Casa Ocotillo

72% love it
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Mountain views, poolside accommodations
The six private suites at Casa Octoillo set themselves apart from other area resorts with both their Hacienda design and pet-friendly policy.


    • joeblowme
      joeblowme Over a year ago
      Hates it

      need alotta work
      Landscape need major, major updating. The vegetation seems to be taking care of itself. Some dying and growing over itself, other is just growing over pathways. Not good, a pruning and trimming job is past due by a few years. The pool furniture wouldn't recline, I couldn't put it any position other than flat. Turns out, it had some problems and they simply bolted it in place instead of fixing the issue. Dead grass is never attractive and there was plenty of it. Dead,dead,dead grass everywhere. The jacuzzi was buried behind a wall and with so much overgrown shrubs pushing up nearly against it, the are was not inviting. I ventured into the general area of the jacuzzi, but got scared and never even opened it. The planks were not sturdy and I didn't know what lurked behind the thick vegetation. There was no light on the pool to make the place inviting for a night swim; in fact, there very little lighting around the property other some sun powered ones that lit nothing. Other reviews made the place sound nice; it is not. It has great potential, but needs a lot of work. The hosts were nice and accommodating, but to justify the high price, they need a lot more.

    • grapik
      grapik Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Disappointing is the only word I can use. They are great hosts and a group of friends would really benefit from staying here. I can't say it feels "luxury" to me, but it does feel family style. Stayed here before and it was good. But, this last trip was very sad. For two mid-summer nights we spent $360. The spa didn't work, we were told it was health reasons, so we went to visit another resort to use a spa. Paying the day rate to soak in a spa, while paying a "luxury" rate at the Ocotillo felt very disappointing. The room was warm, with no ability to control it, except hitting the ceiling fan on high. The owners decide when it is time to cool the rooms, and to what temperature. The rooms are nice, but for a "luxury" resort, I find the signage telling us to use the "trick" towels tacky. The squeegee for the shower is a little much (for a "luxury" place) and the other sign in the room offered to sell me a $4 nozzle, to be clean for sex. These are OK, but at least one sign saying "welcome guest" would be nice. The room signage takes away from the fun, cozy, and campy decor. Because the owners are really sweet, we cleaned our room for them. But they still entered to adjust our window blinds. Really? They had to enter to adjust our blinds? My luxury hotel experiences have always had fewer restrictions and more space to feel like a guest. While the owners are super nice, we were never afforded privacy. Their home looks out over the pool, and their friendly nature leads to plenty of long conversations and short visits. They even went into the pool, while my partner was relaxing. He retreated to the room. This constant monitoring lead to no cuddling, intimacy, or needed conversation, except when we were away from the resort. We went there for a little relationship healing and relaxation. But we ended up leaving the Ocotillo to feel like we had a retreat, which was a disappointment, especially for the higher price. I would rate this about the same as Mirage for room decor and CCBC for landscaping. The landscaping is really nice, although it is getting a bit carried away. I think they can’t keep up with it, and they have no hired staff that I have ever seen or heard of. This is a great alternative from many other resorts that use concrete more than anything else. There are two nice grassy areas. While not luxury, I do think "family style" is a fair description. No romantic appeal, but a friendly, neighborly, setting. Good for a group to go hang out, but not for singles or couples. We felt bad, going to another resort during the day. Because, the owners are so friendly. But we really needed some quiet relaxing time and some privacy. After some looking, we found a truly luxury place, for just a little bit more . To be fair, I won't say where - and it is not gay only, while gay friendly. It's a shame. I wanted to love this place and make it our little escape resort.

    • VacationsRule
      VacationsRule Over a year ago
      Hates it

      1x enough
      Reservation difficult and Expensive. Other resorts nicer. Better locations. More accommodating hosts. No employees here. Just owners that live with you during stay. Better resorts for less money at Warm Sands area. No other people stayed here. Owners have a nice dog

    • Peabody30
      Peabody30 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The Casa Ocotillo is a beautiful place to stay in a quite nieghborhood. The grounds are awesome, the rooms are great, the staff is very pleasant, the pool refreshing, the atmosphere spiritual!!!!