by Lissa Poirot
This marina property in Baja California’s Ensenada is located on Todos Santos Bay. A cruise port town, the hotel is 10 minutes from San Miguel Beach and 20 miles from the Guadalupe Valley wine region. Accommodations at the five-star hotel are various, with all rooms outfitted with sofas, flat-screen TVs, ocean-view balconies and Wi-Fi. Standard and Junior rooms, the smallest offerings, provides two full-size beds (or a king only in the Junior). Junior Deluxe Suites provide a separate living area, and Coral Deluxe Suites provide a full kitchen. Master Deluxe Suites include a dining area for four. Presidential double and triple rooms are available to sleep up to eight. The hotel’s Bistro Cava is open daily for a breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to noon (1 p.m. on Saturdays), as well as evening brunches from 2 to 10 p.m. The Marina Grill Bar is open for lunch and dinner every day but Monday, with views of the water. A pool bar provides light bites and drinks at the hotel’s outdoor pool. The hotel can arrange shuttle service around Baja and Southern California, including Tijuana airport and the San Diego train station. A shuttle runs to San Diego every week day.
Our Editor Loves
- Shuttle service to San Diego
- Suites for up to eight
- Marina location
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Nice location and easy parking but downhill from then on. The hotel is very, very dated and not very clean. For example after walking around the pool the soles of your feet will be black! Pool loungers and tables are very dirty. The hotel has a very strong food smell which is obvious as soon as you enter.
There was noisy maintenance during our stay which we were not advised of at booking or at check in. We would definitely not booked had we known about this in advance.
We had to call 3 times to arrange our room service crockery etc to be removed from our room. When it was delivered the waiter took away the tray so we could not leave everything outside the room .
We do not normally write reviews but this hotel is not managed very well and it shows !!
by DJ N
We were a group of 8 adults, consisting of family and friends ages 27-65.
Making a reservation about one month in advance for rooms (2 nights) and shuttle from/to San Diego was seamless and easy.
Saturday morning we met our driver and shuttle in San Diego and went directly to Puerto Nuevo for lobster lunch at Villa Ortegas, the view from the restaurant was spectacular overlooking the ocean and the $22 Lobster meal was delicious.
Afterwards the shuttle driver took us directly to Hotel Coral & Marina as we relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful views along the way. Upon arrival, a warm greeting from the bellboys and a swift and simple check in, we were into our lovely rooms in no time (all rooms are ocean view). 3 rooms were the Deluxe Suites, newly remodeled with full kitchens which I highly recommend and one room was the Honeymoon Suite which was spacious and lovely (has a massage table!) with 180 degree views of the ocean – you can watch the cruise ship arrive the Port of Ensenada without ever lifting your head off your pillow in bed.
The first night we had cocktails and dinner at the marina restaurant. The menu had a lot of options, both American cuisine and traditional Mexican fare – something for everyone.
The gym is clean, very well equipped and now has 2 new stair machines! We enjoyed running on the treadmill, some time on the elliptical and the rowing machines. Afterwards we took a walk around the beautiful marina, then South along the walking path along the ocean that seemingly takes you all the way into port (we did not walk quite that far). The next time we come, we were told we could schedule a yoga class in the new ocean view yoga room – this would be a real treat!!
Sunday morning brunch never seizes to amaze with the beautiful selection of foods, omelets made to order, seafood and crepe stations.
2 in our party took the all day ATV ride on Sunday and said it was a BLAST!
The weather was warm and lovely, which made for a great afternoon by the pool, overlooking the ocean. By late afternoon we decided to go into town for some shopping and a drink.
As we returned back to the hotel, we talked to Tony, the Concierge and he made our reservation for dinner at sunset at nearby Punta Morro. The food was great, the view was gorgeous and the service was spot on.
Monday came all too quickly, we enjoyed the breakfast buffet and a couple hours at the pool before packing up, checking out and heading home on the shuttle.
At the Otay border the shuttle has a special lane that zips you by all the people in vehicles waiting to cross. The driver stops, you unload with your luggage, walk into the small customs building, show your passport, declare your items, run luggage through the x-ray, then meet your driver about ½ block away. We departed Hotel Coral and Marina at 12:15pm and arrived at our car in San Diego at 2:15pm - only two hours! All of the drivers we've had have been safe and pleasant, however we had Alejandro on the way home and he is our favorite!!
We collectively decided that 2 nights / 3 days was not nearly enough time at Hotel Coral & Marina – our next visit will be for no less than 3 nights, optimally 5.
Hotel Coral & Marina has been our choice in Ensenada for 20+ years. There are newer hotels in the area, but for us – the amazingly warm and professional hospitality, the spacious ocean view rooms, amazing gym/spa, the delicious food and beautiful indoor and outdoor pools cannot be beat!