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
Oh man. Where to start?
We just returned from our 25th anniversary trip at the San Cristobal and we miss it already. Sure, as you can read from other reviews, the property is just shockingly beautiful. The design, artistry, and amenities are all top-notch. You can read about the robes, the filtered water, and the platters of fruit placed around the hotel (Man, THOSE PEACHES). You'll hear about s'mores on the beach, the crystal clear pool, the showers, and the hiking trails (go see the Sea Lions).
But, this quick review is all about the people...both at the hotel and in Todos Santos. First, the staff at this hotel is simply unbelievable. Every person was super attentive and would spend as much or as little time as we needed. They made recommendations, led us in yoga, told us about their journey to Todos Santos, and made us feel like family. They made this trip for us. Jessyka, Bruno, Angel, Sofia, Emilie...thank you. We can't wait to see you again.
Next, and even though you have to leave the property for a bit to experience them, the people in Todos Santos (and Pescadero) were the friendliest I've ever met on vacation. From the owners of the shops to Frederik at Teatro 6 to the guys at Chill n Grill and Mario's Surf School, everyone made us feel at home.
In short, if you are considering coming to this area and to this property, stop reading and book it. It's worth the price...and the whole time you are here you'll be trying to figure out when you can come back.
Such a beautiful, hidden gem. Food is delicious, decor is perfection, the pool, the beach....we sat by the pool and watched whales play in the Pacific! Paradise!!!!! We would (and have) highly recommend this charming hotel to anyone looking for an off the beaten path paradise. Close to Todos Santos for a day of exploring or a night out, but why would you want to leave!
I think my friends thought I was a little nuts when I said I wanted total tranquility and relaxation for my bachelorette party, and I think the hotel was a bit nervous about hosting all 14 of us, but holy. frickin. smokes. This place is magic. If you are looking to completely unplug, wake up when the sunrises and see more stars than you've ever seen in your life before heading to bed, this is the place to be. Also - the pictures do not do this place justice, which is hilarious to type, as the the photos are gorgeous.
I've stayed at most of the Bunkhouse Properties and knew what to expect - in the best way possible - total minimal boho luxury. And even though there are minimal elements, comfort is not sacrificed.
While we didn't eat at the restaurant, we spent days and days at the pool eating up all of the guac, queso, tacos, salads, and drinking the entire beverage menu. Everything we ate was delicious and the prices are very reasonable. Some of my friends partook in morning yoga and said the class was fab. The pool and hot tub are INCREDIBLE. And the fact that they're open 24 hours is even better, not that we were ever up too late, but sipping wine in the hot tub at midnight under a sea of stars is pure bliss.
David, the concierge, is a GEM. I HIGHLY suggest anyone and everyone going to this hotel reach out to him. He helped me set up shuttles to/from the airport/hotel for all my guests, as well as dinners (with transportation) at Jazzmange and Hierbabuena - both were FANTASTIC as well as a full day excursion (with transportation) that included off-site breakfast/lunch/dinner, swimming with whale sharks and sea lions and eating fresh ceviche on one of the most beautiful private beaches I have ever seen in my entire life (and I've traveled all throughout Southeast Asia and the Caribbean). That excursion which was UNREAL.
All-in-all, I can not WAIT to go back. It's a matter of WHEN, not IF. This was one of the most magical experiences I've had in a long time. If you want to go here - DO IT.