If your idea of a health escape is a few yards away from a major highway, with semis grinding and blowing their stacks every 4-5 minutes, and another super-highway paralleling it on a higher level — its noise saturating the entire property up into the hills — then by all means go to the Rancho. It's a pity. It was there decades before the massive economic expansion of the area, but there the noise is, and it's not going away. I was glad I could. $4,000 for the week, single occupancy, with that noise everywhere, including inside my tucked-away brick casita, is ridiculously over-priced. Best price point would be $2,000 for the week, which can be done with a larger casita group-share. The spa food is great, I'll give them that. But I know CA and Mexico, and that level of road noise is totally unacceptable and a deal-breaker. There are so many other true get-away places to hike and eat healthily. Wish I had read this sort of review about the Rancho before I spent the money. It's living on an old reputation still bought into by a lot of east-coasters and midwesterners who don't know the west coast and Mexico well enough to know any better.
BTW, the travel warning on this site is a bit over-the-top. I drove there and it's fine. Just expect a wait at the border getting back into the U.S. It was an hour for me. I've heard it can be twice that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The world's first fitness resort established in 1940, this spa is located right across the border in Mexico and is nestled on 3,000 private acres of rolling terrain. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rancho La Puerta Hotel Tecate
- Rancho La Puerta Tecate