Romantic, Rustic, Cabin

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Calzada Ranulfo Tovilla, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Cs, Mexico
Your host, Janet
37 Reviews
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Response time: within a few hours

The Space

Steps way above just camping; private cabin with internet, UV filtered water in every tap; hot all-lasting shower NEWLY UPGRADED; cooking allowed; mini-fridge, two-burner stove, toaster oven; comforts of home with weekly cleaned sheets and towels in stays over one week.

Romantic, rustic cabin retreat for single or couple on the edge of the lovely city of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. 1 studio-bedroom with full-size bed, NEWLY UPGRADED WOOD BURNING STOVE with wood for burning FREE FOR UNDER ONE WEEK STAY, antique desk & standing ropero (closet), 1 bathroom, wireless internet, UV purified drinking water system throughout, 2 burner gas stove, electric coffee maker, mini-fridge, cooking utensils. Small porch overlooking 1/2 acre organic gardens! Hammock outside! Ideal for foreign students wishing to enroll in local Spanish schools.

Owner/hostess lives-in-separate-house in entrance: a bilingual Mexican-American published journalist, Fulbright scholar in Pre-Columbian Art History and licensed tour guide, she's available to take you to Maya villages and Maya ruins such as Tonina, Palenque, Bonampak and Yaxchilan, with a fully insured off-road vehicle and if not, advise on cheaper transportation but not private.. Is she is away, (sometimes), she will advise you remotely!

Property securely gated in a safe, patrolled neighborhood where foreigners jog daily, with excellent views of the Guadalupe Church, mountains, the Fogotico River Valley, the El Encuentro Ecological Park. 15 minute walk or 3-minute drive to the town-square or "zocalo", taxi fare to downtown is about U.S. $2.50.

Come visit for the most unique experience!

Cabin Rental: U.S. $22/night for singles, plus $4US per extra guest sharing full-size bed; children under 12 sharing full-size bed are free.

Week: U.S. $129, plus $4US per extra guest sharing full-size bed; children under 12 sharing full-size bed are free.

For stays of a week or longer: Electric included but NOT including gas for stove and hot-water heater for shower, which is about US$8/week and also not wood for fireplace $25US per cubic meter chopped at cost according to usage.
Cleaning fee for before and after departure $15US; $10US/ 1xweek optional. Maid/cook daily service optional at cost. $3US/hour.

Private tour rates available upon request or I will advise for cheaper agencies that take groups.

In severe winter months an electric heater can be rented for $6US/day, which only covers the cost of the electricity. No private electrical heating appliances are permitted.

Cheers and welcome!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $4 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $129 /week
Monthly Price: $399 /month
Cleaning Fee: $15
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We stayed with Janet for 5 nights and enjoyed the country feel of the cabin and the grounds even though you can totally walk back into town. It's cold out there but there are plenty of blankets and we enjoyed building a little fire in the evening. We didn't meet Janet but she was responsive to all our emails.

    May 2014
  • Janet was a very attentive host. Even though she was away, she was immediately available to offer advice and share her intimate knowledge of the region. I didn't realise that she was the author of a book on textiles in Chiapas! The accommodation is charming, with a large garden and friendly old dog. The chorus of birds, dogs and bells in the morning beats any alarm clock. It would be very cosy in winter too.

    April 2014
  • Estuve 6 días en la cabaña de Janet y me encantó!, el jardín es precioso y muy grande, sus mascotas Ginger y Snowball, muy amistosas. La cabaña tiene absolutamente todo lo necesario y es muy bonita, además esta tan solo a 15 minutos caminando del andador turístico. Janet es una persona muy amable e interesante, nos mostró su casa y trabajo, la verdad la recomendaría mucho, es perfecta para pasar unos días relajantes o para trabajar, y conocer la cultura de los alrededores! :)

    January 2014
  • We stayed 3 nights in Janet place, she'(email hidden), really friendly, and two of her pets Ginger and Snowball were really adorable. There isn't much you can expect from the price for this cabin. The 15mins walk to town wasn't too bad and the area overall is pretty safe. But the cabin gets a bit cold at night/morning and the little firestove won't do you any good. The cleanliness of the place wasn't great either which we were fine with it since we get what we pay for. However, my partner has sensitive skins and finds bug bites on different parts of her body every morning when she woke up. Overall, we will only recommend people staying if they are really on a tight budget.

    January 2014
    Response from Janet:

    Jecan, I am so sorry if you had any problems with the cabin; you should have spoken up while you were there and I could have made you some fires in that wood stove that has been excellent for other guests with a little know-how, or have shown you how-to-do. If you had problems with the cleanliness and told me I would have asked my housekeeper right away to fix that too. It is strange that you slept on the bed and did not get any bites. I don't think bed bugs are selective and am sure the mattress does not have any as it is quite new. The lesson is to speak up in the future with hosts should you have any complaints.
    In any case, thanks for coming!

    January 2014
  • Our 4 days in Janet's place were perfect! we had everything we needed - comfortable bed, kitchen, hot water, furnace, our own area for stay! we had a dog and our baby was really happy!!! thank you Janet for chance to feel like at home!

    January 2014
    Response from Janet:

    You are so very welcome! Thanks for coming. I really enjoyed your stay also and thanks for the lovely Russian doll you left me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will remember you always! Cheers and hugs,

    January 2014
  • I had a lovely stay at Janet's little cabin! I wasn't able to meet Janet but her housekeeper, Marta, couldn't have been sweeter.
    The cabin is as described, pretty rustic and back to the basics but in a charming way.
    Easy walking access to San Cris. Nice big yard with a great dog and funny cats.
    Would recommend it!

    October 2013
  • We arrived at Janets in a bit of a mess. Janet was super friendly and to be honest without her help and support we may not have made it ! Im being dramatic but thanks so much Janet. We switched cottages as one had cable tv. However the original booking was beautiful inside. Location great out of town but walkable and very cheap with a taxi. Log fires in the evening made our mostly rainy stay a little romantic retreat ..... Great value would return if im back in those parts ..... Big hug and a kiss from me and Stacey ......

    September 2013
    Response from Janet:

    Thanks! You are most welcome and I really enjoyed having you!

    September 2013
  • This was my favorite place that I stayed in Mexico, and on airbnb so far!

    The cabana and the whole place is beautiful, cosy and atmospheric. I loved it! It is 100 times nicer than any hostel or hotel you could stay at. The gardens are especially lovely and peaceful. The cabana is so cute and has such a pleasant atmosphere that I couldn't wait to get back in the evenings after exploring the town, to settle in, light the fire and relax!l The internet connection is excellent and reliable. There are some very sweet animals living on the property. Janet is really lovely, thoughtful and helpful. She responds promptly to all communications which is great. It's really nice being just a little away from the centre of the city - it's a very easy walk to go in there, but at the same time you get the enjoyment of being in a quiet, almost rural setting. I walked all over San Cristobal from here with no problems - to all the churches, museums, restaurants,shops etc. it's all very close and easy walking. I would love to stay here again for a longer time! Thank you Janet!!

    September 2013
    Response from Janet:

    Hi Bianca,
    Thanks for coming! I really enjoyed having you! Please come back sometime!
    Cheers and hugs,

    September 2013
  • We loved staying at Janet's cabin. The place is nice spacious with a country feel, very private at the back of her beautiful garden, which means no noise from the street. We did hear animals on the tin roof, but not very constant or too annoying.
    Janet was very nice and always around to help us with any questions in person, via phone or email.
    It is a bit of a walk to the center, but after a couple of days we got used to finding our way around. Taxis are very cheap so if you feel lazy or insecure at night you can just take or call one.
    Her dog Ginger is more than lovely! Thanks for everything Janet!

    August 2013
    Response from Janet:

    Thanks Cynthia, you were wonderful guests. Please come again sometime!
    Cheers, best wishes and hugs,

    August 2013
  • Fue muy agradable mi estancia con Janet, la recomiendo mucho para aquellas personas q quieren vivir experiencias únicas y diferentes..!!! La cabañita es muy bonita y acogedora, cuenta con todos los servicios y todo funciona en un 100%; Janet es una persona muy agradable, me explico amablemente cada detalle de la casa, como usar las cosas, como localizar puntos de interés y demás..!! No dudo en recomendarla ampliamente.

    August 2013
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I'm a bilingual Mexican-American published journalist, Fulbright scholar in Pre-Columbian Art History and licensed tour guide, available to take you to Maya villages and Maya ruins such as Tonina, Palenque, Bonampak and Yaxchilan, with a fully insured off-road vehicle; or just give you great tips and advise should you want to go on your own!
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