The landscaping was very nice and received lots of attention from the staff. The staff was very friendly. My sister used her timeshare points to take my husband and me to this resort. I am not a timeshare fan, and less so after this trip. Maybe my expectations were too high. On the positive side, there were two bedrooms and two bathrooms which was nice for the three of us. I found the king bed very comfortable. The pillows and towels were clean but not good quality. The room was quiet and it was comfortable sleeping.
Our room was first floor, on the end, overlooking the tennis court. Management would not switch us even though the resort did not seem at all full. We could view small snips of the beach in between the clubhouse, the tennis court, and other (owner?) dwellings closer to the beach.
The restaurant within the resort was great. The food was reasonably priced and good. We loved Israel, who took good care of us on two of our three meals there. Don't miss the handmade from scratch lemonade and buy some extra for your room, if you can. Delish.
We didn't know to look for pool towels under the sink. I personally do not enjoy having to go to the front desk for additional coffee, tea, water, taking out trash and new towels when I am on vacation (I get that this is how timeshares work, just not my thing). The staff was responsive and on all occasions but one we received new towels promptly. Don't make the mistake of thinking they will leave your new towels if you're not there to answer the door.
I did enjoy having a locked washer/dryer for our own use. Bring your own dryer sheets. We also brought our own detergent.
The water pressure was good and we never ran out of hot water. No bath tubs, just showers. This was fine for us for a week. My sister and I both noticed that the water smelled a little funny.
There are a few things to note about the general location. This is not a comment on the resort but rather our choice of location. We flew in through San Diego, rented a car, and drove to the resort. Tijuana is not a thriving area to say the least. We kept the doors locked. Shanty towns all along the way to the resort. Not our thing. I am glad to help the local community by spending tourist dollars in a location. But it was hard to see the quality of life first hand all around.
Going off-season, things were pretty quiet so probably we received more attention from the good-natured but aggressive street vendors than at the height of the season. They were friendly, though, and when we said "no thank you" they backed off. There were some people just asking for money.
We ate at El Nido and really liked it. We went back for a second meal that was as good as the first. I haven't had lamb for years, and it was fantastic.
We had read about the small artist/ceramic/hand made crafts at La Popotla, just south of the resort area. We checked it out. I am sure during the tourist season it is an active and vibrant place.
We walked on the beach and had some fresh fruit cut up in a plastic bowl with lime juice, salt, and chile pepper on top. It was fantastic, easily enough for two or two meals. $5. The lady cut up the fruit in front of us.
We drove to Ensenada one day to visit retired friends. Now there is a bustling touristy down-to- earth area. The drive was memorable but not easy. At one point the toll road was washed away and we had to take the local scenic road through the mountains. Lots of twists and turns. My sister, a seasoned traveler, got carsick sitting in the backseat. Advice: backseat passengers, take Dramamine. I generally do get carsick when I'm in the backseat but I was fine riding in the front seat.
A cruise ship had docked the day we visited, so there were lots of vendors peddling wares along the main streets. The vendors were as nice as the ones in Rosarito and as aggressive.
Crossing the border was not fun. It took us 2.5 hours. There were street vendors and beggars to keep things interesting while we inched along.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- La Paloma Hotel Rosarito
- La Paloma Rosarito