Our Ratings Scale and Comments- the more “fish” a hotel earns the better they are for fishermen to stay at. Let’s call them fishing trip friendly hotels. These are our ratings based on feedback from our customers over the years and our personal experience. If a perfectly good hotel is rated low it is not necessarily because it is a bad place to stay but it is not perceived to be fisherman friendly because either there are no accommodations made to handle coolers, fish, and fishing equipment. There is no particular order to this list. If you wish for your Loreto hotel to be listed or receive a better rating, we’ll take bribes!
Listing of Accommodations in and around Loreto
On the beach at Nopoló point sits the Loreto Baja Golf Resort and Spa. This isn’t the old Loreto Bay, its the new resort owned by Mexican developer HOMEX. The hotel is going through a wonderful renaissance. Its more comfortable and welcoming. Rooms range from standard to Master Suite with large private balcony and jacuzzi. Hallways are high and will accommodate your walking through them with fully rigged fly rods. The boats will pick you up on the beach or behind the hotel at the lagoon on the dock depending on tide and sea conditions. The nearby Golf course is in pristine condition. This hotel is nine miles south of the Loreto town center. It a 15 minute drive or 30+ minutes by boat depending on conditions. The Loreto Baja Golf Resort and Spa is the host of the Great Loreto Yellowtail Tournament.
Price per night: $130 and up
Hotel La Mision
La Misión is on the site of the old Hotel El Mision. This is where Paco tended bar at the Pelicano, the large rubber tree offered shade beside the pool and Elvis and John Wayne stayed. La Misión reconstructed, remodeled and reopened only a few years ago. The decor and atmosphere is more like a Ritz Carlton than a hotel in Loreto but fishermen deserve the best, right? This is a place that has fine linen, fancy leather furniture (that you’d better not spill your cerveza on) and a spa. It is located on Loreto’s newly remodeled waterfront near the marina. Hallways and low clearance stairwells make walking around with 9 foot flyrods a challenge. Off street parking is available in back. In room safes. WiFi available.
Price per night: $150.00 US and up
El Tiburon Casitas
Close to the marina, only one short block. plenty of space inside secure privacy walls, a nice mix of shade/sun around the pool. Airy pool area with large BBQ grille and party space around a deep pool that stays cool all summer long. Five casitas that are “L” shaped with queen bed on one side and bathroom/kitchen/sitting area in the other part. All have couch or futon that folds out into a bed for a second fisherman. There is one cabana that is set up better for larger groups but it was having details in the kitchen being worked on when I visited. All of the cabanas have a vaulted ceiling and the fan is up higher than usual so slightly more avoidable to “the rod vs. fan scenario”.
Price per night: $70 USD + tax
Rentals of private vacation homes are an option in Loreto too. We recommend Rentals Loreto to handle your needs if you think a private home would be more suitable for your family or group. Kathy has managed her listings for many years and we work well with her operation. Rentals Loreto’s website has photographs, descriptions and pricing of all available listings. This is a great resource for something more private and unique. Fishability ratings of the individual houses available will vary so we’ll rate the fishability of Kathy’s service instead.
Price per week: private rental homes start at $320.00 US per week!
You’ll overlook the beautifully landscaped, totally private and secure compound, heated pool with a waterfall, Japanese soaking pool, dry sauna, steam sauna… There are also two bars and in addition to your bungalow’s private patio, other quiet areas to relax or socialize are located throughout the grounds. Strategically placed water-misting systems and an outdoor shower assure maximum comfort. All bungalows have full kitchens. Great for groups this property has a lot of extras and the owners seemed to have thought of everything you need for a relaxing stay, including breakfast and free happy hour for guests!
Price per night: $30 and up for Hostel, $65 and up for bungalows
Loreto Playa B & B
On the beach just North of Desert Inn, Loreto Playa is an intimate two room bed and breakfast with additional rental house across the street. The owner Paulette is a fisherman as well so she understands the need of the visiting angler. Although the rooms are mostly suited for couples, the rental house is ideal for fishermen. Conviently located on the beach, this property is also near he center of town. WiFi is included as are many extras and adds a unique personal touch.
Price per night: $99 and up
Las Cabanas de Loreto
It helps to stay in a place when the owner is a fisherman! This property has all kinds of touches to help the outdoor enthusiast; from outside wash-down areas and BBQ and entertainment center thoughtful rod holders in the rooms. Just hope they got rid of those ceiling fans, if not then fly rodders heads up! (rating less half a fish if there’s ceiling fans, otherwise this place is a perfect 5 Fish) Excellent rooms with two beds, one apartment that with 4 beds and a main house with 2 beds. Individual rooms or the entire property may be reserved. Beautiful pool and jacuzzi area, nice and private, close walk to town center, and one property West of the waterfront. WiFi available.
Price per night: $108.00 US and up
La Damiana Inn
This is an historic residence of an ex. General in the Mexican military. It was restored a few years ago and during the construction, a couple of secret underground tunnels were discovered. One tunnel lead to the historic stone house across the street, and the other lead to the historic Mission in the center of town. These tunnels were likely built to protect the priests which were persecuted during revolutionary times. Now this house has six guest rooms many of which were newly remodeled, each uniquely decorated in traditional Mexican style. There are nice guest common areas and a large kitchen is available to guests. Another important note is that Geraldo the owner will willingly cook fishermen’s catches in their kitchen. La Damiana Inn is located right in the center of town, two blocks from the waterfront and across the street from a taxi stand. WiFi is available and there is a computer for guests to use that’s connected to the internet.
Price per night: $62.00 – $75.00 US
Hacienda suites is located quite a way’s inland and its also a good walk to the downtown area, especially when its hot. It is good stay for those traveling here by car and it has secured off street parking. This hotel is located next to one of the best restaurants in town, Domingo’s Place. There is a pool, bar and restaurant on site. In room safes. Rating due to inconvenient inland location in summertime (pertains to fishermen that arrive by air). WiFi available.
Price per night: $89.00 US and up
This is a small property so it fills up quickly. Their downtown location, price per night and clean, comfortable and fun atmosphere, make it one of the best deals in Baja California Sur lodging. This property is inland but its an easy two block walk from the waterfront and the center of town. Off street parking is available on request. Outdoor BBQ and gathering area. Four rooms with two beds each decorated in traditional colorul Mexican style. WiFi available.
Price per night: $40.00 US and up
Coco Cabañas and the New Coco Casitas Hotel
One block from the waterfront and in the center of town, this property consists of eight one room cabañas complete with kitchenette, that surround the pool and common area. A nice pool side BBQ is available for cooking your fresh fish. There are also four brand new town-house style casitas around a common jacuzzi and gathering area. Guests are welcome to use the VHS library, all accommodations have TV/VCR. Free WiFi is also available.
Coco Casitas de Loreto is located on the property adjacent to Coco Cabañas. Its more than just another hotel room. Each Casita has features of a fully furnished house in a small resort style setting. Each bedroom has one bed a Cal King and a large private bathroom. The second level has kitchen, living area and half bath. All casitas have a deck on the upper level overlooking the pool/patio area with a blue water view
Price per night: $65 and up
Motel El Dorado
This place is tucked away right in the center of town. It is one block from the waterfront and two blocks from the Mission. Small rooms with two beds each, clean and secure. No pool but nice palapa bar. Locate on a narrow dirt street there is limited parking for a large rig. Very easy walk to anywhere in town, great prices and friendly staff too.
Price per night: $50.00 US and up
Hotel El Moro
This little gem is very close to the waterfront and marina. There is an RV in back and rooms are in a modest two story concrete building that’s wonderfuly overgrown with colorful bouganvillas. This place is an easy walk to the town center, bank, plaza and the Mission. Rating due to uncertainty as we are only basing the above on our impression of this place. Comments from guests that have stayed here through the years have been positive. This means that it could actually rate higher on the fish scale. Next time I walk by I’ll get a better photo with those flowers!
Price per night: $30.00 US and up
We’ll handle your hotel reservation for this one. No English and no internet! They’ll put your name, group, and room numbers down in a spiral notebook they use to keep the reservations. And when you arrive, they’ll have a room for you and you’ll need to pay them directly on checking in. This is a locals lodge and the guest list will reflect it. You may share the property with other fishermen but you may also be mingling with Mexicans, Europeans and other adventurous traveling people. This is simply a place to put your head down and there are no pillow “shams” within a mile of here. This is truly no frills but the A/C works, its clean, its right in front of the bell tower of the Mission andtwo blocks from the water front. This place can get noisy, try to get a room in the back on the side that overlooks the Mission.
Price per night: $25.00 US and up
This property is small and has five uniquely different rental units. It is on the water front and an easy walk to the center of town and the marina. The two units at the front of the property are a duplex, one of which has sliders and a patio facing the street. The other attached unit has the sliders facing North. There is the check-in counter a commercial office in a small building on the corner. The main house is two story with a great view and there is a yurt and a studio room more inside the property. Being on the waterfront, noise from cruising vehicles can pose a problem especially in hot weather.
Price per night: $55.00 US to $85.00, Main House $1,050.00 US per week
Posada de las Flores
This historic looking building was actually only constructed and completed in the year 2000. It has ten rooms that range in size and level of services. This is a fancy hotel complete with pillow “shams” and a spa and it features a third story swimming pool with a glass floor. This adds light to the main lobby and can be seen by looking up. Some of their first guests, after opening the hotel, were fishermen who had a jolly time “mooning” other guests on the ground floor from the bottom of the rooftop pool above. They’ve copped a ‘tude with fishermen ever since. Rooms are European style and very small, antique museum-like setting, difficult to move around with fishing gear but the wife will be happy. This property is located in the center of town and two blocks from the waterfront. WiFi available.
Price per night: $171.00 US and up
This hotel is well off the beaten path on the industrial East – West thourofare through Loreto. It is newly built and clean with off street parking. There is a coffee shop on site and you will be located right next to the town’s tackle shop that everyone knows as “Ferre-Mar”. This property is about 10 blocks West of the water front.
Price per night: $35.00 US and up
This hotel is well south of Loreto, at 20 miles away. So it is definately outside of town. Its proximity from Loreto makes us taking fishermen from there difficult and costly so we suggest staying in town. However this hotel does deserve mention as a good one to two night side trip from a Loreto trip. It makes a great starting point for a day whale watching trip to Mag Bay. Also the plentiful secure off street parking and wash down facilities make it a great place for private boaters who drive here. Puerto Escondido and its operations are only 3 Km down the street. The hotel is two stories with eight large rooms, two beds in each and overlooking the pool. The pool makes a great gathering place backdropped by the Sierra de la Giganta and scores of colorful flowering trees, bushes and plants. The large restaurant and bar can hande events. WiFi available. Mini mart and easy access to highway 1.
Price per night: $125.00 US and up
Motel Palmas Altas
Low budget but meets the basic requirements. A guys place, or a students crashpad. We’ll handle your hotel reservation for this one. This is another one of those spiral notebook reservation departments. When you arrive, they’ll have a room for you and you’ll need to pay them directly on checking in. Most of the Palmas Altas rooms are housed inside of one of several pre-fabricated ex-military housing units. Single rooms have one twin bed and a bathroom but hardly any room to move. Double beds will have two beds, and “suites”- and not my word for them, have two king beds in a modular 1950′s Winnabago style. The do have a couple of “departamentos” which are two apartments inside of a concrete building too. They actually have a pool and a pretty cool bar when its open. They’re on a paved street one block from the waterfront but also 100 feet in front of the municipal auditorium. If there’s a fiesta in that auditorium we suggest you look for another place to sleep! Good off street and secure parking. Cool place, funky but the price is right.
Price per night: $20.00 – $55.00 US