Hotel San Cristóbal Baja
What We Love
- A brand-new boutique hotel on the beachfront in a 'pueblo magico' in Baja California SurThe surfer-approved waves of Todos Santos, one of Mexico’s 83 pueblos magicos
- The location between Punta Lobos and the Sierra de la Laguna foothills
- Savoring exquisite cuisine at the hotel's Baja-Mediterranean restaurant
- Enjoying an after-dinner mezcal in front of the fire pit at the poolside bar
What To Know
- Guestrooms are stocked with Malin + Goetz bath products, kimono robes, and Tivoli radios
- The property is dog-friendly
- Free WiFi works well
Get beachy in Baja at Hotel San Cristóbal Baja. Set at the point where local fishermen launch their panga boats into the ocean, this charming new stay offers you gorgeous sunrises and sunsets and beautiful Pacific tides. To help you appreciate them even better, there’s also a shore-facing Mexican and Mediterranean restaurant, plus a mirador (seaside lookout) with a pool and bar. If you need a new outfit to go with your new surroundings, pick up beachwear – among other carefully curated items – at the shop.
If you step off the grounds for a bit, you’ll discover that things are as beautiful off the beach. Todos Santos is a quiet town with an ancient history, a charming atmosphere that helped make it one of just 83 Pueblos Magicos in Mexico and a rich agricultural tradition; as you drive around, you’ll encounter fresh basil, papayas, chili and avocados. You might hike or bike in the Sierra de la Laguna foothills, take a class in traditional Mexican medicine or go for a fish-taco crawl. That said, if you do head beachward again, the above tides lead to fantastic waves – hence the town’s popularity as a surfing resort, for more than 50 years.
All 32 rooms are peaceful, airy, light-filled abodes, channeling the town’s peaceful atmosphere. Coco-Mat mattresses are handmade from natural fibers and dressed in Sferra linens, and soothing bath amenities are by Malin + Goetz.Mountain King rooms, on the second floor, overlook the Sierra de la Laguna mountains and offer indoor and outdoor lounge seating. Poolside King with view rooms look out over the pool and the Pacific beyond; they boast a private patio with a sliding screen. For a spot right on the beach, stay in the Ocean King room. These oceanfront abodes also include a private patio.
Amenities- Limited room service (fees apply)?- Air conditioning and ceiling fan- Unlimited complimentary filtered drinking water- Tivoli radio- Custom kimono bathrobes- Writing desk- Seating area
Fill up on Mexican-Mediterranean fare at Benno restaurant and bar. This spot opens daily for breakfast and dinner, facing Punta Lobos and near local fields, so you can see basil, green beans and strawberries being hauled in, while you dine on dishes of other fresh and local ingredients. Cocktails emphasize small-batch tequilas and mezcals, or you can order a Mexican beer or biodynamic wine. A second bar sits on the mirador that holds the pool, serving pan dulce and coffee for breakfast and cocktails in the later hours.
Todos Santos is one of just 83 designated Pueblos Magicos in Mexico, and you’ll have no problem seeing why: This town is charming and so very peaceful, as well as set directly on the beach. Watch the Punta Lobos fishermen head out on their panga boats, surf the Pacific waves, hike and mountain bike in the Sierra de la Laguna foothills, see the seasonal gray- and humpback-whale migration, and watch for some of the 150 local bird species. At the hotel, have a dip in the pool, pick up an artisanal ware at the wonderfully curated shop, or find a new book at the library.
How to Get There
We stayed for just one night before renting a house in Todos Santos, but are so glad we did. What a relaxing, comfortable and beautiful hotel. The setting is awesome- amazing sunsets- but all the great details of the design and decor of hotel are also wonderful. Ocean front room worth the $! Cocktails and lunch at pool bar restaurant were great, and dinner at Benno very good.
This was my daughter's and my second visit and my husband's first and we were curious as to how he would react to the area-- never fear he LOVED it! Starting with the beautiful landscape and architecture, the comfy well appointed rooms, the gorgeous pool and best of all the wonderful staff. There is plenty to do in the area but it is hard to leave this little piece of paradise-- the food is delicious in Benno and at the poolside bar, yoga is offered almost every day, schedule a cooking class, horseback riding on the beach, hike up to see the seals (bring closed toed shoes) and at certain times of the year watch whales from your balcony but best of all you can just sit by the pool or in the biblioteca and read. I noticed again that almost everyone was reading hard copies of books and magazines and staying off their electronic devices-- except for a couple of folks that found it necessary to conduct their conference calls by the pool and on speaker....most everyone was there to get away from the chaos of the world.
I've had friends ask, "how safe did you feel?" The people of Mexico and especially the Baja area are lovely, welcoming souls and I never once wondered, "how safe am I?" The only thing I thought was, "How lucky am I to be in such a magical place."
Things to bring-- sunscreen, a hat, books, refillable water bottle, and an easy going attitude. We also brought $500 USD in cash because if you go into town some shops prefer cash and of course tips for housekeeping are nice-- you do not need plug adapters but don't forget your chargers.
Things they provide-- filtered water, delicious fruit, morning coffee, afternoon iced tea, wireless, and amazing service on all levels.
We can't wait to go back!
My wife and I have stayed all over the world and this place was heaven. Is it in an isolated place that doesn’t have much around it... god yes! Have you ever wondered what paradise looks like and more importantly without a ton of people in it? This is the place for you. I’ve read reviews of rude staff and isolation... couldn’t be further from the truth! Besides the majority of the staff remembering us by name and constantly asking us if we need anything (not overbearing at all) its the closest to heaven we’ve come to! I will say the hidden gem and super star of the whole show is the unknown (to us) executive chef! Absolutely incredible and borderline spiritual meal experiences! Outside of all the things mentioned they offer personalized massage therapists and free yoga! This place is one of a kind and we absolutely will be returning! Thank you Liz Lambert for your curated beauty.