Rosarito, a coastal city in Baja California, Mexico, has become a popular tourist spot due to its seemingly endless beaches and its proximity to the US border. As it was transformed from a ranching and farming community to an urbanized tourist destination, investments in infrastructure and various sorts of businesses started coming in. Numerous hotels were built to accommodate the tourists who were flocking in. Today, there are more than 20 hotels, inns, and lodgings in Rosarito.
One of the oldest and most well-known hotels in the city is the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Its beginnings date back to the 1920s, when it was founded by the influential Barbachano family. The establishment of the hotel marked the beginning of the city’s transformation into a tourist haven. It eventually gained fame as Hollywood celebrities like Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner as well as several presidents of Mexico and foreign royalty were accommodated there. It boasts of more than 280 guest rooms, most of which have views of the beach, and restaurants which offer Mexican and Continental cuisines. A mansion built in 1935, with the original tiles, wrought iron, and paintings still intact, houses the hotel’s full-service spa. Other features include wireless internet access, horseback riding, business center, and a multi-lingual staff. Rates for standard rooms are US$104 on weekdays and US$132 on weekends.
The Las Rocas Resort and Spa, 45 minutes south of San Diego, California, boasts of oceanfront rooms, fully equipped spa and exercise facility, outdoor infinity pools and jacuzzis, volleyball court, restaurants and lounges, and a 4,000-square foot facility for special events. The regular rate for a standard room is US$109.
The New Port Beach Hotel, located on the Gold Coast of Baja California, is a popular venue for oceanfront weddings. Its restaurant serves Mexican gourmet dishes and features the cuisines of one Mexican state each year. A standard room costs US$70 on weekdays and US$115 on low season weekends.
The Festival Plaza Hotel packages itself as Baja’s entertainment resort featuring night clubs, bars, restaurants, and even a ferris wheel in the courtyard. It has 213 guest rooms, conference rooms, and a convention center. The hotel offers several packages with prices ranging from US$81 to about US$200 per person.
Hotel Calafia, a 30-minute drive from the San Diego border, offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a uniquely idyllic setting. It has 80 guest rooms, specialty restaurants, a wine cellar, sports bar, day spa and beauty center, boutique shops, and an art gallery. Low season rates for a garden view room are US$50 on weekdays and US$80 on weekends.
Situated on Rosarito’s main street, Brisas del Mar provides heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, restaurant, bar, conference room, and sand volleyball court. The hotel is a few minutes walk from downtown and the beach. A single room costs US$77.50 on weekdays and US$106.40 on weekends.