JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The art-centric design, courtesy of Jim Olson/Olson Kundig Architects
- There are 10 swimmable pools to choose from, all geared towards specific age groups
- Teeing off at the Greg Norman- and Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course
- Dining at Café des Artistes Cabos, which often features a live pianist
What To Know
- More privacy can be found by booking The Griffin Club, an exclusive 45-room hotel-within-the-hotel that comes with its own cinema and private beach
- The hotel is set away from the main drags—it’s a 15-minute drive to San José del Cabo and 45 minutes to Cabo San Lucas
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The Marriott brand may be geared towards business travelers, but this outpost, in the northern reaches of San José del Cabo, is a step above. The sleek, modern design comes courtesy of Jim Olson/Olson Kundig Architects, who utilized stucco and travertine marble to blend each standalone building seamlessly with the surrounding dune landscape. Pieces by Mexican artists add texture to the public spaces and 299 rooms, while balconies overlooking the sea and the grounds (and its 12 pools, including two infinity-edge pools) mean you’ll never get stuck with a bad view. Café des Artistes, the fine-dining experience helmed by chef Thierry Blouet, has garnered praise for its French twists on classic Mexican dishes—though it’s the capacious Jasha Spa that’ll win you over, with its modern take on a traditional temazcal and therapeutic vitality pools.
In the Area
San José del Cabo, the quiet sister of Cabo San Lucas, is a charming town of independent shops and art galleries. It’s worth taking a tour of the Gallery District, the area’s cultural heart. Artists lead Art Walks every Thursday night from November to June. For a great meal out, head to the hills to Los Tamarindos, a working farm and gourmet restaurant where guests can take cooking classes before being treated to a multi-course organic meal at a communal table overlooking the fields. Don’t leave without visiting buzzy Cabo San Lucas, the main tourist hub famous for its yacht and deep-sea fishing charters, El Arco rock formation, and golden El Médano beach.
How to Get There
This is an outstanding hotel. As a platinum premier Marriott rewards member we were taken by the bellman to the “library” where we had a peaceful, quiet and personal check in.
The cleanliness and quality of the hotel is really, really exceptional as was the service. The pools were great, the breakfast buffet is one of the best I’ve ever had and the free valet parking was a bonus. The spa is also great.
We went to JW for the second time in 2 years over thanksgiving. The property is great. There are a bunch of different pools for different activities (Toddlers, kids, and adults) which is great. We liked the “saltwater” pool area as it was the quietest and the people over there remained generally pretty cool. The staff is fantastic, I’d like to mention about 20 of them but, due to time and memory, I’ll mention Julio at the front desk who is very gracious and welcoming; Jonathan and Francisco at the UA restaurant (it was great that for platinum elite status-holders, they now allow an option for a continental breakfast each day). That was perfect as I don’t really need eggs and bacon for a week. They included fresh fruit, juice, toast/bagels and a tub of coffee. Jesus at the pool deserves a special mention. I asked pretty much all the staff i encountered to speak only Spanish with me so I can continue to learn, all were accommodating but Jesus added a special level of Spanish language instruction that I really appreciated and was super fun about it. I especially want to mention Leticia (Leti) who is the fitness/yoga instructor. She is awesome and super friendly and helpful. We did yoga class each day which helps after pool-chairing for so many hours. She was the yoga teacher when we were here a year ago and hoped she would still be here, which she was, with a promotion, and that says a lot about staff retention known in quality hotels/resorts. The food is decent overall, we did some sushi and breakfasts, never made it to the fancy “des artistes” but people seem to like it. If you like to go off property, as we do, rent a car. The area is very safe and parking is no problem. For lunch, we either did the 25 minute walk up the beach to the harbor (or 5 min drive) and went to Cafe del Puerto. A mom and pop authentic place. Super awesome authentic food mostly catering to harbor staff. Going into San Jose was also great. Nice little city with tons of great restaurants. Basically go to the main square gazebo by the church, parking is easy around there as the main square is totally recently remodeled and find a restaurant you like. Jazmin’s is Mexican, always busy, yet somewhat caters to Americans. la Lupita is great with live music, but we really loved Doña Nina tamales which is a cart outside the church, you won’t get tamales like these anywhere in the states. Loved this trip and location. The JW is a great home base for a relaxing trip. By the way, if you’re looking for strictly relaxing, go to San Jose (10 minute or so drive) but don’t be tempted to drive the 30-40 mins to Cabo San Lucas, went there 12 years ago where it was fine, but it’s a massive tourist trap with tequila-pouring-down-the- throat contest on beach stages and thousands of aggressive “vendors.” (Made that error a year ago and went back to San Jose after an hour there) Have at it if that’s your scene, not really ours anymore even though I like to think we are somewhat “cool.” San Jose is classy.
My wife and I visited this property the second week of November, and can't say enough good things about both the property and its staff. Beginning to end, our stay was truly spectacular. The beach is beautiful, but the ocean is not very hospitable for swimming. The JW takes care of that, offering an entire pool system that offers something for everyone. The wife and I spent each day lounging by the adult pool - one of the best adult pool experiences we've ever experienced! A very special thank you to the staff who took great care of us at the pool, in particular Jesus, David, and Sabas! They were always making sure we were comfortable and happy. We know this is their job, but in all honesty they were more like friends! They've all mastered the technique of making sure everyone gets what they want, but not interrupting your tranquility and relaxation. The grounds of the pool, the view, and everything about the adult pool area exude an essence that compels you to stay as long as you can. The food and beverage offered poolside were reasonably priced, and of very high quality. Kudos to all the wait staff, bartenders, and cooks!
Incredible service. Anything we could have needed, they worked to provide. Best experience I’ve ever had at a Marriott. Jesus, Ramon, and Alitzel were exceptionally attentive and amazing! Cannot wait to come back!
We stayed on this hotel for 2 days, it was very nice. The moment you arrived, you were greeted with refreshing drinks. The room is nice with a good view and full toiletries. Service is good, the staffs are attentive, and the facilities are very very clean.
There are 3 restaurants, 2 full dining and 1 bar. The foods were pretty good.
One thing that was lacking is the hotel amenities. I wish they had a shuttle that goes into the city, that would be a nice addition to the hotel service.
Also, free wifi - these days, it is a mandatory service to have a free wifi (at least a basic one).
Overall, our stays were pretty nice, we would consider coming back here when we visit Cabo again.