Hotel Parador Margarita is situated just 2 blocks from Real de Guadalupe and 2 and a half blocks from the Zocalo, but as Guadalupe is pedestrianised and has so many distractions en route you might not make it all the way to the Zocalo if easily waylaid!
Set in a quiet back street the hotel doesn't have much street presence, but as with hotels of this style all the features are contained within. You enter through a courtyard with a small garden which is mainly a route through (unless staying in the rooms that line it). The main courtyard is just past the reception and small lounge area and is the feature of this hotel as it has a stunning view of the mountains in the distance above the creeper-covered end wall. The rooms around this garden are on 2 levels, the second level rooms being accessed via an open balcony around the 3 sides of the courtyard – the absence of the 4th side is the reason why you get such a good view beyond the hotel.
The décor of the rooms (especially a ceiling of dark wooden beams) can make them seem a bit gloomy at times but this is quite common in this style of hotel and as you are in San Cristobal don't expect wall-to-wall sunshine and just go with the flow! Anyway there are plenty of communal places to sit and take in the ambience and if you are lucky see humming birds! The room we stayed in managed to fit in so many items of furniture (a king-size bed, a dressing table, 2 bed-side tables, a table and 2 chairs plus a 2 seater settee!) but still felt spacious.
We found the hotel staff friendly and the reception staff especially helpful. My wife had been in the hotel for a week before I was due to join her and loved the room so much that she asked whether we could keep the same room for our joint 4 night stay (which had been made under a separate booking) and this was arranged with no problem at all.
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