I had heard many things, both good and bad about the Hotel Frances. I had never stayed in Santa Rosalia, always heading south. But this weekend we were on a break from our Amigos de Los Californios trip before heading up to Santa Martha. We were booked into the Hotel Frances. Easy to find on the north rim of the canyon where most of Santa Rosalia lies. Right down the street from the mining museum. Our rooms were in the back section on the second floor. Remember, this is not standard Baja or Mexican construction - it was heavily influenced by the French mining company who ran this town for so long. And it was a magical change of pace in Baja - going back in time and changing locales to a place where houses and buildings had verandas, all wood construction including the creaky floors, the thick/padded wallpaper (I guess?) with vintage colors. The people were extremely nice and helpful - my room was very clean and functional, and I felt like I was somewhere on a plantation in the South, or maybe at an old hotel in Versaille - until I walked out on my veranda and looked out over the Sea of Cortez! Now for the new - their pool in the courtyard was very clean and the WiFi was fantastic for keeping in touch. All in all a great stay and a new place to add to my future travels.