The 9 Best Hotels in Cabo to Book in 2018

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When people refer to Cabo, they’re talking about the Baja Californian city of Cabo San Lucas, part of the Los Cabos region in Mexico that includes its neighboring city, San Jose del Cabo. Here you’ll find dazzling cliffs, beautiful beaches, breathtaking ocean views, and a bustling downtown that’s packed with nightlife. Cabo hotels come in all sizes and styles: mega-resorts with all-inclusive packages, trendy boutiques, intimate B&Bs, and budget-friendly hostels. As such, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose a spot for your vacation, but that's why we’re here to help with our favorite places to stay in Cabo San Lucas. Whether you're you're traveling as a couple, as part of a party-hard group, or you're looking for low-key, family-friendly digs, you'll find something to suit your needs on the list below.

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Best Overall: Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection

Chileno Bay Resort

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With hundreds of glowing reviews from its guests, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, receives our vote for the best hotel in Cabo San Lucas. Though the resort’s price point is quite steep — it’s one of the most luxurious properties in the area — the decor, amenities, and access that it has to offer make it an unbeatable pick.

Opened in February 2017, Chileno Bay Resort has 60 rooms and 32 villas all centered around a 450-foot-long swimming pool. The rooms, which start at a massive 760 square feet, each have elegant beachy decor featuring local materials as well as private terraces, soaking tubs, and outdoor showers. Villas offer the same incredible amenities with the addition of full gourmet kitchens, private pools or Jacuzzis, and guaranteed ocean views — not to mention anywhere from two to six bedrooms, making them perfect for family or group stays. The fine-dining restaurant COMAL uses locally-sourced ingredients, including freshly caught fish, in its dishes for three meals a day. There are also two casual eateries: a beachside taco and tequila joint and a poolside grill. Guests can also always grab a coffee, pastries, ice cream, or cocktails at El Molino. Activities are aplenty here, ranging from an 18-hole golf course to a serene spa.

02 of 09

Best Budget: The Bungalows Hotel

The Bungalows Hotel

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If you’re looking for a more authentic Cabo experience — and one that’s easy on the wallet — check out The Bungalows Hotel, located well away from the main tourist hubs. This 16-room stay rests in a quiet residential neighborhood, but it’s still within walking distance of downtown Cabo’s restaurants, bars, and shopping.

Rooms here range from standard studios to two-bedroom bungalows, all with kitchenettes, air-conditioning, and rustic vibes (some even have private patios). While the hotel isn’t on the beach (it’s a solid 25-minute walk away), there is a pool in the center of the property that's lined with loungers and tables. A highly-reviewed gourmet breakfast, which is included in the nightly rate, features dishes like omelets and French toast. The menu changes daily, though, so you never know exactly what you’re going to get — just know that it’ll be delicious. It’s the only food option on-site, though guests are treated to coffee, smoothies, and juices all day long. Since downtown is nearby, there are plenty of dining options in the area.

03 of 09

Best Boutique: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

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Cabo San Lucas is known for its sprawling all-inclusive resorts, so The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, is a breath of fresh air. The boutique property is the hip luxury brand’s first foray in Mexico, and it retains the group's signature mid-century-chic aesthetic with touches of local decor and artworks. There are 161 spacious rooms and villas featuring tile and wood elements that reflect the region, and each has not only ocean views from private balconies, but also views of Cabo’s famous Arch rock formation.

Though The Cape is much smaller than many of its neighbors, it still packs great amenities. You’ll find two oceanfront pools here, one of which is saltwater, the other which has an infinity edge and a swim-up bar; a hot tub; a spa with plunge pools, a sauna, and a steam room; a fitness center; a fine-dining establishment; a casual beach restaurant; a rooftop bar and lounge; a lobby bar; and a café-bar-combo with a mezcaleria. If that’s not enough, there’s also the beach, though swimmers beware — the water’s a bit rough.

04 of 09

Best for Luxury: Esperanza Cabo San Lucas, Auberge Resorts Collection

Esperanza Cabo San Lucas, Auberge Resorts Collection

Esperanza Cabo San Lucas, Auberge Resorts Collection

Another hotel in the Auberge Resorts Collection, Esperanza Cabo San Lucas is our favorite luxury resort in the region, and it’s famous for drawing celebrities with its relaxed, unpretentious ambiance. The stay's 123 rooms start at a sprawling 920 square feet in the casitas and go up to multi-bedroom, full-kitchen villas. Each is decorated in a beige, white, and blue palette with a California-beach-chic vibe — and they feature details like balconies with hammocks or hot tubs, side-by-side rain showers, and soaking tubs.

All Esperanza guests are offered personal concierge services, but those who book the upper tier categories will also get private chefs and butlers. While the beaches here aren’t swimmable, there are two stretches of sand for you to lay out on or walk down, and if you want to take a dip, you can head to one of the resorts five pools that range from family-friendly to adults-only. Other activities include a spa, tennis courts, and a fitness center with free classes. As for dining options, there's the clifftop Cocina del Mar, the poolside La Palapa (with a swim-up bar), and the garden bistro Las Estrellas.

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05 of 09

Best for Families: Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas at Pueblo Bonito

Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas at Pueblo Bonito

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Pueblo Bonito is a mega-resort in Cabo San Lucas which encompasses several different micro-resorts spread across nearly 2,000 acres. We’re giving a special shout-out to its Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas section for being the best family-friendly stay in town, thanks to its eponymous villa accommodations. The three-bedroom Spanish-style lodgings couldn’t be better for multi-generational vacations, as grandparents, parents, and kids are each afforded their own space. Other villa features include private infinity pools, fireplaces in the living room, and washers and dryers.

Shared amenities in this part of Pueblo Bonito include a spa, fitness center, pool, restaurant, and bar. While Montecristo guests can utilize the other public areas of its sister resorts, the reverse isn’t true — only Montecristo guests can use the facilities specific to this property. There are frequent shuttles that take guests both down to the other Pueblo Bonito resorts (you’ll need to take this if you want to hit the beach and the golf course) and downtown Cabo San Lucas. All-inclusive rate packages are available here, but they aren’t required.

06 of 09

Best for Romance: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort

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Another Pueblo Bonito property, the Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort is the opposite of family-friendly — it’s adults-only and has an incredibly romantic atmosphere. The 200 rooms feature hardwood floors and a neutral palette, with each accommodation having private outdoor space. If you’re looking for the best rooms, you’ll want to book something in the Towers at Pacifica, a 47-room resort within the resort that comes with butler service and access to a VIP lounge.

An all-inclusive stay here includes meals at all five restaurants and four bars on property, though premium items like top-shelf liquor and dishes like lobster come at an extra fee. There’s also a luxurious spa with a beauty salon, a gym, a beach area (note that the water isn’t swimmable – though this in common in Cabo), two pools, and a hot tub. The vibe here is decidedly on the quieter side, so if guests are looking for a livelier night out, they’d do well to take the free shuttle to the other Pueblo Bonito resorts or downtown Cabo San Lucas.

07 of 09

Best for Nightlife: ME Cabo by Melia

ME Cabo by Melia

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Cabo San Lucas might not have the party-hard mentality of Cancun, but it certainly doesn’t lack a spirited nightlife. While many travelers head to downtown Cabo for a night out, the 162-room ME Cabo by Melia offers plenty of on-property fun (though, we should also mention it’s only a seven-minute walk to the bars of Cabo, just in case). The entire resort has a clubby vibe, with a DJ spinning at the central pool and terrace every day. There are also themed nights every week that bring in their own set of DJs and other entertainment. Bottle service is available widely, like at the fine-dining and casual restaurants, as well as the swim-up bar. There are also a number of other bars on property, like the Dare Bar in the lobby and the Rose Bar. Without a doubt, the audience here skews towards groups of adults and couples, but technically, families can stay here, too.

When it comes to rooms, suites with personal concierge service are adults-only — families must book standard accommodations. The rooms are a little nondescript — they're certainly going for a more minimalist look — but they do provide a nice sanctuary from the partying outside. There’s also the YHI Spa, where you can get utterly relaxing treatments. We should also mention that the resort has a swimmable beach — but don’t get in the water if you’ve had too much to drink!

08 of 09

Best Hostel: Mayan Monkey

Mayan Monkey

Mayan Monkey

If you’re looking for a communal vibe, check out the Mayan Monkey hostel, a new and surprisingly chic (though still simple) stay in the heart of downtown, just a five-minute walk from the beach. Here you'll find shared rooms with bunk beds, but you can also "splurge" on a private room with a double bed and balcony if you’d prefer. Every single type of accommodation comes with its own bathroom and air-conditioning, which is a major plus, not to mention that daily breakfast and dinner is included in the rate.

Common spaces include an outdoor pool, barbeque pits, a very social bar, a lounge, and a kitchen. If you’re looking to book excursions or learn about nightlife options downtown, head to the front desk — the hotel has partnered with a local agency to help book any and all off-site adventures you’re looking for. Guests flock here from around the world, and oftentimes they skew toward the social side, so you’re likely to make plenty of new friends during your stay.

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09 of 09

Best for Privacy: The Resort at Pedregal

The Resort at Pedregal

The Resort at Pedregal

One of the most exclusive resorts in Cabo San Lucas — you actually have to drive through a private tunnel to reach it — The Resort at Pedregal is perfect for those who want to avoid the crowds at other resorts. With just 118 rooms, you won’t be elbowing for loungers by the pool. In fact, the resort is perfectly serene, with modern beachy decor that features details like exposed beams made of local wood and decorative artisanal wares like handwoven baskets. Standard rooms are incredibly impressive, with a welcome bottle of tequila (seriously), fireplaces, and private plunge pools on ocean-facing terraces and balconies.

If you’re up for a splurge, you can upgrade to a multi-bedroom standalone casita with a butler and a full kitchen where hotel staff will prepare a light breakfast for you every day (or you can opt for on-call private chef service). As for public areas, there are several restaurants and bars, most notably the terraced El Farallon; what might be the most impressive spa and fitness center in Cabo; multiple pools; a kids’ club; and a boutique, if you feel like shopping for resort wear. The only thing that’s missing is a swimmable beach, but honestly, you won’t even be thinking about it with the great amenities at hand.

Our Process

Our writers spent 6 hours researching the most popular Cabo hotels. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different hotels and read over 50 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.