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“Beautiful Ocean View” 2 of 5 stars
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Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Domicilio Conocido Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico (Formerly Hotel Finisterra)   |  
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Ranked #19 of 68 Hotels in Cabo San Lucas
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2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful Ocean View”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2005

Beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and woke to the sounds of birds. We stayed in the Palapa Beach Club side and the room was very clean, the only draw back was the bed. Might as well have been sleeping on the floor. It was extremely hard. We stayed for 5 nights and it would have been much more enjoyable in a nice plush bed. Housekeeping did a nice job cleaning but never left enough wash cloths, towels and coffee. Pool was beautiful and the grounds very well kept. Wonderful that a shuttle stays at the bottom of the hill to take you to the top. I would recommend this hotel with the exception of the mattress. No refrigerators or microwaves in the rooms.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2005

We just returned home from our 10th year of staying at the Finisterra. We enjoyed our first year so much that we bought a one bedroom timeshare, as did our friends . My husband and I went back the next year and bought another one bedroom. We now have two weeks. I would like at least one more week. We have been very happy with every one at the Finisterra.They treat us very well. If there is something that needs to be repaired in the room it gets done the day we tell them . When we walked into our room this year it was like walking into our own home after a long trip. We are bringing our family, sons and our granddaughter. Our sister's and their husbands and their kids next year for our 40th wedding anniversary. we have met so many nice people and made friends that we keep in touch with threw the year, and look forward to seeing each year. We recommend the Finisterra to anyone who likes a clean friendly relaxing hotel that has good food and is close to town.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2005

My wife and I were on a Sitmar cruise twenty years ago. The band leader on our ship introduced us to two unique things: The whale Watcher Bar and Finisterra Nachos. Ever since then, we've dreamed of going back to Cabo San Lucas. In 1985, the road up to the hotel's older section comprised a dirt two-rut path from the marina which ended in a hand-made cobblestone street (under construction) ending at the hotel's entrance. There was a beautiful pool outside and once we walked past the pool (about one-hundred feet horizontally and twenty feet vertically) we walked into this beautiful outdoor cantina they called the "Whale Watcher Bar". The view of the beach and the ocean was completely unobstructed. The whales were blowing, breaching and sounding within forty yards of the shore. We were told that the Pacific Ocean got really deep (actually about 1200 feet) just off shore, and therefore, the waves pounded onto the beach. We could hear the surf slapping up against the sand quite clearly. It was the most perfect afternoon I've ever spent.

Just last week, we returned with our twenty-year-old son to the Finisterra. The hotel is much larger now by what looked like a factor of three. The pristine beach area near the cliffs was developed nearly to the "full" mark with the exception of a fifty-yard-wide swath between the timeshares to the East and the edge of the Finisterra. The view from the Whale Watcher Bar was partly obscured by the newer portion of the hotel. Albeit the property was improved with a really beautiful pool and the new rooms, the overall effect was somewhat disappointing. The bar itself still served fantastic nachos, but the ambiance of its former totally-outdoor feel was gone because only about 25% of the seating was still outdoors. Every time we saw a whale, it was surrounded by several charter boats and scores of camera-wielding "touristas". They should leave the poor things alone.

The exterior architecture in the older portion would be best called "usonian" (ala Frank Lloyd Wright). The walls were made of native rock and the hotel itself appeared to be growing right out of the cliff face. The rock was cemented together in a similar fashion to what one would see in Taleisen West. The exterior of the newer section, however, was adobe-looking reinforced concrete with arches over the windows (Spanish Colonial?). While not at all unpleasant, it couldn't compare with the breathtaking exterior of the older section. That said, the older room interiors disappointed my wife to the point where she wouldn't consider staying in one. In my opinion, therefore, an interior rehab is in order.

The really good news is that the views from the newer section rooms' balconies was every bit as breathtaking as the view from the Whale-Watcher Bar was twenty years ago. It's too late to prevent the time-share development to the East, but it's no good to cry over spilt milk. I suppose that I would have arranged for new developments to be designed so as to take advantage of the native materials and the cliff face. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania requires all new construction to resemble mid nineteenth-century structures. This should serve as a model for places as beautiful as Cabo San Lucas: especially the beach near Los Arcos.

In all, the place has changed, somewhat for the better and somewhat for the worse. I'd go back there in a minute.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2005

We just returned from the Finisterra and are beginning to settle into the depression of reality. The hotel was nice, you definately want to stay in the new tower unless you like hiking to the pool or lobby. We were placed in the Traditional Hotel and asked to be moved to the new tower due to the reviews we read, good move. The staff was polite and gave us a nice upgrade with no cost or hassle. Being in room 115, first room off the lobby, bad move. You could hear people coming in late, granted it was spring break so you can imagine, and the doors do close loudly. Fortunately we played hard enough in the day that we only heard these individuals on the first night. The grounds are immaculate and the rooms are nice and clean. Don't expect much from the food at the pool, it was actually the worst the entire trip, but walk down the hill and get some grub as you wish. The beach is free of people harrassing you and we actually watched a mother and baby well breach their way across the beach. The Whale Watcher bar upstairs has good but spendy food, ask the concierge where you need to go, they have good info. La Casa D'eldorado is a restaurant you cannot leave Cabo without trying, it is where the locals eat. It was seriously the best Mexican dinner we have ever had. We travelled with friends and all in all it was very nice. We put it well ahead of Moon Palace in Cancun, but well behind Sandals Dunn's River. Good luck and don't let the taxi's take you, they will try.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2005

I staied in this hotel for two nights with my wife and my advise is, if you were going to stay there, do not stay at the “historic” section that built into a cliff. It wasn't the extra distance from the lobby or anything, that part of the hotel is just old. I was unhappy about the bathroom the most. The water pressure was really weak and hot water was really a problem there. Both nights, we only had WARM water to shower.

Further more, the room we staied was on the first floor of a two storys building, and from our balconies, we hardly had any view at all. We were trying to spend as little money as possible and we picked the rate that cost the lesat - $140 per night.

From the websiter where we booked our room, it also said we wil receive a complimentary welcome cocktail. That was no where to be seen either.

However after all, this hotle is close to downtown, with nice beaches and very nice pool, I am still giving it a 3 out of 5.

  • Stayed January 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2005

We loved the Finesterra so much that we invited our family to join us in 2003 and then in 2004, our youngest son wanted to get married at the Finesterra, so we spent another five days there with our whole family of 11 plus two other couples in November of 2004. I coordinated the wedding from here with the wedding coordinators from the Finesterra. We started in April of 2004 and I was completely satisfied and in awe of the special service we got as a wedding party. We wanted to keep it simple and less expensive and they understood that. The coordinators had the beach raked and they put out lighted candles on the beach. The ceremony was held closer to the water than normal because our son wanted to "hear the waves" while he said the vows. The weather cooperated and at exactly 5:35, the sun went down and the marriage was solemnized. The Floral shop in town provided a beautiful bouquet of nine roses for our special bride, who is from Sarajevo. The custom there is that a happy occasion required an odd number of flowers. That night and for the remaining nights of our stay, our son and his bride's room was dec orated with rose petals and towel figurines that greeted them every night.
The pool waiters were invited to the wedding, but those on duty just watched from the stairs and they were like family after the five day stay.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2005

We just returned from a 5 night stay at the Finisterra (3/2-3/6). We stayed in the Palapa Beach section which was worth the extra money for the views and the balcony overlooking the pool area and the Pacific Ocean. We were able to spot some whales from our room balcony one afternoon. At night, we slept with the balcony door open to hear the waves.

Overall, the hotel was very well kept and our room was cleaned nicely every day with fresh towels and sheets. The hotel is within walking distance to the marina and downtown where there are lots of shops and restaurants. For those days when we wanted to stay close, we had breakfast and dinner at the Blue Marlin restaurant which is buffet style. The food was good and the staff were excellent. We also had drinks at the Whale Watchers bar which has awesome views and is in a neat location atop a cliff with a nearby waterfall. The pools are nice and there is a swim up bar, however, we did not spend much time at the pool and instead took a water taxi to Medano Beach and hung out there. At the beach, I highly recommend breakfast at The Office restaurant. We never made it but were told that Gardenias has great fish tacos if you want more of the local experience in town.

The only negatives were: at check-in time we asked for a king size bed and non-smoking room which was requested at the time of reservation. Instead we got 2 double beds and the clerk did not tell us this when he assigned us the room, let alone confirm our reservation and length of stay. Also, the beds are very firm and my back was sore for the first 2-3 nights. When we inquired about activities at the hostess desk, we were asked to participate in a tour of Playa Grande which is a new hotel next door. The hostess was not aggressive but people are constantly harassing you about timeshares.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Domicilio Conocido Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico (Formerly Hotel Finisterra)
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#10 Business Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#14 Luxury Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#17 Romantic Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#22 Family Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos 4*
Number of rooms: 287
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Landmark Resort. Best location in town with Ocean and Bay views. CURRENTLY UNDER RENNOVATIONS IN SOME AREAS AWAY FORM GUESTS TRAFFIC, OPERATING ALL POOLS AND GUESTS ROOMS AND PUBLIC AREAS. Located in the “Heart and Soul of Cabo”!Live the legend of the new SANDOS Finisterra ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT unique architecture overlooking the Bay of San Lucas or enjoy the largest family rooms facing the Pacific sunsets in any of our Jr. Suites. All within a short walk to restaurants, night life, shops, fishing and water sports. Free WiFi in Lobby and Restaurants. Endless beach walks and amazing pools. Embrace the Cabo sun in any of our three amazing pools or have a snack at the largest and tallest Palapa in the Pacific. For the evenings enjoy a margarita at the historical Blue Marlin Bar where Keith Richards and Brooke Shields loved to relax. If you like tennis we have 2 courts for you free of charge. Ideal for Families or Couples that want the best value. The Jr. Suites Ocean View rooms have the largest capacity in Cabo sleeping 3 adults and 2 children with our 2 Queen and Sofa beds. Just perfect for the family that needs best value for their money! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Finisterra Hotel Cabo San Lucas
Hotel Finisterra Cabo San Lucas
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