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Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 10.3 | Cabo del Sol, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico   |  
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“Amazing Property - Almost 5 Stars...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

I try to make my reviews meaningful pointing out the great and the "could be better" aspects of every hotel we visit. We did not do all-inclusive but did have the breakfast buffet included in our stay. Our Deluxe room on the 4th floor was a large very nice room with a king size bed, tub and walk in shower. The balcony gave us a great view of the ocean from where we did see whales in the distance. Our room was kept very clean and robes and chocolates were laid out at night

The Great: The property is absolutely gorgeous. The five pools are beautiful, clean and have plenty of chairs in the shade and sun. The cabanas on the beach are very nice as well. The staff are exceptionally professional and friendly. The breakfast buffet was fabulous. Large variety with plenty of options including made to order omelets, breads, cereals, fruit, juices, yogurt, French toast, oatmeal and even mimosas and ingredients to make Bloody Marys. I believe the cost was around $25 per person.

The private beach was amazing. Although the current is to strong to swim, you can wade out to your waist among the rocks. We saw tropical fish swimming right near the shore every day. Crabs crawled all over the rocks. Pelicans and seagulls were a daily sight as well. There are some resident lizards that crawl around the rocks of the resort so be ready. They will be happy to eat lettuce you leave for them.

The complimentary Wi-Fi worked great and was nice to have. If you need to print anything the business center charges 10 Pesos for 10 minutes on the computer and 1 Peso per printed page. They do have coffee and tea in the business center so enjoy that while you are there.

The "Could be Improved": You arrive, check in and then are greeted by your representative that is to give you an orientation of the resort. It started out nice enough with tips on where to eat and visit and then the discussion turned to attending a vacation club presentation. We explained we were not interested but she pressed on. After about 20 minutes and three attempts to politely state we just wanted to enjoy our vacation I had to stand up and request our luggage be brought to us. This left a very bad impression with me.

The resort is about 10 miles from Cabo San Lucas so as others have stated, you need to cab it ($20 each way) or take the resort shuttle ($10 per person round trip) to get to town if you do not have a car. This can be expensive depending on how often you want to go. You can also ask for the complimentary shuttle to take you across the bridge and catch the public bus for 20 Pesos but you need a way to get back to the resort if you don't want to walk the 3 or so miles from the road where the bus drops you off.

The resort is a bit pricy. Beers run about $4.50 and mixed drinks are around $8 - 10. Lunch ranges around $10 - $15 for a club or pizza but we were pleased with the quality of the food. We only ate dinner once at the resort and thought it was too expensive for the quality and quantity of food.

Not to much at the resort is complimentary except for the two small bottles of water left in your room at night. If you want morning coffee go to the little café on the 3rd level and it is 25 Pesos. Cheaper than the 55 Pesos if you use the coffee in your room. I thought this was a bit extreme. For a resort of this level, coffee and tea in the room should be included.

All in all, we had a wonderful stay and highly recommend the resort. Just be prepared for your "orientation" and to spend some money while you are there. All-inclusive may be the way to go. For us, there is always to much to see to limit ourselves to the resort. Many, many delicious places to eat at the marina and fun places to grabd a $2 beer.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andover, Kansas
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

This is a truly beautiful property, laid out very nicely! Several nice pools, so you don't have to be around children if you don't want to. Several different "depths", so it caters to all ages. My husband and I had been here before, just the 2 of us, and decided to bring our children, ages 7 & 10 back for spring break. Wonderful time of year to be here and get to enjoy the whale watching. Fabulous views from all over the property. Few things about the property that I didn't care for. Our room was very small for 4 people. The "queen" beds were double beds. We tried to get a bigger room or suite, but would have had to do that at the expense of losing our wonderful view! Everyone voted to keep the view, even though we would not have minded paying the difference, it wasn't worth it.
Part of the attractiveness of the property is that our children would "eat free" at all of the restaurants on the property as part of a promotion, as well as they offer a kids program. The only problem is the menu is the same for every restaurant and has about 5 things, (very simple and juvenille choices), which my children got very tired of very fast. What is wrong with putting a few of the items off the adult menu on there, just in smaller portions? Needless to say, for our 10 yr old, we ended up ordering off the adult menu for her most of the time.
One other complaint, we booked a reservation at the Italian restaurant "Rosata" one night, made reservation through the conceirge. Later that afternoon, we decided to change the time to a 1/2hr later because we were having so much fun at the pool. Again, made that change through the concerierge. Finally, we went to our room so everyone could get ready for a "nice" dinner. Went to the restaurant and it was CLOSED!!! We were puzzeled to say the least! Went to the conceriege desk and (course the gentleman that had originally help us was not there.) The lady at the desk said, "oh yes, it is closed on Monday night". Big surprise to us, it was now 7 p.m., our children were very hungry and it was too late to head into town. Our option was a buffet at one restaurant or a very limited menu at the other restraurant. Did not make me very happy to say the least!! The best food we had at this resort was breakfast and the chips & guac at the pool bar!! Service is good otherwise, the waiters at the bar are very friendly and do everything to meet your needs!
One of the main reasons we stayed here is they offered a "kids program", which I talked up to my kids before arriiving. We asked for an "activities" schedule in advance. Nothing too impressive or fun for 7 & 10 year olds. Crafts, coin hunt in the pool, donut eating contest, make a necklace. They picked out activities that they thought sounded fun for a day. When we arrived, it was more of a "day care", Most of the kids were under 6, and had been dropped off for the day. When it was time for lunch, they took them over to the "breakfast buffet" that was still set up in one of the restaurants. My kids had already had breakfast, and told them they would like lunch. Didn't matter. I think they seriously need to revisit their kids program if they truly want one or just say they offer child care.
My husband had a very nice "couples massage" at the spa on that day. Very relaxing, and very professional. Good value for the $.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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USA
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Had a great time with my husband and two teenagers. We stayed in the villas and the accommodations were great. We had a wonderful view of the ocean and were able to see whales from the balcony during the course of the day. The food was good and there was always something on the menu to meet everyone's needs. We had great walks in the mornings in the neighborhood surrounding the property. Getting into Cabo San Lucas was easy as taxis were immediately available. We would definitely return to this property!!!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prescott, AZ
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47 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed at the FA Vacation Club which is adjacent to the Grand Hotel. Used RCI with Hilton GV points for a week of exciting whale watching and enjoying the resort. Located in the Cabo del Sol complex of resorts and private residences, FA is built into a stunning cliff side with gorgeous views of the ocean and beach with rocky headlands. The whales we're so close and active.... breaching, fin-slaps and tail-slaps. Lots of mothers and calves to see. No need to book a whale watching cruise to see the action. Great snorkeling around the rocks during low tide. Beach is safe for swimming at low tide, but the water is a bit on the cool side. A golf cart will take you to the lobby area where you can take a courtesy shuttle to the highway. There you can catch the bus to town for 20 pesos. Taxis and commercial shuttles are very expensive. Renting a car can also be expensive because of the mandatory insurance you must carry while driving in Mexico. Wal Mart is a short bus ride towards town. We stocked up on fruit, Mexican pastries, bollitos, and drinks...tequila, Controy and limes, avoiding the pricey bars and restaurants at the resort. We ate dinners in town at some wonderful restaurants. All in all, a very nice week in paradise.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

If you are staying her make sure you understand you must pay to take a cab to go anywhere. The cheapest meal is $25 - for burger. The restaurants were under staffed so the service was very slow. When you are paying $75 per person for dinner you expect good service. To top things off the hotel charged an extra $1,000 to our credit card which 28 days later still has not been refunded. We were very disappointed with the hotel but Cabo was incredible. We would go back tomorrow but we would never stay at this hotel again.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Naperville, Illinois, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Beautiful! Great accommodations, friendly staff, plenty of room. We went in Feb. and spent a lot of time on the balcony in the hot tub and watching the whales! We were with a bunch of friends who were all turning 40. We all had a great time! Lots of great fish right at your ankles in the ocean during low tide. No need for snorkles!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Idaho
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

We hooked another week on our San Diego vacation & hopped down to Cabo on Spirit Airlines ($84ow). We had been there only once before & I would have to be honest & say it wasn't my favorite place. But it was a way to get out of cold Idaho so off we went. One very important thing to do in advance is arrange for a shuttle prior to getting there. I bought rt tickets with TransCabo ($40) & glad I did. The timeshare sharks are uncanny. They had orange shirts like TransCabo & tried to convince us that's who they were.
Fiesta Americana is a huge resort built on a hillside sloping down to the ocean. The one negative is that it must be a mile and a half from the main road so if you didn't have a car you paid $10 rt pp to go into Cabo.
Our room was a studio in the first phase which was located above the pool. It had 4 flights of stairs down & the patio was tiny. When a baby moved in next door we asked to be moved. They moved us to the newer units which were very nice but more importantly had a larger patio. We were on the second floor which meant 5 sets of stairs. I love having breakfast on the patio so even though it was further to the pool & ocean, it was a good trade. Our room had a coffee pot, microwave & small refrigerator We took our own coffee after reading other reviews about the $5 packets. It's true, if you use what's in the room that's what you pay.
No matter where you go, there are steps or incline. They do have golf carts to help those who need assistance. It's not a resort for those with handicaps though due to few elevators & the distance between areas
Our favorite thing at the resort was the affinity pool. It was warm & looked out over the ocean where every day we were provided with the most splendid whale show I've ever seen. Moms & babies played & jumped out of the water. It was great. We also met the nicest people. We went to dinner with one couple & whale watching with others. The people made it a great week. The staff was also super nice
The resort has 3 restaurants. We ate two dinners at the Peninsula which is open air near ocean. Meals were good there but a bit over price. We also ate at Vino Del Mar. The BBQ nite was pretty good but for $35 was a bit spendy. Another meal there was pretty poor
We went to town & ate at Maro's Shrimp House (excellent) & the Crazy Lobster which was good as well
The smell of the resort is very nice. It was minty & refreshing. I didn't use the spa but heard it was very good
We most likely will return & meet up with our new friends. Happy memories.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 10.3 | Cabo del Sol, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Business Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#6 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#7 Family Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#8 Romantic Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#10 Luxury Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 249
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover an amazing world of contrasts where the desert meets the sea. For your visit to this seductive and enchanting destination, choose the world-class Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, where your visit will be defined by exclusivity, luxury and distinction. The exceptional hotel helps you to enjoy your vacation in Grand Style. You'll be amazed by the subtle details and the diversity of the flavors, aromas and colors that emerge throughout your stay. Every day is memorable and different. And there's no better way to enjoy it than with our Grand All Inclusive concept, where it's indulging just to be here. ... more   less 
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