VDP is a great, middle-of-the-road resort. I stay at a range of hotels including Four Seasons and Ritzs from time to time. While VDP is absolutely not in the same class as these types of resorts, it is very clean, affordable, very conveniently located and the staff is quite friendly and accomodating. The rooms are large (and did I mention clean?) and many offer great ocean views. If you want to have a great vacation at a reasonable price, you can most certainly have it here.
Keep in mind, there are large, busy pools in the center of the property with activities throughout the day. If this is not your thing-- I happen to dislike public pools-- you can easily avoid it by spending your days on the beach. You should also consider requesting a room that's high up >=3rd/4th floor (or on the outside of building # 1 or 3) so you don't have to look out your window directly at the pool. Keep in mind, you can only get a specific room at check-in. At booking, it's only a request which may or may not be honored depending upon availability.
Most rooms are equipped with a full kitchen (or at least adequate kitchenettes). So, if you wish to dine on a budget, you can hit the local Walmart-- about a mile away-- and cook your own meals. (There's also a small food market on the premises, but keep in mind that it's priced for convenience not for the budget conscious.) We tended to eat breakfast in our room, lunch on the beach (at resort or nearby spots) and hit the town for the MANY great restaraunts available. I would never in a million years dream of doing an all inclusive, but it is available for the not-so-adventurous or, perhaps, highly budget conscious.
There are a few decent places for lunch and dinner within a short walk down the beach. For a $7 cab fare +/-, you can reach almost any of the many, many great restaurants and bars downtown or in the marina. Most of the rankings in TripAdvisor are relatively spot-on. Here are some of our favorites: Hacienda Cocina y Cantina (great view, food and prices), Misiones de Kino (italian mexican fusion), Lorenzillo's (seafood), Cocina Del Mar at Esperanza (higher end, more expensive, but great view and food), Mi Casa & The Office on the beach (both a bit touristy, but fun) and for bars checkout Slim's Elbow Room (tiny, fun bar to stop by), Happy Ending (beer pong), and obviously stop by Cabo Wabo if you've never been (just because). That said, don't take my word for it--- I've been 3 times and every time we stumble upon new great places! There is no shortage and they are all relatively convenient to VDP.
Note to hotel (if you're reading this): If you give out "gold cards" when people sit through timeshare presentations, you should automatically give the associated discount (15%) on every transaction associated with the guest's room # during the visit--- not just when the card is produced. This is very inconvenient and annoying. I travelled with 15 people and we charged a total of about $3K to our rooms and only a very small percentage received the discount. Also, the beach chairs could use an upgrade.
All in all, I would recommend this hotel to anyone that doesn't need a luxury (Four Seasons-like) experience. Nice sized and clean rooms, great location, friendly staff and affordable rates. While I've only ever tried the breakfast buffet (decent) and the lunch menu, the food is "adequate" and what you'd expect relative to the quality of the hotel.
Also, unless you know what you're getting into time-share wise or you're only in it for the "free stuff" that gets offered to you, I'd avoid sitting through a timeshare presentation. I'm sure this doesn't only apply to VDP timeshare sales reps, but a large percentage of what they tell you is misleading or downright false. I happened to overhear several presentations which occurred near my room and it was actually a bit disturbing. Timeshares certainly work well for some people, but make sure you talk to other owners THOROUGHLY before considering one. I happen to own at VDP, by the way. I am happy with the resort and have "accepted" my decision to by 12 years ago, but probably would not have purchased had I better understood the details... i.e., if the sales rep was honest, open and truthful. (haha)
Finally, the spa at the sister El Arco resort is fantastic. Check it out if that's your thing. The gym there is great, too. If you're staying at VDP, you have to pay extra to use the El Arco gym, but do so if you're a gym fanatic. Otherwise, there's a small by decent, hotel-style gym (free) at VDP.
Anyway, if you combine by likes and disklikes, Cabo c/o VDP is still my "happy place".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa is a stunning escape for family getaways and romantic couple's retreats. Located on Médano Beach just one mile from downtown Cabo San Lucas, the exquisite resort offers the ultimate in lively entertainment, family-friendly amenities, indulgent experiences, and world-class service. Allow the sweeping vistas and gorgeous landscapes to render you speechless as you turn one of the 460 comfortable one, two and three bedroom suites, as well as private studios into your luxurious home away from home. ... more less
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