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San Nicolas Hotel and Casino
Ranked #22 of 38 Hotels in Ensenada
Reviewed July 24, 2007

I loved this hotel for all its unexpected touches -- dark wood-panelled rooms with interesting furniture looking out onto an enormous and totally kitschy pool; nice little happy hour, friendly staff. It's a bit of a hike from the main part of town, but not so much that I wouldn't stay here again. And it was such a relief to get to Ensenada after Rosarito. Tip: don't miss dinner at Manzanilla, once of the best meals I've ever had, at a great price and with an astonishingly friendly, super-talented & imaginative chef.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 27, 2007

We booked this hotel at the last minute (the day before) and everthing turned out well. The hotel is a little shop-worn but the food and staff are well worth it. It is off the beaten path in a residential neighborhood just minutes from downtown and the shopping area. We learned to appreciate the location as we could leave the noise behind.
Ask for a room that overlooks the pool as the waterfall sound is quite soothing.
We had one glitch (leaking a/c) which the staff resolved immediately. They were even patient and encouraging as we tried our limited Spanish.
Would we return?? Yes! in a minute!

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Textilady
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Reviewed May 6, 2007

My best friend and I went down to Ensenada for a weekend trip. We had such a great time there! The staff at San Nicolas were so nice and helpful. I knew that it was going to be a great place to stay when he gave us our coupon for two free margaritas in the bar!

Our room was gi-normous! The bathroom was pretty clean and the shower was so spacious that you could probably fit four people in there comfortably! (Not that we did that or anything!) The beds were firm and clean. I have to admit there was a strange funk in the room when we first got there, but after opening the balcony door, it was fine. We had a great view of the pool as well. One odd complaint was that the rug felt a bit moist, we're not quite sure what that was about, but it was fine walking around the room in flip-flops.

The pool is exactly as big as it seems it is! The hot tub was pretty large as well, there just were not many jets working in it.

San Nicolas was in a convient area of town. We were able to walk to everywhere we wanted to go, including the local neighborhoods and the clubs.

When we eventually passed out, the hotel was pleasantly quiet and restful. The staff there really made our trip. We will definately be returning.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Janely
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Reviewed April 10, 2007

Not a bad place to stay. Has the south of the border flavor. A little out dated, but exceptable. It is Mexico. Would recommend it.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled with friends
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2  Thank mikeatsocal
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Reviewed February 20, 2007

The Hotel San Nicolas in Ensenada is a wonderful place to stay. I've stayed there twice and have already booked a 3rd weekend. On my first visit (July 2006), it was the only hotel I could find that had any rooms - which made me a little suspicious. However, it looked nice on the web [-], and I decided to take a chance. I was pleasantly surprised. The rooms are clean and comfortable (if not brand spanking new), the service is friendly and helpful, the pool area is lovely, and the restaurant is quite good as well (though I usually like to eat at the downtown restaurants for variety's sake - I don't like to just stay at my hotel all day long).

The bathrooms are a bit small (though the showers are roomy), and the TVs get about 25 cable channels, more than half of which are in English. You'll get ESPN, HBO, Animal Planet and NBC for sure, as well as some miscellaneous movie channels and some Mexican channels that run American shows such as Law & Order in English with Spanish subtitles.

All in all, I heartily recommend this hotel!

Stayed: February 2007
4  Thank ForeverVoyaging
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Reviewed August 20, 2006

Great experience. Friendly staff, above par accomadations for Ensenada. The pool, spa and pool bar were excellent. The sportsbook and casino were a lot of fun. The nightclub seemed like a good time but we passed on it. The Bronco Steak House across the street has a great brunch for $11. Taxi ride to the strip was only $5. Parking was great and well guarded. We came with a group of guys but I would stay here with my wife and kids too.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with friends
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3  Thank TheYetta
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Reviewed August 6, 2006

My wife and I stayed at the San Nicholas for three nights and had a great time. The hotel is not located in the middle of Ensenada, however we found that to be a plus since we were not bothered by the noise of the local bars etc. It is only is 10 minute walk to the "strip". The room was clean and rather large. After reading the reveiws of the pool we did not know what to think, however it was clean and looked very well maintained. My wife was able to book a massage under the waterfall by the pool and said it was devine! We ate at the hotel cafe for breakfast and lunch and found it to be above average. The machaca burrito is not to be missed! The staff was very nice and eager to help. The hotel could stand a bit of touch up here and there, but they have done a great job keeping this vintage hotel looking classic. We would stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Louis27
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Additional Information about San Nicolas Hotel and Casino

Address: First Street and Guadalupe, Ensenada 22800, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Norte > Ensenada Municipality > Ensenada
Amenities:
Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Ensenada
Price Range: $64 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — San Nicolas Hotel and Casino 3.5*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boasting over 40 years of experience the San Nicolas Hotel & Casino in the downtown cultural center of Ensenada, Baja California gathers a convenient location and comfortable services by giving you a memorable experience where your comfort is our main goal. ... more   less 
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