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
I actually could not find anything wrong with this resort - everything was fantastic! The rooms, view, food, service, spa...... Incredibly quiet, relaxing, restful. Everything I needed. The service cannot be beat!
Stayed in this lovely property for a week. Service was impeccable ; very attentive, sincere and go all out for elite members. Room was awesome with ocean view, weather was perfect and the beach was very quiet. Food quality, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner at any of the restaurant are of extreme high quality. I would definitely stay in this property again if I am coming back to Los cabos! :)
Just me and my girlfriend went a few weeks back and had the best time! Very relaxing and the place was stunning!! Our server both for breakfast and poolside was Jesus Aguilar. He was amazing!! So polite and on top of everything. Always asking if you needed anything else, how everything was and so on. He would stop to talk to us and he answered all our questions we had about the hotel or the surrounding area. I can't say enough about Jesus! Emma was also our waitress at breakfast a few days and she always had a smile on her face :) She was so sweet and nice. Really everyone there was nice and the staff goes above and beyond. The food was great, the spa was amazing. At night it was so peaceful and quiet, just sitting by the fire pits and listening to the waves crash. I would recommend this place to anyone. As you can see I didn't have one complaint and I had a great vacation!!
I took my mom to Mexico for an early mother's day treat. We spent three days at the JW and three in Cabo San Lucas. The JW is a dream upon entry. Lovely vistas that look out onto the water as soon as you enter and helpful, friendly and engaging staff at every turn. We got in and we had one large king bed. They rectified it immediately by swapping with a couple with a child who needed one bed instead of two. The room was one with sea views and it had a phenomenal view onto the property and out to the sea. Upon getting settled in our room we immediately changed and went to the adults only pool which was heavenly. We didn't do an all-inclusive package but we also weren't drinking to excess. We did have all of our meals on the property and tried just about the full array of their dining options. We shared a breakfast sandwich and got coffees at the onsite coffee shop (the sandwich was a large one) and had lunch at the pool. For dinner, we ate at the grill twice (the vegetables are to die for!) and once we ate at Cafe des Artistes. They set us up in the courtyard on a floating platform and every bite that we consumed was better than the last.
From time to time the adult pool got a little "loud." Guests were a bit over-served and it took away from the atmosphere to be honest. The beach is available, but you cannot and may not swim in it.
I recommend heading into the local town for a meal and to explore all the art and amazing jewelers. We spent Thursday evening in town for the art walk and I found some very special pieces of jewelry.
Two other things to be cognizant of re: the hotel. One) There are a LOT of steps. I assume they have elevators on the property, but be prepared to get your steps in! My mom is a young 66 and she was a bit winded after getting back upstairs, especially in the heat. Two) The hotel spa may seem super pricey and it is, but do the tour before you make a decision. It's AMAZING and I wish I'd known before we went offsite for services!
We visited as a family of 4 on Spring Break and enjoyed paradise at this beautiful Marriott property.
We rented a car based on feedback that taxis would be expensive. If you plan to venture out to the San Jose or Cabo San Lucas I highly recommend having your own car. Parking is free and the valet is fast. Be aware though - you will see a very low rate online and then when you get to car pickup you will be told that insurance is mandatory. For us, that tripled the bill - I should have known those low rates were too good to be true! Also, the hotel is pretty distant from other busier areas of town so transport is needed unless you stay on the resort the entire time.
Check in was a bit bumpy although my husband and I are both lifetime gold with Marriott. Our check in receptionist was less than helpful but then luckily Julio stepped in and provided exceptional service that we normally receive/expect. He gave us a good deal on the Griffin Club and we upgraded. We enjoyed the Griffin Club - the pool is not very crowded, you get very personalized butler service, breakfast (including an omelete station), evening snacks and drinks. The best margaritas I had on the trip were in the Griffin Club! You also get acces to the beautiful spa areas - I wish we had taken the time to use them as that place is pure relaxation.
We did not eat in any of the restaurants for dinner as we explored and loved a few local places recommended by the concierge.
We booked an ATV and Kayak/Snorkel to the Arch through the onsite excursion desk. I highly recommend using them - good rates, good packages and it is much more convenient than trying to book on your own. We loved the ATV ride - very well organized and a lot of fun. Unfortunately our Kayak/Snorkel was cancelled due to windy conditions but the money was refunded right away.
The Griffin Club is very family oriented and everyone was really friendly - we met 6 other families from Chicago that week. The other pools were also wonderful and were not very crowded. They were a bit more fun/party atmosphere with the swim up bar and kids pool with volleyball. However, overall this is a pretty relaxed, quiet hotel and great for families - it wasn't party central.
The room is spacious, clean and well appointed. Great rain shower and tub!
One highlight was the fitness center and Leticia. I took her total body workout and yoga class. I workout regularly but found the total body workout very challenging and a great workout. Luckily it was followed by yoga to relax those muscles. I give 5 stars to the fitness activities and Leticia!
We did not use the beach - the other reviews are correct it isn't swimmable, but that was ok for us. The property is so expansive and beautiful - plenty of other things to do.
My only complaint is that I made the HUGE mistake of booking a package through United Vacations. Never again. 1) I had to call multiple times to get my member number added so the hotel was aware of our gold status 2) I believe our poor check in experience was because of booking through a travel agent - that was referenced multiple times during check-in 3) I didn't get any kind of deal on the Marriott booking - paid EXACTLY what was stated on the website. We even upgraded and spent a lot of money just for the hotel. 4) I walked away with 500 Marriott points because they would not honor due to the travel agent booking. Tried multiple avenues but was turned away each time. I earned 5000 points at Courtyard in Orlando and 500 for a stay at JW. CRAZY. Marriott really needs to look at this policy - even corporate bookings happen through a travel agent, but none of these restrictions apply. I guess it is a way to get you to book direct, but left a very bad taste as this was one of the most expensive vacations we have taken.
I do recommend the Marriott if you are going to Cabo!