Unlike some of the bigger resort-style hotels farther to the south in Los Cabos, Hotel Casa Tota is a small and simple—but by no means spartan—boutique hotel in the laid-back town of Todos Santos. From the distressed whitewashed exterior of the colonial-style building to the earthy tones and clean lines of room interiors, there's a seemingly effortless attention to design—not showy, but not careless either. The hotel's own description of this design sensibility? “Proudly modest.” There's not an abundance of amenities and extras, but guests have everything they need and the service is friendly and familiar. Besides, travelers don't come to Todos Santos to stay inside. With 350 or more days of sunshine a year and a beautiful location between the mountains and the sea, the minutiae of hotel features don't seem so important after all.
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Todos Santos is the ultimate Baja beach town, with all the natural beauty of the Baja California Sur region and little of the touristy kitsch of other areas in and around Los Cabos. Set at the base of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and right on the Pacific Ocean, the town is particularly popular with surfers, who are attracted to the area's big breaks. It also draws artsy types, who enjoy exploring Todos Santos' galleries or making their own art, inspired by the landscape and the laid-back lifestyle. Photographers love the area, too: as well as its stunning setting, the town still boasts a few trapiches, or sugar mills, which date back to the 19th century, when the sugar industry was booming. It's not hard to see why the Mexican government named Todos Santos one of its pueblos mágicos, or “magic pueblos.” In fact, many visitors feel so entranced by the magic of Todos Santos that they become repeat visitors or even expats.
Need to Know
Rooms: 15 rooms; from $100. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel's on-site restaurant, La Santeña, serves traditional Mexican dishes, all made with ultra-fresh ingredients that are sourced locally; some are even grown in the hotel's rooftop garden, and the cheese is made by the bartender's dad. The dietary needs of vegans and vegetarians can usually be tastily accommodated upon request. Spa and gym details: There's no gym, but there is a pool, and the area around the hotel is ideal for outdoor exercise, from kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to surfing and mountain biking. Staff can make recommendations about outfitters, gear rentals, and good surf breaks or bike tracks. Massages, facials, and body wraps are among the treatments offered in the rooftop spa.
Who it's for: Travelers who prefer quirky, friendly service over the formality of resort-style lodging. Our favorite rooms: King Deluxe rooms are the hotel's largest; high ceilings and double doors that open up to a view of the street amplify the feeling of spaciousness. Bring a furry friend: Pets are allowed at the hotel. Maximum pet occupancy per room is two dogs under 40 pounds; food bowls and pet beds are available upon request.