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By Ann Conway and John Do
La Joya Hotel San Cristobal
San Cristobal de Las Casas
Chiapas – Mexico
La Joya Hotel San Cristóbal
Home Away From Home – Chapter Four
La Joya Hotel is an elegant home for travelers. Only two blocks from the center of San Cristobal de Las Casas, it is close enough to explore this magical town and far enough away to enjoy the serenity of the patios and beautifully appointed suites. Each of the five rooms boasts fine linens, original art, and bouquets of fresh flowers. Ann Conway and John Do created this oasis in Chiapas, Mexico, after traveling the world. They chose San Cristobal for its perfect combination of natural beauty and cultural riches. www.lajoyahotelsancristobal.com
One of the joys of traveling is staying in hotels and inns that combine beauty, comfort, and a sense of place.
During the Middle Ages people escaped to soak in the thermal baths of the Greeks, found refuge in monasteries on their way to business or political obligations as well as crusades, and stopped at resting places along the Middle Eastern routes for caravans. By the early 1800’s holiday resorts flourished and inns provided private bathrooms and lifts for luggage. Before the century was over guests could enjoy the luxuries of central heating and electricity. Now that these amenities are standard expectations, we need to seek other elements that distinguish one retreat from another.
With the millions of rooms that are cookie cutter replicas of their twins across the globe and with companies whose mission it is to tantalize travelers with options and super deals, why not sweeten your adventure with an accommodation that reflects the people who created it and the country that it celebrates? Consider the following: stacks of beautifully illustrated coffee table books on the region, original art by local and renowned artists and artisans, ornate vases of fresh flowers, thousand thread count ironed sheets and a myriad of pillows to choose from, breakfasts presented like fine pieces of art, and afternoon tea that would please a princess. Also look for comments from past guests who mention the tug and pull between curling up in a comfortable chair with a beautiful book and occasionally looking out the window or snuggling between the sheets instead of going out into the bustle of the streets. It’s a telling dilemma that ensures you have found a home away from home.
 Jacques Levy-Bonvin, “Hotels, A Brief History”, http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4017990.htn