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La Villa de Zaragoza
Ranked #23 of 46 Hotels in Tijuana
SIMI VALLEY
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Loved this place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2006

Just returned from my 4th stay at this wonderful hotel. Garden rooms are spacious and quiet. Very reasonable at about $56 for two of us (two large beds). Good staff and security. It's a block away from everything but I use it as a jumping off point to other Mexican destinations. Booked it by their website and had no problems. I had a very late Friday night arrival and the placed was full but our room was waiting.

  • Stayed July 2006
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5 Thank CSTREETDAWG
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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2006

I've stayed at many hotels in Tijuana. Lately I prefer the Zaragoza. It is pleasant, safe and clean, and the garden terrace rooms are way off the street and quiet.

It is right off Revolucion, close to all of the night spots, restaurants and shopping. Read reports of taxi problems. Suggest you have desk call a cab. But everything is in walking distance.

The cost was $55.00 for 3 people on a Friday night.

  • Stayed March 2006
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8 Thank nanchi
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cleveland. ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2006

The hotel itself was adequate and the maids were friendly, but the guy at the reservation desk was certainly not very friendly. I also want to warn you about taking the red taxi out front when you are leaving to go back to the states. We got in a red cab and told the young man to take us to the border. The way he took did not look familiar and he took us in the middle of nowhere where we were forced into a white van and charged $60 to take us to the San Diego Airport. Since we were in an unfamiliar area, and they had transported our suitcases to the van without even asking, I just paid the $60. I could have took the trolley for two dollars and twenty five cents. I just wonder if they are in cahoots with the hotel or what. I did not ask for that service, I just wanted to go to the border and did not like being forced that way. It is just a forceful way of ripping off the tourist. I didn't know what to do. We were in an unfamiliar area, a long long way from the hotel. The young cab driver had a smirk on his face and charged us double also. The taxi usually charges only five dollars to take you to the border. So at least I know the cab driver and the van driver were working in cahoots.

  • Stayed September 2005
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12 Thank sharonli
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2005

My story seems to go against the other reviews here. Nobody else seems to have experienced the problem I had, but I'd be careful about making reservations here. Otherwise, every other aspect of the hotel was above average.

My partner and I were visiting friends in San Diego and decided to try to beat the outrageous cost of hotels in the city by going south of the border and staying in Tijuana.

We traveled down on a Wednesday to make reservations in person at the hotel, because while I can speak Spanish functionally, I find it is more difficult to do it over the phone. Besides, we thought we'd have fun passing the afternoon in Tijuana. We got to the hotel and while my Spanish was a bit rusty, we seemed to make the reservation okay. He asked us if we wanted a room with one or two beds, and when I told him that we wanted just one, he kind of made a face and asked if we wanted only one bed. Again I told him that we needed only one bed. One gets used to people asking twice about this when you're a gay couple, but the point is that twice I said that I wanted only one bed. I gave him my credit card information and we left. He wrote everything down on a Post-It note and I didn't think it was important to look at it at the time, nor did I get a copy of anything in writing.

On returning, we were driven down to Tijuana by the couple we were visiting and they decided on the way down that they would spend the night and get a room at the same hotel. But on checking in, we were told that they had reserved not only a room with two beds for us, but the deluxe handicapped room with two beds. This room was much more expensive. The guy at the desk (the same one that had written down the information) said that I told him that I wanted a room with two beds. Since we had another couple with us that needed accomodation, this turned out to not be a problem. However, I know very well that my Spanish is good enough that I would not make a mistake about this, and I clearly remember that the desk clerk asked if I wanted one bed and I repeated that I wanted only one bed. The clerk said that if we wanted to stay there that night, we'd have to take that room but that in the morning, they could move us to a room with one bed. Despite the fact that upon first discovering the problem I told him that it wasn't a big deal because we had four people anyway, he kept insisting over and over that I had requested a room with two beds. Methinks he was protesting too much.

The next morning, I went to the desk and they told me that they didn't have any rooms with one bed available and that if we wanted to stay for the rest of the weekend, we'd have to stay in that room, which was twice the amount of the room type we had reserved. At this point, I decided that we'd just go back to San Diego and stay somewhere there to avoid the hassle of finding another hotel in Tijuana.

I tried to figure out some way in which this problem could be explained without it being a con, and I just can't think of one. The card I had given them was blocked when they tried to run it (even though I'd called the company and told them that I'd be in Mexico), so I thought at first that perhaps what happened was that they tried to run the card and dropped our reservation when the card didn't go through. But the problem with that was that the desk guy kept insisting that I had asked for a room with two beds and that he had reserved that room for us, holding up the little Post-It note. He may have written down that we wanted two beds, but I didn't say that, and there's no way that I requested a deluxe room in any case.

So I might stay at the Hotel Villa de Zaragoza again if I'm in town and can walk right up and get a room, but I advise that if you try to make reservations, be sure to get something in print that shows that you're getting what you want. I was a bit bummed because otherwise, it was a decent place and exactly what we were looking for.

PROS: Close to Avenida Revolución but location is far enough away from the busy parts (and one block back) that there is no problem with noise; restaurants nearby; 24-hour Internet access nearby on Av. Revolución (but very slow); very clean rooms, if a bit worn; no bugs; bottled water provided in room; decent value for the price.

CONS: Possible shady scheming to rip off gringos (or gays?) in requesting reservations; online requests for reservations checked infrequently; $15 USD deposit required for key and remote control (didn't work with our TV anyway).

  • Stayed November 2005
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8 Thank iamcrispydammit
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2005

The "hotel" was equivalent to a Motel-6 in the states, only the bed was MUCH harder! In fact it was probably the the most uncomfortable bed I've ever slept on in a hotel. Anyway, this place is nothing special. The hotel staff weren't particularly friendly, they didn't speak English (and my Spanish is bad). The bathroom in the room was really nice, with cool tile but the rest of the room was dark and dingy and the sheets weren't exactly sparklingly white. I might stay here again because overall it wasn't terrible but this place is certainly nothing to rave about. The best thing going for this place is it's location one block down from Revoluccion Blvd, which is nice when you're drunk! So, "Zaragosa" is okay but can find better.

  • Stayed April 2005
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2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2005

Great Hotel! Every time I go out to Tj, this the place Ive always stayed. Its very clean. Near all the restaurants and clubs. The prices are good, not to expensive. Everyone there is very friendly!

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2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Glendale, Ca
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2004

You get more then you pay for (about $40 a night for a standard room). I've stayed in some of the local hotels in the Downtown Revolution area and this is by far the best. Others have no carpeting, no heat or air conditioning. Many have cockroaches, spiders and other little creatures running around.

The La Villa De Zaragoza is in a great location, close to the restaurants, clubs and shopping. It is well appointed and has carpeting, heat and air conditioning. There is 24 hour security. You actually see them 24 hours a day and they do their job. They just don't sleep in their security booth. The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfortable. The rooms are extremely CLEAN - no cockroaches, spiders or other creapy creatures.

Ask for a room in the inner part of the hotel. The late night noise can be a bit loud and noisy for the rooms close to the street.

I tried twice to make my reservation online and was unsuccessful. I took my chance and just drove there without a reservation. I was comfortable doing so because it was a Monday and Tuesday night I wanted. I don't reccomend doing this on the weekend because they are always full on the weekends. When I saw the owner / manager upon arrival she told me that the online reservation requests are not checked regularly on the weekends for Monday arrivals. She did apologize for the inconvenience.

All in all I highly reccomend the La Villa De Zaragoza. You can't beat the price or the cleanliness.

  • Stayed October 2004
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17 Thank sbyan
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Property: La Villa de Zaragoza
Address: Avenida Francisco i. Madero 1120 | (between 7th & 8th), Tijuana 22000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Norte > Tijuana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 46 Hotels in Tijuana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Villa de Zaragoza 2.5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Villa de Zaragoza is one of the most highly rated hotels in Tijuana. It is ideal for business travelers because of its central location and for having the fastest internet of all hotels. It is also a favorite of tourists because of its value, its appointments, and its friendliness toward pets. ... more   less 
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