The Posada Real is excellent for the price, but it is not for you if you are overly picky. Nothing about the hotel stood out and there were some idiosyncrasies (toilet seat lids that would not stay open) that are typical of 3.5 star hotel in Mexico (not that they are necessarily a bad thing - some of the oddities are actually endearing). It is an older hotel and the beds were hard (not surprising). But the hotel was kept clean. The food was good and while it was not a huge buffet, there was a different theme nightly so there was good variety from night to night. Most of our lunches were from the Taco Bar at the beach and they were very enjoyable - especially since you could get it served to you right to your lounger on the beach (I have had beach service at other hotels, but usually only drinks). The breakfast buffet became the most repetitive, but there was someone to make fresh eggs/omelets every morning (I really liked the traditional coffee). There is no entertainment staff, but there was entertainment in the lobby nightly. Things wrapped up by 10:30 or 11:00 p.m. Drink selection was better than average for a hotel in this range and included Bailey's and Malibu knock-offs. I am a tequila drinker and their tequilas were on the cheap side - Gran Jurado Oro, 100 Anos Oro, Jose Cuervo Reposado, El Jimador blanco, etc. - exactly what I expected. At dinner, they would put some Gran Jurado in a white oak barrel and that was somewhat better.
What made the hotel were the people. The staff were good to excellent and as said earlier, beach service is something you do not get at many 4+ star hotels. Of note, Krista was amazing every night in the lobby bar and bartenders and servers like Jeremias and Sergio stood out. What was the most fun were the people we met. In most hotels, Canadians seem to be in the majority, but this one had a fantastic mix. At one point there were so many Mexicans in the hotel, we were in the minority. We had so much fun with the mix of young, old, Mexican, American, Canadian and even Panamanian. Overall, for someone like me in my mid-40s, it was the perfect mix of a quiet relaxing hotel and party hotel.
The other advantage is its proximity to everything. Short walk to a Mega store, a longer 1/2 hour walk to San Jose (beautiful town in which you have to have Churros from the cart in the square that seems to be there nightly. The art walk is incredible.). If you do not feel like walking, it only costs ten pesos to take the bus. It is a half hour bus ride to Cabo San Lucas and around a 20 minute bus ride to Chileno Beach/Bay (less than 30 pesos each way). The hotel will pack you a bag lunch if you are doing activities outside the hotel.
I mentioned the lack of entertainment staff, but it did not stop us from creating our own. We met a group of university students from Puebla and two nights they were able to procure wood and a barrel from the hotel for a fire on the beach. The hotel had both beach and water volleyball nets and you could create your own games. It even has a putting area.
Overall it was a great two weeks. It reminded me of The Friendly in Puerto Vallarta (which I liked better) and would go back if the price was right. Numerous people we spent time with mentioned that they have been before and/or would go back. The last time we were in Los Cabos, we stayed at the Riu Santa Fe near Cabo San Lucas. While overall we liked the Riu better as a hotel, we liked San Jose del Cabo better and enjoyed the experience of a smaller hotel.
Must do: Chileno Beach for snorkeling and ocean swimming. Tequila fans must go to Los Barriles de Don Malaquias (I bought a one litre white oak barrel of anejo tequila for less than $80).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the beach, a few yards from several of the many golf courses in Los Cabos area, close by the new marina "Puerto Los Cabos". With its low - rise structure, charming contemporary Mexican style and cactus gardens, the Posada Real blends perfectly with the rugged beauty of the Baja Peninsula The Posada Real Los Cabos Resort is a totally different property, because you can choose between two options of lodging: Our "All Inclusive" option, where you will receive breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and a selection of domestic drinks from 11:00am to 23:00 hours; and our unique "Drinks Inclusive" option, where you will receive, FREE of charge, a selection of domestic drinks, from 11:00am to 23:00 hours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Real Los Cabos Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Best Western San Jose Del Cabo
- Best Western Posada Real Los Cabos
- San Jose Del Cabo Best Western
- Posada Real Los Cabos Mexico - San Jose Del Cabo