My wife and I have spent the past two weeks at the Siesta Suites, and have another week to go. We get away for an extended period every Christmas, and chose the hotel based on the mostly positive reviews here on Trip Advisor. We have loved our stay, and look to the hotel as our new “home away from home” when in Cabo!
Alex and Nancy (the owners) are American expats, who are always available to answer questions and generally make us feel safe and welcome. Juan and Romie watch the front desk, and manage the hotel. We always had extra towels upon request, and felt the accommodations were perfect for our extended stay. They only supply bar soap, so bring along (or pick up at any market here) a bottle of shampoo.
We have split our time between the “penthouse” and one of the suites on the third floor. This is not the sort of place to seek out if you are looking for 5-star accommodations, but really we appreciate the balance of amenities, location and price. The rooms are very clean, well decorated, and the beds are surprisingly comfortable. It is true that the front doors are all sliding glass that locks with a regular house key versus more common card-key but we always felt safe. Staff locks the front gate of the hotel in the evening, and we have never seen anyone on property that was not working or an actual guest. Most guests are from Canada and the US, a few families but mostly couples and people on fishing trips (the location for anglers is especially good – an easy walk to the docs even carrying tackle and coolers!)
Every room has a coffee maker, and a five-gallon bottle of drinking water. The “suites” are really just small front room with sink, table, refrigerator, credenza, sofa, and microwave, TV with cable (almost all Spanish of course, but a few channels with English language/Spanish subtitles), with a small bedroom with a queen-size bed. The penthouse is much larger, with a full kitchen and larger front room. The real nice thing about the penthouse is the open deck, with a roof-top city view of the downtown area (lots of pics available on the internet). It is true that each room has its own water heater, but there is enough hot water available at any one time for a fairly long shower, or at least two short ones. The water heats up pretty quickly; my wife and I would shower about 30 minutes apart and never had an issue of not having hot water for showers. There is no elevator, so this might be an issue for individuals with mobility problems. If you drive or rent a car, there is only limited parking available in front of the hotel. I am sure they will find you a place to park, but the street is small and gets very congested during the evening. We walked and took the bus everywhere, including to San Jose del Cabo and are planning to take a bus to Todos Santos, so have not felt the need for a rental car.
The location of the hotel is in central Cabo, and on some nights the bands at Cabo Wabo and Cabo Cantina would crank up their music, but we never found the noise particularly troublesome. There is a church next door with services on Thursdays and Sundays, but again the music was really part of the experience for us. Look elsewhere if you are looking for solitude and silence.
The free Internet WiFi is generally good, which is important for me because I am actually working via my “virtual office” on this trip. I was surprised that nearly every bar and restaurant also offers free Internet, and the speeds were very good as well.
Our favorite aspect of the hotel is the location: literally a 2 minute walk from the marina, and less than that to Cabo’s “restaurant row”. Cabo Wabo is just around the corner, and the other local tourist stops are all within easy walking distance. There is a restaurant on the premises (Salvatore’s), which offers excellent Italian dining. The Wyndam Hotel across the street has a very nice pool area (with a great view of the marina, swim-up bar, and two jacuzzis) that is open to the public but surprisingly had very few people there the days we stayed. It is a very close walk, not really any different than what we have experienced at a large all-inclusive in the sense the walk to the pool is about 5 minutes. We have felt very safe on the streets the entire trip, and have not witnessed or heard of travelers having any problems.
A few points we have learned: if you are looking for any form of tequila or liquor, avoid the tourist stores in and around Cabo. We made a few trips to the local WalMart (an easy 4.5 peso (less than 50 cent) bus ride away. Rum and tequila were literally half as much as in the tourist stores in town, and even cheaper than the local grocery store in Cabo (example: one particular brand of rum sells for 220 pesos “special discount” in the liquor stores; 185 pesos in the local supermarket just on the next block from the hotel, and 114 pesos at WalMart). The buses run all the time, and with a little experience were very easy to navigate and we enjoyed our excursions out around the city. Avoid the timeshare people – they are on every corner – unless you have half a day to kill in a high pressure sales pitch and can handle the arm-twisting sales games. Ask around for where the “good” (meaning non-tourist) restaurants and bars are. We found the drinks and food at some of the more local-patrons bars to be far superior and much more reasonable than the touristy places.
All in all, we love Siesta Suites and will be returning again! Best tip: get the penthouse, if it is available!
Get the penthouse if it is available - more like a small apartment than a hotel room!
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