As soon as we arrived, the reception desk was attentive and ready to serve. They carefully explained all the rules and amenities of our all-inclusive package and got us to our room in very little time so we could jump right into the pool and start ordering never-ending drinks! :)
The pool bartenders (Octavio, Francisco, Javier, Jorge) made fantastic drinks from standard margaritas and mojitos all the way to flavored drinks, Sex on the Beach, Dirty Monkey, Miami Vice and I'm sure any other drink you can think of. I read reviews before coming on my trip and I can confirm that sometimes service is slow, but they are taking care of the 12+ people sitting at the pool bar AND the 50+ people sitting at the restaurant. So if it took a little time between drinks I wasn't that upset. Just take your time and sip away...trust me, these guys aren't shy about putting the alcohol in your drink. You'll be feeling pretty good after a few drinks. Pace yourself. They'll check on you to make sure you're still feeling "good".
The restaurant was also a hit! The entire restaurant staff (Captain Roberto, Tomas, Geraldo, Ernesto, Emmanuel and hostess Selene) were always welcoming with a smile and after a couple of meals would start to recognize you and make you feel like family. Every breakfast, lunch and dinner had American classics like pancakes, waffles and bacon, sandwiches, steaks, hamburgers, etc. but also offered EXCELLENT Mexican cuisine which I LOVED to try something new every meal...because I can get the other stuff when I'm back home. This is ALSO included in the all-inclusive package so I never left hungry. They also had sushi available in the all-inclusive package that was awesome! Typical stuff like California Rolls, Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Tuna and a few others...REALLY hit the spot when we were craving it. I know what you're thinking...is it pre-made and nasty by the time you get it? NO! They have a full-time sushi maker who makes it all to order :) And during the week depending on the day, they have different themed buffet nights, which was fun to sit outside near the pool and have entertainment while feasting. A couple of notes about the restaurant: you have to be dressed when going inside. You can't run from the pool into the restaurant with your wet bathing suit. They'll want you to dry off before coming to eat. Also, they want you to have some kind of top to have over you while you eat, otherwise they'll turn you away. You can choose to eat while at the pool side bar and order items off the restaurant menu to eat while swimming, but just like the drinks, food will take a little while to make it to your pool stool. Also for dinner, you have to make a reservation for every night of your stay. You can choose a different time every night (6:00, 7:30 or 9:00) or you can talk to the captain or hostess to reserve your time for every night of your stay.
My wife and I stayed in a junior suite which had a living room with pull-out couch bed, kitchenette, refrigerator (stocked with free drinks), 2 bathrooms and a master bedroom. The bed was AMAZING (compared to our temperpedic at home). The room had a back sliding glass door that we'd use to sit on the patio and literally walk 50 steps into the pool! That was fun! The one weird thing is that the maid service would come in a sporadic times, not really seeming to be on a consistent schedule. So I guess you could call the front desk to have maid service at a specific time, or when you want according to what's best to your schedule.
The amenities with the resort were good. The 2 pools (The lower pool with the swim-up pool bar, and an upper pool with detached pool bar that's NOT a part of the all-inclusive package) were warm watered. Not like bath water, but definitely not cool and refreshing. In the early afternoon it would be nice to get in, but sometimes in the late afternoon there's very little difference between the temperature outside and the pool temperature. That's just my preference. My wife loved the temperature. The pool towels are located inside your bathroom. Use those when you go to pool. Housekeeping will change them out when your return your used ones to the room.
Solmar's big brother and sister resorts (Playa Grande and Grand Solmar) next door had other amenities that you could go use like gym, other pools, mini golf for free. You also get a discount on food and drink at any bar or restaurant, but obviously it's not a part of the all-inclusive package. Also, it wasn't made clear to us until we were kicked out, but apparently you can't use any of the Grand Solmar stuff AT ALL, only at Playa Grande. My wife and I spent a little time in the pool at Playa Grande and it was a lot of fun. If you're looking for a giant pool (hence the resort name, I guess) with a day for of activities for the kids and adults, dancing and lots of excitement, definitely give Playa Grande a look. Because we were staying at Solmar, we got a discount on the drinks we ordered, and on top of that it was happy hour (2-4) so we got 2 for 1 drinks. It was wonderful. However, I still didn't get a clear answer on what resort features we could and could not use, but this was my experience. Some additional features. Solmar also has a coffee cart with all the typical Starbucks offerings (not in the all-inclusive package) and a mini mart for toiletries, snacks and other things of the like (not in the all-inclusive package).
As far as money and electrical outlets are concerned, everywhere my wife and I went, including the hotel accepts US dollars. The front desk can break large bills for change, tips etc. or change your US money for pesos. The outlets are mostly two-prong normal AC outlets. It was rare to find a 3-prong outlet, so you may need to bring an adaptor for that if you need.
One word of warning that Solmar would probably tell you, but just for your planning, there is an ocean beach walking distance from the resort, however you CANNOT go swimming there. The waves and current of the Pacific Ocean are waaaaay too strong even for super swimmers and surfers. While it sounds amazing and looks amazing, you can't enjoy it all that much. The resort provides lounge chairs and umbrellas about 1000 feet away from the water, you can walk up to the water, but trust me, you can't swim in the water. The nearest public beach you can go to is Medrano Beach near the heart of Cabo San Lucas. It's about a 25 minutes walk from the resort, 20 dollars for a 10 minute taxi, or 5 minutes to the marina, 4 dollars per person for a 5 minute water taxi. Medrano Beach is always pretty crowded, but it does provide that Mexico Beach experience.
My wife and I splurged and got a couples massage at the Spa Cabanas. It was so relaxing and great. From the booking manager Sayda, to the massage staff Sandy, it was a great experience with the sounds of the ocean waves crashing in the background, the scents of lavender and knowing my wife was in heaven made our entire stay at Solmar that much better. A great value for the services received.
Like I mentioned before, my wife and I went snorkeling and sunset cruising. Based on the Solmar concierge suggestion, we went with the company SunRider for both. The main hook was the fajita buffet on both excursions, but again the whole experience was wonderful. You can read more about them on their own review I made for them. But back to Solmar, I felt very comfortable making my booking with them and I was not disappointed. It might of been a little bit more expensive, but peace of mind for my wife and I was important.
Overall, I give it 4.5 out of 5. Good service, good room and wonderful experience. While I'm not guaranteeing my next vacation is here, I can guarantee my friends and family who are considering coming to Cabo NEED to book their stay at Solmar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for a warm, welcoming hotel in Cabo San Lucas with a spectacular view, central location and attentive service? Look no further than The Solmar All Inclusive Resort and Beach Club. This cozy Mexican property is nestled on the exclusive Playa Solmar at the southernmost tip of the Baja peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Featuring one of the most enchanting and romantic locations in Baja California, The Solmar is just steps from the shopping, dining, and nightlife of downtown Cabo San Lucas and the bustling Cabo Marina.On top of all the sun and fun, The Solmar Resort is All Inclusive. You can enjoy a la carte meals, drinks and snacks at all the resort restaurants, plus theme nights, social activities and much more. There are no buffet lines. Just fresh food, delicious dining and plenty of recreation when ever you’re ready. The All Inclusive Plan includes a welcome cocktail in the Trebol Restaurant Bar, a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner, theme night dinners, a sushi bar, and a wide range of beverages and snacks. But that’s not all. There are social activities, buy one get one free massages, laundry service, the use of fitness facilities, tennis courts and mini-golf at sister resort Playa Grande and even a 10% discount at the nearby Galeon, Romeo & Juliet and Hacienda Coyote restaurants. The Solmar Resort décor mirrors the unique desert-by-the-sea terrain characteristic of Los Cabos. Stone walls with arched doorways, tile floors and wood accents create a warm, authentic ambiance. Guests can choose from junior suites, studios and deluxe one-bedrooms. Every room features a patio or balcony overlooking Playa Solmar and the Pacific Ocean. The Sea of Cortez serves as a stunning backdrop at El Trebol sports bar and restaurant. Tejaban, the poolside bar, invites visitors to dine in shorts and swimsuits. And theme dinners are available at Tejaban restaurant. The Solmar is a dream come true for every member of the family. The three-section pool features a large children's area and swim-up cantina, while the adults-only pool provides wave-resistance lap swimming. The list of things to see and do in Los Cabos is almost endless. The concierge can arrange sport fishing, golf, sunset cruises, snorkeling, whale-watching and much, much more. And remember, when the sun goes down in Cabo, the nightlife heats up. ... more less
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