My friend & I stayed for ten days, from 01/29 - 02/08/2012. Tony & Javi are the caretakers of this wonderful hacienda and there is also a wonderful cook available, and her first day started the day we arrived & their driver's name is Angel. We used Angel for the first couple days there, but after that we walked everywhere by choice. The hotel is only about 3 blocks away from Sani Dental, and only takes a few minutes to stroll there, we always felt quite safe doing that. Lol, even the street venders got to joking with us as we passed them, they knew we weren’t buying, had some great laughs with them...and pretty much everyone speak English in some level.
Back to Hacienda Los Algodones, Where the office is, they have a full kitchen, dining room, 4 computers & Wi-Fi fully available to use. Outside, in the courtyard, there’s a great bar, tables & chairs, bathrooms etc. We were even invited to do a couple loads of laundry because we had to stay longer than anteceded. At 10 pm, the gates are shut & padlocked till 6 am, but there’s a bell to ring, because Javi, Tony or someone is always there 24/7.
Our room #12 we stayed is a "Jr Suite", and is absolutely beautiful, clean & comfortable. They have wonderfully thick bath towels, great shower with high water pressure, nice thick extra blankets because it dropped into to high 40's at night and we would have to switch on the heater/AC that’s mounted on the wall above the bathroom door. The beds are rather firm, good for your back with sheets that are thick & comfortable, think they’re jersey material.
Sometimes, nearby the hall that led to our room, cigarette smoke would leech into our room from smokers in the courtyard, because there's no weather stripping around the doors. Found if you hang their Mexican blanket over the door and tuck it into the crevices around the door, no more smoke, the blanket also helped muffle some of the noises from inconsiderate patrons that drank a few too many. Although once or twice confronted certain patrons, they knew not to smoke in certain areas & to "try" and keep it quite. Quite time supposed to start at 10pm - 8 am.
Speaking of "Quite", we knew to bring ear plugs, from previous reviews, but just don't bring any ear plugs~ invest in some "Wax Earplugs", they block out almost 100% noise and they mold to your ears. The foam earplugs just muffle the sounds a little bit. You should be able to pick wax plugs up just about pharmacy or super store, they really helped the sleep. Although on the 7th day on I was used to the typical sounds and voices, and just used the blanket and slept well.
About the boarder;
We knew we would be there about a week for our dental trip to Sani Dental, and last thing we needed/wanted was more stress & time crossing the border & dealing with parking, so that’s why we choose this hotel, plus had great reviews. Our car was safe and secure and was just feet from our room within their compound.
We found best times to leave is between 10-11 am, usually car lines are very short. Seems like going in and out by car is much MUCH quicker then on foot, they have paid parking lots inside to watch your car. Although sometimes the car lines stretch for many blocks~ it’s all about timing and the days and Mondays seem the busiest of all. Sometimes folks stand or sit in lines 1 to 4 hours to leave, by car or foot.
The town is great; we really enjoyed the walking around town. There are all sorts of pharmacies here too, you can really get some amazing deals on your scripts, just got to shop around. The biggest store is the purple one, but I found them to be a little higher, but they also have a grocery store in there with a deli/coffee bar.
I would totally stay there again; they made us feel like family during our 10 day stay. And if you’re interested in a good dental clinic, Sani Dental took great care of us and paid for our room! My friend had 26 crowns & Laser cleaning and me 5 crowns, 6 fillings, laser whitening (totally awesome) and operation to remove infection that reached into the bone from a root canal that wasn't long enough. At Sani, they have many specialists that you see depending on what work was needed. My friend and I are totally satisfied with all the work done, they were very thorough till we all were totally satisfied. I warn you, to make sure you double the time you think you spend. They spend quality time with patients, so bring your patients, a book or something to keep you occupied. You don’t want them to rush you through right? (Dr. Mikel was my dentist for the crowns)
You are welcome to contact me; we drove down there from Monterey, Ca. area, & took about 9.5 hrs. You'll be very happy with Hacienda Los Algodones, just remember the wax earplugs is all, no biggie. Place is adorable, convenient and safe.
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