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Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa 3.5

Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California

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Pros

  • Beachfront to the popular and bustling Playa el Medano; views of Land's End
  • Six blocks to downtown Cabo for easy walking distance to vibrant nightlife
  • Ample pink lounge chairs and drink service on the sand
  • Spacious suites with kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs, and balconies
  • Several dining options: Italian fine dining, buffet meals, and open-air sushi bar (all-inclusive available)
  • Massive freeform pool with plenty of pink lounge chairs and activities
  • Tranquil spa for massages, nail salon, and facial services
  • Free shuttle service between sister resorts
  • Massive, modern fitness center with ample cardio machines
  • Small deli shop with snacks, liquor, and coffee
  • Room service throughout the day (for a fee)
  • Designated free Wi-Fi courtyard

Cons

  • Free Wi-Fi in the rooms only with all-inclusive package 
  • Some rooms are far from the main lobby
  • Pesky time-share pitches
  • Wristband requirements for all-inclusive guests
  • Extra charge to dine at Fellini's, even for all-inclusive guests

Bottom Line

True to its name, the upper-middle-range Pueblo Bonito Rose is a massive pink resort situated on the most swimmable beach in Cabo, Playa el Medano. Arranged in a u-shape around the massive freeform pool, all 260 suites are spacious and come with kitchenettes and balconies. With a private section of the public beach, several dining options, optional all-inclusive rates, pool activities, and a shuttle between sister resorts, the hotel is an ideal pick for families. There are a few wellness options including an up-to-date fitness center and tranquil spa with a beauty salon. The biggest complaint here is pesky time-share pitches. For those looking for a little more quiet, check out the sister resort Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, a more tranquil option on a quieter stretch of beach.

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Scene

Massive pink resort with a bustling pool and lively beach scene; a few quiet areas

The lobby of this massive pink resort blends classic Mexican architecture and Greco-Roman decor and maintains a lively atmosphere

The aptly named Pueblo Bonito Rose stands out from the surrounding resorts with high pink walls trimmed in white. The resort blends classic Mexican architecture with Greco-Roman decor -- lots of open-floor hallways, spacious courtyards with statues, and heavy concrete benches. The bustling hotel is centered around a massive freeform pool which is usually full of kids and couples hanging out and playing games led by entertainment staff. The private section of the beach is typically busy throughout the day with travelers sunbathing and peddlers hawking their wares. With a shuttle service running between sister resorts, there are usually lots of guests coming and going throughout the entire hotel to use different amenities. There is a lovely, quiet courtyard near the front of the hotel with plenty of tables and a pretty fountain where guests can hang out and use free Wi-Fi. 

Two of the biggest complaints here are annoying time-share pitches, and that all-inclusive guests are required to wear a wristband. Note that the resort charges a hefty fee to replace a lost wristband. 

Location

On a quiet side street within easy walking distance to downtown Cabo, beachfront to Playa el Medano

Map of Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa

Pueblo Bonito Rose has a prime location on a quiet side street away from surrounding party resorts, but is also beachfront to the most swimmable beach in Cabo, Playa el Medano. Situated six blocks from downtown Cabo San Lucas, Rose is a 10-minute walk to the notorious Cabo nightlife, like The Office or Mango Deck. Expect a 30-minute walk or 10-minute drive to watersports and fishing at the marina. The main drag through Cabo San Lucas, Larazo Cardenas, is a five-minute drive or a 17-minute walk from Rose, and has plenty of restaurants, bars, and popular shops. 

While Rose is located on Playa el Medano, the white sands of Costa Azul are a 25-minute drive from the hotel. The small, quaint town of San Jose del Cabo is a 30-minute drive, and features cobblestone streets, Old World Mexican charm, and a lively art scene. The small Cabo San Lucas International Airport is a 15-minute drive. The larger Los Cabo International Airport is a 42-minute drive from the hotel. Renting a car is not necessary, and cabs are easily accessible to get around downtown Cabo. 

Rooms

Spacious suites with balconies, flat-screen TVs, and kitchenettes

The spacious Luxury Suite includes a separate living space with kitchenette, furnished in traditional Mexican decor

Suites at Pueblo Bonito Rose are divided into two categories: Junior Suites and Luxury Suites. All suites are spacious and decorated with a modern take on traditional Mexican decor. Colors throughout tend towards beiges, whites, and reds. Expect to see blond side tables, heavy armoires, and wicker chairs mixed with terra-cotta tile floors and vibrant artwork. Luxury Suites upgrade to separate bedrooms and living room areas. All suites come with furnished balconies or patios, and many have stunning views ocean views

Each suite includes a kitchenette with a hot plate, microwave, mini-fridge, cookware, and a toaster. All suites have a separate dining area with a small table and chairs. Flat-screen TVs and iPod docks are standard, but Wi-Fi is only free for guests who book the all-inclusive rate.

Spacious bathrooms feature standing showers and plenty of vanity counter space, magnifying mirrors, and hairdryers. There are a few towels and toiletries on offer. 

Features

Massive pool terrace, beachfront to Playa el Medano, tranquil spa, modern fitness center, and free Wi-Fi

This hotel provides direct access to the most swimmable beach in the area

Pueblo Bonito Rose has lots of wonderful features, but the highlight of the resort is the massive freeform pool situated in the center of the grounds. There are plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas around the pool for guests to use, and an entertainment team provides activities like water aerobics and trivia. A private beach area is located on the white sand of Playa el Medano, in front of the pool terrace. The roped in area has plenty of pink lounge chairs for guests. 

There are a few wellness options on offer as well. A tranquil spa is located in a separate building away from the main lobby. There are a few massage rooms and a moderately-sized beauty salon where guests can get manicures and pedicures. A spacious, modern fitness center is located within the spa building, and features TechnoGym cardio equipment and weight machines. The room is stocked with fresh towels, flavored water, and flat-screen TVs. 

For those on the all-inclusive package option, Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. However, for guests who aren’t, there is a tranquil courtyard with a few wrought iron tables and chairs designated for free Wi-Fi. There's a scheduled shuttle service which runs between sister resorts of Sunset, Pacifica, and Montecristo Estates -- guests can use the facilities at each property for free. 

Food

Buffet restaurant, sushi bar, and an extra charge for Italian food at Fellini's

Fellini’s serves upscale Italian fare for dinner

Mare Nostrum is the hotel’s main restaurant and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can expect a buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch, and theme night dinners like Italian, Mexican, and carnival. With indoor and outdoor seating, guests have a choice between Sea of Cortez views and air-conditioning. The open-air patio bar, Sunsets and Sushi Bar, overlooks the ocean for stunning views, and is open throughout the day for sushi and sashimi, cocktails, and flat-screen TVs. The upscale Italian restaurant, Fellini's, is open for dinner throughout the week. Guests should note there’s a charge for dining at Fellini's, even on the all-inclusive package, and kids under the age of 11 are not permitted. Food and drink service is provided at the pool and on the beach. A small deli is situated adjacent to the courtyard and has sandwiches, alcohol, and snacks. All of the other restaurants at sister resorts are also on offer for guests. 

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Address

Playa El Medano, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur 23410, Mexico

Phone

52 (624) 142-9898

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