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
We had a two and 1/2 week stay in Cabo - half at the Westin and the other half at the JW Marriott. The check in staff noticed it was my birthday during the stay and as a Titanium Elite Marriott member they were kind enough to send some champagne to our room and the housekeeping staff built the cutest three story birthday towel cake. Hugo in the family pool area was terrific and was the best employee we encountered during our stay. Drink prices and room service F&B prices are good. Hotel is located east of San Jose and getting Ubers there are very difficult compared to the Westin.
This was our first time visiting Los Cabos and we can’t wait to go back! The JW was amazing... the staff is SO friendly/helpful, everything is clean, the food and drinks were delicious, and the setting was beautiful. We were a little hesitant when we first booked because it seemed a little out of the way, but it truly wasn’t an issue. We made it to downtown Cabo one day (they have a shuttle that runs a few days a week at certain times) and also went to dinner one night via taxi (readily available).
We enjoyed the quiet and serene atmosphere. Shout out to Jesus and David at the adults pool- they couldn’t have been more accommodating. We felt so spoiled!!
The architecture of the hotel itself is unique and not necessarily what we’d be drawn to, but it’s even prettier in person. The pictures don’t do it justice.
Although we didn’t bring our children, we noticed how nice/spacious the kids area is.
The spa is also gorgeous and so relaxing...
You can’t go wrong staying here! We loved every minute and can’t wait to return.
Thanks for the note. Wasn't sure what to expect, but really enjoyed our stay. Great location, loved the design and architecture of the property, beautifully landscaped, inspiring art around the property (they should provide a self-guided tour), live music at different locations great for ambience and the soul, food was fresh, imaginative, and delicious, but most of all, the best that Mexican culture can offer...the staff. Obviously they've been carefully selected and rigorously trained and motivated...very service oriented, friendly, smiling, eye contact, etc., a lot of energy and enthusiasm, aiming to make our stay from beginning to end perfect...bravo. Not exactly Four Seasons, but perfectly positioned for the size of the property and the JW brand. Congratulations.
We're already talking about coming back (but not until customs can handle the capacity at airport...don't want to wait in a 1 hour line again!).
Despite being a travel agent, I didn't have any real impression of JW Marriott as a brand before staying at this hotel. I've stayed in many hotels all over the world and my stay at this hotel ranks in the top 5 hotels I've stayed at in my life. What impressed me the most was the architectural/design aspects of the hotel, which created a sense of serenity and luxury. With 13 pools and several restaurants spread out over the property, along with the hotel being on several levels, you never got the feeling of being crowded or always surrounded by lots of people. A close second was the staff--I didn't encounter a single employee who didn't have a smile on their face and seemed genuinely interested in helping me with whatever I needed. Finally the food at Cafe des Artistes and the brunch was amazing, as reflected in the great reviews they get on TripAdvisor. I visited a nearby hotel (walkable from the JW Marriott) for the day, so I (as a travel agent) could see their facilities and experience their food/drinks/pool. To be honest after about an hour I was ready to go back to the Marriott. The other hotel's food/drinks were mediocre and everyone in the hotel was crowded around the one main pool. I knew I had made an excellent choice with the JW Marriott and this will be the only hotel I recommend to my clients staying in San Jose del Cabo.
Kudos to a wonderful staff,
We stayed at the JW Marriott in Puerto Los Cabos last week, exactly 3 years since our previous visit. The first time the hotel had just opened and I gave very high marks to the layout, the rooms, the common areas, the pools and much of the staff.
Happily, I can say the hotel has only improved. While the rooms, common areas and pools are still exceptional, I think the food at all 5 restaurants has gotten better while the prices remain stable - this is a high end resort and given that, the prices are in line, even reasonable in Ua and Cafe Artistes, two places we highly recommend.
The hotel remains peaceful, even quiet in most areas.
The first couple days there was a company event with 300 people staying there. They did occupy the adult pool a lot, and took over a couple areas for their events, but the rest of the hotel was "un-busy" and we found in most areas you didn't know the group was there - such as in 5 of the pools and 3 of the restaurants, or the large well-appointed gym. When this group left it felt that's hotel was barely at 20% occupancy but it turns out it was over 70% - that;'s how quiet and beautiful this place can be.
Beach of course was empty (like most of the area swimming is not possible due to the surf).
The staff is incredible, soooo many, but standouts were Luis at the front entrance, concierge Christina, Julio who straightened out the Starwood/Marriott number mess, Yadira with reservations......and EVERYONE at the pools and restaurants....EVERYONE.
Misses - a couple. My wife thoroughly didn't like her $90 pedicure and the wind noise coming thru the room door at night was bad and couldn't be fixed. Even that wasn't a big issue, we simply slept with our 4th floor patio doors wide open (did I mention the place was quiet? Slept to 10am most days).