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“Decent - not a resort”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Villa Marina

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Villa Marina
Ranked #26 of 37 Hotels in Ensenada
San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
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“Decent - not a resort”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2007

Clearly, when you go to Mexico, you don't expect the same quality of hotels as in the US and other countries, so this review is based on those lower expectations. I went to Ensenada on a Saturday on Labor Day weekend with 4 other friends. Preliminary research indicated that most hotels were booked up for the holiday weekend, so we just went down there hoping to either find a room or drive back home that night. After being turned away at a few hotels, we tried Villa Marina because it seemed likely to have a room available based on its size (it's one of the few tall buildings in Ensenada). We found out that they indeed had rooms available, but there is a strict 4 per room policy, so we had to get 2 rooms. The rooms were $110 each, which was a bit steep for the quality of the hotel, but we accepted, since we knew that many hotels had no vacancies. I would guess that their rates for advance reservations are lower. They also have a lighted parking lot with a security guard, which is a must in Ensenada.

The hotel looks like it was once very nice, but it is definitely in need of a remodel now. The elevators are small and a bit scary. The desk staff was friendly and even gave us rooms next to each other with an adjoining door. The view from the balcony was nice, especially from our rooms on the 9th floor, but the wood railing seemed cheap and unsafe. The beds and sheets were clean, and the bed was average in comfort, but creaky. There were a lot of channels on the TV, several in English, but there was no remote, and one of the buttons was broken. I didn't find that it was noisy, as long as you don't leave the sliding balcony doors open...the hotel has AC, so this shouldn't be a problem. They provide no toiletries in the room, other than a couple bars of soap. The towels were a bit worn out. The bathroom looked clean but not immaculate. The carpet felt dirty under my bare feet. Finally, the breakfast at 10am was cold and was probably the same food that they put out at 6 or 7.

If you are looking for a simple place to stay right in the tourist district with no luxury, this one is OK. Request a high floor, because the view is the best attribute of the hotel. If you are looking for a resort, try some others.

  • Liked — view
  • Disliked — outdated, could be cleaner
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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California, USA
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2007

We stayed in a 2nd-floor room for three nights while racing in the Baja Triathlon. Every single night car alarms went off, and two of the nights cherry bombs were tossed from windows above us to the parking lot below setting off even more car alarms. This hotel needs double paned windows for the noise problems.

This place is dirty, too. The carpet will turn your feet black, if you don't wear shoes at all times. The towels had holes in them and needed bleaching. We displayed on our doorknob that the room needed cleaning, but when we returned, there was a bag of towels on the doorknob, and the display had mysteriously been turned to Do Not Disturb. We thought it was some prankster, but upon entering our room, we found some lights on that we didn't leave on, so we know the maid went in the room, and left without cleaning.

The front-desk staff is very nice, but just listens, and doesn't address any issues.

Stayed June 2007
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2007

my husband and i took a last minute trip to ensenada w/no reservations. we walked into the villa marina and got a good deal from their friendly staff. We found the hotel to be far enough away from the loudness of the main strip to sleep at night but close enough to walk just about anywhere. Definately not a luxury hotel and a bit old but clean. If you're looking for a safe, clean place to sleep this is a good deal. Not many amenities but worth the money ($140 for 2 nights). Would stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2006

Loud and noisy, drunken men hanging about elevators until late. Complained two nights, found other accomodations for duration of stay. Found similar problems with previous stay, will not try Villa Marina Hotel again

  • Stayed July 2006
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2006

We enjoyed our stay at the Villa Marina. Great location right on the main tourist street. The staff was helpful and friendly. The bar on the 12th floor was completely empty, but has a nice veiw of the City. The rooms were a bit old, but clean. And we didnt have any problem with the noise from the busy street below. The only concern was the railing on our balcony was pretty shakey and unsafe.

If you're looking for luxury then this is really not the place, but if you are looking for a clean room in a great location and at a good price, I would recomend the Villa Marina.

  • Stayed July 2006
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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2006

The Villa Marina is a decent hotel right on the LOUDEST street in Ensenada. We got NO sleep until at least 4am each night, when the bars close down. The room was clean, though far from elegant, and the restaurant was fine. An ok, though unheated, pool. Watch out for the treacherous stairway. We got late check out for a $20 tip to the chamber maid.
I think this place would be fine if you were planning to party all night, but if you are in Ensenada to relax, you must find somewhere farther outside of town.

  • Stayed May 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2006

Our NSGW group stayed for four days and we had a real good time. They have a real nice breakfast and the staff is friendly and co-operative. We basically needed a place to stay, sleep and shower. TV was good with lots of channels, some en english and the view was spectacular. Not a lot of frills, but quite nice. Thanks Amigo Bob and Steve and the rest of the folks that made it possible.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Additional Information about Villa Marina

Property: Villa Marina
Address: Avenida Lopez Mateos, Ensenada, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Norte > Ensenada Municipality > Ensenada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Ensenada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 130
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