In September 2014, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort and the area of Los Cabos were devastated by Hurricane Odile. Less than 10 months later, the resort re-opened and by our mid-December visit in 2015, the renovation was fully complete. This was our first trip to Los Cabos so we can’t make any personal comparisons, but by all accounts, Hilton Los Cabos is better than ever.
Here are a few quick tips to enjoy stress-free travels to this spectacular spot and find your happy place at one of the best resorts in Cabo.
Arrival at the San Jose airport was a breeze. Lines at immigration and customs were short and efficient, but be aware that you will be accosted by people selling timeshares immediately after you leave customs. They will ask you about your transfers to your hotels, and it is tempting to ask them questions. My advice: keep walking and do not engage in a conversation unless you want to be delayed.
The drive to Hilton Los Cabos was less than 30 minutes. I recommend booking a shuttle or private transfer in advance. We were whisked away in a black suburban and offered ice cold waters and Corona beer.
As Hilton Honors members, we took advantage of the digital check-in feature, which allows you to select your own room the day before arrival and sign up for space available paid upgrades. When we arrived at the hotel, we were literally escorted to our room within 10 minutes by the porter. We didn’t even need to stop at the reception to check-in; just a quick stop at the bar for our welcome margaritas and lemonade!
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
The architectural design of the resort provides ocean views from all rooms, although some are only partial. We were lucky enough to be placed on the 4th floor in the center section of the resort in one of the oceanfront rooms — breathtaking. We actually saw a whale from our balcony!
The rooms with the best views are on the 4th floor or higher. If you want to guarantee a high floor for your vacation, book a room in the new “hotel within a hotel” called the Vista Club. All Vista Club rooms are on the 5th and 6th floors with beautiful views and special amenities, including reserved seating at the pool. If you do end up being assigned a room on the first floor of the resort, the upside is that you have will have loungers right outside your room and are just steps away from one of the two gorgeous pools.
All of the rooms have been completely updated and are elegant, albeit simply appointed. The mattresses are firm and the sheets are delectably soft. If you are travelling with children and are not splurging for a larger suite or two rooms (adjoining rooms are an option), you will probably want a room with two queen-sized beds or a junior suite with room for a rollaway. The hotel charges $75 for rollaway beds. Cribs are also available.
REQUEST A FRIDGE
Our suite was appointed with a nice-sized fridge which we used to stock drinks and snacks from our stop at the local grocery store, Mega. Microwaves are also available for an extra fee. Inquire ahead of time about whether your room has a fridge that you can use to store your own drinks and snacks.
If you don’t have time to stop at the grocery store, no problem. A small deli that sells ice cream and snacks just opened at the resort, and there are more than five dining options on property with kid-friendly menu items. The breakfast buffet at El Meson is not to be missed and is included is included if you are a Gold or Diamond Hilton Honors member or staying in the La Vista Club.
CHECK-OUT & DEPARTURE
There is a quick check-out option on the phone in your room if you are short on time. I recommend requesting a copy of your bill the night before departure so you can check it out when you are not so rushed. We booked a private car to take us to the airport in San Jose (25-minute drive), but you can also arrange for a taxi. Try and arrive at the airport in San Jose at least two hours before your flight. The airport can get incredibly busy.
We hope these Cabo tips will help you have a fabulous stay at one of our favorite resorts!
This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.