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“Liv'in it up at the Hotel California”
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Hotel California
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Todos Santos
Certificate of Excellence
Norman, Oklahoma
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6 reviews
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“Liv'in it up at the Hotel California”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

Todos Santos is a small quiet city on the Pacific coast. About a 50 minute drive from Cabo.
We stayed at the Hotel California for two nights in March 2012. The rooms are very quaint but the hotel and the grounds are magnificent. Lots of artwork and great food. A very friendly helpful staff. But the real magic starts at night, the lighting and grounds decor is outstanding. Very romantic and relaxing. Many good places to eat in town besides the hotel and once your in town walking works better than driving. Absolutely worth a night or two. Not much for the young kids to do so leave them at home for this excursion.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

I booked this hotel after reviewing it on Tripadvisor, checking the hotel website and then calling the hotel.
I was looking to book a suite with two bedrooms as we were travelling with my parents and our young child. The hotel appeared to have what they described as a large 2 bedroom suite on their website but, to be sure, I called to check that there were 2 separate bedrooms, and was assured that this was the case, but the person I spoke to added that there was no door in between the rooms. When we arrived at our room I was surprised to see our room was essentially a double bedroom, the beds being about 3 metres apart, and not at all "large" as advertised (see photo below). When I went down to reception to express this surprise I was told that another room was available but we would be charged full price of a further $110 on top of the $170 for the "suite".
There was no common area in the room we booked which, for me, is a requirement if you are going to call hotel accommodation "a suite". There was a small shared bathroom and only one closet which was also small. In all we felt conned by the description and the staff reaction was insult to injury.
Just for the record: this place has no connection to the Eagles classic but it does seem to play on this in order to justify overpricing its' rather ordinary rooms. Todos Santos is well worth the visit, but you should stay elsewhere as this is basically a tourist trap.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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bmass, Manager at Hotel California, responded to this review, 24 March 2012
Hotel California would like to apologize for the misunderstanding with the room’s description. We are working on changing our website so that our guests don’t feel misled. Hotel California has been in Todos Santos, Mexico since 1950 and has become a legend and a tradition in town.
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ABQ, NM
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We took a taxi from La Paz and had lunch here. It was one of our best meals. I had the salad special, spinach with pesto chicken. My husband had a burger and he said it tasted normal and he really liked it. We got mango salsa instead of the traditional and it was great. The prices are a little higher here but the food is really good. The courtyard was beautiful.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Skipping all the 'Eagles' references...
We've visited Todos before, and had lunch at California several times. Food is really good. Decided this time to stay over night.
'Standard' room was just average - but it was fun to stay over night rather than drive back to Cabo. The inner courtyard was really nice. I would recommend the stay.

Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

But didnt stay in the hotel. But I can say the lunch we had was worth the drive from Cabo. It was outstanding and worth the trip. What a great place!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel California

Property: Hotel California
Address: Benito Juarez e/ Morelos y Marquez de Leon | Col. Centro, Todos Santos 23305, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Todos Santos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Todos Santos
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,748 - ₹ 15,230
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the original Hotel California.... We invite you to experience the mystique of this world-renowned hotel located in the charming colonial town of Todos Santos. Just a 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas along the newly paved coastal Highway 19, the hotel is now easily accessible...Rated #7 emerging destination in the world - Tripadvisor 2010. Hotel California is a HOTEL not a B&B... ... more   less 
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