Pros

  • Central downtown Ensenada location close to restaurants, shops, and the waterfront
  • Cheerful rooms have balconies, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and free bottled water
  • Heated outdoor pool and hot tub, plus a sundeck
  • Free breakfast at neighboring restaurant, El Rey Sol
  • Breakfast room service is available
  • Free coffee and tea in lobby, and choice of bottle of wine or one-hour happy hour
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free parking on-site
  • Meeting space and business center
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Cons

  • Dated property in need of a refresh
  • Rooms are tired and guests have complained about maintenance issues
  • Noise due to thin walls
  • Some complaints about Wi-Fi
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Bottom Line

The highlight of this budget motel-style property is its central location in downtown Ensenada that's close to shops, dining options, and First Street. The hotel is due for a refresh and spaces are dated, but all of its 52 guest rooms have balconies, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi. Guests should note that some of the rooms have been more recently refurbished and are fresher, while others remain dated. Other perks include an outdoor pool, hot tub, and a sundeck. The property offers a handful of thoughtful freebies like free breakfast at the neighboring restaurant, coffee and tea in the lobby, and welcome drinks. Travelers might want to compare rates with San Nicolas Hotel and Casino, which has a bigger and more attractive pool as well as a casino -- though it's also a bit dated.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pool

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Posada El Rey Sol

Scene

Simple motel-style budget property that could use a refresh

Built in 1969 as a family home, this budget motel-style property now offers 52 guest rooms at affordable rates. The three-story building has a terra-cotta roof and balconies adorning its facade. Though it's a bit dated and could use a refresh, it's an inviting enough place that's suitable for budget travelers seeking a short stay in a central location. Decor-wise, the property is full of earth tones accented by colorful tiling. The sun room-style lobby offers seating swathed in natural light thanks to French-style windows comprising most of its walls. The functional space also offers a free tea/coffee station. Details like pretty painted tiles and potted plants here and there are a nice touch. Though indoor common spaces are lacking, guests can convene around the outdoor pool or sundeck, where outdoor sofas and padded wicker seating invite lounging in the sun. Overall, it's a no-frills type of place that could use refurbishment, but it's a homey and affordable pick in a convenient location.

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Location

Convenient location in downtown Ensenada, close to shops, restaurants, museums, and the waterfront

The hotel occupies a convenient location in downtown Ensenada, offering plenty of shops and dining options within walking distance. The waterfront is about a five-minute walk away, while nearby attractions include the Museo de Historia (eight-minute walk); the Centro Estatal de las Artes (10-minute walk); and the Caracol Museum (11-minute walk). First Street, which is lined with restaurants, bars, cafes, and souvenir shops, is just a couple of blocks away (about a six-minute walk). La Bufadora, an impressive marine geyser that's a popular attraction, is about a 50-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 15-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. Fast Passes are available through the hotel.

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Rooms

Simple, pleasant rooms -- though some are dated -- with balconies 

Rooms are average in size and decorated in a cheery, pleasant style -- though guests should note that only some of the spaces have been recently refurbished and these appear fresher and more modern, while other rooms are due for an update. Many spaces have colorful accent walls in shades like emerald green, sunflower yellow, or cool blues, which are a nice contrast to the rest of the white walls. Large headboards framing beds often offer an additional pop of color or pattern. Ceiling beams with brick detailing and tile floors add a traditional touch, while decorative elements include sun-shaped mirrors on the walls and decorative lamps. Furnishings are either contemporary or traditional wooden pieces.

All rooms have balconies, as well as flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, telephones, and free bottled water. Wi-Fi is free, but some guests have complained about a poor connection. Bathrooms are small and come equipped with step-in showers. Wall-mounted hairdryers and some toiletries are provided. Past guests have noted maintenance issues, as well as noise due to thin walls. 

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Features

Outdoor pool and hot tub, sundeck, and freebies like breakfast vouchers, Wi-Fi, and welcome drinks

Amenities are a bit limited at this motel-style property, but there's a heated outdoor pool as well as a hot tub. Guests can also lounge in the sunshine up on the sundeck, where outdoor sofas and wicker seating offers a place to relax, and twinkle lights enhance the atmosphere in the evenings.

Guests receive free breakfast vouchers at the neighboring restaurant, El Rey Sol, Mexico’s oldest French restaurant. The all-day menu is composed mainly of French fare with a focus on seafood, but some Mexican dishes are offered as well. Breakfast can be ordered via room service. Other freebies offered by the hotel include coffee and tea in the lobby and welcome drinks: a choice of either a bottle of wine or a one-hour happy hour.

Free parking is available in the internal courtyard. A Fast Pass to get across the border is available upon request, or included in some rates. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, though some guests have complained of a poor connection. There are meeting rooms available on-site, as well as a business center.

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Amenities

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Fitness Center

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pets Allowed

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

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