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Tesoros de Mexico: Rosarito Beach Hotel

Rosarito Beach Hotel Entrance

Sometimes the obvious is right under our nose. Case in point… The Rosarito Beach Hotel….How many times have I driven down to Rosarito to spend a few days chillaxin at their great spa and staying in a splendid beachfront suite. I’ll tell you, at least a dozens times a year.

It has an amazing history. It was built in 1925 by a Los Angeles business group and then sold to Manuel Barbachano.

Manuel Barbachano

Manuel Barbachano is a fascinating man in his own right. Not only a visionary but an entrepreneur and a shrewd businessman. He built what was to become the first electric and phone company in Tijuana. He also bought a small 12 room hunting and fishing lodge called “Rosarito Shores” (Now The Rosarito Beach Hotel).

He also married the beautiful and talented actress Maria Louisa Chabert and built her a mansion

Casa Playa Spa

that has now become the world class Playa Casa Spa. Pretty soon Hollywood’s elite, actors and actresses, producers and directors were frequenting the hot spot just south of the border… Not to be a name dropper but… Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Orson Wells, Clark Gable and Kim Novak, Gregory Peck. Hollywood stars and filmmakers were attracted by The Rosarito Beach Hotel’s authentic Mexican ambiance and impeccable service.

Shopping at Rosarito Beach Hotel

I always look forward to spending a couple of days at the Hotel which is very centrally located, There is a little shopping passage (facing the street that’s really cute) where you will find arts and crafts, leather works authentic Mexican pottery even a really great Art Gallery owned by Paco Garcia and his wife Maria Hernandez. They are both amazing artists in their open right and show their work all over the world. One of the main reasons I visit The Rosarito Beach Hotel is because of  the Playa Casa Spa

Casa Playa Spa

which is amazing. The tile work alone is worth the trek. One of the first things I do when I arrive is make an appointment for a facial, massage, manicure and pedicure. Take a walk on the beach and then get ready for a late dinner at either Calafia which is about a seven minute drive or walk to Portofino a truly amazing Italian restaurant. There’s a great little Taco stand right next door so Gee what to do? Whatever I decide

Portofino Restaurant

I top it off at the little piano bar downstairs!

I love the old hotel rooms!! There is a one bedroom suite with a little kitchen and winding stairs to a loft. That is my favorite! There is a new chapter in the history of this beautiful hotel, a 17-story, 271-suite and luxury oceanfront addition called the Rosarito Beach Condo-Hotel. I have not stayed there yet but am going to check it out on my next visit!  I’ll take pictures and let you know. Stay tuned!!!

Rosarito Beach

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2 responses

  1. Great report on the Hotel Rosarito! Their food is excellent.
    Sadly, the Portofino closed its doors almost a year ago. The Calafia Hotel restaurant will reopen soon.

    April 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  2. patti smith

    im coming this time,it looks and sounds great

    June 7, 2012 at 1:58 am

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