La Fonda Hotel, Restaurant and Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Fonda Hotel, Restaurant and Spa Rosarito
First of all let me make my bias known...i'm not a fan of sterile, anonymous spaces...so for our family of four (2 adults, 2 teenagers) la fonda was a kind of paradise. It is beautifully situated above a lovely beach with swimming, boogie boarding and surfing. surrounded by banana trees and flowers, the sound of the ocean, delicious food, a family of chickens running around the gorgeous patio restaurant...the rooms are rustic and lovely and yes the balcony and stairs felt abit rickety ( I wouldn't want to be there with a toddler )..but every night I watched the full moon on the ocean and every morning early I walked the beach from side to side.
Unique cliffside hotel - but overpriced food
This place really impressed me for its proximitely to the shady "border towns" of Northern Baja as being really nice and charming. The hotel is really unique... no two rooms are alike! Make sure you check out a couple available rooms when you arrive because some are really run down and some are new and gorgeous. All have wonderful private balconies though. I would highly recommend rooms 20 and 21. Stay away from the "second building" as it is really run down.
The down side is the extremely overpriced food. I mean $20 for an okay meal in Baja?
My friend from San Diego spoke of this roadside paradise not even an hour south of the border. Coming from New England I had no idea what to expect but it turned out to be the highlight of my vacation out West! We made our way down an ancient staircase to our room which was large, breezy and had an SPECTACULAR view of the Pacific. The patio was private, comfy and wonderful. We spent time on the beach, lounged around the room and after taking a few photos (which have become screen savers on some friends computers), we went up to the restaurant for an incredible dining experience! Being with the most beautiful blonde girl on Baja, I was able to overlook the instant potatoes that the last writer mentioned! Listening to the lovely Spanish guitar, we enjoyed our meal and made friends with one of the local cats who was "working" the dining room floor. Fell asleep, slightly drunk, incredibly satisfied, and woke to the sounds of pounding surf...then enjoyed the pancakes with the coconut syrup and a bloody Mary for breakfast! Can't wait to go back sometime!!! 5 Stars!
We came down and looked around for a place for our anniversary vacation and from the outside the rooms all looked quaint and all original. We chose the room closest to the beach on a secluded steep (dangerous paved) path, thinking it would be nice. The decor was strange; the fireplace is located in a pit about 5 feet deep with seating around, built in; this could be dangerous if inebriated...
Then in the middle of the night I turned on the light and 4 or 5 HUGE cockroaches ran for cover. My first clue should have been the can of Raid in the room... The bathroom cabinet had damp wood and peeling tile and the little pests must have made lots of nests in there. Upon changing rooms to an upper level, the balcony was so rotten we feared falling through. Restaurant horrible; INSTANT mashed potatoes and tough meat. NEVER AGAIN!!! Tear it down!
I always describe La Fonda Hotel as charmingly
rustic. I enjoy opening the windows to our room
and listening to the ocean waves. Very peaceful,
interesting rooms and great food. Love the banana
pancakes with the coconut maple syrup.
Great Beach side Hotel
We just got back from a great weekend at La Fonda and as always had a great time. We went down with 5 couples for my 37th birthday and it was perfect. Had a small problem with the water in the showers but that was the first time that has happened to us in over 20 stays. I would highly reccomend this place if you are looking for a great romantic get away for you and the wife it is very rustic but clean and the restaurant is by far the best on the Baja coast!!!!! We love going back to La Fonda because it is simple and very low key. We always bring a few extra Blankets and pillows to add to our comfort but it is still our favorite place to stay. If you are open minded and do not mind Rustic accomadations then La Fonda is for you.
We love La Fonda
La Fonda is an amazing getaway from SoCal. . .great for traveler's who want amazing service and a unique atmosphere. Inexpensive in American terms, although pricey compared to many parts of Mex, the specialness of the experience makes it so worthwhile. It is a great adults only trip due to the great bartenders and strong drinks, and fun to bring the kids as well due to the beach and friendly atmosphere.
Even though we own a home in Bajamar ( 10 mins away) we call LaFonda our home away from home.. Service is excellent, the food is beyond compare. Music is wonderful and I miss it already!!!
Oh my what a neat place
neat rooms, very different, dont expect the ritz but these rooms have beach front views. old round clay fire places to warm the room. will bring wood to room and start for you. dinners are awesome and very reasonable. nice deck to eat on as well as bar area fun place all very nice, roosters running around deck during breakfast, which by the way sunday brunch had so much food and free bloody mary's... gotta love that..
Great beach acess
la fonda is a nice beach front hotel with reasonable prices and a good food. also nearby resturants are good great quick get away.
TripAdvisor Reviews La Fonda Hotel, Restaurant and Spa Rosarito
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