Hotel Bo is a so-called design concept hotel, and its particular concept is the unification of contemporary and traditional Chiapaneco architecture and design. (Chiapaneco means indigenous to the state of Chiapas, where San Cristobal de las Casas is located.) The four elements—wind, water, fire, and earth—are central to the hotel's aesthetic, with different design details, such as fireplaces and candles, alluding to these elements. Rooms are decorated with some local crafts, and beds are dressed with colorful spreads. The hotel really is in the heart of San Cristobal, within easy walking distance of markets, restaurants, and the city's main sights, many of which are architectural gems dating back to the colonial era.
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San Cristobal de las Casas was one of the first cities built by the Spanish in North America. Named for the patron saint of travelers, the town is designated by the Mexican government as one of its pueblos mágicos, or “magical villages,” thanks to the preserved remnants of the colonial era. Those remnants take many forms, but the most iconic are San Cristobal's churches and homes; many of the former are built in baroque style, with dramatic flourishes inside and out. It's little wonder, then, that one of the most popular activities for travelers is touring San Cristobal's architectural attractions, including the Cathedral of San Cristobal and the Templo and Ex Convento of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. In addition to architecture, visitors love exploring the town's many markets and, in particular, shopping for the textiles for which the state of Chiapas is known. Several interesting museums include the Museum of Mayan Medicine, the Mesoamerican Jade Museum, and the Museum of Amber.
Need to Know
Rooms: 22 rooms; from $300. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Hotel Bo has an on-site restaurant, LUM, which serves Mexican cuisine with international touches using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant has a nice wine list, with an emphasis on Mexican wines, many of which are difficult to find in the United States due to limited exportation. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a small fitness center, and spa services are offered in guest rooms rather than a central, dedicated wellness center.
Who it's for: Aficionados of contemporary architecture and design. Our favorite rooms: The Garden Suite has a private garden, which features a reflecting pool and a breakfast terrace area. The suite also has a fireplace. Location, location, location: Signage indicating the hotel's location is limited; having the exact street address will come in handy.