Though I live 40 minutes away from downtown Ensenada, staying downtown for the night removes the drive and inhibitions on entertianment choices for the evening.
My favorite Ensenada hotel value, Hotel El Cid, was booked. After digging through hotels.com, I reserved a room at Hotel Posada El Rey Sol.
Why did some marketing person decide to dress up El Posada El Rey Sol’s name with a gringo nickname of “America’s Best Value Inn”? Was “Bubba’s” already taken?(some travel sites will list the hotel with its A.B.V.I. name)
Despite the double name confusion, I checked in without drama at 5PM on a rainy Saturday night. Was early enough to get a parking space in front of my room door on the first floor.
One thing about my experience with hotels in Mexico is managing expectations. Think more of a Motel 6 than a Billagio. Take your Motel 6 mindset, add some Mex colonial accents and tile and you have Hotel Posada El Rey Sol. The $80/night is not your typical $60 Motel 6 rate, but, your location is not Barstow, California.
What I like about this location at Lopez Mateos and Blancarte is that you are within 1/2 mile of everything that downtown Ensenada has to offer. And you miss the noise of the more exuberant north end of Avenida Lopez Mateos. As my car was securely parked inside the hotel’s courtyard(included in rate), I was able to walk to a handful of entertainment and food venues for fun that Saturday night.
Sheets were clean, smell was fresh, mattress was firm, bathroom was spotless, shower pressure/hotwaterwait was good and barely a peep could be heard from my neighbors on both sides. Wifi, in-room coffee service and bath soap & shampoo made it very comfy. Yes, there is a flat screen tv, but, that rarely gets my attention during my hotel stays.
Though the coffee was good, I prefer to venture out to a wifi cafe when traveling. Zu Taza, 50 meters west and 50 meters south was my relaxing wifi coffee shop choice to check out the world on my laptop.
I did receive a free continental breakfast or 50 peso discount on full menu from the hotel at their El Rey Sol Restaurant across the street. The rainy skies had turned blue in the morning, so I chose a table outside to check out the scene on Lopez Mateos with a good, not great, egg and machaca dish. The orange juice was fresh-squeezed and pulpy, yum.
I’ll give Posada El Rey Sol(“guest house of the sun king”)4 out of 5 crowns. If it were in the U.S., it would be downgraded one level. But, access to restaurants and nightlife in downtown Ensenada without driving is a big plus.
- Also Known As:
- Americas Best Value Inn - Posada El Rey Sol Hotel
- Americas Best Value Inn - Posada El Rey Sol Hotel Ensenada
- Americas Best Value Inn Ensenada
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This charming colonial boutique hotel is located in the heart of Ensenada. You can walk to more than 20 restaurants and coffee shops along the bazaar like streets lined with art treasures, each one more unique than the next.The intimate and friendly atmosphere will allow you to feel like this is your home away from home. The staff will point you in the right direction for whatever you are seeking.Come and experience our warm & friendly hospitality!Our staff will help make your visit to Ensenada a stay to remember filled with a variety of activities such as wine tours, whale and fishing trips, restaurants. ... more less
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