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“Great Place to See Whales”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Brennan

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Hotel Brennan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Place to See Whales”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

Emilia secured our room and made sure we had a panga to see the whales. The hotel is very basic but clean, comfy and secure.

Breakfast staRts at six a.m. - enough time to eat prior to meeting up for the whale trip. Good coffee, scrambled eggs and tortillas, fruit and beans - all good. Or, oatmeal.

We arrived about 9:30 a.m. Without a panga reservation. Emilia sent us to the dock, where we found a panga with a great guise for several hours of whale watching up close. The whales are amazing.

Enrique - and his father Enrique - were out hosts for the next day of whale watching. The senior Enrique wound up stating out for seven hours to make sure we had an outstanding experience with the whales. You pay less to double up in a panga, but unless I knew I would enjoy the other couple, I'd pay double for the trip,

You come a long way to this place - so it pays to enjoy it. We were in one panga with a rude couple from Italy who would have best been left to themselves. Try to,pick your group.

We had lunch at Alcatraz, which was great. Dinner at Mar y Arenas - at the entrance to town - which was fantastic. It is a really nice room with a great cook. We had Dorado and chicken fajitas - both great. The place has a good bar and they serve a nice glass of wine too. Very friendly and reasonable - most likely the best in town.

Stayed February 2013
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Taos, NM
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

Wanted to stay in Puerto San Carlos to be there for early a.m. grey whale encounter. If you come up for the day from La Paz, Cabo, or Todos - you arrive for a noon encounter - the water can be rougher and the whales not as available. Given that there are only really two hotels in town. This was nice, friendly, very clean and most important, a block off the main road so a lot less traffic noise. (not that there is that much traffic in this sleepy village). Reasonable price. Restaurant next door and others within a few blocks. Not much to do in town. But worth for the early morning start. Enrique, the guide that works from the hotel was very good.

Room Tip: Room 7 is upstairs and has nice windows for light and air, hard to get to from outside so felt secur...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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san diego
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

The hotel is a basic mexican hotel in a mexican fishing town. Not a resort or fancy hotel

This hotel was very simple and very clean, which was perfect.
The staff was all very helpful and pleasant.
We had our choice of rooms and chose one of the 'Romeo and Juliet' rooms. This turned out to be a bad idea on a Saturday night since the locals drove around that area with their loud mufflers and blasting music....so no sleep till after 2 or 3am. We'll know for next time!

We booked our Whale Watching Tour with Enrique Jr who works with the hotel. He was exactly what we wanted. He is very knowledgeable but was not pushy at all.
He did everything all the other boat captains did and was very pleasant to hang out with for a few hours. And he speaks good english

Room Tip: The 'Romeo and Juliet' rooms are cool BUT they were very loud on Saturday night with all the...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Placerville, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

This is a great place to stay. It's traditional Spanish architecture, but modern and very clean. There is a nice commons area for relaxing and conversing. As a couple American guys, traveling to this area for a fishing trip, this could not have been better. Emilia was super helpful in arranging for our needs with a fishing guide and she even gave us freezer space. Other guests will be pleased that she didn't want us cleaning our fish at her place. She set us up with Enrique Senior and his sons for fishing. We had a fantastic trip and the hospitality made it memorable. Secure parking behind a locked gate is included. San Carlos is a very nice "real Mexican" town. If you're looking for a high rises like north of the border this is not the place. Just right for us and we'll be back. Mark and Eric

Room Tip: They are all good rooms.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

As I slowly tick off my Bucket List, this was one for Memory Lane..
A long ride from Cabo but worth it. The hotel is very nicely done, clean
and economical. That being said the real draw was time spent with capable
guides provided by the Hotel.
Spending a sunny day on Mag Bay communing with our nautical relatives, they are mammals after all, is the stuff of whale hugger dreams.
Observing the courtship rituals near the entrance of the bay and seeing the two grey whales
gently glide under our panga, still brings a warm chill knowing that they could have just as well capsized our boat for interrupting their 'private time'. How gentle these creatures truly are, lets be glad that they don't pass down memories of terrible times gone by.
Closer in to Port san Carlos we came upon a Mother and her calf.
She literally rose straight up from the water to check us out, as any Mother would
do to protect her young. Once she felt comfortable, she allowed us to get close enough
to be 'sprayed' with whale snot...actually just fine water spray, much to the delight in squeals of laughter by those onboard. One Prime Bucket List Memory, to replay in my Mind's eye when I am in my 'rocking chair'.....

Room Tip: Ask for the Romeo & Juliet balcony rooms
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2012

We went to Magdalena Bay in Baja California Sur to watch whales. Yes, we have whales in Cabo, but up in Mag Bay (as the locals refer to it) the whales are giving birth and the babies are so curious that they and their mommies will swim right up to the boat and let you pet them. That's the theory. This was our second trip, and we still haven't petted a whale.

Mag Bay is a six hour trip by car from Cabo San Lucas, so you need to stay overnight. This is the second time we've stayed at Brennan's. It's basic, but very clean and the people so friendly! What I love is that they have several public sitting rooms, so our group could gather there and enjoy our wine and cheese, look at each other's photos, and just generally enjoy the company. Much nicer than having to cram into someone's room.

I would highly recommend Brennans, and will stay there on my next visit. Remember, my ratings below are for rooms in the more remote portions of Baja. For that, it's a five star. For, say Chicago, not so much. When you travel Baja you need to be flexible. It's clean, friendly and reliable. For us, that's five star.

Room Tip: All are about the same. One, I think it's 13, has a 'frig.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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La Paz, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

We have stayed at Hotel Brennan for several years for annual whale watching trip to San Carlos. The hotel is clean, comfortable, and accommodating to tourists needs. The hotel can also arrange for whale watching and sport fishing trips.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Brennan
Address: Apartado Postal No. 7 | Puerto San Carlos, Puerto San Carlos 23740, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Puerto San Carlos
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Puerto San Carlos
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Number of rooms: 14

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