3-generation vacation in a close-in, central location
To be clear, I seldom give a 5-star review. I was not disappointed in our week at Casa Colonial. Our 3-generation party of 9, including three young children, had plenty of space and comfortable beds. The rooms are large, and it was nice to have two and a half baths. The large bathroom is accessed through the master bedroom, which is sometimes inconvenient. Using that huge tile shower in the morning was delightful, with the sun streaming in through a big window directly into the shower. (Privacy is not an issue, as the bathroom is on the second floor.) There were plenty of thirsty towels.
The kitchen is large, and well equipped. We used the large citrus juicer each morning to make fresh-squeezed orange juice. There were some basic supplies on hand, and when we arrived, the fridge was stocked with beer, a variety of soft drinks, and a bag of ice....a very nice touch.
In addition to the main 3-bedroom house, there is a casita (I think it's called a palapa because of the thatched roof) at the back of the property that we used for toddler naps. It has a queen bed and a bathroom, and is useful and attractive.
The outdoor area is nice. There is ample outdoor seating and two tables. You can usually find sun or shade, and there are flowers and lemon trees with lots of lemons. It wasn't warm enough in February to get into the unheated pool. A gate kept children from the pool area.
The dining room table was big enough to seat us all with room to spare.
My contacts with the owner were excellent. She spent considerable time on the phone telling me about the house, but also about La Paz, beaches, recreation, shopping, etc. The caretaker arranged (at my request) for the housekeeper to have our first dinner prepared for us when we arrived, which was wonderful. Because we wanted to avoid restaurant waits with small children, we actually had her cook for us five evenings, which she did at her own home and delivered. Nice, but next time I would choose fewer days. We were never sure what it would cost until the end. It was neither cheap nor expensive.
What wasn't perfect? The furniture in the living areas isn't very comfortable, especially the dining room chairs. The house is old, and it's creaky and noisy. The spiral stairway can be risky for kids. I would like more light. Wish the pool had been heated. Larger outdoor tables for eating outside.
Do I recommend it? Yes. There was a lot to like.
If you're there in March, go see the whales!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
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