Family Hotel Review: The Bungalows, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico
In a town filled with mega-resorts and malls The Bungalows offers simple, affordable family accommodation with delicious breakfasts to boot!
Best For: Families not wanting an all-inclusive resort; kids of all ages.
Reviewed by: Katja Gaskell
Why You’ll Love It
Cabo San Lucas is kind of like a grown-up Disneyland by the sea. Shopping malls and neon-lit bars dominate the marina and all-inclusive resorts line the main roads in and out of town. During the annual Spring Break celebrations, the streets buzz with young American students eager to make the most of non-stop happy hours.
We, however, were not headed to Cabo for cheap tequila shots nor were we looking for a mega resort. What I wanted was reasonably priced family-friendly accommodation away from the main fray. Fortunately I managed to find The Bungalows Hotel, a family-run property in a quiet part of town.
The hotel is not the prettiest (and there are no sea views) but the service is excellent and the accommodation very flexible. There are movies to borrow, a kitchen to use (tea, coffee and popcorn-making only), a swimming pool, delicious breakfasts and very friendly staff. It’s also within walking distance of the main drag but far enough away that you won’t be kept awake by late night revellers on their way home.
Why The Kids Will Love It
The Bungalows turned out to be a great choice for the family. There was a good choice of accommodation, the pool was hardly every busy and the location (away from the craziness of the marina) ideal for us with two young children and my in-laws.
The kids loved the hotel because of the friendly resident dogs, the free popcorn, the pancakes at breakfast and freshly made fruit smoothies.
Our main reason for visiting Cabo was to see the Humpback whale migration, which we did much to my eldest’s delight. One tip, the hotel staff will try and steer you towards one of the large ‘party-type’ whale-watching boats but we say book through Whale Watch Cabo instead who were truly excellent.
The Bungalows Hotel has a choice of rooms and individual bungalows. The rooms are positioned within several motel-type blocks facing the central swimming pool and fall into the following categories:
Cozy Suite: These base category rooms combine a small dining, living and sleeping area into one space. The living rooms area (in most Cozy Suites) comes with a sofa bed, perfect for small kids. These rooms come with a small kitchenette.
Hammock Suite: These rooms enjoys a private sunny patio with a large hammock.
King Suite: These rooms offer more space and come with a separate living and dining area as well as a kitchenette.
Honeymoon Suite: This room enjoys a private thatch-covered patio with soothing fountain and peek of the Sea of Cortez. It has 1 bedroom with Pillow-Top King bed and includes romantic Breakfast-in-Bed service.
The Bungalows stand independently and fall into the following categories:
Garden Bungalow: Has 2 bedrooms, with a Jumbo Hammock in the living room and thatched roof. This features a King bed in the 1st bedroom, and a Queen and Twin bed in the 2nd bedroom. Wrap around windows create a tropical retreat surrounded by gardens and palms.
Hammock Bungalow: This 2 bedroom bungalow features a thatched roof and open-air living room with Jumbo Hammock. There is a King or Queen bed in one bedroom and a twin daybed in the second bedroom.
Patio Bungalow: Similar to the Garden Bungalow, this room features 2 bedrooms and wrap-around windows.
All rooms come with the following amenities: Private bathroom and limited kitchenette supplied with complimentary purified water, organic Bungalows Blend coffee, mini-fridge, microwave, and French coffee press. Each room provides A/C, Pillow-Top mattress, TV/DVD with DVD library, and FREE WI-FI. Rooms additionally include hair dryer, iron, digital safe, handmade desert soaps, and a full line of specialty bathroom amenities. Full gourmet breakfast, and fresh coffee & juices are served throughout the day to complete the experience. Breakfasts are included in the price.
Best Rooms For Families: Any of the rooms work for families, it really depends on how old your children are and how much space you need. With two small kids (aged 4 and 6) we were comfortable in the Cozy Suite. For families with older children then one of the two-bedroom bungalows would work well.
The Bungalows serves a delicious breakfast that is included in the price. Breakfast is served in the thatched patio area next to the pool and includes fresh fruit, fresh fruit juice and a main dish that changes daily. We enjoyed French toast, banana walnut pancakes, eggs benedict and omelettes during our stay.
No other meals are served although the kitchen is open for coffee, tea and fruit. Most rooms have a kitchenette area where you can prepare a simple meal.
For Kids: There is no kids’ menu but the staff happily whipped up cheese quesadillas and scrambled eggs for my two.
Activities for Parents: Lie by the pool, visit downtown Cabo, go whale-watching, enjoy lunch at Los Tamarindos, explore the old town of San Jose del Cabo, go to Chileno Beach, walk alongside the estuary and watch how glass is blown at the glass blowing workshop and store.
Activities for Kids Swim in the pool, eat ice cream by the Marina, watch whales breach in the ocean, wander the streets of old San Jose del Cabo, paddle your feet in the waters at Chileno Beach, look for birdlife in the estuary and try your hand at blowing glass.
A/C, common rooms, doctor on call, laundry, pushchair-friendly, swimming pool, travel desk, WiFi (complimentary and available throughout the property).
Rates vary considerably according to room type, extra bed requests and date of travel. As a guide, the Cozy Suites start around US$150 for a two-night (or longer) stay, Bungalows start at around US $200 per night. Please contact the hotel directly for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.
When to go:
Baja California enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. The hottest months of the year in Baja are July through September, when temperatures usually stays in the low to mid-30C (90F) during the day and dips to the low 20C (70F) in the evening. The coldest months of the year are January – March.
For whale watching visit from mid to late December through to late March.
Spring Break usually falls in March / April.
Location & Travel:
The Bungalows Hotel is located in Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Mexico.
Cabo San Lucas International Airport is just 10 minutes from downtown Cabo. From here there are regular daily flights throughout Mexico and to International destinations including Houston, Texas. Airlines servicing Los Cabos include AeroMexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.
An alternative airport is at La Paz, north of Los Cabos (approximately 2 – 2.5 hour drive). La Paz is a good option if you are travelling within Mexico as flights are usually significantly cheaper than flying into Los Cabos.
Unless you plan on exploring Baja California then taxis are the easiest way to get around town.
Contact The HotelFor more information or to make a booking enquiry, visit the hotel’s own website by following the link below:
Reviewer’s Top Tips!
1) Make sure to go whale watching, we saw several Humpback whales breaching and it was incredible!
2) Avoid Cabo San Lucas over Spring Break, unless you are 18 and want to spend every night downing tequila in Senor Frogs.
3) Book lunch at Huerta Los Tamarindos, a wonderful organic farm and restaurant near San Jose del Cabo that is very family-friendly.
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