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Address: Boulevard Lazaro Cardenas 1421, Ensenada 22880, Mexico
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Once a casino, this graceful white building is now an architectural...

Once a casino, this graceful white building is now an architectural monument and features tours of its voluptuous interiors.

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A must see in Ensenada

Had read about this hotel as it was a playground for a lot of Hollywood celebrities such as Lucy and Desi Arnaz. Jack Dempsey actually helped fund the construction. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had read about this hotel as it was a playground for a lot of Hollywood celebrities such as Lucy and Desi Arnaz. Jack Dempsey actually helped fund the construction. Beautiful Spanish colonial architecture rich with beautiful tile work and painted murals throughout. Take some time and stroll the halls of this historic landmark in Ensenada.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a 3 hour guided tour of Ensenada (4:30 - 7:30 pm) during our Princess Cruise port stop and are we ever glad we did! One of the stops 'The Riviera del Pacifico' was once a very glamourous resort and casino, a favourite of Lucy & Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy). Our guide gave us a brief description and... More 

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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I have visited this attraction twice during 2 Princess Cruises shore excursions that included a second stop to La Bufadora. I enjoyed my tour guides on both trips. This site is close enough to the port that you don't need to take a shore excursion to visit it but there doesn't seem to be any tour guides on site to... More 

1 Thank ivy99
Terrebonne, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

It was one of the stops on a Cruise Excursion. Interesting narration of the origin of California and Baja California. Visit of the building with information. Refreshments were included in the tour and also wine tasting where you could buy wine from the region. Outside, in the courtyard, there are merchants with a good choice of products and souvenirs.

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Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Visited as part of an excursion form our cruise ship.Nice gardens and craft booths.Lots of history also.Took in the Mexican Folklore Fiesta as part of the tour and it was fun.Worth a visit

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Whidbey Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Visited this historical building as part of a cruise excursion, and we really didn't expect much. We were very pleasantly surprised. The tour guide was excellent, and conveyed her passion and pride about the history of the site and the city of Ensenada. She told many interesting stories and facts about this beautiful building and site. She spoke English very... More 

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Santa Rosa
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

Take a few minutes to walk the grounds and through the building. Much early 20th century history here. Several parties including weddings were being set up while we were there, but you are welcome to wander through. Definitely worth a stop.

1 Thank MikeVdP
Ensenada, Mexico
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

This is our favorite place to go and walk around. The gardens are beautiful and it's well preserved. It's fun to walk around and imagine all of the Hollywood celebrities that frequented the place during prohibition. Lucille Ball and Dezy Arnet being the most famous. You can walk around most of the complex and no one will bother you. So... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 13 April 2016

This is a cool stop if you are in Ensenada. Our tour guide said this is where all the locals like to gather for events. Awesome history of the building and the building has some very nice architecture. The building does have some strange smells. At the end of the tour they said we can get free drinks from the... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 7 March 2016

Interesting history (hotel/casino a short boat ride from San Diego, designed to attract the well-to-do and famous during Prohibition in the US) in a classical-looking building. Building has either been well-maintained or, more likely, well-renovated, but regardless is in very good condition. Easy to access and you can spend as much or little time here as you like - but... More 

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