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“Beautiful setting, dirty rooms.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Mision Santa Maria

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Hotel Mision Santa Maria
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in San Quintin
Certificate of Excellence
Galiano Island, Canada
Level Contributor
390 reviews
112 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting, dirty rooms.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Have stayed here before; the rooms are large with comfy beds. The cleaning is being done badly, however. There was dried vomit like substance on the bathroom door and the floor was dirty. The place showed real promise a year or so ago, but sadly it is not being kept up. The people in the dining room are charming and the food is above average. It's worth staying here for some nice staff and the beautiful setting if you can look past the indifferent housekeeping.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ZLI
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Galiano Island, Canada
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193 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

Right on the beach and the setting is spectacular, miles of gorgeous beach, we were here in the spring and it seemed fresh and clean but our visit this time seemed more dirty and the shine was gone. Me thinks lots of drunken parties in these cheap rooms and they are not cleaning them very well. Will try it again on the way back to Canada.

Room Tip: Far end near the roaring ocean, you can hear the waves.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Will F
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

Just stayed at the Mision Santa Maria. First visited the hotel in 1974, the year after the highway opened. Subsequent visits left much to be desired. That has changed.
40.00 USD a night gets you secure, guarded parking, an immaculate room, a huge, Hotel Del-style oceanfront room with view balcony, air, heat, cable TV, free WiFi, a decent restaurant, a great bar with full-size pool table and US sports on cable, and updated, re-landscaped grounds.
I once considered the hotel a charmless option in a charming beachfront setting (as opposed to the nearby Baja Cactus in El Rosario—a charming small hotel in an utterly charmless setting on the highway next to a busy Pemex station).
This is now our go-to when north- or southbound. For the money, it's unequaled.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JojobaWitness
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Maine, USA
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60 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

A comfortable hotel, clean and inviting, within a few steps of an almost deserted beach. Our room was clean and comfortable, the staff helpful, and the restaurant had pretty good food. The new owners seem to take pride in the operation. There was music in the bar the night we were there, noisy but it was quiet by bedtime. We'd certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: All rooms face the ocean. Upper floor offers slightly better views.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
4 Thank GeeDubya
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Galiano Island, Canada
Level Contributor
390 reviews
112 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Room Tip: there are no bad rooms!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ZLI
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Dana Point, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank BetcMac
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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Level Contributor
17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Tagalongtour
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in San Quintin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Mision Santa Maria 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Incredible Ocean View, Great Sunsets and quiet relaxing place! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Desert Inn At San Quintin Hotel Valle De San Quintin
Hotel Mision Santa Maria San Quintin, Mexico

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