About six miles southeast of the center of Guadalajara city you’ll find Tlaquepaque—an enclave that has established itself as an artistic center of excellence in the region. The colonial town dates back to Hispanic times, and today Tlaquepaque has become the area’s boutique shopping district with trendy shops and restaurants lining colonial-style streets and alleyways, plazas, and gardens. It’s also becoming a popular base for visitors, ideally situated about half-way between the international airport and the historic center of Guadalajara.
Spotting an opportunity to open an authentic colonial-style hotel in the area, Arturo Magana and his wife left Los Angeles in 2001, moved their family to Tlaquepaque, and opened the Quinta Don José with the intention to provide a local oasis, where guests enjoy a comfortable stay as well as a base to explore the locality. It has since become known as one of the most welcoming and friendly hotels in the area.
This family-run boutique hotel is situated in the heart of Tlaquepaque’s historic district, close to the town’s principal attractions and amenities. Stepping-in from the colonial street to Quinta Don José feels like stepping into an authentic colonial Mexican home. The hotel’s staff treat guests with the kind of personal attention that makes you feel immediately relaxed and at home. Every one of the 17 rooms are individually appointed, each with its own character, and perfectly in-keeping with authentic Mexican colonial style décor.
The central colonial courtyard is marked by a beautiful pool area and surrounding gardens, with seating flecked in nooks and crannies where you can find cool shade in the afternoon sun, or relax under soft lamplight while enjoying the tranquility of a warm evening.
The intimate and friendly bar is well stocked and offers an opportunity to mingle and socialize with other guests, or simply enjoy a quiet cocktail. Arturo also opened an Italian-themed restaurant on the property—Tlaquepasta—which is well-regarded by locals and guests for its handmade pizzas and fresh pasta dishes. The wonderful home-cooked breakfasts, which include freshly-baked breads and traditional Mexican favorites, can be taken at your leisure in the restaurant or in the central courtyard amidst the beautifully manicured gardens. The hotel welcomes families and is also pet friendly.
As your local hosts and experts about the region, the staff at La Quinta Don José can arrange trips and activities using known-good local guides and operators—including city tours of Guadalajara, trips to visit the agave-growing region around Tequila, nearby archaeology sites, as well as other nature/adventure activities.
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Airport Arrivals: The hotel will offer you a complimentary airport pick-up when you mention Mexperience at the time of booking.