If you've never been to the Todos Santos area, a warning: a car is a must around here. You can't just park yourself down and enjoy all the area offers, you have to get around and a set of wheels are ideal, if not necessary, for full enjoyment. There really are no beachfront properties close to town and the Casablanca is just a short stroll down to Playa La Poza and then you realize that the lack of beachfront hotels and resorts is what makes this place so special. The beaches are spectacular and majestic in scope and beauty. From the Casablanca's perch, you have wonderful views of the Pacific in the distant West and the rooftops of Todos Santos and the Sierra Laguna Mountains to the East. The Casablanca itself is set within the Barrio La Poza. Your neighbours include beautiful homes, locally and foreign owned, and shabbier residences, but no need to worry- This is not the "Mexico" you read about in newspapers in North America. This is small town living with all the charm long gone in most places in Canada and the U.S. It's just a warning so you know what to expect, and you are not disappointed, as you are driving along an unpaved road to what seems like nowhere in particular. Keep going, the final destination is well worth the effort-Casablanca Bed and Breakfast. From the moment you see your home for the next several days, you will know you made the right choice. And just wait til you meet Isabel and Gabriel; innkeepers at the start, and close friends by the end of your stay. They are the real jewel of this place. You think you may know good service. You may have stayed at luxury 5-star hotels and resorts, as i have, and expect good service when travelling but Isabel and Gabriel take it to a whole other level. They are wonderful people first, and great innkeepers second.
The Casablanca itself is very beautiful, with lush gardens and beautiful vistas. We stayed in the Tomillo Suite and enjoyed it fully. Great shower with sunlight filtering in the mornings and wonderful views to the mountains from the bedroom and hammock. A great night's sleep is guaranteed on the very comfortable bed and you wont miss the lack of A/C as the evenings can get quite cool; perfect for a restful night's slumber.
Well, how long have i gone without mentioning the food? I've been keeping you in suspense. You wont be disappointed, everything you've read and heard of the wonderful food prepared by Isabel is all true. She takes care of all the minor details, which to quote Mies van der Rohe-"God is in the details", makes it a true event. Bring the cameras to the breakfast table, you don't want to miss it. The presentation is spectacular with fine china and french silver, at breakfast! But don't get the wrong idea, it is not stuffy at all, just decadent in a relaxed way. We got to watch humpback whales spouting in the distance from the breakfast table while enjoying a homemade breakfast. What can be better than that? And by homemade, i mean everything made from scratch with only quality ingredients. You can see Isabel going at it in the kitchen and realize the passion they have for running the Casablanca.
Do yourself a favour and make your way there and say a "Buenos Dias!" for us, Ellina and Alessandro in Toronto,Canada. We can't wait to go back for a longer stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casablanca Bed & Breakfast, is a private, spacious guest house for anyone traveling to Baja, Mexico. Located in La Poza - one of the best neighborhoods in Todos Santos - the property boasts a separate guest house, soulful spaces, gourmet food, impressive sunsets and energizing sunrises. Guests enjoy large rooms, en-suite bathrooms, private entrances & outdoor sitting areas. Most importantly, innkeeper Isabel has a passion for cooking and is well known for her outstanding culinary creations. ... more less
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