We drove into La Paz on the afternoon of 12/30 and were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful waterfront. We didn't have a hotel reservation, but when we spotted the Hotel Perla smack in the middle of the malecon, we decided to run in and see if they had a room for myself, my husband and my teenage daughter. They did, they said politely, but only for one night because they were booked on New Year's Eve. Not a problem, as we were heading to Los Cabos the next day. It was about $90.
The hotel is a big, lively affair, and if you love to be in the middle of the action like we do, this is a great place to be. We aren't overly concerned about luxury when we're traveling thru an area because we're unlikely to spend much time in the room. Our room was very clean if somewhat spartan, but it had a TV to catch up with the news, great water pressure in the shower and perfectly fine beds. Bonus: lots happening out the window, from sea planes landing in the harbor to kids playing on the rooftop playground (you heard me, parents!). Our room looked across the roofs other rooms of the hotel, some of which seemed to have little cactus gardens alongside of them. The hotel is all tile and hard surfaces, so it can be a little noisy if you're in your room and people are coming into theirs at night, but it didn't bother us.
On the same floor and area as the playground, with a flight of steps leading up from the small pool, is a deck with chairs where you can hang out with a drink (very good margaritas) and watch the action below you on the street and across the street on the malcon. There's another small open-air deck on the second floor to also hang out, and a variety of us were happily doing so. Several groups of friends/families, both Mexican and Anglo, were there during this holiday time, and all seemed to head off to their own activities during the day and meet back up at night.
We took a long walk along the malecon before the sun set, and it's a lively scene. Vendors were selling cotton candy, one area had a big Christmas tree and other decorations, and gorgeous sculpture is sprinkled along it at intervals. Boats and a larger ship were anchored in the harbor. Lots of people strolling, skateboarding, jogging, so great people watching. Lots of shops on the non-water side of the main street too.
If breakfast was included with the room (as someone else on one of these posts said), we didn't realize it, so it would be good to check. The hotel has a big restaurant right on the sidewalk that seemed quite popular, tho we didnt eat there. In the morning, while the teenager slept in, we went to a cafe about a block away that had good coffee and pastries and 15 minutes of free internet so we could check the news (snowing in Rhode Island, always satisfying to know when you're looking at palm trees). A nicer cafe we stopped at later, though, was right around the corner in a pedesterian-only block that had pretty little tables with umbrellas.
After breakfast, we did a little shopping in some fun teen-pleasing stores that ran several blocks back from the malecon. You do get the impression that this is a real town that you're just visiting, not a tourist town, and we just loved it. In the afternoon we drove out to some of the beautiful beaches north of town (don't miss Bandalara, which everyone seemed quite pleased had just been saved from development; no facilities) and had lunch at one called Telecote, I think. It had several small, simple restaurants, open to the water, of which two were serving. Some local families were there for New Year's Eve Day lunch, very nice feeling. It would have been fun to be able to stay a couple of days more and do some swimming and take a tour out to Isla Spiritu Santa, which the beaches overlooked. Next time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Hotel Perla we are characterized by our warm service and the best location In The Malecon And The Heart Of The City.Offering Good Rates, Quality In Food And Beverages And A Lot Of Fun In The Nightclub And Great Catering Service In Our Meeting Rooms.110 Wide, Clean And Confortable Roomsnew Matresses, Flat Tv´S And 55 Cable Channelsrestaurant ¨La Terraza¨ Nightclub ¨La Cabaña¨ Meeting Rooms:Salon Madre Perla & Salon El Mechudofree Wifipool jacuzzissun Deckkids Area ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Perla La Paz
- Perla Hotel La Paz