This was our first “all inclusive” stay, my daughter 23 and me 53. I had no idea where to stay and to be truthful, I am a thrifty traveler and this time I paid for it. …… I chose the Holiday based on the cost it was the least expensive. The room was clean, but nothing to write home about. Bathroom was a little mildew and the water didn't drain as well.
I hadn’t the slightest idea about the difference between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. San Jose del Cabo is not to be confused with Cabo San Lucas (something that is not clearly state at least not by me. The Holiday in was once known as El Presidente according to the locals and a “senor” of hotels “back in the day” and is located in the “Zona Hotelera of Cabo San Lucas, It is the last hotel on this strip, along with the Barcelo, the Grand Mayan, Cabo Azul, Royal Solaris.
1.Let me start with the plus, if you want quiet, tranquility this is it, large clean beautiful beach (that hardly no one uses) we took long walks each morning. If you face the beach go left, easier flatter and less coarse sand. Plenty of bottle water in your room.
2.Very little vendors, I may have seen only two and they were regulars.
3.Go out of the hotel and the first round about make a right on boulevard Antonio Mijares . If you like to exercise and walk off all the food that you ate……..go to the center of town. This is a little town that shows the way, “the old Spanish way of doing towns” where the center “town square” is a park gazebo, an old historic catholic church. You will pass the hospital, the university, the fire department, quaint little shops and restaurants, a post office, the red cross. It was a fun easy 15 min walk if you take it slow.
4.If you keep going straight on Valerio Gonzalez Canseco street you will find the ”MEGA” grocery store. Make a right from la Mega and you can walk to “Walmart”. (less than 10 min walk to la mega) (about 20 min walk to walmart)
5.Go across from the circle (cross the street) from the Mega grocery store and take the bus to Los Cabos 45 min, $23-27 pesos (which equals 2.25-2.50 dollars depending on your exchange) It is safe, they run until 11pm., beats $35 + on a taxi)
6.DAY TRIP: Go to the side street of Walmart and you will find two bus terminals. If you would like to go to a little town (pueblo) called Todos Los Santos or T.Santos this is where you take the bus. Todos los Santos is where the famous Hotel California, from the Eagles song……..for those who know who the Eagles are….. This is a one hour trip, nice little artist town, dating back to the 1700’ built by the Jesuits. The hotel wanted 1,680.00 for the two of us approx $130.00. Very safe, comfortable buses called “El Aguila” means the Eagle. They will also take you to La Paz. Safe road, not much scenery other than beach, dessert cactus, a house here and there, and little town of Pescadero. We made that a day trip, then came back to Cabo San Lucas for the Sunset dinner cruise at 4pm which was a blast, open bar and dinner and a whole lot of fun. We did the Sunset cruise with Costa, and the crew was fantastic. The cruise is 2.5 hrs, and then we came back to the hotel but the local buses around 7:30pm Lots of other people take the bus. (Americans) and the bus stops at most of the hotels along the way. Dreams, secrets, las olas, the Westin, Melia and so on…..
The negative of staying in San Jose del Cabo (neg for some)
1.If you like the loud, hustle and bustle or if you are a spring breaker, then Cabo San Lucas is for you, don’t choose San Jose del Cabo, unless you are afraid of the public transportation (which I already told you it was ok with me) If you stay in San Jose del Cabo then you have to spend approx $35 going and $35 coming into Cabo San Lucas. If you can, and don't mind taking public transportation then it you are fine.
2.Breakfast was great, 4-5 different fruits, cantaloupe, honey dew, watermelon, pineapple, papaya, yogurt, oatmeal, French toast, anyway good variety, omelets, eggs to order, well you get the pic, not much you can do to ruin breakfast.
3.Lunch was saved by the salad, and dinner was saved by the show (sometimes) They did have I think on Easter, huge tasty tiger shrimp, they were delicious.
4.I would rather have 1-2 entries well done than abundance. Two places for lunch, dinner and breakfast. Two choices of a la carte dinner ;which you always have to reserve. Reservations start at 10:00, we did this twice and did not have any problem making the reservations. sitdown dinners are ok.
5.Dinner and show was nice, the crowd was a little dull……people are not as friendly anymore.
6.The staff was courteous, but not very talkative, it gave me the feeling that they were threaten if they talked to you for too long. They work very hard, one reason why I don’t often like to travel to Latin America. I always feel that the staff is underpaid and overworked, I can’t take that, but that is a personal issue……………
7.The waste of food!!!!! Serve yourself what you are going to eat. If you don’t feel you are going to like it. Serve yourself a tiny spoonful try it and then get up and get what you really like. The food is there for at least 4 hrs, so no one is taking it away………..I saw tables of the same family and each served themselves plates full of pastries and food only to leave the food. What a waste!!
8.The drinks, I don’t really drink to get drunk, but I ordered maybe 6 drinks which had no alcohol, not sure if the alcohol is water down? Even when I gave a tip, like someone suggested in one of the write ups, it didn’t help, so I stop ordering. You were just drinking sugar flavored water.
9.Sorry, I probably would go back, but all inclusive is not for me. You really can only eat two meals. Breakfast, and either lunch or dinner. I would like to do Cabo San Lucas
lots of families with kids, i guess because of the offer that kids eat free, but for some of us that do not have small kids there are no perks.
Nor a negative: The staff works very hard, but not overly friendly. The front desk staff was very nice, the gentleman that works the snack bar, and the waiter that served us during our sit down dinner at Frutas restaurant. I said I would get their names. Also the lady that is at the bar in the adult area gazebo, and the lady that took reservations had genuine smile. The lady that cleaned our room was great. I said I would get names, but forgot………
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- Nestled between a white sand beach and the Sierra de San Lazaro Mountains, Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos is truly "at one" with the environment. At or near the resort, you'll golf, play tennis, swim and ride horses while younger guests explore the Chiqui Kids Club. To expand your fun in the sun, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are minutes away. Two restaurants, one Buffet and one a la carte, room service, 6 bars. ... more less
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