It's not on the beach, but this hotel in a quiet enclave along one of San José's main boulevards is a delightful, reasonable find. Though the hotel restaurant faces the street, the guest quarters are tucked away at the back of the property around a pool and fountain with tropical birds. The warm yellow buildings frame a pool and palapa bar, and all rooms are outfitted with fine Mexican artwork and textiles. Two suites, El Troje and El Jacaranda, are situated poolside.
Compared to the typical price at Los Cabos properties, the rates for the freestanding El Troje make for a very special and very romantic find. The hotel is central to shopping, several restaurants, and is a stone's throw from the Zócalo.