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By: Zdenko Kahlina
Best Western Posada Real, San Jose del Cabo
My wife and I stayed at this resort for ten days during December 2012. I have read some of the reviews about this resort before our trip and was a bit worried with some of the complaints about the resort size and their food. But we had a great time there!
Best Western Posada Real – small appearance from the outside
Our first impression at Posada Real Los Cabos hotel was its small appearance from the outside and a big entrance covered with beautiful marble floor lobby. The hotel has central air conditioning and luxurious, but casual, wicker furniture. We were received by very friendly bilingual receptionist Lluvia, ready to assist us in any way possible. We had option to select between two types of rooms, depending on our view preferences. We chose room on the third floor (338) in the left wing, with the partial ocean view, which was facing the cactus garden and pool area. All their rooms are beautifully decorated and have all of the comforts expected of a three star class hotel. We paid for all inclusive and received red bracelets to carry on for next 9 days. Yes, the resort isn’t as big as the others but it definitely has a quiet relaxing atmosphere. Staff was great and always friendly and catering to our needs.
Mexican style lobby
Beautiful marble floor lobby
The Best Western Posada Real in Los Cabos was totally renovated in 1998-1999, including the facade of the hotel. This hotel is located on the beach front, at the heart of the resort hotel area and a few yards away from the San Jose Golf Course. Just minutes away from several other all-inclusive hotels, like Hola Grand Faro and Royal Solaris hotels to the east and big Barcelo Los Cabos resort to the west.
Main building with lobby and Cactus restaurant
View from our room towards the pool and ocean
All rooms have partial view of the ocean
The rooms were a little outdated but it was still cute and we didn’t mind. All the rooms have balconies, and the ones that face the courtyard all have partial ocean views. Make sure you ask for the third floor facing the beautiful cactus garden if you want a beautiful view.
View on the beautiful cactus garden
Our room (338 in the left wing of the ‘U’ shaped hotel), was on the 3rd Floor facing the ocean. The room was extremely clean including the bathroom, bedding was fresh and clean, and the house keeping women did a great job every day. Actually the cleaning staff was beyond good! They’d make little towel animals in the bathroom, and even organize our toiletries for us! Plus they were very friendly. We also had free internet access, an A/C and a flat screen TV in the room, which we just turned on in the mornings to watch the news, but did not sit in a room watching TV during the day. We had some very small issues with our air conditioning, and they sent someone out right away. A few more outlets would have been nice, but it was manageable.
There’s a store near by called ‘Mega’, that’s about 6 minutes walking distance from the resort. That’s kind of like WalMart in Mexico. Along there are also several other shops like Dairy Queen, Starbucks and McDonald’s.
Hotel Posada Real, Los Cabos – view from the beach
Their Cactus restaurant offers ambient that will surely please everyone: an indoor air-conditioned saloon and a lovely porch outside, with a view of the central court yard, cactus gardens and the ocean. It is open day long for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They served delicious International food… great variety. The buffet style food in general was good, however after staying there and having it for 9 days straight, it got old and we ended up going out for meals on some days. Occasionally food was lucking flavor, some dishes were bland, and that reminded me on food in Cuba. The atmosphere was casual and relaxing during the daytime, distinguished and romantic during the evening.
Sea food, Mexican style
For breakfast, David the cook, was serving elegant folded omelets every day, made with my choice of toppings combined with fresh fruit salad. Also they have had 2 types of fresh juice. With my first coffee I had delicious mango juice each morning. What else can you ask for?
Fish dinner on the plate…
Lunch can be had also at the beach. There is ‘Wahoo Snack bar’ with a restaurant, which has great chicken/fish tacos, and serves fries, burgers, and salads in case you’re missing the real American food. They also serve Quesadillas, nachos, even club sandwiches.
Dinner has about 6 -7 types of items on buffet – a different theme every night. Cuisine ranging from the soup of the day, the quick sandwich and the light salad or pasta, to delightful fish, meat and foul platters. I enjoyed the different types of fish.
A variety of domestic beer, wines and deserts to go along. A large variety every night for dinner. Sometimes chocolate cake or flan for desert. Free beer is Tecate light or dark is a Modelo Negro. Both are very good. Other drinks are really good too and there was different live entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. I didn’t like the fact that they were serving drinks in plastic cups…
My biggest concern about food was luck of the fresh bread, as I eat bread with every meal. They were serving warmed up bread or toast, but no fresh bread from local bakery…
The poolside taco bar was great
Grounds are beautiful with 50 or so cactus species. Take a walk around and really appreciate the grounds. Staff is super friendly. 5 star staff. Ask for a safe key.
We had no problems using wireless internet. Free fast internet was available throughout resort. It was nice to lay down around the pool and browse the internet. Put phone on airport mode and just get internet and e-mail through free Wi-fi. The resort gives 2 water bottles (in your room) as they want to reduce plastic use. There are 5 gallon water coolers everywhere to refill your water cups. We did not need bottled water at all (cold ‘serveza’ was served at the pool!!)
Internet connection was available everywhere
The resort was not too crowded. Only about 2 of the 9 days the pool seemed to have a lot of swimmers and the palapas were crowded. But typically there was no problem getting a palapa on the beach, or a table by the pool-side kitchen.
I like the fact that this is not a huge mega-luxury resort. There are no activities planned at the resort, and not many luxury amenities, but that is why I enjoyed it so much! It is a very down-to-earth place with all the basic vacation necessities. If you want super expensive, high-end, mega-resort this is not your place. If you like small, affordable and drama-free vacations, this place is for you.
Hotel pool was decent size
The pool, swim-up bar, beach area, are all very good. The pool was a decent size, clean and heated. There was a shallow end for kids, but adults hung out there too. It has a swim-up bar which is nice, and a public hot tub. There are tables set up around the pool for dining, and padded chairs with umbrellas around the pool and on the beach. The poolside taco bar is great, and the servers will bring food and drinks to you right on the beach. No need to get up. A young fellow Jeremias, who was serving us most of the time, was very fast and served us with smile on his face and great effort to speak English.
The pool bar opened at 10 a.m. and played popular American/Mexican music most of the afternoon. There were numerous lawn chairs around the pool in the cement area and then many more near-by in the sand underneath “palapa” umbrellas.
Hotel towels can be picked up at the Wahoo pool bar from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Before or after this time window towels can be requested at the front desk. There is a massage therapist on the beach who offers $40 USD ½ hour massages.
Swimming in the pool
Palapas were available to provide protection from the sun
There’s a man on the resort who sits by the pool area and sells jewelry, and a few cool hand made things. He is so sweet… I recommend buying souvenirs and gifts from him. We went to downtown a few times and found the same things he was selling but for a more expensive price.
Vera enjoyed walking on the beach
The ‘Playa Hotelera’ beach
We went to the beach every day (for few minutes only) to catch some waves. This beach is generally not safe for swimming, but its central location makes it popular. The beach is gorgeous and goes for several kilometers. I went into the water and the ocean was warm. I was playing with the waves which were not that big or dangerous. In general they don’t recommend swimming in the ocean due to strong undertow and very high waves hammering the beach every minute. But I haven’t experience any of this. The red flags were posted on hotel fence all the time, but I think they never change them just to send the message that they will not take any responsibilities for the swimmers (in the ocean). It is nice to take a walk along this long beach or engage in one of the many beach activities, like games of volleyball or making sand castles. Walking up and down the beach is great exercise especially early in the morning or at the end of the day.
Mexican vendors selling silver jewelry on the beach
There will be vendors walking up and down the beach selling everything Mexican, from rugs, to kites, to jewelry. They are not allowed to step onto resort property, unless you invite them. They will walk up to your chair if you like and make deals with you. If you don’t want to talk to them give them a firm no and they will move on. Most of the time they were grouped on the beach in front of the Royal Solaris resort, because they had more American tourists there.
The poolside Wahoo bar was great
The service at this resort was outstanding. We had everything we hoped for: good food and drinks, a gorgeous beach, clean rooms and a great convenient location. The manager there was very helpful and seemed very concerned with situations with guests. Staff greeted us every time we walked by.
From morning until night we were welcomed with smiles and hospitality. The boys at the front desk answered all our questions and guided us to San Jose with a small map and also instructed us on how to use the bus systems. They spoke VERY good English and were so nice to us.
Exchange rate at desk is 11 pesos for $1 CAD. Bank is $1 for 12 pesos. No fees at desk just walk up and exchange. Tips were 20 peso at the restaurants and for the room service. I had a problem with tipping because I wasn’t sure whether I should tip after each meal, drink or just once a day! I thought that I paid for ‘all inclusive’ so I don’t have to worry about money and expenses while there. But that was not the case…
Swimmers enjoying the waves – ocean was warm!
Tourists loved playing with the waves.
In general – Good value
The Posada Real resort is a good value for the money. It is small hotel but had everything we had hoped for: good food and drinks, a gorgeous beach, clean rooms and a great convenient location. It’s clean and the staff is very friendly. It is close to Cabo San Lucas where most of the shopping and adventures are found.
We loved being able take a quick walk to Mega store; catch a bus for only 8 pesos to San Jose, or 23 pesos to Cabo San Lucas, but it takes one hour to go 28 kilometers due to all the stops. The buses are not air conditioned. A taxi ride to Cabo San Lucas costs $35 one way with a tip. Every evening we went for a walk along the Paseo Malecon San Jose… wide Boulevard (two lane in each direction) which connects all hotels in this area. A little tip: if you want to go downtown into San Jose, which has excellent restaurants, and shops, just stand at the edge of the Hotel driveway, a city bus passes every 20 minutes, just put you hand in the air and it stops for you, the cost is just 8 pesos. You get back on the bus the same way, just stand on any curb and put your hand in the air, and they will stop for you. I tipped the bus drivers and they were very helpful.
Vera enjoyed walking through the shallow water
Small resort with down-to-earth attitude
Rating this hotel, I would say it is a high-end Three Star Hotel, which some of the so-called Four Star Hotels, can’t compare. I would recommend this hotel for couples and families. You will feel at home here. If you are looking for a luxury resort, or a romantic honeymoon location this is not it. If you are on a budget and looking for an inexpensive resort, this place is a good bang for your buck, and a great place to stay for a fun Mexican vacation! We felt very safe everywhere we went and will definitely come back again in the future.
We had a great time at this small resort and made the most of it.
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