Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Fiesta Americana is the only hotel in Los Cabos that makes our best luxury hotels list as well as our best value hotels list. That's because, despite its luxe accomodations and many on-site amenities, it's rates are often reasonable -- especially compared to other Los Cabos hotels in the same category. All 249 rooms and suites at the Fiesta Americana are spacious, with relaxing, neutral tones and interesting touches such as Mexican art and sculpture accents. Luxurious features include large bathrooms with soaking tubs and walk-in showers. The gorgeous infinity pool is a real perk here, along with the above average, plush lounge chairs and cabanas, both at the pool and on the beach. The location is excellent for access to Cabo's two championship golf courses, and kids can keep entertained with a kids' club room packed with toys, art supplies, games, and computers.
Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas - All Inclusive Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Riu Palace, located right outside of party-hearty Cabo San Lucas, is an all-inclusive resort -- with reasonable rates -- packed with entertainment. This colossal 642-room resort offers meals at six restaurants, activities, and nightly entertainment -- such as a Michael Jackson impersonator -- all included in the price. Spacious rooms have palatial bathrooms and great views, but furniture could use an update. Perks include two large pools, one designated for relaxation and the other for activities, along with a swim-up bar and decent-sized fitness room. The resort can get crowded (because who doesn't love a good deal?), but the beautifully manicured grounds and white-sand beach help to make up for it.
Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Los Cabos Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The mid-range, 100-room Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa isn't the most luxurious resort in Los Cabos, but it does have a pretty location along a gorgeous stretch of beach, a sprawling oceanfront pool with swim-up bar, and an optional all-inclusive plan. Thoughtful extras add value: welcome drinks, a continental breakfast (though it starts early, so late risers may miss all the good stuff), tea and snacks at sunset, petit fours with turndown service, and an excellent happy hour at the bar. Room decor is contemporary, the bathrooms have Jacuzzi tubs, and the kitchenettes are handy when trying to save a few bucks -- there's even a grocery store within walking distance.
Bahia Hotel & Beach Club Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 81-room Bahia Hotel isn't directly on the beach (meaning the price difference between this hotel and oceanfront ones can get pretty drastic), but it's just a block away, and is home to a trendy, delicious restaurant, and relaxing pool area with cabanas and swim-up bar. Although more basic rooms have older tube TVs, and some rooms are more in need of an update than others, all are decorated with airy color palates, emphasizing the contrast between dark woods and white walls (including the indigenous-style stucco cubbyholes). The rest of the hotel has equally chic decor (demonstrated in details such as the dozens of ceiling-hung lanterns in the restaurant). There's a nice coffee shop on-site, too, for those morning pick-me-ups. Affordable nightly rates and free parking make it a solid value pick.