Casa Lily – Apartment with a View
After only a day in San Cristobal de las Casas, we totally fell in love with the town and decided to stay a little longer than we had originally planed. So we moved from our hotel to the lovely Casa Lily Ixim. After our wonderful experience in Merida, this was yet another special find as the casa is truly unique.
Designed and built by Swiss artist and architect Frédéric Burkhard, the apartment boasts lots of light, interesting angles, organic forms and an amazing view of Guadalupe Church. But what really impressed us were the environmental aspects. The property has its own waste water treatment, solar heater, composting and herb garden. That’s not something we have seen before in Mexico. Kudos!
In addition to that, the house is in a great location on a little hill within walking distance to Guadalupe Church and to the pedestrian zones in the town center. There’s also a fantastic market about 15 minutes away with lots of indigenous people selling fruit and vegetables.
What more can you hope for? Well… a wonderful host! We really enjoyed meeting the American owner Bruce and his Guatemalan mother-in-law Lily who manages the property. Even though Lily doesn’t speak any English, she is a great communicator. She always spoke really slowly so that we gringos (with our limited Spanish) could understand her. She also provided us with freshly-ground coffee, flowers and fruit upon our arrival. What a treat!
If you want to get in touch with Bruce, you can contact him through AirBnB.