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“very home-like vacation” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Las Mananitas

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Las Mananitas
Dallas, TX
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“very home-like vacation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2008

We took our 3 daughters to Cabo for Spring Break week. We had sought the advise of friends who own property in the area and recommended Las Mananitas. We were quite pleased with the ease of the reservations and helpfulness of the staff in booking a last minute trip. We were very comfortable and happy in a large 2 BR, 2 BA unit in Phase III on the 3rd floor. All previous reviews are truthful. It was clean, well decorated (on the contemporary side). Everything was NEW, appliances, washer/dryer, furnishings, flat screen TVs and satellite - just in case your kids cannot miss Disney or Nickelodeon!! Bedding and linens were very nice. Water is purified and filtered so no worries there. Water pressure and AC very impressive for Mexico! Phase III is not right ON the beach, but was lovely. We could overlook the pools, the grounds and still see the sand and waves. Phase I, directly on the beach, seemed too loud for me as the surf is very rough and noisy. Phase II seemed to have street noise, so Phase III, even though a little bit further from the beach, seemed just right (starting to sound like Goldilocks!!). I even fell asleep on the comfy chaise lounge on the terrace more than one evening to the sound of the waves on the beach - very peaceful. There is not a lot to do, see or walk to from LM except the Mega (grocery mart) and a couple of restaurants. Oldest daughter became just a little bored at the end of the week. Younger kids will enjoy going to each and every one of the 3 swimming pools and playing putt-putt. Some vendors on the beach - not many, not bothersome (kind of wish there were more!). Activities desk very hepful and recommended! We opted for airport transfer service from LM. Also recommended.

  • Liked — clean and comfortable
  • Disliked — not enough retail within walking distance
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Key Biscayne, Florida
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203 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2008

Do Not Stay in Unit B-5.

First, let me state you are reading a review from a non-owner of a time share here.

The physical plant of the property is fine by Mexican standards. Local staff is pleasant and helpful--stay away from US staff as they are self-important and unhelpful.

However, what you need to understand before booking:

1) The Ocean is un-swimmable due to a dangerous rip-tide.

2) The beach is barely passable as 50-75 horses pass by daily, depositing their urine and feces all-over.

3) Right outside of B-5 is an arroyo, with ATV's and all hour vehicles 'hooking-up at the wee-hours."

4) The main highway is 100 yards from your balcony and master-bedroom.

5) You are in the flight-path but don't worry as their are not too many flights.

7) The units property clerk is ill-mannered. When we arrived there were light bulbs out and the floors were dirty.

If, you decide to stay at Las Mananitas and like I side the physical plant is ok. Stay on the other side from B1. It is and seems to have less construction.

When I spoke to the unit owner about these issues, his reply was, " Just remember, you could be back in the wintry USA."

Wrong.

I have and could be, anywhere in the world. I came here as he assured me it would be quiet and restful. It was ANYTHING, but!

  • Liked — Pretty much everything
  • Disliked — The horse waste on the beach and the incessant construction.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Bucks County Pa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2008

7 day getaway for the x-mas holiday. condo# 212 was clean, decorated well, great H20 pressure. washer, dryer ,dish washer, private pool for the condos.Sunrise is directly at the balcony Main pool/ hot tub at the hotel.Kitchen was stocked with acceptable tools of the trade.. coffee grinder revereware pots, nice place settings. well staffed and attentive hospitality and security.There is a farmers mke weekly in town and the MEGA mart is a short walk. our favoriet restaurant was close too!! called "Cynthia Fresh" courtyard seating. from the Mega parking lot walk to the top of the hill if you face the highway with the mega mart behind you go left towards Cabo st lucas. Look for the large carrot banner next to the antique shop. large selection of daily specials. Cynthia combines Mex and Italian cuisine and is a proper cook.. walk up the beach away from cabo st lux to see a beautifull estuary lots of shore birds. Fishing in Cabo St lucas.. go there to the marina at the mall... look for the boat you like.. find one thats flying lots of fish release flags.. deal direct w/ captian.. for us6 Marlin. panga fishing available too. enjoy
chris& Patty Slowfood mmbrs.

Stayed December 2007
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San Francisco
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2008

Las Mananitas is an absolutely wonderful place to stay in Cabo San Jose. My family and I take have taken a vacation to Los Cabos every year for 5 years now and Las Mananitas is by far our first choice.

Pros: The condos are very clean, comfortable and very spacious. Also, there is a supermarket very close by which makes it convenient to get groceries and use the kitchen for meals, if desired.The premises are very quite during the day, outside of kids playing games in the pool - which doesn't really even disrupt the serenity of the oceans views and calm atmosphere of the hotel itself. Finally, the town of San Jose is only a 5 minute cab ride and is charming. There are wonderful places to eat, as well as gift shops galore.

Cons: Las Mananitas is about a 40 minute drive from San Lucas, and the taxi will cost 35 USD each way so if you plan on doing the party scene, you might want to stay closer to San Lucas.

Stayed December 2007
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Overland Park, KS
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38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2007

We spent our Thanksgiving holiday at Las Maninitas Condos in San Jose del Cabo 11.17.2007 to 11.24.2007. We booked our trip with Gail at Nash Properties and found our accomodations to be excellent. We stayed in a 2 bedroom condo on the 3rd floor of phase 1 for approximately $275 per day. The condo was clean and the furnishings new, the complex is non-smoking so it suited our needs very well. The pool complex is very well maintained and beautiful the views of the beach stunning. We did swim in the ocean and encountered minimal undertow and waves. If there was any down side it was the lack of direction since there is not a guest services guide to help with booking fishing trips etc. I would suggest you ask Gail to set this up before arriving in San Jose. Great views, great town, great eateries, highly suggest if for your next vacation. You must rent a car and this can be tricky we rented with Thrifty and felt a bit abused by the process.
Enjoy!
Cathy

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Northern California
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148 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2007

Las Mananitas is a stunning property on a stunning beach. We had a 2-bedroom condo overlooking the water. Everything about it was clean, modern, and wonderful.

Fantastic sunrises, warm weather, great pools and hot tub, a beautiful workout room, we lounged around a did alot less than we thought we would - just relaxing was great.

Big pluses - the "Mega", a very large modern supermarket, is about a 3-minute drive away. Las Mananitas is not a timeshare, although many units are rented out by their owners for weeks, so it's a more laid back, less party-type place.

Be aware that this is a condo complex, not a hotel, so there are few hotel-type amenities - ie. no restaurant on site, no bars, no gift shop. However, this is NOT a hotel room in any way - it's a fully-furnished apartment with kitchen, laundry, etc.

Also be aware that Cabo San Lucas is about 20 miles away (on a well-paved highway) and downtown San Jose Del Cabo is about 2 miles away. Cabo San Lucas is very highly touristy while San Jose Del Cabo has a smaller tourist core (lots of galleries and restaurants) surrounded by a real Mexican town.

Prices in both CSL and SJdC are very high by Mexican standards - meal prices compare to restaurants in San Francisco, while grocery prices are maybe 30% lower than here. That being said, the restaurants we experienced were very good and in many cases excellent. There are plenty of genuine local restaurants where dinner is only a few dollars though some Americans would not feel comfortable eating in them.

Also, CSL has all of the tourist kitsch you would expect, while SJdC is more laid back and has higher-end art, less in the way of t-shirts, etc. Even though their lifeblood is American tourists, many of the shopkeepers speak little or no English. However, everyone I met, without exception, was friendly and helpful. Of course any area will have its jerks but I can honestly say that I didn't meet even one of them.

Finally, when picking a location, be aware that the beaches in the Cabo area vary substantially in their swim-ability, ranging from great to dangerous. The beach in front of Las Mananitas is not a good swimming beach, but you'll see horseback riders, strollers, and even sea turtles at the right time of year.

Stayed October 2007
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nj
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2007

Just wanted to let people know what a great value las mananitas was. beautifully landscaped...Rented a condo through the owner online...1900 sq feet, 2 bed 2 bath. Plenty of room for famiy of 5. Condo was on ground floor so we walked right out to pool/beach. Condo had everything you could want.. washer/dryer, satellite tv...fully stocked kitchen. within walking distance to mega food store. onsite activities center helped with excursions. Rented a car to take us to cabo, san jose, and snorkling beaches. Cost was much cheaper than staying at a comparably located and appointed hotel. Would highly recommend this for other families and anyone wanting space and comfort in a beautiful setting.

  • Liked — spacious, clean, beautiful setting
  • Disliked — not able to swim in the ocean
  • Stayed August 2005, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Las Mananitas

Property: Las Mananitas
Address: 23400, San Jose del Cabo, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > San Jose del Cabo
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 40 Specialty Lodging in San Jose del Cabo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 42
Also Known As:
Las Mananitas Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
Las Mananitas Los Cabos/San Jose Del Cabo

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