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After a Long, Hard Year, Hilton Los Cabos Will Reopen in July

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  Site Where: Los Cabos, Mexico
April 13, 2015 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Slowly, but surely, the last of the hotels extensively damaged by Hurricane Odile last September are opening again in Cabo, Mexico. The other week we let you know One & Only Palmilla will reopen April 20. Now, we hear the Hilton Los Cabos will reopen July 1, almost a year later.

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One&Only Palmilla Will Be Back in Los Cabos on April 20

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  Site Where: Km 7.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
April 2, 2015 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve just talked about Thompson Hotels heading to Cabo (June 13 will see the opening of The Cape), but six weeks before that, One&Only Palmilla will come back, finally reopening on April 20 after recovering from the impact of Hurricane Odile.

Here is part of the statement from the hotel’s website:

The entire One&Only Palmilla team is looking forward to welcoming our guests back to the resort as of 20 April 2015. Hurricane Odile significantly impacted One&Only Palmilla and the entire area of Los Cabos. Our team is working hard to bring back our beloved resort and to delivering a true One&Only experience.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for all of the supportive thoughts and generous contributions from friends, past guests, colleagues and business partners following Hurricane Odile's devastating impact. Through everyone's generosity we raised just over $216,000 including contributions from Kerzner International and other Kerzner-managed resorts. Funds have now been distributed to help One&Only Team Members rebuild their homes and their lives.

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The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Will Open in Cabo in June

March 31, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just last week, we were stoked to discover that Thompson Hotels' two new Mexico hotels--one in Cabo San Lucas and one in Playa del Carmen-- would be opening this summer and fall, respectively.

Today, the news has been made official, at least for Thompson in Cabo San Lucas, with reservations open for June 13 and beyond.

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is located along Monuments Beach, a secluded setting popular amongst surfers. That in itself is pretty special as the water's edge at most beachfront hotels in Cabo are too rough for swimming. The location also offers great views of the iconic Arch in Cabo, which the hotel says can be seen from all 161 rooms, especially since all have private terraces. Or you can gaze at the Baja landscape from the hotel's rooftop lounge and garden.

About the rooms, The Cape will offer one, two, and three-bedroom guestrooms, along with bi-level suites with private rooftops. Certain rooms will also have hanging utdoor daybeds and plunge pools.

The design was headed up by Mexican architect Javier Sanchez of JSa Arquitectura, in collaboration with Arquitectura de Interiores. Here's a bit on the vibe for The Cape, which is billed as "mid-century modern aesthetic with a vibrant 1960s Mexico-meets-Southern California."

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Mira! Thompson Hotels in Mexico Have Websites and Opening Dates

Where: Los Cabos, Mexico
March 25, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're still reeling with excitement over the pending October opening of tommie hotels in Manhattan but it turns out we'll have another Tom to look forward to this summer--Thompson Los Cabos. (ICYDK: both tommie and Thompson are a part of Commune Hotels.) And then just after that Thompson Playa del Carmen should open in the fall. Margs for everyone!

There is very little info on the websites and the photos are pretty much just models in skimpy bikinis on the beach admiring the view and sunsets, but here's a description of Thompson Los Cabos to get you fired up:

Imagine a side of Los Cabos you never knew existed. Where the soul willingly surrenders to el sol. Where a singular beachfront retreat commands a contour of the cape overlooking El Arco and the Bahía San Lucas horizon. From the sleek poolside lounge to the skygarden terrace, it’s a place to revel in the heat of the moment. Set to the pulse of an urban vibe by night, the warm, contemporary lines of visionary Mexico City architect Javier Sanchez draw you in, ultimately revealing a reflection of Cabo like no other.

Both Thompson Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen will be relatively small, about 125-150 rooms, and will no doubt focus on a design-driven party spaces. But hopefully, they have a few quiet spots for guests too. It's not all margs and Coronitas in Cabo, you know. #yeahright

[Photo: Thompson Los Cabos]

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One&Only Will Be Three&Company in Mexico With Two New Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

February 25, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having just added Hayman Island and Wolgan Valley in Australia, One&Only Resorts is going to triple its presence in Mexico, adding to its current One&Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos with two properties near Puerto Vallarta.

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At Last, The Resort at Pedregal to Reopen This Weekend (No Capella Assistants Though)

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January 28, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a rough four months for the The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. First, it had to deal with the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Odile.

Then the luxury resort had to pick up the management pieces after the resort owners booted Capella Hotels from the property. After a bit of a legal tussle, it looks like Capella has backed down and the property will take on a new identity as The Resort at Pedregal. Coincidentally, the hotel has erased their Facebook history. The new page only has 3 four likes and all new photos.

Rates next weekend start at $900 a night. No, that's not in pesos. That's in USD. Whooeee.

While a lot of work has been done on the property, it seems as if the rooms will remain the same as when we stayed there last year.

Keep reading for more Cabo reopening dates!

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One Mayakoba, Three Resorts: Which to Choose?

January 20, 2015 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Mayakoba resort community near Playa del Carmen, Mexico sits on 240 acres of tropical forest with eco-friendly lagoons and surrounded by the Caribbean shoreline.

Unlike many resorts in Mexico, there is much more to do than just drink margaritas on the beach (although we like that too). Biking via the extensive shady paths, golfing and scenic boat tours around the canals are just a few.

The hard question is this: Which of the three resort properties should you choose for your stay-- the Fairmont, Rosewood or Banyan Tree? Here is a brief overview of each:

The Fairmont Mayakoba struck us as the most kid-friendly with its waterslide and kids pool, even though all three resorts have kids clubs. It’s also apparently dog friendly as we saw this little number poolside (sadly the Paris Hilton-y owner was not actually Paris Hilton). Casitas are scattered throughout the property, some of which are beachfront with stairs leading right to the ocean and some have oceanfront private plunge pools. The Mexican craft beer tasting with tapas is a must do. The Fairmont is the largest of the three with 401 rooms but it is also the least expensive (although certainly just as lovely as the others.) Off-season prices start at less than $300 per night.

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Andaz Mayakoba is Delayed Until May 2016

Where: Mayakoba, Mexico
January 15, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we checked in on Andaz Mayakoba, we were filing it under “back-up Andazm”, since we hadn’t heard much about it since it was announced, despite a mid-2015 opening.

Well, turns out there’s a reason for that. That mid-2015 opening is gonna be May 2016. Oof.

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Worst Hotel Hell: Cabo Resorts Get Crushed By Hurricane Odile

December 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

There could really only be one choice for worst hotel hell this year: the number Hurricane Odile did on the resorts of Cabo San Lucas.

Odile came and went in September, with social media giving us updates from the frontline. Many resorts closed for weeks, if not months, and some are still closed as we write this. Then there was that legal battle that followed for Capella too.

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Secrets Marquis Resort in Cabo Gets 'Secretly' Locked Out

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  Site Where: Carretera Transpeninsular Km 21.5, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
December 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

It looks like Hurricane Odile is still causing trouble in Cabo. Aside from structurally damaging nearly every resort and forcing many of them to close for several months, the hurricane stirred up some behind-the-scenes drama.

We've already chronicled the saga of The Resort at Pedregal which kicked out Capella Hotels as their managing brand. Now the same things seems to be happening at Secrets Marquis. Initially, Secrets Marquis said they would reopen on December 20. Then, their Facebook page made an update saying that the resort would be closed until further notice.

Over the weekend, a tipster told us the resort made another kind of announcement on Facebook last week, claiming parent company of Secrets--AM Resorts--has been locked out of the property. Here's the full statement:

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Even More Updates on Cabo Hotel Reopenings

November 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cabo Azul not quite back to its former self.

Taking a break from the Capella Pedegral telenovela, we've got a few more updates on the Cabo hotels and resorts reopenings.

The Cabo Azul Resort, a Diamond Resort property, sent out an email to guests saying that reservations through May 2015 will be cancelled. New reservations have also been suspended until July, although this could change. (Previously, the resort was listed as opening in January.) Las Ventanas al Paraiso is still somewhat TBA but their website has said an "early 2015" opening is anticipated.

We still don't see any updates about the Grand Mayan Los Cabos Resort but we did see on the Hotel El Ganzo's Facebook page that the boutique hotel would be reopening in June.

Several more hotels should reopen this month and next and if you're looking for a relatively inexpensive way to experience Cabo, now is the time to go as room rates for all-inclusive rates in early December are averaging about $250 a night and several more hotels going for well under $200.

[Photo: Cabo Azul/Facebook]

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The Resort at Pedregal Not Backing Down, Despite Court Ruling in Capella's Favor

November 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Over the weekend, there was a slight reprieve in the press release war between Capella Hotels and the owners of The Resort at Pedregal but judging by the latter's social media postings, they are not backing down and will forge ahead with their new identity and management.

Quick backstory in case you missed it last week: The owners of Pedregal terminated Capella as the luxury resort's manager, installed a new GM (from a Wyndham hotel in Chicago, btw) and locked Capella's old GM out of the property. Capella took the owners to the NY Supreme Court and got a ruling which reinstated them as managers. Meanwhile, the resort is still closed for ongoing renovations due to damage sustained by Hurricane Odile.

Could this BE any more of a hotel telenovela???

Over the weekend, perhaps to show off their determination in the face of the court ruling, The Resort at Pedregal has been steady with their social media postings. Here are a couple of posts from their Facebook feed:

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