Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
What We Love
- Private infinity-edge plunge pool on terrace of every room
- The spa's splurge-worthy treatments
- Walking distance to Cabo San Lucas downtown
- Ocean views from nearly every angle
- Romantic dining along the ocean at El Farallon
What To Know
- Cabo San Lucas is more opulent and Americanized than San Jose del Cabo
- Works well for both families and couples
- There are no budget food options
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Dramatic mountainside resort beloved for its modern adobe architecture, award-winning cuisine, and unobstructed Sea of Cortez views
This Baja peninsula resort has all the makings of a James Bond film set: entry via a torch-lit mountain tunnel, giant stone gates, and a perfectly isolated location on the tip of a 24-acre peninsula overlooking the turbulent Sea of Cortez. Its collection of modern adobe buildings look more like a Mediterranean village than a hotel, where 66 rooms all feature fireplaces, locally made ceramics, and private plunge pools with staggering ocean views (helped by in-room telescopes). The grounds themselves were made for lengthy strolls: walkways wind around the hillside, past the extensive spa, the enormous infinity pool (a popular setting for exchanging vows), all the way up to El Farallon, the open-air restaurant and adjacent champagne lounge built right into the cliffside. Dig in to award-winning seafood while listening to nightly live music and the incessant crash of the waves below.
In the Area
Nature is integral to stays in Baja. Cabo reigns as one of the best sport-fishing destinations in the world, Pedregal’s proximity (an 11-minute drive) to Cabo San Lucas—a jumping-off point for adventures like sport fishing, scuba diving, and golf—means guests are invited to be as active as they want. Whether you’re a first-time amateur or semi-pro, Cabo Fishing will help you refine your technique on a five- to eight–hour charters for one to eight people. Cabo San Lucas is also home to El Médano, the area’s favorite swimmable beach. After laying out, head to The Office for mid-day snacks (ceviche, nachos, fish tacos), fun drinks, and great people-watching right on the sand. A boat trip from the marina is another must for seeing the area’s famous sights, including Lover’s and Divorce Beach and El Arco. Looking to up the romance? Dinners with a view at Sunset da Mona Lisa, a half-hour’s drive away, are second to none.
How to Get There
First, a quirky coincidence that is only partially relevant to the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabo Pedregal: The last two times my husband and I traveled together, once to NYC and once to Cabo, I booked a hotel that was either independent or part of a very small chain. In each case, after I booked the hotel, but before our travel dates, each hotel was purchased by Hilton. In NYC, it was a minor problem, because the hotel (before The London NYC, now a Conrad) was under major renovations while we were there. In Cabo, however, not only was the conversion (from The Resort at Pedregal to the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal) not a problem, we encountered nothing to indicate a recent change in ownership, other than the use of the Waldorf Astoria name (even though the renaming took place just 3 weeks prior to our arrival).
Our experience at the Waldorf was exceptional in nearly every respect. The staff is quite large, seemingly ever-present, and wonderfully friendly and helpful. From check-in, to poolside food and drink service, from room service, to the many workers at the breakfast restaurant, from the gym and spa staff, to the concierge, every staff member we encountered could not have been more warm, gracious, and helpful.
The property itself is somewhat large and truly beautiful. It is set on the coast aside the lower half of a mountain that separates the property from downtown Cabo San Lucas. Despite the mountain separating the resort and the town, the property is a mere 10-minute walk to the south side of Cabo San Lucas, because the hotel owns a private road that cuts through the bottom of the “skinny” mountain, connecting the hotel and the town. Despite the property seeming somewhat sprawling on the mountainside, there are only as best I recall about 100-120 rooms in total. The property has three attractive pools, a good-sized pool specifically for families with children, one good-sized pool for adults only (with a swim-up bar), and one small pool that is part of the hotel spa. For anyone inclined to stay away from resorts that welcome kids, which the Waldorf does, we noticed during our 5-day stay very few children -- as best I recall, 2 kids in each of 2 different families, and all were very well behaved. And while the annoying phenomenon of guests securing poolside chairs early in the morning to use much later in the day does occur at this hotel, there were so many chairs around the pools that on days that we failed to reserve any, we had no problem finding open chairs that were immediately adjacent to the pool.
One thing that helped to make our stay so memorable is the room upgrade we received upon check-in, an upgrade that I assume resulted from our booking through AmEx Fine Hotels & Resorts. We were upgraded to a Dos Mares Studio King Suite with Private Plunge Pool (Room 20), which suite was wonderfully clean, spacious and well-appointed. Our bathroom was huge, including two separate single-basin sinks, each with ample counter-space, a ton of clothing storage space, a large rain shower, a bathtub, and a toilet separated in its own doored room. The suite came with a gorgeous ocean view, and a very good-sized (100sf?) veranda, that is adjacent to the bedroom and to our private plunge pool. I'm not 100% sure of this, but I think I heard that every room at this hotel comes with a private plunge pool. True or not, the plunge pool with some or all of the non-suites is a bit on the small size, but ours was not. Also, on the reverse side of the room, there was a separate small outdoor space that included a hammock from which you can look up the side of the mountain. The bedroom was very large, and the bed was very comfortable.
For any LGBTQ travelers, we (a same-sex couple) were graciously welcomed by every single one of the many staff members we encountered during our stay. While that was not true of our experience with other guests, it was most definitely true of the Waldorf staff.
Two issues to be aware of:
First, although the property sits aside a beautiful soft-sanded beach, the hotel does not allow swimming at that beach due to the strong waves and no-doubt powerful undertow. This did not matter at all to us as we are much prefer a pool to an ocean beach, but if you want a swimmable beach, it is rather a long hike to the nearest accessible public beach.
Second, while the Waldorf is merely a 10-minute walk from the town of Cabo San Lucas, it is a $180 round-trip taxi ride to the other town that comprises Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo. And I imagine that the private car that the Waldorf could arrange is even more than that. This issue, however, does not cut against staying at the Waldorf if you plan to visit both towns, because, even if you booked a resort situated halfway between the two towns, if you travel to each town from a midway point by taxi or by private car, you will spend roughly the same amount you would if based at the Waldorf and therefore in need of transport only to visit San Jose.
Finally, our only negative experience at the resort was our dinner at El Farallon. While El Farallon does offer a spectacular seaside view that may well be unmatched in the entire area, we found El Farallon to be priced well-beyond the quality of the food and drink. One part of the El Farallon experience is a stop off at champagne bar that is so expensive they sell champagne by the glass and by the half-glass. Our champagne bill for a total of two full glasses of mid-priced offerings exceeded $100. Further, while the 4-course dinner there included some food that was good, nothing was exceptional, we had several plates that were not very good, and one plate, a cake, that had the taste and consistency of cardboard. Finally, the restaurant provided during dinner a violin player who was accompanied by, but who had trouble keeping up with, a cheesy electronic karaoke machine.
Even with that dinner experience, the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal provided us with a wonderfully memorable experience, and we recommend it without hesitation.
Great place, great food, great services and best pampering by the staff.
My wife and I will plan to be back and hopefully soon, Christmas time if we can find the days otherwise February or March time frame.
If there were six stars - this resort would get them. We have stayed in some of the best resorts in the world, and this is definitely high up on the list. We spent a week here and every day was fantastic. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is having a great time. We worked with the concierge staff prior to arrival and had arranged to do a variety of special things - one we absolutely loved was the cooking class where the chef taught us how to make tamales and sauces. Two members of the concierge staff, Irma (who was our personal concierge), and Gino were fantastic to deal with and made our stay very special.
On the day we arrived it was the "day of the dead" celebration. The hotel had a wonderful event with food, drinks and altars dedicated to the dead that were absolutely beautiful.
The pools are wonderful - the adult-only one is great if you want a bit more quite. The pool staff is superb. We had room 740, which was fantastic with two bedrooms a great room, kitchen and best of all, a soaking pool overlooking the ocean.
We had massages at the spa - and they were some of the best we have had anywhere.
There is only one negative - the drinks at this resort are extremely overpriced, and they are not very strong. We are not the only people here who complained. A glass of so-so Presecco was $15. A mixed drink runs $15 to $20 and are quite weak. Everything you order has 15% gratuity added oin (which is fine) plus then a 16% tax, so a couple of drinks can get pricy in a hurry.
All in all, we can't wait to return to this breathtaking piece of paradise.