Riviera of Ensenada
The construction of Riviera of Ensenada (1928-1930)
Its construction started in 1928 by the architect Gordon F. Mayer and the builder James L. Miller. It was opened as a hotel and casino in 1930 and operated this way until 1935. During the World War II it was used as barracks by the US and Mexican military. At the end of 1970’s most of the buildings were damage and a restoration was performed in 1979. In 2000 was appointed historical heritage of Baja California by the United Nations Organization. Finally in 2008 the National Institute of Fine Arts declares it as artistic heritage of Mexico.
On its golden years, it was visited by important personalities of the time as the American boxer Jack Dempsey, The actresses Dolores del Rio and Lupe Velez, and the athlete and actor Johnny Weissmuller, among others.
Ad of Playa Ensenada Hotel and Casino now called Riviera de Ensenada
There are a couple of urban legends that say that one of the major investors of the business was Al Capone, and that the famous “Margarita” cocktail was invented by one of the bartenders to impress Marjorie King, the owner at the time of the establishment.
We recommend you to walk through its beautiful gardens, have fun with your children in the family area, take a tour inside the building, visit its museum, the outdoor theater and enjoy a drink in Andaluz bar being one of the oldest in the city.