I spent two months living in Loreto, Baja California Sur, and I stayed at a few different hotels while I was there. Hotel 1697 was my favorite budget option for several reasons, and I highly recommend it next time you’re passing through Baja.
Hotel: Hotel 1697
Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Loreto is about halfway up the Sea of Cortez side of Baja California Sur, about a 6-hour drive from Cabo. There is a plaza in the center of Loreto, and Hotel 1697 is tucked into the northeast corner.
This is great for two reasons. First, it’s right in the middle of town, a couple of blocks from the sea, and everything is within walking distance. Second, because it’s tucked into the corner, it’s actually quite private.
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It’s all I can do to not talk about the craft beer they brew here. It was the first thing I tried and was happily surprised at its quality. Focusing on the hotel though, this place is adorable. There are only four rooms, and mine was bright and clean and smelled good. I was immediately comfortable. For less than $40 a night, it is a wonderful value.
The four rooms are adjacent to the restaurant and brewery. There are two in the front facing the plaza and two in the back facing the parking area, which is nestled among palm trees. Each room has a terrace and table, which is where I sit as I type this. I love working outside with the WiFi, which is strong enough for Skype calls. Each room is equipped with a coffee maker, a TV, comfortable beds, and spacious remodeled bathrooms. My room is in the back, and I appreciate this for the quiet and privacy.
What I Loved
My favorite parts of this place are the owners, Norma and Kieran, their son Patricio, and their three beautiful rescue dogs. Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to meet them during your stay. I am a picky sleeper, but I loved the bed in my room and slept quite well. I felt very safe, and the staff at the hotel and restaurant all treated me very well. Speaking of the restaurant, guests get a 10% discount, you must try the craft beer and Mexican pizza. It is one of the best restaurants in Loreto.
What I Didn’t Love
The walls are a bit thin, so it is easy to hear everything that happens in the room directly next to mine, although I hear nothing from the other side. I just use my earplugs at night and it’s no big deal.
What’s Not to Miss
There is no shortage of things to do in Loreto, like whale watching, kayaking, visiting the mission in San Javier, fishing, or just relaxing. There are many great restaurants as well. As far as 1697 goes, just make sure you try the beer and pizza.
Who Should Go
Since the rooms are somewhat small, 1697 is perfect for solo travelers or couples, although some of the rooms can fit up to 4 people. They do not allow pets. They do have a safe, enclosed parking area, so feel free to drive your rental car here.
How to Book
Rooms start at around $37, you can book on Booking.com.