My boyfriend and I took a trip to Puerto Escondido from Xmas to New Years day. We stayed at the charming and wonderful Santa Fe Hotel, based on a recommendation from one of my bf's golf buddies. Wow, what a wonderful recommendation it was! The hotel is located literally across the street from the beach. City Beach is just to your right as you exit the hotel. It's where more locals go and you can find wonderful little beach restaurants that have lounge chairs and they will serve you margaritas and cervezas all day long for a good price. Service is outstanding in general and they work very hard to make you happy. To the left of the hotel is the main drag along the beach. Lots of cute shops and restaurants and again, many many beach restaurants who all vie for your lounge chair business. We couldn't have been in a better location, equidistant between all the great places along the beaches. There is fabulous swimming in the surf as well. Water is warm...and there are lifeguards to watch for undertows. Be mindful if you are not a strong swimmer though. You will get knocked down easily when the surf is really up. You need to know what you are doing...but man oh man...GREAT body surfing!
The hotel itself is very pretty. The photos on their website simply do not do it justice. It is clean, well kept and all terraced in beautiful (I mean, exquisite!) gardens. The hotel rooms are all very different and if your room is important to you, you should opt for something a little larger. They have some very small rooms where you might not feel as happy. We had two rooms (one for my two adult children) which was massive and another for my bf and I which was medium-sized, but very cozy and nice (all beds were quite comfortable, an uncommon thing in Mexican hotels!). The housekeepers do one of the best jobs I have ever seen. They pick your clothes up and fold them for you...just all the small touches that make a big difference. Our room was immaculate every day...and we were not helping much with that effort!
My only issue was the restaurant. It is vegan. I happen to run a weight loss company in the states that is very meat-centric (Men Only Weight Loss)...and let me tell you, I was missing me some meat in short order! You can get fish there...but honestly, a vegan restaurant in Mexico...NO SE. I don't get it. I think the owner is vegan (how misguided)....so except for breakfast, we often found ourselves going off the property for dinner (and their coffee pretty much sucked too, which is weird. Mexican coffee is notoriously good and something I usually look forward to when traveling to Mexico). But getting off the property was a good thing. We went to El Centro (the small city center which you can take a cab to)...to get a local specialty called "tlyudas". They are two large, crisp tortillas stuffed with meat and cheese and some black beans and spices...and then grilled on an open fire. Wow, never tasted anything quite like that. It was outstanding and lots of yummy meat. We got addicted to those things.
All in all, we were extremely happy at this hotel. I have to say, if you can't walk up a lot of stairs...then you really should stay someplace else. This hotel will keep you climbing (and climbing!) the whole trip. I thought that was a good thing..it worked off the daily cervezas! There is also a lovely big deck near one of the pools where you can sit and watch the sunset (which are stunning!). We brought our own "happy hour" every night to the sunset viewing. Champagne and brie...(which we brought from home)...home supplies are a great idea!
Super lovely place. We will stay here again and again. Man, we had a ball...
Ask for a larger room...and try to not get on the backside of the hotel. It butts up to some housing...
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