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Santa Maria Parador-Museo
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

This is a beautiful - and pricy - hacienda which could / should be a nice retreat from the noisy capital... but they played loud music in the open living room (the area with sofas) and in the restaurant from morning to dawn. Since we were nearly the only guests, we asked them every time to turn down the music. They did so, but I did not understand why they would impose on us music in this quiet, natural environement that seemed so perfect to read, relax and lay back...

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

It is a hotel/museum in a beautiful old Hacienda built in 17 century, 8 rooms boutique hotel, every room is different, exceptional service. Beautiful Catholic Art paintings and sculptures inside an old chapel.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

We stayed one night at Parador Santa Maria on our way to La Selva Lacandona. We arrived at 7:30 pm on Christmas Eve and a staff member was actually outside waiting for us even though we were 11/2 hours later than expected. He quickly helped us unload and walked us through the grounds to our room. It was little things like that which made our stay here so special. This is not a place for frugal traveler, think of it as a splurge since you are literally staying in a museum. There were only a handful of guest , but we quickly realized that we were mingling among Mexican elite, they had a vocabulary much too sophisticated for our L.A. Spanglish. To our delight, lack of pedigree did not keep the staff from attending to our every need. Both of our rooms had fireplaces so at night they brought us a wheel barrel full of wood which the grounds keeper properly stacks and lights for you at bedtime. Staying in a room full of antiques with plush bedding and the warmth of the fire is about as close to feeling like a princess as I have ever gotten. One of the highlights for me is worth mentioning, THE DRIVE. First of all, the drive out from the airport in Tuxtla Gutierrez (through Amatenango del valle and Comitan) to La Trinitaria is an experience all on it's own. The landscape is beautiful , and vast quite unique compared to other parts of Mexico I have visited. The indigenous people doing business on the side of the road set up elaborate displays with local fruit which makes it impossible not to stop. SIDE NOTE ABOUT SHOPPING FOR ARTESANIAS: If you are planning a road trip through this area I want to mention that there are a few vendors with pottery . We stopped but my husband gave me a 2 minute limit since we were running late. I picked up some beautiful plates I put up on my wall and animal figurines all hand painted in bright colors. Since it was our first day in Chiapas I thought I would see more of the same thing but I did not. So make sure you do not pass up this opportunity if you are looking for colorful pottery, plus it was ridiculously cheap.

On our way, before we got to the Parador we stopped in La Trinitaria and in the plaza the locals were all gathered enjoying the live music and socializing. It felt very intimate and quaint and was an awesome way to spend Christmas eve. The street vendors sell freshly made Churros and Papitas with crema and Chili, delicious !! The parador itself is still a bit of a drive out of town, with nothing in view but a massive amount of stars peeking through the pine trees that then turned into open fields of corn. For those of you who have heard the warnings about driving the roads in Chiapas at night , I doubt the warnings are about this area. There are no obvious signs of danger, the road is empty at night. Perhaps that is the danger, a broken axle on this road at night and you will wake up with a stiff neck from sleeping in your vehicle. In other parts of our roadtrip through Lacandon (if you read my other reviews) we felt the warnings were well deserved but not here.

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  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 14, 2018
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  • Stayed: February 2018, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 14, 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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