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.
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Very stylish hotel; nicely appointed rooms, great restaurant on premises, fun beach bar; one of the nicest pool. It is right at the beach but swimming can be challenging depending on the wind and swells.
Very relaxing stay.
Great, personalized service even before we arrived, courtesy of David the concierge.
Friendly and efficient service throughout. If you want to spend all day, every day on property you can. If you want to come and go (as we did) then the staff will help with whatever is needed (beach towels, arranging excursions etc). I loved the easy access and lack of fuss - for example no valet parking which I hate!
Rooms are simply furnished but v comfortable. Good a/c. VERY comfortable balcony furniture (we never went near the pool!). Our ocean king had an amazing view and was perfect for our preference to be “out of the way” in a quiet, corner room. But if you like being in the social hub that’s possible too.
Beach is wild and undeveloped and spectacular. We saw whales from the shore.
Good quality complimentary coffee in the morning. We ate one dinner and one breakfast in the restaurant and both were high quality and tasty. Nice drinks at the bar. Housekeeping high standard, nice shower products, bed was comfy.
Quiet at night despite 24h pool access.
Dog friendly - this may or may not be your thing. This relates to the one and only thing I’d deduct a bit of a “star” for - the hotel were looking after a former stray dog a guest had “adopted” whilst there and was waiting for (presumably) clearance to travel. This thing wandered the grounds leaving “dog sign” wherever it wanted. Not that it’s their job but the staff were not the quickest at cleaning it up. Dog excrement on lawns and the strip of nice sand on the hotel terrace isn’t nice.
I would stay here again. Todos Santos is nice - best of the local restaurant scene is the “mom and pop” owned places for sure. And Benno, which is v upscale.
this place is very nice ! Just beach front doesn't get any better . The food is delicious , try the ceviche . The service is nice and they will try to please you whenever possible . Great for an afternoon drink
My wife and I as well as another couple ventured down to Todos Santos from Austin, via a short two-hour southwest flight from Houston. We had picked Hotel San Cristobal based on a previous great experience at another bunkhouse property El Cosmico in Marfa. If you have traveled to Mexico or Central America before and rented a car, you may be familiar with the insurance shakedown at the car rental facility (often equal or more expensive than the car itself). Thankfully we had leveraged the Hotel San Cristobal concierge David, who not only got us the Hotel's negotiated rate which included the insurance, but we also picked up the car from the private aircraft terminal minus the hustle and bustle of the rental car facilities. Departing SJD, Cabo's international airport you immediately get on the 1D toll road which is a safe and beautiful drive across the desert to the Pacific and then up the coastline to Todos Santos, the majestic artist community and home of Hotel San Cristobal. Use printed directions from the hotel or Waze which tends to be better in Mexico or Central America vs other mapping applications. Upon arriving at the boutique luxury hotel we were greeted by the most delightful front desk agent Jessikya, who checked us in and personally escorted us to our poolside king suite. The room and decor was well decorated, cool and comfortable and became our nighttime oasis since we spent our days surfing, eating and drinking poolside or wandering the friendly shops, restaurants & bars of Todos Santos. This place is honestly heaven. The hotel, the staff, the town and it's people all come together to form what is quite possibly the most relaxing vacation my wife and I have ever had. The hotel grounds are oceanfront, with the mountains on the rear of the property. The sun rises over the mountains to the east, and sets over the Pacific (directly in the center of the pool during our stay) which provides breathtaking vistas. You can do as much or as little as you like at the hotel. We enjoyed full moon yoga, copious amounts of pool & beach time and countless delicious meals in the hotel restaurant and while relaxing poolside. Alex and the pool service staff is friendly, attentive and accommodating to whatever needs you may have for food & beverage. The food is really, really good. I honestly didn't expect to eat at the hotel so often, but when returning from surfing or a trip in town we often wanted to relax at the hotel and with the food being so good and affordable, there was no reason to eat anywhere else. It is worth having a Cadillac Margarita at Hotel California in town. My wife arranged for us to meet with a shaman during our stay via David the concierge, I was a bit skeptical going in but it was a great experience that I do recommend. The couple that we traveled with hiked to the private sea lion cove (1hr hike) that is next to the hotel and they loved it. Everything was beautiful, Everything was perfect, Everyone was so friendly, It was very safe travel and stay. We can't wait to go back. I could continue to go on and on about how great this hotel and staff are, but I think I have made that point. Don't hesitate one second, this is a very special place.
My daughter and I do a trip every fall and had never been to the Baja coast, being huge fans of the Bunkhouse Group (the el Cosmico, Hotel San Jose and St. Cecelia are favorites) we were pretty sure we would be in good hands. We had no plans beyond enjoying each other's company, reading, relaxing and taking advantage of some of the extras the hotel offered.
Prior to arriving we were put in touch with David who handles guest services. He sent us a list of activities for that week and we booked a cooking class, yoga, massages, a chef's dinner and an off site shaman experience (not part of hotel staff.)
We arrived on a Sunday and the place was alive with guests, the pool chairs mostly claimed, the bar vibrant with activity, the staff taking care of everyone with a smile.
Our room was an ocean king with large glass doors, an indoor and outdoor shower, beautiful hand-woven bedspread, suite area but still minimalist furnishing true to Bunkhouse's roots. (By Tuesday it was just a few guest left and the bar started creating drinks for everyone to try and vote on as to if they should be put on the menu. I doubt they do this every Tuesday but it was a fun perk.)
We changed and spent the rest of the day by the pool reading and relaxing with an additional quick dip in the Pacific. The coastline is stunning with a huge cliff right at the edge of the beach where the waves crash with a loud gush. We ate cerviche at the bar-- the fish is delivered right from the boat and enjoyed the frozen rose (frose) and margaritas. (The local, small fishing boats launch from the beach in front of the hotel—it’s amazing to watch how they enter and exit the sea.)
Our cooking class was great fun with sous chef Jorge who taught us the complicated task of making mole and the easy way to create guacamole. We laughed a lot and then got to enjoy the meal we had helped create in the empty dining room (Benne only serves breakfast and lunch) while the staff prepped the room for evening service. The rest of our stay we experienced a tasting menu created and presented by Chef Alex Torres (HSC is hosting a chef a month with wine tasting during the fall and maybe beyond.), amazing massages that can be booked thru David, yoga classes, hikes to see the seals on the other side of the cliff, a walk down the beach to the other cliff which is way further than it looks and a bit difficult because the sand is either too hot or too deep (of course going a mid-day is not the smartest move), we went into Todos Santos which was pretty much buttoned up because September is considered the off season-- to me it is the perfect time to go.) We also just sat around the pool or the library, swam, relaxed, listened to LPs and read-- and about the second day we noticed that almost everyone was reading and they were reading real books-- not e-readers-- and then about the third day we realized that we hadn't seen a kid anywhere-- it was during the school year and Sunday-Thursday stay.
My daughter signed up for a daybreak session with Saul the Shaman-- it was an enjoyable, enlightening and maybe a little cosmic adventure especially sitting on a mountain among majestic cacti with the sun rising on one side and the full moon setting on the other. This is not a hotel experience but the hotel will help arrange it.
Is Hotel San Cristobal for everyone? Probably not-- it is secluded down a very bumpy dirt road, the rooms are extremely comfortable with great robes, plush towels, tiled floors but it isn't a luxury hotel per se-- it's a beautifully designed – I kept feeling like I was in ad as I sat by the beautiful pool -- but also minimalist in nature. Actually that’s the key—nature rules the design and it is gorgeous. As I said, there were no kids during our stay and I'm not sure how they would interact with the experience. The surf is very rough and the undertow is extremely strong-- plus there's a 3-4 foot drop to get to it. The food and drinks are delicious but there is no mac & cheese, the staff is always available and helpful and as was pointed out to me almost all of them were new to hospitality and were learning on the job. Each one I spoke to loved his/her job and the opportunities given to them to advance to the next level. Also, I believe the hotel has been opened for less than 2 years-- so they are still finding what works best and constantly upgrading their services.
We are already planning our next visit, which we hope will be during the whale migration (Nov-March).