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Your Own Palapa on the Beach
If you want a safe and clean place, this would be it. The reception desk people were not too friendly or helpful, however ask for Victor, he's the man, very courteous and helpful and he gets the job done. The rooms were ok clean, but the shower curtain was very stinky and kept falling off. Do bring extra bath towels (especially if you have kids)as you only get 3 very thin ones per room. The restaurant was good, actually the best place to eat in town and the service was great. The bungalows are right on the beach, which is very clean and there's lots to do for the kids, especially teenagers will keep busy. After browsing around town I think this was the best place and location and I would stay here again on my next trip. The hotel also has a ramp for boats and jetskiis which is great. The early morning view of the beach from your bedroom window will be very memorable.
Excellent hotel, I highly recommend it!
My wife and I had an incredible time here at the El Cortez. The staff was very friendly, the service was pretty good. We had one of the beachfront bungalows for $90/night. Though the room was smallish, there was plenty of hot water,(remember the "C" stands for caliente in Mexico!), the A/C worked great, and the view was spectacular! The hotel has staff that keep the beach clean, and they do a terrific job of it. The restaurant was OK; there are better ones in San Felipe, (have the chilaquiles con huevos at Rice and Beans!) We'll definitely be back.
I'll be baaaaack!
My family had an awesome time at the El Cortez in San Felipe. Location is perfect (far enough away from town yet within walking distance). Everything you need is on site (pool, beach, restaurant, etc.). The room we had was spacious and clean, and right in front of the pool. The only problem was the late-night fireworks displays from down the beach, not on the El Cortez property. All in all, a very relaxing and satisfying stay. Highly recommended
Get an email confirmation for the price
Luckily we had read the comments in traveladvisor about the price conflict issues. We had an email confirmation in our hands when we showed up at the door for 73 $. Before we showed the email they want to charge us 90 $. He said that there was no notation about the 73 $ price in our reservation. Do not accept the reservation without a written confirmation through email including the price and the dates. The rooms were okay. The people in the restaurant and the bar were very nice. The reception is questionable.
Traveling In Baja California and Mexico will always be a crap shoot, at best. Sometimes you will have a good experience and on many other occations you can expect to be very disappointed. I personally do not care if I ever go down there again. There are just too many great places to see and experience in the Norte America that unless you desire cock roaches, dirty sheets and cold showers on occation, why go there.
Problem with dirty room and reservation
First off all we had a reservation for $70.00 a night for two people with a deposit, when we got there to check in we were told the room rate was $100.00 a night + tax we did this on the phone and were not sent the email we were told we would get. We could not get our $200.00 deposit back so we had no choice but to pay the $100.00 + tax.
After we check in we found the room to be quite dirty and no one would come and clean it. The TV had only 3 channels two Spanish only not to good.
We will not go back, we found a much nicer place next door the the El Cortez, Carlos
What a great hotel!
Great Hotel! Very friendly service and lots of fun! We have stayed here twice. The first time in the main hotel and second in a bungalow on the beach. The bungalow was perfect for the two of us and it has an amazing view of the ocean with your own private palapa to relax under. We will definatly return again!
We are going back!
Stayed here June 2003 Rooms were big, clean & great view. Friendly Bar. Easy walking distance to main part of town We are going back this Fall.
Nice rooms but pricey for Mexico
Room rate was $70 to $90 a night for 2 people. Large room with 2 queen beds. $10 extra per person over 12 years old. Large room with tile floor. Staff extremely helpful. No hot water in the hotel to speak of.
No cold water either. Just turn the cold water side on and its a perfect temperature for a shower. The pool water was warm as well not the cooling off affect of a pool that one would expect. The ocean water was just a bit warmer than the pool. Happy hour from 4 to 6 PM Sunday through Thursday in the bar. The restaurant serves up a good breakfast but is extremely stingey on the lunch and dinner portions. Better food can be found elsewhere. DO not leave a fishing deposit with anyone to guarantee your day and time. There are plenty of reputable boat owners that will take you out and collect the money when the trip is done.
Leonardo Alvarez or Alvarado asks for a $50 deposit and leaves people hanging and takes the money. Do not pay until services are given. Quad runners could be rented right across the street. No need to drive to find them. Great restaurants include "Rice and Beans" and "Georges".
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Nice for the price
This hotel is close to town/malecon (walking distance), located on the beach. Rooms are rather small - at least the $40-70 dollar rooms. Nice pool, and bar. The restrautant is 1st class, good food and beautifull view of the ocean. Close to dunes.
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by David S.J. Guilmette
I had been living in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico since December 1st, 2009; about 4 months with my friend Kevin.
We moved down from Daly City, CA, USA.
But this story, for the purposes of background, begins a bit earlier, when Kevin and I had shared a house in Pacifica, CA for about 5 years, producing, directing, and acting in theatre, indy ...
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