We arrived home from our trip to Loreto two weeks ago, and I've put off writing this review until now due to our conflicted feelings regarding our stay at the Loreto Playa Boutique Hotel. We reserved their beach house for 6 nights. The beach house is right next door to the "hotel", which is actually a B & B. Upon our arrival, Paulette was the only one home and seemed quite surprised to see us. Apparently they'd expected us earlier, after the daily US flight had arrived, however we drove our car to Loreto. Paulette gave us the key to the beach house and told us that Robert would be over later to tell us what we needed to know. She was less than welcoming. We felt like unexpected visitors. It also seemed quite odd to us that Paulette couldn't tell us whatever there was to know. It made for an uncomfortable and strange beginning of our stay, and that discomfort lasted the entire 6 days. We never felt welcomed comfortable around Paulette, although Robert was very friendly and helpful.
The beach house is beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable, with a fully outfitted kitchen. There is a small TV with dvd player, lots of games to choose from, and a beautiful view of the Sea of Cortez from the living room and kitchen windows. We LOVED the beach house! (The beach itself looks better from a distance - it is not the type of beach you would want to spend the day at. Either go into town or farther away from town for that. It was perfect for morning and evening walks, however.)
Breakfasts were fantastic! Their cook is amazing! The setting is beautiful, the table was always beautifully decorated, and the food was absolutely delicious every single day.
Aside from our universal discomfort with Paulette, we had a few other ssues. There was supposed to be wi-fi in the beach house, but we had to sit on the front steps to get it - and we all have MacBooks, which are great at pulling in even weak signals. I spent way too much time standing in front of Roberto's truck over by the B & B in order to pick up a good strong signal and send and receive email.
We never felt comfortable going over to the main B & B/hotel unless it was for breakfast. We felt that we were intruding, otherwise, even though Robert urged us to come over any time for dvds or whatever - but none of us wanted to run in to Paulette. I did have to go over to their house one night at around 10 because the security alarm in the beach house was beeping every few seconds. Their door was locked, and I had to knock - progressively louder and louder and louder - for a good 15 minutes before Paulette came to the door, obviously annoyed, and said she would go get Robert. The alarm situation was nothing they could have foreseen, but it was just one more uncomfortable situation.
The noisy nights were our biggest issue by far. Apparently the beach palapa directly in front of the beach house is a favorite party spot for local young people. On three of our 6 nights there, the local kids partied on the beach in front of the house from sunset until 2 am, and on Saturday night it went literally from sundown until sunrise. ALL NIGHT LONG! Boom box blaring loud music, loud voices, trucks doing donuts in the sand... it was very, very disruptive, and there was no getting away from it. In the summer, I suppose the a/c would drown out that noise at night, but it was April and not warm enough for a/c. That was the worst part of our stay, no contest. Since the B & B and beach house are in a nice residential neighborhood away from downtown, this was the last thing we were expecting.
My birthday was on day #4 of our stay. Several weeks before our trip, during a phone conversation during which Paulette told me that she owns a pie shop in town that specializes in key lime pie, I told her that I wanted to order a key lime pie from her shop for my birthday. I mentioned this the day we arrived, as well. The day before my birthday, when my husband asked her about the pie, he was told that the pie shop was just about to close for the day, would not be open the next day, and that they only had carrot cake left. A carrot cake was presented to me at breakfast the next morning for my birthday. It was a beautiful cake; unfortunately, I do not care for carrot cake. I'm sure it was delicious, but not for me. It was just another uncomfortable, strange and perplexing Paulette experience that detracted from our experience as a whole.
To sum up - the beach house was so beautiful and very comfortable! The breakfasts were absolutely delicious. Robert was very personable, friendly and helpful. The nighttime beach parties were awful and sleep was difficult many nights. Paulette, hopefully, was just having a very bad week, and is normally as everyone else describes her.
Beware the beach noise!
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