Quinta Real Aguascalientes
What We Love
- The Los Murales restaurant, with its frescos and stone walls
- The gardens and pool, with ample lounging space
- The cozy bar, with its tequila selection and live music on weekends
- The proximity to the city’s historic center and the charming neighborhoods of San Marcos and del Encino
What To Know
- There’s a fee for WiFi (around $15 per day)
- Pets aren’t allowed
- Breakfast isn’t included in the rate
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Rife with columns, arches, and colonnaded walkways, this 85-room retreat exudes Old World refinement with a distinctly European flavor. Set among manicured gardens (dotted with classical statues, natch), the hotel leaves no Colonial-era motif unturned, from the splendid frescos painted on the walls of the restaurant and bar to the beamed ceilings in the breakfast room. The Los Murales restaurant–which also has an alfresco terrace dining area–dishes up a menu with both traditional Mexican and international flavors.
In the Area
If you happen to be in town in November, don’t miss the San Marcos National Fair, a weeklong festival celebrated since 1828 (although its agricultural origins date back even further) that galvanizes the town around various activities ranging from bullfights to the sampling of street foods. Take the waters at one of several hot springs around the area, ranging from basic thermal baths to complexes holding everything from restaurants to discos. Get your chocolate fix at Xocolatl Mexica, a cacao palace serving up everything from spicy hot chocolate to chocolate tamales.
How to Get There
Great rooms with a touch of luxury; exquisite Spanish style architecture, over-sized patios, beautiful gardens and fountains, you'll probably want to conduct your business at one of the property's conference rooms, very fancy place without spending a fortune.
I had a quick one night stay in Aguascalientes. This was a real treasure of a hotel. The price was very reasonable and the accommodations were excellent. The bed was very comfortable. The TV had English channels which was nice. I ate at the restaurant and the food was excellent. I felt very safe at this hotel with no issues I would highly recommend to the business or family traveler.
Hotel front-desk personnel was really friendly during check-in and check-out. Even though the hotel seemed pretty empty we got the last room on the top floor left of the presidential suite (room 327). The room's furniture and equipment are dated but it was clean except for a very disgusting, smelly, and stained carpet. No point keeping it! The planters on our way to the room had dead plants or no plants at all and the few that still manage to cling to life had not been watered for who knows how long. Planters with no plants at all just outside of our room were used as ashtrays. Looked like this part of the hotel was being actively neglected. Prices for the minibar were absurdly expensive and it was not that well stocked anyways. The other absurd charge is for the Internet service; I can understand that for hotels in remote locations, but this is in a major city (the state's capital). The pool also needs a lot of maintenance. Water temperature was great but you could see several places where the tiling was coming off or had come off completely. The pool furniture also badly needs renewal. Towel service was very irregular and one day we got there and found used towels, dishes, empty beer cans and other stuff blown away by the wind and just lying there. The Quinta Real chain is supposed to be a (semi?) luxury one and the prices show this but the overall quality is more of a 3-star hotel. I won't be staying at the QR Aguascalientes again, not worth it.