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“Funky & Nice” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Frances

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Hotel Frances
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210 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe | Santa Rosalia, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #130 of 359 Hotels in Baja California
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“Funky & Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2006

Stayed at Hotel Frances in Santa Rosalia in June '06 & was favorably impressed overall. Hotel is located on top of the hill overlooking the town, about $3 by taxi from the combined bus/ferry terminal. Easy walk down lots of steps to center of town. Hotel is an interesting old frame building that was a showpiece in its day, & is now owned by & being run with lots of tender loving care by 2 sisters. Lobby, restaurant (only open breakfast) & rooms are spotlessly clean, in spite of the horrendous dust & dirt that covers the entire old mining town. The wood floors throughout the entire property, the furniture & decor, shows the interest & work these 2 ladies go to in keeping the property well maintained, However, nothing in this location & this old is going to be perfect please understand. The rooms all have fairly new beds & old style furniture & lace curtains. The AC is ice cold, but is so loud it might be a problem for light sleepers. A balcony runs the full length of both buildings, so take the time to wipe off the heavy dust from the rockers & take in the view of the Sea of Cortez, over the remnants of the mine smokestacks. It's like stepping back in time. There is a small pool, but it didn't appear to have been cleaned recently enough to be attractive. There was a young night watchman on duty when we returned about 730PM sitting on the front porch, whose only job was apparently to sit & read magazines. It would be nice if the owners would give this guy something to do to earn his money, such as wipe off guest rockers &/or clean the pool, but it was obvious that he was not going to do anything. There is one note of caution about trying to contact this hotel. There is a web page for Hotel Frances, but please realize that the current owners "claim" that the information on this page --- specifically the pricing --- is 10 years old & was listed before they bought the hotel. They claim that they have been unable for 10 years to get the incorrect information removed. So the rate for a double is not $32 as listed on the website. Nor was it the $45 we had been quoted by a person who answered the phone when we called. The rate posted on the wall at the front desk is $75, & in all fairness most Mexican Hotels do list their factual rates at the front desk, so we agreed on the $60 requested. Would we stay there again for $60? Definitely. So if you're in the area do yourself a favor & try Hotel Frances.

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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2006

Finding the Hotel was a bit tricky due to it not being on the main road. The hotel is meticulously maintained to its original French accent. Lots of old mining equipment on display, surrounding the hotel. The lobby is breathtaking with antique furniture and every detail preserved from the past. The rooms are moderatley price but well worth the investment and also kept to the old French style, with wood floors and antique fruniture. The pool is in the middle of the square and is quite refreshing during the summer.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 210 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe | Santa Rosalia, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California
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Ranked #130 of 359 Hotels in Baja California
Number of rooms: 17

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