Grand Fiesta Americana
Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa
4.5 / 5 (3496 reviews)
Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa
"BEWARE of the rain..."
Just returned from Cabo from a relaxing experience at the Grand Fiesta. As many reader before highlighted the obsessive heat experienced in the main restaurants is enough to ruin a meal. Food was outstanding service good, but difficult to sit through a coursed dinner of bread, appetizers, salad, entree and desserts while sweat rolls off the brow. Visited all the restaurants, loved the Blu by the upper pool. Shrimp cocktail is a must order, start with a double as the portions are small but meticulously prepared, presentation is outstanding as is taste. Also, the Rosato and LaBodega suspended their dress code, cut offs and Bon Jovi tee shirts allowed. Very disappointing to waste precious packing space for long pants and extra collared shirts that weren't needed. Granted, the shorts I wore to the dinner gave me the ability to sit through the heat, many other guest voiced the same disappointment, I don't think others were told at check in about the suspended rules, you may want to call and ask before packing luggage and travel. You would think that a facility of this caliber would design a buildings/grounds to withstand rain. I am here to say, this facility absolutely shuts down during rain storms. When it rains, it's an all hand on deck event. All the restaurants have some form of open air seating and if they don't shut down completely, they are significantly reduced in capacity. I don't think there was an area in the entire facility that didn't suffer some form of a leak in the roof, buckets, towels everywhere. Sand bag deployment didn't prevent pools from being overrun with run off/sand and had to be shut down. I witnessed this the day I was l leaving,felt bad for the guests that had to experience their vacation literally get washed out. Pleasantly surprised to have my airport transfer covered from the airport and only paying $20 a person for a shuttle back. Made it into Cabo a couple times. Second trip I found myself at the 'second' mall. There is what as referred to me as the tourist mall by the marina but there is another very clean 'local' mall with great no haggle pricing and wonderfull selection of stuff to purchase, standard shopping with quality merchandise. If you visit this place, brush up and your Spanish, you will need it. Make sure to price any cab ride before stepping into the vehicle, easy to get taken for a $20 5 min ride. Overall, great place to visit, just beware of the rain....
Best place ever will be going back soon!!!! Everything from food to fun was fantastic service was great from everyone you don't have to leave the resort for anything there is so much to do there over the top best place
We celebrated our 5 year anniversary hear on the recommendation of a close friend and this was the best 5 day trip ever. The dining options were varied and delicious. You could relax by beautiful pools or the beach. The beach isn't a swimming beach but we could watch the views for hours of crashing waves. Also, there aren't a ton of activities, but we have 2 toddlers at home and all we wanted to do was relax.
"Just All Right"
This hotel is just all right overall. We've been here for a couple of days and I'm really not sure why there are so many consistently high reviews. It's okay here, but definitely not fantastic. The not-particularly-beautiful property is sprawling, which makes it hard to get around. Yes, you can get golf carts to take you places, but that's easiest done from the main areas/restaurants to your room than the other way around. This is one of the first (AKA "oldest") hotels in the area -- and it shows. Furniture in the rooms is worn and dated, and our couch was quite stained. Common areas are fine and clean but definitely old/outmoded. The whole property looks like it needs a little TLC. Views were great, however. I couldn't really figure this out from the website or reviews, but the property is located about a 10 min cab ride from the downtown area of Cabo. This means you're not going to venture off property for a stroll to town or new sights without a bit of a production (arranging a cab, etc.). I haven't figured out if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I think I would prefer to be able to "go somewhere" more easily We are here in mid Aug and the pools aren't too crowded. There are a couple of more "hidden" pools that you practically have to yourself. These are staffed by attentive -- if busy -- attendants who are lovely. In fact, most of the staff are truly and genuinely nice, friendly, and helpful. The kids' club, Fiesta Kids, is just okay. Looks way understaffed to me but the main young woman on duty while we were there, Fernanda, was super friendly, helpful and clearly experienced. She managed a large, mixed-age group of kids with skill and warmth. I think the food is quite good. There's a good variety and the presentation at most restaurants is inventive and creative. Service is a bit slow, however. The guests here are a nice mix of singles, wedding parties, families, old and young. It doesn't seem to have a hardcore party vibe. Guests walking around look a little dazed to me -- like they're trying to figure this place out. Or maybe that's just me. I would definitely check out a different hotel next time I come to Cabo -- probably one closer to town.
"Families with kids should know.....beautiful but boring."
I did my research for Cabo and thought I found the perfect hotel (especially based on the 4.5+ rating) but we have felt a bit disappointed. The only way to verbalize it is as "meh". Fiesta America is a beautiful hotel, and the use of golf carts is fun, but in the end this review comes down to how it accommodates families- those with kids. If you are looking for a place to literally park it, eat, drink, sunbath, rollover and sleep Fiesta Americana may be it. We have come here as a family of 4 (2 adults + an 10 & 8 yo) and when we come on holiday we really need a few things: 1. A swimmable beach. Unfortunately you can't swim here at the hotel- it has a riptide that always keeps the flag at red or black so there won't be any solo swimming or snorkeling on this part of the coast. The beach itself is nice, but it has huge rocks and the granite pebble sand doesn't allow sand castles to easily be built. There are a ton of fish in the area at your feet because the warm water running down to the beach from the hotel attracts fish. That is a bit exciting for the kids. If you want to swim you do have Santa Maria beach 5 minutes up the road, but you must drive. Santa Maria is beautiful and all the snorkel boats come here with tourists, but it's also a granite pebble beach (I encourage you to wear swim shoes). You also have Mendosa Beach (love this beach and all the activities) in the main Cabo San Lucas area. Mendosa does not have a rip tide and is a true sand beach you can swim in but that is also a 15 minute drive. 2. Where is the entertainment at Fiesta Americana? This hotel prints out a calendar each week and when we checked in I asked if there were any events or shows. Yes was the answer and on the sheet it showed 3 nights where there was "evening entertainment". Unfortunately, when we went down to check out Noche Mexicana nothing was happening and the staff had no clue what I was talking about. So, every evening by 7pm all the pools are empty, the restaurants are filling up a bit and the ONLY nightlife you have here is the Fire Pit Tapas Bar where they offer live music every night starting at 8PM. The live music is an acoustic guitar player that plays behind the giant fire pit with seats all around it. Problem with that is it's 80 degrees and your burnt, who wants to sit next to a fire and sweat? Also, the musicians are good, but it's also a bit boring and within 15 mins I want to go to sleep and my kids are begging to leave. 3. No kids pool. Look, I don't need to have kid overload when it comes to the pool area, but where is anything kiddie? There is nothing here and since you can't swim in the ocean due to the riptide it leaves kids bored unless you travel with companions with kids. We went to the Grand Mayan in Acapulco in March and they were on overload with one of their pools (incredible really), and we felt if we needed the kids pool it was there. This place needs a lazy river, maybe a slide in the space they use as the drain, something. My kids are so bored everyday that we have to leave to go to Mendosa or Santa Maria Beach. At least they can swim there, because they can't swim here. General Notes: The pool area is completely disjointed and the resort has not thought through the functionality of pools. The main pool is basically a kids pool as there is nowhere else for kids to go. The kids club comes at 11am and uses water balloons for the kids to play with. All kids love the water balloons but once they have all popped the whole area is covered in broken balloons and its a bit of a mess. We ended up with room 2205 which looks onto the little pool next to Blue Restaurant (not even listed on the map). This pool is very calm and quiet and nice if you want to take a snooze. The pool next to the main pool is the deepest but still not deep enough to dive and it also has seating for about 10 people on one side and 20 on the other- so get there early and grab a seat if you want that pool. Staff: The staff here are incredible and very nice. 5 STARS for staff and service. Food: The food here is also very good. It's not heavy and it doesn't make you feel lethargic. One thing one food: get rid of the chicken sandwich sold by the pool which is reformed chicken and not a breast. The food here is too good otherwise and that doesnt need to be reformed. Must Do's: 1. Get a car rental and hit the other beaches and discover Cabo! We rented from Cactus Rental and for the whole week it was under $150. This will allow you to explore more than just the hotel. 2. Go to for dinner at: The Office in Mendosa Beach - the tacos are killer and the kids can swim in the ocean right in front of you. You can watch them, have a drink, eat and haggle for the best price on the multitude of items the beach combers are selling. Misiones De Kino: this was a tiny little jem in the heart of Cabo. We had a delicious dinner here and enjoyed the band that came and sang for us and many others at their tables. The kids loved it here too. BRING BUG SPRAY though. 3. Go to Mendosa Beach and take the glass bottom boat to see the Arch, Lovers Beach and the sea lions. You can also do some snorkeling. We did a 1 hr ride for $40 for all 4 of us. Head into San Jose Main Square on a Thursday night and check out all the market stalls and local artists. The square is pretty and you can certainly enjoy a sax player on Thursdays. Cabo San Lucas has been fun. I would strongly recommend a car to head out and about and if you need action for the kids and a beach to play on you may want to rethink this spot. This hotel is beautiful and nice but its catering to a customer that isn't running around after little kids. The GM and owner should think about this if they want to attract and make the family travelers market happy and comfortable during their stay.