Twice I've had a chance to stay at Hotel Conquistador, at on Agua Calientes across from the Two Tijuana Towers, where the rooms are spacious and the courtyard is shady with lots of bougainvillea. There are many doctors offices and clinics in the Two Towers.
The property encompasses an entire city block with a high surrounding wall and parking in a wide courtyard and beneath some of the rooms. There is protected parking here, since no one can just walk into or through the parking lot.
Let me say that I was quite satisfied with the place. I tend to travel cheaply, and i am (mostly) not as fastidious as many travelers. I usually stay at places like the Ocampo or the Nubia or the Americano, but I chose Conquistador for a specific purpose.
The hotel is a bit pricey for me, at about $60 for a single, but the service was excellent. The rooms on both occasions were spacious, clean and cool (important as it was summer).
For those vacationing on a budget, this could be the right place, as it is out of the tourist zone and yet conveniently located.
I had chosen this place to recuperate after surgery, and it served me well. I stayed the night before the surgery, so that I would be closer to the operating center, and then cabbed back and went right to bed to sleep off the anesthetic.
Once I stayed there with a friend who was very helpful in caregiving after the surgery, and the next year I decided that i could go it alone. I felt confident that, should I have a problem, the staff would be helpful enough for my needs. Phones in the rooms and doctors across the street allayed any doubts I might have had.
I was able to walk to several of the restaurants close by and I was very glad I had made the choice to stay here, rather than staying at my usual, the Hotel Zaragosa behind the fronton in TJ centro.
I would not put too much stock in complaints about hotels - everyone is different and has a different level of acceptance. Tolerance thresholds vary. Even the most exclusive (and expensive) hotel has an off-day. This is after all, Mexico. Do we come here for luxury? Or for the experience?
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