You cannot beat the location of this tiny two-room hotel adjoining the popular 1697 restaurant. It's located in the northeast corner of the main Plaza overlooking the bandstand, where you can s patio and watch it on your veranda and watch the world go by. Both Loreto Centro and the malecon are just blocks away. Secure private parking behind the hotel. They take credit cards. Even though the room was right on the plaza we felt very safe. The rooms were simple but clean with nice touches including a safe, sky TV, firm bed (but rough sheets), AC (not needed in March when we were here), ceiling fan, mini fridge, fluffy towels, ample hot water. Bring your own toiletries, though, they only provide hand soap. Also, although there was an area by the bathroom sink to hang (short) clothes, there was no armoire or dresser in which to put clothes. Not a problem if you are only there for a few days.
We were here on a Sunday and Monday, and it was very quiet except during dinner hour (adjoining restaurant closes at 10 pm). However, I cannot vouch for sleep quality on weekends or fiesta days as the room is right on the plaza.
The internet was unpredictable. we were in room 8 which is farther from the restaurant that bears the same name. the room next to us (9) closer to the restaurant had a better signal and since it was unoccupied, the staff gave us a small table and chairs to put on the patio of that unit for better internet access.
Kieran, Norma, their staff and friendly Yellow Labrador Bolt made us feel very welcome. We would definitely stay here again, and will probably do so in May on our way back up the peninsula to the States.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel 1697 is a small boutique hotel situated in the north-east corner of the town square, the heart of Loreto. A short walking distance to the three hundred year old Mission Church and Museum, restaurants, cafes, the sea front, and the beach, Hotel 1697 is by far the best located budget hotel option in town. Our rooms are comfortable and beautifully decorated. They each have private bathroom, daily cleaning service included in the rate and a private terrace facing the town square, on which our guests can enjoy breakfast and/or dinner if desired from our 1697 Restaurant next door. The hotel is managed by owners Kieran & Norma who will ensure your stay is a memorable one. ... more less