Cabo- Melia San Lucas or Hotel Finisterra or other?

Old Nov 20th, 2005, 03:40 PM
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Cabo- Melia San Lucas or Hotel Finisterra or other?

Hi all - I am planning a trip to Cabo for early 2006 and am looking into the Melia San Lucas and Hotel Finisterra. I am interested in a nice hotel with good views and good service (which is also affordable) for a romantic vacation. Ideally I'd like to be near downtown Cabo to go to restaurants/bars. Does anyone have suggestions on these hotels? I'm also open to other hotel suggestions besides these two.

Also- an alternative plan is to go to Playa del Carmen, but I'm not sure of the condition of the resorts/beaches since the hurricane. I'd appreciate any information on that as well, and pros/cons on Cabo vs. Playa.

Thanks so much!
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We have stayed at the Melia San Lucas several times but have never stayed at the Finisterra. I can tell you that both resorts are close to town but the ocean conditions at the Finisterra beach are very dangerous and swimming can be deadly.
The M.S.L. is a nice resort that sits on Medano Beach (not my favorite in Los Cabos, but safe for swimming). The views from the room balconies are great.....most with views of "Lands End" (the much photographed rock formation). The service is fine and so is the food, albeit a little on the expensive side.
Our vacation photos of the M.S.L. can be viewed at:
You can also research guest reviews on both resorts at
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Hey there. I would stay FAR away from the Melia if I were you. I just spent 11 days there, and it was awful. The entire hotel was being ripped apart, we had to move rooms multiple times, and the music at the Nikki Beach club (which is gorgeous) is terrible. Ugh. Here is the entire review I did on TripAdvisor:

Just got back from the Melia, where we stayed from 11/2-11/11.

When people here complain about construction, you really need to
understand that it's not that there is jackhammering in the lobby. You can
be in your room at 11pm and will hear them assembling furniture in the
next room. With loud, constant drills. I would call the front desk and
say "They're drilling next door" and they would say "No they're not".
Uh, it's right at my head, I think I know. At one point, a neighbor
was banging on the door of one of the rooms at 1am yelling "I know you're
in there! You better shut that f---ing thing off, or you're going over
the balcony!!!" People were pissed. They start at 7am, just in time
to wake you up from your $12 Mojito hangover and go ALL NIGHT. They
tell you they're done by 7pm, but you'll wake up to an enormous amount of
work done while you were sleeping, and you'll see workers walking
around all night.

We were there for my wedding which was held at the Rose (thank God, a
GREAT hotel) a few doors down. We had 22 rooms booked at the Melia and
9 of my guests had to move at some point in their stay for a variety of
reasons, but the main one was construction. They'd be moved out of
their room at 10 am and brought to their new one to find the room filthy -
one even had a TV in the bathtub. Some were kept out of their rooms
for 4 hours or more at a time. One room was infested with roaches,
coming out of pillowcases and bags. One or two roaches,'s Mexico.
We're talking THOUSANDS. The management would outright lie to our
guests. When they turned off the water on one side of the hotel, my friend
(a native Spanish speaker) called to find out why and was told that the
whole city was turned off, not just her. I had water at that point. I
got sick by the third day from the mold and mildew coming out of the
ducts. They finally moved us to a better room and comped the rest of our
stay. When we got to the new room it was hours from being ready (on
our wedding day!), the sink was broken and leaked ALL OVER the floor, and
stayed that way for over 24 hours despite calls to management.

We had people who would come back to their rooms to find construction
workers on their balconies. There is no privacy at all. A guest of
ours came out of her shower to find a worker on a ladder, looking right
in. Expect, also, that after housekeeping comes (anytime between 10am
and 7pm), you'll get another visit for no reason. We came back to find
our shades drawn and sliding glass door closed almost every day, and we
were keeping them open to get rid of the horrible smells of mold. At
one point, a had collected a few of the peanut candies they leave, and
someone came into the room and removed all but one! Very odd place,

The Nikki Beach theme is really nice. It's a fun atmosphere until
about 2pm when they turn the music up just loud enough that you can't have
a conversation. When asked to turn it down a bit, you get the answer
"It's a concept". The crowd is mostly 25-35 year olds, and most of them
were really pissed about the music and the construction. It is
constantly loud here, all day, all night. There is *NO* peace and quiet here.

The location is great, and once the hotel is finished it will be nice.
That doesn't change the fact that the management is scummy, though.
They never alerted us to the renovations despite the fact that I had
booked all these rooms in April. After much negotiation with three
managers there, we were able to get our guests one free night. They were all
asked to sign a waiver that they wouldn't sue in connection to this

I would never again stay there, free rooms or not. You're better off
at the Blanco or the Rose for the same convenience.
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hmmm, I find it hard to believe that there were cockroaches coming out of pillowcases...but I've never stayed there...
The Finnisterra is a fine very clean 3 star hotel.
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Old Nov 29th, 2005, 08:40 AM
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Just back from the Hotel Finisterra. I found it to be very nice. SHort walk to town, across from marina.

The pools are beautiful and the pool bar is great (especially happy hour). The rooms I was in (We were there with a big group) all had a spectacular view.
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