San Carlos Plaza Hotel Resort & Convention Center
Travel Blogs from San Carlos
... golfed together. Miguel had a taste of the party room at Butch's and was part of the policia night. JJ and his wife Rosie from JJs are part of the SC crowd. He always remembers us from year to year and makes this town so special. JJs sells off color shirts but the favorite is Who cares?? Nobody! Enrique at Toros knows our Bloody Mary preferences. He is adorable! This community is so special and the reason we keep coming back to be with old friends and make ...
... guess we love Guaymas.
Anyway, regarding the 'bumps' etc. I hit my head on a rounded piece of solid mahogany and got a carton whopper in the middle of my head, then Tony and I were taking turns to sail a dinghy we'd borrowed from a friend, on my turn the wind picked up and gusted me out of the water, I couldn't get into wind and Tony had to come and rescue me as i was being blown towards the rocks and there was no way I could get ...
... previous in this blog)
When i say the carnival here is different I mean that Guaymas is a working fishing town.It is not a tourist town,whereas La paz is a Mexican holiday town.The carnival started last night with the deepest bass sound I have ever felt.yes,felt!The sound vibrated through the camper and shook it! Tonight,therefore, I'm moving onboard Windstrutter.
There are so many jobs to do and we plan to ...
... but a lot of things are really cheep (like beer, meat, and vegetables).
We were able to purchase three large rib-eye steaks for 80 pesos (less than $6 US) which fed us for two meals. We bought a pack of six pork chops for 20 pesos ($1.75 US). We buy half a kilo of fresh-caught shrimp at the beach-side stand for 60 pesos (approx. $5 US) and eat like royals. Machaca burritos at our street corner stand can be had for 5 ...
... This afternoon we went
to the Telcel store and now have the 3G stick up and running, so that
is great. Phone works too, woo hoo!
Cathie finished her yoga and has gone to bed and is enjoying her book. Seems
like a good idea, hitting the hay, as we will be on the road again
manana. That's pronounced manyana for those of you at home without a
wife fluent in spanish.
Cathie Ross n Kona.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews San Carlos Plaza Hotel Resort & Convention Center
This hotel is exactly why I never stay at large impersonal hotels when I travel. The hotel itself is okay -- room size, cleanliness, etc., but that's it. The hotel is situated on a beach, but the beach cannot be used (at least when I was there) because of ATVs screaming up and down the beach spraying sand everywhere. I couldn't believe that there wasn't a barrier of some sort up so the guests could actually use the beach! So that's the first problem. The second problem is the pool was really too small for the amount of screaming kids that were in it -- you could never be in the hot tub -- entire families would park there for the day. On the last night, there was a wedding reception poolside complete with band that played until almost midnight at a volume that shook the rooms. I didn't get "The Macarena" out of my head for weeks. Can you imagine? Food at the hotel (and you have to eat at the hotel unless you have a car ...) was mediocre at best and confusing. Sometimes the restaurant was open for lunch, sometimes not. Best food was at the bar and the only nice face in the whole place was Paul, a server there.
What a wonderful world.......
As a senior in high school my spanish class raised money and spent a few days in san carlos over easter. The hotel was gorgeous (we stayed in the presidential suite) and the staff was all amazing. As a group of 10 americans we had a wonderful time. We ate at the kiosko inside the hotel and at the pool side restuarant and bar. We even got the staff to teach us dances! everyone was so great and the live band ONIXX was amazing. they were very fun and cute. i would recomend this as a great vacation spot for anyone. there was never a dull moment. it was the best weekend of my life!!!!!!!!!
5 Stars to San Carlos...the hotel, I give 3.
We stayed at this hotel for three nights on a tour. The lobby and grounds were attractive, although the lighting in the lobby was virtually nonexistent.
San Carlos is a beautiful place, and also the people. I had the best time in the resort food, views, service and accomodations. Accomodations need a little remodeling but nothing like the horrible comments that are here.
The entrance is beautiful and many restaurants also they have a baby plaza!
Try it out and ask for their packages..
Some people may also talk about their good experiences...
The only possible way this resort could be rated as a ***** is the impressive building. Aside from this, it is literally a dump. My room (Standard room with balcony and full view) was dirty, bathroom had mold all around the bathtub and shower, the shower head was small and stopped up and Oh Yes, only HOT water so be careful with that. The bed linens were in poor condition.........sheets tissue thin, blanket dirty, bed spread worn and dirty and carpet was dirty and stained with unknown substances. The beach is (or could be beautiful), but the trash, horse droppings and ATVs screaming around the beach destroyed what could have been a very pleasant beach experience. The food at the Kiosk restaruant was poor to average and service was friendly but extremely poor, especially at night. So think carefully about staying here, as it may not be the pleasant experience you expect.
I love everything about it!!! the staff was great, the view was spectacular. The perfect get away for my wife and I!!!!
This place was a huge disappointment. From the minute you walk up the stairs at the entrance the flaws standout like a big fat sore thumb...chipped marble tiling, dirt in every crevace - we even saw blood drops on the stairs going up to the second floor that remained there for the entire course of our stay. The rooms: the view beautiful.
We stayed at San Carlos Plaza Hotel October 17-20, 2003. We were told by many people that this was the nicest place to stay at in San Carlos. BEACH/POOL -We knew there was going to be damage to the beach after the storm they had weeks before we arrived. A lot of the sand is gone and the beach is rocky, but they were working on putting the sand back in front of the hotel while we were there. There is still enough sand to hang out on the beach and have fun. (A lot of homes along the beach have storm damage) There is a nice stretch of beach to take a long walk on with lots of shells to collect. The water is absolutely beautiful a clear, green blue color and warm. The weather was sunny and warm and a little humid for this time of year we have been to San Carlos in October before and the weather was dry I think the humidity was left over from the storm. When we are at a beach location, we generally hang out at the beach, but with the work being done on the beach we mostly hung out at the pool. The pool area was ok the chairs were hard white plastic chairs with no pads, the pool was a nice temp but a little need some repairs. There were plenty of towels at the front desk. There was a bar by the pool that you could go and order drinks and food from. We tried to rent wave runners one day and they said they didnt bring them to the beach that day, so we never had a chance to ride. We didnt snorkel this trip, but we have in the past (by the old Club Med) and the snorkeling was excellent. There were a lot of divers staying at the hotel, so I guess the diving must be good. PEOPLE Everyone from the taxi drivers to the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. We know some Spanish but we didnt need to use it, everyone spoke English to us. HOTEL We stayed in a Master Suite which had two balconies with unbelievable views. We were disappointed with the room it was dirty and the carpet felt very strange on our feet, we think because it was dirty. The bed is very hard and the furniture was worn and in need of repair. When you turn on the lights at night you can see some roaches run and hide yuck! We dont think they have change the air conditioning filters since the place was built. The hotel itself looks like it needs some looking after a lot of lights didnt work so the hallways were dark, the water feature was not working and looked very dirty in the lobby, etc. Oh be careful on the steps in the elevator area and by the pool they are not lit and we watch a few people fall. FOOD We didnt find anything we liked but we are picky. OK, one thing the homemade soft tortillas and salsa were good. We ate one meal out of the hotel and it was excellent it was at a locals home they prepared homemade tamales and beans-Yum! OVERALL we will probably not go back to that location in Mexico mostly because there is not a nice clean place to stay and get a good meal. The water and beach is beautiful, but we would still go somewhere else. Good luck, I hope your experience at the hotel is better then ours. PS We had two other friends staying in the same type of rooms and they felt the same way about the hotel as we did.