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“Not bad, but in need of some TLC”
Review of Hotel El Cortez

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Hotel El Cortez
Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in San Felipe
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We were looking to spend the night in San Felipe and they were kind enough to allow us to bring our Maltese into the room with us (on the DL).
There was a short in the electrical wire for the bedside lamp and cockroaches on the bathroom sink. It's an older, run down property, with a great location and view.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

The hotel has one of the best views of the town of San Felipe, the beach is very nice & clean. The rooms are pricey for what you get. We paid $100 US dollars. The beds were comfortable but the sheets looked stained. Thankfully we had taken our own sheets. The bathroom looked like they don't clean them that well. The air conditioning was great it work really well and there was plenty of space in our room. The antenna on the TV worked terribly, could not watch TV at all the 3 days we were there. Not only our room had this problem but we went with a big group and everyone else had the same issue. We went to the front and they said they would fix it, but they never send anyone over to fix it. No phone in the room either. We had a great time at the beach & pool because we were a big group but the facilities need a lot of work to get anything higher than a 2. The food in their restaurant was not good either. Also there is no elevator so if you get a room in the second floor you have to go up a long set of stairs. Five minute walk to the Centro where there is plenty of restaurants with good food.

Room Tip: Downstairs rooms are better & good location
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  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank Carol L
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

Been trying to get to San Felipe for the past 25 years and finally made it there for spring break '16, or the week after during "semana santa". The motel wasn't so bad in retrospect compared to the town. or the beach for that matter. The motel building is on the beach but behind a walk and the swimming pool, bar and restaurant. to get to the beach you have to walk all the way around, yet to get into the water it is sooo far off from the beach, the tide here is the strangest thing ever, it rises and falls to the extremes, in the morning the water is so far off, you're left walking on mud or silt for quite a distance, on your way there you will come across abandoned underwear, trash, beer cans and all kinds of waste, the water is not clear whatsoever, and during our stay, the weather for spring was more like winter, much warmer in San Diego, it was so windy and cold that kids, even our kids chose to leave the pool in search of warmth. At 84.00 a night?....well it was the only "motel" on the beach, with direct or semi-direct access to the beach, needless to say I will not ever return to San Felipe, Puerto Penasco at Rocky Point in Sonora is way the he#* much better, cleaner and resort like particularly the beaches, those are clean, the water clear and much more welcoming, honestly, I don't know why so much hype about San Felipe, its tired, worn down, dirty and unwelcoming. Never go there.

Room Tip: main building rooms are very big most have two queen size beds.
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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank AllAccessSD
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

We go to San Felipe 4-6 times a year (drive from So Cal), and although we now have a small house in nearby Club De Pesca, we have stayed at El Cortez in the past, and we regularly eat at the restaurant and drink at the bar. The rooms are a little dated, but adequate and comfortable, and the bar is a perfect laid back hangout. It can be very quiet at times, but if there are a lot of people in town it can get pretty crowded and fun. The restaurant has a really nice outdoor patio overlooking the beach - great location for dinner. The food is USUALLY good, although I've had a couple of so-so meals there in the past, luck of the draw I guess.

One last point, on March the 12th they will be having the annual Paella festival/competition there - a very fun event with restaurants and individuals cooking up huge paellas and vying for the top spot! We've entered a couple of times (my wife is from Spain so a paella afficionado) - we haven't won but it's a blast cooking up a big paella and a great party.

Stayed: October 2015
1  Thank Dave451
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Reviewed 3 April 2015

Had a pleasant stay at Hotel El Cortez. Our hotel room was cleaner and a lot larger than we expected--we had a single room on the second floor with a king size bed. We were a little concerned that the door didn't have a deadbolt, so we did put a chair in front of the door when we went to bed each night in hopes that if anyone entered it would wake us up. That said, we didn't leave valuables visible in our room at any point during our stay. No, it isn't a 5-star resort, so if that is what you are looking for then you should look somewhere else. Didn't eat at the hotel restaurant, but enjoyed a few cervezas at the Barefoot bar. They do have WiFi but the signal only works when you are in the bar. Short walk or drive to the Malecon (downtown area). Hotel is right on the beach and has Palapas and plastic chairs you can use. The pool area has lounge chairs & umbrellas.

Booked through Expedia and when we checked in at the hotel we were told that they no longer worked with Expedia and didn't have our reservation on file. They were able to find us a room and we paid there at the hotel and later were refunded by Expedia. Would stay here again but would book directly with the hotel!

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Lane H
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Additional Information about Hotel El Cortez

Address: Calle San Felipe 21850, San Felipe 37600, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Norte > San Felipe
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in San Felipe
Price Range: €64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 109
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best hotel in San Felipe! Come and enjoy your next vacations at Hotel El Cortez, Rooms starting at just : $79.99 ... more   less 
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El Cortez Hotel San Felipe
Hotel El Cortez San Felipe, Mexico

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