I've been stalking the reviews for about a year since January 2011, so I had a very good idea about what to expect for my December 16th-21st stay.
Arrived in Mexico (bombarded with timeshare sellers IN the airport!) hint: the minute anyone says "2 for 1" or "50% off" it's guaranteed a timeshare presentation. Got outside, found our bus and was dropped at our hotel.
CHECK-IN: was smooth and quick: we were booked for a king bed, but needed 2 doubles a room was not ready at that time, but our bags were "held for us" while we were told to explore/ grab lunch. The "bag holding" was simply putting it in front of an activity desk where the guy supposedly watched them... regardless our bags were OK there. We ate lunch at Napa buffet and returned to get our room (we were offered a beachfront lanai room for $30/ night- we declined). Our room was awesome! (mostly due to location) we were room 3-07 that means block 3 which is the building with the front desk we literally went up an elevator to our room- VERY central, very close and convenient. The room itself had outdated decor, but was clean and functional. I had no complaints regarding the room. (Others mention a hard bed= TRUE)
TIMESHARE SELLERS: as soon as you check-in there are desks where "hotel staff" wait to tell you about all the resort has to offer- TRICK!!! They are not hotel employees but timeshare sellers. You THINK they will tell you about the resort- but in reality tell you just a little, and sell you a helluva lot. We were not tricked, and never once sat down with them. The front desk in fact TELLS you to talk to them for "more information".
FOOD: ranged from below-average to very good.
Napa: the buffet (breakfast, lunch and dinner) overall was OK-to pretty good. The breakfast was best, lots of options, however it was the same options everyday. Lunch was OK (only ate it twice as we were full from breakfast, or snacked at the bar). Dinner was nice meats a little tough, with fatty or poor cuts, but seasoned nicely. Lots of veggies, and a not so plentiful salad bar. I'm not a fancy, smancy "foodie" so this was perfectly fine for me, but nothing to write home about. The "Napa Italian a la Carte" was not good... the mac n cheese was penne with what looked like nacho cheese sauce on top, apple pie was made with figs, and the brownie was very dry and flour-y.
La Terreza (or something) a la carte: was by FAR the best meal! Soup was great, pork chop HUGE, but tasty and the surf n turf was very tasty. The cheesecake made me fall in love. The restaurant is actually outside under the stars, and nicely lit- chilly, but beautiful.
Snack bar: is a patio on the beach! very nice setting. You can get self serve ice cream, and nachos. The tacos are good, the burgers are good (unless you like fully loaded humungo burgers in which case you'd probably hate them). We would only snack here. Overall good for quick bite.
POOLS: we only swam in the main, activity pool as my mom liked watching "stuff". The adult only seemed very nice, and quiet. The other pool was a hit or miss as far as people around it went.
BEACH: is very long walk from the resort to the water. It is sandy walk but at times quite coarse, I had to walk slowly, but it wasn't a problem- just worthy or a note. Vendors: in all white approach you as you're walking... we'd just decline and continue. HORSE CRAP: ok so lots of people take the horse ride on the beach... and horses takes craps... well it would appear this doesn't get cleaned often enough because there is a lot of crap to watch out for! Still, not a deal breaker.
SERVICE: above average. Nearly all staff was friendly, and would greet you as you walked by, and get you what you asked for. About half our encounters with staff involved some joking, kidding around, smiles and fun interactions. We made sure to tip the servers especially well if they made our experience extra enjoyable.
GYM: very, very minimal, with relatively old equipment- but gets the job done. It is busy from 7-9am each morning.
TENNIS: I played only once, it was good the instructor taught me the basic form (beginner here) and wasn't all that impressed to have to "teach" me but I wasn't complaining.
ACTIVITIES: Rocia is quite the gal. I've heard "she's hilarious" at least 100 times on week long trip. And that's the straight truth. She will individually walk around the pool coaxing you to join the activity (pool volleyball, beach volleyball, Mexican bingo, water aerobics, cooking lessons, dance lessons, among others...) And it's not just "hey, c'mon" it's more like "hey, amigo, you going to play beach volleyball? No? Why not? You hungover? Yeah, my friend- I know we have the same problem... Hey, why you not excited to play volleyball huh? You party pooper? OK, c'mon help me out, even if you're not excited to play volleyball- can you just pretend?" it goes on and on- it's hilarious! Super fun days just hanging out by the pool watching, listening and participating.
LOCATION: so you're 30 mins away from the main party town (we visited once on the "PARTY HOPPER" tour) good times, with a big group the clubs are nice but very very touristy. We walked several times to the small town of Cabo San Lucas- lots of shopping (touristy/ jewelry) The locals are friendly, and somewhat pushy getting you into their stores. It's fun- make sure you know how to bargain! It's a 15min walk each way.
MOTHS: OMG there is a moth problem there currently... they don't bother you at all but they're everywhere! All due to a mild winter... worthy of noting so you aren't shocked.
OVERALL: great trip, nice resort, fun staff...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between a white sand beach and the Sierra de San Lazaro Mountains, Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos is truly "at one" with the environment. At or near the resort, you'll golf, play tennis, swim and ride horses while younger guests explore the Chiqui Kids Club. To expand your fun in the sun, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are minutes away. Two restaurants, one Buffet and one a la carte, room service, 6 bars. ... more less
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