Accommodations and Food
Though part of the Casa Grande complex, Hotel Santo Domingo (Carretera Tapachula-Union Juárez, tel. 962/627-0060, www.centroecoturisticosantodomingo.com, US$17 s, US$25 d) is surprisingly basic, with spacious though musty rooms, aging amenities, and beds that could use replacement. Nevertheless, the rooms are clean, all have private bathrooms, and the location is pleasant. In a pinch, it will do just fine.
With tables on a breezy 2nd-floor balcony, Casa Grande Restaurant (tel. 962/627-0055, 8 a.m.–8:30 p.m. daily, US$3.50–6.50) has gorgeous views over its coffee plantations and Tacaná Volcano—probably the best seats in town. The menu is equally impressive, though only for its breadth; the food—Mexican and international—is reliable but not much more. Even if you’re not hungry, it’s worth ordering a coffee and sitting awhile to enjoy the view.
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition