My fiance, and I, in our late 30s - early 40's, stayed at the Royal Decameron Los Cabos from May 5-15, 2014. We took a chance after reading positive reviews here on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed, but we were not wowed by the resort either. You do get what you pay for, maybe a little more. To get airfare, food, all you can drink, and entertained (somewhat) for $100 a day flying from Canada is an awesome deal no matter how you look at it.
The resort is very small. Too small for ten days I have to say. Nobody else we spoke to stayed that long. Most stay half that. But we always find a week not enough, two weeks too much. At a bigger resort ten days is usually perfect. This is not to say we weren't enjoying ourselves. You just get tired of the same food and drinking so much after awhile. The fact that the resort is small is great for meeting lots of fun people. The resort was pretty dead when we arrived although we were told it was 80% full. No way it was even half full. Some days there were 5 people around the pool. People came and went over the ten days but there weren’t ever too many. It was always easy to get pool chairs. None of that put your towel down at 7am and leave for hours business that I hate. There were no line ups for anything, the buffet was quick and easy, drinks very east to get. The only complaint was the a la carte restaurant. Yes, there is only one, and the food there is excellent. The issue was the reservation system. Many times at the late sitting we saw the restaurant almost empty even though they always say it is booked full. Once we invited another couple to come join us for dinner and we were told on arrival there was no space although there obviously was, not only at our table, but at least ten other empty tables. We learned to make reservations for the next night to avoid this issue. Also, on the last day unfortunately, we learned you can order food not on the menu or combine dishes that are. I had lasagna with some prawns as a side and it was fabulous. The restaurant is the snack bar in the day and has great day time food. We really loved the burgers and nachos. We are usually healthy eaters but as we were on vacation we had our fill of stuff we dont usually eat and it was all pretty good. The buffet always had great food and the selection was ok. Time it however to get there near the opening times. We did get tired of it after awhile. Like I said, ten days may have been too long for this resort as the food gets repetitious with one buffet and one restaurant.
Almost every person we met was sick for at least a day. My gf never gets sick and she was sick the last four days with something. I took Dukurol before I went and never got sick at all. My gf doesnt believe in it, or should I say, she does now LOL. Thankfully there is a mega store across the street to get medicine. Unlike other resorts we have stayed at there was no hand sanitizer anywhere to be seen. Usually someone squirts your hands when you walk into the buffet at other resorts. Lots have said the resort is very clean. Unfortunately, I have to disagree. Yes the pools and grounds are clean and maintained but the washrooms around the resort we generally not. Almost every time I went to use one, especially at night, there was a plugged toilet. Even the toilets in the rooms plug very easy. The plumbing needs to be addressed on this resort. The rooms are close enough however that you can just avoid the public washrooms and use the one in your room. Some have complained about the shower and bathroom door are the same. I didn’t see what the problem was except ours was hard to close at times.
The biggest reason we picked this resort was because we like to have a good time. We read the complaints about the loudness at night. We are on vacation! We dont want a resort that is dead after 10:00!! We shut down the disco almost every night and always met couples to party with. We were however misinformed about the entertainment. That was by far my biggest disappointment. We loved the bands. The rock band was outstanding and we also enjoyed the Latin band. But after that, the entertainment was left to be desired. There is obviously not a theatre with shows for a resort this size, just a small stage. So yes the entertainment choices are limited. But karaoke night? Bingo? That’s kinda weak. We thought there was going to be a band every night. There used to be we were told. I am sure Royal Decameron can find more than one band in that area to play at the resort. The rock band only played once in the ten days and we were told they would be back again and they were not. The Latin band played only once as well. The entertainment staff is excellent with what they have to work with however. Danny (Mexican Bruno Mars) and his Canadian wife Jenny are great. The other fellow, who actually is a Michael Jackson impersonator, also got everyone lively. But they are limited based on the facilities. The bands work best so if I could give any advice to the resort it would be to have more bands for the nightly entertainment. I agree if you want to be in bed by 9, don't go here. We stay up late and are late risers. In May, the sun is up until 7:30 so that's just fine. If you want quiet, close the door, turn on the AC. However, when the bands are playing, forget about sleeping. The bass shakes your room. Ours was right above the stage. Room 219. The stage and the most popular bar are right where the rooms are. We loved that but many won't. A few nights it got rowdy and they will not tell people to quiet down nor should they.
The beach is fantastic, but unlike the Mayan Riviera side, you cannot swim in it. Waves are way too big. But the climate was fantastic. Hot and dry, not muggy. Perfect. Even at night. I wore 30 sunscreen and came home almost black. The main pool is excellent. The one up top however was too warm for our liking.
The king size bed is the biggest bed I have ever seen. It was a bit hard and hurt my hip the first few nights but got I used to it. Mini bar could be better. Get your own water at the mega mart becaue they only give you two little bottles a day.
The resort has a "Julius Caesar" feel to it as it used to be a place for people....with very little inhibitions you could say. This is why the place is cheap and on groupon to drum up business as it's been recently renovated and changed to a "normal" place.
The staff..well it's a mixed bag. The entertainment and pool side staff are great. The waiters and bartenders..let's just say bring tip money. This is the first all inclusive that I have ever stayed at that they actually EXPECT tips. When you start to tip you will see the service improves dramatically. Tip jars are everywhere. Yes I know that these people make only $20 a day from wages but the expectation of tips was something new to me at a resort. A dollar or two is all you need or 200 pesos so bring lots of small bills. Also, ask for the good booze as they will give you bottom shelf vodka or tequila unless you ask. Don't expect Grey Goose but Finlandia and Smirnoff are available. I didn’t find the drinks watered down but if you do, just ask for a top up. There is no Corona or Dos Aquis, just some beer that gives you heartburn. Canadians will be happy to know they do have clamato juice for caesars!
All in all I would say this place is definitely NOT a four star. We have stayed at a few of the Grand Palladium resorts, Catalonia, and a few others that are four star or better. This is a three star in my opnion. Because of the food choices, entertainment limitations, the rooms and the facilities don't have that classy feel to them. Average to good I would say. However, we really enjoyed our stay. Probably the best vacation my fiance and I have had together. We will be back in Cabo in December and will go say hi to the staff and maybe spend a day there. Would we stay there again? Doubtful because we like to try new places but I would recommend it to anyone if you are on a budget or want decent value for your money. A small, easy going, fun place that will not disappoint as long as you dont have very high expectations and remember what you paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Decameron Los Cabos is located in the south of the peninsula of Baja California on the Sea of Cortez just 15 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) and 5 minutes from downtown San Jose del Cabo which showcases the best of Mexican tradition, showing peaceful streets covered with trees, galleries, restaurants and boutiques, with its center located a few blocks from the sea, a beautiful Spanish colonial style city hall, among other features that are immersed in Mexican culture . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Los Cabos San Jose Del Cabo