My husband & I and our 10 and 7 yr olds enjoyed the Hilton very much...except for the high prices. Luckily our 12 nights of lodging was all on Hilton points, and with my diamond status we were able to get upgraded to ocean view and get free continental breakfast then just pay the difference for the full buffet.
The rooms are very nicely appointed with everything seeming fresh and new. Our kids loved coming back to the room each day to see what animal had been sculpted with bath towels by the maid.
Inside the resort besides swimming at the beautiful infinity pool we also played tennis in the evenings after dinner (too hot during the day). We all had our own rackets then just checked out balls from the front desk.
For meals we ate a big breakfast (the buffet), snacked during the afternoon, then for dinner bought sandwiches at the one deli in the hotel. We get great authentic (& cheap) Mexican food in southern Cal, so didnt feel the need to pay the tourist prices for it in the hotel nor the local restaurants.
As a family we did the horseback riding on the beach - beautiful scenery and the most responsive & fit rental horses I've ever had. My husband & older child did the zipline tour - lots of work hiking uphill but then really fun ride after each hike. My younger child & I did another beautiful horseback ride on the beach. We also did the excursion of riding from the docks in [Cabo] San Lucas out to the Arch, being dropped off at the beach at the Arch for an agreed upon timeframe (we opted for 2 hrs), then being picked up & returned to the docks. It was supposed to be a "snorkeling" excursion (we had our own gear) but the waters are way too rough to snorkel. Regardless, the scenery was breathtaking.
One of my colleagues recommended we do the ATV excursion, but I dont think it's safe enough for my kids so we skipped it.
Now here's my take on Los Cabos, which should be way different for those of you "not" from So Cal. For us it was basically like Palm Springs with a beach, except you could not safely swim at "any" beach as the current just drags you away from shore. We're avid beachgoers and were so disappointed to learn there was no safe place to snorkel nor even swim (I only saw 1 posting on dangerous beaches on TA before we left). Luckily the hotel pool was great for swimming and playing, and my kids loved just hunting for seashells at the nearby beach (we did this every day at sunset when it wasnt so scorchingly hot).
I hadnt been to Mexico since the early 80's (Mazatlan and Cancun), so was expecting to experience "real" locals when we went in to either town. Instead we discovered that the 2 towns seemed built just for tourism (we saw lots of cruise ship tour groups walking around.)
If you're only going for a few days, I wouldnt bother with a rental car. That's if you dont mind using the hotel shuttle ($15 all day per person) which runs throughout the day to both towns. Plus just having the tour operators pick you up for the excursions.
If you do opt for a rental car, beware of all the fees that get tacked on. Though I made a reservation for an airport pickup with Avis, I decided to skip it after getting quoted one price in the reservation made online -- then getting quoted a much higher price from the agent at the airport who tacked on extra fees that brought the rate to $100-something per day. Note, I was quoted a similar high rate by the Cabo rental car outfit always being promoted on other TA posts.
In the hotel there are two different places to book your excursions - the concierges next to the front desk, and a separate company down below just outside the workout room. After a misleading excursion from the fellow downstairs (who we thought worked for the hotel), we then stuck with the concierges. The longtime concierge named Pablo was the most knowledgeable.
Be sure to take cash. We didnt bring much being so used to using credit cards, to find that all the excursions either had an additional charge if you didnt use cash or in many instances refused anything but cash. Most excursions seemed to be about $80-100 per person except for the zipline tour which was much higher.
For souvenirs, we didnt see anything that we couldnt get in So Cal for a much cheaper price. So our kids opted for crisp Mexican money instead, which is so easy to paste in their diaries. Also making good souvenirs were photos taken at the beach at sunrise or sunset - colors were so beautiful then.
Thus, we would highly recommend the hotel with the above caveats.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover award-winning hospitality at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort-only 25 minutes from San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD). Our Cabo San Lucas resort is located on a tranquil swimming-allowed inlet bay between the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, and provides the action of the city and a soothing escape from the hustle of daily life. Relax in the sun beside our signature infinity pool, where our Pool Concierge attends to your every need, whether it's a fresh towel or a tasty fruit pop to help you cool down. With an excellent Kids Program, there are specially designed activities for guests aged 4-12. Choose from a wealth of dining options at this Los Cabos resort's four restaurants. Indulge in innovative massage treatments at Spa Oasis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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