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7 Reasons you’ll love the edgy Cape Cabo, a Thompson Hotel

Can any of the new hotels in Los Cabos beat the views you get of the iconic “Arch” at The Cape Cabo?

We doubt it.

The edgy property (proper name: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel) is just outside the town of Cabo San Lucas.

And when checking in, we couldn’t help but gape at El Arco across the ocean bay, bathed in gold as the sun set behind it.

The Cape Cabo

El Arco – if you’re not familiar with the resort destination of Los Cabos, Mexico – is the distinctive granite rock formation at the tip of the Baja Peninsula.

Everyone who visits can’t wait to see the Arch up close.

A popular way to see the Arch is to take a water taxi or glass-bottom boat ride from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. (This is one of the most fun things to do in Cabo.)

The Cape Cabo, a Thompson Hotel

The Cape Cabo

The Cape Cabo opened its doors in late June, 2015.

It’s the first Mexican venture for Thompson Hotels, which manages a collection of deluxe boutique properties in cities such as New York, Miami, London and Toronto.

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The Cape Cabo, a 5-star Thompson Hotel in Los Cabos

The hotel is 5-star.

But with a hip contemporary vibe, it’s quite different from other high-end hotels in the area, like the One & Only Palmilla and Las Ventanas al Paraiso (both of which we’ve stayed at and reviewed).

Those hotels fall more into the “traditional luxury” category.

The Cape Hotel in Cabo, on the other hand, targets couples with a youthful outlook.

It was the first time we’ve stayed at a Thompson hotel – and we don’t think it will be our last!

Here are 7 things we loved about The Cape in Los Cabos:

1) Every room has a smashing view

Guestroom at The Cape Los Cabos

Yes, that’s right.

All 161 guestrooms have views of El Arco beyond the glittering bay.

Totally awesome, OMG, in-your-face views that you never get tired of gawking at.

Land's End, Cabo San Lucas

2) It’s fun to swing on your day-bed

The Cape Hotel in Cabo has two buildings with guestrooms.

We prefer the main building – in large part because all rooms here have terraces with hanging cushioned daybeds.

In the late afternoon, when it was too warm to lounge at the beachfront swimming pool, we retreated to the shade of our terrace and enjoyed listening to the waves while swinging gently on the big daybed.

We stayed in a first floor Grand Terrace room, where the unique terraces are all black (black walls, black floor, black ceiling).

These terraces were designed like an old-fashioned camera to direct the eye straight out to the sea. Quite clever!

Room tip:

Go for a Grand Terrace room on the first and second floors of the main building, as they have larger terraces.

3) You get a hand-etched, crystal bottle of tequila

We thought we’d sip just a little (and save some to bring back home).

But the extra-smooth, blue Agave tequila – distilled exclusively for The Cape – was so good that even though we’re not tequila lovers, we couldn’t resist finishing it.

All guests receive the tequila as a welcome amenity, accompanied by a platter of orange slices and chili-spiced Sal de Gusano (or “worm salt,” a smoky salt made from the gusano worm).

4) Manta at the Cape Los Cabos – tasty fusion food

Dining at Manta restaurant, Cabo San Lucas

Los Cabos has great restaurants. One is found at The Cape.

The Manta restaurant in Cabo is the resort’s dinner-only restaurant.

Featuring Peruvian, Mexican and Japanese fusion food, Manta is one of the most avant-garde restaurants in Los Cabos.

Chef Enrique Olvera – who opened Pujol in Mexico City, widely regarded as Mexico’s best restaurant – oversees the kitchen at Manta at The Cape Los Cabos.

And the dishes he and his team whip up are light (no heavy cream sauces), healthy and tantalizingly tasty.

Diners rave about the restaurant (see TripAdvisor reviews).

Manta restaurant at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, in Los Cabos

We were especially taken with the cactus salad, grilled octopus with chorizo mayo, and fresh fish with a ginger-garlic foam.

To go with the interesting food, a curated beverage menu focuses on mezcals, tequilas and sakes. Maybe start with one of the interesting Mexican margarita cocktails?

Or you can choose a fine Mexican wine (the Valle de Guadalupe on the northern Baja coast is producing some great wines).

Another great Cabo restaurant: Do yourself a favor and dine at the beautiful farm-to-table Flora Farms restaurant.

5) The Cape is pet-friendly

Well-behaved pooches may stay with you (request a pet-friendly room).

We saw at least two small dogs being walked on their leashes from the hotel to the beach at front.

6) The Cape Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, has a sexy spa

We didn’t use the spa, but we had a peek at it.

It’s a very Zen space with seven treatment rooms (softly lit with dark charcoal grey walls and minimal art) and two oceanview cabanas for al fresco massages.

We could feel our bodies going “Ahhhh…” just walking through the spa out to the warm, freeform, saltwater pool that it overlooks.

7) You can see the sea from your bathroom

best luxury hotels in Los Cabos - The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Many guestrooms have free-standing, copper-leafed bath tubs, positioned in such a way that you can see out from the tub through the bedroom to your terrace and ocean view beyond.

We could also spy seagulls and the ocean from our glass-walled shower.

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If you stay at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel


The Cape is on the outskirts of Cabo San Lucas, about a $15 to $20 USD taxi ride away from town.

Be aware:

The splendid infinity pool gets all-day sun. For shade, we could always find an empty curtained cabana. But when the hotel is busy, will there be enough cabanas for the guests who want them?

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Photo credits: 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos courtesy The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Molly C

Friday 15th of January 2021

We just booked The Cape for early March and I cannot wait! Even more excited after reading this. ?

Janice and George

Saturday 16th of January 2021

The Cape is a great luxury hotel choice in Cabo. You're sure to like it :-).


Thursday 20th of October 2016

I recommend the hotel Villa del Palmar in Cabo San Lucas, it’s a perfect hotel for all the family. Truth be told it's just nice to go some place and forget all your problems. It's just perfect to really forget about the everyday and routine, just give it a chance.

Janice and George

Thursday 20th of October 2016

Thanks for the recommendation :-).


Thursday 12th of May 2016

Wow! Those views and the stylish decor look fantastic what a place!

Janice and George

Thursday 12th of May 2016

The Cape is a great new addition to the hotel scene in Los Cabos...

I. Levine

Thursday 5th of May 2016

I wish my timing had been better and that we could have had a drink together at this breathtaking property!

Janice and George

Thursday 5th of May 2016

That would have been nice :-). We'll have to see if our paths cross somewhere else in future!


Wednesday 4th of May 2016

Looks fab - I just booked a December trip to Baja - I think after 7 nights of kayak camping, a little luxury is in order!

Janice and George

Wednesday 4th of May 2016

You'll have fun in the Baja! (And, yes, a little luxury would go nicely after a week outdoors.)