Had a 90 minute massage on my BD. Not remotely worth 150 dollars. The 30 dollar massages downtown are WAY better. I live here half time but won’t be back. Not relaxing or enjoyable in the least. Don’t bother
We recently visited Hotel Coral & Marina (HCM) for a wine tasting getaway. Saturday morning we met Alejandro Moreno, the Coral Express Driver, in Chula Vista. He arrived with a warm smile and assisted us with our luggage into the shuttle. He crossed the Otay border with absolute ease- he really knows his way around the US and Baja. When we inquired about a landmark or a statistic regarding Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe or Tijuana, he had the answers and even elaborated with great information. His driving was swift and safe. We enjoyed his company and invited him to have lunch with us. We stopped at Puerto Nuevo and asked Alejandro for a recommendation for lobster- it was excellent! The lobster, the price and the view were much better than the restaurant that we normally visit. Upon arrival at HCM, we were greeted by the always-friendly bellman and Adalberto Villa, who is welcoming and very professional. We changed into our bathing suits to enjoy the warm afternoon sun, poolside until our rooms we available to check into. Each suite had modern decor, a sitting area with couch and coffee table, a safe, a very comfortable bed, an incredible view, a mini fridge, coffee maker, 2 bottles of water and soap, shampoo, etc.. We later went into town (only an $8 taxi for 5 adults) for a casual dinner, then back to HCM for some much needed rest. One note: my husband accidentally left his phone in the taxi coming back to the hotel. The next morning we called reception and the driver had returned the phone to the HCM front desk. This was such a relief and we were thankful to both the driver and HCM. In the morning we all had intentions of visiting the gym, but opted to sleep in and take a walk around the marina and the walking path towards Ensenada. Sunday HCM brunch is brilliant! The selections of food are too many to count and the servers are helpful to bring you any beverage you like. The only thing that we did not enjoy were the oysters. The rest of the food was very good and the view of the marina from your table is amazing! The wine tour operator picked us up at 11am and drove us safely to Valley de Guadalupe, first stop El Corcho Rosa. I requested this small, intimate winery. Female owned and operated and created from the ground up by Sitara, the owner and her daughter Ava. The wine is lovely, the story is incredible and Lilly, the winery dog, stole our hearts. Next stop was Cava el Laurel. This is a beautiful wine/beer/food location, tucked way back into the valley, we would have never found this one on our own. Some of us did wine, some did beer, we all agreed that the beer was their strong suit. We would have eaten but our next stop was a late lunch so we wanted to save our appetites. We arrived Primitivo Restaurant around 2:30pm, the outdoor dining is settled under a very old, large oak tree - gorgeous! Our server, a young female, was patient and kind. She answered all our questions and made suggestions. Many dishes appeared to be cooked over the outdoor wood fire, the smell will spark your appetite. We ordered the tuna, the octopus, and the steak as entrees - each is enough for 2 people as it comes family-style in 3-5 serving for everyone at the table to try, utilizing most of the animal. We also had the clams. We enjoyed the flavors that we could taste- but some of the dishes were over salted. The restrooms were clean and modern. The wine selection was good and we all agreed that it was one of the best meals we’ve had in the valley. Back to the hotel, we went to the hot tub to soak in our last night at HCM and Ensenada. There is an indoor and outdoor pool and jacuzzi. The gym is terrific, complete with an ocean view yoga room and water aerobics. Monday morning we had brunch (smaller during the week, but still very good), then we were pleased to find out that Alejandro was taking us back to the US. We arrived at the Otay border, got out of the shuttle with our luggage and waited in line for an hour and 45 minutes (we used to just walk through- no wait). This is no reflection on HCM, only the current state of our border. Once through customs, we walked about a block and met Alejandro for our final leg of the journey to Chula Vista. A big thank you to Veronica Ochoa, Director of Transportation at HCM. She not only made our transportation arrangements to/from HCM, but also for the wine tour AND the reservations at the wineries and restaurant. Done to perfection and her recommendations are terrific! HCM is taking many precautions to ensure everyone’s health and safety with several wash stations, both hand and shoes at the entrance to the different facilities. It is also very busy this time of year, so I suggest making your reservations at least 30 days in advance. Next time we go, we will likely stay longer and return to the US the middle of the week, to reduce our time at the border. Many thank you to Mr. Villa, Ms. Ochoa and the rest of the team at HCM for a much needed relaxing and fun getaway with friends!…
We have frequented this hotel in the past for Christmas parties and other community gatherings .....and have stayed at this hotel in years past and were quite happy to do so again this year. But this year some changes in hotel policy were most unwelcome. We booked the Presidential Suite for five persons. And although the room(s) were nice and have spectacular views of the bay and marina, it was a disappointment. The room was not ready at check in time. The hotel compensated us with a glass of wine EACH as we waited .....and then offered only TWO complimentary breakfasts for the next day. We were FIVE persons. The "kitchen" in the suite was just a bar, a tiny bar sink and mini fridge. We requested a microwave and were told it would be an additional cost per day. This is NOT a cheap room. We hunted and hunted, in the rooms, for plugs to use for electronic devices. This is 2022 -- there SHOULD be plugs. We found ONE! Hopefully management will upgrade the charging situation and stop charging extra for microwaves in exclusive suites. We felt nickel and dimed. Not a good feeling when you are paying big bucks for a Presidential suite.…
used to be a nice place we frequented all the time, its now old and dirty lots of noisy kids on top of it all it was super expense. just a shame because its so close to ensenada for a fun short trip so don't stay here
I stayed here across two room with my family this June. Very clean and the staff were attentive and professional. Can't say the food compares to what you'll find outside the hotel in the streets of Ensenada... but overall great place. Also, I can't say enough about the security here. I felt totally secure parking my car in the garage. There's massive (but discrete) walls surround the property, and at least one security guard at the front entrance into the lot visible at all times, 24/7.
Stayed five nights and wished I could have stayed longer. Had a mini suite that overlooked ocean and marina. Breakfast Buffett was wonderful. Deep tub in room - so climbing in and out for shower was challenging. Dining room food was really nice and modified as needed for my diet. Nice parking garage and loved security at front of property.
If you want a hair infested breakfast definitely stay here. DO NOT purchase a room at normal rate hoping that you will get a fast pass. On the day of checkout magically the system will be down! TOTAL SCAMMERS
Hotel is close to downtown Ensenada and a local supermarket. Hotel was clean and only downfall was there was no hot water in shower. I guess this is a problem based on other reviews I have read. Staff was helpful and they had a parking attendant.
DONT EAT AT THE RESTAURANT. I had a fish dinner there. Two hours later, violently ill. Sick for three days. First time I got sick from any restaurant. They are obviously not following simple health guidelines. Besides the restaurant, the hotel is ok. Great location, rooms are big with big balconies. The rooms are very old and dated. The staff is very friendly.
Hotel Coral in Ensenada has the worst Presidential Suite I have ever stayed in around the world. Look at the pictures of the gross carpet with holes, stains and rips in it. Look at the pictures of the frayed towels, random hairs and no liners in any of the trash cans. Imagine how disgusting the bedding is! The most unpresidential suite ever, combined with staff that does not care equals the Hotel Coral in Ensenada being the worst hotel in northern Mexico. They gave us a quote and of course the bill was 33% more than the quote. The service was horrible because none of the employees cared! There were no room service menus or guides to getting even your basic needs met. It was like being stuck in a crappy 3 bedroom apartment with no kitchen. There were no cushions on the outside patio furniture and many more basic things they forgot to do. I tried to host a breakfast for my friends and What a disaster. I told them 2 days in advance what was needed and they failed miserably to bring even the simplest things like the food, the bowls, proper glasses and more. They never restocked the mini bar in 4 days and getting food for room service either took many hours or it just never came. They tried to charge me $40 USD for a case of water. The buffet was filled with the usual Mexican dishes but was very bland in flavor and dry like it was sitting out too long on a warming dish. The open pit with the pig and lamb spinning is cool but the meat was very dry. It looked pretty but the tastes did not match the visuals. We came with 7 boats that docked at the Coral Hotel Marina for a Halloween vacation. This was the first and LAST time I will stay in the hotel and not on my boat. Do Not waste your money or vacation at the Hotel Coral, There are so many better places in the area! They will tell you "yes yes yes" to everything just to get you to go away, then they do nothing because they do not care. I give the Hotel Coral in Ensenada 9 thumbs down.…
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