My first time to Ensenada and what I found was a nice slice of Mexico from the tourist standpoint but WOW is this place empty. The hotel is older and shows signs of not putting a ton of money into upkeep or improvements but what they have is perfectly servicable. Rooms were clean and I didn't ever feel the need to check for bugs or anything like that. nice balcony with a couple chairs overlooking a really clean and comfortable pool area and gardens. Small but clean bathroom...no tub and the shower door could use some fresh silicone around it and WOW awesome water pressure in the shower (almost stung a bit). Good selection of channels of the tv (hbo,espn,cnn ect. as well as spanish tv). Bed was on the firm side but was in great shape...no springs poking me in the back. The room was nice and quiet but I think it was the lack of people as you could clearly hear any action from the hallway.
There is a restaurant and bar in the hotel...had a decent huevos rancheros one morning but it was deserted all day. Desk staff was my savior...they all spoke great english. I think I underestimated the language barrier as I don't speak spanish and was a bit ignorant to expect everyone to understand me. Next time (and there will be a next time) I will be better prepared although after 4 days here I found that a few basics will get you what you need.
There is a slot-type casino with a sports book in the hotel...mostly locals and no english in here but they have a bar and it takes 10 times longer to go through $20 here than in Vegas. Even though it is in the hotel it seems to have no connection to it.
I happened to be there as a small tropical storm blew through town...hotel had a power outage and the pool coutyard took a beating (even the big flag on the malecon was shredded from the wind) but the next day the staff did a great job cleaning up and you would never know what happened the day before.
It really is too bad the town is so dead right now. I know that the upper baha has been getting alot of bad press these days but Ensenada never gave out that vibe when I was there and if nothing else, if you want a nice quiet, relaxing time in a clean hotel that will not break the bank, this hotel would fit the bill.
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- Boasting over 40 years of experience the San Nicolas Hotel & Casino in the downtown cultural center of Ensenada, Baja California gathers a convenient location and comfortable services by giving you a memorable experience where your comfort is our main goal. ... more less
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