March 4, 2007
We stayed at the Villa del Arco. It was a very nice place. We had a large room that was called a "Deluxe Suite." I thought that "suite" meant a "connected set of rooms," but this was just one large room that had a kitchenette (microwave, mini-fridge, sink, range, cupboards with dishes, and utensils). The mini-fridge doubled as an ‘honor bar,' so we had to just move the expensive items out of the way for the items we purchased. It has a large heated pool with two hot-tubs. Because there was still construction occurring, we ended up using the beach most of the time as you couldn’t hear the noise from there. Chairs and umbrellas were free for guests (we’ve been to places where they charge $5 a chair and $5 for an umbrella per day). The ones by the pool had cushions and despite the rule against saving chairs, most of the prime spots away from the construction were ‘reserved’ very early in the morning. The hotel was part of a three ‘Villa’ property complex and there was a small grocery store and a relatively reasonably priced deli. These could be reached by a free trolley or a very short walk.
We had read about the check-in trick where they try to get you to sign up for a time-share sales presentation, so after checking-in we just declined speak with the person at the next desk about our free gifts. We probably missed out on some sort of Gold (discount) Card, but at least we didn’t spend a half a day of our precious vacation time on something we were never going to be interested in. We thought the service as excellent and it was a very clean place. The one breakfast we had at La Perla was not very good and was very overpriced. We normally went into town, which was either a long walk or a $7 cab ride. The concierge desk was helpful in making dinner reservations and suggesting restaurants.
From journal Trip Report: Cabo San Lucas - 2/17 – 2/24