Once you cross over thethreshold at La Joya Hotel, your travel weariness is instantly abated and you are transported into a space of great beauty, elegance and tranquility. Your incredibly wonderful & gracious hosts, Ann Conway & John Do, greet you at the door with a warmth & graciousness that is so genuine & generous, you feel like you've been friends forever. Then you may meet the staff - three young men, always with big smiles, whose kindness & attention to service makes you feel like royalty.
I believe there are 5 guest rooms in total - all different but equally fabulous, appointed with art & treasures from Ann & John's world travels. You may have a wood burning fireplace and/or a private balcony. Your sheets have been ironed and if there's a chill in the night air, you can turn on the mattress warmer so your bed is cozy warm from the start. Just in case you want a midnight snack, there is fruit and chocolate near your bed. The bathroom? It will be a surprise - of luxury.
In the morning, you will be the very lucky recipient of John's cooking for breakfast. Each day of your stay there will be a different combination of delicious delights and it goes without saying that Ann & John have pre-checked with you for your food preferences & taboos.
Ann is a master at planning excursions customized just for you. She knows the dates, times, even festival routes of the surrounding pueblos' holidays & fiestas. She knows because she has checked each one personally. With your particular interests in mind, she will suggest the best guides. We were so fortunate to be in the wonderful care & knowledge of Damian, Alex and taxista, Rubin.
There is so much more - tea at 5, if you wish. Too tired to go out at night - how about a movie? John will light a fire, offer you a great selection of DVD's, and bring wine and cheese & crackers to your comfy seat in the TV lounge.
I could go on & on. The combination of a 5 star hotel with the the hospitality & friendship of Ann & John is an unforgettable combination. Our ten days at LaJoya Hotel truly felt like we were living in Shangra La. There are many beautiful comfortable places to stay in the world but only one of those comes with Ann & John. San Cristobal de Las Casas is the winner. There is no other place as wonderful and meaningful to us, as Ann & John's La Joya Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Joya Hotel, San Cristobal's gem, is located one block from the Guadalupe walking street and two blocks from the colonial center. Five boutique suites welcome guests to relax in the luxury with sumptuous mattresses, 800-1000 thread count sheets, flat screen TVs, free WiFi, and private bathrooms that look like they stepped out of a design magazine. Three suites have wood burning fireplaces. Three have views of the surrounding hillsides. A gourmet breakfast is included along with afternoon snacks. Enjoy the elegance and serenity of a boutique hotel and the hospitality of a bed and breakfast. Prices $170-$220usd plus 2%tax. ... more less