1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Check-in: 1:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We had a wonderful time! The condo was fantastic with beautiful views from sunrise to sunset. The beachfront was amazing, so quiet and peaceful . Everyone at the complex was friendly and engaging. It’s definitely one of our best vacation spots and hope to return. Thank you Mary for your hospitality!
I loved sharing my little slice of heaven with you and Marcus. So glad you had a wonderful time and see you again soon. :0)
Gorgeous ocean view. Great space. Pool was lovely
WORST PLACE WE HAVE EVER STAYED
This was our fifth visit to the Mar y Sol. We had previously stayed in three other units. They were all nice and we had a fabulous time. When I walked into this unit I was horrified. While the kitchen, washer and dryer and bathroom were fine the furnishings looked like they had been picked up at a dumpster or on the side of the road. I can’t figure out how to post pictures so I will try to describe this place.
I was coughing and thought maybe the pillows were dusty so I took the pillowcases off ...they were so stained I wouldn’t have let my dog sleep on them, there was even dried blood on one. SO GROSS. I threw them in the washer and dryer.
Under the sink there was a rusted old toaster oven,the couch was so smelly and run down and the only other furniture in the living room were folding chairs.
There was one washcloth, no dresser to put away clothes.
No lights to read,by no headboard just an old bed with an orange bedspread blue sheets and a maroon bed skirt
The pots and pans were few and in pretty bad shape.
I had a bad feeling when I did not get any information on how to get into the unit I emailed the owner and she told me the unit would be unlocked ...that was it. There were no instructions on what to do when you leave there was no handyman to call if there was a problem. In each of the other units we have been given a code on how to get into the place, there was a property manager we could call if there was a problem, guest books, margarita glasses there were beautiful colorful amenities to make you feel like you were on vacation.
It was so bad I actually cried. I contacted the owner and she seemed very surprised. I don’t know what her standards are but she should not be in this business. We actually ended up taking vacations from the place on several occasions and staying in a hotel because I had such a hard time sleeping there.
We actually tried to move but all the other condos were rented. We contacted one of the property managers that we really like but they had nothing.
This was actually the worst place I have ever stayed. I am going to be filing A complaint with VRBO.
Dear Mary, I honestly don't know what your emotional problem with our condo was and tried to help right away. the first day, I responded quickly and offered a full refund. You told me right away that you didn't want to leave. First, you accused me of misrepresenting the queen sized bed. You said it was a double. I thought possibly you were right and measured it when I got back to Mexico. It is queen sized. There is a reading light next to the bed. There is no headboard. This is clearly seen in the pictures that are on the advertisement of the condo. I looked at the pillows and they are not as you described and had been replaced as new within the past two years. There is a love/hate relationship with the couch. I have guests who have returned many years who have loved the comfort of the couch and that it's so easily slept on. One person's trash is another's treasure, it seems. While there, you complained to me about the "shabbiness" of the hand made cabinets. These are exactly as pictured in the advertisements for our condo and are not IKEA, they are solid wood and clean and have a hand-honed charm about them to most people. The decision was made to leave out a dresser because there is plenty of room and shelving for clothing and other storage in the bedroom closet. There is a card for property management on the refrigerator and you can see from my response history that I respond quickly when contacted for any reason. I will admit that after it was made clear that there was nothing I could do to help you be satisfied other than offering a full refund, which you didn't want, I didn't respond to your requests for a partial refund for hotel expenses when you chose to travel to other locations in Baja. We DID find the window leak that had caused some of the wall damage that was hidden behind the couch after you left and it's been repaired and painted. I've been doing this for many years and have a solid history of happy guests. These condos were built 30 years ago and though I have replaced all appliances, counters, and floor tiles, it still has what some people consider Mexican charm with hand made furniture and cabinets. Mar y Sol is not a hotel and instead is a private property. This is a seaside experience near town, but at a swim/snorkel beach for a lower price than many that allows for a full kitchen, pool and easy beach access. Most people see it as a good deal and have come multiple times and sent friends to stay with us.
Worn out condo with little privacy
My boyfriend and I loved Los Barriles and our time there. Mary and her husband seemed like lovely people and we appreciated their quickly responding to us.
We did NOT enjoy our stay at the condo though. We stayed at another condo at Mar Y Sol before and our expectations were minimal especially given the price and the last minute booking.
This condo is for sale and is in dire need of improvements and some charm. It is uncomfortable and gives an impression of a worn out and an uncared for place.
Kitchen cabinets and bedroom closets are cluttered with the cheapest possible utensils, dishes, towels and linens.
Our biggest issues were with the couch in the living room that is so worn out and soiled with sunblock, etc. that it frankly belongs in the dumpster. The couch and several hard chairs are the only seating in the living room. Some of the electrical outlets are partially pulled out of the wall and there is no decent mugs or dishes in the kitchen. The closet doors in the bedroom squeak, the screen doors to the patio were off tracks and we could not get them to run smoothly. The pillows in the bedroom were disgusting because of the stains and the smell of sweat. The ant traps didn’t work/were too old and the place filled out with ants within hours of our arrival even before we brought any food into the condo.
The location of the unit within the complex is probably the worst also: this condo has almost no privacy: we could not open the curtains to the side windows without neighbors looking directly into the unit. If you are planning to enjoy the sunsets and the sounds of the waves in the evening, be prepared that large groups of people gather and play music every night directly below the unit and look directly into the unit from the patio around the pool.
Great snorkeling beach but Condo is very outdated.
Great location but needs an update. Bedroom has no dresser and is using dinner trays for the nightstands. Fold out chairs for any extra seating in the main area. Fans only have one speed which was high and it was hard to sleep.
Great place to snorkel!
Happy you stayed with us Bonnie, but sorry the condo isn't up to your standards. You might enjoy one of the other choices to stay in our area.
My website has most listed, I think. There's trade offs no matter where you stay. Just decide what's most important to your experience.
There are some much higher priced, more recently updated places you can stay on the beach. Mar y Sol condos aren't the newest ones, but being the first built is why we are on the beach that everyone drives to for snorkeling. You're right about the location being ideal. You can also stay in nicer places off the beach and drive or walk to the beach. You can find more expensive places on the beach, but still need to drive to THIS reef. We used to have a chest of drawers but then there was the complaint that there wasn't enough room for luggage and the suggestion was made that people would use the shelves in the closet. Regardless, we have updated our little piece of heaven with new counters, floors, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, fridge, stove and washer/dryer. We have considered more upgrades, but that will raise the rental prices and we have enough return visitors that are good with it as-is, that for now this is where we are. It's always a challenge to decide where to spend the money on a place shared with others. Glad you enjoyed the location and hope you come back to our beautiful area again some day. Mary/bajamary
When you stay at Mar Y Sol you have the Sea of Cortez at your feet.....literally! Can not beat the location of this condo. The views are spectacular, the sunrises are breathtaking and the snorkelling just steps from the condo is great! Have stayed here before and will stay again.
Anyone who is immobile may struggle with the steps to get to and from the beach or the pool...but it is on the same level as the parking lot. It is a welcoming group of homeowners in this complex, with a happy hour nightly at 5pm at the pool deck palapa :)
The amenities are more than enough for a comfortable stay. The WiFi works, but the only negative is that the stereo and TV in the condo are too old to connect to modern devices (no HDMI).
This condo will be on my list of places to come back to.
So happy you loved our little secret get away and we'll look forward to hosting you again, Corry. :0)