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El Ameyal Hotel & Family Suites
Ranked #52 of 70 Hotels in Cabo San Lucas
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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241 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
“Great, except for traffic noise”
Reviewed 30 November 2006

We had a one-bedroom apartment, on the corner of the ground floor, for a week in November, on RCI exchange. Size and décor were Ok, but yes, the bed was a bit firm, and the kitchen was not very well equipped. The garden/spa/pool/restaurant area is very attractive, and the pool is surprisingly large for a small complex. Didn’t use the spa/gym, but it looked nice. Thankfully, no-one mentioned a time-share promo, and every one of the staff was friendly and helpful. It is on a busy highway, 3.5Km from Cabo, but we had hired a car, so that we would be able to visit beaches for snorkelling (excellent) and would recommend that everyone do so. Driving was really easy, and in Cabo, you can park at the Puerto Paraiso shopping mall, 24 hours a day, at no charge until midnight. Didn’t find ants a problem, but the mozzies were, in the restaurant and in the apartment. Restaurant was excellent, especially the ‘desayuno americano’ ($7), though the lunch and dinner menu was limited. Yes the water tank is small, but it gave us time to have a cocktail between showers! Noise was really our only complaint, not just the highway, but worse was the heavy construction traffic on the side road next to our apartment, which leads down to the Riu and its beach. We had a great week, because we like snorkelling, but there is not a lot to do in Cabo (it is a bit shabby), or within day-trip reach of Cabo, so I wouldn’t recommend going there unless you like water/beaches.

Stayed November 2006
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SanDiego
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107 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2006

This place is so close to the 'highway of hell' that it took major league ear plugs, a pillow and plenty of anesthetic (Etoh) to sleep. It looks like all of the rooms front on the road and between the jake brakes and the pounding trucks, you will not sleep well. Otherwise, it is nice, pool is nice, breakfast is good, but ummmmm, the road noise is not tolerable.
Find somewhere else to stay.

KJ

  • Liked — Nice pool grounds
  • Disliked — Way too much road noise, place fronts right on major road
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with family
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3 Thank KJFromSan
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Tucson, AZ
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2006

We went to Cabo for our honeymoon and booked through RCI for the hotel. By the time we booked, this was the only hotel left so we took it because it looked nice. Upon arrival things looked nice but we soon found it was very noisy since it is right off of the highway. Then we sat on the bed and found it was as hard as a board and realized it was only a double size bed! We did not sleep well that night but realized that there was a sofa bed, so we took the mattress off that and put it on the bed which made it a little softer. The first night there, the concierge talked us into listening to the timeshare presentation and promised us tickets to the arch and vip prices. However, after we went to the breakfast, the concierge was nowhere to be found for the rest of the week we stayed, so we could not get any of the prices promised. This was very frustrating, especially when she said she was on her way one day and we waited around for an hour and she never showed up. Also, the hotel is too far from downtown to walk so you have to take a cab for $10 each way or you can catch the bus for 60 cents per person, but we couldn't find out how to catch it from downtown to get back to the hotel. It might be a good idea to rent a car, it might save you money. Also beware, if you need transportation to the airport, make arrangements at least 24 hours ahead of time or it will cost at least $60. Besides the concierge problem, the rest of the hotel staff was very friendly and helpful and the room was always clean, though we did have an ant problem in the kitchen that they couldn't seem to get rid of even after spraying them.

  • Liked — Beautiful pool area
  • Disliked — Bad Conceirge service and hard beds
  • Tips/Secrets — Get a car and relax on the beach
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank JTL2005
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Lynden, WA
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2006

My wife and I stayed at the Vistazul Suites last week on our honeymoon for one night before moving on to the next stop of our trip. I booked this hotel because it was cheaper than the other resorts and we just needed a bed for the night.

We arrived at 1:00pm, and even though we were early they checked us right in. We were in our room in less than 15 minutes from arrival. Our room was a one bedroom suite with living room area, kitchen, dining table and two seperate balcony's overlooking the pool. The room was very cozy, and I could see the kitchen being very useful if we were staying there for longer. The bed was a double, and quite firm. I'm used to sleeping on a pillowtop so this was quite a change for me, but I slept just fine all night. The hotel is right off the main highway so there was noticable traffic noise when sitting at the pool, but I didn't hear it in the bedroom.

We ate dinner and breakfast at their restaurant and it was very good, no complaints about the food except their menu was pretty limited. There was also a gym and spa for massages near the pool, we used neither. The pool was great, it was nice and refreshing and not crowded at all. There was no beach access by the hotel, but you could walk down the street (10 minute walk) to the RIU and sit on that beach.

All in all I'd stay there again, but I'd rent a car to drive into the city to sit on the beach probably.

  • Liked — Price, Location
  • Disliked — Small, No Beach Access
  • Tips/Secrets — Relax, you're on vacation, Rent a car
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank RobbieD_82
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Indianapolis, IN
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2006

Got a timeshare week for Cabo at Vistazul Suites. As prior posts note, the condo sits right along Highway 1, main route through Cabo San Lucas. Traffic noise is definitely loud and beds are definitly hard. Bathroom size was disappointing too. During our stay, we could not make phone calls one day; we had no water another morning. Ten channels on the TV at most. Water heaters are extremely small - showers had to be quick (like two people in less than 5 minutes.) Hotel staff was kind, but I didn't feel the effort was there. Pool and property were nice and clean. Very nice gym and spa facility. No beach access from hotel, however. Definitely need a car to travel into Cabo San Lucas for beach and for restaurants and shopping. We ended up moving to a larger beach-front, all-inclusive resort midway through our stay.

  • Stayed May 2006
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6 Thank RLAL
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Additional Information about El Ameyal Hotel & Family Suites

Property: El Ameyal Hotel & Family Suites
Address: Carr. Transpeninsular Km 3.5 | Colonia El Tezal, Cabo San Lucas 23454, Mexico (Formerly Vistazul Suites & Spa)
Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,649 - ₹ 8,335
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Ameyal Hotel & Family Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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El Ameyal Hotel Cabo San Lucas
Vistazul Hotel Cabo San Lucas
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