If you like cozier accommodations and the opportunity to socialize with your host, bed-and-breakfast-style accommodations can be a wonderful way to meet Mexican and expatfamilies during your stay in La Paz.
A branch of the same family that runs the popular Club El Moro hotel runs Baja Bed and Breakfast (Madero 354, tel. 612/123-1370, www.bajabedandbreakfast.com, US$55–90) in a centrally located home just off the plaza. Two street-level rooms share a bath and a patio with a small swimming pool and barbecue. Above, a spacious first-floor apartment for rent by the night or week has a kitchen, separate bedroom, and living room. The owners completed a renovation in 2007. Next door, the owners have added four rooms with private baths. Rates include tax and wireless Internet.
Owner Cecilia Moller serves a multicourse breakfast each morning on the third-floor terrace that’s attached to her own kitchen. You’ll start your day with fresh breads, fruit, juice, coffee or tea, and eggs, quesadillas, chilaquiles, or other Mexican specialties. Cecilia is the life of the party here, so be sure to time your visit for a time when she’s in the house. Some of La Paz’s hottest new restaurants are less than a block away, and the malecón is a two-block walk.
Near the governor’s palace, Italian-run Gemma Inn B&B (Durango 2090, at Allende, tel. 612/123-5508, www.gemmagroup.it, US$90) has four rooms and one suite surrounding a small swimming pool.
Casa Tuscany Bed and Breakfast (Bravo 110A, tel. 612/128-8103, www.tuscanybaja.com, US$95–140, tax included) has a new proprietor, Carol Dyer. Four colorful guestrooms overlook a garden courtyard behind the main house. Each room has a comfortable queen bed, private bath, ceiling fan, and remote-control air-conditioning. Prices include tax and full hot breakfast that varies each day. The new owner has remodeled one room, the Firenze Suite. Two dedicated parking spots in front of the inn are not enclosed.
In El Ángel Azul (Independencia 518, tel./fax 612/125-5130, www.elangelazul.com, US$100–165), Switzerland native Esther Ammann has converted an abandoned 19th-century courthouse into a modern-day bed-and-breakfast, with guidance from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). The result is a living piece of La Paz history with a contemporary flair. Nine rooms and one suite are arranged around a beautiful courtyard garden designed and maintained by the owner. Brightly colored rooms have queen or twin beds, bath with shower, air-conditioning, and a radio. Locally created artwork adds to the ambience, and there is secure off-street parking for guests.
© Nikki Goth Itoi from Moon Baja, 9th Edition