Just got back from a few weeks at the Marina Fiesta. Overall we had a very pleasant and enjoyable time but there are few tips we can offer about the Marina Fiesta.
First of all, we found the staff to be generally excellent. The waiters and bartenders at the pool bar (La Palapa) were excellent guys. Bernardo, Joaquin, Salomon and crew were always attentive, friendly and took great care of us. We were on the all inclusive plan, which purported to indclude tips. When we asked servers what they got from this tip structure, the answer was $7/month. Tip your severs well here (and at the associated restaurants) and they will repay you with excellent service. We tended to tip in cash rather than add it to our hotel bill to ensure the server was getting the money and not receiving it through the filter of the hotel.
Second, avoid the people working at the "Member Sevices" desk in the lobby. All they want to do is rope you into the timeshare presenetation for the "Genesis Collection". They also lurk around the towel exchange desk and sometimes milla bout at breakfast in La Palapa. I have zero interest in purchasing a timeshare and I made this abundantly clear to the folks at this desk. I made it it clear that 90 minutes of my wifes and my time was worth far more than a complimentary sunset cruise or a $75 spa gift certificate. My advice is to be polite but be very direct that you have no interest in their sales pitch.
The location of the hotel is very convenient and one of the main selling points. It is located in the heart of the marina and provides great access to many attractions, beaches and restaurants. We were on the all inclusive plan and received excellent value for the price we paid. We ate at all the included restaurants and found them adequate but not outstanding. Breakfast was available at either the poolside restaurant (La Palapa) or at Jack's Bar and Grill. Breakfast at La Palapa can get very busy during peak times (8:30-10). My advice is eat there either early, late or go to Jack's. Fewer people go to Jack's and the food is made to order where at La Palapa it is a buffet.
The hotel itself was clean and well maintained. Rooms in the center of the complex have not been renovated, while ones in the side buidlings are more up to date. The pool is excellent and was very quiet for the first week we were there before Christmas. Leading up to Christmas it increasingly became populated in the afternoon with boorish drunken loudmouths who were rude and demanding of the wait staff. If this isn't your scene get out of the hotel during the afternoon and enjoy the pool in the morning or in the late afternoon/evening. There is also a smaller pool at the back of the hotel that virtually no one uses, mostly because it seemed to be unheated and mostly in the shade.
Overall we liked our stay and the staff were excellent, just be aware of the pitfalls of this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Or the ultimate Cabo vacation with the best location, luxurious accommodations, and the most amazing experience, the Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa is unbeatable. Experience the heart of Cabo San Lucas at it's best and take advantage of its unique Dine Out All Inclusive concept where you can enjoy an A la Carte All-Inclusive dining at a selection of fine dining restaurants and bars down at the Marina Golden Zone and at selected restaurants at its sister resort Hacienda Encantada. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Fiesta Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Marina Fiesta Resort And Spa
- Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos