Published On: Thu, Feb 17th, 2022

An early 20th-century mansion in downtown Querétaro has been turned into a boutique hotel

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An early 20th-century mansion in the center of Querétaro, Mexico, has been turned into a boutique hotel by architecture studios Anonimous and JAHS.

The Tá Hotel de Diseño, or Tá Design Hotel, encompasses 11 rooms within a neocolonial villa that formerly belonged to Doña Carmen Septien de Soto – a local philanthropist and creative figure.

The Tá Hotel de Diseño
The Tá Hotel de Diseño is located beside the Jardín Guerrero UNESCO heritage site

“In honour of her memory, in 2015 the idea was born to turn the Casona de Doña Carmen into a place where architecture, hospitality, gastronomy and art could coexist,” said the team, which completed the project in 2021.

Querétaro, also known as Santiago de Querétaro, is famed for its well-preserved classical architecture, which draws from Spanish and other European influences. Local firm Gestalt Arquitectos recently completed a minimalist, concrete home that draws cues from the city’s neocolonial heritage.

Querétaro hotel
The hotel building has a distinctive neocolonial facade

The Tá Hotel de Diseño site is located beside the Jardín Guerrero, recognised as part of UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity, in the heart of the city.

The building is organised around two courtyards, which were stripped back to their original masonry as part of the renovation.

Swimming pool
One of two courtyards contains a tranquil swimming pool

Each of these courtyards provides a tranquil place for hotel guests to relax: one contains a pool, and the other encloses a tall tree.

“The courtyard and passage walls have a strong constructive character,” said the architects, whose intent was “to reveal their processes, textures and colors.”

Querétaro hotel balcony
Upstairs rooms feature private outdoor spaces

On the ground floor, six guest suites are laid out along a central corridor, while another five were built within an additional second story.

The upstairs rooms are slightly larger and each has a private outdoor space.

Source: DeZeen



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