This hotel is perfectly located (on zocalo in center of town), in a 17th-century house with two nice courtyards, one with a pool. The rooms in the oldest part of the house have windows facing the street or the zocalo, with the most street noise on the zocalo side, where music is often playing at night. These rooms have high wood beamed ceilings and old furniture, and the second floor veranda surrounding the courtyard has seating areas which are great for hanging out in the evening sipping drinks--effectively expanding the living area like a suite. The newer section near the pool has smaller but still nice rooms with the advantage of being quieter, if that is a concern.
Bathroom plumbing was fine, you might have to ask for the hot water to be turned on if you are showering very early or in the afternoon. Cable TV in each room had many channels.
Given San Cristobal's cool climate, the pool is only useful for sunny days and is irrelevant in the late winter or early spring. There is no central heating in the hotel and you will have to rely on blankets--in May 50 degrees F at night was perfect sleeping weather.
There is a restaurant in the hotel which we didn't try but looked pretty good. There are many great cafes and places to eat around the area. The hotel bar is nice with a large screen TV. There is an internet cafe in the hotel for only 6 pesos an hour.
We paid $58 US a night and were able to prepay via credit card using the website below, had to call Cactus Mexico in Mexico City to give a credit card number. Rates are lower if you pay in cash in pesos, and you can make a reservation via email to the hotel.
San Cristobal de las casas is a fantastic place to stay and the visits to the Indian communities shouldn't be missed. At 9am in front of the catedral you will find Raul who runs guided tours to Chamula and Zinacantan that are an incredible bargain at 125 pesos per person. Our English-speaking guide provided an immense amount of information and access to Indian homes and places of worship, an unforgettable experience that lasted nearly 6 hours.
Also check out Los Pinguinos (flyers posted in various restaurants including El Gato Gordo) for wonderful, strenuous mountain-biking excursions.
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- Beautiful colonial house, unique in the city, built in the 16th century, and the best location just down town ... more less
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