I'm a freelance writer and yogi living in Tepoztlan, Mexico where I'm running www.casadelcorazon.mx with my girlfriend. You can keep up with my other writing on www.bollocks2thewellingtons.com/
Published April 5th 2015
Fun place to stay in San Cristobal
San Cristobal de las Casas is a delightful spot to spend Christmas in Mexico. It's up in the mountains so is pretty cold at night and this gives the feel of the festive season - at least for me, being used to the British winter.
The guesthouse itself is set in a traditional building around two courtyards, one of which has a wishing well as a cute feature. The other courtyard near the kitchen has deckchairs and hammocks for hanging out in.
The kitchen is well stocked with implements and spices and is open for use by all the residents - except for on the 24th December as I'll explain later.
We cooked a couple of times, even though the food options in San Cristobal are difficult to ignore.
The breakfast, which is included, is absolutely fantastic. Coffee and tea is available along with 2 eggs per person, bread, butter, a couple of choices of cereal and homemade jam which is up there with the best I've ever tried. We saw one of the staff making it and the amount of fruits she used was extremely impressive.
We started to get creative with the eggs as I showed off my culinary skills by making a middle eastern special, Shakshuka that I had picked up in India.
We had an excellent time and the following day - Christmas day for those of us outside Mexico, we celebrated with an impromtu sharing of food from many of the guests. We cooked up a storm and had dessert from the local bakery Oh La La!
All in all, Posada del Abuelitos was a great place to stay and I'd totally recommend it for couples, friends and single travellers as a comfortable and friendly option in a super location and with a touch of history thrown in for nothing
We stayed in a private room with shared bathroom which was extremely reasonably priced. There is a dorm available as well but if you are a couple then the privates are probably worth it. The shared bathrooms vary in quality, the one next to the kitchen is great and very private while the one at the back courtyard is a bit more "open" and dingy.
It gets cold at night in San Cristobal so it is helpful that the hostel has a common room which contains a fire that is lit every evening. Getting to know your hostel-mates round the roaring heat is a nice way to spend the night.
The staff at Posada del Abuelitos made the stay much more pleasant, Pepe was funny and cooked up a feast, Marco was helpful and friendly giving good advice and Nili made sure to look after us when we had questions.