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.
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.
Beautiful hand-painted tiles and eclectic accent walls and colorful trim give the bathrooms a boutique feel.
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.
The communal kitchen also serves as site of an “honesty bar,” with guests keeping track of any drinks they consume.
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.
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.
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.