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Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Blvd Mijares S/N | Zona Hotelera, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico (Formerly Presidente Los Cabos Resort)   |  
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“Pleasantly Surprised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The Sunwing package to this destination was affordable and offered during the Christmas season. As we had a member of our party of 3 in a wheelchair it was imperative to have a wheelchair friendly place. Our main floor room was comfortable with an outside patio facing the adult pool. This area was quieter than other pool areas and easily accessible. We had access to all the grounds and facilities. The meal plans for the week were varied and good. The bar selections really good. Location was accessible to local buses (short walk up the road) so we were able to explore other areas. Slight drawback for a wheelchair person requiring transportation as the taxis were all van type and difficult to get into the vehicle but lots of room for the chair to be brought along. All the staff were so friendly and gave us daily greetings and very good service. This was our 1st all-inclusive vacation and we really enjoyed it.

Room Tip: Main level room facing the adult pool was wheelchair accessible, pretty quiet and large enough for 3...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

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...

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Daly City, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We recently stayed 4 nights at the Holiday Inn Resort in San Jose del Cabo. Like other reviewers have said, the hotel grounds are well kept and on the cleaner side. The staff is friendly and everyone greets you as you walk by.

The food- while we were there they only had one restaurant open, the Napa. It's buffet style and was open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food was okay, nothing to rave about. From 11am-6pm the hotel opens the pool/beach grill that serves hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, nachos, french fries and a couple other things. We ate lunch almost every day at the pool/beach grill. The best thing there are the nachos and tacos.

The drinks- you can pretty much get whatever you want to drink from any of the restaurants on property. The alcoholic drinks are not too strong but they were okay. The wine selection is not great and if you want good wine be prepared to pay for it!

The room- we originally had a reservation for a garden view room, but we asked about an upgrade to an ocean view room and got it for $100 more ($25/night). The view from the room was good, though the room we stayed in didn't have a balcony and the windows didn't open more than a few inches so that was a disappointment. The room is spacious with a king bed, a sofa, and an area with a small table and chairs. The bathroom is decent size with a standup shower, toilet, and sink. I have back problems so I had a hard time sleeping on the HARD bed! The walls in between rooms are thin, you can pretty much hear everything going on in the next room so if you're a light sleeper like me make sure to bring ear plugs!

The location- the resort is right on the beach in San Jose del Cabo. Though the beach is not a swimming beach, if you walk about 100 yards towards the other resorts we saw a lot of people in the water (not sure if they're supposed to be there or not). The beach sand is pretty rocky and not too comfortable to walk on if you have sensitive feet. There weren't many beach vendors selling their products, though we did see a few. There are hammocks and beach lounger chairs provided by the resort to lay on. The actual resort is about 35 mins away from the action in Cabo San Lucas, which translates to about a $70USD round trip cab ride. The resort offers a shuttle to Cabo San Lucas, but it's only for a limited amount of time (I think if you leave at 10am they pick you up at 3pm) so you really can't do much because of the time constraints. We did take the shuttle one night into Cabo San Lucas for dinner. I think next time we go we will stay in Cabo San Lucas.

The pools- There were two pools open when we were there. We spent most of the time at the Activities pool with the pool bar. The resort's activities coordinator, Rosa, is great! She does everything from water aerobics to Mexican bingo. The pool bar bartenders were really nice. I even had a staff member cut down a coconut from the tree and gave it to me to eat fresh coconut! It's so yummy!

Overall it was a nice resort. We went to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of work, and we were able to do just that.

Room Tip: The rooms on the first floor have hammocks and a nice patio area.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

If you are looking for a resort that offers rock slab mattresses, moldy showers, barely edible food and totally inattentive staff, then the Holiday Inn Los Cabos is the place for you. We booked (and pre-paid) 5 nights; after the 3rd night we left and checked into a boutique hotel in San Jose for the remainder of our vacation.
We have travelled extensively throughout Mexico in the past 15 years and this was our third visit to Los Cabos in the past 18 months. The Holiday Inn is by far the worst experience we have had – EVER.
All inclusive at this resort doesn’t include more than one bottle of water a day delivered to your room.
The ironic part is that even though the staff was very inattentive, we were accosted several times each day by someone wanting to sell us some timeshare or activity. In fact, we witnessed several groups getting worked over at length by timeshare sales people. Near the end of our stay in San Jose we were at a bar and noticed the Holiday Inn timeshare “closer” saunter in and greet his friends. When one asked what he was up to, he answered, “I’m at the Presidente and it’s horrible.” Horrible really cannot fully describe this place.

Perhaps the good folks who have given positive reviews haven’t experienced what a true vacation resort should be and thus have nothing for comparison. Oh, and who ever travels with an air mattress? Seriously? Do yourself a favor - spend a little extra money and avoid the Holiday Inn Los Cabos.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Dear Kathryn G,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comments online. I am truly sorry to hear that your room accommodation, the food, and service you received during your travel did not live up to your expectations. I assure you that every comment, no matter how small, is taken very seriously. We hope to get a chance of hosting you again and show you how great our hotel is.

If there is anything we can do to make your next stay more comfortable, please do not hesitate to ask the Manager on Duty.


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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Like my title suggests, this hotel is fine, as long as you know what to expect. The hotel staff is very friendly, and the food is what you would expect from an all-inclusive type hotel (just fine, not inedible). The only thing that put a damper on our stay was "The Club". These are the people who try to sell you their "vacation package" as soon as you check into the hotel. They will first stop you once you check into the hotel, and will tell you that they are going to tell you all about the different restaurants the hotel offers, and all the activities that are available to you. Once they give you somewhat false information about the hotel (the map and activities list they gave us were filled with inaccuracies), they will try to get you to agree to listen to their vacation package presentation (only "90 minutes"!) in exchange for free activities such as a dinner cruise or dolphin encounters. Unfortunately, my family and I were one of the groups that fell for this trap. At the time, listening to a 90 minute presentation in exchange for a free dinner cruise and huge discount on the dolphin encounter seemed like a good idea. The presentation consisted of someone joining us for breakfast, asking us a bunch of questions about how we vacation, then being taken to their offices for them to try to sell us their "vacation packages". After we told them we were not interested, we were taken to their activities person to book all of our "free" activities. Well, the dinner cruise they promised us ended up being a sunset cruise without dinner, and we were basically stranded at the marina for a couple of hours after our cruise, because the hotel shuttle was not going to pick us up until later in the night. After this disappointment, we decided to cancel the dolphin encounter that we had booked through them. We ended up having to negotiate with "The Club" people to cancel this, which ended up being a complete hassle.

The moral of the story is: JUST SAY NO TO THE CLUB PEOPLE. If someone comes up to you after you check in, just say no. If you want to do activities while you're there, just go up to the concierge and book it yourself. We ended up booking a City Tour with Gray Line and had a wonderful time. I just wish I could get back the time we wasted on dealing with the club people.

The actual hotel is nice, and the pools and the beach area are very pretty. There is no jacuzzi at the hotel, which was kind of a disappointment. The hotel staff were all very friendly, and our room was very clean. You can either opt for the buffet for dinner, or make a reservation at the Napa restaurant for your a la carte option (The Club people will tell you that you can make a reservation with them, and they will put you on the list. That's what we did, and they DID NOT put in our reservation. I'm not kidding, don't talk to anyone from The Club.) The a la carte food tasted better than the buffet, in my opinion. The drinks are fine, but I would stick with beer. Overall, the hotel is great, with some minor, avoidable obstacles.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We stayed here for almost 2 weeks, nice property lots of walking if you have mobility issues. Grounds keep very well and lots of maitenance staff doing repairs and touch ups, staff are very friendly. Food is ok, breakfast was always the best, lunch so so and supper was good however, dress warm it is served outside on the patio with live entertainment!. See if you can upgrade to a lanai room when you arrive, our room was right by the adults only pool very nice and quiet! look for a CABO PASSPORT before you come save tonnes of money on cool trips, and going to Cabo 70 US return trip and the shuttle is 10 per person each way Have Fun!

Room Tip: Book a Lanai Room the best!!!!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The hotel is nice and clean, good food, good quality service, quite few swimming pools. The location is a bit far from everything, but we took the bus to San Jose and also to Cabo san Lucas.
We had lots of fun, there is disco every night until late, people seem to have lots of fun. Also a band and once in a while they set the dinner on the patio, outside, which was great.
The only down side was that it is not safe to swim, as there are rip currents, but we walked down the beach and found some safe places to go in the water. There is also a natural reserve area where you can walk from the back of the hotel, very nice, worth to visit.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Blvd Mijares S/N | Zona Hotelera, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico (Formerly Presidente Los Cabos Resort)
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Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > San Jose del Cabo
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#12 Top resorts Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#18 Family Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#20 On the Beach Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive 3.5*
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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. ... more   less 
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