Pluses: Central location, clean room, decent king size bed, free wifi, good water pressure and an excellent on-site restaurant.
Minuses: No pool, bare minimum continental breakfast, a somewhat sterile environment (compared to two B&B's we visited), noisy refrigerator and variable hot water supply.
Buyer Beware: We agreed on a price of $953.19 for a 12 night stay in Room 2 on June 27 and paid half on July 21 by credit card, with the balance due in pesos upon arrival November 27. When we arrived, "Joseph" attempted to charge us significantly more than the dollar balance times the then current exchange rate, reasoning that the peso had risen more than 15% since we booked, so he was entitled to more money. After several discussions, he accepted the dollar balance times the then current exchange rate. MY LUCK: The exchange rate peaked the day we arrived!!! I recommended Joseph update the hotel's website to document his policy.
Ferd's Word to the Wise: I spoke with B&B owners in Ajijic and Mazatlan about which exchange rate they use; one said date of arrival, another said date of booking, and another said no more than 12 pesos per dollar. You might want to think about that next time you book.
This was our first trip to Ajijic, so I booked the TA #1 hotel. While here, we visited two B&B's in the same price range. Both were nicer than this. When we return, we'll probably stay at one of the beautifully decorated B&B's, with a pool and "Full American Breakfast".
"Elias", Joseph's son (a personable young man), provided transport from GDL at a cost of 500 pesos each way. We subsequently learned at least one local B&B charges 375 pesos each way.
Finally, please carefully consider booking here during the Festival of St. Andrew: There's music, noise and fireworks from 0600 through the day into the wee hours most days; Casa Blanca is about three blocks as the crow flies, and its location is not conducive to a good night's sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hotel Casa Blanca in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.In this stunning boutique hotel in the heart of Ajijic village, the world just seems to fade away. If you are looking for a sparkling clean, tranquil hotel in the most convenient location in Ajijic, this is it. Our commitment to hospitality, comfort, privacy and attention to detail helps ensure a relaxing and enjoyable stay in the Lake Chapala area.Whether you are interested in retiring in Mexico, vacationing with family or friends, or travelling solo, top-rated Hotel Casa Blanca is the area's best choice for high-quality lodging at affordable prices. ... more less
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