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“Beautiful Beach, Amazing Staff” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Marbella Suites en la Playa

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Marbella Suites en la Playa
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Transpeninsular Highway Km 17 | Colonia Cabo Real, Cabo San Lucas 23400, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #7 of 66 hotels in Cabo San Lucas
New Westminster, Canada
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beach, Amazing Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I'll start by saying that there are a lot of stairs at this hotel. There is one elevator but it only takes you up to the penthouse or down a floor to the internet room. Other than those stairs, this is a well kept beautiful hotel built into the side of a mountain. Every room is different (we stayed in two different rooms at two different times) and well worth the price.
The beach is amazing. There are really neat rock formations on the beach but no rocks in the ocean/tide. The waves are the perfect size for swimming. The pool is beautiful. There are two hot tubs. The restaurant has amazing food. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: I would get a room in the "30's" You're close to the top, but closer to the beach.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I can't wait to stay at Marbella again! I went alone and was looking for a quiet and relaxing trip - Marbella was completely the right choice for this. The weekend meant the pool and beach area was much busier than the weekdays, but it was a holiday weekend. The wi-fi worked great, the apartment felt huge for just one, it was one of the cleanest places I have ever stayed, and the bed was comfortable. It was quiet at night, even with my bedroom windows open. It is a little out of the way along the highway between San Jose and Cabo, and as many reviewers have pointed out you would need a car or need to take the bus to head to other places. Some reviewers mentioned difficulty with getting beach chairs, but I found that I had one every day as long as I headed to the beach by mid-morning. Sunrises along the beach are the best - local fisherman and pelicans as your only company. Because I knew I wasn't leaving the resort during my stay, I made sure in advance that the restaurant would be open the whole time, which it was. The restaurant/bar staff are wonderful! They work hard to make sure you are taken care of. I found enough variety in the menu to eat there each day, and enjoyed my meals. Finally, the service by Marbella staff before I even went to Mexico was outstanding! I had endless questions before my trip, and they answered everything quickly and helped me take care of all arrangements easily. It was my first trip to Mexico, and I felt incredibly at ease and safe traveling by myself to this wonderful resort!

Room Tip: From what I could tell, the rooms closest to the beach are also closest to any pool/restaurant noise...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed at the Marbella suites en la playa over Christmas and although it was our first trip ever to Los Cabos, we lucked out finding this gem. We rented a car from Dominic at the airport. One of his guys waited right by the car and greeted us, no hassles. Even at the drop off, one of his guys found us and took back the car, no problems, just wonderful! NO time share guys here!
On our way to the hotel we enjoyed the scenery and were pleasantly surprised how easy it is to get around. You don't have to go fast if you don't want to. This is a two lane highway and if someone speeds they can just pass you. Since the hotel is on the other side of the road and you cannot just turn left, we had to keep going until we found a turn-around (Chileno beach area at least I think it was this one) which was no problem to find. Chileno beach turned out to be our favorite beach, esp. if you walk a bit further south where you can find a few less busy beaches/bays for swimming and fabulous snorkeling.
Once at our hotel we were greeted by the friendly front desk man, sorry don't remember his name. Checking in was fast, no line-ups. They brought our stuff to our one bedroom suite (#52) and we made ourselves at home. It had a kitchenette which can be misleading to some folks as it only has a microwave and coffee maker with a fridge but no stove top. We may bring a small cooking element/stove with us next time to fry up some eggs or fish.
The suite was nice and very clean, no bugs unless you keep the unscreened windows open with the lights on. It has a safe which has a code to open and close. We did have to call the front desk to send someone to show us how the safe is operated and also to bring a hair dryer as they forgot to put one in the room. Whithin minutes we had both taken care of.
The beach is only a few steps down past the restaurant and pool. There are two hot tubs who are pretty hot. The pool isn't heated so it's nice to have dip in the pool in between hot tub sessions.
We did eat at the restaurant a few times and the food was really good. Being on a budget we bought some wine and beer and used plastic cups or travel mugs to put our drinks in and take with us anywhere on the property.
The staff works so hard to keep the place clean and neat it was great to see. Needless to say we left a nice tip for the maids every day and also other things like clothing, cosmetics and such which they may like.
There is an elevator for anyone who cannot do stairs.
Movies where on most nights on a screen above the swimming pool. We were mosly alone watching movies in a lounge chair with our drinks in hand.
They also made a fire on the beach every night. If you plan to have dinner by the beach, you can sit by the fire after, which is really nice.
If you sit anywhere near the pool or beach, the staff will come and ask if you need anything and you can order food or drinks if you like.
We are going back to Marbella next winter. I like that this place is less busy and quiet. Our room was the basic garden view room but from our bedroom we could the see the beach and the water, it was awesome!

Room Tip: If you want to be close to the beach choose a room with a lower room number. Room 14 had a full sea...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

Great resort. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent. The best guacamole on the planet. The location and beach was superb. It was not crowded like the other nearby resorts. All in all a great vacation getaway.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Clarita, California
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The welcome drink, the comfortable room, the incredibly delicious food and the amazing staff, especially Lilian who helped arrange and book our activities in the area. All of it exceeded our expectations!

Room Tip: 5 adults stayed in the two bedroom suite and it was perfect with a large balcony and ocean view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Just got back from a 7 day vacation. We had stayed at the Royal Solaris 2 years ago-but I wanted to be closer to town this trip. 1st of all-the staff was Awesome!! They catered to us the whole time. Con-the stairs (a lot of them), not a lot of activites, rooms could be updated (shower curtain about to fall off), pool too cold to get into, hot tubs scalding hot, and when laying on beach in chairs to relax, was eaten alive by some bugs. Spent almost everyday in town-so was great to get on bus easily both ways. If you want a very relaxed stay just staring at the ocean being waited on-this is perfect.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 13-pretty good view, but since the restaurant was right there they start playing m...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

We were in desperate need of a break from our hectic lives in Los Angeles and were worried that Cabo might be too touristy, but we took the risk anyway. We were so pleasantly surprised by Marbella's secluded ambiance. They truly cater to their guests, from the prearranged shuttle service to and from the airport to the pristinely clean suites. There are no TVs or radios in the suite which forces you to truly unwind. The terrace restaurant features delicious food and breathtaking views. The waiters are friendly and humorous and grant any special requests you may have. Early birds can enjoy seeing whales and dolphins swimming in the distance as you walk the span of the beach, which is pretty much all to yourself. I highly recommend a massage and dinner on the beach, as well as tequila and margarita tastings. There is a bus stop in front of the hotel that takes you into downtown; it's a quick 15min trip. We can't wait to return to Marbella!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Also Known As:
Marbella Suites En La Playa Hotel
Marbella Suites En La Playa Hotel Cabo San Lucas
Marbella Hotel En La Playa
Marbella Hotel Cabo San Lucas
Marbella Suites En La Playa Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos
Address: Transpeninsular Highway Km 17 | Colonia Cabo Real, Cabo San Lucas 23400, Mexico
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#6 Family Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#7 Business Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#7 Romantic Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Marbella Suites en la Playa 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This quaint Beachfront hotel embodies an authentic Mexican experience, while remaining distinctly different. Its traditional Mexican architecture and spacious accommodations ensure relaxation and comfort for all of our guests. ... more   less 
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