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“Spectacular view and beach. Dog friendly. Staff charming.”

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Hotel Mision Santa Maria
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in San Quintin
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Galiano Island, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
412 reviews
117 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
“Spectacular view and beach. Dog friendly. Staff charming.”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

The new name for this hotel is Mission Santa Maria. The new ownership is looking to be very promising. The gardens have been replanted and will be lovely. The hotel has been spiffied up quite a bit from its La Pinta days. The rooms and corridors are massive! The views are stunning from every room. Money has been spent where it matters in comfy beds and better quality sheets and towels than usually found in the old La Pinta/Desert Inn hotels. The room prices are very reasonable and the restaurant excellent quality and value. This will be our stopping place from now on when we do our annual Baja trek. The staff are charming and go out of their way to be helpful. This could be a destination resort. Our standard poodle gives it high marks for the beautiful beach where she chased her ball until exhausted.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dana Point, California
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

GREAT hotel, right on the beach. Just be sure to look for the turn at K11 (that's 11 Kilometers past San Quintin).

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

This is a great place to stay when traveling through Baja! I am very picky about rooms for family to stay in. These are very clean rooms with perfectly running heaters/AC units. The views were great from our bedroom looking at the ocean. It was quite and felt very safe with security. It's a little off the main road so it feels hidden from any threats from those that prey on tourist. The restaurant was great and the chef blessed our toddler son with little treats at every meal. He even gave us free desert! Good for a good price. The hotel staff overall was very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend you stay here!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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San diego ca
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Reviewed December 9, 2009

this hotel is the best you can get for relax.no cell phone ,no internet .i go there for years ,people are so frendly.usualy i go by myself ,but is perfect for couples !!! i highly recomend to go and experience wat relax means.you have a restaurant and a bar at your service at the location ,plus the entire beach for you !!!!.....CARLOS BAEZ ( ELITE DISPATCH BY C.BAEZ ) A SAN DIEGO TRANSPORTATION COMPANY

Stayed November 2009
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Rome, Italy
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407 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 461 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2009

We were traveling by car in Baja California for 3 weeks, in August 2008. We decided to stop here on the way from Tijuana.
As other traveller's review, it was very difficult to find the hotel. The direction on their web-site was not correct! no sign on the way! It was dark, infact we arrived at San Quintin at 9,30pm (we lost one of our luggage and we need to wait next flight Detroit-San Diego, cross the border, rent a car in Tijuana....).
We need to stop and ask about Desert Inn Hotel (everybody knowa the place as La Pinta, the old name)....
We stayed only one night in Desert Inn San Quintin because our final destination was Baja California Sur.
We didn't use beach, restaurant, or other.
The room was large with a sea view balcony. The place is ok just for one night on the way, nothing special!!
Sorry if my english is not perfect!

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  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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North West UK
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70 reviews
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Reviewed April 15, 2008

I booked this hotel a couple of months before our stay in anticipation of needing a place to stop on the way down from Los Angeles to San Ignacio. I originally booked the one night, but immediately booked another on arrival as our arrival was late. It cost around US$80 per room per night, which I thought was excellent value.

Firstly, finding the hotel was a little difficult to say the least. The directions on their website say this:

"Approximately Two miles south of San Quintin on Highway 1 there will be a turn-off with a Desert Inn billboard. Turn right into the turn-off, drive about one mile, on the right hand side will be the entrance to the hotel."

This is not right in a big way. Having only crossed the border at 3.30pm due to some delays coming down from LA, it was around 8pm by the time we arrived at San Quintin. Travel a mile or 2 from San Quintin as per the directions and there is no turn off.

Picture the scene, a wife, 2 kids and a grandma squashed into a Land Rover discovery. Nobody speaks Spanish, although I had a phrase book with me. It's dark and there is no sign of this hotel.

To cut an hour long story short, we eventually found a very helpful fellow stacking shelves in a grocery store who recognised the old name "La Pinta". (The first 2 directions we received were wrong too!)

The hotel is over TEN MILES out of San Quintin; according to the map, the highway 1 actually goes straight down the coast, but this is also incorrect. The road kinks to the left and you cross a wooden bridge - called something like St Michael's.

The Google Earth Coordinates for the left kink are:



There is a gas station on the right and a ranch "Los Pinos" sign outside a large factory. Turn right here, straight on at the next cross roads and *then* there is a big sign on your right pointing to the turn to the left.

The Google Earth coordinates for the right turn are:



The Google Earth coordinates for the hotel are:



I've posted these so you can have a look before you leave!

The hotel was clean, with large clean rooms and a balcony. There is a large car park towards the beach and just over a sand bank the beach itself. You cannot see the beach from the ground floor rooms because of the large sand banks between the hotel and the beach. I think these were put in place after a storm some years ago.

We met a waiter in Guerrero Negro that used to work at La Pinta (the Desert Inn before the name change). It turns out that the area that is now a car park on the sea facing side used to be a swimming pool. It was inundated in a storm and subsequently filled in by the owners; this explains why there is such a large car park here.

We ended up staying for 2 nights over Easter and the beach was very busy with the locals driving up and down in their cars. It was still possible to play and swim, although large sand castles were out!

It is quite the most stunning beach we have seen and well worth the visit.

The restaurant is good if not exceptional and opens until late (they say 10pm but it didn't seem to close!)

This is lucky as the next nearest place is around 10 miles away. The gas station at the turn in the road is only really good for crisps (chips to you Americans) and adult magazines(!)

As far as I could tell, there is no Internet access but the hotel does take credit cards. The nearest ATM is in San Quintin, where there is an HSBC bank and another ATM opposite along with several grocery stores.

Overall, a great place to stay directly next to a stunning beach. Friendly staff and good value food and bar. If you can, ask for a 1st floor room so you get a sea view.

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  • Disliked — The directions!
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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Amador City, California
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5 reviews
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Reviewed January 1, 2008

Living in California, we are accustomed to great beaches. However, they are often crowded, and hotels with ocean views cost an arm and a leg. We searched for a place we could drive to, that we could afford, and that had a beach view, and we found it about 200 miles south of the border.

This hotel has a fantastic location right on the beach. There is no other development on the beach; imagine Monterey Bay without development. The San Quintin area is home to fishing, clamming, oyster farms, and lots of agriculture. Unlike Ensenada, there is not a single tourist shop in town.

We stayed for five nights. It cost $79 a night. But we found out you can also get a 4 night package at any Desert Inn for $158 per person; this includes breakfast. During our stay, we read books, ate fresh local seafood (clams!), and walked on the beach. The hotel room was clean and fairly comfortable. I can't say enough about the great views. Ask for a second story room; the rooms in the middle section seem to be larger than the rooms on the side sections. We brought an electric tea kettle and our own drinking water. We bought instant coffee at a local market.

After crossing the border at Tijuana, it took almost 5 hours to get to San Quintin. The road to Ensenada is fast and has multiple lanes. It is a 2-lane road after Ensenada. We had heard a lot of bad stories about the road after Ensenada, but we found it to be well maintained. It's just that you can get stuck behind slow-moving vehicles. It is probably best to get to the hotel before dark, just because the signs aren't terribly obvious. Also, read one of the other reviews of this hotel for good directions (and room pictures).

We ate at the hotel restaurant, which was pretty good. We also ate four times at a fish taco palapa called El Cliente. It's on the north side of town. They had excellent clams and fish tacos. Other good restaurants were Viejo San Quintin (next to the military base) and the Old Mill.

If you are looking for nightlife or luxurious amenities, this is probably not the place for you. But if you want to relax and can tolerate some dirt roads, this is a great spot.

  • Liked — beach, seafood, no tourists
  • Disliked — 5 hour drive from Tijuana
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Mision Santa Maria
Address: Camino a playa santa maria S/N, San Quintin 22930, Mexico (Formerly Desert Inn at San Quintin)
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Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Norte > Ensenada Municipality > San Quintin
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in San Quintin
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Mision Santa Maria 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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