Baja…It is one of our favorite places. We have been many times. We have come the distance from San Felipe and/or Ensenada to the end of the peninsula and back again camping and/ or RVing along the way. Our experiences have been remarkably positive…until today. We are in Cabo San Lucas. It is the land of big luxury hotels, more traffic than any place in all of Baja and very few RV parks.
We ended up stopping at “Club Cabo”…Out of years of travel our interaction with the owner (Martin Rozendall) of that park produced the most uncomfortable experience of any trip to Baja—and within memory, any trip anywhere.
We arrived at the RV camp without reservations. The owner said that they could house us for one night but expected a large caravan the next day. We told them we were in the area for a wedding, would need the use of our pickup and would prefer to unhook and set up camp only once. With our rig it is a bit of an ordeal. If we couldn’t find a 3 day slot we would indeed stay. He recommended Vagabundos as a possibility. There is very little space in the “Club Cabo” to maneuver any RV, much less a trailer/pickup. With difficultly and snide remarks from the owner regarding driving skills we (and he) backed ours out of the way to the side of their building.
My husband took off on the bicycle trying to locate said camp. During his absence, the owner started asking me for payment and said: “as far as I’m concerned you are checked in”. At which point, I assumed that if we couldn’t find another location he would accept us for the night. He was aware but I reiterated that I was waiting for Patrick to return and attempted to call the other parks on our list. He wasn’t gone more than 15 minutes. The owner then became insistent about payment. We reiterated that we still would like try to find a place we could stay for the entire Cabo visit of 3 days. Could we have a minute to make calls?
At which point, the owner became aggressive and yelled that he wanted us out of his property. Were he a toddler I would have said he threw a tantrum. He had blocked the gate to keep us in and had to un-block it. The entire interaction from arrival to “retreat” was less than 30 minutes. His behavior was so unexpected, physically threatening and intense. As we left my husband told him he was sorry if we had caused him any problem. His response was to tell us he hoped we had a horrible time, misdirected us and yelled that other accommodations were full and much more difficult than his to get into…within ½ hour we found Villa Serena, a much more welcoming place.
Unfortunately, the story does not end there. Three days later Martin showed up at Villa Serena insisting that my husband had threatened his wife. Completely weird and certainly untrue. This guy is a whack job!
Perhaps he has his good days, but as a traveler do you want to gamble that your host is off his meds??? Perhaps he really doesn't understand how absurd and out of the "norm" his behavior is...but regardless it was upsetting. No one should have to deal with that.
Who knows?….but if I had it to do all over again I would have avoided “Club Cabo” like the plague—and would recommend the same to any traveler. It seems to be a place for those who wish to be abused. Before staying there I’d stay at the unattended Vista Bonita (it has water and electricity but no “security”). There is no sense in inviting the negative—and the owner of “Club Cabo”, Mr. Martin Rozendaal—is certainly that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One acre palm shaded hotel in Cabo with air-conditioning. Close to beach and town, pool and hot Jacuzzi... Weddings and reunions are welcome. Stay in our adorable suites and bungalows secure off-street parking all within Cabo's own tree section and bird forest ...reasonable prices. wifi rv camping and tent ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Club Cabo Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Hotel Cabo
- Club Cabo Inn Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos