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During my many visits to Tijuana, I have stayed at most of the major Tijuana and San Ysidro motels.  A notable exception has been the Pueblo Amigo, which is very conspicuous in its very close proximity to the San Ysidro crossing and to what appears to be an exotic Mayan temple.  So, for my three-night stay in TJ I booked a “Junior Suite.”


Check-in was efficient.  The girl at the front did not speak English.  I was somewhat surprised to notice that there were few to no Americans around.  For me that is a big plus.  After an early arrival I had no problem checking my bag with the front desk so I could explore the attached casino.  The PA is a combination hotel/casino.  The main floor of the casino is impressive, with a nicely appointed bar on one end and two upscale glass escalators on the other.  The casino roof is about nine stories up, and the hotel rooms overlook the casino below. The overall impact is quite impressive and large, particularly for TJ.  Normally the restaurant is also on this large common floor, but repairs were going on so the restaurant is temporarily relocated to another conference room-type location.  The casino has another room where the table games are located.


I had a few drinks at the bar ($3 beers, a very reasonable $6 for Johnny Walker Black Label on the rocks), and headed over to the Black Jack table.  A few hours later my room was ready.  The Junior Suite was spacious and comfortable, with a very nice leather sofa/living area, and full King Size bed. A large window presented a superb view of the city.  The AC did not work very at all, so I opened the window and it created a nice cross-breeze with that great Tijuana air.  Quite clean, but not top level of cleanliness.  TV remote did not work.  Coffee machine; no fridge.  Classy, dark décor.   All and all, not bad at all for $90 a night.  I would rank the room as a bit below the Ticuan (though I must say I loved the added space) and definitely below the Hyatt Place, but not bad.  If you are penny-pinching you can certainly get much more bang for your buck in TJ.


That night I went out to my usual TJ routine of wine bars, tastings, cultural events, and being serviced by TJ’s peerless culinary artisans.  That rustic cheese at Mision 19, my oh my.  I go back about 4 in the morning and slept in.  Next day, I found that my wine bar hopping had left me physically exhausted and feeling spiritually empty, sort of like my soul had been shattered.  So, I stayed at the complex for an entire day and night.  This is the real strength of the PA, you can go down and gamble with the normal table games crowd, drink at the bar, just relax and forget about the world outside.  The food is good and the room service very reasonable.  I think once I ordered a bucket of beers, delish cheese fondue, and a heap of fries and the total was less than $20.   


Stayed another day, went out to experience TJ the next night, and left the next day.  I enjoyed the PA very much.  Would I go back?  Honestly, probably not with all of the great options in TJ.  But I am glad I checked it off the list.  In my view, the Puebla Amigo’s chief strength is that it is a self-contained place that has a sort of forgotten feel, play some cards, practice your espanol, drink your favorites Scotch at a good price.  Totally relaxing.
 

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Zreelone

I stayed there last about 20 yrs ago and I remember paying over $70 per night back in the day. The problem with that price then was the hotel was in bad shape with aged décor and aged rooms.  At that time the next door Plaza Pueblo Amigo mall was really happening with attractions like Senior Frogs, Boleros, Gypsy restaurant/bar etc. Now not much of anything happening except more places to gamble.

It looks like the new Fairmont Marriott Hotel next door to Pampas is very close to opening up. If the prices are less than $100 per night that will probably become a very popular hotel. Its in a good area, near a lot of restaurants and its new which is part of a winning combination. 

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amosrolling

Yep, the Pueblo Amigo has this forgotten, cloistered feel about it.  Like being lord of some small middle-of-nowhere realm (sorry, I have been binge-watching GOT).  Not usually what I look for when I come to TJ, but as a change it was fun.

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sampson

Place is booming since adding the casino several years ago.  They sell out on weekends and run close to full occupancy during the week.  I would like to see another business, like a Sirolin Stockade take the old senor Frogs building.

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Bigtyme

I love this hotel. Stayed there many times. Like the fact I can play blackjack and watch sports at any time. Always an open empty table it seems and the bar is nice at the caliente. Bartenders are always classy. 

Its a shame that Deja Vu sucks or else I’d never stay anywhere else. 

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monkeyboy

There's a really popular nightclub next door (el albrije?), that's where all the college co-eds are going when you walk into from the trolley side.  There's also a supermarket walking distance if you need to load up on snacks and drinks.  I once spent like 3-4 days at PA and was a nice trip.

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QuietGuy

I have reservations here for Saturday night. It will be my first time at this hotel.

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KCQuestor
9 hours ago, QuietGuy said:

I have reservations here for Saturday night. It will be my first time at this hotel.

I'll be there Saturday and Sunday. It's one of my favorite places to stay in TJ, even though it is a bit pricey.

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