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Desert Inn at Loreto
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Loreto
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

It's always best to know before you go....and we did do our homework before booking at the Desert Inn. Having traveled at various price points we were on the cheap this trip and knew that the Desert Inn was aging and seemed to be the cheapest deal in town. Having said that, the grounds are meticulously maintained and the view is out to the Sea Of Cortez where the sun rises; which were beautiful and we appreciated that in the afternoon we could sit on our terrace without battling the sun. Upon our arrival we were given an upgrade, which had us wondering what we were supposed to get, ( must have been the Hacienda's which are cheaper and must be smaller). The room was good size, clean and air conditioned. It had NO SAFE and the office did not have one either but they would hold something for you. There was no clock, and although no mini frig, or other amenties, we weren't expecting any. We read on TA that not all rooms had hair driers but ours did. The pool was by far the best we saw in all of Loreto; great for spending the afternoon poolside and soaking up the sun. The problem was that there were so few guests it seemed like a ghost town. The few guests that we met during our five night stay also felt that the lack of guests was ackward. Although staff met our routine requests and we don't have a single complaint, there wasn't anything special about the service either. They keep the large restaurant open where you can get a drink, but we limited our dining to a couple of breakfasts and lunches; again fine but nothing to write home about; it felt odd eating in a place where there are no customers. We really preferred to eat in town which was an easy walk either down the malecon or more directly to the town square; take Davis Street to the left once you walk out of the entrance. It's several blocks but it gives a snap shot of those who live in Loreto. This does put you at the town square; in the right kiddie corner is the bank and ATM.
Once you hit the square you can go to your right where you will find an arch of greenery past the church and find things for sale. But if you take the path past the hotel headed straight toward the street you will find our favorite restaurant; La Pangalapa. It's open air and it has the BEST tacos ever... the fish tacos were good but my favorite were the shrimp. One of our dining companians had the octupus tacos and they were excellent and the clam tacos were very popluar. The staff were friendly and accomadating; between their broken English and our broken Spanish, we had a wondeful experience. We spent a day with Raphel from Dolphin Dive and he did not disappoint. First was the gazillion dolphins we found our boat surround by and the he went out of his way to track down some Fin whales which was a true memory maker. So, the Desert Inn is a good value and our visit to Loreto was more than enjoyable.

Room Tip: Rooms are set up a four plexes..we like the top.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

we've been there 2 nights this august. Loreto was very hot but the hotel is well air conditioned, the rooms are large and clean. There was a special price and we spent more or less 70 usd per night. There is a comfortable swimming pool and the rooms are in front of the beach. I think this is the best solution in Loreto if you won't go to the expensive "La Mision"

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Acton, California
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

We choose to stay here because it feels like home, only in Mexico. The staff is very helpful with whatever you need, laundry, blow dryers, even getting your clothes you left from another city in Baja! We feel very safe and we come every year to stay here for fishing tournaments. There is room for our truck and trailer and fresh water available to wash our motors and fishing equiptment. There is a restaurant for your enjoyment. We have parked our boat right outside our room. We love it here and the pool is clean with the ocean just steps away. This year we may go back a second time and if we do we will definitely stay there. We have stayed other places in Loreto but think this one is the best. The air conditioning works really good always!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Genoa, Italy
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Reviewed 19 July 2010

Hotel is very nice located on the beach at the end of Loreto malecon and at walking distance from Loreto downtown zocalo and pedestrian area
3 swimming pools are available
Rooms are spacious with a terrace and all comforts
Restaurant is very good and staff is nice and helpful

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Tijuana, Mexico
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Reviewed 18 July 2010

I stayed here with my six best friends for five days and don't regret the choice at all, if your on vacation and don't want to be in the hustle and bustle of very busy streets then this hotel is for you!! I met the new GM for this hotel and he is a very friendly person that will make sure your stay is just how you want it, Fili, Vere, Uriel, Lupe are great team is also very committed into making sure your stay is great as well. I can't wait to come back in my next vacations because we are sure that next time it will be great again. See you soon!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Desert Inn at Loreto

Property: Desert Inn at Loreto
Address: Calle Francisco I. Madero, Loreto 23880, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Loreto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Loreto
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,815 - ₹ 8,077
Hotel Class:3 star — Desert Inn at Loreto 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Desert Inn (Hotel La Pinta Loreto) has 49 rooms, 29 are haciendas which is the regular standard room, two doubles beds, ocean front, cable tv, air conditioning, the Villas are upgraded rooms, with a fire place and more services, in our facilities we count with a salon spa, restaurant bar, swimming pool and what is more important great service to make your stay a lifetime memory. ... more   less 
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