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“terrible experience at playa del sol”
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Playa del Sol
Ranked #3 of 4 Los Barriles B&B and Inns
Auburn, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“terrible experience at playa del sol”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

I purchased an all inclusive fishing/lodging package that included meals. I was under the impression that the food was served from the menu that is shown on the hotel web sight which also shows information for their sister hotels that they own in Los Barriles. Come to find out, this menu is for their parent hotel the Palma de Cortez next door and when I was booking, no one bothered to mention this to me even when I questioned them on some of the item choices on the menu.
Their were no choices for the menu at Playa Del Sol, only what they decided to have for each dinner and the quality and taste of the food was way below par. My fishing partner and myself couldn't eat it. The breakfast was adequate but they used some form of butter/margarine???? that they cooked everything in and also gave you to spread on your pancakes or French toast. It had a terrible taste and ruined the meals. The lunches provided for the fishing boat were O.K. at best.
The fishing boat captain spoke very poor English and didn't tell us we would have to run over 20 miles just to get bait to fish for rooster fish north of Los Barriles and he couldn't seem to find any of them anyway.. We decided to try for Bottom fish and it was embarrassing to watch him try to catch one for us. He had no clue how to do it. He only had gear to catch marlin, which we caught several each but we lost a whole day trying to locate roosterfish, jack cravelle, etc. If he would have been able to explain to us what we were up against, we would have fished for stripped marlin instead.
Also, if you stay in Los Barriles, transportation for the 60 mile drive is $80.00 each person !!!!
Better to rent a car and cheaper.
Obviously, we wont be back.
fishcrzy, auburn washington

Room Tip: Book the pool or ocean view only. The garden view is not very good. Rent a car, don't let them...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Emmett Idaho
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We loved Playa Del Sol! Even without TV or phone we sat out on the patio and watched the wild life in the sea of cortez.Service was very good along with the meals.The hotel is small so you get to know everyone easily.Thank you Thomas and Brenda for making our stay so memorable! We hope to return every year.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 19 with the ocean view No shade in the morning though.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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El Pescadero, Mexico
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We usually end up in Los Barriles on a daytrip out of San Lucas for lunch at the Bay View restaurant, so we knew a little bit about the town. When we couldn't get into our usual location, we decided to stay at Playa del Sol. What's not to like? This was like being in a 7 day Corona commercial! No TV, no phone, but wifi that worked well when the power was on (And when it went off, the staff was pretty quick to fire up their generator). We had never really stayed at a place that featured the American Plan of 3 squares a day and I expected something along the lines of a bad buffet. Wrong! The food was great, the service was downright obsequious (Gracias Jesus) and Leo at the bar was wonderful too! Lots of American expats frequent the bar in the late afternoon. If you are looking for the bright lights and activities of San Lucas, by all means go there, if you want to totally decompress, don't miss this one. The owners of this hotel are the same as the big resort 100 yards away and it was no problem for the other guests at Playa del Sol, to wander over there and use those facilities as well (we didn't feel the necessity, except for 2 days when the kitchen was closed and we were given meal tickets for the Bay View restaurant). Our porch was 10 feet from the seawall and 30 yards to the Sea of Cortez. Go there!

Room Tip: Get the ocean view rooms. Same price as the pool view, less foot traffic past the room.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Studio City, CA
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Have been coming here with fishing buddies for the last 18 years...it's the perfect place to fish, nothing like Cabo...prices are reasonable...fishing is great and the staff is wonderful. Lots of places to eat if not eating at the property (meals are included in the room rate). Looking forward to next year

Room Tip: Get one by the pool
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Topeka
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Reviewed December 8, 2011

We loved the big breakfast overlooking the beach, and the dinner at the more upscale, Bayview Restaurant at the Hotel Las Palmas next door . It is a beautiful location right on the beach and was our supper location with the all inclusive 3 meals. Price was great $98 for my husband and I with 3 meals. The beach is lovely, and windsurfing available on this beach. The room was basic, no TV, but clean and nice.
The only bad part was, do not walk along the dirt streets in town. Got a bad dog bite 2 blocks from the hotel. Be careful! Not the hotel's fault of course.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Playa del Sol
Address: Calle 20 de Noviembre y Valentin Ruiz Gonzalez, Los Barriles 23330, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Barriles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Los Barriles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Playa del Sol 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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