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“Peace andTranquility!!”
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La Paloma
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Rosarito
Certificate of Excellence
Prescott, Arizona
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“Peace andTranquility!!”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Despite more warnings from friends (“You’ll get your heads chopped off!”) we headed back to Mexico for a week at La Paloma Resort in Rosarito Beach. It was a wonderful, relaxing trip. The weather was perfection and the resort lovely.

Driving from Prescott, AZ, we spent our first night in San Diego. After breakfast, we hopped on the freeway and headed south. The border crossing at Tijuana was a breeze, we hopped on the toll road ($2.50) and made it to Rosarito Beach in about 45 minutes.

La Paloma Resort is in the south end of town. It is situated on the coast looking west over The Pacific Ocean. It is a very secure, gated resort. You must check in with the guard each time you leave and return. Throughout the day, guards can be seen checking license plates on cars, making sure everything is as it should be.

My husband and I came to La Paloma to relax and that is exactly what we did. For seven days, we walked on the beach, swam in one of the three pools, and sat on our balcony, overlooking the beautiful Pacific. It was exactly what we had hoped for. Peace and tranquility.

Everyone at La Paloma was friendly and helpful. We got a chance to practice our Spanish, which is pretty pitiful. The office staff was perfecto! They were quick to give us suggestions on what to do during our days, and had maps to help us find our way.

We drove to Ensenada one day. It’s about an hour from the resort. When we arrived, we realized that it was port day for one of the cruise ships, and there were many touristas wandering the streets. It was very loud, music pouring from the local businesses. We had a quick lunch and headed back to La Paloma, anxious to get back to the peace and quiet of our little compound.

Our condo was impeccably clean. We had everything we needed from a coffee maker to a hair dryer. The bed was very comfortable, the view of the ocean from our balcony stunning. We spent many hours outside reading and people watching.

Speaking of people, there were very few! I’m sure that during the summer months there are many, but we came in mid October. We pretty much had the resort to ourselves.

There is a restaurant on the grounds and I HIGHLY recommend it. It is open only to resort guests. It is called (for some reason) Mama Mia, but the food is not Italian. It is fresh, delicious Mexican food of the highest quality, and very reasonably priced. The quacamole is incredible! We ordered it for every meal. It is freshly made each day, and is the best we have ever had. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day but Wednesday. You will love Mamma Mia!

Will we return? Absolutely. La Paloma is a little bit of heaven, just south of the border.

Word of warning: Mexico is NOT The Caribbean. Outside the gates of La Paloma, there was poverty everywhere.

Room Tip: We were in Unit 58. The balcony was private, the view wonderful.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

We were pleasantly surprised by the size of the apartment. The living area was huge, with plenty of room for sitting and dining. There was a full kitchen with good quality large and small appliances. The pool was just outside our door -- very handy for a cooling dip. We were worried that there wouldn't be enough sun loungers for all the apartments, but in fact there never seemed to be too many people there -- it was cool in the morning, and in the middle of the day most people went to the beach. Pool towels were supplied and exchanged upon request. The maid service was wonderful -- a really friendly lady who kept the place looking immaculate. A car is very handy here in order to go shopping -- there are three good-quality supermarkets within 10 minutes drive. It was a short walk to the beach through beautifully manicured grounds. We had a superb week here.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

I stayed there with Mexican friends in two suites through Worldmark.
The Worldmark units are in the corner and back of this magnificent beach-front property.It's next to the highway, which in Mexico can be very noisy but we heard no road noise
There is an ocean view from the verandas that are equipped with a gas grill and table and chairs.We brought our own food.
The staff allowed us to check in a little early.
Swimming pools, tennis courts, pool tables, two great beach houses with charcoal grills, tables, a bathroom and wash basin are available.
There's easy access to the beach.
This place is clean and very well maintained,
Recommended:
Driving south through Rosarito on the way to La Paloma you'll see the really ugly Corona hotel.
Turn towards the beach on the north side of the hotel until you arrive at the hotel and restaurant El Pelicano. Try it for breakfast- great variety of northern Mexican dishes. Where else can you have a quail and venison omelet?
However you stay there, I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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6 Thank Doylata
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Oceanside, California
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Great time! Our two bedroom unit was impeccable and ocean view. Only suggestion, get your groceries before you arrive as the location is a bit south of town. Front desk personnel was helpful and the restaurant is tasty and convenient. He even delivered our lunch to us poolside! Can't wait to hi back!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We stayed in the worldmark section of la paloma, there are several different companies plus owners who all run different areas. It was fantastic! Worldmark never let us down. The room was clean when we received it. All the dishes u would ever need for a vacation. The utensils were all very clean. No signs of rodents or bugs all very well maintained by the worldmark staff. When we needed towels or ice, etc they were very prompt and courteous. Our room had a great view and the gas bbq grill provided was clean, modern and in perfect working order. The evenings were nice and quiet and the security staff was always there although they were never really needed. The grounds were beautifully manicured and the walk to the beach was a mere 5minutes away. I cant speak for the other travel outfits in that area but as for worldmarks service and rooms were fantastic! They have a small restaurant there called mama mia, its not of high end caliber but the staff and the fish tacos were great. They have these resort rules that are made by the homeowners in that area, i read other reviews complaining about them..but they are simple. Quiet hours begin at 10 pm and no children under tbe ages of 15 in the jacuzzi or tennis courts. Its nice to know that after 10 there are no loud noises allowed which we all have had those type of rude hotel neighbors. They are not saying u ,cant walk around or go down to the beach or leave the resort in yours car for that matter. They just want you and your kids to remember there's other guests staying there and to keep the noise down. Once again, thank you worldmark la paloma for a vacation i won't soon forget! Already making plans to return!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Bellingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2012

La Paloma was a nice place to stay, close to the beach. Few of the units had ocean views, but it was a short walk to the beach. The unit was great, clean, and well laid out, and the grounds were lovely.
The only problem we encountered was that we were there to visit family. One family was staying with us, and we had hoped to have another to dinner, however there is a restriction on the number of people who can be in the unit (or on the property) at once. No visitors. In our case that mean that one of the granddaughters was unable to spend time with us...a big disappointment. Had I known that I probably would not have booked the room here. I'm sure there is a good reason for the rule but it was a definite inconvenience for us.
Other than that it was a good place to visit, and I would highly recommend it as long as you don't mind adhering to strict rules.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 14, 2012 via mobile

This place met our expectations! We took out two youngest 13 & 11, and they absolutely loved it! The weather was ok but the nice warm pool a jacuzzi made up for it. The condo itself was so beautiful and super clean. It had a fully loaded kitchen to our advantage which helped out so much. There was a private beach which my boyfriend and I ran in the morning! We we're originally told we had use of wetsuits but that wasn't homered because they didn't have any. Then we were told we can use the boogie boards but didn't because we has to pay 20.00 for the day per board. We had no towls or extra soap so we had to drive to their local walmart to buy some. Note to self bring your own next time. Overall was a great trip an was only 5 bucks ride into rosarito.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Property: La Paloma
Address: Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Rosarito, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Norte > Rosarito
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Rosarito
Number of rooms: 260
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Paloma is a 300 unit private condominium development with 1-3 bedroom individual units, four swimming pools, three tennis courts, with beach access. The entire property is managed by a Homeowner's Association which does not manage rental units. Rentals are available through individual owners and agents: BajaSe and BajaNor Also, some units are timeshare membership through WorldMark Wyndham and World International Vacation Club. ... more   less 
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