But definitely enough comforts to classify as a 5-star resort, at least an upscale one. (And more affordable too.)
We’re talking about the popular and much-loved collection of Pueblo Bonito resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Pueblo Bonito resorts, Los Cabos
There are four Pueblo Bonito Cabo resorts.
And as frequent visitors to the trendy beach destination at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, we’re often asked:
Which Pueblo Bonito resort is the best?
We’ve stayed for a week each at the Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa and the Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos.
And we’ve extensively toured the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa. (Yes, we were roped into a time-share presentation! But we also visited friends staying there too.)
Each time we visit Los Cabos, we also usually pop into the two Pueblo Bonito hotels on Medano Beach – just to check them out again (and smell that wonderful scent they have in the lobby).
The fourth Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo – the Pacifica (where we’ve also stayed) – is a bit different.
It’s all-inclusive and for adults only. So we haven’t included it here in these Pueblo Bonito reviews.
As to the other three Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos hotels, here are reviews.
You’ll find our pick for the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo San Lucas at the end.
1) Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
Built in 1991, the Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos was the first of the four Pueblo Bonito hotels in Cabo.
Mediterranean-inspired, the gleaming white property is topped with blue tile cupolas.
Dubbed “Blanco” (to distinguish it from the Pueblo Bonito Rose next door), it has 148 ocean-view suites, from studios (called “junior suites”) to 1-bedroom units (with 1 or 2 bathrooms) to penthouse suites.
One-bedroom units come as both:
- “master suites”
- “luxury suites”
Master suites are corner units and are larger than luxury suites. The bedrooms don’t face the ocean, however (living rooms do though).
All suites are pretty and soothing, however.
They’re decorated with white stucco walls, light blue decorative accents, big live potted palms and kitchen cabinets that are dark blue (for junior and luxury suites) or creamy yellow (for master suites). Beautiful cappuccino-colored marble floors are inlaid with white tiles, bordered with blue and yellow tiles in a wave pattern.
The Mediterranean meets Mexico:
Outside, koi and turtle pools and parakeet cages grace gardens on either side of the resort’s lobby doors opening onto the beach outside.
Two “pink” flamingos also reside here in the garden (we were surprised to see these two are apricot-colored, not pink).
Little arched bridges cross over a winding freeform swimming pool.
Beyond is the sparkling blue water of the sea and a roped off area on the beach for the resort’s umbrellas and chairs, lined up cozily side-by-side.
The Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos “Blanco” is located right on Medano Beach, one of the best of the few swimmable beaches in Los Cabos.
You almost expect toga-clad nobles to be padding about. The Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa is that Romanesque in feel.
2) Pueblo Bonito Rose
Marble busts of Roman emperors. Florentine columns. A tall statue of Neptune standing over a blue-tile reflecting pool.
But then, to mix it up a bit, the interior decorators hung Flemish tapestries on the walls of the marble-floor lobby.
Among the 260 suites are studios and 1-and 2-bedroom units, all with kitchenettes (no ovens), TV’s, balconies and red Mexican tile floors.
Suites are larger than at the Blanco next door.
And (unlike the Blanco) bedrooms in the 1-bedroom units (luxury and master suites) face the ocean and long inner courtyard with pool.
Pretty in pink:
Pink and rose colors predominate.
There are pink pool and beach chairs, and a pink-hued spa offers massage, facials and other beauty treatments.
Fitness buffs have a good gym they can use, especially helpful to work off those extra calories gained from creamy take-out cakes sold in the resort’s deli.
Pueblo Bonito Rose reviews on TripAdvisor and elsewhere usually always point out the prime location of the Rose (and Blanco).
Like the Blanco, the Rose is right on Medano Beach.
And we especially like that you can walk to town to try out various restaurants for dinner without having to bother with getting a taxi all the time.
3) Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach
You enter the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort through a grand marble lobby with chandeliers, 17th and 18th century art, and oversized colonial Mexican furniture.
Beyond the lobby, hacienda-style villas cascade down a hillside toward the Pacific ocean. They house 327 suites in different sizes, each appointed with kitchenettes, marble baths, cedar woodwork, and feather-top beds.
And they’re gorgeous.
A grand hacienda feel:
Just be prepared to walk a lot among the flower gardens, waterfalls, and fountains (or call for a golfcart ride).
At 50 acres (and with no less than six outdoor pools), the Pueblo Bonito Sunset resort is a big property!
For a little pampering, visit the Armonia Spa.
It’s been voted Mexico’s No. 1 “top hotel spa” on the Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best List; Condé Nast has named it one of the top 20 best spas in Mexico and Central America. See TripAdvisor reviews here.
Try the hot desert stone massage – 80 minutes of bliss.
Map of Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach:
See this location map of the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa below. You can zoom in for a close-up view.
Be forewarned that this resort does not front a swimming beach; most Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach reviews will note this.
If you check out map above, you’ll see that the resort is located on Cabo’s Pacific Ocean side. The waves here can be killer-high and a strong undertow makes swimming deadly most of the time.
But you can take the free Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach shuttle to Medano Beach, in front of the Blanco and Rose resorts, and use their beach facilities. (See below for info on the resort shuttle.)
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We’ve been fortunate to visit and write about Los Cabos many times, and we’ve reviewed many of the area’s hotels and resorts for various magazines and our blog. At the Blanco and Rose resorts, we paid for our stays, and Pueblo Bonito resorts didn’t pay us to write these Pueblo Bonito reviews.