We just returned from what could be our best weekend at Hotel Coral, and that says a lot because we’ve had some very nice times there.
For Memorial weekend, we left W. Los Angeles at 9am on Friday. Stopped off the 805 at Bonita exit right before the border to fill up the gas tank and crossed the border at aprox 11am. Stopped in Rosarito at Nickolas’ for tacos and a beer, then headed to Ensenada, arriving at aprox 3pm at Hotel Coral.
The bell men are amazing at Coral, especially considering we bring alot of luggage etc.. We tip well, but imagine we would get the same great service regardless.
The front desk had us checked-in, in about 5 minutes, and we were pleased to find that our room was on the 6th floor (the top) in the middle section (3 sections). We made our reservation on Expedia for $113 per night. Parking is secured, but cost is $5 per day.
Our Jr. Suite was HUGE. The room was a bit worn out and sparsely decorated, but you could do gymnastics with the extra room in the living area. Our balcony gave us a breathtaking view of the marina and the ocean. We ended up spending a lot of time on the balcony.
On Saturday we went wine tasting on the new wine route, and it blew us away!! The wines, the owners, the wineries and the picnic areas, were just superb. We started at Malagon, where the owner, Nathan Malagon came out of the field and poured our tasting. He was easy going, yet eloquent at explaining the history of his family’s vineyard and the specifics to each wine. Malagon wine was the best we had all day. We ate lunch at Vinos Bibayoff (Russian). The chardonnay was good, lunch was on the patio, white linens, chicken and beef was beautifully done. By the lovely flavor of the meat, we all agreed that it must’ve been organic. During lunch, we enjoyed watching the dogs on the lawn move from spot to spot following the sun for a warm place to lie in the grass, and drinking from the water fountain made of barrels. The owner was covered from head to toe in dirt, and his eyes sparkled when he spoke with a heavy accent. In fact, every owner we met this day was covered in dirt. Appears wine making is hard work!
Sunday we spent poolside overlooking the Marina. We enjoyed delish ceviche and tacos from the pool area for lunch.
We love that the Jr. Suites at Coral come with a mini bar and small fridge for water, beer, coffee creamer, etc. We also love that they have a mini coffee maker. We bring extra filters and coffee, because it is so nice to enjoy a fresh cup from your balcony in the morning in your pajamas w/a book.
I would not recommend having children on the upper floors since the balcony is quite low.
The TVs in the bedroom and living room are small (perhaps a 17 inch). But who needs TV with a view like this.
They have free safes in the room to use. We always bring plenty of small dollar denominations toll road fees and tips etc..
Friday dinner was at our favorite taco stand next to Hussongs, we also stopped at Caprichios (across the street) for a glass of wine. We ate at Mahi Mahi and Casamar in Ensenada and were terribly disappointed. We ended the vacation with a meal at El Rey Sol (French) and as always, it knocked our socks off!
We found that the best recommendations during our trip came from Mitchell, the bellman.
Although we tipped the maid, we were only given two towels each day. I had to call each afternoon and ask for more towels and some wash rags.
If there was one very disappointing factor about Coral would be that they seem to turn off their air at night. So at 3:30am for three nights we woke up sweating. When we tried to adjust the thermometer it would not change. The only way to cool off was to open the window in our bedroom which was off of the main walking path with the loud sounds of the highway, which made it hard to sleep.
From our balcony we could see that many rooms were in the process of being remodeled. We wondered if the reason they were cutting the air at night was a cost-cutting measure to help make up for the costs of remodeling the rooms?
Sunday night there was a trumpet playing jazz that you could hear from our balcony. The view, the low sound of live music, and the chill in the air was magical.
Monday we checked out at 10am, stopped at Puerto Nuevo for lunch on the way home, and discovered a new restaurant called Mariscos, which turned out to be the BEST lobster we’d EVER had in the lobster village.
We used our Fast Pass to get home, and walked through the door of our home at 3:30pm Monday.
We cannot wait to return to Hotel Coral, and just hope their prices will stay low all season so we can enjoy it often.
BTW – the Hotel Coral offers shuttle service from the states for a fee. We are going to look into it, since 10 of us could travel together, and leave the cars at home.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Coral And Marina
- Hotel Coral Marina
- Hotel Coral Ensenada
- Coral Ensenada Hotel Marina
- Coral Marina Ensenada