San Cristobal de las Casas, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico
At a Glance
Contemporary design in the heart of one of Mexico's most ancient colonial cities
Superb restaurant serving traditional Mexican cuisine
Excellent stopover for travellers en route to Palenque
Would suit couples interested in exploring the rich traditions of the surrounding villages
Great location a short stroll from the heart of San Cristobal
Best time to Visit
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Chiapas and the surrounding highlands have a temperate climate, and daytime temperatures generally remain warm all year round. Nights can be pleasantly cool in summer (June-October), but in the winter you’ll be glad there are blankets and fires in the rooms. Nestling in front of an open log fire can be very romantic - just bear in mind the nightly drop in temperature when you book your trip. The rainy season lasts from June to September.
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Hotel Bo, fabulously located in San Cristobal de las Casas, one of Mexico’s most picturesque and interesting colonial towns, is a chic and contemporary design hotel that provides a superb base for exploring the rich and colourful Maya heritage of Chiapas.
Hotel Bo, located a short stroll down colonial streets from the pulsing bohemian heart of Chiapas's San Cristobal de las Casas, is a striking counterpoint to the town’s cobbled streets, balconied buildings and buzzing plazas.
The hotel’s 22 colourful rooms and suites have been designed sensitively in ways that fuse the four elements and incorporate emblems and design motifs of the ancient Maya heritage, and in particular drawing on the rich textile traditions of the surrounding area.
The design is apparent when you enter the open-plan glass lobby, and this extends to the traditional Andalusian interior courtyard, the use of warm wood in the architecture, the beautiful decking, and the earth tones and textures of the walls.
Head chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita presides over the hotel’s restaurant LUM, which serves up a tantalising array of traditional Mexican dishes.
Hotel Bo makes a wonderful base from which to discover the remarkable surrounding villages of Chiapas with their rich traditions of weaving and music, and slots perfectly into the classic route to Palenque.
There are 22 suites, of which 17 are Deluxe Suites. The superior suites come with butler service, and the Iti Suite has a Jacuzzi.
Italian Etro amenities for rooms and suites, 24-hour concierge service, butler service in suites, 24-hour room service, in-room spa treatments, board games, a selection of books in the library, laundry, dry cleaning and ironing, business centre, fitness centre, safes, iPod dock.
Trips to the surrounding villages can easily be organised, and Palenque and other Maya sites such as Bonampak and Yaxchilan are within striking range. Other trips can be arranged into the Lacandon rainforest, to explore some of the region's coffee estates, to go horse riding, or to visit the electric blue waters of Agua Azul.
Scarlett Richard (Staff)
Hotel BO is nothing but cool and contemporary and well located in the heart of San Cristobal de las Casas. It deviates from the colonial charm found in the area and focuses on the four elements of water, earth, fire and air. The rooms are minimal in design with lots of earth tones and cool colours. Hotel BO is easily the best option in the area with great service, excellent food and atmosphere. Rooms are built either side of these beautiful gardens filled with water features, colourful blooms and areas to sit and relax. For me these gardens were the highlight of my stay and offered the perfect oasis and escape from the midday heat.
Sarah Lowe (Staff)
San Cristobal de Las Casas is one of my favourite colonial towns in Latin America - its stunning setting in the Chiapas hills, strikingly colourful Mexican one storey dwellings, maze of cobble stone streets, funky bars, live music and local traditions. Many of the hotels here are quite bland and tired despite the unique character of the city, well that was until BO came on the scene! Granted, the decor is not to everyone's exact taste as it is hip and out there (could in places be a tad contrived and a few corners have been cut) however it does have character and feels one off. As you walk in off the street you are greeted by high beamed ceilings, industrial style lighting, bright accent colours, oversized lampshades, their trade mark hexagonal motifs everywhere and funky Eames chairs. I do question how the decor in a hotel like this can stand the test of time and these's no escaping the torrential rain this region gets for a big chunk of the year (whilst I was there the staff were fighting the elements and cleaning like mad) however this hotel really is the most exclusive place to stay, is really friendly and has a superb location just a few blocks from the main square.
Maya villages near San Cristobal
Discover the fascinating villages of the Chiapas highlands where the Maya culture and traditions are still very much alive. Visit colourful markets and religious festivals, and meet inspiring community members to learn more about this unique way of life.
Oaxaca Half Day City Tour
Explore the charms of Oaxaca on foot with your very own private guide. Oaxaca is famous for its vibrantly coloured buildings, rich cultural attractions, culinary delights, colonial relics, churches and bustling Indian markets - a delight for the senses!
Private Sumidero Canyon & San Cristobal de las Casas City tour
Enjoy a privately guided tour of San Cristobal de las Casas and its charming colonial centre, learning about its indigenous history before heading out of the city to discover the dramatic landscapes of the Sumidero Canyon.
Location & directions
San Cristobal de las Casas, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico
Hotel Bo is ideally located four blocks away from the heart of San Cristobal de las Casas.
How to get there
11-hour 30-minute international flight to Mexico City International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 15-minute domestic flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez Angel Albino Corzo International. Hotel Bo is a 2-hour car transfer from the airport.
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