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“Hotel Santo Tomas” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Santo Tomas
rincon de guayabitos,mexico
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Hotel Santo Tomas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

I stayed at the Santo Tomas for 3 days this last February and loved it, about a block from Na Balom so it is in a quiet neighborhood...secure parking, large rooms have fireplaces if needed..
I would stay there next trip to San Cristobal.......

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Oaxaca
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86 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the Santo Tomas. At first, seeing the listing, I was afraid it was too far out of town. However, it's only a block or so beyond the Museo/Hotel Na Balom. It has very secure and easy parking access; the rooms are very well-appointed with nice decorator touches; and each room has a well-designed fireplace in the corner. Firewood the first night is free and subsequent nights cost 50 pesos. There is a large green area with trees and flowers.

The bed mattress was one of the best, and the blankets were light weaight but very warm: I hate the usual heavy blankets with the nasty fringes. The pillows were comfortable, too.

The rooms have lovely new bathrooms with hair dryer, soap and shampoo, and very hot water. There was even a sturdy American-style toilet seat that didn't wobble! There's a walk-in closet with a skylight, cable TV with a remote, and nice little colonial tables. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the whole property is immaculately maintained.

One reviewer said that there's no store nearby for extra water and snacks, but we did not find this to be the case. The Na Balom is just around the corner for breakfast, should one wish, providing time to be in the Museum without being on a tour; there's a small store up the block for snacks; a lady sells food to go at lunch time also just up the street.

It's an easy walk up the quiet street Calle Comitan by the Na Balom to El Cerrillo Church and Santo Domingo Church and the craft stalls, as well as the city market. Taxis are reasonable should it be extra cold and rainy at night, but then you can look forward to your fireplace, which did a great job warming the pretty room. We enjoyed staying away from the tourist corridor in a more residential area where we could hear occasional fireworks, goats and chickens in the distance rather than heavy car traffic.

During the winter off-season, the rate is 400 pesos a night, which for the quality of the room and facility is amazing. Firewood the first night is free and subsequent nights cost 50 pesos.

My only caveat is that, despite 3 lovely iron light fixtures in the sleeping area, it was a little too dark to read. Bringing a portable reading lamp or a stronger light bulb would be a good idea, but this is a common problem in many Mexican hotels, and will not keep us from staying here the next time we're in San Cristobal.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank bmillerOaxaca
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Oaxaca
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34 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

We started out staying a few days in a hotel without a chimenea in the center of town, but chose to relocate to the Santa Tomas after walking to a friend's house. By the reviews, I originally thought it was too far away from the city center, but then when we realized it was a little more than a block beyond the Na Balom (our all-time favorite hotel in SCLC but the rates have risen so) we made the move.

The hotel is lovely, with a large lawn, trees and flowers. Parking is secure and easy: we always bottomed out on the Na Balom steep parking access. The rooms have delightful decorating touches, with a well-designed corner fireplace, hair dryer, a walk-in closet with skylight, a squeaky clean modern bathroom, a very comfortable mattress with light weight warm blankets, TV with a remote. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

The listed price for a double is 550 pesos a night, but we were told that during the off season (approximately January through April-ask) the room rate is 400 pesos. Therefore, I would advise not reserving ahead, but just showing up and asking about the off-season rate. The first night, firewood is free; subsequent nights cost 50 pesos for wood.

One reviewer stated that there's no place near to buy basic supplies or to eat. This was not the cases. We had breakfast just up the street at the Na Balom (careful-if you ask for milk with your coffee, you'll find an added 20 pesos on your bill!); there's a small store selling snacks, water, soda, etc. also up the street; there's a woman selling really yummy take out lunches from the front of her house at the corner. There's peace and quiet, with occassional fireworks, sounds of goats and chickens in the distance, and a very nice view of the green mountains.

The walk to the city market and Santo Domingo Church with the craft stalls is a straight shot up Calle Comitan from the Na Balom. It's an easy street to walk and takes you past El Cerrillo Church. Taxis at night are reasonable should you chose not to walk back in the cold, dark, and possible rain to your wonderful and warming fireplace.

We really enjoyed being out of the tourist corridor.

My only caveat: bring a portable reading lamp and/or some stronger light bulbs. Like so many Mexican Hotels, there's not enough light to read by although there are 3 pretty iron light fixtures in the room which provide romantic but not practical light.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Barbara M
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Oakland, Oregon
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117 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

Helpful staff, large room good bed, very clean off the road so very quiet for a great nights sleep

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DeliaLop
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Property: Hotel Santo Tomas
Address: Franz Blom No.1 | Barrio de Cuxtitali, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Chiapas > San Cristobal de las Casas
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Ranked #19 of 85 B&Bs / Inns in San Cristobal de las Casas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
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