Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Perla
Paseo Alvaro Obregón 1570, Malecón, La Paz, Baja California Sur 23000, México See on Map
The brown low-rise faces the malecón and has seen a flurry of activity since 1940, due largely to its nightclub, La Cabaña, which opens on Saturday night. Rooms are a little kitschy, with light-wood furnishings with pink-and-teal accents; some have king-size beds. The pool is on a second-story sundeck, away from the traffic of the main street. Noise is a factor in the 28 oceanfront rooms, the trade-off being wonderful sunset views, so take your pick.
Rooms are rather bare bones, but are clean and comfortable, and include standard amenities such as air-conditioning, televisions, and small safes for valuables. Hand-painted scenes of marine life add a touch of local color.
A wide staircase leads up to the cool tiled lobby, anchored by a large reception desk and wraparound couch.
The pool is rather large by La Paz standards, and a nearby play area offers a secondary option for visiting kids.
Colorful corner restaurant La Terraza serves up traditional Mexican specialties from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
A complimentary breakfast is included for hotel guests.
The hotel is within walking distance of attractions on the malecón and in downtown La Paz. Rental cars or other transportation are required to reach the area’s spectacular beaches. The bus station is nearby, and offers frequent service to Todos Santos and Los Cabos.
El Bismark-cito is the must visit restaurant on the capital city’s broad seaside malecón, offering superb seafood and the best micheladas in the state.
Fishing guide Jonathan Roldan’s Tailhunter (on the malecón) is the perfect place to relax with ice cold cervezas after a day spent sightseeing or cruising the Sea of Cortés.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Hotel Perla is a landmark regional property whose history dates to 1940. It is, in fact, the oldest hotel in the state; but far from being a musty reminder of bygone days, this is still a prominent local lodging, with an excellent central location and affordable rates.
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