Let me preface this by saying that for me, an all-inclusive in Mexico is not what a visit to Mexico is all about. I prefer a more authentic experience and since food and alcohol in Mexico is not very pricy anyway, if you are like me, staying here might not be the best choice. That being said however, my less adventurous friend was all about the idea of an all-inclusive and so we chose the Finisterra. We were able to secure a pretty good deal though bookit.com.
First off, construction or not, the Finisterra is beautiful. (BTW, we barely noticed the construction at all.) Yes, the Pacific Ocean view rooms are a bit dated, but the location and view can't be beat. You can easily walk right to the marina and a short walk through the marina takes you to where everything is happening. The staff were very friendly at check in and of course they had to do the obligatory sit-through-a-time-share presentation/free excursion offer which we promptly refused. If you are firm and tell them that you are not interested, they will not bother you again. But hey, if you have time, they are willing to offer you some nice treats.
Our room was not ready so we ended up going to grab a bite while we waited. The food at the pool bar "La Palapa" is decent and the drinks at the pool are strong and good. (If you make sure to tip, that helps ensure prompt future service.) The best thing about the pool bar is the chips and guacamole so don't miss that. Once we were in our room, the view of the Pacific was amazing and you have a lovely balcony from which to enjoy it. The air worked well and you do have a mini-fridge with sodas and beer and purified water in your room, which is nice. The beds are a little hard, but if you're drinking enough, who cares? We were able to dine at the "Blue Marlin" restaurant our first night, as they had a reservation available but it seems as long as you don't do it at the last minute and are flexible about the time, it's pretty easy to get a reservation. (We went several times during our stay.) The food there is very good and it was by far my favorite restaurant. They have themed nights which change during which they feature a different nationality of cuisine so make sure to check what those are in advance. We only ate at the "Tortuga Beach" for lunch one day and it was a disappointment. There are many choices on the menu but the items we tried were all bland. That restaurant is strictly gringo food but if you're missing home and/or unadventurous, it might be the place for you. The service was also veeery sloooow. The buffet, Don Diego, has a wide selection- we went to it a few times and it was hit or miss. Mostly miss.
My observation regarding the food overall is this: it seems as if they are serving the kind of food they think Americans do and would like to eat. So that means that instead of being able to enjoy all the flavors and experiences that Cabo has to offer, you end up consuming mediocre food all because it's "free." We were looking forward to the cupcake shop but it was not open in August and I don't know if it is yet. And you do have the option of room service (I think they put all the room service dishes together from the food at the buffet). If you are a big drinker, however, it is nice being able to drink as much as you like, though every day we were there we always saw a few drunken morons making fools of themselves.
The beach is good to walk on but not swimmable. However, you can easily walk to the cannery beach and hang w the locals or take a boat for a few pesos to a nearby beach. The pools are nice but they close quite early. Though it would seem otherwise based on their website, there is really no nightlife on the property to speak of. Well, there might be music playing but no one actually there.
Would I stay there again? Maybe. I would maybe come if I was with my kids and if we got a really good deal. The property is great and if you are unadventurous regarding food, certainly adequate. But if I stayed there again it would be primarily for the awesome proximity to town and it would be with the understanding that I would leave often to enjoy the town and local delicious food and downtown nightlife. I do thank them, however, for a lovely stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Landmark Resort. Best location in town with Ocean and Bay views. Located in the "Heart and Soul of Cabo"!Live the legend of the new SANDOS Finisterra ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT unique architecture overlooking the Bay of San Lucas or enjoy the largest family rooms facing the Pacific sunsets in any of our Jr. Suites. All within a short walk to restaurants, night life, shops, fishing and water sports. Free WiFi in Lobby and Restaurants. Endless beach walks and amazing pools. Embrace the Cabo sun in any of our three amazing pools or have a snack at the largest and tallest Palapa in the Pacific. For the evenings enjoy a margarita at the historical Blue Marlin Bar where Keith Richards and Brooke Shields loved to relax. If you like tennis we have 2 courts for you free of charge. Ideal for Families or Couples that want the best value. The Jr. Suites Ocean View rooms have the largest capacity in Cabo sleeping 3 adults and 2 children with our 2 Queen and Sofa beds. Just perfect for the family that needs best value for their money! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Finisterra Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Hotel Finisterra Cabo San Lucas
- Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos Cabo San Lucas, Mexico