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Hotel Casa Blanca
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Ajijic
Certificate of Excellence
Millsboro, Delaware
Level Contributor
32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Nice, but there are better places in this price range”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2011

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.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Zapopan, Mexico
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50 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2011

My husband and I spent the night there looking for a romantic escapade, and we went first to another hotel which had only one available room and was more expensive than Casa Blanca. We went then to Casa Blanca and it was better than the other because the room was pretty much the same and the rate was a lot cheaper. However, the room smelt like a hospital (bleach or something like that) and the décor was sort of cheesy. There was a fridge (didn’t work), there was a king size bed (two single beds put together), glasses (made of plastic) and a terrace but it was not private. So overall, this is not one of the best hotels we’ve stayed for the same money.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank MyriamGG
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2011

I completely enjoyed my stay at the Casa Blanca. The owner, Joseph was so creative in the design of the Casa Blanca. Paintings, courtyards, towers. His hospitality was nonstop. The location across the street from the tropical park (Lake Chapala Foundation) made getting advice about galleries, shopping and local events very convenient. When I go to Ajajic again
you, you'll find me at the Casa Blanca.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lois g
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2011

I needed to go to Guadalajara for a hip replacement. (1/3 the price in Mexico as same surgery in USA). A Dr. Friend of mine recommended a good orthopedic Dr. and the Casa Blanca in Ajijic as a good place to heal body and soul.
I can say to many nice things about Joseph and his courteous Hard working crew.
Besides being cordial and courteous Joseph had and ironic, philosophic sense of humor. After the surgery I went everywhere with a very squeaky walker. Joseph nicknamed me "Ruido" (Noisy) and said he enjoyed the fact I couldn' t sneak up on anyone Thank you Joseph for a memorable 3 Weeks. Thank you, your friend mucho ruido

Room Tip: Perfect for my health needs
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Vera D
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Ajijic, Mexico
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2011

Staying at Casa Blanca is wonderful. Joseph and his staff are never too busy to assist us or go out of their way for us. We highly recommend this hotel for all our friends. And talking to the locals since we've been here, everyone is in agreement that Casa Blanca is top notch, numero uno, here in Ajijic.

Room Tip: I don't believe there is a BAD room in the hotel.
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  • Stayed July 2011, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank NascarFriends
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new england
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2011

Wonderful place to stay in a unique charming town--very safe area of Mexico.
Continental breakfast in the courtyard--several outdoor areas to relax including roof top area with views of town, mountains, and the lake. The staff works overtime to make sure all aspects of your trip are memorable.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank llasa
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United States
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2011

Ajijic is a lovely cobbled town with enjoyable strolling, shopping and restaurants. Sadly, the well-regarded French restaurant in the hotel was closed for vacation (as were others post-Easter) - but maybe that was a good thing since our room was sandwiched between two adjacent courtyards. As one reviewer noted, noisy. NB: the breakfast included with the $89/night room was unworthy of the name 'continental.' Kiddie cereal, bad toast and lousy coffee in styrofoam cups. Not acceptable! However, the bed was comfortable, room was clean and attractive with a nice tile bathroom (shower only). TV if you cared to tune in, but one lonely bed side light. Rooftop needs attention to fully realize its potential. The owner and staff was accommodating, especially in light of our very late arrival. FYI: We travelled by car from Mazatlan, Sinloa to Najarit/PV to Guadalajara/Lake Chappala without problems despite US Govt. warnings and local cautions about safety and security; seemingly overblown if you exercise good judgement. (use the toll road (cuota) and mind the fuel gauge!)

Room Tip: some rooms w/ kitchenettes; or tower suites
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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 Thank mlle56
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Property: Hotel Casa Blanca
Address: 16 de Septiembre #29, Ajijic 45920, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Ajijic
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Ajijic
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Casa Blanca 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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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