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Hotel Corona Plaza Rosarito 1.5

Rosarito, Baja California Norte, Baja California

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Pros

  • Two-minute walk to the beach and surrounded by restaurants
  • Budget-friendly rooms with flat-screen TVs
  • Free hot breakfast buffet
  • Outdoor pool features a waterfall, hot tub, and loungers
  • Restaurant and bar serves international cuisine
  • Large event space holds up to 800 people
  • Underground parking garage
  • Free Wi-Fi in public spaces

Cons

  • Dated and visibly grimy rooms and public spaces
  • Maintenance complaints include intermittent hot water
  • Fee to use Wi-Fi in rooms
  • No air-conditioning, mini-fridges, or coffeemakers in rooms 

Bottom Line

Hotel Corona Plaza Rosarito is a one-and-a-half-pearl property located within a two-minute walk of the beach with its fair share of flaws. The 187 dated rooms and suites have flat-screen TVs, but lack air-conditioning and other features. There have also been complaints of maintenance issues plus visible wear and grime in the rooms. Features include an outdoor pool and hot tub, a restaurant, bar, free hot breakfast, and free Wi-Fi in the lobby. You can't beat the rates for this location and this is a pick only for those who plan on spending most of the day at the beach. Travelers with a little more money to spare and some travel flexibility might consider heading down the coast to Ensenada, where the Americas Best Value Inn has more cheerful rooms.

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Scene

Dated budget hotel with plenty of problems -- best used for crashing after beach days

The Hotel Corona Plaza Rosarito won't win any style (or substance) awards, though travelers who want to pay rock-bottom rates to spend their days on the beach might find something to like here. Let us rephrase: They might find something to like so long as expectations are heavily managed. Inside, the ceilings are low, the floors feature white tiles, and bright green is used everywhere from the furniture to the walls in the lobby. Unfortunately, the lobby is probably the best-kept section of the hotel and it's often crowded with guests using the free Wi-Fi. The restaurant is decorated with plain tan walls, tiled floor, and a mix of chairs and tables -- some of which are wood and others are foldable metal. Most guests are budget travelers enticed by the prices, but often disappointed by the state of the hotel upon arrival. 

Location

Two-minute walk to the beach and surrounded by dining options

Hotel Corona Plaza Rosarito’s best feature -- by far -- is its location, as it’s only a two-minute walk to the beach. It takes eight minutes on foot to reach a good selection of restaurants and shops on touristy Boulevard Benito Juarez. However, there are restaurants and bars closer to the hotel for travelers who want to grab something quickly. The Baja Sand Festival is held a 16-minute walk away. A day trip to Tijuana takes 35 minutes by car. It’s a 40-minute drive to Tijuana International Airport, and it should take around an hour to reach San Diego (in the U.S.) by car, depending on traffic at the border.  

Rooms

Dated rooms with flat-screen TVs and en-suite bathrooms, but no air-conditioning or free Wi-Fi

There’s a variety of room types like Single, Double, Junior Suites, and Suites, though for the most part, they all feature dated carpeting, old furniture, and bland decor. We also spotted visible grime and wear. There’s little to unite the rooms when it comes to style, and many units themselves feature a hodgepodge of mismatched furniture and random colorful walls that clash with one another. All rooms feature flat-screen TVs, though there's no air-conditioning, coffee- or tea-making facilities, or mini-fridges. Wi-Fi costs extra in the rooms. There’s not much that separates the Suites from Standard Rooms beyond extra space for a living room. Views vary between the city, pool, or ocean. The state of the bathrooms is just as underwhelming as the rooms. They have shower/tub combos with visible stains and grime, rusted shower rods, thin towels, and a small selection of free toiletries. Travelers have reported a lack of hot water in bathrooms and issues with the heating.  

Features

Pool, whirlpool, and free breakfast

With its casino now closed and no gym, the biggest draw at Hotel Corona Plaza Rosarito is its outdoor pool with a waterfall and hot tub. The pool is surrounded by artificial grass and loungers that haven't been replaced in at least 10 years. The pool itself looked fine upon our arrival, but other guests reported cleanliness issues during their visits. Guests can take advantage of an international restaurant and bar that serves free hot breakfasts, and a la carte lunches and dinners. Food generally scores good marks from previous guests -- one of the few positives of a stay here. The hotel has one fully-equipped meeting room that can hold up to 800 people. Wi-Fi is only free in the hotel's public spaces. There’s an underground parking garage on-site, though guests have reported issues with lighting, cleanliness, and upkeep.  

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Address

Calle del Cedro #151, Rosarito, Baja California Norte 22710, Mexico

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