Melia Cabo Real All-Inclusive Beach & Golf Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Cabo Real All-Inclusive Beach & Golf Resort Cabo San Lucas
We loved the Melia Cabo Real
I just got back from a four day weekend at the Melia Cabo Real and I loved it. I went with my 8 year old daughter and we had a great time.
The activities were great, especially the saturday night beach party!
They have great kids acitivities. With the all inclusive plan we enjoyed the poolside food, had three restaraunts to choose from for dinner and the service and the breakfast everyday overlooking the ocean was superb. The staff was wonderful, the room was clean and comfortable. (FYI the bed are very "firm", hard really but we just got extra blankets and lined the mattress to make them more cofortable).
The pool is huge and crystal clean, drinks are pletiful, and the staff was very helpful and friendly. I am definately going to stay at the Melia Cabo Real again.
Stay Away .... Trust me
Okay, here is the deal. If you are looking for a real quiet, hang out by the pool, walk on the beach, read books hotel.. this is the place for you. Except everything is super expensive, and the food is just not that great. Plus, you have to pay out the nose for a taxi to get to town. I would really really recommend staying downtown. You will be close to all the fun stuff, and can sample lots of different cuisines.
Now if you are like us, and found a great deal at this place, and you cant pass it up. You can do what we did....sleep there, in the morning, take the local bus that goes right by the front of the hotel for fifty cents -- and get downtown & back the same way. Then just hang out at the hotels down there. Just remember, its a local bus, sometimes it shows as scheduled every 15 minutes... sometimes not. There is alot to do in Cabo, and we had a blast! But never again at this hotel... Have fun!
OVERALL GREAT; SERVICE LACKED SOMEWHAT
We just got back from our 5 night stay at the Melia Cabo Real. We've been to Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Hawaii last year. This year we chose Los Cabos because of the location at the southern tip of baja, and the desert/ocean terrain. We did the all-inclusive, which was nice. They give you a wrist band to wear. The restaurants were nice. We loved the breakfast buffet, with traditional american cuisine as well as a little mexican mixed in. We never got sick. The Saturday beach party was nice, with beef, pork, chicken, lots of desserts! The gourmet restaurant was great, with open air, and a great view of the pool/ocean. Even the lobby bar had snacks after 5 pm, you could get a burger, chicken fingers, etc. The El Queztal restaurant was okay, they had different buffets every night, and a fiesta on Tuesday with a mariachi band, which serenaded every table, it was rather nice. I wasn't as impressed with the selection of food at this place. Seafood seemed to be a part of most of it, and I'm not too crazy about seafood. The gym was so-so. Free weights, not too much cardio equipment. I got a massage by the pool, which you NEED to do. I paid about $70 for an hour, and the masseuse had magical hands. They offered a couples moon and stars massage in the evening, as well. The pool here is amazing, and very large. They offer water volleyball and other activities, which is nice, and music plays all day, which was great too. We saw a whale just off the rock jetty while we were standing by the pool. A pilot whale and her baby. They were so cute, and we happened to have our telephoto lens on the camera and captured some great shots. Also, go to lover's beach and the sea lioins swim right up to the water-taxi, it was amazing! There were so many seals lying on the rocks at Land's End. This was one of the highlights. The service here could have been better, especially when waiting for drinks. We never got our drinks the night of the mexican fiesta and El Queztal; we had to "steal" we ordered never found their way to us, even though there were several drink stewards standing around. This was dissapointing. The staff speaks very broken english. Some speak no english at all, or very little. I'd say it's about 60/40. 60 percent of them can carry on a conversation easily. We played golf at the Cabo Real. We chose to play twilight; after 2:00. We rented clubs and it ran us $400 for the two of us for 18 holes of twilight. The greens fees were $150 each, you get 10 percent off. We had to purchase our balls, and I bought a sunvisor for $20 with the logo, running our total to $400. It was worth it though. Lovely course. Splendid views. Breathtaking. We heard you can take a timeshare tour (they will grab you as soon as you get through customs, so beware! ) and get half off golf at Cabo Real or El Dorado. All in all, I'd have to say I enjoyed the Cabo Real. We stayed at Swept Away Negril in Jamaica which is a high-end all inclusive at over 500 per night, and this place was pretty close. If the service would have been better, I would have enjoyed it more. One more bone to pick......room service was not included with the all inclusive, and funjet's website said it was. Also, at El Terrazo, the gourmet restaurant, they add a surcharge for lobster for all inclusive guests. 10 bucks extra if you order real expensive dishes. That was kind of a bummer. Not truly all inclusive. Kind of deceiving. The shuttle only goes into town 3 times per day, at like 10 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm. They drop you off at Puerto Paraiso shopping center, which is a lovely establishment, but underdeveloped. No one can afford to rent space there, and the top two floors are empty, with the bottom level only 1/4 complete I'd say. But there are a couple of nice shops inside. We had better luck walking along the marina and bartering with the vendors there. I'd have to rate the Melia Cabo Real 8.5 stars out of 10. Enjoy your trip when you go!
Melia Cabo Real is a nice Hotel
The hotel was nice and clean. The pool is beautiful and the Saturday night dinner on the beach was fun for the entire family. We traveled with our 3 year old son and he had a good time at he pool and they even opened the kids club to let him play. we did stay "all-inclusive" which made things much eaiser. The Breakfast Buffet every morning was wonderful and all of our lunches were good. I did not care for the food served at dinner but I do not like fish or seafood. The only complaint I have is that since we were "all-inclusive" I sometimes felt the service we recieved was not as good as it could have been.
HEY! That's not what the brochure says!
We returned on 03-04-03 from an all inclusive 7 day vacation. The hotel had checked us out 2 days early because Feb only has 28 days. This problem was corrected easily enough but we were locked out of our room, and we met them (luckily) at our door about to remove our belongings. This incident made us late for a prepaid excursion. We were also charged for free/included water ($6 per bottle) and a free/included kayak rental. Apparently the items that are inclusive are lost in the English to Spanish translation. The entertainment staff worked very hard with almost no budget to entertain guests. Tuesday night is Mexican Fiesta Night which includes dinner, drinks, and 6 games that cost the hotel about $15 including the prizes for any winner that can hang around long enough. We did enjoy watching the entertainment staff try their best to do their jobs. They did their best and were very nice. Casino night for example was one guy with a deck of cards who gives you 10 stinky beer bottle tops to use as chips while he deals blackjack. The rest of the staff was lacking personality and seemed to be very uninformed. All in all we had fun in Cabo but the Melia Cabo Real was way over rated (4 stars) and way too expensive.
We just returned from the Melia Cabo Real and could not have been happier. The staff was wonderful and the service was great. Very well maintained resort with beautiful views everywhere.
Cabo Real exceeded my expectations
My boyfriend and I stayed at Melia Cabo Real from February 13-18th, 2003 and had a wonderful time. The hotel is beautiful, open and airy, filled with activities, and a welcoming staff. The room was beautiful, bright, clean, and elegant. I truly loved the entire experience at the hotel. The only problem I had was with the quality and taste of some of the buffet dinners. The food was decent but very expensive. I would recommend going to the Hilton (next door) for their breakfast buffet, and taking the shuttle to downtown for dinner at La Trattoria or The Office. If the shuttle isn't available, the city bus works just as well. I recommend ATVing in the desert and going sailing. Overall, we loved the hotel and our entire trip.
Melia Real an outrageous rip-off
Our large party of 16 reserved 7 rooms at the Cabo Melia Real. The rooms were nice, the staff pleasant, the beach was beautiful. The prices of all items, however, were an outrageous rip-off.
The Cabo Real knows they have you captive with no competition-- save a taxi ride to town 20 minutes away-- and they charge you for this 'convenience'. How much?
Your bottled water and coffee in room will cost you $6 each; a continental breakfast $20; the 'buffet dinner' approx. $40 (plus service tax and gratuity on top of this!); a can of soda, candy bar, or bag of peanuts $3. The USA Today newspaper: $6.
There is nothing affordable at this resort whatsoever; the availability of meals and drinks-- even water-- is limited and gouging. The attitude here is: "Either you are wealthy enough to pay these exorbitant prices so you don't care; or, you are stupid enough to pay these outrageous prices, in which case you deserve it".
One other note: while eating exclusively at the resort, 5 of us became ill-- one violently so with symtpoms similar to food poisoining. That person could only eat 3 banannas and a soda for two days: he was charged $14 for this 'service'.
The Melia Cabo Real is an outrageous rip-off. Save your money and go a much more reasonable accomodation-- even the Hilton next door was more reasonable in their pricing. Better yet, go to Hawaii instead. It's a better travel destination and the prices a bargain in comparison.
OK place, but hope to find better next time
We just finished 10 days at the Melia Cabo Real, arriving there 12/23/02. The "Ocean View" units seemed more like a garden view; you'd need to pay for "Ocean Front" to get much of an "Ocean View." The gym had Out of Order signs on 2 of the 6 aerobic machines for the full 10 days. The maid gave us bottled water each day without charge and the housekeeping was excellent.
The saving grace for this place is that the new Hilton is only a block away and we hiked over there for over half our meals. The Hilton felt much more festive during the holiday season and we got a better selection for our money.
Beware of sneaky incidental charges
Our experience was soured by the exhorbitant "hidden" incidental charge that was disingenously extorted from us.
When we checked into the room, we noticed a bottle of water by the coffee maker in the bathroom, along with coffee bags (the instant coffee kind). We proceeded to use the water and the coffee during the stay and it kept being replenished daily. Upon check-out we realized that we had been charged $5 for each bottle of water, and $6 for the coffee every day. All this being listed as mini-bar charges in the incidental bill. This is not mentioned in the mini-bar item list, nor elsewhere in the room.
Now I have traveled extensively and stayed in hotels of wide-ranging categories. These itesm the way they were arranged would appear to be complimentary in any self-respecting hotel. But not at Melia Cabo Real -- which is very amazing given that this is part of a big Spanish Sol Melia chain, and not a fly-by-night operator. After this experience I would be worried about using their soap and shampoo -- that may not even be complimentary!
So if you do decide to go to this hotel -- WATCH OUT!!!
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