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Cabo Villas Beach Resort
Ranked #43 of 73 Hotels in Cabo San Lucas
Reviewed 21 October 2009

My husband and I just returned from a week stay at this wonderful resort without the kids. It was perfect. The resort is a small boutique hotel right on the beach, near everything. It is not kid friendly, so this was perfect for us. The room we stayed in was gorgeous, executive 1 bedroom suite, overlooking the ocean with a hot tub. I was a bit nervous about going after reading the reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful everything was. The people were super friendly, the food was delicious and we attended the time share presentation to get the discounts. We weren't bothered by anyone at all. I think the key is to confirm which building you are staying in. I believe there is one old building and thats what gets the most complaints. Overall this place was a gem!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

There are dozens of better places to stay in Cabo. Yes, Cabo Villas has a great location. But the "resort" is basically an upgraded Holiday Inn (all apologies to Holiday Inn). Forget about sleeping as he walls/floors are paper thin and you hear EVERY noise from EVERY neighbors. Plus, many of the rooms are right next to the pool bar that blasts music and football games all day. Want to take an afternoon siesta? FORGET IT. This place is a JOKE!!!

Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

My trip was a "me" vacation without the husband and kids. I stayed at Cabo Villas my first 7 days, which ended up being the best of the 14 days I had planned in Cabo. I was spoiled while I was here. Two for one drinks most of the afternoon at the swim up bar. The whole staff was very tentative at the villas. After the first day, the bartenders smiled as soon as I sat down and knew what I wanted. My room was a one bedroom with a mini kitchen, which was great. I was able to close the bedroom doors and window to make it very dark. No light to wake me in the morning.The resort was quite. No loud ungodly music playing. Cabo Villas is on the main beach in Cabo, Medano Beach. The view of Land's End right out my balcony. Totally breath taking...just beautiful!!! Within five minutes walking distance to downtown and the Marina where there is a mall too that is totally air conditioned, which was a great spot to hit with the humid temperatures after walking around town and the marina. Just downstairs from the swimming pool is Baja Cantina where the food was wonderful. Sushi everyday. Can't say enough on the good time I had at Baja Cantina. Wednesday night - Mexican Fiesta on the beach...what a blast!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled solo
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3  Thank Sonjanroundrock
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Reviewed 6 October 2009

Like others, I was worried when I read the reviews about the Cabo Villas Beach Resort. I went expecting the worse and hoping for the best. First off, I was an RCI trade. I read that RCI trades are put in the "original building". This was true. However, the original building was just fine. The bedroom was large as was the living area. We looked over the upper pool and if we looked to the right could see the beach and ocean from our balcony. We were on the second floor which was nice....no stairs and no elevators to hassle with. On arrival I noticed a leaking bathrom faucet. They arrived immediately to fix it. When the coffee pot stopped working on day 6, a new pot was sent within 5 minutes of my call. When I called on our last night to move leftover beer, water and food to a different room a cart arrived with tubs to put everything in. Again, 5 minutes.
The beach area was fantastic. We never had a problem finding a lounge even on the day that FIVE cruise ships came in carrying 18,000 people. The staff on the beach were outstanding. Our favorite was Geraldo (Gerry). Though only 17 he was running to do guest bidding the entire day. Too hot? Let me move your umbrella for you. Thirsty? Cocktails arrived within minutes. (2 for 1 cocktails all day). Hungry? Food arrived quickly and was always good.
The walk to town was one block down and one block over and you were standing on the marina. We were two women and never felt "unsafe" walking back at night. Nice to not have to spend money on cabs.
I've stayed at the Villa del Palmar and the Riu Santa Fe which were wonderful but you can't beat swimming in the ocean and walking next door to the funnest bars on the beach!
As far as time share presentations? I said no. And that was it. No one hassled me once I said I wasn't interested.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 September 2009

There are two types of reviews that seem to consistantly show up for this resort. People either hate the resort or love it. After staying here I think I finally have a good understanding. There are 3 groups of people staying at the resort at any given time.
The first group are the owners who have purchased new very well appointed modern rooms. These rooms are fantastic and include flat screen tv's, huge bathrooms, filtered water, and everything else you could expect from a modern room. The second group are those who have purchased a week on the open market from one of the owners ( or the company that is used excusively to sell the inventory for the owners). This group pays more but is also able to stay in the modern rooms. The third group is for the exchange groups. Those who have used RCI, II, or GCR to book their vacation. There are small group of rooms that are only given to this group and they are nothing like the rooms I described above.
My wife and I booked a 2 room suite through GCR for a very good price. The room was much older but very clean. The hot water and safe didn't work at first but the hot water finally was fixed and it worked for the rest of the time. There was plenty of space for us and the view was still good. I later found out that there are only a few of these villas available and they are slated for demolition as soon as the next phase of the hotel is started. I also found out that the other "Exchange Rooms" are located only on the bottom floor of the old building and I imagine many of the poor reviews about this hotel came from people that were given these rooms. There would be no view and the rooms are older like the one we stayed in. Groups 1 and 2 are never offered these rooms.
When we arrived we were ushered to the restraunt and we're "checked in" by a very nice staff member who wanted us to sign up for the welcome breakfast (Condo Presentation) the next morning. They really never tell you this but you can tell since they are very insistant and are willing to give you services in exchange. We negotiated some great activities and dinner certifificates and agreed to the presentation. I think this turned out well as they quit bothering you once you have taken the tour. The tour was very low key and we rejected the offer. They followed through with what they promised and we were finished and on our way with everything in hand before noon on the second day. They never bothered us again.
The location of the hotel is outstanding and the staff was very helpful. It's just a short walk from the marina/mall and right on the only swimming beach in Cabo. I would definitely recommend this hotel as long as you understand what you will be getting. If you are in the first couple of groups then you will have a great room. If you use exchange points or book through your travel club then beware that you get a much older room and things may not work so well. Our host during the tour also advised me not to drink the water in the "exchange rooms" since those were the only ones not hooked to their filtration system. There probably isn't much incentive if they are planning to tear down the rooms anyway. The program that we belong to lets us pay as we go so there are no maintanence fees or points. We paid a great price for a 2 bedroom condo on the beach so the value was there. Those that are exchanging points from very nice properties may not feel they have received the same value.
One other note to make about this trip that isn't directly related to the hotel. We were here at their slow time of the year and walking through the marina was very frustrating. I realize we were in Mexico and people always ask you to purchase things as you walk through the public areas. I have never seen it this bad though. You could not take more than 5 or 6 steps at times before someone wanted to sell you a water taxi, cigars, drugs, jewelry, or a number of other items. Also, the restraunts on the pier almost takle you so that you will look at their menu. If you do decide to go to one of these restraunts we found the food to be quite good and somewhat expensive. The frustrating part for me was that the vendors constantly wander through the restaurants and try to sell you things while you are eating. My wife and I ate at a very nice place on the marina, we even sat up further away from the sidewalk. We were approached a minimum of 12 times during dinner from musicians, flower vendors, picture painters, and cigar salesmen. Be prepared.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2009

Check in was a breeze. The staff was friendly. Very small lobby compared to some of the bigger resorts. The hotel description on-line says "complimentary" wireless internet, yet they tried to charge a fee. I explained it was supposed to be free and after a couple of go 'rounds, they took off the charge. The internet connection is very good. There is no hot water in the rooms only (at the best) luke warm. Let your shower run for 5 - 10 minutes first. The time share folks (rather "ownership") are not high pressure at all. We sat through their presentation. The young lady was new to the resort, but did a great job showing us the resort. When she was done, she brought in the ''closer". He, again was not high pressure at all, actually very pleasant. We did not buy, but for the right person, it's a good deal. In exchange for attending the presentation, they offered us several activities for a super low price (also negotiable). We got snorkeling, outdoor adventure extreme zip line, tandem parasailing, and waverunners all for $125. That was a huge deal we couldn't pass up. One note, be in good shape for the Outdoor Adventure Extreme activities. It was awesome with a bunch of zip lines, rock climbing, etc., and it kicked our butts! We are still at the resort until Saturday (it's Wednesday at this writing) and we are having a great time.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2009

We had a "banked" week with our regular timeshare that we needed to use. We love Cabo and travel there 2-3 times per year. When searching through the available properties we settled on the Cabo Villas. Yes - I had read all of the previous reviews and saw the issues that folks experienced but we are seaoned travelers and felt we could handle the negatives we read about...especially the timeshare presentations but as you read on you will see that these folks took it to a new low. The location is great - no question. You can easily walk to the marina in just a few minutes. The room we were given (because we came in as an exchange) was the worst they had available even though the hotel was barely half full! We asked to see other rooms (we had exchanged a 2 bedroom) we were told we could have a better room if we were willing to pay quite a bit more. Needless to say we kept the 1 bedroom they originally gave us. There were 2 burners, a microwave and a small bar fridge and only a single counter to prepare meals on. We shop at Costco when we arrive to purchase what we need for breakfast, lunch and snacking and then enjoy going out for dinner in the evening. Needless to say - it was tight and there were only 3 of us. The sofabed was broken and they had to bring us a different one - which was also broken but not as badly as the first. Our daughter slept on this and it was pretty bad. There is no gym at the hotel but we were told that if we sat through a 90-minute timeshare presentation we would be given passes to use for the week at the gym in the hotel next door. I know how this works so I made them put this in writing on the time share slip we were given. We signed up for the 8:30 presentation (to get it over with). We arrived right on time and they kept us waiting for over 30 minutes! I was livid! When someone was finally assigned to us I explained that they had just used 30 of their minutes. They explained that if we did not sit through the full 90 minutes we would not be given the items we had been promised. So I started my watch and did everything I could to bite my lip. Even thouhg I kept checking my watch and telling them they were over their 90-minutes it was almost 3 hours later with more "no thanks you's" than I can count - before they unceremoniously pointed to the door and told us to leave. Quite rudely I might add. I guess they finally figured out we meant "no". We had to asked several times where to go to get the gym passes which is all we wanted to begin with. They pointed us to a room off the back of the hotel where we had to wait again - and this was not even the right place! Those people tried to get us to attend another timeshare at a different hotel! Seriously - at this point I almost screamed. Finally we learned that the gym passes were at the front desk. When we went to get the pass the second day - they tried to tell us that the pass we had used the day before was the only one we were going to get...in other words we could only use the other gym once! After some rather heated exchanges we cleared up that little miscommunication and were able to use the other gym each day. The hotel is fairly small given that the property is triangular in shape. There is an adult only pool which is quiet but your only is view is of the side access road. The seating area on the beach is very nice unless their is a cruise ship in port and then all the folks from the ship congregate there (it is very close to the Office and Mango Deck) and they are allowed to stay as long as they order something. It became so loud and crowded that day we headed back up into the property. I will say the spa and the deals they were offering (2 for 1) was very nice. The staff was great and the spa beautiful. We had multiple massages while we were there.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Cabo Villas Beach Resort

Address: Callejon del Pescador s/n | Col. El Medano, Cabo San Lucas 23450, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Luxury Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#28 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#31 On the Beach Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price Range: £176 - £529 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Cabo Villas Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cabo Villas Beach Resort & Spa is a luxury hotel situated on Medano Beach, the most popular stretch of sand in Cabo San Lucas. Cabo Villas is a family owned resort with 138 custom built suites and spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez and Land's End. Amenities include fully equipped kitchens, wireless Internet in all areas, satellite TV, three pools, 10-person ocean view Jacuzzi, oceanfront beach club, four on-site restaurants and bars, a world-class spa and personalized service in a relaxed atmosphere. Located in the "Heart of Cabo", the resort is within easy walking distance to all major attractions including Medano Beach, the marina, Puerto Paraiso Mall, downtown and numerous restaurants and night clubs. With stunning views of the Sea of Cortez, Cabo Villas Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect place for travelers who seek quality service while enjoying the best of the Cabo San Lucas lifestyle. ... more   less 
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