This was our first trip to Mexico and we decided to book the Melia Cabo Real because of the location in the corridor as well as the ability to swim on the beach. We didn't want to be in the city as we are not "partiers", but thought the corridor would be a great place to stay for relaxation and revitalization. As far as location goes, it was very nice. Beach was accessible and the convenience between San Jose and Los Cabos was very convenient. It is also right on the bus route if you decide to venture out by that means.
When you first get to the facility, you are greeted warmly by the staff. The cobble stones for the driveway are very bumpy, but since it is not a long ways, it was OK. The main lobby is expansive and very nice. Nothing awe-inspiring, but was pleasant. Around the lobby there are 4 stations for various activities, the tour concierge, the time-share people, the main concierge, and car rentals. Along the main corridors are places for tour guides to sit. While this was convenient the first day when we booked much of the trips, it became quite annoying when the people kept asking if we wanted more tours. We tried to use one of the elevators, but it did not work and was shaky when the door closed. We pushed the button and went no-where so we went to another one.
Pool: was very nice. Easy access point where you can walk right in was a great touch. The bar-keepers for the wet bar were very nice. There are 2 islands in the middle to swim around. Other than that, it was very crowded and crammed with people who "staked out" their lounge chairs early in the morning and were not anywhere to be found. This was quite annoying. The hot-tub was consistently crowded with more than the 10 people it states are maximum. The water was warm and never cold. You could definitely tell when it needed cleaning, as at times there was oil and dirt floating on the top. I would expect this since it was a busy weekend.
Beach: IF you want to walk down a HUGE flight of stairs (my wife is handicapped with MS so this was VERY difficult for her) then by all means go down to the beach. The water was warm, there were TONS of fish..although the hotel staff refused to let us use their snorkeling equipment. The main issue: MORE street sales people...literally every 10 minutes just as you would doze off another person comes up and asks for you to buy stuff. ANNOYING. Then there is a person renting water equipment..hounded us the entire way down to rent his things...ANNOYING. After a half day at the beach we never went back since we wanted to relax more and not be bothered by the constant annoyance of the street vendors.
Dining: not bad for a buffet. There was a good variety for the most part. We were able to eat at least 1 thing every meal. My wife doesn't eat fish or seafood and neither of us eat pork...so that limited our variety quite a bit. The "brasilian night" and "italian night" were the best. Breakfast was very good. They even had soy milk to use..especially grateful since we don't drink milk either. My MAIN issue is their deserts. EVERY desert was a gelatin based desert (OK..not the little cakes)...there was even a pecan pie gelatin flavored desert. They were cut into little squares to eat...got very boring, unoriginal, and not very flavorful. You have to book your visit at the a-la carte restaurant the day of the dining, otherwise good luck. There is also a small grill available, which wasn't bad. Mainly burgers and nachos.
Drinks: again, we are not partiers by any means, but we do enjoy drinks at times. I would suggest going off of their main menu. I asked for an amoretto sour and something came out ...no idea what, but it wasn't an amoretto sour. Other than that, it was hit or miss...too much alcohol or not enough.
Entertainment: as an all-inclusive, we were hoping for great entertainment. WOW was that a disappointment! On Friday night they had KARAOKE...and another night a local band came in, and another was some dancing. There were no shows, no other options. We ended up going to bed at 9 pm every night because we were so bored. IF you want an all-inclusive with things to do all the time, this is not the place to go.
While the guest relations was great, they were always attentive and listened to our questions...the hotel itself is average. Nothing "wowed us" like you would think a 4 rating hotel would. The beds were hard (from what I hear and talk with other people, this is normal for Mexico), but the rooms were clean and well kept. There was no cold water to speak of to make a steaming hot shower bearable. There is a small shop downstairs if you need any toiletries or other items.
Overall, nothing special about this hotel. If I had gotten better sleep it may have been better...or if we were allowed to go to the beach without being heckled...or if we could have just "relaxed" without so much noise it would have been a better experience. Would i go back? Probably not to this hotel. The Riu Paradise from what I hear is a much better experience and since this beach was inaccessible due to the constant barrage of sales people, I would go somewhere with a great pool and tons of entertainment.
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Cabo Real All-Inclusive Beach And Golf Resort
- Melia Cabo Real All-Inclusive Beach & Golf Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Melia Cabo San Lucas
- Cabo San Lucas Melia
- Melia Cabo Real Beach Resort
- Melia Cabo Real All-Inclusive Beach & Golf Resort Los Cabos/San Jose Del Cabo