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Penasco Del Sol Hotel
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Puerto Penasco
Reviewed 7 August 2014

This beach front hotel on the east side of the Baja is located 60 miles into Mexico from the AZ. border in the free zone. (You don' have to register your car when driving to this area unlike other areas south of here.) The hotel is a three star plus with all of the amenities expected including a nice air conditioned restaurant and bar and great pool, hot tub, swim up bar along with excellent beach access.The hotel was completely redone two years ago and offers great beds and flat screen televisions in each of the ocean view rooms. It is a seafood/shrimp town so that is offered in the many local restaurants as well as in several of the new condos located on the point 4 or 5 miles away. There is an airport a few miles from town and service from PHX and Tuscon is good.I last visited this hotel in June 2014

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

This was the second time we have stayed at this hotel, the first was about five years ago and it was wonderful that time, but our last stay was not at all the same experience. It started on the first night when we received a phone call at 10:30-11 pm from the front desk asking us to come pay for our room, this confused us because our credit card had been run when we checked in. When we got to the desk we were told that they had an issue with their credit card machine when we checked in ( 4pm) and now we needed to run it again. I'm sure you can understand our apprehension but did it anyways. When we asked why this couldn't wait until morning we were told rudely that it needed to be done tonight! As if we had done something wrong... The room was cleaned one day but not towels were left, it took two trips and two hours to get towels for our cold showers. Very few smiles or thank you from any staff, we felt unwelcome. This is a nice hotel and for the almost $700 I spent I would expect better service.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
3  Thank Shane M
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

The people were very friendly, it was our first time in Rocky Point. Great area. Beautiful views, good food and service. From the pool was only a few steps to the beach. Room was decent, came with a mini fridge, coffee maker and more. Overall really good service, we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank 122jarek
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

When we first arrived the reservations were not saved by the previous telephone operator. So I had to spend some time getting that to the original reservation, which they ended up doing. Which it started out nice in that way.

But then when i got in the room to relax and enjoy the comfortable bed, I layer down on it )(thinking it was really soft) and it was like laying down on a plastic box with a blanket on top.. VERY hard.. I called twice to see if they can do anything, and they didn't. That night we slept on the pull out couch...

The next day a nice worker changed the mattress, which helped, but it was an 8 year old matters,so it still left some back pain.

The ice machine was broken so ww could only get ice from the bar, and we were on the fourth floor.

The deal with the towels is that you get towel VOUCHERS and if you lose those or the towels that you borrow with the vouchers, you have to pay the hotel $50. So immediately going to the hotel, we had to be responsible, and not lose towels or little cards.. Not exactly something I wanted to worry about on my vacation.

The music outside at the pool from 12 noon to midnight was so loud and a lot of expletives, that I couldn't even hear the waves crashing, nor did I want to hear all the cussing.

I told them about all the frustrations at check out, and they "couldn't" do anything about it. I don't know why this hotel is rated as high as it is, ESPECIALLY on trip advisor, a source that I usually trust.

Room Tip: Beds are extremely hard.. Ask for a softer bed...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank David C
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We are New Yorkers who moved to Phoenix a year ago and we kept hearing about Rocky Point from our neighbors, and even complete strangers! We finally decided to try it, and we were not disappointed.

The drive from Phoenix is four hours. We met people who drove from San Diego and New Mexico as well. The town of Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) is touristy, poor, but small. It doesn't feel as corporate or commercial as, say, Cancun, and it is definitely a 180 from Las Vegas. We were SO happy there is NO gambling anywhere here. So we like that the drive there was quick and that driving through the town when we got there wasn't extensive. Once you get to the hotels it is LAID BACK and everything is very nice.

Sandy Beach is amazing. We collected many shells. There are sweet tide pools. Many local families enjoying the beach, as well as the tourists, many people selling things, but no one pesters you too badly. Once you say "no" they immediately leave. Everyone is polite. You can leave your bags on the beach and no one will take your things. There are drinks, fruits, crafts for sale, music, you name it. At night you can build a bon fire on the beach. It is perfect for a quick romantic getaway or a week long family vacation.

The exchange rate was just okay, but we felt things were fairly priced. We stayed on the fourth floor, overlooking the ocean (we requested a king bed and an ocean view well in advance, which they gave us). There is a snack bar down by the pool that is cheap, and it is very good. Plus, you get to add all of your extras for free (peppers, guacamole, onions, etc.). Children and families are having such a good time there, and everything stays so clean. There is security, as well, and they are very good about keeping things in order. You get a bracelet at check-in to let security know that you are allowed pool/beach access.

So our king room was a suite, which meant we had an actual bedroom (tight space, but had a closet, a vanity seat and mirror, a safe for valuables and a very firm king bed and lots of lighting and a good ceiling fan to keep us even cooler), no tub, but a shower, which was acceptable, albeit small, a kitchenette with two bar stools (mini fridge and microwave, plus some glasses for our use and an ice bucket and coffee maker/mugs/free coffee), a small round table and two chairs, plus a living room area with a pull-out couch. We were able to set the temperature in the room to where we like it, and it was very good air conditioning!. It is quite hot in Rocky Point, but the humidity is what makes it more difficult. The AC was great.

There is Max's, a small restaurant/bar across the street, kind of $/$$ but really good (owned by a man from Syracuse, NY--a great little place to eat and drink!), plus a pharmacy (totally over priced--so we avoided it). It is a short taxi drive, or take your own car around the cove to get to shopping and more restaurants. The parking is ample at the hotel and the shopping/market areas, and it is free. The pharmacies near the shopping across the cove are a bit cheaper. Prices change from place to place, so compare.

Don't recommend you getting any pesos for your trip--don't bother, as they prefer US dollars everywhere. Besides, you lose when you make the exchange, then lose again cashing them in for USD when you leave. We had one night free at the hotel for having purchased two nights. Total king suite cost was $475 for three nights. We got one night of room service (we DON'T recommend room service--it took an hour and a half and was pretty bad, unless you like mystery meat beef nachos with liquid orange queso sauce.) Just warning you--it isn't typical American fare. We think the pizza came from Max's, and it tasted like reheated frozen fare.

There is SO MUCH to do there! We rented ATVs, a jeep (took it into the desert--wow!), rode a banana boat ($5 a person, but only a ten minute ride--but still a blast!). They have many pina colada stands throughout the town ($6 in your own carved out pineapple!..and not much rum, but they pour the extra into a plastic cup and give it to you). Lots of street tacos. Fish tacos are especially good there--and especially at the hotel snack bar (yum!). Restaurants out on the street are cheaper if run by locals.

You can parasail, rent a ski-doo or kayak, charter a fishing boat, take a sunset booze cruise, rent bikes on the beach from Paul, ride horses, swim in the ocean and enjoy the sunset (wow!), collect seashells, check out the restaurants of the other resorts...

Rocky Point has a lot of unfinished construction due to the housing market crash. This makes the place still feel somewhat remote, a bit of a secret gem. We only saw Mexican families there, for the most part, and all seem to be relatively well-off financially. People are family oriented and very polite. Still can't get over how clean it all felt. Cholla Bay is a fun excursion on a jeep or ATV (a dirt road takes you to the point, and it is rough on a car), and there is a convenience store way out there, plus a secret little cove inlet (so lovely and blue!).

The whole place is magical and we cannot wait to return.

If you go by car:
Bring a cooler for sure, and bring your favorite beverages (although it is cheap to buy it there, too). Remember sun screen! (it cost $18 at the pharmacy, so we didn't pay that!) :(
Bring beach chairs/loungers, and/or beach blankets
Bring a shelter if you can--these are pitched all over the beach.

People are so nice, we were offered to sit under someone's shelter, we had our own chairs so we declined, but we shared our tequila. :)

It is a jean shorts and old t-shirts kind of place, but also a place to dress nice for dinner. Remember going to the lake or beach with your family as a kid? This whole place re-creates that same feeling. Don't dress to impress. Dress to relax. But also know this is a place to dress APPROPRIATELY.

Sleep quality was excellent, with the exception of other guests who like to passionately fight at 5am. You may want to consider that when you request where you want your room to be.

ALSO: Leave your diamonds at home. Just don't bother with jewelry if you can help it.

Room Tip: Sleep quality was excellent, with the exception of other guests who like to passionately fight at 5a...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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15  Thank Susan M
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

I wouldn't say this is a 5 star resort so if that's what you're looking for, this is not the place for you. But if you're coming down to Rocky point with a family this is the place to stay. The price was very good compared to the other big resorts without compromising service and cleanliness. The pools are great and I'm sure they are heated because the temperature was always perfectly warm which is really important if you're traveling with babies/children. The hotel has it's own "fake beach sand" area right over the real beach! You only need to walk down a few steps and you are on the sandy beach. The ocean water when we went was warm and calm, again perfect for the children. The tide goes very low during the mornings and evenings which makes it perfect for exploring tide pools. Our hotel room was pretty clean. My only complaint is that the sewer system smelled really strong at night. Having lived in Mexico before, I don't think it's isolated to this resort only, I think this is a normal problem all around. My headboard had a funny smell, so all night I just tried to keep my head away from it. The towels are very thin and the shower is too close to the toilet In my opinion. So I would say, if you have a lot of money to spend then you can probably stay somewhere fancier. But, if you are an average couple or family like us who are looking for a clean, fun place on the beach, On A Budget, stay in Peñasco del Sol! Don't expect the best service at the front desk. There's a little restaurant across the lot that serves delicious food. We never had a need to venture outside this area. So, great pools, family friendly, nice rooms,great price on the best beach. We will definitely stay here again on our next visit.

Stayed: July 2014
3  Thank OxlFamily
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Had a wonderful time,love this hotel 2nd time here!! very clean,comfy beds,quiet &peace thru/out,Restaurant hostess was very courteous & very attentive thank you so much!!! beautiful pool areas the kids loved it...beach area is nice & they have rentals with reasonable pricing very affordable,you won't regret the stay here!! we will defenitely be back... =)

Room Tip: Higher floors have a nicer view
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Penasco Del Sol Hotel

Address: Paseo Las Glorias No 1, Puerto Penasco 83550, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Northern Mexico > Sonora > Puerto Penasco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Penasco
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Penasco
Price Range: £46 - £186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Penasco Del Sol Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 208
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to the Hotel Peñasco Del Sol a lush, tropical playground surrounded by gorgeous beaches and spectacular ocean vistas. Located in sun-splashed Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Mexico, we're the only beachfront hotel within walking distance of downtown attractions, restaurants, and nightlife. Select from 203 guest rooms and suites each spacious, handsomely furnished, and blessed with sweeping beach views and delightful amenities. Discover for yourself why we're the preferred choice of Sonora Mexico hotels. A new definition of paradise awaits you at our luxurious Rocky Point Mexico hotel resort, which combines warm hospitality with a landmark setting: * Located in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Mexico. * Within walking distance of downtown attractions and businesses. * Surrounded by unique shopping, dining, and nightlife. * Just 60 miles southwest of the United States-Mexico border. * 3.5 hours from Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sol Hotel Puerto Peñasco
Sol Hotel Penasco Del
Penasco Del Sol Hotel Puerto Penasco, Mexico - Sonora
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