I booked this hotel based on price and location, and it excels on both fronts and more. I was pleasantly surprised when I came up - it looks like a modern chic boutique hotel, vs the step-above-motel I was expecting for the price. We stayed in one of the two bedroom suites as we were traveling with a toddler and it was large and spacious.
- Location can't be beat. It is a short block away from the Medano beach, one of the few swimmable beaches in the area. It is a five minute walk to the marina (tip: walk through the parking garage of the mall to get to the marina with no sweat and hills and shave off a couple extra minutes), and no more than ten minutes to walk to just about everything in downtown. We followed restaurant tips from Trappers Cabo List online and were never steered wrong.
- Affordable - for the price of a one bedroom at the Holiday Inn or other average hotel/resort we got a two bedroom suite at the Bahia. Sure we scored during a 30% off sale but their regular room rack rates are very reasonable, especially considering what you get.
- Free calls to US or MX - we didn't use this, but it was a nice perk. You no longer have to use only the hotel lobby phone, you can call from your room.
- Use of Medano Beach Club - while all beaches are technically required to be public, it was nice to have a spot to use lounge chairs and towels without feeling pressured to buy drinks. It's a short block from the hotel and right on the beach. No umbrellas when we were there though.
- No timeshares!! Believe me, after one day in the town and being asked by everyone if you want a timeshare (if you think those people approaching you in the restaurants are just being friendly, think again...you're walking into a tour or timeshare pitch), it was nice to at least come back to a hotel that offers no such thing. You can't say that about most of the big resorts out there.
- Comfy beds: international beds are notoriously firmer and harder than what we are used to at home or in American resorts, but these were nice with a good feather top pad on top of the mattress and thick luxurious bedding.
- Wifi Internet: while they tell you it's offered in the rooms, it's really not; the connection is so poor that you'll never actually be able to do anything. The lobby and pool area is the only way to get a decent connection, so at all times of the day you'll see groups of people with laptops in these areas trying to log on (tip: sit as close to the kitchen of Bar Esquina and ask the staff for the bar's password - that connection is far more reliable than the hotel's). It's really in the hotel's best interest to get these connections in each room, as otherwise they will continue to see people like me who are in their pajamas in the lobby trying to check my email while the party crowds come into the bar in the evenings.
- Drainage system is poor - we often smelled backed up sewage every time we used the shower in the other bathroom, or out in the pool area (hard to relax by the pool when it smells of of rotten eggs). Not sure if its indicative of other hotels in the area, though, I know some areas are more affected by this problem than others. But every time we took a shower, the water would drain so slowly we were standing in a mini pool by the time we were done.
- Not kid friendly: not that anyone at the hotel didn't try to accommodate us, but it's just not a good resort for kids, especially toddlers. No kids clubs or activities; pool is non heated and starts at 3.5 feet deep; no bath tubs; carpet in the rooms with different level steps (even on a single level two bedroom which we requested) makes for lots of tripping hazards for a little tyke. Crowd here definitely leans towards couples and single travelers, which is great if you fit into those categories. If we were to come back, we would probably seek out a family resort as a result.
- Minor amenity skimping: no irons or hair dryers in rooms (have to ask front desk), two bedrooms have a nice bar area with refrigerator but no stove, and again no working wifi in rooms.
All in all though, it was a nice hotel that exceeded my initial expectations. The modern feel, great location, and cordial staff make this a wonderful value for a first time Cabo traveller.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bahia Hotel is a charming, full-service boutique hotel located in the heart of Cabo San Lucas' bustling Medano Beach district, steps from the activities, shopping, dining and nightlife for which Cabo is legendary. With its rich history, personalized service and intimate, welcoming environment, Bahia Hotel differentiates itself from the larger, homogenous chain hotels in Los Cabos. Bahia Hotel offers guests a luxury, urban-chic environment while maintaining the classic Cabo vibe.Bahia Hotel's new first-class restaurant, Bar Esquina, features a new twist on International creative cuisine in Cabo: Mexican influenced Mediterranean flavors using locally grown, organic produce; fresh fish from the Pacific & Sea of Cortez; and the highest quality meats cooked on a mesquite grill.If you are planning your first trip to Cabo, Bahia Hotel is the perfect choice: clean, safe, centrally-located and full of Cabo personality. If you are Cabo veteran, please stop by for quick tour of our beautifully remodeled property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bahia Hotel And Beach Club
- Bahia Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Bahia Cabo San Lucas
- Bahia Hotel & Beach Club Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos