In my opinion, Montecristo is a mixed bag. Montecristo is a collection of villas that are part of a large development by Pueblo Bonito. The main buildings are Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, which is a large village of timeshare condos. Montecristo Phase I villas are high up on the hill, making them remote but giving them excellent views. Montecristo Phase II is a bit lower.
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach: this is a nice looking development with many pool areas, several restaurants, and a spa, all of which are accessible to the residents of Montecristo. Food in the restaurants is good and surprisingly reasonably-priced. Service is universally slow in the restaurants. The pool areas are attractive, but they can be crowded and expect little to no service. The major positive is that the pools are nice and warm. This property is built-up on a hill, so they have lots of gas-powered golf carts zipping people around the property. The smell of gas fumes in the air gets old.
Immediately upon check-in you will be hounded to take the time share tour. The employees get points if they are able to sign you up for the tour, so expect constant badgering, especially when in the main resort. We did the tour so that we could familiarize ourselves with the property and to get the $200 in food credits and $100 in spa credits. The tour, which included breakfast, took about 2 hours. All I have to say is that the timeshares here are dramatically over-priced. Units can be bought for much less on the secondary market. If you do consider buying, I suggest doing your homework first because many other companies offer a much better value. I also understand that development has come to a halt. They have been talking about the construction of golf courses for years, but nothing has happened. They have also been talking about a market in the compound for years, but apparently that has stalled, too.
The property is located just west of Cabo San Lucas. The location is very nice. Instead of paying a lot of money for airport transportation and local cabs, I highly recommend that you simply rent a car. We were glad that we did.
Montecristo's units are located on the hill, so you will either need to wait for the shuttle or drive your own car to get anywhere. We are big walkers, but walking this mountain was just not in the cards. Having to drive to everything gets old. The trade off is that the view from the villas is incredible.
I was disappointed upon check-in. Check-in is located in what looks like a converted villa...not a welcoming reception area. The people were ok...not rude, nor overly helpful.
The villa itself is very nice. The major perks are the private infinity pool (very warm water!), jacuzzi, grill, computer located in the room, and free internet. The units have a washer and dryer, but you need your own detergent. The beds are not very comfortable. They are rather lumpy. The showers are good. The kitchen is nice and more than adequate. Daily housekeeping service is provided. Overall, the villa is excellent.
What lacks at Montecristo is the service. It is affiliated with what I would classify a 3-4 star property. Service at Montecristo is no better. Call to ask for something and you'll be lucky to get an answer or even a call back.
We had villa #20, attached to which is a staff area and bathroom. So, while sitting by the pool you will hear the employees talking, laughing and making noise...not relaxing!
So, who should travel here? If you tend to be easy-going, you will absolutely love the villa and may not notice the poor service. If you are accustomed to high-end service, you will definitely be disappointed.
I give this property 5 stars for the view and for the amenities provided by the villa, 2 stars for the service, 1 star for having to deal with the shuttles, 1 star for being harassed by the time share folks, and three stars for the neighboring property. On balance, I give it a 3.
Other thoughts: the beach is beautiful, but you cannot swim in the water at Sunset Beach due to dangerous conditions. You can swim in the beach at Pueblo Bonito's other properties in Cabo (Rose and Cabo San Lucas), both of which are older properties. You are able to sign meals at these properties to your room.
There is a Costco is Cabo, so that is a good option if you'd like to stock up on food to cook yourself.
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- Also Known As:
- Pueblo Bonito Montecristo Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Montecristo Estates Pueblo Bonito Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Mexico