San Cristobal luxury hotel

There are some areas of Mexico that seem perpetually underserved in terms of high-end hotels and one of those has long been San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas. Sure, there are plenty of interesting small hotels with a sense of place, but it’s been hard to find one with all the expected luxe amenities in the rooms, especially in the historic center.

We’re happy to report that there’s a fine place to stay there now, however, in the form of Casa del Alma Boutique Hotel, just a few blocks from the main plaza. With 27 fine rooms on two floors, it’s sized well for this enchanting city in the mountains and offers a way to explore San Cristobal on foot without getting into a taxi.

These are by far the best accommodations in town now, with all rooms having the kind of features you expect in a modern hotel: coffee maker, music player, comfortable mattress, a robe, and complimentary Wi-Fi that works well. You also get fine L[Occitane toiletries in a marble bath with rain shower and there’s nightly turndown service with some local chocolate. Some suites have a balcony and all have some sitting room furniture and a good desk chair. The smallest are 400 square feet and the next class up is 600.

Casa del Alma also has a full spa with a regular staff, a sauna, and steam room, plus a gym with new equipment. The on-site restaurant is especially good, so you don’t have to go on the prowl for breakfast. When it starts pouring down rain and you want to stay in, you can order here or get room service.

Secreto Casa del Alma

There are a lot of nice design elements here, including references to the architecture of the city. This is a rework of a historic building, but the courtyard part is illuminated with a skylight and all the rooms have an outside window instead of only getting their light from the middle part. In essence, the facade is historic, but the interior has been revamped to create a fully modern hotel.

See our detailed review of Casa del Alma Boutique Hotel in San Cristobal de Las Casas, in one of Mexico’s best adventure states—Chiapas.