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Joker Hotel
Ranked #17 of 37 Hotels in Ensenada
Reviewed March 9, 2008

I stayed for four nights at the Hotel Joker and had a very pleasant experience. The hotel is nothing fancy at all, but it is clean, has telephones in the rooms, good heating/air unit, television, a pool, and a restaurant on the premises that offers decent meals. The staff in both the hotel and restaurant are VERY nice and accomodating, but I do have to agree with the other reviewer that it is helpful if you speak Spanish. One of the desk clerks does speak some English, but most of the others in the hotel and restaurant do not.

The hotel is about 3 miles from downtown Ensenada, so it is not very convenient in that sense. Most of the guests seem to be people traveling en route to destinations further south since the hotel is right on the 'highway' (although it's more of a main strip than a highway at that point.) For more information, you can visit their website, which is hoteljoker.com

By the way, I paid 300 pesos a night in late February, which was a little under $30, but I suspect I was given a discount because they were very amused by me and my Spanish!:)

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled solo
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A TripAdvisor Member
Anaheim Ca,
Reviewed June 29, 2003

The joker was really good, I think the reason why it was excellent because i spoke spanish it was easy for me to communicate, I really didnt have to drive at all! the manager called the taxi for me and drove us downtown for 10 dollars only, on the way back the same taxi guy came back and picked us up. You really need someone who can speak good spanish and know how to talk. as a result i got some good deals and a good discount. So i will continue going there and take advantage as much as i can. I kinda do admit they need some adult movies or some good cable channels!! service was great though. junior

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San Diego, CA
Reviewed April 20, 2003

I just got back from a night's stay at the Joker. I chose the Joker because of the price was half what the other hotels in the area were asking. I paid $40 for the night. This is the Easter 'high season' in Mexico with many of the hotels full or close to it. The Joker Hotel is about a mile from Estero Beach and the beautiful Estero Beach Resort which I originally hoped to stay at. The price at the Estero Resort was prohibitive so I took a chance on the Joker. The Joker had a good web presence and I vaguely remember seeing it on a pass through back in January. It didn't look to bad at the time.As far as amenities and comfort, I would rate the Joker a one or two. It's certainly a no-frills operation. The rooms are not spacious but adequate in size. Singles come with a king size bed. There is a TV and writing table. My first impressions were not good. The door leading into the room looked tired and sagged on it's hinges. The door knob and key had a very loose and worn feel. The room was bland though clean. The bathroom had the essentials and was stocked with towels and soup dispenser in the shower.Like Iraq, Baja was invaded by tens of thousands of Americanos and their machinery. Off-Road vehicles, ATV's and SUV's occupied every available patch of beach from Playas to Ensenada. All those gringos and not a one to be found at the Joker. The hotel was completely filled up with Mexicans from all points north and south. For me this was fine. But if you were looking for some peace and quiet, then you picked the wrong hotel. Spanish music cranked from either rooms or car stereos. I'm still not sure where it was coming from but it was coming from everywhere and loud. Tables and chairs were set up on the walkway on the second floor. Sort of a bleacher section to watch the tiny pool area which was packed full with kids and adults. The grounds are sprawling with a barbecue area, lawn and playground. All put to good use for this weekend. It was fun to watch a soccer game and families barbecuing. A short distance junk. It wasn't trash but flaming stuff from God knows where. Maybe there was a garage sale that went bad. The playground was obviously built with good intentions. I've never seen so many uses for large wornout tires. They were strung through with rope and hung and also piled high in stacks. I looked down a stack and noticed it also doubled as a trash can. So convenient. After finding out which lights worked I relaxed for some TV. Only one of five channels was viewable. Later I checked out the restaurant and was very impressed but didn't try the food. Downstairs is an independently owned karaoke bar. Pleasant enough with dance floor.Overall I had a good experience at the Joker. I'm not too picky when alone and have experienced worse. The desk clerk tried his hardest to be helpful but without success. I needed a refrigerator but he couldn't tell me which rooms had one. I got lucky. "Is it non-smoking," I asked. "Our rooms are all non-smoking, but people smoke in them anyway," he replied. Talking to him later outside, he looked me direct in the eye and asked "what are you looking for"? Oh, nothing for me today thank you.

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Reviewed September 9, 2009
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Stayed: September 2009, traveled on business
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Address: Mexico Hwy. 1, Ensenada 22800, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Norte > Ensenada Municipality > Ensenada
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #17 of 37 Hotels in Ensenada
Price Range: $40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 40

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