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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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Ranked #28 of 39 hotels in San Jose del Cabo
Vernon, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fun Times”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

6 of stayed Jan 31st through Feb 7th...We had a ball, the weather was fabulous the drinks were cold the rooms are good, my bed was softer than other resorts I've stayed in! We tipped our housekeeper 50 pesos everyday and got great service. We tipped our servers between 20 and 50 pesos at meals and don't forget your bartenders because they are AMAZING...shout out to Mario in the snack bar..totally amazing!!
Ok...so now to the food...if I had an icon with a thumbs down I would use it for most meals except lunch in the Napa restaurant...that gets a thumbs up big time..lots of fresh veggies, salad and fish! The snack bar has the best burgers and fries (ask for the fries extra done or they are very undercooked). Love the salsa and chips! All in all you won't go hungry and there is something for everyone.
The staff are great, the resort is fine, the beach is big and oh...this is the first resort that we have stayed at that we didn't have to get up by 6-7 am to save a spot around the pool or on the beach!
If you don't want 2 double beds make sure you request a King size when making your reservations..we got a king only after my husband got a little angry ( he later went and apologized to the desk clerk) we can't understand why these hotels don't go to 2 Queens instead of doubles..who sleeps in doubles anymore???
We ate out at local restaurants a few times and had great meals everywhere we went! We will return :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago S, Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
And we'll be happy to see you when you come back Holly513! Thank you for the tips, as mentioned on another reply it's not necessary but it's greatly appreciated. I want to get a thumbs up for the food! So we're currently working to spruce things up. We're keeping the favorites and spicing up those menus that aren't the most popular. And the great thing about having three separate pools with tons of space is just that, no hassling for sunbeds!
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

The hotel is the last on the beach strip, but closest to San Jose del Cabo city (15-20 min walk). The grounds are beautiful, right beside the estuary: you can see some birds and the walk on the beach is nice.

Our room (1104) was on the ground floor facing the activity pool ... absolutely gorgeous!!! The hammock is fun to hang in especially after 4:30pm when the sun is on the patio of these few rooms and nowhere else!!!

The service was OK, if you feel you miss something just ask for it. The personnel will make it happen! Sometimes they might skip replenishing your mini fridge ... again ... just ask for it!

My biggest disappointment though was the food. I am not a fussy eater. I really like food and to eat ... sometimes something as simple as cheese, onion and bread!!! But this resort seems it got the worst cooks on the planet!!! The actual Mexican food ... if you go outside of the resort is REALLY GOOD! So, I don't get why the hotels managers don't get into simple food choices but well done at the least!!! Anyways, for whomever needs a diet ... that's the best spot ... after 2-3 days you just don't feel hungry anymore ... sick of the same and same food, sometimes recycled as well.

The adult pool bartender, Alma, is very good! Ask whatever you might think of in terms of the cocktail and she will make it for you.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms are the best. Easy to walk in and out. With a hammock and a patio.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago S, Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Hi Flanto! Thanks for the excellent advise to our future travelers, if there's anything you need or if something's missing, you can most certainly ask anyone from our staff and we'll be happy to help! So never be afraid to ask! If we can get what you need for you, then all the better! And I have to defend our cooks, even though as mentioned on other reviews our menus are always a work in progress, I adamantly don't believe that they're the worst. They're hard workers and very focused on preparing good meals for our guests. Next time you come you'll never want to leave the Hotel for food!
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Creemore
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Stayed one week at this hotel. Check in went smoothly, stayed in building 6, nice and quiet. Room was clean and maid service was great. The main swimming pool, water is freezing, not heated. Bad service was good. Breakfast buffet is fabulous, lunch was good but the dinner buffet needs help. First of all, itis an outside buffet. Very windy and cold to eat outside. Food was not good and was cold. Thank goodness for the salad and bread. Never could get into the alacarte rest until 8 or 9 at night. It would be so much nicer if they had the dinner buffet inside as its a lovely place for the breakfast. Entertainment, well not so good. I would not go back to this resort but if you are looking for a cheap vacation, why not?

Room Tip: We had a room in building six. Nice and quiet. Close to buffet.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago S, Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Although I agree with you Cynthia005 that the Napa restaurant is an excellent place for the breakfast and lunch buffets, sometimes for dinner it's a little complicated allocating this space because it's smaller than our Esplanade, where we also have the stage set up for the shows. Depending on the restaurants' schedule sometimes we do have the buffet inside, but other times we have to switch it to the outside. A recommendation for all of our guests during winter is to bring light jackets (a hoodie is a must have!) so you'll be more comfortable at the outside buffet.
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Kelowna, Canada
1 review
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Our large family group ranging in ages from 10 to 75 stayed for 14 days in January 2013 and had nothing negative to say when it was time to leave. The hotel and grounds were spotless, the service was excellent and the food was fresh and delicious with an abundance of choices. We were more than pleased with our rooms and found all staff friendly and accommodating. The location of the hotel is ideal with beautiful beaches in both directions and within walking distance of San Jose. We plan on returning next year!

  • Stayed January 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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Santiago S, Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
That's great Trink V that you and your family had a great time! We've had a lot of families like yours over this vacation season who come all together for some R'n'R. It's fun to see parties up to 15-20 people going around together and enjoying their time in our Resort. We'll be very happy to welcome you back next year!
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Pilot Butte, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The Holiday Inn is a very nice resort. Here are few thoughts:
Rooms: we loved our room. Ground level facing the pool. The cleaning services was hard to figure out. One day we forgot to leave a tip but our room was well stocked and clean. But several days we left tip sometimes extra we had no water, no towels and the fridge wasn't stocked.
Pools and bar staff: always clean always friendly. But they really need to look at the towel return system. Didn't understand looking through a book to find where you signed them out. Two towels to cards pretty simple!

Grounds: Wow! Very nice the best we have seen

Food: we always found something to eat but would agree with others that it could improve. But room service clubhouses were awesome when the menus for buffet and al carte didn't offer what we preferred.

Airport/timeshare: OMG very very aggressive and rude. Trying to ignore them and get away was an experience. We travel every year and this was the first time I was shaken and up set by their approach.

Room Tip: Ground level with patio the best.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago S, Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you for the compliments about the grounds PBGal09! Our gardeners work very hard to keep the entire property well manicured. I hadn't commented before on the timeshare people. They can be persistent, I give you that. But a simple "no thank you" will suffice to get them off your back. And I'll definitely look into the housekeeping issue because it's not right that you get a one-day-yes, one-day-no attention. Thanks for the heads up!
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West Kelowna, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Definitely exceeded our expectations. Spacious rooms, very clean. Never heard any neighbours ever. View from our "garden view" room was of the pool and ocean. Wonderful friendly staff with great senses of humour. Lots of activities and entertainment. Food was good (maybe not 5 star, but definitely never went hungry). The breakfast buffet has everything imaginable, the snack bar is perfect for an afternoon snack by the beach and the dinner buffet always had new items/themes every night. It is outside, but they have patio heaters which is nice . Drinks were awesome! Never a long wait. Thanks Luis! (wine wasn't the greatest though - bring your own). One thing we hadn't counted on was that everything seems to be in american dollars. We are Canadian, so converted our money to pesos, but wish we would have taken American dollars (especially $1 bills for tipping). Tipping doesn't seem to be expected at all, but is very much appreciated by the staff. They work incredibly hard. Quite honestly, we didn't find anything lacking and for the price we paid, I feel we got incredible value for our money. We had a wonderful holiday and will be coming back for sure.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago S, Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Excellent cctravel171! We're so happy you had a great time at our Resort! An overall good experience, that's really good! And you're right about the garden view rooms, our property is shaped like the letter W so there are very different views from all corners of the Hotel, but you'll always get something green (our beautifully kept gardens), something blue (the pools or the ocean), and something great (because you are after all in our little piece of paradise!).
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San Diego, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I stayed here for one week in 2011 and another week in 2013. The hotel is right on a beatiful sandy beach with plenty of space to spread around. Several nice pools with other amenities provide for a relaxing atmosphere. Rooms are nice, light and spacious and add to the realxing feel of the hotel. The hotel location is also very good, with a 20-minute leasure walk to the nearby lovely town of San Jose del Cabo. A quick taxi ride costs 7 USD one-way.
What is lacking is the food: it is trivial and totally repetitive. I coud not stand it for more than one day. I cannot imagine vacationing on this kind of food. Due to the proximity of the town, you could go there for food, but then you have to add $50-$100 a day to your room cost. It may still be worth it.
Couple other uisances made me rank it a 3-star: at the arrival they give you some "towel card" wchih you must retunr or ou will be charged $35. This is even though you nver asked for this card and never used. The rooms are nice but the sound insulation is poor: you can hear your next door neighbors speak.
Overall, a nice hotel, especiall in the winter when the weather is still nice but prices are very reasonable.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago S, Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
I get where you're coming from axc4466 regarding our food. We've had recent feedback from our guests about it, and we're working with our Sous Chefs team to improve our culinary experience. Breakfast is OK. The snack shack and our new taco stand have been getting good comments. Lunch is doing better. We have new a la carte menus which our clients have liked. And what we're focusing on now are the dinner buffets so we can offer more variety and a different experience every day. Hope we don't have to wait until 2015 for you to come back!
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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
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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
#19 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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