The 8 Best Cabo Hotels

The cliffside Waldorf Astoria Resort at Pedregal is the best hotel to book

Beach, Cabo Pulmo.
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The Rundown

Located at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, where sun-drenched mountains meet the crashing waves of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortés, Cabo has enchanted travelers for decades. There is something magical about the turquoise waters and craggy cliffs, which house unique rock formations, castaway coves, and glorious marine life. (The Sea of Cortés was aptly named “the world’s aquarium” by explorer Jacques Cousteau.)

It’s no surprise that the fishing town quickly became a favorite getaway for 20th-century tastemakers—Ernest Hemingway famously visited during the ’50s. And, in the years following, Cabo blossomed into a bustling vacation spot with golf courses, nightlife, and lavish hotels. Today’s Cabo boasts a number of celebrity-approved hideaways, design-forward boutique hotels, and all-inclusive resorts. Due to the variety of options, choosing where to stay can be a daunting task, especially for first-time visitors. Here, we narrow down the best hotels in Cabo for families, romantics, foodies, and more.

01 of 08

Best Overall: Waldorf Astoria Resort at Pedregal

Waldorf Astoria Resort at Pedregal

Waldorf Astoria Resort at Pedregal

Why We Chose It

No hotel captures the magic of Cabo better than the Resort at Pedregal, with its dazzling cliffside setting, destination restaurant, and luxurious amenities.

Pros
  • Excellent concierge service

  • Kids' club on site (Tortuguitas)

Cons
  • Beach is rocky

Guests arrive at the Resort at Pedregal through a private tunnel carved into the cliffside, after which they are whisked to their casita where a bottle of Azul Reposado tequila awaits beside the private plunge pool overlooking the sparkling Pacific. These moments allude to the utter exclusivity of the resort, which occupies a cliffside setting a few minute's drive from Cabo San Lucas. But despite its high luxury, the hotel offers a delightful sense of place, with artisan wooden sculptures and colorful lanterns complementing the infinity pools and sleek fire pits found throughout. This authentic Mexican meets modern aesthetic continues into the guest rooms, all of which offer private plunge pools and thoughtful touches like beach bags and binoculars for whale watching.

Another plus: The Resort at Pedregal is home to several of Cabo’s most sought-after restaurants, including El Farallon, with an ocean-to-table menu and standout offering of Champagnes. At the spa, treatments (inspired by lunar cycles and Mexican folk healing) are offered in a candlelit, blue-tiled oasis filled with trickling fountains.

Notable Amenities

  • Cooking classes
  • Tequila and wine tastings
  • In-room dining
  • On-site boutique
02 of 08

Best Luxury: One&Only Palmilla

One&Only Palmilla

One&Only Palmilla

Why We Chose It

From its Michelin-starred chef cuisine to its Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, the One&Only is all about splurge-worthy luxury.

Pros
  • Pet-friendly

  • Multiple restaurants (cuisines range from Japanese to Mediterranean to Mexican)

Cons
  • Very pricey

No detail has been spared at the One&Only, a hacienda-style resort set on one of the region’s most swimmable beaches. Guests stay in airy oceanfront accommodations, each with a personal butler to tend to their every whim—whether it’s arranging a steak dinner courtesy of Jean-Georges, a treatment at the 22,000-square-foot spa, or a sport fishing day with a local sea caption. Throughout the gorgeously manicured grounds, a series of white stucco buildings are decorated with dark wood accents, mosaic tilework, and colorful textiles. Guests spend their days sunning beside the two infinity pools (one with a swim-up bar) and sandy beach, outfitted with floating day beds and hammocks. Families can take advantage of the KidsOnly program, which includes treasure hunts, crafts like piñata-making, and movie nights.

Notable Amenities

  • Salon with gentlemen’s grooming studio
  • Fitness center with Technogym equipment and complimentary fitness classes
  • Historic chapel
03 of 08

Best for Families: Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

Why We Chose It

This contemporary-cool hideaway replete with amenities is a hit with both children and adults.

Pros
  • Dog-friendly (Fido receives a personalized collar and vegan paw soap)

  • Swimmable beach

Cons
  • Room décor lacks sense of place

Chileno Bay has perfected the concept of Cabo luxury, starting with its 450-foot infinity pool, which cascades over three levels—reserved for kids, families, and adults, respectively. It seems that every element of the guest experience has been optimized, including the rooms, which offer luxuries like private outdoor showers and floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez.

The list of activities is endless: Guests can go for rounds at the 18-hole, Tom Fazio-designed golf course; paddleboard on a nearby cove of coral reefs; engage in a spiritual cleanse with a local shaman at the serene spa, and even spend a day at an ‘office’ bungalow set up for remote work (complete with a 30-minute poolside massage). Families will appreciate the villas accommodating up to six guests, complete with jacuzzis, oceanfront pools, and gourmet kitchens (that can be pre-stocked with groceries upon request). There is also a kids’ club (with giant Jenga and Chess), a teens’ club, and babysitting services on the property. COMAL restaurant is a crowd-pleaser thanks to its sublime Latin American cuisine served overlooking the ocean.

Notable Amenities

  • Fair-trade coffee shop
  • All-day beachside taco bar
  • State-of-the-art movie theater
  • On-site babysitting
04 of 08

Best for Romance: Las Ventanas

Las Ventanas

Las Ventanas

Why We Chose It

Couples find a little bit of heaven at Las Ventanas, aptly nicknamed "the windows to paradise."

Pros
  • Unbeatable service

  • Bonberi pop-up restaurant featuring plant-based cuisine

Cons
  • Entry-level suites offer only partial ocean views

  • Beach is not swimmable

Located 15 minutes from Cabo San Lucas, Las Ventanas is reminiscent of a Mexican Mount Olympus, complete with serpentine infinity pools overlooking the ocean. Guests will be enchanted by the intimate atmosphere and oceanfront setting the moment they arrive. And if that’s not enough to set the mood, there’s even a Department of Romance to arrange anything from a private candlelit dinner in the wine cellar to a luxurious after-dinner bath complete with hand-selected Champagnes. It’s no surprise that this is a special place for proposals and weddings. Guests stay in exquisitely decorated rooms, complete with wood-burning fireplaces, carved-wood furniture, beautiful textiles, and Bvlgari bath amenities.

When not relaxing by the pool and beach, couples can be found at the ultra-romantic (and Instagrammable) restaurants, including Arbol, noted for its Indian-Asian fusion cuisine served in intimate booths built right into the infinity pool.

Notable Amenities

  • Guests receive a menu of bed sheets (including Egyptian linens) and aromatherapy turndown service
  • Exceptional spa and gym
  • Two tennis courts
  • Ceviche and tequila bar
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05 of 08

Best Design: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Why We Chose It

With its mid-century modern aesthetic and swanky restaurants, the Cape is one of Cabo’s splashiest hotels.

Pros
  • Saltwater pool

  • Offers one of the town’s only rooftop lounges

Cons
  • Rough waters on beach

  • Atmosphere is not family-friendly (though children are allowed)

Thanks to several of Mexico’s lauded architects and decorators, the Cape has no shortage of style: Its candlelit rooftop garden offers sweeping views of downtown Cabo; its saltwater pool and outdoor spa cabanas are built within natural rock formations; and each room boasts a private balcony, hanging daybed, craft cocktail bar, and freestanding copper tub. Other creature comforts include sateen-woven linens, cotton kimono robes, and individually controlled air-conditioning.

Contemporary design continues within the Cape’s multiple foodie-approved restaurants, including Manta, which has an open-air kitchen and an inspired seafood menu from noted Chef Abisai Sanchez. And at the ultra-modern spa, CBD massages and hot stone therapies are offered in ocean-view cabanas.

Notable Amenities

  • Sunken Bar with in-ground banquette seating
  • Rooftop bar with a separate beer garden pergola
  • Fitness center with floor-to-ceiling ocean views
  • On-site boutique selling artisanal gifts and clothing
06 of 08

Best For Foodies: Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

Why We Chose It

This outpost of the world-renowned sushi restaurant is an ode to all things Japanese, from its minimalist design to its cutting-edge spa.

Pros
  • Located inside the coveted Diamante complex

  • Multiple dining venues beyond the signature restaurants (steakhouse and casual Mexican venue)

Cons
  • Entry-level rooms are small for Cabo (514 square feet)

  • Beach is not swimmable

Nobu Los Cabos was the buzziest place in town when it opened in 2019, thanks to its two lauded culinary outposts: Chef Helene Henderson’s Malibu Farm, with its cult following and sustainable plant-based cuisine; and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature restaurant, with sushi worth traveling for. Nobu’s first hotel in Mexico remains just as popular today, thanks to the property's four pools, exquisite decor, and beachfront setting.

Rooms are designed with signature Japanese minimalism, complete with private balconies, traditional Onsen teak soaking tubs, and Natura Bissé bath amenities. When not snacking on miso cod and sashimi by the beach, guests can indulge in treatments at the 13,000-square-foot spa, which offers an outdoor hydrotherapy garden and Japanese-inspired therapies. 

Notable Amenities

  • A 24-hour fitness center with classes
  • Kid’s club and babysitting services on-site
  • Swim-up bar
  • Culinary garden
  • Located within Diamante complex, housing multiple golf courses
07 of 08

Best Budget: Tesoro Los Cabos Hotel

Tesoro Los Cabos Hotel

Tesoro Los Cabos Hotel

Why We Chose It

Located on the marina, this hotel puts guests right in the action—and for an unbeatable price.

Pros
  • Aura Spa on site

  • Several restaurants on site

Cons
  • Location can be noisy

  • Not on the beach

This hacienda-style hotel has a number of things going for it, starting with its walkable location in the heart of Cabo San Lucas. The setting affords prime marina views, which guests can savor from the hotel’s buzzy pool area (featuring two raised hot tubs), and a rooftop restaurant. Guest rooms are no-frills, though the pops of color and spacious balconies in the higher rooms categories add an air of sophistication. Additional appeals include the Vista Rooftop Bar, where authentic Mexican breakfast is served, and spa with aromatherapy and hot stone massages. 

Notable Amenities

  • Fitness center
  • Coffee bar
08 of 08

Best All-Inclusive: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort

Why We Chose It

Don’t be fooled by the all-inclusive stamp; this adults-only hotel offers ambiance, luxury, and (although not a budget hotel) a solid bang for your buck.

Pros
  • Jack Nicklaus signature course at Quivira Golf Club

  • Award-winning Armonia Spa

Cons
  • Some top-shelf spirits and food items come with an extra cost

While many all-inclusive hotels get the bad rep of a bland atmosphere and little-to-no personalized service, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is an exception. Located on a 2.5-mile stretch of beach, the resort is designed in a contemporary coastal style typical to Cabo, with earthy hues, stone and reclaimed wood surfaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows blending with the surrounding lush greenery and cacti. Rooms offer a similarly sophisticated design in the form of hardwood floors and private outdoor spaces. The nicest rooms are found at the Towers at Pacifica, where a stay includes butler service and access to a VIP lounge.

With an all-inclusive package, guests have plentiful amenities at their disposal, including daily activities like beach yoga and mixology classes. Visitors are spoiled for choice with several restaurants and bars, including a tapas beach bar, an upscale sushi eatery, and an Italian restaurant with a wine list overseen by an award-winning sommelier.

Notable Amenities

  • Oceanfront fitness center
  • Tennis courts
  • Swim-up bar
  • Wine tasting seminars

Final Verdict

Determining where to stay in Cabo, Mexico is all about what attracts you to the destination in the first place. For barefoot romance at its best, Las Ventanas is truly one of a kind. Design lovers and scene-seekers can’t go wrong with either Nobu or the Cape. And for a top-notch family beach vacation, Chileno Bay and One&Only Palmilla are outstanding options. Regardless of which property you book, however, each of these hotels promises an excellent stay in one of the Western Hemisphere’s best beach destinations. Cabo’s magic is sure to hook you—you may find yourself becoming a repeat visitor.

Compare The Best Cabo Hotels

 Property  Resort Fee  Room Rate  Number of Rooms WiFi
Waldorf Astoria Resort at Pedregal Best Overall 15% of total room charge  $$$$  115 Free
One&Only Palmilla Best Luxury 15% of total room charge  $$$$  173 Free
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences Best for Families 15% of total room charge  $$$$  92 Free
Las Ventanas Best for Romance 15% of total room charge  $$$$  84 Free
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel Best Design 15% of total room charge  $$$$  161 Free
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos Best for Foodies 15% of total room charge  $$$  200 Free
Tesoro Los Cabos Hotel Best Budget 10% of total room charge  $  253 At cost
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort Best All-Inclusive  None  $$$  201 Free

Methodology

We evaluated over two dozen different hotels along the coastal stretch between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. Before choosing the best in each category, we considered various elements such as the property’s reputation and quality of the beach, its design, service, and notable amenities (including private plunge pools and concierge services). We also considered each property’s dining options, spas, and the kinds of experiences are available to guests. In addition to customer reviews, we gave note to each of the hotel’s sanitation and cleanliness measures.

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