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Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos
Ranked #9 of 73 Hotels in Cabo San Lucas
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

We just got back from a nice family vacation to Cabo San Lucas. We spent 4 nights staying at the Villa La Estancia. This was our first time at this property as the place we usually stay is not for kids. I booked a Ocean View Villa which was upgraded to a two bedroom villa when we arrived. The resort is beautiful, the grounds are well maintained and the pool is very nice. The beach is also very nice but with a young child we did not spend much time there. The staff was very friendly and helpful, especially when I called the concierge to help find our babies brand of formula because we were running low. He made several calls and found it for us.

The Upside:

The room was great, having a washer and dryer was very helpful with a child and being able to store and prepare food was quite helpful. The bed was nice, if a bit soft for my taste. We got a crib for our son and it was a very small crib and a bit cramped for him. I wish they had bigger ones. Bathrooms were good and there was good water pressure which has been a problem at other resorts (we were on the 2nd floor). The balcony was huge and overlooked the pool with a nice view of the ocean.

The downside:

There were a few areas that lets something to be desired. The day we arrived we ordered room service. The food arrived quickly but was not very good. My wife and I got Beef quesadillas and Beef Nachos. In both the beef they used was very tough and full of fat and grlstle. Neither of us could finish it. They also forgot the hot sauce they said they would bring. We ordered different food a few nights later and it was about the same quality. Eating in the restaurant was different, the food was better. I would stay away from Room service until they get that fixed.

There was construction going on while we were there. I know this comes with the territory and it was just our luck they were working on a unit a couple floors above ours. They would start at 9 and were hammering all day. Not a big deal for my wife and I but an annoyance and it made it hard to get the baby to nap.

Finally a small pet peeve. We had a resort credit from when we booked our trip. When we arrived we were told that we could dine in any of the restaurants that were part of our resort or the two sister resorts on either side of our, but our credit would only apply if we ate at La Estancia. Now why can we sign any meal to our rooms from the resorts on either side but not use the credit we had? Seems like a way to make more money to me, but what ever.

The bottom line:

I would recommend this resort to friends. We will probably stay there on our next trip to Cabo san Lucas. It is convenient to get to town, the views are great, the room was very nice and the pool was good. It is not a party pool or party resort, so if that is your thing then this may not be your resort.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Management_VLE, Gerente at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2014

Dear. Stephen M:

We appreciate the time you took to share you experience with others. We offer you our deepest apologies for the inconveniences you encountered during your stay. Be sure actions will be taken to prevent and avoid these unfortunate shortcomings; your valuable comments will assist us in our effort to improve our service provided to our valuable guests.

We hope to have the opportunity to host you once again on your next vacations.

Warmest Regards,
Carlos Blanco
General Manager

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Reviewed June 20, 2014

We make a variety of trips annually and always research our new destinations extensively. Tripadvisor is an amazing source of information and helped us to create the most memorable vacations, so thank you for your contributions and here is ours.

This time it was our first trip to Cabo San Lucas and Villa La Estancia for two week's holiday in May 2014. We stayed in the top floor condo with a wonderful terrace and absolutely amazing views.

Location/Service: this property is right on the Medano beach within a walking distance to downtown (about 20-30 minutes) and to a great number of cafes and restaurants on the Marina and on the beach. The beach is very clean and VLE staff is taking a good care of it. The swimming pool is also very nice, but can get quite busy during the afternoon hours. We did not experience any problem with the beach towels or pool chairs and umbrellas. If it gets busy staff is always on hand to help to find a suitable place for you.
When we were there we found that all staff at this property was very courteous and professional.

Property: amenities at the Villa’s properties were absolutely wonderful, with the delightful restaurant, good gym and great spa. It was also very convenient to have Palmita Market and a Deli on premises - great gelato, breakfast and lunch take-outs. The whole property is very well maintained and very picturesque.

Transportation: we used a regular taxi, two-passenger bicycle taxi, and a local bus services. Note, that you can have a bumpy ride on the local bus, but we enjoyed it. No problem with any transportation, it all depends on what you prefer more price or comfort. We also walked a lot around Cabo downtown area and back to VLA and found it very safe and easy to navigate.

In conclusion: we liked Cabo and this property so much that we decided to book a return trip in January 2015 and will bring our friends with us this time. Hope you will enjoy Cabo and VLE as much as we did.

Happy Travels to you all!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Management_VLE, Gerente at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2014

Dear. Caribia:

Is a pleasure for us to have the opportunity to host people with a lot of experience traveling like you.
Thanks very much for share your wonderful experience in Cabo and in Villa La Estancia with our TripAdvisor readers, is a pleasure to know that our guest enjoyed the Villa La Estancia´s facilities and services, again thanks for your nice comments; I’m sure that you and your friend will enjoy your next visit to Cabo, will be a pleasure to hosting you in January.

Best Regards
Carlos Blanco

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Reviewed June 19, 2014

Just returned from a four night stay yesterday and I am writing this review for those who normally stay at high-end hotels and are considering this property. This property is listed as a hotel in the rankings but it is really a condo / fractional ownership (yes, timeshare) complex trying to re-brand itself as a hotel. First, the rooms are mostly owned and rented out by owners, so the quality of your room will vary greatly by whether the room has been kept up or not. Our room had a new furniture package, so it was very nice. I have seen others online and they looked more tired. When considering your room - they are four digit numbers. The quality of the food is no where near what you will have at a super high end hotel. Some people are on a meal plan. people rave about the location on the reviews. The location is okay for Cabo, but a rather long walk to town. Sure, you can walk along the beach to the Office, but to downtown it is still a $9 cab ride, so it is not that close. The pool design is nice, but as everyone shows up by 11:00 a.m., there are virtually no chairs available, and people bring their own floatation devices, play their jam boxes out loud (so you better like their music choice), and carry around their oversize plastic cups filled with their favorite beverage from their room. Again, thee are the things you might do if you thought you owned the place, and many there actually do. And for many, all of these items I mention are totally fine, but for those looking for a different experience be forewarned. Everyone runs down and marks their favorite chairs at the pool by 8:00 a.m. and I rarely saw anyone clear towels during the day. I actually saw employees marking chairs for owners by placing books on them. With this owner concept, a few random tips keeps certain pool staff running around as personal valets. Pity, the poor renter. Also, the wireless connection throughout the property is either too overtaxed or mostly non-existent during the day. Good luck getting a wifi connection by the pool. The lobby has no cashier like you would find at a hotel. No one has change or the ability to exchange money. As for house-keeping, the room is cleaned every other day. Again, not like your average hotel experience.

But when you read the vast majority of reviews, you think this is an amazing hotel. It is listed as the 6th best hotel in Cabo and it is not inexpensive. However, it is surrounded on both sides by two large timeshare high rises, and the three buildings make up the Villa Group. Estancia is definitely the highest end of the three, but the other two (who share common driveways and a convenience store, etc.) only diminishes what Estancia is trying to accomplish.

Lastly, who are the people writing all of these great reviews - may I speculate that it maybe most of the owners who have a financial interest in keeping it near the top. From a more objective standpoint, AAA gave it three diamonds. They have no agenda. Yes, three diamonds is about right - slightly above average with some nice features, but nothing more.

If you have any questions, I would be happy to try to answer them about this property or Los Cabos in general.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

This place blew my socks off....and I am extremely picky.
The cleanliness of the resort was beyond words.
The all inclusive was totally worth the money,the value and food was outstanding.
The staff completely cared about their jobs and took extreme pride in delivering the guests the ultimate service.
The only reason I deducted one star was because of the shared balcony.
Didn't enjoy that part.
We will be back..thanks for impressing us!

Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Timbit33
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Management_VLE, Gerente at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2014

Dear. Timbit33:

Thank you for such a detailed review of your special stay at Villa La Estancia. Our team here is always looking for ways to ensure our guests are happy and relaxed throughout their stay and I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed a good vacation with us..

My apologies for the shared balcony, we are working in an especial project to resolve this situation, we hope to have this project finished in your next visit to Villa La Estancia.

Thank you again for sharing your great comments.

Best Regards
Carlos Blanco

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Reviewed June 18, 2014

This was my second time in Cabo. I stayed at Villa Del Arco on my last trip and was very pleased with the location so decided to book at sister property Villa Estancia. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, the rooms, pool, facilities etc. are all very clean which is a big deal for me. I liked that we were able to dine at any of the Villa restaurants and it was very convenient having the Palmita Market & Deli on property.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Management_VLE, Gerente at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2014

Dear. Lolli14:

Thank you very much for taking the time to send us your comments! I´m Glad you could enjoy a wonderful experience as mentioned. At Villa La Estancia strive every day to give the best service to our guests and it is a pleasure to know that your stay was a memorable experience.
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to serve you as you deserve.

I hope to have the opportunity to receive here in this home in Villa La Estancia on your third visit to Cabo.

Best Regards
Carlos Blanco

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Reviewed June 16, 2014

A great resort for famlies and couples. The service from the resort staff is excellant and they are very polite and attentive. The resort is clean and has a nice pool. The location is perfect where you are only a few minutes drive from downtown.

Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
1  Thank Jim W
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Management_VLE, Gerente at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2014

Dear. Jim W:

Thank you very much for submitting your feedback! It was a pleasure to assist you during your visit to Villa La Estancia! I am glad to know they enjoyed our friendly and attentive staff.
On behalf of the entire team of Villa La Estancia we thank you and look forward to welcoming you back.

Best Regards
Carlos Blanco

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Reviewed June 16, 2014

Villa LaEstancia in Cabo is paradise! I can't say enough about the staff, the food, the entire facility. This is my third trip to this facility and love it more every time I go. Highly recommend Villa 1204 overlooking the pool - beautiful furnishings and view of the Arch. Can't wait to return.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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Management_VLE, Gerente at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2014

Dear. Amnon S:

Thank you very much for taking the time to write us through Trip Advisor. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at Villa La Estancia. It was a pleasure to have you with us and we hope you return soon.

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Carlos Blanco

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Address: Camino Viejo a San Jose Km 0.5 | Col. El Medano, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#6 Business Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#6 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#6 Luxury Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#7 Romantic Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price Range: $313 - $787 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos 4*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, an idyllic retreat awaits at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa, Los Cabos. Known for its refined elegance, sophisticated style and relaxing atmosphere right on Médano Beach, this resort creates an experience to relish. The pampering begins the moment you enter the lobby of the luxurious Villa La Estancia. Located on Médano Beach adjacent to sister properties Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa and Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, this five-star retreat prides itself on offering magnificence amidst a relaxed setting. ... more   less 
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