Located on the edge of town, the 17th- and 18th-century buildings of Parador San Juan de Díos (Calzada Roberta 16, tel. 967/678-4290, www.sanjuandios.com, US$140 s/d, US$200–370 suite) are home to one of the finest hotels in San Cristóbal. The good-size rooms have an eclectic art collector’s feel to them: antique Mexican furnishings, original oil paintings, and Persian rugs. Each different from the other, no room disappoints. Service is impeccable.
Hotel Posada Real de Chiapas (Francisco Madero 19, tel. 967/678-0928, www.hotelchiapas.com.mx, US$125 s/d, US$140/160 junior/master suite) is a new addition to San Cristóbal’s small collection of upscale hotels. Overall it’s a lovely place, with large carpeted rooms and modern amenities, including comfortable beds, coffee makers, and in-room safes. The decor is intended to celebrate indigenous women, with photos and examples of regional textiles and clothing, complete with informational placards. The main complaint here is noise, whether from the street or the hotel’s spacious interior courtyard (especially on Saturdays, when there’s live music). A handful of rooms, including the suites, face a rear garden and are quieter and worth asking for.
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition