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Hotel Perla
Ranked #9 of 40 Hotels in La Paz
Newport, Rhode Island
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241 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“This location is so much fun!”
Reviewed January 18, 2009

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!

  • Liked — Location, location, location!
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Vancouver, Washington
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2008

We arrived at Hotel Perla around 2:30 PM. They said our room would be ready in 30 minutes. Went and ate at the resturant that is part of Hotel Perla and was gone about an hour. Went back to the hotel and our room was still not ready. We went for a walk around the Melecon for an hour and came back. Front desk said our room was ready. Went up to the room and she was just starting to clen the room! Went back down stairs and the bellman told the front counter that the room wasn't ready. The front counter person would not even look at us nor would he apologize. It was very, very hot and we had to sit and wait for another 45 minutes before our room was ready. No one offered us any water or a drink - nothing. We finally got into our room around 6:30 PM. There was a very big difference in the front desk people greeting a Hispanic person and greeting a gringo. We decided that since we were "gringo"s that this was the reason for the "delay" to the room. The only people in the hotel that would even acknowledge us was the bellman. He was great! The food at their resturant La Terreza has some of the best fish and shrimp tacos I have ever had. Their breakfasts were outstanding. The gentlemen that wait on you have been there for over 20 years and are perfect at what they do. Would we stay at Hotel Perla again? No.

  • Liked — The restaurant
  • Disliked — The rude employees
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Walla Walla, WA
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62 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2008

The Hotel Perla has central location on the Malecon. It's close to the heart of town, and about three blocks to the tourist bus station.
The intent access for non-wi-fi folks is nice. The continental breakfast is also a plus. We found the food at the restaurant to be of excellent quality for an affordable price. We paid $86 per night tax included.
Hotel La Perla probably isn't for everyone. It was built in 1940 and has that feel about it, sort of like a comfortable well broken in shoe. Most of the guests are Mexican tourists and business people. The are rooms large but nothing fancy. There is an army of folks constantly sweeping, mopping and dusting.
If you want a clean room and a good restaurant and like places with more of a Mexican than gringo feel, La Perla is for you.
Other than the restaurant, the hotel has a great balcony for watching the sunset, a bar, and a very quiet "disco" for Latin dancing .

  • Liked — The Restaurant
  • Disliked — The pool was drained
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Oakland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2008

To start my dad's watch was stolen from our vehicle by the valet and the hotel is not responsible. The bed's you sleep on are harder than the floor... no joke They drained the pool for 3 days so no swimming. The restaurant made bad watered down margarita's and the food was uneatable. Oh did I mention you can't charge the food to the room? This place is not cheap about $100 a night so it's not just the valet that robs you. Worst hotel in Baja for sure.

Stayed January 2008
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San Clemente, California
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79 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2008

The best feature of the hotel is it's location right on the Malecon in close proximity to a bunch of restaurants, and tourist shops. It is a fine place to stay overnight, but not a destination hotel. I paid $86 (including tax) for 2 double beds with street view, for my wife and 2 kids. We stayed on Dec 29th. The pool is unheated like most in Baja non-resort hotels, my son was in and out in 2 seconds. He hung out in the jacuzzi which was luke warm at best.

The room was not exciting, but clean, had decent high pressure hot water in the shower, and pretty hard beds. The hotel restaurant was good, but not great, however it is fantastic for people watching and the view of the bay in a nice open air atmosphere. The hotel secured parking did fill up at night, and they jamb the cars end to end in the lot, half covered up, and half in a small outside area adjacent to the hotel. If you plan on leaving early or easily in the morning ask the parking attendant to leave your car somewhere accessible for an easy exit.

Free wireless internet in the lobby area was a plus.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — cold pool
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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Guadalajara, Mexico
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2007

Nice place, quiet and clean. The staff is nice and kind. The pool is small but good enough. It has only few rooms in front of the sea. However, the hotel is right in front of the Malecon and the sea. The restaurant is good. The parking area is small. Good for families and people that looks a quiet place. Rooms are small but comfortable. I think that the prices are very reasonable. Off.

  • Liked — Location in downtown
  • Disliked — not enough rooms with sea view
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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Vancouver, BC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2007

we chose the Hotel Perla because of its history. By baja standards, it was reasonble. The rooms were clean and not too modern. The pool was clean and cold. Staff seemed indifferent. We paid $95 USD. The restaurant downstairs was poor. the room was quite quiet and beds mediocre. I think Steinbeck slept on ours.

Stayed April 2007
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Property: Hotel Perla
Address: Alvaro Obregon No. 1570 | Downtown, La Paz 23000, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > La Paz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in La Paz
#3 On the Beach Hotel in La Paz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Perla 4*
Number of rooms: 110
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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