To stay in the colonial heart of downtown, we recommend the following hotels:
Meson de Santa Rosa, Luis Pasteur Sur #17: Located on the Plaza de Armas, this is a wonderful hotel with great design and style. Centered around a beautiful courtyard there is a bar, restaurant, living room or salon and pool area.
La Casa de la Marquesa: Located at Francisco I. Madero #41, this is a beautiful old-world hotel with beautiful tile work, stained glass windows, painted walls and antique furniture in downtown Queretaro. It was built as a baroque-style private home/palace in 1756 and became the residence of the Foreign Secretary.
A friend in San Miguel de Allende just told me about the Hotel Criol, that opened recently in the downtown area. It has a sleek, contemporary style. It has a pool and rooftop bar. Rio de la Loza Norte #6.