Reservations are on a first-come first-serve basis and the Villa QQ Hotel is usually booking several months in advance. Choose a room on the website and at the bottom of the description you can check availability and begin the reservation process: https://360xochiquetzal.com/qq-and-xq-joining-forces/ Plan a year ahead if you want to come in the winter!
There is no fee for attending the residency except for paying the rent on your room (varies between $950 – 1450 usd/month) and your other personal expenses. You are responsible for your travel to and from Mexico. It is easy and safe to take an airport taxi which costs $440 pesos to Chapala. Download driving directions from our Facebook Page: 360 Xochi Quetzal (join us too!). You will also need to pay for your local transportation (taxis usually $5 USD), entertainment, gifts and dining. Food is inexpensive in Mexico, typically costing about $30/week USD. Eating out is quite affordable with meals costing $4 – 10 USD. International calls can be made by getting an international cell plan from ATT or Sprint or downloading WhatsApp before you arrive.
There may be additional costs for special events like studio visits and workshops. Resident artists will be contacted about events taking place during their residency.
Each space at the Villa QQ Hotel has a private entrance, sitting area, bedroom and full bathroom. Your residency also includes free wi-fi, all utilities, weekly maid service, (weekly laundry pickup is available for an additional charge) and a 22-page Residency Handbook. All rooms have patios where you can also work and relax. See pictures and descriptions on our website: http://360xochiquetzal.com/personal-residency-overview/.
Payment in full is required if making your reservation less than 60 days in advance. If booking more than 60 days in advance a 50% deposit is required in order to reserve your space. The balance of your reservation will be due 30 days prior to your arrival date.
If you cancel 30 days prior to your reservation date, your deposit will be refunded. If you cancel 15 days prior to arrival date, you will receive your deposit less 20% administration fee. Less than 15 days, your deposit will not be refunded unless there is proof of Covid related restrictions. In that case you will received your deposit refund less 20% administration fee.
First of all, Mexico is considered a developing country, not a third world country. The electric outlets are exactly the same as in the US, so you can bring your favorite electrical device. You do NOT need any special immunizations. However, for reasons we do not understand you CANNOT bring Sudafed into the country. But you can buy something similar here without a prescription.
Thousands of older single women have moved to the Lake because it is so affordable to live here, especially on a small Social Security check. We find it very safe, more so than in the US because there is a ban on handguns here. There is very low crime here in Chapala and the residency spaces are just a couple of blocks from the police station. The violence in Mexico is mostly drug-related gang violence at the border like in LA and Chicago and doesn’t involve the ex-pats ( we are located 17 hours south of the border). Families are often out late on the streets having their dinner (la cena) and it is a lively, safe environment.
No need to be nervous! When you finish with customs and immigration and enter the terminal, there is a taxi kiosk near the exit. They speak English in the kiosk and you pay for the trip there with pesos or credit card. They will give you a slip and then you exit the terminal to the taxi stand. Most of the drivers speak only a little English but we will be sending you directions to Chapala, which are very easy to follow (only 25 minutes) and you can guide your driver by just indicating left or right once you get into Chapala Center. You can also use Uber if you have that App on your phone. You can change some money at the airport at a Cambio. However, we suggest just changing a small amount, like $50 because the exchange rates are much better in Chapala.
The Mirador Suite and Carriage House at the Villa QQ Hotel can accommodate couples or collaborative groups. Take a close look at the room descriptions to see if your choice room will work for two people: https://360xochiquetzal.com/qq-and-xq-joining-forces/
The Villa QQ Hotel is staffed 24/7. Regardless of when you arrive, someone will answer the bell and let you in and then give you a key to your room. The grounds are locked and secure.
There are several options. You can check to see if your current phone service has a temporary international plan that includes calls from US, Canada and Mexico (ATT and Sprint work well here). Most of our residents find that using WhatsApp is the easiest phone option (and free). We advise downloading it before you arrive in Mexico and testing it by sending a text to one of our cell phones (Sandra Hernandez = +52 331.699.4851)
No pets are permitted at the in the live/work spaces at the Villa QQ Hotel.
Service pets and companion pets are permitted at 360 Xochi Quetzal live/work spaces upon specific permission from the director.
Thanks to good leadership, we didn’t have that many Covid cases here in Chapala. Most businesses require masks, temperature, shoe baths and gel in order to enter. For maximum protection we encourage mask-wearing whenever you are out of your space, even on the Villa QQ Hotel grounds. In order to leave Mexico, you will need to get a negative antigen test. Some countries will not let residents go to Mexico, so please check with your Consulate.
In both Aztec and Maya culture, Xochiquetzal was the goddess associated with fertility, creativity and crafts, especially weaving and embroidery. The name is a compound of the Nahuatl words for flower (xochitl) and for tail feather of the strikingly colored quetzal bird (quetzalli).
Pronounce it like this: So-chi Ket-zal