I spent two nights at the Hacienda del Mar while doing business in San Diego. The hotel is easy ot find, on the main street heading towards the Plaza Monumental bullring, and just a short 10 or 15 minute walk from the beach area of Tijuana. Pass on the hotel restaurant, and eat at any of the numerous establishments along the Playas malecon. There is no "bar", even though one is advertised, and drinks/food are expensive compared with other eating establishments. Service was fine, the room comfortable for a short stay. The only complaints were the shower water temperature; it took several minutes for the water to get just past tepidly warm, but I was impressed with the variety of channels on the TV. Excellent internet speeds, and there are several shopping and eating establishments within a short walk. Nearly all the cars in the parking lot had US plates, and it looks like most of the people staying here are visiting friends in the Tijuana Playas neighborhood. One nice thing - I was able to pick up a US cell phone signal from the 2nd floor room, as the hotel is literally only a few hundred yards from the US border. Bottled water is provided for no extra charge, and overall the stay was comfortable if not really a "romantic" place. Also, several Federal Police vehicles in the parking lot, so it seems they contract with the government for the "federales" to stay here. I would return, but only if I was looking for a place close to the US border (10 minutes away) with basic services. Pool was clean, but too cool for a dip in late April. OK room for the price.
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- Hacienda del Mar offers you a comfortable stay outside the hustle and bustle of the city. Conveniently located 20 minutes from the border and just 15 minutes from downtown, Hacienda del Mar provides you with clean, comfortable, and quiet accommodations so you can relax in your business trip, or enjoy unforgettable moments with your loved ones. Come and experience our traditional Mexican hospitality. ... more less
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