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Fodor's Expert Review Posada Real

Paseo Malecón, Zona Hotelera, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur 23400, México See on Map

One of the better values in Hotel Zone, this tranquil beachside property consists of two tri-level, Santa Fe–style buildings, and nice cactus gardens with fountains. Every room has a balcony and at least a partial ocean view, a bathtub and shower, and some have a refrigerator. Floral-print bedding and white tile floors give rooms a dated feel but they are ultra quiet compared to those at its super-size neighbors. Amenities are basic, to the level of a cheap bar of soap wrapped in plastic, however, the property layout somehow makes you feel as if you have the resort all to yourself. Free Wi-Fi is available, as are communal computers in the business center. The large, heated pool has a palapa-roof swim-up bar.


Busily patterned bedding, armoire-enclosed television sets, and vibrantly colorful paintings of local landmarks contribute to the rooms’ “retro chic” aesthetic.


While tiles meet gray granite countertops in the minimalist bathrooms, which include bathtub and shower.


The lobby looks like a sunset muted and distilled, with yellow and orange shades found in everything from patterned floor tiles to accent walls and sofa and chair cushions.


The lounge area around Posada Real’s large swimming pool with swim-up bar transitions easily to golden beachfront, where guests may relax and enjoy even more magnificent views of the sun-dappled Sea of Cortés.


Soft tropical breezes add another sensory layer to the soothing massages, given outdoors near the pool.


The fitness facilities are rather limited, as the small gym has only four exercise machines.


The Cactus Restaurant serves up traditional Mexican favorites and themed buffets, both indoors and on a terrace overlooking the Sea of Cortés and a garden filled with its namesake desert succulents. Ceviches, salads, and lighter fare are available at the poolside Wahoo.


The Lobby Bar is best known for its margaritas, the swim-up bar for its ice cold cervezas and tropical cocktails.


Getting Around

Neighboring resorts in the city’s hotel zone are within all walking distance, as is the hotel zone's premier shopping center, Plaza del Pescador. Taxi service is an easy if not particularly cheap way to reach the downtown area, and buses run all-day between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, as well as a dozen times daily to regional destinations like Todos Santos and La Paz. Rental cars are the best choice, however, for those who'd like to explore the region's attractions at their own speed.


Adventurous sorts may want to explore some of the city’s best taquerías: which include the first of what are now three regional locations for Las Guacamayas (10-minute drive to Paseo de los Marinos), a parrot-themed eatery with colorful murals and superb tacos al pastor; and the first of many area locations for Los Claros (3-minute drive to Blvd. Mijares), which specializes is seafood wrapped treats like tacos de callo (scallop tacos).


Los Barriles de Don Malaquias (Blvd. Mijares) is the area’s best tequila shop, with a small bar where visitors can taste some of the country’s greatest blue agave distilled treasures. Don Malaquias also offers fine Cuban cigars, as does nearby tobacco shop Smorgans (Blvd. Mijares).


One of the smaller resorts in San José del Cabo’s Hotel Zone, Posada Real offers a winning combination of gorgeous beachfront location, comfortable accommodations, and very affordable rates.


140 rooms, 8 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe Yes
Room Service Yes
Gym, Pool
Free Parking,Valet Parking,Parking Lot


Phones: 624-142–0155;800-448–8355-in U.S.

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