Posada de las Flores

Loreto, Baja California, Mexico Book from US$150

Reviewed by Philip Worman
Beautiful rose pink hacienda-style hotel with a rooftop pool overlooking the sleepy fishing town of Loreto
Posada de las Flores is your reward for making the journey north from La Paz, along the twisting mountain road which leads from Ciudad Constitución - a road with no petrol stations for over 100km! As you descend into Loreto, driving on fumes, comfort yourself with the thought that the finest hotel in town lies ahead and that a cocktail with your name on it awaits.

Lush pink, with pots of flowers, green palms, climbing bougainvillea, thick wooden doors and wrought-iron sofas, La Posada de las Flores exudes elegance and serenity. We loved the lobby, lit from above by the rooftop pool’s transparent lattice floor… like checking into an aquarium. There’a a superb roof terrace with swing seats and sun loungers - watch the sun dip below the picturesque La Giganta mountains as the friendly staff bring you a margarita. This Mexican marvel is a flawless fusion of ice, salt and sweetness or, as the Italian owner might put it, la dolce vita in a glass.

Highs

  • The rooftop pool and loungers are perfect for a cool cocktail at sunset
  • There's beautiful colonial-style décor throughout
  • It's conveniently located by the main square in the heart of historic Loreto
  • Loreto and the offshore islands offer exceptional sea kayaking, sportfishing and diving. It's also the nearest main town to Bahia de Magdalena, a hotspot for whale-watching

Lows

  • The standard rooms overlooking the central courtyard can be dark and noisy
  • You may hear traffic from the street outside
  • Muzak plays in the lobby and recent reports say the pool and deck area could do with a clean!
  • No children under 12 are allowed (a plus for some!)
  • This isn't for those seeking vibrant nightlife - Loreto is a tranquil small town with limited possibilities for eating and partying

Best time to go

November to March are the coolest months, with daytime temperatures in the 70sF and chilly evenings, especially in January and February. April, May and June are hot and sunny (80-90F); July can be extremely hot and humid, with temperatures frequently nudging 100F. Try and avoid August and September, which are prone to downpours (both months average around 40cm / 15 inches of rain; October is also susceptible). The rest of the year is generally dry and sunny. The main whale-watching season is January to March; for the best fishing visit from June through to August.

Our top tips

There may not be much to do in Loreto itself, but it's a fantastic base for kayaking, fishing, diving and whale-watching - make sure you give yourself time to drive around the area and make the most of the ocean and mountains.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
Spa
  • = Makes the grade
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Hacienda Hotel
  • 15
  • Breakfast only
  • Over 12s welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

All 15 rooms are decorated in traditional Mexican style with hand-carved wooden furniture, Talavera ceramics and wrought iron lights. Each is named after a flower boldly depicted in a mural above the bed. The 10 Standard Rooms, which overlook the central lobby, are spotless and well furnished, with bright yellow tiled bathrooms, showers, a wide selection of toiletries, TVs, air conditioning, minibars and ice buckets for indulgent midnight champagne. However, they're rather dark and sometimes you can't help but hear guests talking outside... but they're still infinitely preferable to your usual vacuum-sealed hotel room.

The 5 Junior Suites, which overlook the plaza, are much brighter and larger - all have a sofa, coffee table and French windows. Other touches, such as kingsize beds and towelling robes, make these rooms feel a tad more lavish. If you're going to lounge about indoors, it’s nice to know that films for the VCR are available from the lobby and are included in the room price.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Minibar
  • Phone
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • Wifi internet

Eating

The hotel restaurant, The Roof Garden is located on the rooftop, with a great view of Loreto, the mountains and the Sea of Cortez. It only serves breakfast - a complimentary and plentiful continental spread available from 8am to 9.30am. Expect a wide selection of cereals, fresh fruit juices, delicious homemade breads, fresh coffee and eggs done any way you want them.

There are lots of small restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner. Bear in mind that eating out can be tricky on Sundays through, when Loreto seems to hibernate, so make sure you fill up at breakfast. For cheap eats a tasty fried fish taco from nearby McLulu's stand is a must; there's also a delicious ice-cream shop near the Posada.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Minibar
  • Walk to restaurants
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Activity:

Activities

Surrounded by high mountains and the sparkling Sea of Cortez, Loreto is a good base for kayak, diving and fishing fans.

  • Island trips: within 20 miles of Loreto lie the uninhabited islands of Monserrate, Catalina, Coronado, Danzante and Carmen. Some are close enough to kayak to... there's terrific snorkeling in their white sandy coves and plenty of hiking, camping and exploring fun to be had. The area has been designated a National Marine Park

  • Sportfishing: marlin, snapper, yellowfin tuna and dorado are plentiful here - one of the main draws for tourists to Loreto. Local fishermen and their pangas can be chartered daily (see Rates). The best months for this are June, July and August

  • Historical sights: founded in 1697 Loreto was the first Eurpean settlement in the Baja peninsula and the centre of the Spanish mission effort during colonial times. The town is pleasant to stroll around, with leafy avenues and restored historical buildings to view, including the church tower of La Mision de Nuestra Senora de Loreto

  • Shopping: leather, ceramics, fine silver, woodcarvings and art galleries are all open for late afternoon browsing, except for Sundays when everyone shuts up shop

  • Scenic drives: to experience the simple life in Mexico, take a day trip to Misión San Javier, a tiny community hidden in a fertile mountain valley 20 miles south west of Loreto, with a well-preserved church built in 1699. It's a 2-hour ride on a winding road but if you'd rather not drive yourself, it's offered as an excursion by the local tour companies

  • Whale-watching: between January and March, thousands of whales migrate from Alaska's Bering Strait to the Pacific Coast of Baja and Loreto is considered one of the most convenient bases for starting a whale-watching trip. One of the main spots is Bahia Magdalena, a 2-hour drive from Loreto. Day trips usually include meals, transport and an English-speaking guide

  • Hiking: the nearby Sierra de la Giganta mountains offer some excellent hiking opportunities amid rugged desert scenery

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Private guided tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Traditional cultures
  • Whalewatching

Kids

Children under 12 are not allowed.

Family friendly accommodation:

Extra Beds Available

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