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“Pablo Y Carolina.”
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Bela's B&B
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Chelem, Mexico
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“Pablo Y Carolina.”
Reviewed 16 April 2013

Bela's has to be about the nicest B&B in the world, the only problem is that you wont want to leave. The beautiful garden lovely rooms & friendly atmosphere are so seductive that one feels immediately at home.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Despite our spontaneous (I only called one day ahead of time and was lucky that there was a room available) and early arrival at 6 AM we could already enter our room and we were welcomed by Bela and her four small and cute dogs.

The ambience is nice, there are many colourful flowers in the patio.

The B&B is located just 5 minutes from the city center, a travel agency is nearby (in case you want to plan some trips) and almost next to the B&B is a market that is open until late, 7 days a week - good to get mexican souvenirs. The location is simply perfect for a stay in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Our room was clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated. We used the service of getting our clothes cleaned and dried, which was very convenient.

The breakfast was tasty and it was a nice atmosphere chatting with the other tourists. On the day that we left, we could leave our luggage on the site past the check out time, which was very nice - it enabled us to finish a day trip and then to travel on!

Throughout our stay, Bela was always happy to help us with ideas and advice. It was extremely helpful that she had a map prepared for us with important spots in the city, such as banks, sights and also restaurants that she recommended (that had also good ratings at tripadvisor). That was fantastic guidance! Also the idea to visit Chamala and Zinacantán was great advice.

Thank you for letting us stay at your B&B so spontaneously, we had a great time. I miss my favorite of your dogs, Coco-Beans :-)

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

I'm pretty much just piling on at this point, but I'll add another superlative review: This is an outstanding B & B, and I have stayed in some fine ones. The location is perfect; close to the hub, without being loud. Everything is lovely...Bela's attention to detail is evident in everything, from the lovely garden to the perfect tiling in the bathrooms. Bela herself is attentive without being overbearing, and is an interesting conversationalist. This is certainly not the cheapest place in town, but it almost certainly the nicest.
Tip: parking is available for about $8/day in the lot across the street. You will want to move your car the night before you leave if you have an early flight, as it does not open until 6:30 AM.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Mill Valley, California
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

Visiting a friend at Bela's we landed in this oasis right before Semana Santa! Bela has opened her home and made us feel relaxed and part of the family. And indeed there is family! Manuela and Martin have beautiful daughters who help run the kitchen and keep order. My favorite was the grandaughter Melissa with whom I shared my colored pencils. We had wonderful meals for breakfast and 3 authentic lunches that Manuela made. Bela goes out of her way to suggest and guide in all ways. She knows where to get the groovy jewelry and how much $ to leave for tips. She has a great driver, Ricardo, who can take you to villages. It is all there. More than all that is her generous heart, and caring for her employees. I look forward to returning to family style. Thank you Bela!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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berkeley ca
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

I recently spent 5 nights at Bela's. I can't say enough great things about this B and B. Bela is a great hostess with incredible knowledge about San Cristobal and the surrounding area. I had a small but cosy room that stayed warm despite the cold weather. The garden is beautiful and a wonderful place to relax. The kitchen/ dining area is warm and inviting. Manuela and her daughters prepare the best breakfast. I was lucky enough to have her lunch two days and it was the best food I had in Mexico. The guests spent a long time sitting at the dining table which was an added enjoyment. Perfect location- close to everything. I can't wait to return. Thanks Bela- you have created a comfortable and welcoming spot!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Washington
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

Breakfast at Bela's B and B is a treat. The windows of the breakfast room look out on the beautiful garden area and it's a great way to start the day. The rooms at Bela's are lovely, and Bela is very knowledgeable about everything to do and see in Chiapas. The location is excellent, just half a block from the indigenous market and an 8 minute walk to the Zocalo. This lodging gives excellent value.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Bela's is the perfect B&B for San Cristobal. It's only a block from the main pedestrian street and from Santo Domingo. The courtyard garden is beautiful and filled with flowers. Our room was one of the upper level rooms, so we looked out at the mountains across the town. The room was large, comfortable and beautiful. Bela's has a variety of rooms, we had one of the larger rooms at the back. We could sit outside our room and listen to the music in the zocalo in the evening, but never had any problem with street noise.

Breakfasts included fresh fruit and bread, coffee or tea and juice. Eggs are also cooked to order.

Bela was as friendly and helpful as you hope a B&B owner will be. We also had great discussions with the other guests around the breakfast table in the morning and in the garden later in the day.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bela's B&B
Address: Calle Doctor Navarro # 2 | Barrio El Cerrillo, San Cristobal de las Casas 29220, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Chiapas > San Cristobal de las Casas
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 86 B&Bs / Inns in San Cristobal de las Casas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bela's B & B is a lovely bed and breakfast centrally located in the historic town of San Cristóbal de Las Casas. At Bela's you are one block from the one walking street, one-half block from the Santa Domingo Church and outdoor artisan market, three blocks from the zocalo/central square and three blocks the other direction from the town marketplace. You have four lovely bedrooms to choose from, all very cozy and homey, with wonderful service. On the courtyard garden there are two bedrooms with views of the garden, one with private bath. Up the terrace there are two bedrooms, each with private bathrooms, with views of the city. The top room has a balcony with a breath-taking view, and the lower room is a suite with a sitting area and king-size bed. We are a family with four adorable dogs, a lovely home and a gorgeous garden. ... more   less 
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