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Las Rosas Hotel & Spa 3.0

Ensenada, Baja California Norte, Baja California

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Pros

  • Oceanfront hotel with direct access to rocky beach
  • All rooms have private furnished balconies with ocean views
  • Some rooms have fireplaces, whirlpools, or peekaboo bathrooms
  • Scenic outdoor pool with large sundeck and views over the ocean
  • Restaurant and bar with live music
  • Spa, sauna, and fitness center, plus tennis courts
  • Meeting/event space
  • Small shop sells sundries
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout and free parking

Cons

  • Location outside central Ensenada requires a car to get downtown
  • Complaints of cleanliness and maintenance issues in rooms
  • A bit dated throughout, with visible wear-and-tear
  • Noise from highway audible
  • Complaints of poor Wi-Fi in rooms

Bottom Line

Though this mid-range hotel is right by a busy highway -- and traffic noise can be audible in rooms -- it's also scenically set by the ocean, with gorgeous views from guest rooms and public spaces. There's an attractive outdoor pool with a large sundeck overlooking the ocean, as well as direct access to a rocky beach. The restaurant and bar also offer ocean views, plus the property has a spa, small fitness center, and tennis courts. The 47 guest rooms, though a bit dated and worn, all have private balconies with ocean views, though guests report poor Wi-Fi as well as cleanliness and maintenance issues. Some rooms have fireplaces or whirlpools. For renovated rooms, check out the Hotel Coral & Marina, which also offers several on-site dining options and two pools.

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Mid-range oceanfront hotel that's a bit dated, but offers beautiful ocean views

The mid-range Las Rosas Hotel & Spa occupies a large five-story pink building by the ocean, offering scenic views over the water. Interiors are pleasant, if a bit dated and worn, with lovely decorative tiled floors and plenty of potted plants and other greenery lending a tropical flair. Touches of turquoise in cushions on wicker seating and handrails on staircases pop against the white walls of the lobby, a lovely color palette that's also warmed by hints of subdued pink on accent walls. The restaurant and bar have a similar turquoise-accented ambience and large windows offering views over the pool deck and ocean beyond. Overall, it's a solid choice for both leisure and business tourists, and despite the hangups some guests have about the dated and worn nature of the property, most rave about the views.

Location

Coastal location by rocky beach and off of a busy highway

The hotel occupies a beachfront location on a rocky stretch of coast, with direct access via steps from the property to the shore. It sits along a busy highway, with a gas station and a Subway restaurant directly across the road. Ensenada's center is about a 15-minute drive, where guests will find dining options, shops, and attractions like the Museo de Historia and the Caracol Museum. First Street, which is lined with restaurants, bars, cafes, and souvenir shops, is about a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Other area attractions include La Bufadora, an impressive marine geyser, which is about a 55-minute drive south of the city. Wine lovers might want to head north to the Museo de la Vid y el Vino, which is about a 30-minute drive. Ensenada Airport is about a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Tijuana is about an hour and 20 minutes away, where travelers can cross the American border -- though drive times vary depending on traffic, which can get congested.

Rooms

Variety of pleasant rooms have private balconies with ocean views; some with fireplaces

Rooms are simply styled but homey, all with private balconies that let in natural light and offer views of the ocean. Plain white walls and gray carpeting are paired with colorful accents like turquoise pillows and throws on white bed linens or striped cushions on wicker seating. Some wear and tear is visible, but the spaces are pleasant enough.

Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, electronic safes, telephones, bottled water, and free Wi-Fi (though guests complain of poor connections in rooms), plus some rooms have fireplaces. Bathrooms vary in style -- some feature colorful tiling, while others are more subdued -- but they're a bit dated and come equipped with either showers or shower/tub combos. Jacuzzi Suites have whirlpool tubs. Note that guests complain of cleanliness and maintenance issues, as well as audible noise from the nearby highway.

Features

Scenically set outdoor pool with ocean views, restaurant and bar with live music, and wellness facilities 

The hotel's outdoor pool is one of the highlights here, surrounded by a large sundeck lined with loungers, and offering beautiful views over the ocean. There's also a hot tub, and plenty of space to lounge around. The on-site spa offers various treatments such as massages and facials, and there's also a small fitness center equipped with a moderate amount of machines, plus a sauna. There are tennis courts on the grounds as well.

The hotel has a restaurant on-site as well as a bar that offers live music on some evenings. Other amenities include meeting and event space, a shop for souvenirs and sundries, and free Wi-Fi throughout, though guests complain that the signal is weak in guest rooms. Parking at the hotel is free and easy. 

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Carretera Tijuana, Ensenada, Ensenada Municipality, Mexico

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