area a climate that is called "Eternal Spring" National Geographic Magazine did a study and rated Lake Chapala #2 in the world behind some place in Kenya. Low humidities and moderate climate make this area ideal and the largest community of Canadian and American expats. May is the only hot month when temperatures soar to around 90. Some ...
... always evidence of flooded streets and puddles of water that take a little longer to dry up. The main road in to the RV park becomes covered with mud and is similar to driving in the winter slush in New England. That muddy slush will stay throughout the summer and, although it is passable with a vehicle, bicycle riding is nearly impossible, for us gringos, that is. We see the Mexicans pedaling through it without any problemos.
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... as it's within the general vicinity, the price is the same.
We've hooked up with a lady who's been recommended for a trip into Tlaquepaque (pronounced Te-lock-a-pock-eh). Ana runs a concierge service, so she'll come directly to us here at El Dorado, to pick us up - drive the 45 minutes or so to Tlaquepaque - give us about 4 hours to shop in town, have some lunch and then bring us back home. This little ...
I guess there is always alot to do when you're not familiar with a place - then add a culture that enjoys life and you are going to stay busy. You hear men hard at work laugh, sing, enjoy what they are doing and alot of it is very labor intensive work. They unload a truck of bricks by throwing 3 to 4 bricks at a time to the next person, and they don't miss. I will see a project started and think how will they ever ...
... narrated the story and the whole play ended when Santa reappears at the end of the play and dances the cumbia in order to loose some weight. I guess that you had to be there to understand the story. It did turn out to be a lot of fun. We recruited our friends John and Jill to help us out with the music and some of the puppets. They were great sports.
Here's the email that we received from the Board of Directors at the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel Tlaquepaque
Great B&B In Tlaqapaque
In August 2003 we spent a few days at Quinta Don Jose B&B Hotel in Tlaqapaque. I wished could have stayed longer . It was the best part of our 3 week trip to Mexico. The staff and owners were all very gracious and made us feel very welcome, like it was our home. Its small, charming and artsy and the dog whose picture is still on my fridge was a great companion. A great location too. Close to the bus staion and the awesome Tonala market. I suggest day trips into Guadalajara and nights in Tlaqapaque....very romantic . We certainly will be back again and highly recommend this B&B and the beautiful village and its people.
Next february, we went to Mexico for a two-week trip; our 4rth one.
Great stay in Tlaquepaque
We arrived at Quinta Don Jose after 13 days in Ixtapa, Uruapan, Paracho and Morelia and were ecstatic to arrive at a friendly, relaxed, spacious, clean and bilingual B&B/hotel. Our two teen age sons very happy to be able to use the internet. All the staff went out of their way to make our stay the best we had in Mexico. I give the service 10 stars!
I was somewhat suprised and disappointed by my experience at DQJ considering what I had read in the other reviews. Indeed, the breakfast was generous. The hosts and the staff for the most part were also wonderful. The shower had warm water. And finally, the lobby was clean and quite attractive. However, the room was dusty enough to taste, the bedspread was overly well-worn and didn't feel particularly clean, ants and silverfish (no doubt a result of the nearby pool) were crawling on the floor, and the shower curtain smelled mildewy. I can only assume that my room was the exception, since I didn't see the other rooms. Not that I would recommend against this place, but having had the benefit of also experiencing Casa De Las Flores, another neighborhood B&B blocks away, I'd stay there first. Please see my review of Casa De Las Flores.
The best place to stay in Tlaquepaque
Great place to stay. Only two short blocks from the square where life and culture reigns supreme. The personnel and the hotel are excellant and warm to the heart.
The beauty of the garden, to the flight of the humming birds make breakfast as well as down time from the days activities a must.
When we where there (December) we did not have the oppurtunity to enjoy the pool, but it is quite nice
Charles, (the bartender) was so close to giving me the "Perfect" margarita. But alas, I must keep searching. As for his Sagrita, yes, I do beleive he has it down just right.
Loved Quinta Don Jose B&B
The minute my girlfriend and I stepped out of the car at Quinta Don Jose, we felt at home. The staff there is so friendly. They always went out of their way to answer our questions and assist us with travel plans. Our room was very comfortable and the breakfast was fantastic. Dona Juana and all of the other cooks made us very tastey dishes that varied dailey. Thank you all. Who could forget Charlie? He always greeted us with a smile and was always so helpful. Charlie, you make the best Margaritas and Sangrias. Cheers. Now that we have a beautiful second home at Quinta Don Jose, we will surely be back next year.
A Jewel in Tlaquepaque
The Quinta Don Jose is a delightful place, three blocks from the main shopping area of Tlaquepaque. The facilities are clean, comfortable, and well decorated and the owners and staff are outstanding. Breakfast was delicious, margaritas made by Charlie terrific, and information available through the staff excellent. We are looking forward to our next visit.
Quinta Don Jose--our new favorite place to stay in Mexico
Quinta Don Jose is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the ambiance of charming surroundings, a friendly and helpful staff, the delicious, generous breakfasts and more. Everyone at Quinta Don Jose makes the guests feel both welcomed and special. Our room was spacious and comfortable and decorated with the delightful Mexican crafts and artwork found in the many galleries and shops in Tlaquepaque. We enjoyed the lovely garden areas and relaxing by the pool with a drink or just lounging in the lobby. We'd go back to Quinta Don Jose tomorrow if we could!
We were looking for some custom made items for our home. This was the place. From iron works to furniture to glass. The people at the factories were extremely helpful and the prices were right. We loved the location of our B&B and the staff couldn't be more accomodating. They speak perfect English and will help you with whatever it is you are looking for. I would stay away from eating at the Parian since it was not all that good and costlier than anywhere else. But the food from the street venders was not only tasty, but extremely CHEAP! The stores on Juarez and Independencia are filled with wonderful items but just a bit higher in price than what you would expect from Mexico. If you can go to the factories, do it. As far as the Restaurants go on those streets, all were GREAT and reasonable.
This is a copy of a letter I wrote to QDJ shortly after my stay there. Greetings from Ottawa, Canada. I am writing to say thank you so much to everyone at "QDJ" for your wonderful hospitality. I have been fortunate enough to travel to a few far away places, and I have experienced quite a few different types of hotels, but Quinta Don Jose is by far one the best run B&B's I have ever stayed in. From the time I walked in the front door until the morning I left to return to Canada, I had nothing but excellent service from all the great staff there. The people at the front desk were very helpful, and always smiling. The two ladies from housekeeping, (who's names I unfortunately did not get), who were always smiling while I was at breakfast were very friendly, and so sweet. Charlie was one of the coolest people I met while in Mexico, and he makes a Gin & Tonic second to none. Cheers Charlie! One of the most unexpected surprises came from the gentleman who got up at 5:00 a.m. to brew a pot of coffee for us on the morning we left. That was simply amazing. Everyone at "QDJ" presented themselves in a very professional, yet friendly and approachable manner. Whether I was buying silver from the beautiful lobby display cases, looking for extra towels, or just trying to arrange for a taxi, I was treated like a friend all the time. Your excellent staff, the delicious breakfasts, and the wonderful surroundings made my stay in Tlaquepaque absolutely perfect. I will tell anyone who intends to visit your wonderful city that they must book a few nights at Quinta Don Jose in order to experience the fantastic, relaxing, and friendly atmosphere. Thank you all once again, and I will definitely see you next year. Dave (The Bald Canadian Guy) Villeneuve Ottawa, Canada P.S. Who could forget Chiquita!?!