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Posada Real Los Cabos
Ranked #24 of 43 Hotels in San Jose del Cabo
Reviewed January 31, 2009

After spending 2 fabulous weeks here I couldn't believe some of the less than rave reviews for the Posada Real! It is the ideal location for a quiet, relaxing vacation. However, if you're looking for a crazy spring-break type location with loud parties, binge drinking and plenty of non-stop noise look elsewhere - do some proper research and choose a hotel in Cabo San Lucas not San Jose. Those idiots who give this hotel a low rating because it's not located in CSL and therefore too far from Cabo Wabo get what they deserve. If you're going to shell out money, do a little research! By the way, after talking to some people who stayed at larger resorts like the Riu there were plenty of complaints about the hotels being so large you had to trek 10 mins from you room to the beach. At the Posada Real our room was less than 50 feet from the beach.

We came here with our almost 3 year old and it was perfect for us. The hotel grounds are smaller and initimate. It's literally a few steps from pool to beach and most 2nd and 3rd floor rooms have ocean views. Ground floor rooms get partial ocean or garden views. The cactus garden is GORGEOUS and the whole grounds are so well maintained.

Rooms are very very clean and comfortable. Housekeeping gals work very hard and there are always fresh towels. Even when we asked them not to bother cleaning our room (we're pretty neat) a couple of days they would still sneak in later to change the towels! Beds are firm and comfortable. No problem with bugs. 10 hangers in the closet!! (the most I've seen in a hotel in a long time). Water pressure was great and never had an issue with hot water shortage.

Pool is literally 6 steps from the beach. Plenty of beach chairs and palapas on the beach for shade. You never had to "fight" for a spot here - there were always plenty of loungers for everyone. Swim up bar and pool-side taco bar/snack restaurant. Food here was great - esp the tacos and hamburgers. Pool side service is wonderful, these guys work so hard in the heat to make us comfortable. There is also a kiddie pool which was perfect for our toddler and she could easily go from the pool to the sand without us ever having to move from our pool loungers! We could keep a good eye on her everywhere.

The buffets were great - enough choice for us and the food is really great quality. Mix of Mexican and international dishes. The breakfast chilaquiles and the dinner time soups were stand-outs. My husband does not eat meat - only veg and seafood/fish - and there was always choices for him. Also plenty of meat options for me!

You get to know the staff because it's a small- all of whom were so wonderful. My understanding from talking to repeat guests is that alot of them have been there for years, unlike other hotels which experience high turnover. Even if you go all-inclusive please don't forget tips for the staff - they work such long, hard hours and are so tolerant of tourists who can be rather forgetful of their manners!

Senor Lupe plays piano/sings a few nights a week. Our daughter loved dancing to his music in the lobby. There's also a bar/lounge area in the lobby which was the place to hang out in evenings. The hotel is short walking distance to the Mega plaza (think Wal-mart and groceries). The plaza also has a McDonalds (with a playland if you are travelling with kids who need a playground fix), some taco stand eateries, a money changer and a few clothing stores. Outside the Mega is also where you catch the local bus into Cabo San Lucas which is MUCH cheaper than a taxi, and perfectly safe and comfortable.

It's also close to downtown San Jose Del Cabo which has plenty of great restaurants, both high end and more moderately priced. Plenty of shopping - both touristy trinkets and designer jewelry, gorgeous art galleries, and a handful of night spots for drinks and music. Very clean, safe streets, great strolling place!

Next time we come to Los Cabos we are coming back here!!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 4, 2009

This was our 2nd stay at the Posada Real Los Cabos this year and 3rd stay here overall. Additionally, this was our 10th trip to Mexico and our 8th trip to Los Cabos. That being said, we find this property to be the best value that we have ever experienced in Mexico. And please understand, we have some experience to back up that statement.

We booked our package this time through bookit.com, excellent service and lower prices than we found at any other agency.

First things first. The service here is on a par or better than some of the "5 Star" resorts we have stayed at in the past. Ramon, the pool/beach waiter is simply the best server I've ever had the pleasure to experience. The rest of the staff is also stellar, and are incredibly appreciative of a few words of badly spoken Spanish and a few pesos.

The facility itself is incredibly well kept for what it is, a 40ish year old hotel exposed to the elements in a salty, tropical climate. The grounds are always impeccably maintained, everything is clean and neat although obviously not new. The heated pool is excellent, enjoying a cocktail in the beachside jacuzzi at night, while listening to the surf crash and watching the stars is amazing.

Beacuse of the small size of this hotel (150ish rooms), there is hardly ever any competition for pool or beach lounge chairs. Even when the property is full it still feels uncrowded. Seating for dinner at the buffet was never an issue and we always found a table outside on the balcony.

The rooms are larger than most, furnishings are great and matresses are not nearly as hard as we have experienced in other Mexican resorts. Almost all 2nd & 3rd floor rooms have a balcony that faces towards the Sea of Cortez, overlooking the cacti garden, and offers at least a "peekaboo view" of the ocean.
Our only issue with our room in three stays is hot water not being available fis=rst thing in the morning. Here's my theory-Early in the morning it takes a while for the hot water to make it from the boiler in the main building of the hotel to the outlying rooms. The farther your room is from the main building, ie closest to the beach, the longer it will take the hot water to reach your room. The more people that get up and turn on their hot water taps, the faster it moves towards the end of the wings.-That's my theory, anyway. Our solution, take your shower after about 9 am and after a short wait with the hot water tap open you get all of the hot water you want. Ok, so in the grand scheme, this one little problem has never been a very big deal, but I did want to offer a solution if anybody else experiences it.

Food is very good. Much better than we expected and the Cabrilla (Grouper, you will also hear it referred to as Sea Bass) that they serve on the buffet most nights is absolutley spectacular. The fresh fruits at breakfast are not to be missed. (Note about Mexican produce; they don't grow produce to look as pretty as what we grow in the States, they grow it for flavor!) The made to order omelette chef can also be talked into making some made to order breakfast burritos that are out of this world! The snack bar by the pool makes incredible tacos, hamburgers and has an awesome salad bar. There are two bars, one in the lobby and one at the pool and both serve Tecate beer, wine, Margaritas,Pina Coladas and mixed drinks. If you're a fan of coconut rum, (as I am) the Mega (think Wal-Mart with a liquor store) down the street has coconut rum for under $7US a litre that I gave to the pool bartender and he used only for my drinks.

OBTW, beware the "Concierge", although she will book excursions, day trips, etc., she is actually a timeshare "coyote" and her whole livelihood is dependent on getting you to waste a few hours of your precious vacation listening to a timeshare pitch. Now don't get me wrong, we've known many people that have gotten some great freebies for sitting through a timeshare "presentation" but we have always found our vacation time too valuable to spend listening to a pitch. Be forewarned, the choice is up to you!

A little bit about San Jose del Cabo, it is an incredible town. Downtown is a $5US cab ride each way or a half hour walk. There is great shopping and excellent restaurants. There is some nightlife, but all in all pretty laid back. This is not Cabo San Lucas!! As the last reviewer mentioned, if you would rather watch a Christmas play in the town plaza put on by local school kids, (which we saw also), versus getting your party on, san Jose is for you. The people here are warm and welcoming and you're not hounded by a timeshare coyote every step. We typically take one day and go into San Lucas just to get it out of our system.

In closing, this property is a GREAT budget priced, small beach resort located in a wonderful town. It's inexpensive enough that we were able to go to Mexico twice this year (18 days total) for less than what we have spent at other resorts for a week! And to top it all off, we have a better time here! I don't believe you can find a better value in Los Cabos or maybe even in all of Mexico.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 13, 2008

We just returned from an 8 night stay at this property, and we would stay here again. The location is excellent – on the beach and a 25 minute walk to downtown San Jose; the staff are friendly and helpful; the grounds and pool are attractive and well-maintained; the bed is… well, … hard, but you get used to it; the rooms are worn but very clean; the food is, on average, very good; and overall, it is a very good value.

We stayed in a standard room (#208) on the second floor of this 3-story hotel. There are two buildings with rooms arranged on a slight diagonal - roughly perpendicular to the shoreline of the Sea of Cortez, and all of the rooms have patios or balconies that face the water (the rooms on the second and third floors generally have better views). Most rooms also look out at a large cactus garden that sits between the buildings. The pool and pool bar is located at the end of the property between the cacti and the water. There’s a swim up bar in the pool, and the water is heated, making it very comfortable to just stay wet in the pool all day. The weather was perfect – sunny and mid-80’s (F) every day with a breeze now and then, and in the 60’s at night.

Most of the previous reviewers have complimented the service – oriented staff, and we would agree. We chose the all-inclusive option and were constantly being asked if we wanted anything (Aaron, our favorite server: “Everything is fine?”). Our favorite meal was breakfast, with lots of fresh fruit and options like cereal, yogurt, smoothies, pancakes, French toast, bacon and sausage, eggs or omelets prepared while you wait, beans, chilaquiles, potatoes, pastries, etc. The poolside lunches were also very good: salad bars and a menu that included tacos, quesadillas, hamburgers, fish fillets, nachos, etc. The quality of the food was very good. We wanted to try some of the local restaurants, and we ate at Jazmin’s, the Tropicana, Mercado del Mar and the Rusty Putter. We especially enjoyed Jazmin’s, the Tropicana and the sushi at the Rusty Putter.

I think that the folks who don’t enjoy staying here are probably expecting something quite different – perhaps because they don’t or can’t take the time to do a little research before booking their stay. We’ve stayed at higher-end, more luxurious properties before, but we weren’t looking for a place to eat all our meals or to plant ourselves for our entire time in Los Cabos. By the way, at the time we visited, the exchange rate at the banks for the American dollar was about 13.5 pesos. At the hotel, it was 13 pesos, which is reasonable for the convenience.

We rented a car for three days and hit the road on day trips – picked up a cooler and some beer at the Mega Store ( only 42 pesos – about $3.25/ six-pack), did some snorkeling at Santa Maria beach (recommended) and Cabo Pulmo (highly recommended – get away from the crowds). We like to socialize but we aren’t the head-banging partying type, so while we made the trip to Cabo San Lucas, when we saw what it was, we didn’t even get out of the car.

Give us instead the small-town charm of San Jose, where we stood in the town square and watched the local kids perform in a Christmas pageant, and where we enjoyed watching people from the rooftop at Shooter’s sports bar (happy hour starts at 9:00 a.m. and the beers are only 10 pesos ( $ .77). Also, while we were approached in San Jose from time to time by the time share people offering “special promotions,” we were never hassled, and they seldom persisted after a polite “no gracias.” The only negative experience was getting ripped off by unscrupulous coyotes at one of the Pemex gas stations between San Jose and Cabo San Lucas – as we later found out, it’s more of a common occurrence than it should be because of the indifference of the local “policia.”

This is also a great location for walking. Besides the walk into town ( 25 minutes), you can walk east along the Paseo San Jose to the estuary and see a wide variety of birds. We also enjoyed walking along the beach. Walking west along the beach will take you to Zipper’s Sports Bar and Restaurant (about 30 minutes) – good guacamole, fish and chips, etc., plentiful portions, and a nice view of the Playa Hotelera and Playa Costa Azul.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 13, 2008

I stayed at this hotel from Nov 29/08 to Dec 3/08.

It's a basic, no frills all-inclusive.

Pro's: free parking; landscaping is quite nice; inexpensive; location is fine - right on the ocean; a rope on the beach keeps out most of the necklace and trinket vendors; staff were all quite attentive ($1 tips made a small difference); 8 minute walk to the huge Mega super-store; pool was fine.

Con's: I agree with most of the other reviews - the food was not good - the omelettes for breakfast were great, but the lunches and dinners were bland and very cheap basic filler-food; the beach is not safe to swim in; the beach (right where the ocean meets the beach) is kind of black from mud or something; the hotel hallways are cheap looking; there's no elevators; the pool-side bar and lobby bars do not have a lot of seats.

There couldn't have been more than 40 guests at the hotel while I was there. Probably due to the US economy.

Do not stay at this hotel if you are expecting Hilton-style quality or service.

Do stay at this hotel if you're on a budget and want a place close to the airport.

For those who are renting a car, please see my article on how to not get ripped off at the Pemex stations in the Los Cabos area and by the airport. Enter "Pemex" in the search field, and it will be one of the entries that comes up.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 27, 2008

We spent a week at a timeshare and needed to stay here for one night only before heading back to the U.S. We were very pleased with the location and the food was excellent. Our room was a bit musty and tired but for one night it was fine. There are no elevators so the trip up and down the stairs w/luggage was a hassle. The "hot tub" was lukewarm but perfect for evenings. The pool temp was perfect and the swim up bar great. Service was impeccable and drinks and food were abundant and delicious. Would definitely recommend. We arrived at 11:00 but they wouldn't allow us to check in until 1:00 or so.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2008

If you're traveling on a budget and don't need to be pampered hand and foot, the Posada Real is a good option. First the good:

-whole hotel was clean, never saw any bugs in the room. Maid service was good, fresh towels and amenities everyday
-The pool/beach area is awesome. Liked the option of going to the ocean (not swimmable) or lounging in the poolside bar with a drink. we had quesadillas and margaritas by the beach, which is what vacation should be
-staff was nice for the most part. sometimes it felt like the language barrier was a problem, but it is mexico
-fairly close to the mega store/mall (about a 10 min. walk)
-wasn't crowded at all. There was some noise around midnight our last night (people talking, doors slamming) but that was it.
-Decent bar/drinks

The downside:
-Beds were hard (had a sore back the 2nd night)
-not much around the immediate area, besides other hotels
-Didn't like the set times for meals especially breakfast. I'm a late sleeper and when I got up breakfast was over, so we walked over to the mega to get pastries and etc. For dinner some nights were better than others regarding variety of food. Dessert cakes were pretty good.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2008

I vacationed with a friend in Cabo for a week in September at the Riu Palace, and had an amazing time up until the last day. The night before we were set to leave, my friend got very ill with food poisoning (from tacos we ate in Cabo, not at the hotel). She was still so sick the next day that they would not let us on the plane, and we were stranded in Cabo for an extra night. In an attempt to find an inexpensive hotel room near the airport, I booked a room at the Best Western Posada Real Los Cabos. We arrived to check in at 9:30pm after spending a horrible day at the hospital. We were exhausted, ill, and very hungry. We opted for the non-all-inclusive at $140/night, which we were told included drinks. Starving, we were told the only option was the dinner buffet, free for the all-inclusive, but $16 each for us. It was a sad little buffet of taco fixings, very unappealing. Because she was sick, my friend could only eat plain rice, which they refused to make her. She could also only drink water or gatorade - the hotel had mini bottles of gatorade, but for $3 each, which for some reason were not included in our "drinks included" price. So, I found myself at 10pm walking down a dark, sidewalk-less street in Mexico to the only place in the area where I could get food - a Mega Mart. The room itself was dirty, old, dingy, disgusting. There was no elevator. There was no remote control for the TV, and after I called down a couple times, one was brought to the room. It didn't work. The breakfast buffet the next day was also not that impressive. It did look like they had a nice beach, but that was the only thing this hotel had going for it. Now, for the all inclusive option they were charging $200 a night. That is how much we paid to stay at the Riu Palace, (including airfare) which was big, beautiful, with a gorgeous beach and pools, and had huge buffets with unlimited options. To anyone looking for a hotel in Cabo - choose wisely! And don't eat any street tacos!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Posada Real Los Cabos

Address: Malecon San Jose S/N, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > San Jose del Cabo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 Family Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#20 Spa Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#22 On the Beach Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
Price Range: $87 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Posada Real Los Cabos 3.5*
Number of rooms: 148
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the beach, a few yards from several of the many golf courses in Los Cabos area, close by the new marina "Puerto Los Cabos". With its low - rise structure, charming contemporary Mexican style and cactus gardens, the Posada Real blends perfectly with the rugged beauty of the Baja Peninsula The Posada Real Los Cabos Resort is a totally different property, because you can choose between two options of lodging: Our "All Inclusive" option, where you will receive breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and a selection of domestic drinks from 11:00am to 23:00 hours; and our unique "Drinks Inclusive" option, where you will receive, FREE of charge, a selection of domestic drinks, from 11:00am to 23:00 hours. ... more   less 
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