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Villa La Estancia
Ranked #8 of 71 Hotels in Cabo San Lucas
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“Great Place to Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2009

We checked in on 07/11/09 and stayed until 07/18/09. The grounds are great and the pool is great with a swim up bar. They have a store on the property where you can buy anything you need, water, beer, eggs, milk you name it. They have a deli and ice cream shop. A wifi cafe $5.00 per 30 mins about 10 lap tops. The service was great from the start to finish. The Villa La Estancia is a little different since they are not a time share property but a private residence property. One gate gets you into 3 properties owned by the same company so when you drive up to the entry gate they will always ask you which hotel and your room number. The Villa Pal Mar is the oldest, Villa La Estancia which is the best of the three, and the newest one is the Villa Del Acro which is also nice. Now for check in: a nice towel to cool you down along with a beer, a water or a soda. You meet the check in person who asked you for your credit card and votcher. Now comes the sales pitch from a very nice young lady that we told no thanks to the 30 min or 90 min pitch and she walked away and never asked us again. We heard from another couple staying there that the 90 minute tour is very high pressure and to be careful. The first thing I asked for was an upgraded room without even seeing the room that we paid for. The check in person said no problem but first let me show you the room we booked. He took first us to a room close to the front desk. Me and my wife both took one look and had to think it over for a few seconds because the room was very nice, but had two beds and told him that we would like to see another one. My orignal request was for a one bedroom but they had none. So we followed the man like puppy dogs and he kept walking and walking until we were one room away from the ocean. It was a studio type room with a king bed, a fridge mini bar was full of drinks: water, soda's, and beer. Also on the sofa table was a nice selection of wine and great liquor bottles. The prices were high (as all mini bars are) so we asked if they all could be removed. 30 min later a nice lady came in a removed them all. (We were going to Wal-mart to stock up anyway). The Hot Tub was a nice touch in the room and not one but two huge closests. They have an in-room safe which we used. I asked him what the price diffrence per night was he said normally $50 per night additional but he talked with his boss and give it to us for $30 per night. I told him to put on the card we are not moving. The view was to die for. You could hear the ocean and check out the pool and pool bar from the balcony. We were going to try for the all inclusive but the price was a little to high for us. $89 per person per day which they have posted on the check in table. We had no plans to eat at the hotel since there are so many great places to eat in Cabo. We had a problem with the A/C but told the check in person and it was fixed that night. I received a call from the A/C guy about 10:00 PM that night to make sure it was working correctly. We left a tip each day for the cleaning lady and the room was in great shape each day. At the end of our stay she will leave an envelope with a note thanking you for staying there. We left an additional tip. You can walk on the beach to town if you bring snow shoes since the sand is really soft. You will do it once and never again. A taxi into town one way about $7.00 dollars plus a little tip. It cost about $10.00 dollars if are going to the back of the marina we did not find out until the last day after going their about 5 times and only paying the $7.00 dollars plus tip. We walked down every street in town and felt safe. My wife said not to keep typing any longer, they may not read it if it is too long. I can't brag about it enough. We can not wait to go back.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Brentwood, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2009

Had a wonderful stay at this exceptionally nice hotel/resort. The room was very elegant yet rustic. The staff were very accomodating and polite. Everyone working there seems to be happy and they get along very well. The resort was very clean. I saw employees contstantly manicuring the grounds or wiping things down. The restaurant on the premises La Casona was very nice, a bit pricey but the food and service was very good. Our suite was well equiped and comfortable. I recommend taking a cab ($7.00) to either the local WalMart or Costco to stock up on supplies. The on-site market-deli is expensensive. Oh but the way, when you arrive at the airport do not stop at the vendors desks located in the lobby of the airport. These are all time share people. After getting your baggage, you'll have to walk through this lobby area. Walk to the door to your right leading outside. This is where you will find your shuttle drivers. I put my cell phone to my ear as I walked by these guys and pretended I was on the phone.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Pittsburgh
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2009

This was our second time to La Estancia. The one bedroom suite is HUGE! We absolutelty LOVE it. It is so beautiful!!! The decor is world-class. The ocean view is incredible!!! And the location is key: we can walk to the best breakfast place in the world: The Office. But, most important to us is how they treat us: like kings and queens. (We even own a timeshare at another Cabo resort, but choose to stay here instead). We are hooked on Cabo (5 years in a row now) and now will not stay anywhere else other than La Estancia. Flying all the way from Pittsburgh, it is worth the price!!!!! Also, we recommend the Sunset Mona Lisa restaurant on the edge of Cabo- the view of the arch is like none other and the food is A-class!!!!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Reno Nevada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2009

We had GREAT time!! ( May 10-16th 2009) First you should look up Cabo Luxury Life style.com.... Jane and Donna made it a breeze to plan this surprise trip for my husband....we were picked up at the airport in a new suburban and offered cold waters ect. Taken right to the Villa Estancia and we were greated with beers at check in..... The clean citrus smell of the lobby blew me away!!! The Estanica was immaculate.....ALWAYS!!! Our room (1402)had a great view of the ocean and was very impressive!! It had a large kitchen, living room and balcony with a great view. A huge impressive bathroom and unlike other reviews....the bed was VERY comfortable!!! Never did I think...boy can't wait to get back home to my bed..... We walked down the beach to Tabasco's for dinner which was great....but a bit of a hike... for those of us that are old and out of shape!! But well worth it. We found Alexander's on the marina to have the BEST "catch of the day" it was so good that we went back 3 night's for dinner. We did stock up at costco on beer and snacks. The spa next door at the Arco was amazing!! I had the best pedicure and facial ever.....also enjoyed my first message pool side!!! Prices were very resonalbe.... I do agree with some other reviews....that the food is a little pricy in Cabo.....but HELLO your on vacation and it was so worth it....every where we went.( Poncho's on the marina was good....Good saviche at cabo wabo and the chips were good there too... Good fish taco's at the office...fun atmosphere....but you get hounded by the venders... At the estancia the pool side cafe...( can't remenber the name) the casadilla's were out of this world... on the last day we rented a car and drove up to Totos Santos.....a cute little town about and hour aeay. We ate at the "Hotel California" and wondered around town. The pace was much slower and very artsy. Well worth the trip. You will not be sorry if you book The Villa la Estanica It was quiet and very relaxing....if you want a "party" atmosphere then this is not the place for you!!!... WE HAD A GREAT TIME!!! can't wait to go back and hope you enjoy it too!!!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Houston, Tx
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2009

My wife and I just returned from Cabo!! Let’s get this out of the way right now, there are still no reported cases of the swine flu in Cabo!! We had a wonderful trip and if you ever have wanted to go now is the time!! No crowds, lots of discounts, and everybody will be very glad to see you!! It was sad to see this beautiful vacation spot suffering from all of the over blown media coverage about the flu!! We stayed at the Villa La Estancia and were very impressed with this property!! We were very well taken care of and the area felt very safe and was well maintained. I found the condo at the VRBO.COM web site and got an outstanding deal on a 3 bedroom beach front unit. Please call Humberto at [--] if you need information, he was very helpful!!

Went to the Cabo Wabo cantina on Saturday night and they had a very good crowd. The house band was rocking and the waboritas were going down smooth!! We ate dinner up stairs and it was just ok, there are lots of other places that would be a better choice, like Mi Casa!! We ate dinner there on Sunday night and the food was great!! I highly recommend the combo appetizer before your dinner, large portions and fair prices!
We took the sunset cruise on the Caborey and it was a fun time but no people!! Also there was some very windy and cool nights while we were there, better check the weather before you go….Our last day we went snorkeling on the Ecocat!! Once again great deal and great service, very few people ….I was surprised how cold the water was and the snorkeling was ok but the water was not that clear compared to places in the Caribbean I have been to…Still we had a lot of fun!!!! Also we had no problems at the airport arriving or departing, we used Transpacifico for our ride back and fourth….very prompt service…YOU REALLY SHOULD MAKE YOUR TRASPORTATION PLANS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE!!

This was my 1st trip to Cabo and like Sammy Hagar say’s “YOU GO THERE ONCE, YOU’LL BE THERE TWICE”…can’t wait to go back!!!

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Roswell, Georgia
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27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2009

Stayed at Villa La Estancia from April 19 - April 25. We decided on this resort after a lot of research and we were not disappointed. This is a great resort situated on Medano beach and close to downtown Cabo. The resort is immaculate and the service was great. The resort was only at 25% capacity, primarily due to the economy and our stay was after spring break. There were four of us in a 2 bedroom, 3 bath condo on the 6th floor. What a fantastic view! The units in this resort are member-owned and not your typicall timeshares. You have access to the adjacent two sister properties but they cannot access VLE.

We can't wait for the time we can go back to this beautiful resort. We highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Fairfax, VA
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2009

We were here for a week in April. Usually when we travel, we walk to other resorts and say "Next time, let's stay there". But this hotel in my opinion is the best choice while still staying in a reasonable price range. Going back, we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

The check-in process was relatively painless. They tell you they are NOT a time-share property, but instead a private residence that offers fractional ownership. We thought that was funny. We did get offered to join them for breakfast for a presentation, they offered all the discounts that other reviewers mention and put the "gold card" on the table. We simply said no thanks, and that was the end of it. We did hear later from a woman who had attended the presentation that it was very high pressure, and not a pleasant experience. Declining the breakfast (and the gold card) wasn't difficult.

Two restaurants on the property, one is open for a breakfast buffet that costs somewhere around $22 per person. However, there is a small grocery store at the property next door (open to guests of the resort only) about 100 yards away that we visited our first day to stock up on PopTarts, cereal, milk, bagels, cream cheese, and we avoided the expensive breakfast buffet.

The location is wonderful. The view from the beach, amazing. $7 cab ride to Cabo Wabo, Squid Roe, and the rest of the town area. About a 15-20 minute beach walk to Mango Desk and the Office (the sand is a bit coarse, think about bringing shoes).

Pool is great. Two swim-up bars (one in the lower pool, one in the upper pool). The pool was never crowded, we always found chairs for three people, even at mid-day. Pool scene is quiet enough to relax, but enough activity to make new friends if you desire. The crowd was mixed, some people with kids, some couples and groups in their 30s. A few spring breakers, although the season had mostly passed.

Even though there are only two restaurants on the property, you can use the restaurants and most of the pools at the properties on either side of the Estancia. The restaurants are good, they have basic menus, pizza, burgers, salads, etc... They were nice for a change of scenery. Walking through the other properties, we realized that ours was the nicest of the three.

Water taxis to Lover's Beach from the beach are easy to catch. They wait out at the beach all day. I might recommend purchasing a water taxi from the hotel's activities tent on the beach (walk onto the beach, turn left and there is an activities tent about 100 yards down) rather than the water taxi pilots directly. It's the same price, but seems more organized as far as pick up times to come back to the hotel.

We also visited Rancho Carisuva for the ATV tour. Highly recommended.

In conclusion, this is a great hotel, and if (when) we return to Cabo, I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Villa La Estancia
Address: Camino Viejo A San Jose Km 0.5 | Col. El Medano, Cabo San Lucas 23450, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#5 Luxury Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#5 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#6 Business Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#7 Romantic Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa La Estancia 4*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, an idyllic retreat awaits at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa, Los Cabos. Known for its refined elegance, sophisticated style and relaxing atmosphere right on Médano Beach, this resort creates an experience to relish. The pampering begins the moment you enter the lobby of the luxurious Villa La Estancia. Located on Médano Beach adjacent to sister properties Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa and Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, this five-star retreat prides itself on offering magnificence amidst a relaxed setting. ... more   less 
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