An intimate, graceful boutique hotel, Casa Natalia is in the heart of San José's downtown and opens onto the Zócalo. Themed rooms are decorated in regional Mexican motifs and have king-size beds, soft robes, remote-controlled air-conditioning, and private patios screened by bamboo and bougainvillea. Two suites have hot tubs and hammocks on large terraces, and a third suite is available for longer rentals. Running twice per day, a $5 shuttle takes you to a beach club in the Corridor. Natalia's cozy little bar offers hotel guests afternoon happy hour specials, including dos por uno, or two-for-ones. The in-patio restaurant, Mi Cocina, is fabulous. Staffers are helpful and welcoming. This adults-only hotel is the most luxurious option for those who wish to spend time enjoying the culture of this tranquil town. No children under 13.
If traveling on a budget, request one of the Artist Rooms that cost about half price.
Some standard rooms serve as large-scale canvases for local artists; superior rooms and spa suites have individual rather than shared terraces, with hammocks and pool views. All rooms showcase king-sized beds, fresh flowers, exquisite art and handmade Mexican accents, and amenities like cable television and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Breakfasts are delivered daily to all superior rooms and spa suites.
Fine cabinet work is a Casa Natalia feature shown to good advantage in the bathrooms, which have plenty of space beneath their lovely granite countertops, and also serve as de facto walk-in closets.
The lobby is small and mainly given over to concierge and office space, but does feature an art and souvenir boutique.
The courtyard swimming pool is in the shape of a half moon, broadening out beneath a relaxing waterfall. Chaise lounges and umbrellas are set around the pool, and at night stone fire bowls provide dramatic illumination.
Although there is no dedicated spa facility, spa services like massages may be arranged in any of the hotel’s rooms.
Chef and co-owner Loic Tenoux helms the excellent courtyard restaurant,Mi Cocina. The chef describes his restaurant as a “Euro-Mexican Bistro,” and the specialty of la casa is an unlikely yet delicious pairing of chicken and chocolate. Baja Oyster Bar is a more recent, but equally delightful addition.
Strawberry jalapeño margaritas are the go-to cocktail at the on-site palapa bar.
All of downtown San José del Cabo is within walking distance. Reaching groceries like Mega (7-minutes by car on Hwy 1) or Walmart (5-minutes by car on Hwy 1) will require taxi service or rental cars. The latter are a necessity for road trips to Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos, La Paz, or the nearby East Cape.
Local restaurant standouts Don Sánchez (2-minute walk on Blvd. Mijares), Jazmin’s (3-minute walk to Calle José María Morelos), and La Lupita Taco y Mezcal (3-minute walk to Calle José María Morelos) are all within easy walking distance. Cars are required to visit acclaimed farm-to-table specialists like Flora Farms, Acre, and Huerta Los Tamarindos (10-minute drive outside the city, off the East Cape road).
The state’s first microbrewery, Baja Brewing Company (3-minute walk to Calle José María Morelos), has its original location in the nearby Distrito del Arte. Don Sánchez boasts its own walk-in wine cave, and welcomes both on-site tasting and carry-out bottle sales.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Set in an old hacienda style residence, Casa Natalia is a boutique oasis in the heart of downtown San José del Cabo: Quiet and relaxing--children under 13 years of age are not allowed--this is a lovely getaway spot for adults. The food and service are excellent, and it is within walking distance of many popular art and culture related attractions.