by Rachel

Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel

A tranquil oasis radiating Mexican creativity in the heart of Tlaquepaque.

Absolute Highlight

Diving in the icy cold pool and reading a book in the sun, relaxing after a busy day of shopping in the Mexican heat.

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
19 individually furnished and decorated rooms.
The design aesthetic is...
full of character, adorned with works from local artists, colourful Traditional Mexican decor, and hand crafted furnishings throughout.
The typical guest is...
between 30 - 50 from the US or Canada, a mix of couples, families, and store owners who stay here every year on their annual buying trip.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
part of Don Jose’s ethos - they participate in a recycling program and donate excess food from the kitchen, every room is equipped filtered water stations, there are no single use plastics and the hotel boasts a flourishing garden with water fountains and a pond with turtles and fish.
The location is...
excellent - walking distance to the art district Tlaquepaque teeming with wonderful restaurants, street food markets, boutique shops and local galleries.
Interaction is encouraged by....
Complimentary breakfast on the patio and plenty of communal areas including the spacious pool area and courtyard where the staff remember your favourite cocktails and know you by name.
You should stay here because
The fun and friendly staff will make you feel right at home at this family run, Traditional Mexican boutique hotel.
What took you there?

My mother-in-law visits Tlaquepaque every year to buy from the local artisans from the En Art Expo and invited us along for the ride!

What was your room like?

We stayed in Room #6, a Deluxe King room on the top floor with lovely views overlooking the pool and fountain. 

Our room had a rustic, homely feel, with a clay tiled floor, spacious wardrobe, pops of traditional Mexican art and handcrafted wooden furnishings including a vanity desk (which I thought was a nice touch!). The ensuite had a lovely blue-tiled vanity with a Talavera sink and we were pleasantly surprised with the high-pressure shower and amenities. 

There are a variety of different size rooms to choose from and each is uniquely decorated (the poolside suites are the most luxurious – one even has an indoor jacuzzi and glass ceiling rain shower!). Every room has your creature comforts covered, including air conditioning, a coffee maker, hot/cold purified water dispenser, bathrobes and slippers and a flatscreen TV with Netflix. 

What about the venue

When I first stepped into Don Jose, I instantly felt a real sense that we had arrived in Mexico, contrasted with feeling right at home. The friendly staff take pride in making their guests feel welcome and a part of this family-run, boutique hotel.

The building itself has a Hacienda-style ambience, with archway doors and indoor plants, bright artwork and sculptures around every corner. After checking into our room we met with everyone for dinner at the in-house restaurant, TlaquePasta. The restaurant is open to the public and is always full, thanks to its fresh Italian and Mexican fusion cuisine, live music and dinner-party style atmosphere. The food was so good we ended up eating at the hotel restaurant twice for dinner (something I never do on holidays), and enjoyed the complimentary breakfast every morning on the patio. 

The restaurant, curated Tequila bar and hospitable staff are all exceptional, but I have to say that the best part of staying at Don Jose is the relaxing pool and lush gardens.  The freshwater pond with turtles accompanied by the sounds of the waterfall really give the sense that you’ve discovered a hidden sanctuary, making it too easy to forget that you’re only a stroll from the shops, restaurants and galleries of Tlaquepaque.

Tell us about the destination

Tlaquepaque is especially known for its galleries, ceramics, pottery and Mariachi. Mexico’s arts and crafts capital, this is a fantastic destination for shopping, dining and admiring the local works of art in one of the many independent galleries. 

Evenings are spent walking down the vibrant Calle Indepencia, watching the street performers and dining out in one of the many fabulous restaurants. I also highly recommend trying some of the local street food and churros at the night markets. There are lots of people out and about (especially on weekends) but not too much of a nightlife after 11pm.  

A couple of days is enough here, but there are plenty of day trips you can do to round out your trip. A day trip to Tequila is always fun and if you’re looking to deck out your home, you’ll find the best prices for handcrafted pottery, furniture, and hand-blown glassware in Tonala, which is only a short taxi ride away. 

Who did you meet there?

While the vibe here at Don Jose is relaxed and can be low key if that’s what you’re after, it’s relatively easy to meet other guests hanging by the pool, at the bar or during breakfast on the patio.

We chatted to some girls in their late 20s visiting from California, who were sun-baking on the pool chairs next to ours, and also with some lovely older Canadian ladies who have been coming to Don Jose for the past decade on their annual getaway from their husbands. 

Charlie the bartender came around every afternoon during happy hour, bringing us frozen margaritas by the pool and catching up on our day’s adventures. 

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Surrounding Activities

Zaguan Restaurant

Tantalise your tastebuds and dine at the unassuming Zaguan restaurant. Don’t go past the jicama shrimp tacos!

Zaguan Restaurant & Galeria

Casa Luna

Soak up the ambience - a perfect dinner & drinks date night spot.

Casa Luna Restaurant

Sergio Bustamante Gallery

Admire the works of Guadalajaran artist Sergio Bustamante, most famous for his dreamlike sculptures depicting animals and humanoid creatures.

Sergio Bustamante Gallery

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