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“Grand Mayan in San Jose Nicest of All Four Been To” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   San Jose S/N | Campo de Golf Lote 12, San Jose del Cabo 234000, Mexico   |  
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“Grand Mayan in San Jose Nicest of All Four Been To”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Grand Mayan in Puerto Morelos (Cancun), and at the Mayan Palaces in Nuevo Vallarta and in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point). All of the properties are beautiful, but the Grand Mayan in Cabo San Lucas finally got it right.

This is the smallest property of Mayans visited, but the pool and rooms are situated so all views look out onto the ocean. The beach is extremely wide, unlike all other Mayans, except Puerto Penasco. The beach sand was a bit coarse immediately at the bottom of the pool stairs, but became a very fine sand, glistening gold in the sunlight, with volcanic black sand intermixed. It was beautiful.

There is a warning sign posted on the beach warning of rough surf and dangerous currents. Even the staff warned us before we headed to the beach. But upon entering the perfect 72 F water (Dec. 20 - 27th) in 80 degree weather, we found no currents, much less a dangerous undertow or rough surf. Maybe things are different at other times of the year. We suspected there were no waiters delivering drinks in the sand, so leaving the property may have been discouraged. I could have stayed in the water all day body-surfing. No need for a wet suit. Perfect temperature. Waves were only three to four feet tall.

Like all Mayan Resort swimming pools, this one was beautiful and well maintained. Great looking vacationers around the pool right through Christmas week. The resort claimed it was 80 percent full, even during the 2008 Depression.

The Grand Mayan in Cancun was too big, and the beach could not be used due to underwater rocks that prevented swimming of any kind, unless you wore diving boots through the surf to snorkel beyond the waves. There was nothing to see except sand if you did.

The Grand Mayan in San Jose del Cabo, unlike other Mayan Resorts, was located right in the middle of the action for a change. Elsewhere, the properties are in relatively remote locations. In San Jose del Cabo, the Grand Mayan is in easy walking distance on modern sidewalks to the Mega Supermarket ten minutes down the beach. It is also about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the center of San Jose del Cabo, which we walked at least three times. All along nice sidewalks in an area abutting a wildlife preserve on one side, and an interesting cemetery, shops, and restaurants on the other. The only other walkers are usually other tourists, with an occasional local person, all of whom were extremely polite and friendly. I went to high school in Mexico, and there was nothing dangerous about any area we walked through.

We rented a Hertz Nissan sedan for $700.00 for the week, which included $200.00 for insurance. We really didn't need the car, unless you wanted to go into Cabo San Lucas. We did three times, but unless you are into seeing really touristy areas and other tourists, there was nothing there to excite the senses. I imagine the nightlife there during Spring Break would make the area attractive for many. Otherwise, it is pretty ugly, and the layout of the city is such that you cannot drive along the waterfront and see the ocean, boats, or bikinis. These towns could all take a hint from Rio de Janeiro and have double laned avenues along the water so all can enjoy the view. The resorts do their best to exclude locals, and it appears the resort designers intentionally cut off all public access. Mores the pity.

No Mayan Resort is a cheap place to eat, so we opted to fill our rental car with groceries from the Mega Supermarket and the Soriana Supermarket and take them back to the room kitchen and dining table. Nothing nicer than being able to cook what you want, and as much as you want. The bellboys would routinely haul the groceries for guests back to their rooms, which added another $4.00 to $5.00 to the grocery tab, which was minimal when compared to the restaurant prices. I am cheap when it comes to meals. I do not wish to pay for ambiance, views, reputations, etc. I want food and lots of it. A small square cut filet measuring 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches cost me $370 pesos ($12.50 per dollar at the time at the resort - $13.50 at Soriana Supermarket) at the restaurant beside the pool. There was a two man band playing. Margaritas were about $12.00 (U.S.) each. While very tasty, I did not wish to do it again. Note: both Soriana and Mega Supermarkets take Visa debit cards, etc. Soriana gives the best exchange rate on purchases, although they will not convert currency for you. You can also pay with US dollars. You will receive change in pesos.

All of the staff included persons who spoke English. Everywhere we went everyone spoke English. I speak fluent Spanish and it was obvious they were not accustomed to US tourists who spoke anything but "American."

I will return here, and to the Pueblo Bonito Resort on the opposite side of Cabo San Lucas.

  • Liked — The rooms and pool are simply beautiful. Everything you need is already located in the room.
  • Disliked — $50.00 per week charge for Internet access. Internet access in this day and age should be FREE!
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Oregon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2009

My family and I visited the Grand Mayan from Nov. 21-Nov. 28. We had a great time. The hotel is beautiful, the staff was wonderful, and the weather was great. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I had read mixed reviews on tripadvisor so I was not sure what to expect but I was pleaseantly suprised.
The pool area is beautiful. The pools are a bit cold when you first get in but once you get used to the temperature, they were pretty nice. It was refreshing in the afternoon after a full day of playing hard.
The rooms are large and spacious. There were 6 people in our party and we had a 2 bedroom suite. We all had plenty of space. The only "problem" with the room is there are only 4 chairs at the dining room table so that was awkward if we all sat down together. There are bar stools or patio chairs, which is what we brought inside to use. A bit inconvenient but we made it work.
We really enjoyed San Jose Del Cabo. After spending a couple of days in Cabo San Lucas, I was very glad we decided to stay in San Jose. It is not nearly as crowded and not as touristy as Cabo. The locals were very friendly and we enjoyed walking through town and going through the shops.
All in all, the week was great and I would definitely go back to the Grand Mayan again.

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SanFrancisco,Ca
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2008

November 7,2008

This was our second visit to this hotel.
Twenty years of coming to Baja.
Stayed in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo
First about a month after it opened in 2007.
And second 2008, both in the month of November.
First time we had a one bedroom suit. Second time We had a two bedroom suit
We did Not attend any timeshare presentations. And told them at check in we here to fish. Time was too valuable to waste!
They had No presentations at 5: a.m. when we would leave for the boat!
I guess that is why our stay was so Great!!

The hotel is Outstanding, Service and Housekeeping was Excellent. On par with any major resort hotel in Hawaii.
And their price for food and drinks equal.

If you come here looking for all the freebies you put your self in the pressure cooker!

San Jose del Cabo is like Old Mexico, not like Cabo San Lucas
Party town.
Great location in town and close enough to walk, but far enough for a quite stay.

  • Liked — Size of the rooms, amenities and location of the hotel.
  • Disliked — valet parking only.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Albuqueque, NM
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2008

We just returned from a week (Nov. 21-28th) at the Grand Mayan in San Jose del Cabo, for Thanksgiving. We have been to all of the other Grand Mayan resorts, and some of the Mayan Palace and Sea Garden hotels. This was absolutely worth the wait, having never been to the tip of Baja before. From the moment we arrived, we realized this was the finest resort they have developed to date. The location is in a quiet setting, in San Jose del Cabo, which is about 20 miles from Cabo San Lucas, and an very nice drive with a rental car, which is much recommended over taxi's or the bus. We went into Cabo SL for 3 of the 6 days we were there, and spent the rest of the time exploring local restaurants and ate a few nights at the resort, and most of the morning breakfasts. The breakfast is probably the nicest buffet style breakfast I have had in Mexico. The food is made to be very fresh, and I found it convienient as well as extremely tasty. What can I say, I love breakfast in Mexico. The resort was full for the week we were there, but you would not know it by the availability of chairs and beds at the pool. Only on Thanksgiving day was it more of a challenge to find a place by the pool, but only because we didn't even go down there, with our 2, teenage kids, until the afternoon. We used the wireless internet, which was almost $8 a day to use, but it was everywhere in the resort, even if my kids had to take turn using their laptops, because you only get one password for the access. Being an architect, I was just impressed with the design of the resort, with the fire pits seemingly everywhere, if you like that sort of think at night. The local Mega mart was closeby for groceries, even though we did hit the Costco the first day we drove to Cabo SL, for more provisions.

I'm glad I did not read these reviews until we got back, because people who leave reviews, having not stayed at the resort as guests, should not be allowed to leave reviews. The staff at the resort were just wonderful, and there was nothing we could have asked for. Be aware the meals are pricey at the resort, but that is the whole idea of not going with all inclusive, so you can explore other local restaurants, or just cook in the room. My wife and I agree this is the best of all the Grand Mayans, even if our 16 year old daughter was seeking more kids her age, which appeared to be in short supply for that week. My 14 year old son, who loves the beach and eating anything out of the sea, had to most fun, going with me out to see the arch in Cabo SL, while mom and his sister went to the spa. Getting in and out of the water taxis on the beaches is an adventure that I was not used to, until we made this trip. I highly recommend this part of Mexico and the Grand Mayan in San Jose del Cabo.

The entrance to this resort is worth the trip, alone. Since it is their trademark to create these amazing entrances, I can only say it is worth walking thru on a daily basis. Because of the lighting, it is impossible to photograph, but you will feel at home with this particular Grand Mayan, if you have visited any of their other resorts, before.

  • Liked — The total design and elegance of the resort. Very well done.
  • Disliked — No free internet, but you get spoiled with that in the US.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2008

We had a wonderful week at the Grand Mayan in San Jose. It is a beautiful resort, clean, quite a year old, heated pools even with 90 degree temperatures, not crowded, a quiet location with polite, friendly personnel.

We did have a problem during check in. When we arrived at 3:30 we were told at the front desk that there were no more 2 bedroom suites left. We made arrangements 6 months ago. They need to change their policy of first come, first serve. When a reservation is made, a 2 bedroom unit should be assigned at that time so it will not depend on arrival time. We complained and waited for the 6 of us to have access to a 2 bedroom so we could be together. Three hours later the personnel discovered on the computer that a 1 bedroom with a studio was available, because the guests in the studio left early. We have this problem at all of the Mayan resorts. Finally we were settled in.

We rented a mini-van in order to explore the area. We ate all our meals off the resort as we like to try different restaurants. We had a great time during the week. We enjoyed the boat dinner cruise to the Land's End arch, went to Cabo Wabo in Los Cabos, shopped in San Jose, played golf, went to timeshare presentations, ate at the Office restaurant on the beach in Cabos, swam in the warm pool, and took a scenic short trip north along the coastline to the charming Todos Santos village to see Hotel California and the 1700's Mission. We bought taxco silver in the quiet shops at a decent price after negiotating with the shop keepers. The photos were stunning with the sunset on the Pacific Ocean with cactus on the mts. in the foreground.
.The week flew by and can't wai to return someday.

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San Pedro
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2008

Visited the Grand Mayan 10/31-11/6/2008
Had the 2 bedroom with full kitchen. This place is immaculate! The service (Josua at bell desk) is great. This part of Cabo, San Jose is a wonderful town. The town is close to hotel, we walked every day. Teo's in town for 2:1 lunch special- also try his basil mojito, Tiki gone Wild for breakfast and the best place we found is Mason de Angel for dinner. Brand new rest. top notch, for 5 of us, cost $61.00 USD. We travel a lot and are really into good quality resorts, food, etc. M de Angel made the best mojito on a cart that came to our table. I HIGHLY recommend the 3 hr quad tour in town. You can book it through hotel (Same price) or book at their place on the main street. They took us to beautiful, secluded areas that we wouldn't have found. Rented a jeep from Avis at hotel, no problem, $90.00 for 24 hrs. We went to the Mega (you can walk to 15 mins away and taxi back). Stocked up on water and our own cocktails and cereal. Saved us some money. Went to timeshare next door at Azul, great place, gpt $150.00 for the shortened presentation and was worth it. Took 3 hrs. Pool has happy hour for one hour and this was really fun. Weather this time of year is 85-90 and absolutely perfect. Didn't care for Grand Mayans but have changed my mind. The town of SJD is great for shopping and eating, lots of great choices and much cleaner than Los Cabos. Check it out!

  • Liked — The cleanliness and their kindness and service
  • Disliked — I usually have a complaint or two but have none- The Truth, Honestly!
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2008

I have stayed in many a hotel and this one was very, very nice! The staff was exceptionally attentive and the rooms were immaculate and comfortable.

We own a timeshare with the Mayan and so far so good. The other couple with us also own a timeshare and have had the same experience. The location is fabulous. We actually walked back one day from the center of the town.

The spa and the staff are special. It is not as big as the other Mayans but we loved it just the same.

Highly, highly recommended.

  • Liked — staff and rooms
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: San Jose S/N | Campo de Golf Lote 12, San Jose del Cabo 234000, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > San Jose del Cabo
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#12 Luxury Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#15 On the Beach Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#18 Romantic Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Grand Mayan Los Cabos 5*
Also Known As:
The Grand Mayan Los Cabos Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
Wyndham San Jose Del Cabo
San Jose Del Cabo Wyndham
Cabos Grand Los Mayan
The Grand Mayan Los Cabos San Jose Del Cabo

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