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Marquis Los Cabos All-Inclusive Resort & Spa
Ranked #6 of 41 Hotels in San Jose del Cabo
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Exactly what we were looking for”
Reviewed 15 May 2012

My wife and I stayed 4 nights in late April and couldn't have asked for a better experience. We were looking for a quiet, relaxing, luxury, all-inclusive vacation away from work & kids and got exactly what we were looking for. From the moment we stepped on the property, the service was impeccable. We were told that they were only at 30% occupancy and at times it seemed like we had our own wait staff making sure that every detail was taken care of. Whether we were at the pool, eating at one of the restaurants or bars, there were several staff there to make sure you had everything you needed. At one point we were laughing because the service was so good to the point that it was almost over done. We definitely got the feeling like we were being waited on "hand and foot".

The room was large and probably one of the nicest we have ever stayed in. Very nice bathroom with large shower and jacuzzi tub, quality linens, stocked mini bar and a view to die for. Not to mention, waking up to fresh coffee, pastries & fruit each morning. Perfect!

The food was good, but somewhat limited when we were there. However, my understanding is that more options have opened since we left. Some of the dishes were excellent...especially the Ceviche at Dos Mares. For our length of stay (4 nights) there was enough selection and relatively good quality for an all inclusive. We tried the upscale, fine dining restaurant (Canto Del Mar) the first night. The food was good, but French is just not our cup of tea so we mostly ate at Vista Bellenas for dinner. We were mostly satisfied with our meals there. We also tried the Japanese place at the Dreams resort (included), which was just OK.

Some of the other reviews complained about the lack of activities. However, we found that there was plenty going on each day. There was an event guy who organized wine tastings, tequila tastings (my favorite), beach volleyball, "bar hopping" trips to the bars in Cabo, etc. There was also live music each evening at the main bar.

Overall, it was relatively low key...this is not the place to stay if you are looking to party and get wild in the pool all day with a bunch of college kids. It is an ideal resort for couples looking to relax and unwind in a beautiful and serene setting. As some of the other reviews have pointed out, there are probably some things that can improve, but we would not hesitate going back and we hope to soon!

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Reviewed 13 May 2012

The resort is beautiful and the staff was very attentive. Rooms were spacious with a wonderful jacuzzi tub and large shower. The morning pastries, fruit and coffee delivered daily to the room were a nice treat. We went to Zoetry (sister property) one night for dinner on the beach and it was great food and the ambience was outstanding. The three properties need to provide a shuttle service versus the $20 for a cab. Coco Cafe and Barefoot Grill are now open and provided a little more variety for your dining choices. The staff was very accommodating. The Spa needs to run some specials during low occupancy to drum up business. Overall it was an excellent stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2012

We love this place...and would come back...we wanted an adults only vacation and that's what we got,....I can't say enough about this place love love love it!!
This is our honeymoon place and it's awesome....super fun things to do in Cabos San Lucas....the boat tour and snorkeling and tequila tasting was awesome!! I would recommend the company but can't remember the name but we booked thru our westjet vacations guy...

Room Tip: Choose ocean view rooms!!
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

I spent three days at this hotel for business. The location has a beautiful view, and the hotel is built to take maximum advantage of the location. My standard room was roomy with good decor and a great view of the water. The service was very good.

The food was above average. The buffet breakfast was dependable and the dinner was unremarkable but well prepared. The choices were limited. The upscale restaurant was tiny and we could never get in. I did not use the spa.

You can walk on the beach if you are careful, but cannot swim.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Rockville, Maryland
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

The resort is beautiful and well-maintained. Rooms were spacious and clean. Staff were excellent, very attentive.
Every morning they deliver a breakfast of fruit and pastries with a pot of coffee to your door. One night I ordered room service for dinner and it arrived within the time promised and was great. I was only there for 3 nights but never had a bad meal. The bar area was a great place to sit in the evening and you could even order food from the restaurant at the bar.
On the downside this is not the place to be if you want a lot of activities. The main activity during the day is sitting by the pool -- when I was there few people even went in the pool. I did not use the spa but did use the fitness center, which I usually had to myself. The equipment was adequate but could use some updating.
I was there on business and found the resort to be a great place to spend a few days. If you want a quiet place with great service than you'll be happy at Secrets but if you want a resort with a lot of activities this is not the place.

Room Tip: Avoid the rooms in the 600s -- they are on the bottom floor not the top and look out on the casitas...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

We arrived at Secrets MLC April 21 for a week. Usually go to the Caribbean side, but thought a change would be good! It is a beautiful location with desert on one side the Sea of Cortez on the other!
This hotel bills itself as an Unlimited Luxury 5 star resort, I am sorry to say it is not there right now! When you say you have or will have more restaurants and bars open in Spring (we were advised the Coco Cafe and Barefoot Grill would be open when we arrived!) then do that!
If it wasn't for the wonderful staff who tried so hard to cover the shortcomings of the hotel it would have been a 3 star experience! The hotel was 15% full (advised by a staff member) which accounts for everyone having great service, and would hope this would continue when they get busier.
Food was mediocre at best compared with other 5 star resorts I have been too, when they had what you wanted which was sometimes hit and miss! Maybe with more choice in restaurants this will get better!
The 4 Diamond restaurant has very limited menu and first night 3 of the main selections where not available and that went on for the week! Very limited breakfast buffet, but you do have an ala carte choice. Vista Ballenas (Main Restaurant for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) has the same menu for both lunch and dinner! Dos Mares is nice, but closes one day a week right now.
One bar for the entire hotel...really! If they were at anything other than 15% full would have been impossible to handle the guests. They did have a makeshift bar down by the pool but it was closed at night, and through the day it was hit and miss for them having your drink order, but the staff were great and very attentive. Just as we were leaving they had started to clean up and paint what I assume will be Barefoot Grill and there was limited activity in either Coco Cafe or the Asian themed Spice.
Booked a Spa treatment, when went they had no record and the jackhammers where pounding right through the Spa...didn't stay around for that!
Los Cabos is a $50 round trip taxi ride, but worth it if you want to do something different.
Went to Zoetry (sister hotel) one night very nice dinner, but they should have a shuttle so you don't have to keep paying for taxis!
Overall, really enjoyed not having to play the towel game at the pool as it was so quite, great staff and always very helpful, rooms are lovely and great views, beach is quiet, but no swimming. The main negatives for us were lack of good quality dining and bars. Also, the haven't upgraded the furniture at all in restaurants and one bar and the furniture is quite stained and worn. I am sure when they finally get all the facilities opened and have done some renovating of existing it will be a true 5 star....just not right now.

Room Tip: We had an upgrade to 5th Floor and it is worth it, but all rooms have great views except on the 2n...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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montreal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2012

On the heels of an amazing but short stay at Secrets Marquis Los Cabos I can highly recommend this spot as an upscale oasis that serves up the best in barefoot luxury. The setting is stunning-rising out of the rocks flanked by the stark beauty of the desert and overlooking the wildly restless Sea of Cortes where whale-spotting from the all-ocean view rooms is a breeze during their mating season. But the spectacular sculptures peppered throughout and the unique open-air architecture also compete for your undivided attention. There are so many intriguing vistas and arty angles to capture that it's almost impossible to have one photo that truly represents being there.

The view from my fifth floor room was a sweeping panorama of the sea and the cliffs, and down upon the private casitas that have dipping pools and terraces on their roofs. Service was impeccable, and food was great, lots of fusion Mexican and international choices, all included as was top shelf spirits and wine. The spa is also a wonderful oasis with separate whirlpools by the sea, I had an aromatic massage that laid me out into total bliss. I also really enjoyed the massive whirlpool tub in my room where you can view the sea below your balcony while soaking in it.

This is not a party hearty spot, but a civilized sojourn from stress retreat, and the constant beating background of the surf upon the sand also helps melt away any residual tensions. You cannot swim right in front of the resort as the current is too strong, but if you walk a few minutes down the beach ( all beaches there are public) you will find a protected bay where you can. But there are many gorgeous infinity pools right on the sea where you can immerse almost on top of the waves.

On the other side of the resort, just a few minute walk away, you will find George Clooney's beach house, alas he was not there while I was, I hear Robert de Niro and Jennifer Anniston also have houses close by. This resort is very popular with VIPs and celebs seeking a quiet and classy getaway, and they were slated to act as a host for many of the visiting dignitaries who were to attend the upcoming G20 conference. Though I was only there a few days, I left totally refreshed, relaxed and very impressed. I will return.

Room Tip: All rooms are ocean front. There are no bad rooms. Private casitas are available for a higher cost.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Property: Marquis Los Cabos All-Inclusive Resort & Spa
Address: Carretera Transpeninsular km 21.5, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > San Jose del Cabo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#4 Business Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#5 On the Beach Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#5 Luxury Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#5 Top resorts Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#5 Family Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#6 Spa Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Marquis Los Cabos All-Inclusive Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 207
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marquis Los Cabos All Inclusive Resort & Spa offering all of the privileges of adults-only, Unlimited-Luxury(R) for the first time on the scenic Baja Peninsula. At Marquis Los Cabos, guests can enjoy handsomely appointed suites with world-class amenities, 24 hour romantic in-suite dining, exciting daytime beach, land and pool activities, nightly entertainment, gourmet a la carte dining without reservations, complimentary international and domestic brand beverages and so much more! ... more   less 
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