Parador San Juan de Dios
San Cristobal de las Casas, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico
At a Glance
Intimate boutique hotel with just 12 rooms and suites
Peaceful and pretty retreat
Located in the oldest part of town
Surrounded by large manicured gardens
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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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Experience Mexico's picturesque colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas from the lovely Parador San Juan de Dios, surrounded by beautiful gardens. The hotel is full of charm and has an intimate feel, with just 12 guest rooms.
Parador San Juan de Dios is a lovely converted townhouse located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of San Cristobal de las Casas, in Mexico's Chiapas region. The buildings originally date back to the 17th and 19th centuries and historically the property was dedicated to the farming and milling of wheat. There is very much a colonial feel to the hotel but with the luxury of modern commodities and exceptional service. The verdant gardens are most certainly an asset to the hotel's picturesque grounds.
The hotel has twelve rooms and suites, which are all charmingly decorated with local furniture, antiques and handicrafts. The hotel has wonderfully kept gardens and a restaurant serving traditional Mexican Chiapas dishes and Mediterranean cuisine. Produce is fresh and organic, and taken from the Parador’s garden, and cooked in a traditional log-burning oven.
Parador San Juan de Dios is a great base for exploring San Cristobal, with a rich indigenous culture and one of Mexico's most picturesque colonial towns, whose cobbled streets are lined with colourful houses and churches. It is also well worth exploring some of the fascinating villages nearby where Mayan traditions and customs are well and truly alive. It is also well located for excursions to the impressive Sumidero Canyon.
There are just 12 individually designed rooms and suites at Parador San Juan de Dios, divided into two Luxury Rooms, nine Suites and one Master Suite. The rooms are full of character and warmly decorated, with elegant wood floors and furniture, fireplaces, rugs and artworks on the walls. The Suites also feature a plasma TV, internet connection and hyrdomassage bathtub. The Master Suite is set over two storeys, with a bedroom, a lounge-dining room, a kitchenette and hydromassage bathtub.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Parador San Juan de Dios and they will love the ample outdoor space that they can play in.
Parador San Juan de Dios is set in beautiful gardens with plenty of seating areas for relaxing. There are also two restaurants, offering both inside and al-fresco dining and serving local and Mediterranean cuisine, featuring grilled specialities and organic vegetables from the hotel's gardens. There is also a gallery exhibiting local textiles, artworks and sculptures.
Parador San Juan de Dios is an excellent base from which to explore the charming town of San Cristóbal de las Casas, with a deep rooted indigenous culture, a wealth of colourful houses and churches and an impressive setting, surrounded by mountains in the Chiapas highlands. From here it is also possible to arrange excursions to the colourful Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, as well as the Sumidero Canyon. At Parador San Juan de Dios it is possible to arrange massages.
Parador San Juan de Dios is a stunning boutique hotel located just north of San Cristobal de las Casas. Colonial buildings on the property date to the 18th and 19th century. Originally a wheat mill, the buildings are made of adobe, stone and tiles and host enormous tile roofs. Lovingly restored, the hotel now hosts large gardens and wide grass lawns. It even grows its own organic vegetables, which are served in its two Chiapas/Mediterranean restaurants, the Agapandos and The Terrace. There is also an art gallery and an antique museum on-site.
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.
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
Parador San Juan de Dios is located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods, in the colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.
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. Parador San Juan de Dios is a 2-hour car transfer from the airport.
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