Absolutely romantic! The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are quaint, & rustic, the staff extremely friendly & helpful. Every night w/ turndown service they also offer to start the fire in your chimney, because we were
going out to dinner one night, we asked that they do it around 10PM figuring that this is when we would be back from dinner. We didn't arrive back until 11:30PM. Wouldn't you know it, the guy stuck around & waited for us to start our chimney fire when he could have gone home for the night...now that's service!
The steam rooms which for some reason they call saunas, they're not, are great & smell really good. the pool is beautiful, especially at night. The grounds are great to walk at night too, everything is lit by candle light.
For a little history of the city, the best walking tour is done by Elizabeth Bell. It's 3hrs, but well worth it. La Fonda is very good for lunch. Dinner is divine at Panza Verde, another beautiful hotel, but on a smaller scale to CSD. The city is surrounded by 3 volcanoes, one spits out smoke every day...very cool!
Safety: I read the US/GOV sight too, which made me leave all of our jewelry at home and really nice clothes, which I regret. They have done a lot & is still doing a lot to clean up this city & make it tourist friendly. We had no trouble what so ever. We walked back to the hotel late at night by ourselves & we were fine. We wandered throughout the city during the day without any trouble at all. Wear comfortable shoes tough, the cobble stone isn't smooth & you can seriously twist your ankle or trip over loose stone.
Although the hotel doesn't mention anything about the safety of the water, we used bottled water to drink & brush our teeth. However, we did have margarita's & rum & cokes in restaurants. We did get sick when we got back home, my husband started to feel sick the day we left & was sick for about 2 weeks. Went to the ER, ran blood tests.etc. he was fine, just had to sweat it out...It's a chance you take when you visit places like this, no regrets.
What the Government sight doesn't tell you is that a lot of the really bad stuff that takes place happens to vehicles carrying missionaries who dare to enter into these remote villages thinking that they can convert the indigenous people. We know this because we became friendly with some of the Americans who have lived there for years. Of course one should be smart, if there are places that you won't go to back home for fear of danger, don't do it there either.
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