PHOTO: Daniel Fox

Fodor's Expert Review el ángel azul

Av. Independencia 518, at Guillermo Prieto, La Paz, Baja California Sur 23000, México See on Map Fodor's Choice

Owner Esther Ammann converted La Paz's historic courthouse into a bed-and-breakfast that's a comfortable retreat in the center of the city. Rooms frame a central courtyard filled with cacti, palms, and bougainvillea. Walls throughout are painted vivid yellow, coral, and blue and rooms are decorated with original art and Mexican textiles. The rooftop suite overlooks the city.

Historical double room with king bed
Photo: Historical double room with king bed / Daniel Fox

room

Rooms are colorfully appointed, and tastefully outfitted with regional art and furnishings. Outdoor seating transitions into the gorgeous courtyard garden.

Air-conditioning and coffee makers are standard amenities.

Historical double room with king bed
Photo: Historical double room with king bed / Daniel Fox

bathroom

Beautiful hand-painted tiles and eclectic accent walls and colorful trim give the bathrooms a boutique feel.

dining

El ángel azul stopped serving meals several years ago, but still offers a large communal kitchen with ample fridge and storage space set aside for each guest, and enough pots, pans and utensils to cook up a feast.

The owner provides maps with information on neighborhood groceries and restaurants.

drinking

The communal kitchen also serves as site of an “honesty bar,” with guests keeping track of any drinks they consume.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The central location makes walking convenient for downtown shopping and dining. Taxis are an option for rides to the airport or off-the-beaten-track dinner destinations, but rental cars are preferred for trips to the acclaimed local beaches, or other regional attractions.

Restaurants

Las Tres Virgenes (6 blocks away, on Calle Madero) is considered by many locals to be the best restaurant in La Paz, thanks to the talents of Tijuana-born chef Jesús Chávez.

Bars

Those interested in Baja’s thriving craft brewing scene will enjoy a visit to The Beer Box (4 blocks away on Calle Independencia), which offers draught and bottled offerings from some of the peninsula’s premier producers.

WHY WE LIKE IT

On the site of a former courthouse, with its entrance nestled between a boutique shop and the region’s best English language bookstore, el ángel azul is an intimate oasis in the heart of La Paz; only a few blocks from the city center, Plaza Constitución, but a world away in terms of peace, quiet and privacy.

QUICK FACTS

Historical
9 rooms, 1 suites
Breakfast No
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service No
$
Complimentary
Free Parking
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 612-125–5130

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