We were fortunate to get reservations for Labor Day weekend, which was also the Saturday of the Monica Naranjo / Marta Sanchez concert at the hotel.
From the moment we arrived, the professionalism of the staff was brilliant!! The parking security was thorough, yet expedited us through the gate. The bellman greeted us with a big smile and a “Hola, welcome back”. The front desk whisked us through the check in process. The highlight was our greeting from Mr. Villa. We know how busy he must’ve been with the coordination of concert for that evening, yet he took the time out to greet us and show us to our room – he is so calm and warm, never has anyone in the hospitality industry made us feel as welcomed, as he does. It was our friend’s birthday and he had a special birthday surprise in her room for her – so sweet, literally.
Hotel Coral and Marina was already a terrific hotel, yet there are so many improvements – everywhere we looked, there was new, new, and more NEW. New ellipticals in the gym (YAY!), new yoga/pilates classes, beautiful new patio furniture and round beds around the pool, new event center /helipad out on the jetty of the marina, new paddleboard and kayak rentals, beautiful (new) huge patio at the Mariners Rec Room. We were also told that a big new spa is going in, that should be done by January – which is great excuse for us to return.
The concert stage was massive, set up adjacent to the Marina. Not a penny (or peso) was spared on the set up and organization of this event – 100% elegance. The concert itself was brilliant, complete with a spectacular firework display over the marina as the finale. Then back at the hotel, they had a full outdoor dinner spread after the concert, including meats that had been slowly roasted over the outdoor fire.
The towels and the linens in the room were super thick and luxurious. I also enjoy the robes and complimentary slippers provided. I was thrilled with the designer shampoos/conditioners/shower gel/soaps in the bathroom.
Instead of writing too much about how I enjoy their Jr. Suites (again), I’ll focus more on some new services they provide. $15 an hour for a double kayak or paddleboard rental – we enjoyed paddling through the marina looking at all the beautiful boats/yachts, they also rent catamarans. Hotel transportation is being offered to/from LA or San Diego, starting at $192 ea way for up to 10-14 people (attached are pics of the price lists), that breaks down to under $20 pp ea way. Also, vineyard tours start at $40pp. We don’t mind driving, but how nice would it be to kick back, visit with friends and let someone else be in charge of tolls, border, etc.? Hotel shuttles have their own (quick) line to get back across the border. We don’t normally mind driving, but this sounds so relaxing that there is a good possibility that we will hire the shuttle on our next visit.
We taxied into/out of town ($7 ea way) on a few occasions visiting our favorite restaurants and wine tasting venues – even did a little shopping. Papa’s and Beer continues to be the epicenter of town (they also took over Mango Mango’s across the street), yet there is so much more to Ensenada these days – something for everyone.
Often, you can reserve a hotel package at Coral & Marina to include a Fast Pass. If you are driving and if it is available (ask when making your reservation), this will get you through the border at a fraction of the time it takes without it (on one trip we flew through in 15 mins on a Sunday afternoon). Even though it can be slightly inconvenient, I prefer to call in my reservation, in lieu of making it online.
Hotel Coral and Marina has been and continues to be the best hotel in Ensenada. It is so large with so many amentities, whether you are visiting with your family or for a romantic trip or a trip with friends, it is the perfect destination.
I cannot wait for our next visit to experience the new spa.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Coral And Marina
- Hotel Coral Marina
- Hotel Coral Ensenada
- Coral Ensenada Hotel Marina
- Coral Marina Ensenada