My husband and I stayed 3 nights (June 6-9) in a Grand Club room, which includes access to a private pool and a lounge with free food and drinks. Three days before our stay, we called the hotel directly to verify our reservation and room requests. We requested, in order of importance: 1) a quiet room, 2) top floor, 3) King bed, 4) nonsmoking. Upon arrival at the hotel, we were told they could meet all requests except for one, no King rooms were available. We readily accepted the quiet, top floor nonsmoking double bed room (Room 640) located in the Grand Club area on the hotel's western side, near the golf course.
After deftly side-stepping the polite timeshare/ membership sales lady who tried to intercept us as we left the front desk (be ready for her!!) we were promptly escorted to our room. The room was clean, smelled good, had a fantastic view of the pools and ocean, and was indeed very quiet. Everything worked, nothing was in need of repair or refurbishment. We slept very well. We never heard any noise from the timeshare construction on the hill above the hotel or from a new hotel being built next to the hotel, to the west. However, the standard hotel rooms in the hotel's far west wing will definitely be impacted by this construction noise -- make sure to ask about construction noise when booking in 2011.
The staff at this hotel aim to please and do not seem motivated by tips. We arrived with a case of bottled water, which was bulky and heavy. A staffer quickly came to our aid and carried the water to our room for us. We tried to offer him a tip but he politely refused.
After settling in, we headed down to the Club Lounge for cocktails and appetizers (served 5-8pm). We planned to make the appetizers serve as our dinner -- we don't eat a lot in the evening. On our first night the selection was mostly fresh seafood, our favorite. The food was high quality. There was shrimp, seared ahi, octopus ceviche, and various other goodies. Most of the appetizers came in very small single-serving cocktail glasses which discourage waste, but it was a bit of a pain to gather enough food to satisfy hunger. The plates likewise were very tiny, and I felt like a pig going up for thirds, but who cares, I was on vacay. A wide variety of top-shelf alcohol was available, along with a "bartender" guy standing in front of the booze, which was a little strange. My G&T's were made with Tanqueray and were quite strong! They also had Don Julio.
The food served in the Club Lounge changes each day, but there was always a sampling of cheese and fresh fruits and vegetables. My only disappointment was that there were no desserts save for cookies on offer only in the afternoon, none in the evening. If you are a diabetic (like my husband), you will do OK. Breakfast was Continental, no egg dishes or cooked meats. Mostly fresh pastries, cereals, yogurts and yogurt parfaits, cheeses, fruits, fresh juices, and coffee/tea. The coffee was not good, tasted stale and was lukewarm. If you are picky about coffee, bring your own (those instant coffee packs from S-bucks are great in a pinch).
The Grand Club pool is nice if you like peace and quiet; there was NOONE there during our stay. Since the hotel was nearly deserted, we preferred hanging out at the main infinity pool or at the infinity pool & hot tub over by the Villas, which has a fabulous setting over the beach and wave-crashed rocks. On my previous visit, the hot tubs were not hot at all, but this time they were HOT! :-) We enjoyed snorkeling around the rocks in front of the hotel during low tide. In our opinion, the Fiesta Americana has one of the best locations for nearshore snorkeling of any hotel on the Corridor, when the conditions are right.
Jellyfish bloom: Our last morning snorkel was cancelled due to jellyfish. We started to go in the water but were stopped by a staffer. He had a plastic cup full of them. There were thousands of the little varmints in the water near the shore. Their stings are not life-threatening, but they hurt like heck. I've experienced the same jellyfish blooms in other locations on the Sea of Cortez and have learned the hard way to stay out of the water when they happen... I hear these blooms are the result of overfishing & global warming.
Overall, a very nice stay at the FA.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover an amazing world of contrasts where the desert meets the sea. For your visit to this seductive and enchanting destination, choose the world-class Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, where your visit will be defined by exclusivity, luxury and distinction. The exceptional hotel helps you to enjoy your vacation in Grand Style. You'll be amazed by the subtle details and the diversity of the flavors, aromas and colors that emerge throughout your stay. Every day is memorable and different. And there's no better way to enjoy it than with our Grand All Inclusive concept, where it's indulging just to be here. ... more less
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