We had an extended week here back in early March. We decided to come to Cabo at relatively short notice, having never been here before (actually, having never been to Mexico before), mainly because we had an opportunity to stay here at Club Cascadas. We were very happy with our choice, although to be fair I have no points of comparison, negative or positive, regarding the alternatives.
Club Cascadas comprises one "hotel" block with maybe 20-ish rooms (some of which on the top floor are palatial) plus perhaps a couple dozen smaller villas, each comprising typically 2 units. The villas are all circular, with palm thatched roofs and lush foliage, lending the whole place a sort of tropical hobbit village ambiance. There are a couple of pools, with swim-up bars, tennis courts, a gym (nothing to brag about, though), a club house, a kids club, and a signature restaurant. The whole place is kept spotlessly clean and the staff are all very friendly and helpful. Most of the guests I spoke to were Club Cascadas owners - and one was even in the process of upgrading to one of the aforementioned palatial units. That surely says more than I can about Club Cascadas.
There is a small area of the beach which is roped off for hotel guests only. The hawkers are not allowed to cross the rope, but they will gather right up against it and bellow at you to get your attention - "Bray-sa-let! Bray-sa-let! Bray-sa-let! You wan' bray-sa-let?". This goes on all day long, every day. But its exactly the same everywhere else.
The restaurant is reasonable. The food in Cabo was, everywhere we went, of a commendably, and surprisingly (to us, at any rate), high standard. So to rate it as average would be to damn it with faint praise. But it was of a similar standard to many places we ate at, and we had no hesitation choosing to return there one evening when we felt like chilling out locally. The beachfront setting is totally romantic! The food is simple, well prepared, and the ingredients fresh. I guess if I were to give some advice it would be to stick with the simpler dishes and you won't go wrong. One big treat to enjoy is their pyrotechnic Mexican Coffee show. Just great entertainment, and - boy - what good coffee too! They have a don't-miss brunch on Sundays. I can't understand why they don't offer that everyday.
Although Club Cascadas is a timeshare - and Los Cabos is infested by an indomitable timeshare sales army whose determination to sell you a time share suggests that they would be lined up and shot that night if they returned empty handed - once within its protective embrace, not a soul ever broached the topic even once. If you want to buy you have to seek out the sales office, which is not even in plain sight.
One minor inconvenience is that there is no WiFi access other than in the hotel lobby, where it is free, the signal is strong, and the bandwidth is generous. There are differing schools of thought on whether this is a good or a bad thing. For me, I want WiFi in my room. We used it to plan our day - trips, restaurants, sights, etc. I want to do that on my balcony, not in the lobby.
I don't think it makes much sense to rent a car in Cabo San Lucas. We didn't and it wasn't a problem. There is a very efficient and reasonably priced car rental desk in the hotel, and it is a breeze to rent a car for a day trip - as we did for a day in San Jose de Los Cabos.
All in all, I would say that if you do your research, and Club Cascadas looks like the sort of place that would appeal to you, you can reserve confidently and won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beach front family friendly resort good for all ages. Two large pools, beach front restaurant, tennis, spa, mini market, 24 front desk and security, hi speed wifi. Villas range in size from one to six bedroom. On the safe swimming beach a short walk to town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Cascadas De Baja Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Hotel Cascadas De Baja
- Resort Cascadas De Baja
- Club Cascadas De Baja Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos
- Cascadas Baja Club