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15 BEST PUERTO PENASCO HOTELS

With 350 days of sunshine a year and only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson, it’s no surprise that everyone is cheery about Rocky Point Mexico.

There are so many lodging choices for all different budgets.  You can choose from a luxury resort to pitching a tent on the beach, with many options in between.

You will find the majority of the upscale resorts on the 2 mile beach stretch called Sandy Beach.  Out of the 15 beach hotels located on the Sandy Beach area 13 of them are privately owned condominiums of various sizes.

There are no hotel chains here yet but all of these resorts have swimming pools and most of them have swim up bars, onsite restaurant, spa, fitness center, beach palapas, hot tubs and of course happy hour.  One of them, Las Palmas, has large water slides and Las Palomas has a lazy river and golf course.

 Main differences from your traditional stay at a hotel in the US.

  • All condos have different furnishings and they also come with full kitchens, living rooms, large ocean view balconies and even washer and driers.  When booking your condo you will be able to see photos for that specific condo to make sure the decor is to your style and liking.
  • No daily maid service at these resorts with the exception of Las Palomas, but you can always use the washer and dryer if you need clean towels.
  • You will also find there is no room service with the exception of Las Palomas and Las Palmas.
  • All these Rocky Point hotels will have you wear a bracelet during your stay.  All guests must wear a bracelet with the exception of children ages 3 and under at most hotels.  If you are not wearing a bracelet you are not allowed on the hotel’s grounds.  This is with the intention of making sure that only hotel’s guests can enter the resort as well as to make sure people don’t have more guests than is allowed per unit.
  • There are several fees in addition to your nightly stay which can bring up the price quiet a bit.  These fees include but are not limited to cleaning fee, impact fee (this is a charge for water usage), damage waiver (this is a charge for possible major damages to the condo), tax which as of this writing is 19.8%.
  • Most of these Puerto Penasco hotels will also have you leave a refundable damage deposit due at check in.  It is usually $200.00 and is payable by credit card.  If no damages are found in your condo then you will get this money back in your account about 5 days after your departure.

HOTEL RANKINGS

We used several factors to determine the best hotels in Puerto Penasco such as hotel star ratings and user ratings obtained from TripAdvisor and Google as well as hotel class rating.  We also used input received from thousands of our customers over the last 25 years.  We considered hotel location, proximity to the beach, level of service, hotel age and upkeep, quality of furnishings and resort amenities among others.

The rankings also reflect our opinion and experience with Rocky Point over the last 25 years.  We only reviewed hotels that are 300 yards or less from the beach.  All this information was obtained as of March 2019.

Note that even though we had to give each hotel a ranking number the difference for a lower or higher number is very minimum as most of the hotels on Sandy Beach are very similar and offer almost the same amenities with a few differences.

It’s important to know that while most Puerto Penasco hotels are designated with a 4 star class hotel by TripAdvisor and Google ratings, they don’t include all of the amenities that you would expect to get at a 4 star hotel in the U.S.
Some of the things you may be expecting but will not get are maid service, valet parking, bath products, state-of-the-art electronic devices in guest rooms, full service concierge, extended food service hours, full service spa (only some of them have them), high end gift shop, WiFi in all rooms (most have it but not all).

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BEST ROCKY POINT HOTELS RANKINGS 2019

Las Gaviotas
#15 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 3 STARS

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Google (7 Reviews)
4.6  Excellent

  • Restaurant

  • Business center

  • Free Parking

  • Free WiFi

  • Hot tub

  • Pool

  • Pool

  • Free parking

Las Gaviotas Rocky Point is a small condo complex with only 45 condos most of them very colorfully decorated with a Mexican charm.   The condos are built in rows movie theater style and there are no elevators.  There is a swimming pool and bbq grills.  Central location within minutes of shops, restaurants, atv rentals, jet skis… READ MORE>>

Marina Pinacate
#14 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 3 STARS

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TripAdvisor (44 Reviews)

3.5 Very Good

Google (136 Reviews)
4.4  Very good

  • Restaurant

  • Business center

  • Free Parking

  • Free WiFi

  • Hot tub

  • Pool

The Marina Pinacate is a casual hotel minutes away from several restaurants, bars and shops but there is no restaurant or bar onsite.  The hotel offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos with full kitchens and ocean views.  The condos are a bit older and show some wear and tear, there is a pool.  Very reasonable rates, about 50 yards from the beach… READ MORE>>

Casa Blanca Golf & Villas
#13 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 3 STARS

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TripAdvisor (24 Reviews)

3.5 Very Good

  • Pool

  • Free parking

Casa Blanca Golf & Villas sits back about 300 yards from the beach.  It has nice grounds with a mini golf course.  There is no restaurant or bar on site but some are close by.  Low key, not crowded condominiums.  Reasonable rates for a condo on the Sandy Beach area.  There are 2 pools, most condos have ocean views, not all of the condos have WiFi…  READ MORE>>

Playa Bonita Resort
#12 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 3 STARS

Playa Bonita Rocky Point

TripAdvisor (236 Reviews)

3.5 Very Good

Google (994 Reviews)
4.3  Very good

  • Restaurant

  • Business center

  • Free Parking

  • Free WiFi

  • Hot tub

  • Pool

Playa Bonita Resort is an older hotel on the beach but all rooms are currently being remodeled.  Friendly staff, most rooms with full ocean views and some have a partial ocean view, highly rated onsite restaurant, very close to many restaurants and shops, free coffee in lobby, free bottles of water in room & water dispensers located in lobby & on every floor… READ MORE>>

Princesa De Penasco
#11 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 3.5 STARS

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TripAdvisor (133 Reviews)

4.0 Very Good

Google (680 Reviews)
4.6  Excellent

  • Restaurant

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Parking

  • Free WiFi

  • Hot tub

  • Pool

Princesa De Penasco is an older resort but the grounds and pools are currently being renovated.  One of the less expensive hotels on Sandy Beach with three swimming pools, two hot tubs, beach palapas, bbq grills and restaurant.  A lot of the condos have older furnishings and the units show a little more wear and tear than other resorts on Sandy Beach… READ MORE>>

Las Palmas Resort
#10 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 4 STARS

TripAdvisor (160 Reviews)

3.5 Very Good

Google (392 Reviews)
4.4  Very good

  • Restaurant

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Parking

  • Spa

  • Room service

  • Swim up bar

  • Free WiFi

  • Hot tub

  • Water slides

Las Palmas Rocky Point is an excelent hotel for families, offering good size water-slides, swim up bar, restaurant, several pools with an adults only pool, five high rise buildings and several ocean front villas.  If you’re staying in the high rise towers expect a longer walk to the beach. Some of the condos do not have ocean views, particularly first and second floor units… READ MORE>>

Luna Blanca & Encanto
#9 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 4 STARS

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TripAdvisor (19 Reviews)

4.0 Very Good

Google (57 Reviews)
4.6  Excellent

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Parking

  • Pool

  • Free WiFi in common areas

  • Hot tub

Luna Blanca & Encanto Resorts are side by side at the end of Playa Encanto.  If you want peace and quiet then this is the place to go!  The properties are located about 25 minutes outside of Puerto Penasco on a beautiful sandy beach that seems to go for miles.  The condos are larger than all of the other Sandy Beach resorts and have beautiful finishing touches… READ MORE>>

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Bella Sirena Resort
#8 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 4 STARS

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TripAdvisor (86 Reviews)

4.0 Very Good

Google (299 Reviews)
4.6  Excellent

  • Restaurant

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Parking

  • Hot tub

  • Tikki bar

  • Free WiFi

  • Hot tub

The reason we did not give Bella Sirena a higher ranking is that even though the property is on the beach the buildings are not as close to the beach as most the other Sandy Beach Resorts.  The resort has lush gardens with large grass areas, nicely furnished upscale condos, several pools, swim up bar and restaurant, the atmosphere can be a little more calm than other Sandy Beach resorts… READ MORE>>

Sonoran Spa Resort
#7 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 4 STARS

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TripAdvisor (64 Reviews)

4.0 Very Good

Google (627 Reviews)
4.4  Very good

  • Restaurant

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Parking

  • Spa

  • Tikki bar

  • Free WiFi

  • Hot tub

Sonoran Spa resort also on Sandy Beach offers 202 condos all with ocean views.  Three swimming pools, hot tub, BBQ grills, very friendly and accommodating staff, well maintained grounds, highly rated onsite restaurant, excellent massages at the spa, convenience store and pharmacy, no swim up bar but there is a pool side tikki bar… READ MORE>>

Sonoran Sea Resort
#6 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 4 STARS

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TripAdvisor (115 Reviews)

4.0 Very Good

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Google (302 Reviews)
4.6  Excellent

  • Restaurant

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Parking

  • Swim up bar

  • Free WiFi in common areas

  • Hot tub

All condominiums at Sonoran Sea Resort in Puerto Penasco have great views of the Sea of Cortez and the beach.  The resort has 2 pools, one with a swim up bar and 2 hot tubs,  onsite reataurant, ATM machine in the lobby, happy hour daily, BBQ grills, friendly staff, small water slide for kids.  Most condos do not have WiFi but there is internet access by the pool and lobby… READ MORE>>

Sonoran Sky Resort
#5 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 4 STARS

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TripAdvisor (128 Reviews)

4.0 Very Good

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Google (8 Reviews)
4.1  Very good

  • Restaurant

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Parking

  • Spa

  • Swim up bar

  • Free WiFi in common areas

  • Hot tub

The Sonoran Sky Resort in Rocky Point offers nicely decorated condos with spectacular ocean views, an on site restaurant, swim up bar, fitness center and convenience store.  This hotel has one building with 15 stories so if you’re afraid of heights make sure you’re on a lower floor. Family friendly and excellent service.  It’s also good to know that not all condos have WiFi in the unit… READ MORE>>

Sonoran Sun Resort
#4 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 4 STARS

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TripAdvisor (205 Reviews)

4.0 Very Good

Google (428 Reviews)
4.6  Excellent

  • Restaurant

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Parking

  • Spa

  • Swim up bar

  • Free WiFi

  • Hot tub

Sonoran Sun offers the perfect Sandy Beach location and beautiful ocean view condominiums.  24 hour gated and guarded resort, friendly staff, all condos have free WiFi, swim up bar that also sells food, on-site restaurant, happy hour, convenience store, full service spa, beach palapas, 3 large pools (one is for adults only)… READ MORE>>

Penasco Del Sol
#3 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 4 STARS

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TripAdvisor (963 Reviews)

4.0 Very Good

Google (2,083 Reviews)
4.3  Very good

  • Restaurant

  • Pet-friendly

  • Free Parking

  • Free WiFi

  • Swim up bar

  • Maid service

  • Hot tub

  • Banquet Room

Penasco Del Sol offers a  good value for a beach side hotel.  We put Penasco Del Sol at number 3 mostly because of the large number of consistent positive reviews on Google and TripAdvisor.  This property operates like a standard hotel, no condos here.  Penasco Del Sol is only about a 5 minute drive to downtown “The Malecon” and the only pet friendly hotel on Sandy Beach.   This hotel was awarded a Three Diamond rating by AAA as opposed to the 4 star class rating received by Google and TripAdvisor.  It is good to know that the beach here gets very crowded and there are a lot more vendors…  READ MORE>>

Mayan Palace Puerto Penasco
#2 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 4 STARS

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TripAdvisor (986 Reviews)

4.0 Very Good

Google (347 Reviews)
4.2  Very good

  • Restaurant

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Parking

  • Spa

  • Swim up Bar

  • Maid Service

  • Room Service

  • Hot tub

  • Pool

  • Golf Course

The only reason we did not give the Mayan Palace Puerto Penasco the number 1 ranking is because it’s located about 30 minutes outside of Rocky Point and it is mostly for timeshare owners.  This is a beautiful resort with expansive pools, kids club, golf course, full service spa,  pool side food and drink service, theme nights entertainment…  READ MORE>>

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Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort
#1 in Best Hotels in Puerto Penasco

HOTEL CLASS 4 STARS

Las Palomas Rocky Point Rentals Phase I

TripAdvisor (797 Reviews)

4.0 Very Good

Google (374 Reviews)
4.7  Excellent

  • Restaurant

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Parking

  • Spa

  • Lazy River & Pool

  • Maid Service

  • Free Internet

  • Room Service

Las Palomas Rocky Point is a luxurious, 342 acre, gated, master-planned resort with 350 condos.  Las Palomas is currently the largest resort in Puerto Penasco.  This resort offers the most amenities than any other resort in the Rocky Point area with upscale furnishings, flat screen TV’s, excellent front desk service, fine dining sit-down restaurant with room service, several pools and large lazy river, maid service…  READ MORE>>

  • Room Service

  • Lazy River & Pool

  • Maid Service

  • Free Internet

  • Restaurant

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Parking

  • Spa