Virtually Escape to a Charming & Eco-Friendly Hotel in San Cristobal de Las Casas

Exhibiting one of the most beautiful courtyards in all of Mexico, Casa Lum is a charming hotel that incorporates thoughtful and eco-friendly design.

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Image: Real de Guadalupe | Photo By: Susan Metenosky Ripley​​


Located in the magical city of San Cristobal de las Casas––which is famous for its colonial architecture and Mayan culture––Casa Lum Boutique Hotel is situated on the beautiful pedestrian street of Real de Guadalupe which is one block from the Zocalo (central square) and steps away from great restaurants, bars, cafes, museums, and shops.


The hotel is made up of eight uniquely decorated and furnished suites that feel especially cozy thanks to the adobe walls and wooden floors and ceilings. Every room includes free WiFi, TV, and heated floors. 

Something to note: While may of the rooms contain views of the garden, some of the suites do not have windows. Make sure to ask if your room has a view before confirming your reservation.

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Image: The Ipil Room at Casa Lum Boutique Hotel | Photo By: Susan Metenosky Ripley​​


The Mexican state of Chiapas is known for its strong indigenous cultural identity with 27% of the population identifying as indigenous and 12 federally recognized indigenous groups each with their own languages and customs. Casa Lum Boutique Hotel pays tribute to these indigenous traditions by displaying colorful textiles from the region in every room.
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Images from Casa Lum​​


Passionate about promoting sustainability and re-use, the hotel has been decorated keeping both environmental awareness and economic development in mind.

Originally constructed in the 1800s, the building retains its original style including many adobe walls, wooden columns, and clay roof tiles.

Twenty-five doors and windows from the original house were reconditioned and reused and the plaster that covers the original adobe walls was made traditionally using natural materials like lime, prickly pear slime, and water. Additionally, 9,000 tiles from demolished buildings were incorporated in the design.

The hotel was awarded EarthCheck’s Silver Certification, denoting that they have put an environmental policy in place that monitors energy and resource usage in 10 areas. 

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The central courtyard is lush and leafy, and includes a garden which the restaurant uses for fresh ingredients. The adjoining restaurant is modern and upscale, but still cozy, and the food is fresh and tasty.

Things to Consider

San Cristobal de las Casas is located at 7200 feet in altitude, so it can get quite chilly in the winter months in the evening. Rooms include heated floors, but the rooms can still be a bit chilly at times. It would be great to have space heaters for guests sensitive to the cold.scroll through for images from Casa Lum
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Our Rating

Rating: 9.5/10 –– Casa Lum is great for couples or families and while it is on the higher end of price in this town (starting at about 1505 Mexican pesos or $65 per night), it hits the mark with its beautiful design, well organized spaces, great hospitality, comfortable rooms, and excellent location.

San Cristobal de Las Casas Travel Guide

To learn more about this beautiful colonial town nestled in the middle of Chiapas––the southernmost state in Mexico––make sure to read our San Cristobal de las Casa travel guide.

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About the Author


Mexican-American journalist, former national news producer, and graduate of Boston College and Columbia University School of Journalism. Her mission is to shed more light on the beauty and traditions of Mexican culture. This website is dedicated to her grandmothers, Tita Susana and Tita Lupita, who taught her to be proud of her heritage and to always remember where her ancestors came from.

About the Author

Susan Metenosky Ripley

Founder of Brooklyn Tropicali––a travel blog focused on creative travels for creative people. She is based in sunny Oaxaca, where her number one hobby is eating all the things and learning more about the rich food culture. After living in the city for over two years, she is passionate to share her best tips to get off the typical tourist trail and get to know the beautiful culture, artisan work, nature, food, mezcal, festivals, and people that make Oaxaca so special. When she isn’t in Oaxaca, Susan can be found in other parts of Mexico and Latin America, eating street food and writing about her travels.

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