Let's start with expectation -- it's not five star like the Four Seasons. It's five star in a Mexican sort of way. Also for perspective, we are normally more adventure travelers so we may have different ideas than people who go to all-inclusives all the time.
As with most of these resorts, you don't really have to leave -- there are 4 restaurants, 3 pools, and usually a couple of decent entertainers around at night. Our experience is that the restaurants are consistently good, and the buffets are consistently bad. A couple of nights, we found the outdoor buffet unbearable (food was cold from the chilly desert nights because the wind had blown all the flames of the bain-marie out) and was able to secure a table at a "reservation only" restaurant by asking discreetly and waiting patiently (and tipping generously...). The staff was great and tried to do everything they could to keep us happy, including cooking one of the mahi-mahis we caught on my husband's birthday in a special way that night. The kitchen also helped us cleaned, fillet and freeze the rest of our catch for our trip back to Canada.
The part we liked the most about El Presidente was that it's close to many things -- it's walking distance to town (San Jose del Cabo) as well as close to great snorkeling, golfing, and fishing. One of the best snorkeling spots favoured by the tour companies is Playa Santamaria -- a 5 minute drive from El Presidente down the Corridor. After figuring out where some of these places are, we decided to rent a car (BTW, the desk will try to charge you $75 a day, but just ask to use the internet and make a reservation online and you can get the same car -- same desk, for $35/day). Jack Nicolas designed Palmilla golf course is 10 minutes away and have a great twilight rate after 1pm. My husband caught his first Marlin going out on the little beach by Palmilla. We also explored remote beaches of East Cape and took side trips to Todos Santo (home of "Hotel California" and a vibrant artist community) and Cabo Pulmo (home of the only living reef on this side of the hemisphere). BTW, parking is free at El Presidente.
One word of caution --watch out for the time share people. They're there when you get off the plane and they're there when you walk into the hotel, and they look really "official." The "help desk" next to the lobby bar area is actually time share sales people -- when you need help, find the the real front desk, which is tucked away to the right of entrance door -- can hardly see them when you walk in the door.
All in all, we really enoyed our stay at Cabo, we were able to find lots of adventure and El Presidente was the perfect "home" base. We plan to go back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Los Cabos Hotel
- Presidente Intercontinental Los Cabos Resort
- Intercontinental San Jose Del Cabo
- Los Cabos Presidente
- Presidente Cabo
- El Presidente Cabo
- Presidente Intercontinental Los Cabos All Inclusive Resort
- Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All-Inclusive San Jose Del Cabo