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Corona Hotel & Spa 3.0

Ensenada, Baja California Norte, Baja California

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Pros

  • Tourist hotel with solid amenities overlooking the marina 
  • Within walking distance of First Street's restaurants, bars, and shops 
  • Spacious and tidy guest rooms with balconies and flat-screen TVs
  • Suites with minibars and sofa beds are available
  • Freeform heated outdoor pool with poolside drink service
  • Bar and restaurant with Mexican and international fare
  • Indoor hot tub, steam room, and fitness center
  • On-site spa with massages and a variety of body treatments 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free secured parking

Cons

  • Guest rooms have dated decor
  • Units lack kettles and mini-fridges 
  • Fee for breakfast
  • Pool is a bit small

Bottom Line

Corona Hotel & Spa is a three-pearl property in central Ensenada overlooking the marina, about a five-minute walk from First Street restaurants and bars. Its 91 guest rooms look a bit dated, but they're in good condition. All have balconies, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs, but they lack kettles and mini-fridges. Suites add minibars and sofa beds. The hotel has an extensive range of facilities, including an a la carte Mexican restaurant and a freeform heated outdoor pool, plus a fitness center, spa, hot tub, and steam room. Travelers who want a a large pool and on-site casino might consider the nearby San Nicolas Hotel and Casino, although some rooms there need renovation. 

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Scene

Tourist hotel with freeform pool, spa, and restaurant for business and leisure travelers 

Corona Hotel & Spa is situated on grounds with lawns and palm trees, housed in an attractive four-floor Mexican colonial building. Public spaces have simple, colorful decor, and travelers gather on the deck around the outdoor pool to sip drinks and take in some sun. Unlike many properties in the area the hotel has a spa, so guests spend time soaking in the hot tub and getting massages. The atmosphere here is very mellow and laid back, with a friendly staff. The Corona attracts a few families, but it draws mostly couples and adult groups who want a relaxing spot to kick back that isn't a party scene.

Location

In central Ensenada, within a short walk of First Street's restaurants, shops, and nightlife

Corona Hotel & Spa is in the heart of Ensenada on a busy street overlooking the marina, located at the start and finish of the city's famous off-road race, the SCORE Baja 1000. There are a few convenience stores near the hotel, and it's a 10-minute walk from the bustling Adolfo Lopez Mateos (First Street), where there are numerous restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, and souvenir stands. 

For sightseeing, Caracol Science Museum is a three-minute walk from the hotel, and the Museum of History is a four-minute stroll. It's about eight minutes on foot to Ventana al Mar (Window to the Sea) and the boardwalk, and Plaza Civica is 10-minutes on foot.

Farther afield, Las Canadas Campamento, which features a zipline, canopy tour, and hanging bridges, is a 40-minute drive from the Corona. La Bufadora on the ocean, one of the largest blowholes in North America, is a 45-minute drive. There are also numerous wineries and vineyards in the area, and hotel staff can provide directions and recommend tours. Tijuana International Airport is 90 minutes by car, as is the center of Tijuana. 

Rooms

Dated units with balconies, flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi, but no kettles or mini-fridges 

The spacious guest rooms and suites at Corona Hotel & Spa are well-maintained, but have a slightly dated look. Decor is neutral, with a white, tan, and chocolate brown color palette, but there are pops of bright gold and red in accents like throw pillows and wall art. Standard amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs with English channels, safes, and free Wi-Fi, but they lack kettles and mini-fridges. All suites feature minibars and seating areas with two sofa beds, and the master suite has two living rooms, a fireplace, and jetted tub. Bathrooms could also use an update, but they're generally tidy and have hairdryers, lighted makeup mirrors, and toiletries. 

Features

 Freeform outdoor heated pool and a Mexican restaurant, plus a spa and gym 

Corona Hotel & Spa offers an extensive set of amenities. The freeform outdoor swimming pool is a bit small, but it's heated, and there's poolside drink service. A full-service spa has an indoor hot tub and a steam room, massages, hot stone therapies, and exfoliation body treatments. There's also a fitness center with up-to-date equipment.

The on-site restaurant serves a la carte breakfast for a fee, lunch, and dinner, and room service is available. Traditional regional Mexican cuisine is the focus, with steaks, seafood, and international fare on the menu. Outdoor dining is available in warm weather. The bar serves a variety of Mexican and international alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Other features include a 24-hour front desk, car rental, free secured parking, and concierge service to arrange tours and excursions. Wi-Fi is free throughout. 

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Blvd Costero 1442, Ensenada, Ensenada Municipality, Mexico

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