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Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed as Time Share guests last October and had a wonderful time. The hotel has lots of little touches we really appreciated. Both sets of pools were excellent, and nice lunches and drinks were available at the pools. There was a nice deli we could use for a light breakfast. Car rental was available on the premises, and the Concierge was really helpful in suggesting tours, commenting on restaurants, etc. And on the day we left we were able to shower and change into traveling gear at the spa for no extra charge. Three tips. First, when you arrive at the airport, go all the way through and ignore all offers till you reach the exit, where you will find a simple bus with no strings attached to take you to the hotel. That way you avoid all Time Share offers; no one bothered us once we arrived at the hotel. Second, the snorkeling tour to the National park north of Cabo is really excellent; it included swimming with sea lions and four snorkeling sites. Third, we used Trip Advisor to find restaurants in the area; all recommendations were useful.

Room Tip: Time Share rooms probably a bit more dated than other hotel rooms, but quite adequate for the money.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Janet/George
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Another amazing two weeks at the Hilton Club Casa Dorada in Los Cabos! This is the best resort hotel in Cabo! From the time you arrive until the time you leave, the service is impeccable. The hotel and its grounds are gorgeous and well maintained with attention to detail. Tim Booth, the general manager is always accessible and highly supportive of his staff.

The beach at the Hilton is one of the only swimmable beaches in Los Cabos where snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaks, boats, jet-skies and more are all available right at the beach. Cabo Real, one of the first and most famous golf courses in Cabo is literally across the hotel.

However, I want to specifically express in this review of the Hilton Los Cabos a point of view regarding the cost of the food at its restaurants, the only point of contention for some of the guests of the hotel, which otherwise would rate it a 5 out of 5.

I rate the hotel 5 all the way for the above reasons but also because, while I agree that the food is pricey, all of the restaurants in this hotel offer outstanding dishes with fresh, qualify ingredients, beautifully presented, using linen napkins and tablecloths and delivered by a highly professional, knowledgeable, and very attentive staff. The fish is local and fresh, the vegetables and fruits are organically grown in the area between La Paz and San Jose, all pastries and breads are baked at the hotel.

Bringing food into Cabo from mainland Mexico, using locally grown, organic foods are all expensive propositions. Yet, Mauricio Lopez, the Executive Chef of the Hilton restaurants, does not spare expense in the quality of the food he serves. The breakfast buffet exemplifies everything I am saying here. It is an amazing array of foods, all fresh and tasting as if made to order in a small quality kitchen. All that goes into the upkeep of the beautifully appointed facilities at the Hilton and its restaurants and the on-going training of its high quality staff is also costly.

The hotel also offers cheaper alternatives to the main restaurants such as the Deli, which serves fresh salads, sandwiches and other beverages. The poolside restaurants – La Barca and Madero, have pizza, sandwiches, sushi and other less costly meals.

I give the award-wining Hilton Los Cabos hotel and its restaurants a rating of 5 in all categories including its 5 star restaurants. They are the best that Cabo has to offer!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Norma B
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

This was the first time at this resort and will not be the last. The staff is what makes the resort . They really are the best. I was told that the rooms are being refurbished and they appeared to be in needed of a makeover some years ago. With no oven just hot plates that worked most of the time. The kitchen is well stocked and have to say the rooms were very large and the beds were nice to sleep in.

Room Tip: higher floors are nice but stay away from the first and second floor
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank doc662
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

A wonderful start to our "chick" week with 5 friends in Cabo. We were greeted at the hotel with delicious icy margaritas. OUr rooms were ready when we arrived. We had booked two - one bedroom units on the 6th floor. They were not connecting as we wanted two kitchens and four bathrooms - the perks with 6 women.
We all walked into the first room to be greeted by multi baloons on the bed with happy birthday in rocks, a delicious birthday cake AND a bottle of champagne. A very special thanks to Dulcea (customer service) as it was a beautiful gift and very much appreciated.
The hotel has two large swimmping pools . All of the "timeshare" units overlook the lazy river which is a much quieter pool, with a swim up bar and more cabanas (free) available than the large infinity pool.
The hotel has some really great amenities by the pool. Each afternoon homemade popsicles are brought by, earlier they offer eucalyptus scented cold towels and suncreen. At the infinity pool they offer complimentary 5 minute back massages (recommend you tip as it's very nice) about 2 00 each afternoon. Both pools have swim up bars and limited menus for lunch.
Our hotel room had two full bathrooms, one with tub and separate shower and one with just a shower, huge amount of closet space. Living room with a very , very bad futon couch. We requested a cot instead and it worked out better for anyone staying up late or waking up early.
A full kitchen with basic amenities, but do have a toaster, blender and full size fridge so worked out perfect for breakfasts only. Note, that they do not have any condiments, paper towel or sharp knives so bring your own. Bedroom has king sized bed and room had two tv's that we never used.
We ate in all of the restaurants once only. Sushi at the lazy river swim up bar was delicious. Cocktails at the infinity pool were sublime. The Mexican Restaurant was lovely but so dark we couldn't see our menus without flashlights and quite overpriced for the amount of food.
The absolute highlight was dinner on the beach catered by the Italian restaurant in the hotel. We had our own private waiter that took care of every need . The meal was amazing and if you would like to do something special for someone I really do recommend it as the whole ambience is very special.
All in all the "timeshare" side of the property could do with a little upgrades especially the futon in the living room but the property itself is stunning , the beach is rough but swimmable for some although not this prairie girl. The best is that you can walk for miles unlike other Cabo hotels. Bus stops in front of the hotel for a 10 min ride to costco. We cabbed back (yes, they have taxi stands at costco) and it worked great. Went for dinner in both CAbo and San Jose del Cabo and it was 30.00 each way based on 6 of us in the van. A little pricey but really only 5.00 per person. Mia Casa restaurant in San Jose -mmm !!(see review).
If you are looking at a "time share" vacation I would REALLY, REALLY recommend this hotel. I was a travel agent for 25 years so I have had my share of "dud" hotels and this hotel is lovely.
Yoga on the beach 3 mornings a week is beautiful and the teacher is wonderful. (also complimentary) . Massages on the beach were lovely although try to go very early in the morning or at dusk as it is hot down there. (Not complimentary)
Okay, okay I've said enough. Go enjoy yourselves.

Room Tip: 6th floor had a great view of the ocean and very quiet.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

I came here in the summer with 5 other friends and was dropped off in the front entrance where we were welcomed to a Mediterranean/Spanish style restaurant that looked out to the infinity pool and ocean.
We had two rooms connected to each other. The larger of the rooms had a one bedroom with a connected bathroom, couch, dining table, fair sized kitchen and a huge bathroom. The smaller of the room had 2 queen size bed, a mini kitchenette and big bathroom as well. I thought for 6 people sharing the 2 rooms was perfect. If you're looking for a newly remodeled, modern timeshare this isn't the place. I was happy to see it was very clean and the place centrally air conditioned.

Outside of the rooms, the infinity pool is awesome but so crowded we found ourselves hanging out in the secondary pool for more privacy...this pool is narrow and nothing special about it but there is a swim up bar which served sushi and pizzas was pretty awesome...pricey but still really tasty...note the swim up bar closes early.

I really appreciated the privacy this place gave, we didn't see peddlers of merchants, neither were we bothered by the locals at the beach. The hotel is about 20 minutes away from town and there's a shuttle you can take for 6 pesos one way.
If you're looking for peace and quiet with no big families and loud kids its worth being away from town. During a pick up for an excursion we had to stop by hotels closer to town and it was crazy and chaotic.

There is a breakfast buffet and personally I thought it was pretty good. If you have to choose between a plated breakfast or buffet I would definitely take the buffet option because I saw the servers basically plating the same food and charging $2 less (versus all you can eat--fruit, omelet bar, tons of pastries, exotic and tasty juice bar, etc, etc). If you can eat out in town versus staying at the hotel for dinner--from what i recall there's 3 different price tiers of dining options (buffet was cheapest) and for our last night we ate at the middle option and it wasn't very good.
If the purpose of your trip is to have a peaceful, quiet time to just relax by the pool and soak in some sun stay here!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

I stayed for a week in the timeshare side with my SO and his parents. The hotel and grounds are gorgeous and staff are fantastic. Here's a list of my opinions about the place overall.

The good:

1. The room had a balcony overlooking the pool/beach area so I could see the sun rise every morning.
2. A 1-bedroom was sufficiently sized for 4 people, the bathrooms were spacious, and the kitchen adequate.
3. Housekeeping is amazing. All the staff is friendly and helpful.
4. High-quality toiletries are provided (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, aloe vera gel, and shea butter soap) so save room in your luggage and leave those at home.
5. Kitchen is well-supplied with pans, dishes, cutlery, a blender, and a coffee maker with coffee and filters. I later noticed in the little xerox newspaper that I could have bought a mug for $5 at the deli used that for coffee every morning for free. I think the front desk should have told us that.
6. Fitness center is pretty good for a hotel gym.
7. Parking is no problem if you have a rental car - free and available right next to the tennis court.

The bad:

1. The pull-out sofa bed was probably used as a torture device by the Conquistadores.
2. While the view overlooking the pool is great, it's also very noisy if there happens to be a drunken group partying into the wee hours. Otherwise it's lovely for listening to the birds and the waves.
3. I could hear the upstairs neighbor clunking around in high heels at 3am. I can imagine that in the high season that kind of noise is multiplied.
4. Coolers with your own snacks and beverages are not permitted at the pool.
5. Bottled water is provided the first day only so you'll have to buy your own from the hotel at exorbitant expense or schlep some back to your room from Mega.
6. Internet is SLOW and $10/day and you will have to pay if you want to use the internet in the business center.
7. You can only exchange $100 USD at the front desk per room, per day. Even the staff thinks that's a stupid policy since one of them told us to come back when he gets off-duty and exchange more since he wasn't going to write down that we'd used up our exchange allowance.
8. Even with the 20% discount, food and golf is super-duper expensive.
9. The TVs in the rooms are from 1986.

While I would definitely go back to this place, I still felt a little bit nickeled-and-dimed. Why do the hotel guests have to pay for umbrellas on the beach or for (VERY) slow internet service? Stuff like that is usually included at other resorts in Mexico, although I think Los Cabos is generally just a pricey area to visit.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

Wife and I stayed in a timeshare unit for a week. 3rd floor overlooks the pool and has a great view of the ocean. Very peaceful sitting on the patio and listen to the waves hit the rocks. Rooms could be upgraded a little and the addition of outdoor BBQ would be nice. Daily maid service was absolutely fantastic along with nightly turndown service. Resort got a negative review in the past and we saw none of it. Security was present throughout the facilities. They did have a private event which closed down the pool area one day but we just shifted over to the hotel pool with no problems. The next nite there was a private dinner and we got a free concert. Hot tubs need to be hotter though.
We played golf 3 times during the week and the golf concierge had a great deal for us to play their courses.
The hotel restaurants were very good and we ae used to resort prices.
We would highly recommend dinning at Sunset Da Mona Lisa. Perfect setting for a romantic dinner and the wines were great.
We had a great time celebrating our anniversary and would definately go back again

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Sj9r
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Additional Information about Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort

Address: Carretera Transpeninsular km 19.5, San Jose del Cabo 23447, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > San Jose del Cabo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 42 Specialty Lodging in San Jose del Cabo
Price Range: $184 - $306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This property is one of the many Casa Dorada in Los Cabos area. Please note we are "Casa Dorada Spa & Golf Resort" located between both towns (San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas) at the area known as the Tourist Corridor within the Cabo Real area at KM 19.5. The Home Resort will allow you the access to their common areas such as the beach, two pools, spa, restaurants and bars. This resort is an European Plan, meaning that there is no All-Inclusive or Mean Plan Package available and food & beverages will be subject to an extra charge. All rooms are considered as Ocean View and the assignment of the rooms will be based on availability. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Club Casa Dorada Spa And Golf Resort
Club Casa Dorada Spa & Golf Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort San Jose Del Cabo

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