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Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos
Ranked #25 of 71 Hotels in Cabo San Lucas
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 17, 2007

This hotel and trip in general has made Cabo our most favorite place in the world. We eventually want it to become an annual family vacation. The staff at the hotel were extremely friendly, the food and drinks were excellent, the view amazing, and the pools were spectacular. We enjoyed the location of being able to walk to the marina for food, down to the strip area for bars, drinks, dancing, and to the little market on the corner for breakfast items and sunscreen. The value of this hotel puts it in a league of its own. We will never stay anywhere else and we've never even tried other places!!!

Stayed: March 2005
5  Thank jkreeves1
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Reviewed February 15, 2007

This was my first trip to Cabo and I could not be happier with the place we chose to stay. My boyfriend had been here a few years ago and stayed at this hotel--now I know why! This hotel was within walking distance of everything we wanted to do. The marina, shops and restaurants were just blocks away! By the marina the restaurants were one after the other and the first afternoon we were there, the restaurant managers were handing our coupons as we walked by. We were able to have two free drinks before dinner with one of the coupons. They often compete with each other for business so if they see you looking at the menu (which are all posted outside) and then walk to the next restauant they will try to offer you things to get you into their restaurant. The Hotel itself was beautiful--we stayed in the ocean-view suites which were definitely worth the extra we paid for them. We could wake up early to watch the surise and have a cup of coffee on the balcony--what a great way to start the day! The staff was extremely friendly which made our stay even more pleasurable. We had lunch a couple of times out by the pool restaurant--happy hour is daily from 2-4pm where you get 2 for 1 drinks! The food was great although the service both times was pretty slow. Actually--pretty slow service was common at all restaurants we dined at in Cabo--just the way of life down there I guess. After lunch one day at the Hotel we took our drinks out to the beach and saw two whales pretty close to shore! It was an awesome sight to behold! On Valentine's Day we had dinner at the Blue Marlin which is adjacent to the hotel. It was a romantic setting, great service, great food and amazing views! As far as activities--we planned in advance for transportation to and from the airport as well as a fishing trip. A lot of people will try to sell you activities (such as fishing trips) on the marina for a "great" price--but I recommend doing your homework ahead of time to find a reputable boat owner with serveral years of service under his/her belt. We did and we ended up catching an 84 inch Marlin the day we went out! We will be returning to Cabo next year and will again stay at the wonderful Hotel Finisterra!

Stayed: February 2007
7  Thank asil24
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Reviewed February 14, 2007

My wife and I stayed at the Finisterra for 5 nights and it was wonderful. The location is outstanding; views of the ocean, close to the Marina and close to shopping. Our room was on the 6th floor with a great ocean view! Woke up every morning and sat on the balcony watching the whales! There is a new hotel going up next door with some building noises, but wasn't a big nuisance.

The pools are great and the service at the Palapa bar was outstanding. Great drinks, great food and great service. It can get quiet breezy, so we didn't do too much swimming, but did use the large hot tubs. Very relaxing. The Whale Watcher bar was neat, but the view from the room was just as good. Not great service at the Whale Watcher.

The night life was just ok. My wife and I are in our early 30's and enjoy dancing and having fun; finding that was difficult. We spent some time at a couple different establishments including our favorite, Squid Roe. The fun at Squid Roe didn't start until about 11pm, but was interactive with the bar staff. A lot of dancing and a lot of fun; definitely the best in Cabo! The "crowd" in Cabo is older, so The Zoo was slow. The Zoo played hip hop dance music that made for great dancing, but was slow due to the limited number of people in Cabo that like that type of music. Cabo Wabo was good with a live band, but reminded me a lot of a wedding reception. We also looked for a small cantina with a live band to relax, but couldn't find any.

The food at many of the local establishments was great. Some recommendations include:
Margaritaville - after 6pm
Alexander's - classy restaurant (Be sure to get the Mexican coffee! - excellent Flambe)
Ole' Ole' - Great food, great atmosphere
The Office - eat with your feet in the sand

There are many activities to choose from in Cabo. If you are considering Skydiving, call Jessica at Skydive El Sol. My wife went skydiving for the first time and really made her (and me) feel safe and she had the time of her life. Paid the extra $100 for the video and it was the best $100 I spent all week.

The only thing we didn't like has nothing to do with the Finisterra. There are people (including little kids) that are always around (not at the hotel, but everywhere else you go in Cabo) trying to sell you something, from bracelets to tours. My only word of advice is to use extreme caution when discussing tours with anyone. There is a desk at the Finisterra where someone will offer you a timeshare presentation, but it is very low pressure and they only ask you once.

Overall, it was an excellent experience and a GREAT trip. If you are looking for excitement, Cabo is not the place. If you are looking for rest and relaxation and some peace and quiet, Cabo is your place.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank RockHoover
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Reviewed January 22, 2007

My friend and I stayed at the Hotel Finisterra from Jan. 17-21. We are in our mid twenties and wanted to have a relaxing time but yet explore and have fun also.

Room: We stayed in a Deluxe Oceanfront room. It was very clean and well taken care of. The balcony was nice to sit on. There is a big bathroom area and the room is spacious. The décor could be updated, but that is minor. We were very happy with our room. And yes there is construction next door. We were very close to the construction and it was loud at times, but we didn’t let it bother us.

Staff: People were very friendly and wanted to help you as much as they could. Maid service did a super job and even mopped the floors on a daily basis. We left a tip each day for the maid and she was very nice. Each night for dinner we talked to someone at the concierge desk and they called the restaurant and made dinner reservations for us.

Food: We ate at the Whale Watchers restaurant the first night and just stayed at the hotel because we were so tired. Let me tell you, the views were spectacular! We got to see whales in the distance and boats in the Pacific Ocean. We both had awesome margaritas and very good chicken enchaladas.

The second night we made reservations and ate at the Office on Medano Beach. It was a Mexican show. It was a big party and lots of fun! The food was Mexican and not as good as all the other nights, but it was a great atmosphere. It takes place right on the beach. You are facing the ocean and your feet are in the sand!

We also ate at Lorenzillo’s in the marina for dinner. It was pretty upscale. It was actually raining so this was the only time we ate inside the whole time. They had great seafood and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Our last night, we ate at Margaritavilla. It was very good. I had tuna steak and it was a huge portion and great views of the marina.
On Sunday before we left we at the Blue Marlin for their Sunday brunch. It was fabulous! It was outside with great views and a great selection. My friend and I aren’t big buffet people but we really enjoyed the breakfast before we left.

Pools/Beach: The grounds of the hotel were very well taken care of. The pools are spectacular. We planted ourselves at the middle pool because it was warm and there were hot tubs and a swim up bar. They also played music all day long.

The beach is very pretty with views of the mansions on the cliff. The only downfall is the water is not swimmable due to the dangerous undertow.

Nightlife: Squid Roe rocks! The staff there wants you to have the time of your life. It is even normal for people to dance on tables. This was our favorite night spot. Cabo Wabo was kind of dead when we went there, but I’m sure it picks up as the night goes on.

Tours: At the concierge at the hotel, we purchased an hour tour of Land’s End for $9 pp. We then walked down to the marina where we met Poncho, our guide. He was a great tour guide that took us to Land’s end on a glass bottom boat. We saw lots of fish, pelicans, a seal colony, a pirate cave, Lover’s Beach, Divorce Beach, and of course the famous arch. It was well worth it!

Overall, I would recommend this hotel in a heartbeat to anyone! It was an unforgettable vacation!

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled with friends
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8  Thank jayn2339
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Reviewed January 22, 2007

We were extremely pleased with the cliffside location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The entrance to the hotel and lobby were charming. Our room was not going to be ready for another hour, but we were given the room number. Sure enough, the maid was busy cleaning and we were very happy with the location; room #302 with a great view of the grounds, pool and ocean. Generally, my husband spends the first hour in a hotel negotiating for a better room location or an upgrade. Not a problem, so we decided to check out the nachos and margaritas at the pool bar.

We used AAA travel to book our stay through Apple Vacations which beat Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz on price. I also feel that we were given such a great room based on the clout that Apple Vacations has. Most hotels want to keep Apple Vacations very happy because of the volumn of business provided to these resorts. Also, Apple has an advocate (representative) for you in case things don't go your way or if you need to make any changes.

The terrace of the Whale Watcher Bar had a great view. On the third day, my husband went exploring. He went all the way to the end of the terrace toward the ocean, turned right and saw stairs just past the other entrance to the bar's interior. At the top of the stairs to the left was a private loft under a thatched roof. It had only 2 tables. He asked the waiter if we could dine there. Yes, we had a private breakfast with a great view as if perched in an eagle's nest. The menu was from the Blue Marlin. We loved it so much that we had dinner there that night and the next night which was our last night. That was such a fun find!

At the marina we had breakfast at Baja Cantina. They served the all time best Chilaquiles. I couldn't make up my mind between green or red sauce, so our waiter agreed to half and half. It was scrumptious.

The 3 pools at the hotel were wonderful as well as picturesque. With breakfast and a great dinner, all that we want mid-day is a snack. The pool bar/grill had a nice variety of yummy local snacks.

The Hotel Finisterra experience was better than our expectations especially after considering some of the reviews. Our room was spacious, clean and cheerful. The balcony was perfect for witnessing a beautiful wedding right below and in front of our room on the tropical grounds. The whole wedding party was from Alberta, Canada and obviously liked the hotel as well.

The Hotel Finisterra is the only hotel that we will return to in Cabo. It is the perfect place for us to stay considering small number of rooms as compared to mega resorts. The close proximity to the marina and other restaurants makes it very desirable. Strolling the long quiet stretch of beach to Land's End really satisfies the soul. Enjoy!!

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank littleton realtor
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Reviewed January 17, 2007

Just returned from a week at the Finisterra, traded our timeshare.
We did a timeshare presentation at the hotel next door, the Playa Grande {enjoyable, not a horror story} and got $400 credit at the Finisterra for food and drinks. Food was pretty good, we ordered breakfast to our room most mornings. The chicken & cheese enchiladas at the Whale Watchers Bar were very good and the grilled chicken with pasta/pesto at the Blue Marlin were also very good. We did not enjoy the Mexican buffet at the Blue Marlin at all, we should have known better tho. We just are not a big fan of traditional Mexican food, but we were too tired to walk to another restaurant. We did not have good drinks anywhere there {miami vice, strawberry margarita, bloody mary} so we mostly drank beer which was fine with us. Maybe we should have asked for top shelf liquor? Other people around the pool were complaining about the drinks too. Pools were cold so no one was in them, we did enjoy the hot tubs and there were plenty of them. The beach is wonderful and everyone stayed out of the Pacific as the undertow is dangerous. The hotel and pool area were very quiet, slow time of the year I suppose. We had a great one bedroom room {215}, everything was very clean. We really liked the location with just a short distance to the marina. Staff were helpful. We will definately go back to Cabo and to the Finisterra, just maybe in February for warmer weather.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank ladymaverick
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Reviewed January 7, 2007

My husband and I stayed at the Finisterra (Ocean view rooms-Palapa Beach Club) the week between Christmas and New Year’s. We have stayed at this hotel several times before and have enjoyed it because of the food, the friendly staff, the location (close to town but not in town) and the views—but I have to say that this time was it for us -for this hotel and Mexico in general.

The hotel is not new… the linens on the beds are fine and the towels are ample and soft but the rugs on the floors need to be replaced, the couch in our room could have used some sprucing up and a fresh coat of paint would not hurt either. The room looks a bit dated but was otherwise comfortable-let’s remember that you’re in Mexico. The real bummer was that the pools were not heated and so only kids seemed to be swimming on this visit.

So, keeping in mind our geographical location and knowing that most places do not run at the same pace as the US, we were fully prepared to wait for things…whether it be the rental car people getting back from lunch (5 min. = about 20 min.), the server to come and take the order or any other number of things. However, the service in the restaurants was the worst we have ever experienced. On any given day when we went to breakfast on the 7th floor, the waiters had to be flagged down to take an order (they were set up for the buffet but we don’t do buffets and wanted to order a la carte). Forget about getting coffee/cream refills if you used all that was in your thermos at the table. The service at the pool was a bit better and the food tasted great but it always seemed lukewarm and the beverages were not exceptionally good. The Blue Marlin bar for dinner/happy hour was atrocious. The two nights we tried to eat there, we could not get several of the items on the “standard” menu and it took so long to get the drinks we left and went into town. I will give huge kudos to the room service people. The food was delivered promptly, it was the correct temperature, the orders were correct and it tasted great.


There were no problems with the bill, check-in and out was easy and friendly and considering the other properties that we saw on this visit, the Finisterra is comparable to other hotels in its class. Be aware that there is construction going on to the North of the Finisterra and if you want to sleep in past 8am you might want to find another hotel. Also, there is a GIANT hotel that has gone up right to the South of the hotel and it has blocked some of the views.

All-in-all, I was disappointed by the entire experience. I will say that the service issue seemed to be city-wide and not just confined to the Finisterra, but with the prices that you pay for anything in Cabo now (read-it’s not cheap like it used to be) you expect a little more.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Mum4k9
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Address: Blvd. Paseo de la Marina s/n, Cabo San Lucas 23450, Mexico (Formerly Hotel Finisterra)
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Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#16 Family Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#17 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#18 Romantic Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#21 Luxury Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price Range: $253 - $528 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos 4*
Number of rooms: 282
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Landmark Resort. Best location in town with Ocean and Bay views. Located in the "Heart and Soul of Cabo"!Live the legend of the new SANDOS Finisterra ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT unique architecture overlooking the Bay of San Lucas or enjoy the largest family rooms facing the Pacific sunsets in any of our Jr. Suites. All within a short walk to restaurants, night life, shops, fishing and water sports. Free WiFi in Lobby and Restaurants. Endless beach walks and amazing pools. Embrace the Cabo sun in any of our three amazing pools or have a snack at the largest and tallest Palapa in the Pacific. For the evenings enjoy a margarita at the historical Blue Marlin Bar where Keith Richards and Brooke Shields loved to relax. If you like tennis we have 2 courts for you free of charge. Ideal for Families or Couples that want the best value. The Jr. Suites Ocean View rooms have the largest capacity in Cabo sleeping 3 adults and 2 children with our 2 Queen and Sofa beds. Just perfect for the family that needs best value for their money! ... more   less 
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