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“It was just OK” 2 of 5 stars
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Desert Inn at Loreto
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Francisco I. Madero, Loreto 23880, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #15 of 20 Hotels in Loreto
Mt. Vernon, Indiana
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7 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“It was just OK”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The check in area and pool were OK, but no bar or food as claimed. The rooms were spartan but clean and tolerable. The beach area was not what I would think a Baja beach should be, large grained sand and rocks.

The Desert Inn was not as bad as the other reviews claimed but it also wasn’t the best place we stayed in on our Baja trip. The place was sort of strange with big open areas that looked like some type of buildings had once been. Part of the parting lot was paved and the other was just crumbled asphalt. We drove all around Loreto. It was a nice town but we only saw only one other acceptable beachside hotel.

Room Tip: Stay in hotel in town close to Lorato. Close by towns seemed better.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

First room was so bad - had to change rooms. 2nd room wasn't much better but we were
tired ! TV was awful, toilet wouldn't turn off, wash cloths - yuck ! Tissues - none, no stopper
in sink. No hand towels. Showered in early am - water went everywhere !!! Everything got wet,
including floors into bedroom. Breakfast supposed to be at six. Wasn't ready until seven !!!
Avoid this place. On beach but ugly.

Room Tip: Avoid this place like the plague !
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This place is just a nightmare. Nobody cares.
There is no hot water, no TV reception, no internet, the AC unit is terribly loud, the bathroom smells...
And on top of that when we were there other guests were having a party in the car park, just outside our room. Loud music until 4 am, beer cans everywhere, and they even threw a can of beer at our door because we asked the night porter to ask them to stop!
We moved to the Motel El Dorado - what a difference! Good service, clean rooms, quiet. They restored our faith in humanity!
And Mike's bar around the corner and the Palapa restaurant were great too.

Room Tip: Stay somewhere else - this place is terrible!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bellingham, Washington, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I have stayed in this hotel three different times before this time, always, with friends who had dogs. I kept giving it the benefit of the doubt. We heard it had recently sold and was in transition. Well just forget it!

Now, they are no longer pet friendly. Upon our arrival they informed us, in a very direct way, that our labrodoodle was not allowed into the room. OK, we are now checked in, so the dog slept in the car.

The owners have no pride or interest in customer satisfaction and the staff has begun to cop an attitude. Worn out but clean room, not one amenity. No ice bucket, no TV reception, WI FI doesn't work. We went to the front desk and inquired how late the dining room was open. We were told 9:00 PM.

When we went to the dining room at 8:15 for dinner. The room was bare, in fact the entire place felt deserted. Spooky!

The dining room was empty so no problem finding a table. Our voices echoed! Our little waitress came to the table with an embarrassed smile. We asked "May we see a menu?" "There is no menu. On our menu tonight, we offer beef hamburgers, chicken breast and fish tacos." she said. OK, that kept it simple.

My husband had the chicken. I had the fish tacos. The chicken was $11.00. It was an $8.00 meal. My tacos would be $3.50, tops, at a taco stand and taste better. Pathetic! We tipped the waitress well for enduring this embarrassing experience.

Back to our room. The bed was hard as a rock. There was no hot water. The sheets were rough and worn as were the towels. I can't even describe how nasty the pillows were.

The only reason we have gone to this place was the pet friendly policy. Now that it no longer exists we will never return.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Valley Center
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

A friend and I stayed here last week. Used to be the La Pinta, just N of the end of the malecon and a block off the beach. Good location but the hotel appeared to have been closed down for at least a year, maybe before reopening as a Desert Inn. So the grounds had been neglected, no wifi, limited restaurant service (but there was a bat flying around in the dining room). The folks who where there were friendly and helpful, but they appear just now to be trying to clean up and restore the grounds. No cars should have been a clue, only one other room appeared to be occupied. The room was nice, but I'd avoid this one for a few months while the current management gets the place back into shape.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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elk river idaho
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Where to begin? No air conditioning no TV, pool like ice, bar tender never there, no coffee until 8 am, no wifi EVER. Ask the manager when anything will work, standard answer "one hour." And really watch the weird step into the bathroom. Just odd.

Room Tip: While you are in Loreto eat at La Palyapa! fantastic food
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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British Columbia
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I stayed at the hotel with a tour group and was told the hotel was nice five years ago. But now it is worn and not appealing. Neither the rooms nor the grounds are being very well maintained. The bathroom window slats didn't close properly which might explain all the dirt on the toilet which I had to clean before using it. The bed spread was ripped and there were two dreary wall lamps which provided dim light in the room. The bed was not particularly comfortable. Fortunately the group only stayed one night, and even at that I spent as little time as possible in the room it was so dreary. The Internet service worked for a while in the lobby but then went down and the staff couldn't get it working again.

Presumably one can find better accommodations in the area.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Desert Inn at Loreto

Address: Calle Francisco I. Madero, Loreto 23880, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Loreto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 20 Hotels in Loreto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Desert Inn at Loreto 2.5*
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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