Firstly, it must be said that the property pictures make the hotel look a lot more splendid than it actually is. The lobby area is quite dramatic but the experience of the hotel itself is more average. Staff were mostly excellent and happy to please. As per usual, copious tipping ensured excellent service (which we were happy to do). Check-in, wait staff (David was The Best), room service, pool service was all top notch. The hotel is ready however for a renovation. The furniture is tired and probably somewhere around 20 years old - old non-flat screen television, chipped headboards on the bed, scuffed walls, old furniture and dripping taps. Food was generally quite good for an all-inclusive. And whereas I would not say it was fit-for-foodies it was certainly consistently tasty and well cooked. Each morning a sad basket of uninteresting pastries and a cup of lukewarm weak coffee was delivered to the room so I went down to the little coffee shop and acquired cappuccinos which were decent. Each morning I took a yoga class. I loved the instructor but wish that the hotel had provided a space more conducive to the activity. We practiced quite publicly on grass with towels instead of matts and in the sun. Some kind of hard surfaced gazebo would be perfect. The pools were lovely as was pool side service - plentiful delicious ceviche and guacamole (and a decent Santa Carolina Rose could be acquired with a little nudging). My partner found that there was not enough protection from the sun by the pools. Previous trips to the Excellence hotels near Cancun provided lovely cabanas and opportunities to sit out of the direct sunlight. We had rather dysfunctional umbrellas which on windier days were unusable. The layout of the pool however was stunning - the infinity design which blended directly into the horizon made for a contemplative vista. Generally we don't do day trips at All Inclusives because we want to relax on the beach but the options were tempting on this trip. The day-trip concierge service was excellent and personable. We took a boat trip to whale watch, (I recommend a smaller boat rather than the very cheesy and noisy larger boat) and saw plenty of whales and the most amazing sunset I have ever seen. I went scuba diving for the first time and had a fabulous time with Cabo Adventures and we hopped into San Jose for an evening which was very civilized. Hotel activities varies from sweet to odd. There was an Oscar party which provided a rather lavish buffet and a large projected television broadcast - however, the equipment was clearly very old and the projection was not digital so it was blurry and the sound was poor. Movies were projected out by the beach on a large screen but were attended insofar as I could see by no-one. And I'm going to suggest that THE HURT LOCKER might not the best choice for a resort - particularly given that the sound of gunfire rattling through the property quite startled us before we realized it was a movie. We had excellent spa treatments and the facilities were lovely. Although seating in the manicure/pedicure area was quite impossible and I think my manicurist and I both had stiff backs following the treatment. Also the only hot tubs were in the spa area and although we were told that we could use them whenever we wanted to, when we tried we were told that we were not allowed unless we used the spa. One final thought: for a gay couple this was not an entirely comfortable experience - not from the staff who (with one or two exceptions - I felt that one day we were neglected by one of the pool waiters who shot us dirty looks and avoided us somewhat deliberately) - but from the other guests. We met a number of lovely couples for sure, but we also found that when we entered the dining room there was a lot of staring - not unkind or threatening - just a bit wide eyed "oh my goodness! Look! Homosexuals!". If I heard that the property had undergone a renovation I might consider a return, but otherwise, probably not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marquis Los Cabos All Inclusive Resort & Spa offering all of the privileges of adults-only, Unlimited-Luxury(R) for the first time on the scenic Baja Peninsula. At Marquis Los Cabos, guests can enjoy handsomely appointed suites with world-class amenities, 24 hour romantic in-suite dining, exciting daytime beach, land and pool activities, nightly entertainment, gourmet a la carte dining without reservations, complimentary international and domestic brand beverages and so much more! ... more less
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- Secrets Marquis Los Cabos Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Marquis Los Cabos Hotel
- Marquis Los Cabos Resort
- Marquis Los Cabos All-Inclusive Resort & Spa San Jose Del Cabo