We picked the Royal Solaris for our January destination wedding. From MN, we paid a little less than $1,000 for air, hotel, food & drink from Jan. 16th to the 23rd.
We arrived in Cabo at 10:30am, our hotel shuttle was waiting for us. When we arrived at the hotel, Freddy checked us in. My mother in law and her friend were also with us. They got their room first, ours wasn't ready. We were trying to check in 4 hours early. They stored our luggage while we checked the place out. First things first, we sat down to eat and had a great buffet meal right next to the beach. We checked in our room an hour later around noon.
We had a beautiful room, #628. The view was amazing. The room was clean and made up just like on a cruise ship. We even got robes & slippers. I'm not sure if that was a wedding deal or not. It was still very nice. The bed was firm, BUT we've traveled all around the whole country of Mexico and that is VERY typical for the beds there, especially if you are near the ocean.
The meals were great. Yes you do have to call at 9am to get a reservation at the two Al A Carte places, Marco Polo & Panchos, BUT if you forget or sleep in, just go there at night, they always leave a few tables open, it's not that big of a deal. For a week there, 7 whole days of three+ meals a day, the 4 of us never got tired of eating. There were plenty of options all day, everyday. It wasn't "great" food, but trust me, there are plenty of worse places and things to eat in Mexico. It was very similar to Old Country Buffet, or and normal sit down restaurant like Chilis, Outback, ect. Needless to say, pretty good!
We saw whales every morning from our room, while we drank our coffee on the balcony. YES you NEED to get your towels out on a chair at 6am. We needed 4 together everyday, so that was an early riser deal. The days we only needed two, my husband and I were able to fit in here and there or just lay on the beach. There are plenty of chairs, it's just that people are up bright and early to claim their spot in the sun for the day.
We weren't bothered about the time shares, but we were asked to fill out a form when we checked in, no big deal at all. The staff is always there to help you or direct you to where you can go or what you can do. The shows at night were pretty good. Ya a little high school like, but still, very good. The entertainment staff does a great job. We saw two of the shows, and like both of them. Besides, it's an hour and a half, what else are you going to do?
Not a ton to do at night. Not a party type place. Not spring break like, which was great for us. You could always walk to town or take a cab. Los Cabos is about a 15 minute walk or $5 cab ride. There are some "clubs" there, or go into Cabo San Lucas too. There is a sports bar there at the resort. It's always empty, but the bartender will put on anything you want to watch and make you any drink you want. The lobby bar is also a very nice place to hang out. Again, they were able to let us watch the Vikings game with all the other football fans. There was a dance floor and DJ 3 nights we were there, but by 10pm, we were pretty beat. The sun and drinks take a lot out of you. As for the drinks, they were fine, as long as you're not picky. We had Sol & Indio beer, along with Miami Vice's all week. I never heard anyone complain, and they are always walking around to get you anything you want. People say they water everything down, well trust me, everyday there were a few pretty drunk people there to prove that you can still get drunk if that's what your intentions are. SO don't you worry.
There is a whole play area for kids. Playground, water slides, pools. I don't see why this wouldn't work for families. We stayed away from them, but still, no big deal. As for adults, there is an adults only pool, yoga classes, always something going on. There were vendors on the beach, but if you said no, they went away, and were never mean. We ended up buying a few things from them. Most of the time though, the guards keep them behind the rope on the beach so they won't bother you.
One of the best parts were the massages on the beach. The pink tents charged $30 for an hour. My husband and I went a few times, and just loved them, very relaxing and nice. The white tents are the "spa" people from the resort, and they are $45 an hour or $55 an hour, and it's the same darn thing.
Our wedding was absolutely beautiful! Elsy, Niza, our videographer & photographer Yuri did a fantastic job. We couldn't have asked for anything better! It was small & quiet, other than the 200 fans you get from the hotel when you're getting married on the beach. We didn't have a band or reception, but the DJ played a few songs for us that night and everyone cleared the dance floor. It was great. We were definitely treated like stars!
I would suggest this place to anyone. Is it a total of 5 stars, I'd say so. It's not a Dreams or Sandals, or a cruise, but if you're looking for something that has a great value for your price, this is the place. It didn't bother us that you couldn't swim there. My husband went in a few times, and body surfed on a calm day, but we wouldn't recommend swimming. It's black flag everyday. We plan on going back, in a few years after we travel to more places around the world.
Thank you very much Royal Solaris Los Cabos for a GREAT vacation and WONDERFUL wedding of our dreams!!!
Derek & Melissa Breen
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All-Inclusive family beachfront resort with 387 rooms in a Mexican hacienda-style, located in san Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Royal Solaris Los Cabos offers unlimited meal and beverages in our 5 restaurants, Room service (delivery fee), Dinner show at Tehuacan Theater, 4 bars, 3 pools with heather system (including relaxes & kids pools), Business center, Spa and beauty salon ($), Steam room, fitness center, hospitality rooms, on site shops. Other services include 24 hr medical service (on call) ($). Shuttle service to Cabo San Lucas ($). Weekly activities program for all ages. Tennis and basketball courts, also beach volleyball court. Theme parties and dinner shows. Junior's club (video games). Live and ambient music at the lobby bar. Kids club & Mini Water park. Scuba diving demo at the diving pool. Meeting room facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Solaris Los Cabos Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Royal Solaris Cabo San Lucas
- Los Cabos Solaris
- Los Cabos Royal Solaris
- Royal Solaris Los Cabos San Jose Del Cabo