The gorgeous coastal city of Loreto, Mexico is the ultimate getaway thanks to its sweeping landscapes, wildlife watching opportunities and location in the heart of the UNESCO-protected Loreto National Marine Park. It’s also designated as a ‘Pueblo Magico’, and the lively historic centre was the first Spanish colonial city in Baja Peninsula.
There are dozens of hotels in Loreto ranging from quaint casitas to huge resorts, which means there are plenty of options whether you’re interested in a golf getaway, family vacation, girls’ trip or a long-term stay.
Here are five of the best Loreto hotels, to suit all sorts of needs and budgets.
La Mision Hotel Loreto
It’s impossible to miss this luxurious hotel which has a prime location right on the waterfront across from the Malecon, and can be seen from the water when sailing back into Loreto’s marina.
La Mison Loreto is one of the best places to stay in Loreto Mexico, and was designed with a Mediterranean-Mexican Hacienda style. Elegant finishes include marble floors and countertops, and huge wrought-iron balconies overlooking the Sea of Cortez and Sierra la Giganta mountains.
Rooms options range in size from two queen beds with luxe linens, to master suites with king-size beds, travertine marble showers, soaker tubs and a kitchen area.
The outdoor pool is beautiful, and has a couple of smaller plunge pools as well as loungers and umbrellas. There are two restaurants on site, including one for the pool area with an outdoor patio and another one on the second level overlooking the Malecon. Additional amenities include a grab ‘n go cafe, gift shop, business centre and spa. Click here to book
Posada de las Flores Loreto
This is one of the most show-stopping hotels in Loreto Mexico, starting with its rose facade dripping with bougainvillea that faces the main plaza. Step inside the Posada de las Flores, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into an exquisite hacienda, complete with iron fountains, lush greenery and all handmade furniture.
A spiral staircase connects the three storeys, leading to the rooftop terrace which has panoramic views of Loreto making it the perfect place to watch sunset. There’s also a lounge area, restaurant, and rooftop pool which has a clear bottom looking straight down to the lobby.
Each room is beautifully designed in a traditional style, with features like mosaic tile sinks, colourful murals over the wooden beds and thick drapes. Click here to book
Villa del Palmar Loreto
As the largest of all Loreto resorts, Villa del Palmar is also one of the most impressive.
Located on the shores of the Sea of Cortez and surrounded by rugged mountain peaks, guests are just steps away from the Loreto Bay National Marine Park which can be explored by snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, diving and fishing. For an unforgettable experience, book a twilight LED SUP tour and paddle through Danzante Bay guided only by the light from under your board to see what happens underwater at night.
Boasting five pools, four restaurants, tennis courts, a nightclub, a 39-thousand foot spa and wellness centre and its own beach, there’s a dizzying amount of fun to be had for the whole family. Tee off at the TPC Danzante Bay, the on-site 18-hold golf course designed by Rees Jones that has jaw-dropping views, especially from the 17th hole.
The sprawling property has hundreds of rooms, ranging from one-bedroom studios to the spacious, four-bedroom Presidential Penthouse. All-inclusive options are available, and some suites also come with fully-equipped kitchens. Click here to book
Note: Villa del Palmar Islands of Loreto is a 40 minute drive from the historic centre, and shuttle services are available.
Another great hotel in the old town, Hotel 1697 is tucked away just steps from the main plaza about two blocks from the waterfront. A spa, cafe called La Route and the El Zopilote Brewing Company are at the entrance, and stepping through the large gate reveals a huge courtyard leading to the rooms.
The highlight is the serene pool area, which has a fountain and a number of loungers. The adjacent dining area is where a Mexican-style breakfast is served every morning, and those staying on the second floor will enjoy fabulous views of the historic centre.
The rooms are quite large and have a separate shower area, desk, closet space and large terraces with seating areas. Hotel 1697 also has one of the fastest wifi connections in town, and welcomes guests aged 15 and up. Click here to book
Villa del Santo Nino
Villa del Santo Nino is a fun spot around the corner from Hotel 1697, about one block from the Malecon and great for longer stays or a short term rental. Owned by a sweet, hospitable couple named Oralia and Francisco, the apartments and studios have all the comforts of home like a living room, full kitchen, private bathroom and patio area with hammocks.
The common area is the heart of Santo Nino, where a garden filled with date, mango and palm trees surrounds amenities like an outdoor kitchen, honour bar (all drinks are just $1!) and dart board, making it the perfect place to gather and swap stories at the end of the day.
There’s lots of free parking, wifi, a washer and dryer, as well as kayaks and bikes that guests can borrow, making this a fun option when it comes to booking Loreto Mexico hotels. Click here to book
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