I frequent a wide variety of hotel rooms. This hotel does basic perfectly!! This is not the St Regis...and the rates reflect that. If you are looking for a room with a TV, blow dryer and room service so you can hang inside all day then you will need to look elsewhere. If you are looking for clean, comfortable and convenient with locking doors you have found it. The rooms are not fancy but they are very clean. So clean we tipped housekeeping everyday and again upon departure. I appreciate sand free floors when I'm tracking in half the beach every day. There was plenty of room if you were to bring scuba or fishing gear. There is filtered water available around the property but I still bought bigger bottles at the bodegas. I did not get in the pool but it was not crowded and it looked clean. The beds are a hard type of memory foam so there are no springs to stick you in the back. I slept great all 3 nights and woke up with zero pains...I can't say that about heavenly mattresses. The showers were always hot. Our AC unit worked like a champ. If your ac stops working make sure you didn't accidentally turn off a switch. There were a few of switches that looked to go to nothing. We had a balcony room with a garden view. The balcony was a great place to hang out. It was the slow season but we heard zero noise....none. Not sure I would want to be there for spring break or some spoiled college kid holiday but for us in January it was perfect. The very limited staff interactions were pleasant but the front desk never said hello first, they just stared and return initiated greetings. Don't be offended, I think it's cultural and they aren't trying to sell you a time share so be thankful. There was only one outlet in the room so be prepared to share. It is walking distance to everything (marina, shopping, bars, restaurants) once you find your directional bearings. Just remember it is around the corner from the back entrance to cabo wabo, go out the back door, make 2 lefts you're "home". The place seemed to be filled with return guests that use this hotel as a "go to". As long as the beds are comfy, showers are hot and the floors clean I plan on being one of those people. I did enjoy myself, I will be returning to cabo and this little gem of a hotel will be the main reason.
The restaurant we only visited for breakfast but it was filled every evening by non hotel guests so I'm assuming the restaurant either has a great reputation or it is perk of a timeshare tour...Next time I will be trying other meals there. They have a great American breakfast for $4US and $2.50 for coffee, very reasonable for Cabo.
The reason why I didn't give it a full 5 on the review...My friend paid in full online prior to arrival, they asked for a credit card when we checked in...not uncommon but since they didn't have any wireless, etc I didn't see why they needed but but I gave them mine anyway....upon check out they were able to work in another $10US mystery tax. My Spanish is not very bueno, her English was non existent and it was just easier to pay rather than attempt to find out why we were being charged $10 extra. Not breaking the bank...but...just really annoying how this quaint little village operates. (You can go down to the marina and listen to the water taxi people start at a stupid high rate and then drop $20-$30 or more in negotiation).
This was my first and only experience with Cabo. It is beautiful, perfect weather, amazing food, swimable water temps but unfortunately the locals mindset reminded me of Tijuana minus the donkeys, weird birds with digestive issues and add clean beaches. Restaurants, bars, stores, etc. will offer you a deal on one thing but rob you blind on something you don't suspect (one off site restaurant added an $8 tax on a $42 check for a reason we could not decipher so hopefully that was an added tip, because we left none.)...this hotel kept that mindset to a minimum with only the "mystery tax" and they don't allow the wandering vendors into their property which was refreshing (had the chicklet kids literally bumping into us with their hands out while we were seated and EATING at a very expensive marina restaurant). I am adding in this non hotel info because if you stay here you and you are not a hermit you will be leaving the hotel at some point since it is small with basic amenities. So be aware, know where your wallet is, ask prices of everything before committing and double check your tab!!!!!! I'm partially to blame...if my Spanish better I'm sure I could communicated more effectively. I will be learning how to say "please leave me alone today, I already gave your sister my last dollar and no I won't pay $5 for a mango" before I travel there again.
Do NOT use the transfer service associated with the hotel on their website...consider yourself warned. They are awful, the person on the phone is not the person who shows up when they decide to show up, it is NOT a private car, they operate under many different names and the loco taxi people at the airport offer the same exact rate. $32US for two people from the airport to Cabo San Lucas...about a 30min drive if you don't have to drop off 4 other people first. ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Popular Historical Landmark Hotel, best value in Cabo San Lucas. 88 Air-conditioned rooms, swimming pool, El Cortez Restaurant, bar. Free parking, free Wi-Fi, safe deposit boxes, beach towels. Centrally located in Cabo close to marina, beach, shopping, restaurants, clubs, sport fishing, activities. Activities and Car Rental reservations & 24/7 front desk. Fitness Center nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mar De Cortez Hotel
- Hotel Mar De Cortez Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos