Just past the military base on Highway One at the north end of Guerrero Negro is The Halfway Inn Hotel and Trailer Park. Many people drive right past as its set off the road about 100 meters, but it's as good as any of the hotels "in town" and has better food (IMO). Plus animals are allowed and welcomed which is not the case for some of the hotels in town.
The former Fonatur owned Desert Inn has finally been sold and is now called The Halfway Inn Hotel & Trailer Park. I've not seen many trailers, but there is a side parking lot that is large enough to house campers, motor homes, and trailers. I can't speak for any "hook up" ammenities but perhaps those are planned for the future.
The new management has begun replacing the vanities with fabricated granite and installing new tile, sinks and toilets in the bathrooms. The entire complex appears to have a new coat of paint (as of 2012).
The floor of the main building still is in need of repair, but the internet seems to be working ok.
The A/C & heater unit can be a bit noisy but the one in our room at least worked. It's not really needed in the winter, but come summer I'm hoping the A/C works.
Prices have increased to 800 Pesos and no discounts to FM2/3 holders as in the past. this may just be due to the value of the peso falling.
But the food is still pretty good and the same staff appears to be remaining to "manage" the hotel.
Like most hotels on Highway One in the Baja, it's nothing special, but it is clean and has good food.
A school group from San Diego came to Guerrero Negro to see whales and the weather was cold and windy so instead of camping, we looked for an affordable motel with a large room. Cowboy Motel is the first motel on the right side coming into Guerrero Negro and they offered us a room with 3 queen size beds and a hide a bed for 600 pesos...a great price! The room was extremely clean, water hot and they brought extra towels, shampoo etc for us.
The restaurant at the hotel was fantastic too...the breakfast was terrific and fast with excellent service.
The owner made sure everything was great and he even arranged for our group to get a tour of the salt works on our way to the lagoon the next morning. Even though we camped at the lagoon the next night, he offered us showers the next day at his motel!!
This is a new Motel and has 12 rooms, doubles are only 400 pesos and just lovely with beautiful furniture and architechture and great service.....I'd highly recommend it to anyone but does get full at night especially in whale season...they also arrange tours to the whales with their package at $100 for room, breakfast, transport to and from lagoon and whale trip, salt works tour...excellent deal and great personal service...the owner takes you and he used to manage the whale tours at the lagoon so knows his stuff...tell em shari sent you!
we liked the personal service provided by the owner Chavelo and the nice rooms economically priced. The tours they run to the whale watching lagoon are fantastic and include the salt works.
After being refused at Caracoles because we travel with our 5 pound Yorkshire Terrier, we decided to try the hotel across the street. The restaurant at the Hotel Malarrimo had been recommended so we stopped and asked if they allowed pets.
Apparently in the past they did not, but one look at Mandy and we were accepted.
The rooms are very basic, but clean and the beds comfortable.
Good food at the restaurant
We didn't stay since they would not budge on the No Dogs rule at the time, but others in our caravan south did stay. While the outside was newly painted and the facility actually looked new, it apparently was a make over. It was clean however.
Recent information from another traveler indicates they may have changed their attitude toward dogs. That traveler was allowed to stay with a large dog.
About the same as the other hotels in town.
WE STAYED ONE NIGHT ON THE DRIVE UP THE PENINSULA AND LIKED IT SO MUCH WE STAYED AGAIN ON THE DRIVE BACK HOME, and I have stayed a couple more times since.
They have Double, Queen and even a 'Junior King Suite', with varying prices. The first 2 times, we stayed in the Jr. King Suite. The room was nicely decorated (unusual for the area), with a wonderful bed with made-to-order bed covers and matching towels.
Very comfortable and a nice-sized room, as well as a small sitting room with large sofa and additional TV. Good size bathroom, nicely tiled.
Best of all, it had an air-conditioner that also produces HEAT, and as it was really cold when we were there, it was a great find!! I know of no other small motels in any part of the Baja Peninsula with heating.
In the reception area, they provided coffee, computers, and lots of whale-watching info and tours.
They also accepted several credit cards and many places do not.
They also have several other rooms which are more like the norm throughout the region and are quite OK, but the SUITES are especially nice when you want additional comforts!
Having either air cooling or heating as needed is a plus.
During whale-watching season, (Jan-Mar) I would strongly advise having reservations, as the area gets booked out early with groups.
Guerrero Negro is not the place to find luxury (or even 4-star accommodations). Most of the places have hot water but no heat in the room so it can be an uncomfortable experience if you are not accustomed to the cold. I heard the La Pinta does have heat in the rooms.
The typical rural Mexican motel- no heat in the room, some have hot water, plenty of outside noise round the clock but the people are very nice.
Guerrero Negro offers lots of accommodations, and they are very affordable, especially if you are travelling with more people.
We saw some cars outside the city, debating whether or not they should pass what it looked like another military checkpoint (but it's not), but don't be fooled: don't spend the night at the Hotel La Pinta (unless you have the $$$ to spend), right in the outskirts of the city, you can find more hotels if you go into the city, and trust me, they are much cheaper and had the basics: tv, bed, hot water.
We stayed at one hotel (forgot the name), and we paid about 30USD for 3 people... it had 2 beds, tv, hot water, parking lot -- the basics, and our car was still there the next day! ehehehhehee
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