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A Few Resorts in Cabo Will Begin Reopening Next Week But Most Remain Closed

September 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort after Hurricane Odile

Two weeks after a category four hurricane tore through Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the popular vacation destination is still working hard to get back on its feet. The airport remains closed but it should reopen on October 8. And the Los Cabos Tourism Board is doing its job on Facebook, hyping future events in Cabo such as a golf tournament, a fishing tournament and and upcoming half marathon. However, most of the resorts in Cabo need a little more time to recuperate. Here are some notable reopening dates.

Hilton Los Cabos is closed through at least January 15.

The Esperanza Resort will reopen on November 15. Same with the Dreams Cabo.

Capella Pedegral is still assessing the damage and does not have a current reopening date. The resort is closed through at least October 31. The Westin and The Sheraton are expected to be open by October 31 as well. That's actually good news considering the extensive damage that the resorts received.

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Guests Who Were Stuck in Cabo are Sharing Their Hurricane Survivor Stories

September 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

A week after Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas, the clean-up efforts are only just beginning. While most guests visiting the resort town have now gotten out safely (if a little dehydrated and severely exhausted), the airport is still in shambles and will not be operating for a few more days, possibly even longer. Many parts of the town are still without power, water and phone access. There are no new reports of looting--for now--but Cabo remains a dicey area to visit from a safety perspective, especially given how much debris still needs to be cleaned up.

Despite the tragedy, which leveled residences and local neighborhoods as well, there have been some uplifting stories to come out of the storm. Guests who were stranded at resorts during the storm have been sharing their stories on social media, especially on Facebook, with one group devoted to the Hilton Los Cabos, called "Hilton Los Cabos Hurricane Odile Survivors".

We perused some of the comments and so much of it is positive toward the staff who did their best to keep guests safe, even while their own families were battling the storm at home. And the staffers are still there, working to get the resort back on schedule.

Here's a snippet posted on Facebook by a staffer at the hotel:

We are running a different kind of hotel....providing rooms to those employees who lost their houses and setting up a control center for insurance, engineers, contractors and other experts etc.... Still no phones... you know the rest but I am not complaining. Outside our walls there is no electricity or water... We are doing all we can to get back on our feet.

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Guests are Still Stuck in Broken Down Cabo San Lucas Resorts

September 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Playa Grande resort

We are starting to keep tabs on when the resorts of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico will reopen after being hit hard by Hurricane Odile but the resorts are tasked with another, bigger job--getting the guests who were there during the storm back home safe and sound.

It is reported that more than 30,000 tourists were in the area when the storm hit. The airport is still closed (it too suffered major damage) and the efforts to arrange trips out of the country are rather disorganized.

According to Instagrammer, MPWilli910, who has been providing updates throughout the storm's aftermath while at the Hilton Los Cabso, said the Mexican military is stepping in to transport guests to either Mazatlan, Guadalajara, Tijuana or Mexico City. From there, folks can get flights back to their hometown/airports.

But we received this email from a guest stranded in Cabo at the Playa Grande Resort and the situation is dire. Here's what she had to say:

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When Will The Resorts and Hotels in Cabo San Lucas Reopen?

September 17, 2014 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Grand Solmar

As we told you earlier this week, Cabo San Lucas in Mexico was hit extremely hard by Hurricane Odile on Sunday night with much of the resort area effectively destroyed by the storm. The airport is still closed, homes are demolished, people are stranded without electricity, phone service, food and water and looting is happening at some stores. Meanwhile, resorts and hotels in the area are scrambling to get their existing guests home and at the same time, assess the damages to their property. It will be a long road to recovery and thus, most hotels are not accepting new guests for several weeks.

If you've got an upcoming reservation in Cabo, you should call the hotel's corporate number and find out how they plan on adjusting your reservation. Most hotels are offering full refunds or the opportunity to switch their reservation to another property within the hotel brand. Outside of Cabo, of course.

In the meantime, we're keeping track of the Cabo hotels reopening dates right here. Have an update to share about a property? Send it to us. Need more info? Check the resorts' Facebook pages as that's where many of the detailed updates can be found.

· Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos: The resort plans on reopening on October 31. Update: We are not seeing this date anywhere else so the opening is still TBD.
· Hilton Los Cabos: No exact dates but there is talk of reopening by October. January 15
· Capella Pedegral: The resort plans to open by October 15. Not opening until at least November 1.
· The Esperanza Resort, an Auberge Resort : The resort plans on reopening on October 13 November 15.
· Las Ventanas Al Paraiso: No exact dates. The resort has said they need a week to assess the damage and then will determine when they can reopen. So for the next week, the resort is closed. Update: The resort still has not released an opening date.
· Westin Los Cabos: The resort is closed and working on getting all their guests out safely. There are no reopening dates listed at this time. October 31.
· Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, Los Cabos: The resort is closed and working on getting all their guests out safely. There are no reopening dates listed at this time. October 31.
· Melia Cabo Real: No reopening dates have been announced.
· Dreams Cabo: The hotel is closed through at least September 23. November 15.
· Solmar Resorts: The resorts are closed but no reopening dates have been announced. According to an update we received from a guest stuck at the Solmar, the resort was heavily destroyed and getting out is not easy. We've since heard that the resort will open on October 22.
· Pueblo Bonito Pacifica: The resort is closed through at least September 22. According to their Facebook page, they are hoping to receive guests by October 1.Update: Some resorts that are part of the Pueblo Bonitor family will open as early as October 8. Go here for more info.
· Fiesta Grand Americana Los Cabos: A member of the resort says it will reopen on November 15.
· Cabo Villas Beach Resort: The hotel believes they will be up and running with 80 units open on October 1 with the remaining opening on October 15.
· Casa Dorada: The hotel plans to reopen on October 9.
· Monte Cristo Estates: The estates, part of the Pueblo Bonita resorts, says they should reopen by October 1. The company has been posting pics on their Facebook page to update future guests.
· Royal Solaris Los Cabos: The resort told a guest hey said will not reopen again until December 1. However, their Facebook page is saying sometime between October 15 and November.
· One & Only Palmilla: The luxury resort is still assessing the damage but for now, is canceling all reservations before November 15. The resort's website is now saying December 15.

[Last Updated: 9.29.14, 9:57am PST]

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Resorts in Cabo Will Be Closed for a Few Weeks, Maybe More, Due to Hurricane Damage

September 16, 2014 at 7:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

We posted a bunch of heart-breaking images yesterday from an Instragrammer stuck at the Hilton Los Cabos resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico but unfortunately, there's not much good news today.

The airport remains closed, several hotels and resorts are ruined, homes have been destroyed and people who were visiting the resort town have no way of getting out. While help is on the way, the area is currently without power (save for generators), internet access and phone lines, making it difficult to get any word out about what's going on.

We've been piecing together some reports on Facebook but it is hard to determine what's for sure and what's just a rumor.

Here's what we do know---Most hotels are closed to new arrivals and will be for several weeks. If you have reservations in Cabo in the next two, three or even four weeks, call the hotel's corporate number to find out when the resort will re-open. Some hotels are saying they will re-open by October 15, others are saying November 1. Yeah, it's that bad. The good news is your reservation will most likely be refunded. Your vacation however has been cancelled.

We're still working on tracking down updates from other resorts (namely Las Ventanas and Capella Pedegral, which have gone dark on social media). Got any updates to share? Please pass them along.

[Photo of the Hilton Los Cabos via MPWilli910/Instagram]

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Send Good Thoughts to The Resorts of Cabo Today

September 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yikes. Hurricane Odile tore through Cabo San Lucas last night and since the area is mostly made up of hotels and resorts, we're seeing nothing but frightening scenes of destruction, from the resort corridor down into the marina.

On Instagram, MPWilli910 has been posting videos of the storm and its subsequent damage and it's heartbreaking. She posted a video of the aftermath which left the tennis courts at the Hilton Los Cabos in sandy shambles.

Here's how the Melia resort looks today.

MPWilli910 also captured the storm in action last night.

And here's what she had to say on Instagram about heading for the hotel's safety shelter:

Our ridiculous late-night run through the halls of the hotel to get to a safe location. This is scarier than Hurricane Sandy. Our room on the second highest floor has flooded. It sounds like a freight train outside and the building is shaking. The windows on several floors are blown out. We had to evacuate through the open-air hallway, through flooding, torrential rain and whipping winds, dodging debris. Now, we're here in the hotel's shelter, sleeping on the carpet with hundreds of others, sweating bullets. Biggest weirdest slumber party everrr! Happy anniversary

In a comment on one of her other photos, she mentioned the Hilton is without electricity and is not letting folks back to their rooms because the damage is so great. Ugh, we sincerely hope everything turns out ok.

Keep reading for more on the hotels and resorts in Cabo after Hurricane Odile!

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How to Make Every Day National Tequila Day, Thanks to the Las Ventanas Resort in Cabo

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  Site Where: KM 19.5 Ctra. Transpeninsular, Los Cabos, Mexico, 23400
July 24, 2014 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today is National Tequila Day, one of our personal favorite holidays of the year--after National Margarita Day of course.

While many of you might be celebrating with some shots of Patron at a bar after work, down at the Las Ventanas Al Paraiso Resort, a Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, it's an all-out affair. Never mind that the National Tequila Day holiday only applies to the U.S.

Here's what Las Ventanas has on offer for those love the tequila:

Chocolate Covered Tequila Ice Cream
Margarita Popsicles
Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

But only mentioning these tequila specialties and posting pics of them would just be cruel. And we're not like that. Neither is Las Ventanas. The resort has graciously shared the recipe for each tequila treat below so every day can be tequila day. Salud!

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Design Giant HBA Creates A New Look For Hilton, In Santa Fe Mexico City

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  Site Where: Antonio Dovali Jaime No. 70, Mexico City, Mexico, 1219 Feder
July 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

One of the biggest names in hospitality design, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) has completed its latest interiors project for Hilton Hotels & Resorts. The Hilton Santa Fe Mexico City with a brilliantly executed new look that shows the strength, longevity, and aliveness of the brand.

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What's Coming Soon to Cancun: New Hotels and Renovations

Where: Cancun, Mexico
July 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

It might be low season right now in Cancun but there's a lot to get excited about for next winter, especially if you love that new hotel smell (which we do!)

Below is a list of the new hotels--either brand-new, rebranded or renovated--that have opened or will open very soon. And thanks to a bunch of upcoming airline routes, Cancun will be easier to get to.

Southwest plans on flying nonstop from Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington and Milwaukee to Cancun on August 10. Alaska Airlines will launch their seasonal daily service between Seattle and Cancun starting November 6, while Delta Airlines will expand their Saturday season service to Cancun from 13 US cities including Boston, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, and Tampa.

Now, let's take a look at what's coming up in Cancun soon. Vamanos!:

NEW HOTELS
· Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
Catchphrase: "All-In Luxury.": Opening this winter (in 2015), The Royalton is an all-inclusive luxury resort with three different sections to hang out in, including the resort within a resort, called The Hideaway. In total, there will be close to 1,200 rooms and suites to choose from and 10 restaurants and 16 bars to get drunk at, er, to enjoy.

HOTEL REBRANDINGS
· Grand Oasis Viva will turn into the Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa
Catchphrase: "Unlimited Luxury.": This hotel will open on September 1. Billing itself as "Unlimited Luxury", The Dream Sands includes dining at their eight restaurants, unlimited top-shelf spirits at four bars and lounges, 24 hour room service and both daytime and nighttime activities and entertainment for all guests. You can upgrade to the Preferred Club Privileges to get more VIP amenities as well as free internet. Rates for September 1st start at $99 a night.

· Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres is now the Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres
Catchphrase: "Endless Privileges.": The rebranding of this island haven of Isla Mujeres, 30 minutes from mainland Cancun, happened on July 1 but the official rename and inauguration won't take place until December 15. However, you can stay at this holistic wellness resort right now and take advantage of their "Endless Privileges" when you book one of the 35 oceanfront suites. Those privileges include Bulgari amenities, fine dining, deluxe yacht services, complimentary greens fees at the nearby golf course and access to the Spa & Thalasso Center. Rates start at $227 per person per night.

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Esperanza Wants To Give You Beer Goggles (Or At Least A Beer Facemask)

July 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Indisputable fact: no spa treatment is as funky as a boozy spa treatment. Hot on the heels of Four Seasons Vail’s beer treatments comes word of the offerings at Esperanza, in Cabo San Lucas.

Hombres! Try a “Mexican beer and lime facial”, which whisks up Corona and egg yolk to make a hydrating, skin-elasticizing facial. The process takes 75 minutes and costs $185.

Chicas! If you don’t fancy beer on your face, try a Margarita Medley treatment. You’ll get a marg (or, as they say, “spagarita” – it’ll never catch on) to accompany a lime-based massage of the hands, feet, head and neck.

Hombres y chicas! Just try them both.

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Funky Friday: W Mexico City Takes Us on a Magical Mystery Tour

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  Site Where: Campos Elíseos 252, Miguel Hidalgo,Polanco, 11560 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, Mexico
June 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, where we feature one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

We admit it was a tough decision, whether to cover the illusionary new public spaces at W Mexico City as a separate story—which we may still do—or feature them on Funky Friday. You can decide for yourself, but it's got all the parts we look for on Funky Friday and we simply could not resist.

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Artist Who Did McDonald's World Cup French Fry Box Also Left His Mark at This Hotel

Where: Aldama 53, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you caught the first World Cup game yesterday like we did, you may have noticed a strange advertisement on the board surrounding the pitch. The ad simply said #fryfutbol. No, not #tryfutbol. #fryfutbol. What.the.heck?

It turns out it's actually an ad for, who else?, McDonalds. The fast food chain has gotten in on the World Cup fever by redoing their french fry boxes with 12 different designs. This is the first time the boxes have ever been sold with a different design. And the Brazilian street artist who did the The World United By Soccer design, Eduardo Kobra, recently painted a mural for The Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Kobra painted the hotel's exterior in a "blazing rainbow of colors" during the San Miguel Art Festival and it completely fits the contemporary design vibe of the Matilda. Sadly, the artwork will only remain up on the hotel until the end of the tournament. Here's hoping someone can convince the hotel to leave it up a little longer.

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