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Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa
Ranked #29 of 71 Hotels in Cabo San Lucas
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Oakland, California
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“Pleasant and convenient but avoid the timeshare hustle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Request a mairna view room in either of the side buildings. The center building has not been update...
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RicardoU, Manager at Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 17, 2016
Dear Guest

Thank you for your review;

We are certain to know that next time you visit us you will be impressed with the service. and Facilities!

Thank you!

Marina Fiesta Resort and Spa
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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

We went there through dream 2travel for $250 for 5 nights all inclusive. Resort was pretty awesome. Internet was terrible, and pool bartender was a jerk that refused to serve us in the pool bar because we "had a server". Was rude to us as well as about 3 other couples. Amazing location. Close to everything.

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RicardoU, Manager at Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 17, 2016
Dear Guest

Thank you for your review;

We are certain to know that next time you visit us you will be impressed with the service. and Facilities!

Thank you!

Marina Fiesta Resort and Spa
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Kansas City, Kansas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

We got a promotional deal for $200 for 5 nights 6 days food included so it was worth the money. Had to go to promotional sales at Hacienda Encantada Resort also but fortunately low pressure sales. But I wouldnt return to Marina Fiesta, too many negatives. 1st they give you the older crappier rooms and the owners the better kept better furnished rooms. Maid service came daily but never mopped the floor. Waiter staff at the one restaurant at the resort was pathetic. Main pool goes from 2.7ft to 6ft. Very small. One good thing free wifi!!! We had two rooms one stocked the other not, no shower curtain, no tv remote, bed hard as nails and no room safe. No beach and pool hours are from 8am-8pm For years we have always seenMarina Fiesta come up on searches of available places in Cabo and now I know why, theres always room at this joint cause anyone that knows about it knows to Stay Away. Unless your a fisherman and dont care about your accommodations and want to be close to the marina.

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MarinaFiestaResort, Guest Relations Manager at Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Your comments will help us improve. Thank you very much.
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South Jordan, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

We have stayed at the Marina Fiesta resort several times. It has always been a pleasan experience. December 2013 was no exception.
The rooms are being updated and the improvements are very nice.
The staff is incredible. Everyone we met was extremely interested in making sure we felt welcome and went out of their way to meet our needs.
The location for us could not be better. It is close to downtown and just steps away from the marina.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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MarinaFiestaResort, Guest Relations Manager at Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
We love reading your opinions. Thanks for visiting and we hope to return soon.
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La Quinta, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

We checked into the Marina Fiesta on a Friday and were given two rooms which were not up to par. They smelled musty or moldy. It also had a "garden view" which was actually a dirty pool. We asked the front desk to be moved to another room on the Marina side. They did so the next day saying that all the rooms were filled for that night. The second room we were given had all the required equipment for a timeshare and a big balcony overlooking the marina. The staff was very accommodating and couldn't do enough especially the bell staff and Antonio in particular. We happened to have gone during Hurricane Paul's visit and since the hotel lobby is open, all the water and wind came into it. The staff worked continually sweeping to keep it as prestine as possible for their guests during the bad storm. And they were smiling. We were happy with this property, but my suggestion is to check out the room first and let the front desk know if there is a problem and I'm certain they will make it right.

Room Tip: The 200 building has the marina views and balconies.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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MarinaFiestaResort, Guest Relations Manager at Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
With the weather you never know. Thanks for your patience and good comments. See you soon.
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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

I have been to cabo 4 times in the last 6 years and i have to say this was my best stay yet. the room are very spacious and the grounds are well kept. you are very close to downtown and right on the marina.
I have to say the staff were very accommodating. especially my bell boys Pedro,isidro,jesus,antonio and martin. always making sure we were having fun and knew where to go. thanks guys!!

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MarinaFiestaResort, Guest Relations Manager at Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
The boys also appreciate your greetings and greet you. Thanks for your feedback and we hope soon again
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San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

We just came back last Saturday , from a wonderful vacation. first time in Cabo beautiful place! so many things to do.. every day new activity. took our kids ages 10 & 16 had a wonderful time. Hotel very clean, staff all very friendly and, helpful.Location is great less than a 10 minute walk to the beach and water activities. The marina is right by the pool with lots of restaurants to choose from. The mall is beautiful. All I have to say is that we all enjoyed our selves and I recommend this place
100 %. Oh... one thing I would like to hear more latin music in the pool area. We will be there again next year.
The Rey Family

Room Tip: first floor pool view, jr. suite.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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MarinaFiestaResort, Guest Relations Manager at Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
We will do our best to arrange the thing with the music but we are so glad knowing we make your family happy.
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Property: Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa
Address: Blvd. La Marina | Lotes,37 y 38, Colonia Centro, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Top resorts Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#18 Family Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#19 Business Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#21 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#24 Luxury Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#27 Romantic Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 155
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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