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Misiones Hotel & Beach Resort
Ranked #65 of 71 Hotels in Cabo San Lucas
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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“condo @ misiones”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2007

We rented a 2 br privatly owned condo on ebay for 6 nights about $800 total no taxes, I think it was well worth it.
Would I pay the same amount for a 1 bedroom hotel room
here? ...probably not. There is ALOT of construction on the surf beach side, you have to walk through the sight to get there. You CAN surf on this beach, my brother came out with 1 minor cut on his foot from kicking a rock. The view from this beach is beautiful.
On the snorkeling/swimming side the water was not that rough. You could get in and cool off, snorkeling was minimal. We could see a few different fish but there were also black urchins, they always make us a little nervous.
Our condo overlooked the snorkeling beach, I WOULD rent it again. We did not have daily cleaning service so did not have to worry about our valuables (previous reviews), but things did get messy. The pool area was quiet, but the water was warm. The margaritas were strong @ the pool bar but did not taste that good. I did not eat @ Misiones because there were so many other places I wanted to go.
We did have the large palmetto bugs (roaches in previous reviews) maybe five in the week. Honestly I can't see other places not having them too, these bugs were all over florida when I lived there.
I think if you are looking to hang out @ your resort, this may not be the place for you. If you need a place to sleep, shower and cook a little while exploring Cabo and San Jose, this could be the a good choice for you.

  • Liked — The price, the view and the quiet beach.
  • Disliked — Construction, but it is all over Cabo and San Jose.
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with friends
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Hartford, Connecticut
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2007

My fiancée and I decided to stay at Misiones for our first trip to Los Cabos. We went in with low expectation after reading the other reviews on Tripadvisor, but decided to chance it. He is an avid surfer, so we wanted to stay at a hotel that was close to, if not on, a surf break. This was our most affordable option (we paid $210 per night).

Our stay was from March 10 – March 17, which is one of Cabo’s big Spring Break Weeks. As we are both out of college, but still in our 20s, we were hoping for a hotel that would not be overrun with drunken college kids, but one that would also give us some activity and nightlife opportunities. We found neither at Misiones. Fortunately, there were no spring breakers, but then again, there really wasn’t much of anyone there! We saw maybe 10 other guests during our entire weeklong stay. While we enjoyed the pools, etc. being quiet, this also led us to feel that every time we needed something from the staff members, we were inconveniencing them. For example, when we ordered breakfast at the pool bar, it seemed almost a chore for them to make it. Mind you, the pool bar has a full menu and everything…it is not like we were asking them to bring it over from the restaurant! The food there was average at best, and overpriced for what it was. Someone else wrote about super-cheap tacos and beer at the pool bar, but they must have done away with that because the tacos were $9 for 3, and the Coronas were $3 each.

Other than Misiones being too-empty, we did encounter various other problems. Most were minor, but still an inconvenience. For example, the “heated” pool is just as cold as the “cold” pool. The hot tub was not even filled with water. Only one of the pool bars serves food, and their kitchen closes at 3:30pm, so there is nowhere at the hotel to get a quick bite to eat after that time. There is a restaurant, and they have good food, but they are quite overpriced. We ate dinner there 1 night, and we didn’t even know if they serve breakfast or lunch. There was never anyone sitting at the tables! There is a mini-market on the hotel grounds, but they are open for very limited hours, and only sell certain things. For example, they do not sell bottled water. Also, in the mornings, there are staff members EVERYWHERE doing yardwork, to the point where you have to walk around them to get anywhere!

By far the biggest problem with had with Misiones was the amount of construction going on around the hotel. I’ve posted a few of the pictures we took of the construction that we saw from our hotel room. Basically, the hotel is surrounded by it. The guys work daily from about 7am until 7pm. If you keep your windows/sliding doors closed, you shouldn’t hear it in the room, but you will hear it at the pools. It turns a very relaxing vacation into a noisy, annoying one. Also, to get to either the surf break or the Mona Lisa Restaurant, you have to walk through the construction sites. I am convinced that in America, it would be considered too-dangerous to just have civilians walking through them, but in Mexico, they don’t care! Just be warned that construction is not exclusive to Misiones, though. We saw enormous construction sites are more expensive, more “exclusive” hotels, as well.

Misiones is located in a very central spot…closer to Cabo San Lucas, but not far from San Jose, either. It was nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the marina, but still close enough to go into Cabo more than just once per day. One helpful tip…there is a Costco fairly close to Misiones where you can get your bottled water and snacks. It is about a 20 minute walk along the highway, or a very quick bus ride.

Misiones does have a shuttle that brings you into Cabo San Lucas for free, but you cannot rely on it alone for transportation. It only runs from about 9:00 am until 1:00pm, and then from about 4:00pm to 6:15 pm. It leaves at scheduled times, and does not run AT ALL at night. They will only bring you into Cabo San Lucas, and know that the driver expects a tip from you. During our stay, we took the shuttle probably 3 or 4 times, and relied on the public bus most of the other times we wanted to leave the hotel. The bus stops at Misiones, but it stops on the main road, which is about a half-mile walk from the hotel rooms, uphill on a dirt road. It is very cheap and is air-conditioned (about $1 into either Cabo San Lucas or San Jose Del Cabo), but is crowded, and the drivers don’t speak much English. We opted for the bus first because we did not have a rental car, and second because the taxis were incredibly expensive. Taxis do line up at the front desk of the hotel, so you can always catch one easily, but be prepared to pay through the nose. They are about $15 into Cabo San Luas (a 2.5 mile drive!) and $20 into San Jose. Then add a tip on top of that. Generally, as far as transportation goes, I would HIGHLY recommend just renting a car. It might be more expensive, but it will also let you get around on your own terms and without needing to have pesos or cash on you.

Despite all the issues we had with Misiones, there were a number of things we really really liked about it. Our room and all the facilities were very clean and new. We had amazing views from our balcony, despite the construction. When we got to the hotel, we asked them for a room with a view of the surf break, and they changed us over with no problem at all. We stayed in a studio room, which had a kitchenette, and we also had a balcony with a Jacuzzi on it! It was wonderful to soak in at night!

Some other good points about Misiones are that the staff is very knowledgeable about the area and they all speak English. The timeshare people that actually are at the hotel are all very friendly and nice! Also, there is very good snorkeling at one of their beaches. Just know that the tides and waves are very strong at the beach, so you can only get out into the water to swim or snorkel at certain times. As far as Monuments, the surf break on Misiones’ other beach, goes…the bottom is very rocky and full of urchins. It is a VERY powerful wave…too strong for my fiancée to risk surfing at considering the dangers along the bottom. (This actually does say a lot…he has surfed big waves worldwide and found this too dangerous).

The only thing I cannot really comment on is the maid service at Misiones. We left our Do Not Disturb sign out the entire time we were at the hotel. We decided to not have our room cleaned because we did not want to risk the maids stealing any of our things.

Overall, I have to say I would not recommend Misiones unless you are really looking for an empty hotel and you are NOT picky. My fiancée and I are relatively easy going…and I believe that is the only reason we were not completely upset with Misiones. Also, if you decide to stay there, read all the reviews you can find, and go into it with low expectations.

  • Liked — awesome views of the arch, no spring breakers
  • Disliked — construction, lack of hospitality, overpriced, too empty
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2007

Stay away from this place. Recently stayed there. Was suppose to stay 7 days but left after 3. The place is a complete rip-off and not for anyone that wants a clean nice place to stay.

If you like to take a shower with warm water that lasts for longer than 4 minutes, this isn't the place. The hot water heater is about the size of a propane tank. It holds about 4 minutes of hot water. The TV in our room had a hole in it the size of a basketball and did not work. Despite calling everyday they never replaced it. It was obvious this was a probelm for a long time but they could care less. The rooms were filthy and again requests to have it cleaned went ignored.

They call it a gated property. The gate part is a mexican sitting in a chair at the road with a small chain going across the driveway. When you pull up he lets the small chain down, it would make a great scene for a spoof movie.

The restaurant on the property is so dark we had to ask for flashlights to read the menu. You don't want to go there to find out why it is so dark, unfortunately we did.

The staff is totally nonresponsive to problems encountered. everyone else we talked with there had the same problems. This is not a place to relax and enjoy a vacation. Stay away.

  • Liked — view
  • Disliked — filthy
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank cuz-7
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New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2007

This is the most disgusting hotel I have ever encountered in my entire life. Our first night in the hotel, I went to go the bathroom and when I turned on the light saw many roaches scattering down the drain the in shower floor. One roach was so large it lumbered toward the drain. I lived in NYC for 8 years and never saw a roach so large. We complained to the management and they told us that the roaches were worse on the first floor. So they moved us to the second floor. Lucky us. I saw a few small bugs after they moved us and also slept with the bathroom light on to keep the bugs away!

As if the bugs were not enough, the sheets were dirty, the bed was uncomfortable and the appliances were broken. The management was unapologetic and not very helpful. Because we had Pricelined the room (fyi Priceline claims this place is a 4 star - what a joke) we were stuck. Upon our return we complained to Priceline, even sending them pictures of the roaches. The response we got - 3 free nights at the Misiones! As if we would ever step foot in that place again.

Overall this place is a nightmare. Stay away!

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Roaches
  • Stayed March 2005, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank JohnNYCNewYork
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Gringos from NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2007

My wife, two sons (ages 18 & 24) and I just returned from a one-week trip (1/6/07 - 1/13/07) to Cabo San Lucas, staying at Misiones del Cabo. All-in-all we were not pleased with our experience for several reasons, notably
1) the room we were assigned was dank and smelled moldy (we later found out that they had had a flood and some of the rooms had 3 inches of water -- obviously one of those rooms was ours as it was located at the bottom of a hillside; we then demanded our room be changed, which they did),
2) the plumbing and water pressure was sub-par and we had to have a maintenance person come to fix the shower,
3) the water in the heated pool was cloudy and so unappealing that we didn't even use it,
4) if we saw a dozen guests there during the entire week, that was a lot,
5) the service level at the front desk was "semi-professional" caliber at best and,
6) last, but by no means least, our sons two (2) IPods were stolen from our room on Thursday.

That day, the boys both had their IPods in their possession while we went sightseeing from morning to about 3 pm; we returned to our room to find the maid services had not arrived; we notified the front desk and they told us they would dispatch the maids immediately; we exited our room, locking the door as we did so and walked a few short steps to the heated pool area where we read our books while the maids cleaned which they finished an hour and a half or so later and we returned to our room. The next morning, the boys found their IPods were missing and, after retracing our steps, we realized that when we exited the room to allow the maids to do their thing, the boys had left their IPods in their backpacks in the room (I know, stupidity on their/our parts). Of course, we reported it to the management immediately and the rest is history. $600 worth of lost technology later, we are sadder but a lot wiser.

Throughout the week, we had half-jokingly been referring to our residence as "Misiones del Diablo" -- with the theft, that moniker stuck.

On the positive side, we were reimbursed for one-night's stay in the first room.

Also, we were told that the place was recently bought by an American firm (I forget the name) who had a reputation for quality management and resorts so whoever stays there in the future (not us!) may have a better experience.

  • Liked — Views of Sea of Cortez and Cabos San Lucas beach
  • Disliked — Staff
  • Tips/Secrets — Avoid it if you can
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled with family
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Richmond, VA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2007

My husband and I used a family member's timeshare to go to Missiones for a week in October for our 1st anniversary. We arrived late the first night (midnight), and besides the guy at the front desk, we did not see a single soul - just a few cats - until the next morning. Our room in building ONE was in the basement, very old, dated, and had bugs. Also, it only had a double bed, and we had requested a king. So, the first morning, we asked the front desk to upgrade to a King bed. They gave us no trouble at all, picked us up with our luggage in a golf cart and drove us to our new room. PHEW - it was SO much nicer. Huge! With a full kitchen, den, dining area, and bedroom. The bathroom was very big (the tub was a little tough to get in and out of), but the views from the balcony were great! - although we couldn't see the dowtown Cabo. Although our tv never worked, only one channel, we just bought a deck of cards to play on the deck each night. I would definitely recommend building FOUR. It's not a far walk to the best pool (with the nighttime bar - open until around 8pm), and close to the front desk. It's beside the newest building that is undergoing construction still. We just cranked up the A/C, and the construction never woke us up. Yes, the shuttle only runs a few times a day, but we just planned accordingly and went into town once each day. If you take the last shuttle into town, you can eat a nice dinner, go out, and only pay for the cab ride home ($15). We definitely bought groceries b/c food is expensive. If you don't have a car, we didn't, take the shuttle into town - there is a full supermarket just a few blocks away - just ask the shuttle driver. That is definitely the way to go for lunches and snacks and bottled water.
Yes, it's mostly folks that live at Misiones fulltime or own timeshares and come down for several months. But, if you take the time to hang out at the pool bar at night, you'll get to know them. We found everyone to be REALLY nice - we had a great time getting to know the kinds of people that end up living in Cabo. You HAVE to snorkel down at the private beach. It costs about $8 for 2 hours, but it's really fun and definitely worth it. The food at the restaurant at the hotel is average and a little overpriced, but it's relaxed, good enough, and really easy to get to, if you don't want to go into town.
I would recommend this place again and again. We had great weather (we missed the two fall hurricanes) - not a drop of rain. Pretty hot during the day, but nice and comfortable at night - you can even wear long pants at night with the cool breeze. Be sure to bring several good books and some travel games. It's a low key place, great for a lot of rest and relaxation. I had the best sleep of my life there!
We loved it!

  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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jacksonville,fl
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2006

Well from a well traveled surfer who wanted to take his girl somewhere to enjoy both surf and relaxtion, Misiones del cabo was definitely the place. Don't let anyone fool you with saying there is too much construction there because construction is everywhere in Cabo. Even the Fiesta Americana Grand which is a very expensive place to stay had crazy construction around it. Yes, one day they will have it all done and everything will be quiet again in Cabo. yeah right. Misiones definitely has one of the best views of Cabo San Lucas and Sea of Cortez, which i believe is the most important part of booking your stay anywhere in the world. Yes, the condo room does have fully equip kitchens and are very clean. They were like that in 2002 when I stayed there before and should only improve with new phases of development. They have a nice quiet beach to snorkel on one side and of course the left point break on the other side which surfers know as Monuments. Cabo is only five minutes from Misiones and trust me it beats staying in the hussle bussle of the marina area of Cabo san Lucas. The pacific side is only a short thirty minute drive and san jose del cabo is twenty minutes away as well. At this rate a night you can't find a better location with the best view,access to everything from there, friendly people and uncrowded pools. The hotel service will try to sell you on looking at some timeshare your first day and if you are not in a rush it may be worth it.They will give you a atv excrusion/$100/sunset cruise for free just to go and take a look.Of course they will try to sell you one, but go look and say not interested at the end.What they give you is worth all of that and the property is probably awesome like the one we went and saw. The food up at the end of the street is out of this world good,so definitely eat there one night. Romeo and Juilet in Cabo is really good too.Hopefully this will help and remember to rent a car because you can get around on your on time and it is alot cheaper. Only get taxi if you are going to town and getting hammered. Enjoy.Oh, great place for family with kids.

Stayed November 2006
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Property: Misiones Hotel & Beach Resort
Address: Carretera Transpeninsular Km 7, Manzana 10, Punta Ballena, 23410, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Top resorts Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#29 Luxury Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#30 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Misiones Hotel & Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Also Known As:
Misiones Hotel & Beach Cabo San Lucas
Misiones Hotel And Beach Resort
Misiones Resort Beach
Misiones Del Cabo
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