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“Wonderful Garden Setting in Baja”
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La Damiana Inn
Ranked #1 of 10 Loreto B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle
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“Wonderful Garden Setting in Baja”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

We LOVED our stay at La Damiana Inn. Proprietors Deborah and Gerardo were wonderful hosts, with a wealth of information about things to do in and around Loreto. This lovely old house has been restored in an artistic Mexican style, with a beautiful lush garden, including hammock and other comfortable seats for relaxing. He also appreciated how La Damiana Inn is so centrally located and within easy walking distance to everything in Loreto.

We felt especially fortunate to have been there over the Thanksgiving holiday with our extended family. We were all invited to join the other hotel guests to share in a fabulous pot-luck Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you Deborah and Gerardo, for making our Loreto vacation truly exceptional! We will be back again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Smithers
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

We've stayed at La Damiana three times now and can't say enough great things about it. Great location. Great hosts. Great accommodation. Great service. Great atmosphere. Our favourite place to stay in Baja Sur.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

This was a stop on our road trip to Cabo .We had trouble finding the place but the local police gave us an escort to the front door. Looks more like B&B and there were a number of colorful characters staying there. We were with friends so we got two rooms one upstairs and one in a cottage. The rooms were more like apartments with kitchen facilities. There is very pleasant courtyard with great greenery and flowers excellent place for a glass of wine. Deborah the host was most gracious and could not have been more helpful. The rooms were c look ran and it was a great atmosphere. Highly recommended and pleasant change from the normal hotel. I could see an extended stay would be very pleasant.

Room Tip: All rooms have lots of character.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

The pictures don't convey the lovely, artistic feel of this inn. It is beautifully decorated with interesting art & painted in lovely plaster colors & tile work. While we stayed there a local artist was painting the stairway with a cherry blossom mural. Each room is special. The garden area is an oasis for birds & people with fruit trees growing & wonderful diversity. Sit in the outside kitchen
with your morning coffee.
We found it nice & quiet also in October. It probably is the best place to stay in Loreto.
Reasonably priced & right next door to our scuba diving host. Safe parking.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, WA
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

The last 2 nights of our 1-1/2 week trip to Loreto had us staying at La Damiana Inn. This unique lodging option with 7 distinctly different sleeping room options (each with air conditioning) plus common kitchen, living room, and outdoor seating areas is worth a visit. The main reason for staying at La Damiana Inn however is not the home away from home feeling you get in your room but rather the genuine warmth and caring provided by the owners, Debora and Gerardo. This couple, an expatriate from America and a Tijuana transplant, want to help you feel completely at home and will provide you with as much information as you want about the town, things to do, where to eat, and so on. Gerardo even took my wife and I out on a tour of different neighborhoods, the new government funded under construction sea-front boardwalk, and 4-wheeling thru one of the arroyos flowing more than 2 feet deep after 10 inches of rain a few days earlier. A home cooked lunch made with fresh ingredients was an unexpected but truly appreciated treat.

The outdoors area has plenty of natural shade from a variety of trees, including Mango, Fig, Lime, and Pomegranate among others, plus a great assortment of flowers and cactus. During our stay we even enjoyed frequent visits from a pair of swallowtail butterflies. The open air covered kitchen has a full size refrigerator, blender, coffee maker, dishes, utensils, pots, pans, a stove, and a dining table available for guest use. The location of the Inn is within easy walking distance to many of the popular places to visit, including the town church, Our Lady of Loreto Mission, built back when the town was founded in 1697 – yes, sixteen ninety seven! The northern section of the sea-front boardwalk is only 2 blocks away, and the marina just a few more blocks up the boardwalk.

Right next door is Sea & Land Eco Tours, my personal recommendation for Scuba Diving, boat tours out to the Marine Park islands, whale watching, and a variety of other activities. There are many shops nearby, each with its own collection of truly unique typically hand-crafter art pieces and souvenirs. There are plenty of small, mostly open-air restaurants close by as well. We really enjoyed our stay at La Damiana and the time we spent visiting with Debora and Gerardo. We are looking forward to another visit before too much time passes by.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Gerardo and Debora have created a unique experience for travelers in Baja Sur. Staying at La Damiana is so much more than the rooms and location. Magic happens when you check in and allow yourself to fall under the spell of your wonderful hosts. They have such a profound knowledge of the area and its' history. They provide wonderful tips about eating, shopping, and getting to know the town and surrounding area. This is truly an oasis of serenity in Baja. Other guests have shared the same feelings with me. I never pass through Loreto without stopping to visit.

Room Tip: Every room is so unique.... try them all!!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

What I liked most:
- Nice, big house in the center of Loreto. Rooms with personality
- Nice garden with kitchen. Very relaxing and quiet
- Deborah and Gerardo: sweet, helpful and nice; great hosts
- Good wi-fi connection

What I didn't like
- unfortunately there is no breakfast (even though you can use the kitchen)
- Air cond in the room wasn't very efficient

Room Tip: La casita (private detached house) is the best (up to 4 people at least)
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Damiana Inn
Address: Madero y Hidalgo, Loreto, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Loreto
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Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Loreto
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Hotel Class:3 star — La Damiana Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming, comfortable 5 room posada is located near Loreto's downtown plaza and a short walk to the waterfront. The original casa was built around 1918 and restored in 2005 with a flavor of "old mexico" while adding modern amenities. The sala, patio, porch and garden area welcome visitors. There is WiFi, a library of books and DVD's, secure parking and a loving dog to pet. Many traveler's find themselves returning to this friendly inn. ... more   less 
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