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Desert Inn Loreto

3.0 out of 5.0
  • Free WiFi in rooms and ...
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Recent guest reviews

Shocked to know that this Desert Inn is owned and operated by the government of Mexico. 7 friends and I (fishing trip) took a chance on it and discovered it was all we had hoped for and about half the price we expected. Beautiful facilities: a waterfront location on the sand beach of the Sea of Cortez...perfect. Staff was friedly and very helpful. The restaurant’s food was sub-par but the wait staff was frienly, accomodating and cheerful. I’m going back!

My husband and I met some friends in Loreto for a weekend visit. We stayed in the Desert Inn and found it to be well located and very clean. The rooms are very spacious with good amenities; shower, coffee, blankets, pillows, etc... The restaurant was good and the employees were great! I would definitely stay here again!

Excellent clean room with wonderful views, just on the northern edge of town. Very little English spoken. There is an attractive swimming pool but weather wasn't suitable for swimming. It was a real bargain.

We really enjoyed this hotel. It is right on the beach and walking distance to the Malecon. There was one other couple staying there so we were really surprised no one else was staying there! Only downside was no one that worked there could speak any English. Not even a little bit. Otherwise, we really enjoyed the breakfast in the restaurant and the stay was very good.

We were hoping to recreate our wonderful experience at Desert Inn in San Ignacio. Not so!!!! The staff could have cared less that we were there, asked for a ground level room, got one on second floor because there were only two rooms occupied so they just put us next to the other rooms for their convenience! Went to eat in their restaurant and were given old chicken because that was all they had! Will never return! We do not need fancy but travel for many reasons and dealing with people who are not trained to be happy that you are there will support our decision not to return!

A surprise at $47 a night for my honey and our two pups. I thought it would be twice that. That was a posted price, so not an odd moment. Nice pool, great restaurant and service. Huge double porch area. Room had a lot of space. Open a sliding glass door to the covered porch and walk on the very long beach until you're tired, then turn and go back. At the end of the malecón beach, so less noise. Wake up to a gorgeous sunrise pouring in. Hardly anyone there when we were there in February, 2017. A very short walk downtown along the beach. Wifi was only in reception area, so more quality time in our room and brief checking emails over breakfast. When we arrived back home in Oregon I went online to see how much a round trip airfare was. I want to come back and spend more time. I love Loreto.

This is a Baja style resort just N of the Loreto Malecon meaning it is a bit rough but has all the amenities you would expect(pools, restaurant, bar). If you get lucky as we were, you might meet some Mexican Tele-Novella stars, since during our last stay they were filming at the resort. The Desert Inn has buildings that house up to around 24 rooms and several 4 plexes that house the accommodations we chose. For around $60 US you get a pet friendly suite that include 2 kings, fireplace, entry, nice bath, and a deck to take in the Sea of Cortez. Oh, air conditioning too.

My wife and I needed a short break from the heat of south Texas and from work. So we headed impromptu to Santa Fe, one of our favorite resting places within driving distance. Although we had utilized the spa at Loretto, we have never stayed there. The other favored places were sold out on the nights we were going to be there. So we took what appeared a small risk and stayed at Loretto. We enjoyed the restaurant (I'd rate it high), and the ambiance of the place, but felt the rooms were a little tired. The mattress we had was worn and they use a synthetic sheets that mock high-thread-count sheets on the bed, and the covers simply can't stay on. So for three nights I fought keeping the light blanket they provide (for us who despise duvets) on the sheet. We unfortunately were given a room above the restaurant and on Monday morning the dumpsters being emptied and the relentless dumping of glass beer bottles from on container to the next ruined our sleep before daylight. Frustrating that management in hospitality doesn't think of "rest of their guests" as being connected to making money. Dumping glass bottles before daylight outside the guest rooms is just inexcusable, as is cutting corners on nice cotton sheets that show wear, for a nylon variety that last like a Ford Taurus. I understand if that is a management decision to save money, but the room rates should reflect "bargain", not "premium". In fairness, the hotel is a nice place but attention to guest comfort is lacking some. I wouldn't rate it high for rest on the west side of the hotel near the restaurant, but i'd rate it extremely high for convenience to all things in town. If you can sacrifice a few of the small things that are big thugs to me, then this is your place. Not sure if it's a corporate or local management issue that cuts corners on quality (bed sheets in particular), but it's an issue all the same for those who value quality and a good night's sleep. Yes, I'm spoiled I know, but we paid for quality and got a little less than portrayed. Had the website said "synthetic sheets" and "loud early morning noise" we'd have stayed elsewhere. The team there is helpful and kind, but there is just a disconnect with details. I'd place my bet on a corporate decision:-)

I liked the hotel. Great pools and grounds. Rooms plain, but large and clean, and hot water. Even fireplace, not sure if ever used. Nice staff, views of the water. A short walk on the beach to the malecon. The beach is little rocky with grey sand, but that is the way beaches in Loreto are. Breakfast was fine, lunch turned out little strange (my pesto spagheti had no pesto at all and were broken into smaller pieces), but who cares, sitting by a beautiful pool. Wifi was only available right by the reception, but again, who cares about wifi in a place like that.

Conveniently located at the end of the malecon in Loreto, the Desert Inn is a nice, back-front property. The beach itself is a bit dirty, rather than sandy, but the view is still beautiful. The rooms are very large, bright, clean, and we've been pleased every time we've stayed here. The hotel's status as "pet-friendly" seems a bit uncertain... On our stay in January this year we had no problem at all... When we returned in March the guy checking us in was very unsure about the dogs. He went into the back room to make a phone call, then told me that I had to pay an extra 100 pesos (cash) that he said was for the ladies who clean the rooms... Uh huh... Okay. It's not that much extra to pay for a dog fee, and I was happy to be able to stay at the hotel with our dogs. Typical of Mexican hotels, wi-fi did not work in the rooms, but it was acceptable in the common area near the front desk. As long as this hotel remains pet-friendly we will continue to stay here because we like the rooms and the location.

Calle francisco 1 Madero S/N Loreto BCS

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Desert Inn Loreto is a short stroll from Civic Square and Municipal Palace. This 3-star hotel has 47 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's family restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Start each morning with continental breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to noon.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 32-inch a TV with cable channels. Other standard amenities include a furnished patio and a desk.

Property features

Guests of Desert Inn Loreto enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and laundry facilities. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with sightseeing, directions, and local dining recommendations.

Room options

Room (Hacienda)

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Villa (Villa)

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

52.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 96 reviews

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.