Villa La Estancia
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Drycleaning onsite
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Minbar in room
- Tennis Court
Historical Traveler Reviews Villa La Estancia Cabo San Lucas
I was nervous after reading some of the reviews, but all that changed when we walked into the property. Our room was beautiful and so was the view from the patio. The pools and hot tubs were quiet, beautiful and wonderful. It was nice to have the option to catch some of the fun activities next door or have the quiet at the Estancia. Food at the Estancia pool was good but pool food at the Palmar wasn't. Breakfast was easy to put together with the beautiful kitchen in our room.
Beautiful bathroom with great tub! Very relaxing. The construction wasn't that big of a deal. Above my expectations.
It's what a vacation is supposed to be!
We just got back on 3/9/04. We loved it! I actually cannot put into words how beautiful the place is. I had high expectations and it exceeded those. Mexico has beautiful hotels near poor areas, but, you find that on many 3rd world vacation destinations. Anyway, we want to go back. This is true luxury!
A Reasonable Review - Well above expectations
While I can understand people having different expectations of a place, recent reviews make me wonder if we stayed in the same hotel. First off, this place was wonderful. The rooms, the service, the pools were all first rate. My family travels a great deal and we like to stay in nice places. This place ranks right amount them. If you are going to stay here you need to realize that all the villas are owned, there are no timeshares here. Due to this arrangement, the villas are huge, up to 2700 sq feet for a 3BR unit. So while the building itself is quite large, there are still very few units. The furniture and applicances are all first rate.
The rooms all have wonderful views, some better than others I have to admit. The pools are fantastic and are great for kids since they have a "beach like" entry. If the beach is your thing, they have great beach chairs behind a protected area in case you do not want to be bothered by the sellers. What I like best was the workout facility which was huge and well equipped. The have mens and womens locker rooms with steam/sauna/hot tubs which were as nice as most spas.
Yes there is noise from the construction of the final wing but it did not bother us one bit. If there was anything wrong with the place it was that it was too quiet. I'm sure that will be taken care of once the final unit is completed. Of course if you want noise and activity, you can go next door to the Villa Del Palmar.
Ten minute walk down the beach to the bars and The Office. Simply wonderful. We will return.
We just returned from 4 nights at La Estancia...it is a humungus- high density (8 story resort/fractional ownership) on a small piece of oceanfront property. The "studios" are "plain-jane", with no views ( I would NEVER stay in them again or recommend them) while the 1 bedrooms are large & beautiful. The pool is gorgeous, the pool bar,restaurant are below adequate..... Most of the Staff needs to be re-trained. When we were there they had just changed management to try to work out the "bugs"...mind you, they have been open over 2 yrs. The balconys offer little privacy & the place lacks "heart"... I LOVE Los Cabos & have visited there several times but I would not return to La Estancia nor would I buy their Fractional ownership. There are far better places to stay!
Great place, location, building noise was a distraction
The accomodations were luxurious (Rooms and Pool, Gym/SPA) on par with a Ritz-Cartlon. Actually GYM/SPA is nicer. Service was excellent. The noise from the construction by the pool made for a less than tranquil experience. The beach is beautiful and the waves drown out the construction The on site restaurant for dinner was just OK. They need to work in putting a first class restuarant on site. It is a short cab ride to town. $7 cab ride is a little high but comparable to any large city in the states. The convenience of the market is great (again NYC prices) and you can have breakfast at a reaonable price next door at the Villa de Palmar on the patio. You can walk to town in 20 minutes but the streets are dusty spend the money on cabs or walk along the beach.
Better than the brochures!
Condos & Landscaping incredible. Luxury all the way- pool area is one-of-a-kind. We were two couples that split a 2 bdrm condo, and the rooms were completely seperate with our own entrances, bathrooms, and even outdoor balcony areas. Everything is classy & georgeous! We will definetely stay here again- very quiet - we had no problems with noise from construction or neighboring hotels. It wasn't the best as far as restaurants went, but we just headed next door to the sister resort, and had wonderful buffet breakfasts with georgeous views of the beach.
We never were bothered by anyone selling timeshares, and locals selling on the beach are not allowed on resort. The staff were friendly and wonderful! We stayed there Nov 2003.
La Estancia is disappointing
If you are thinking of staying here think again. You got to bear in mind that the reason the staff are there is to sell and service the apartments so if you stay in this place as a hotel, you are going to find things don't happen as you would like. The smell of damp/mildew is a real turn-off like the attitude of the reception staff. Hotel guests are a pain in the ***, potential purchasers are treated real different. This place is still under construction with builders and noise and screens around. When its finished the pools and restaurants are going to be way beyond their capacity, there is barely enough pool capacity now. Many of the help couldn't give a ****. People complained that the Kids Club was over-priced but then so is everything, especially that supermarket and internet cafe they got there. My advice, don't go there. The noise from the next door Playa de Palmar is tremendous int he evenings, you got to go out to get away from it. Don't forget that Playa del Palmar is all of 30 feet away with their evening taped entertainment enough to drive you insane. The taxis at $7 are a rip off. Seems like everybody there is out to squeeze the tourist.
The best of the best
We were upgraded to the La estancia since Villa Del Palmar was full when we registered. What a surprise we got when we saw our room. Pure luxury. The villa was larger than our house. The ocean view was breathtaking and the pampering we got was fantastic. Best vacation we ever had. The kids and us can't stop talking about it. Can't wait to go back.
Luxury resort in Cabo
This resort was absolutely breathtaking! The service was fantastic - I cannot say enough about this place! The rooms were spectacular - everything was brand new and SO wonderful! The view from the balcony was great - the pool was peaceful and relaxing - there is even a great little grocery store on the same property! We 'stayed in' one night and cooked a spaghetti dinner because we wanted to take advantage of the lovely, fully-stocked kitchen! We ended up eating out on the marble patio furniture and the weather was perfect. And, we had the opportunity to wash our favorite outfits in the cute little washer and dryer! :) I will return to this place and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a GREAt vacation!
Died and went to "Heaven" we've never had a vacation like this! The Villa La Estancia was absolutely beautiful, few if any details have been missed in creating Villa La Estancia. We were surrounded by luxury. The marble bathroom in our villa was spacious, spotlessly clean, and appointed with a full array of luxury toiletries. The bed was a dream, with a firm mattress, featherbed comforter & soft sheets.
The spa is incredibly beautiful, soft aromatherapy candles surround you while you float to never..never land in
the jacuzzi, steam room, or sauna. Daily we received free chocolates, fruit baskets in the morning & @ sunset. The chef Luis Miguel Cortazar at the "El Mar" is blessed with a gift not to be missed. Truly amazing atmosphere, almost magical...the pools have cascading waterfalls & caves to explore & dolphin art work that turns a different color from the lighting @ night. They also use a process where saline is converted to natural chlorine. And the pool water is crystal clear, clean and will not sting your eyes. The entire staff was exceedingly friendly, and go out of their way to be helpful.
My only concern: What hotel could possibly satisfy after a stay here?
TripAdvisor Reviews Villa La Estancia Cabo San Lucas
Travel Blogs from Cabo San Lucas
Today we explored Cabo San Lucas. After waking up, we headed right downtown with nothing but our senses of direction to guide us. The city isn't huge so it wasn’t too hard to navigate. We first walked down our street until it hit the marina. That’s where all the really touristy stuff is—the expensive restaurants, tourist traps, and souvenir shops. However, it is quite pretty. We made our way all around the (surprisingly large) marina, taking pictures, enjoying ...
... fired up, it was going to be a good day. As we motored out of the marina, one of the guys started to get all the lines ready. You could be forgiven for thinking that we were a super trawler, there was honestly something like 10 lines out, so the odds had to be in our favour. Having said that, looking out on the horizon and just either side of us, there was a **** load of boats around all going fishing for the same thing and equally prepared.
To start ...
... The indoor unheated pool was much better but obviously still too cool for most people. The staff, food and entertainment are good so far—streets ahead of the Arcadia earlier this year. About half the 2600 passengers are American, 450 Australians, assorted numbers of Asian, Russian, German, etc. This is classed as a repositioning cruise, which means it will stay in South American waters for the summer and ...
... etc. He finally settles on one and we continue on a leisurely stroll down the boardwalk, all-the-while punctuated by vendors calling out their wares and trying to engage us in the game of their sales pitch. It is hot and we keep advancing always with an eye on where the next shady spot is. Finding shade and a bit of a breeze feels like heaven. In one such shade spot we come upon a family of musicians (possibly a grandpa, father and two little kids). The little girl ...
... and got in our fuzzy robes and slippers. We went out on the balcony, and just stayed up talking into the night.
So I'm awake this morning before Shery who apparently was kept up by a buzzing fly in her ear so that she had to come and stay in my bed to escape it. I'm out on the balcony typing up this entry thinking about how lucky I am to be able to be here today.
And in case you were wondering where he was: