By Dawn Pier
A stay at the Todos Santos Inn in the heart of Todos Santos‘ downtown feels like taking a step backwards in time to when women wore hats, gloves, deep red lipstick and nylons with a seam that they positioned strategically to run in a straight line up the back of their legs. As I enter, I expect to see the cast of Casablanca standing at the bar and a ruckus of manly laughter emanating from the tequila tasting room–perhaps it’s the cast from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. If I really use my imagination, I can hear the clip clop of horse hooves trotting up and down the streets outside the inn’s brick walls. This is my go to place when I visit the charming town of Todos Santos.
The Todos Santos Inn is an atmospheric boutique hotel that occupies what was once the home of one of the town’s sugar barons. Built in the late 19th century, its red brick, adobe and stone construction has been carefully restored to exhibit the traditional Mexican hacienda style with a central courtyard and breezeways throughout. The first thing you’re likely to be impressed by is the mural, painted in 1935 by noted Mexican artist C.C. Zamora, that adorns the walls of the portal to the reception area. The high-ceilinged reception room is tastefully decorated with antique furniture and oil paintings. The inn’s eight rooms face a central sunken courtyard where there is a small dipping pool and sun bathing area with chaise longue (towels provided), a lovely patio on which to dine and a tequila-tasting room with interior dining area.
Closer to the registration area, there is also an outdoor sitting area that surrounds a lovely three-tiered water fountain, and a bar that Hemingway himself would approve of. The dark wood and leather begs you to come in and order one of the many delicious sipping tequilas they have on the menu. And it’s air conditioned in the hotter months, so it’s a great place to hang out and meet other guests.
The rooms themselves are well appointed with comfortable beds, quality linens, and private bath. Bathrooms are finished in off-white talavera tile and are kept impeccably clean. All the rooms come with mosquito netting over the beds, air conditioning, complimentary breakfast and wireless internet.
The four Garden Suites sit apart from the rest of the rooms, offering greater privacy and luxuriousness. They sit sunken at pool level and are accessed by foot paths that wind through tropical landscaping. Garden Suites #5 and 6 boast their own patio area and a bathtub. The suites all have separate living rooms.
Regular rates range from US$125 for the Terrace rooms to US$225 for the Garden suites. Due to demand rates between Christmas and New Years are higher (US$165-325). Rates are discounted during the less-busy summer months (US$95-165).
The Inn is ideally located in the heart of downtown, within walking distance of all of the many excellent restaurants, shops and galleries that Todos Santos has to offer. But if you’re like me, you just might find it difficult to tear yourself away from the charming Old World atmosphere of the Inn.
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