Jen and I recently had a one of kind opportunity to visit the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabo Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas. The property, situated on a secluded beach, offered breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a truly elegant experience. Here’s my full review.
For a full breakdown of how I booked our visit read here.
I ran through a full post regarding how we saved over $7,000 when booking this property using several Hilton free night certificates. Standard availability at this property is next to none, so if you’re planning an award stay here with either free night certificates or points, be sure to check back frequently. For points bookings, standard awards are going to run you a hefty 120,000 Hilton points, netting you almost 1.5 cents per points. This is significantly higher than the general consensus value of .4-.5 cents per Hilton point among the travel community.
Arrival and Check In
We worked with the hotel to schedule a private transfer from San Jose del Cabo International Airport. We felt that this was a safer option since I have never been to Cabo. Once you exit customs, you are immediately bombarded by sales people, some of which will catcall you or try to grab you attention. Rather than dealing with pushy sales people, the hotel had given us directions on finding an attendant who would lead us to our private transfer. We were promptly whisked away into a spacious silver Cadillac and began our journey towards Los Pedregal.
During our car ride which took around 45 minutes, the driver was excellent and gave us a better idea of what to expect in Cabo. He noted the relative safety of the tourist heavy areas and also pointed our interesting spots during our trip. During our trip along the coast, we passed by the Cape Thompson Cabo and the Hilton Los Cabos. Both properties looked fantastic, but also offered far more rooms than the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabo Pedregal.
Once we arrived we were mesmerized by a pair of eloquently designed gates that led to the famous tunnel that takes your through to Pedregal. At the hotel’s drop off point, we were greeted by the staff and our personal concierge Danna who gave us complimentary welcome margaritas before ushering us to the check in desk. The staff was guided us to our room and gave us a quick tour. Our luggage was brought by the staff and was already in our room when we arrived.
The room was a spacious deluxe room with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. Each room at the property displayed the elegance of Spanish and Mexican designs, creating a classic yet luxurious feel. The room also had a private outdoor area which included a small infinity dipping pool. Of course the room also wouldn’t spell true luxury without a Nespresso Machine. The one strange thing about our room was the location of the TV. When sitting on the bed, the TV was located on the far right corner of the room and was a bit awkward.
The property had several food options: El Farallon, Don Manuel’s, Crudo, The Beach Club. During our stay, Jen and I had daily breakfast at Don Manuel’s, an incredible sunset dinner at El Farallon, and poolside treats from The Beach Club. In order to fully discuss each spot, I will also write subsequent reviews of each spot.
One of the most famous dinner spots in Cabo, El Farallon is a restaurant located on the far right section of the property on cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. The spot is extremely popular and reservations are needed ahead of time. At El Farallon, you can catch the mesmerizing sunset coupled with delicious seafood.
Unlike most dining spots, El Farallon does not have a set menu. Rather, your server brings over a large chalkboard with prices for seafood. Prices include soup, appetizers, and dessert, but do not include the mandatory tax and gratuity. Service was excellent and the food was delicious and well presented. Our dinner here ran us about $185.
The Beach Club
Located along the general infinity pool(there is also an adults only infinity pool with a swim up bar that often gets a bit crowded), you could order delicious snacks and drinks to enjoy while lounging or relaxing in the pool. The Beach Club had a simple menu with both local specialties such as sea bass ceviche, fish tacos, carne asada tacos. Their menu also included Mexican fusion items such as Ahi-Tuna ceviche. Food was moderately priced and was utterly delicious. Jen and I ordered food here a couple of times during our stay.
A mainstay of the property, Don Manuel’s was open throughout the day and served breakfast daily starting at 7AM. As a Hilton Diamond member, we received daily complimentary continental breakfast (not to nit-pick but Hyatt provided complimentary breakfast without exclusions). For an additional $10, you can upgrade to the buffet or traditional Mexican breakfast options. Service here was always excellent and the staff was extremely friendly. Without status, continental breakfast will run you $34 a day plus 31% in taxes and fees for a today of $45.
The property had a solid gym including barbells and a squat rack, while also offering daily fitness classes. In addition, the property also had a spa area that offered soaking rituals, massages, and more. Of course it wouldn’t be a resort without top tier infinity pools overlooking the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean. The property had 2 infinity pools (one was adults only) and an additional pool. In addition, the hotel also offered complimentary poolside treats, a fully stocked complimentary mini bar, daily chips and salsa delivered to your room, and daily turndown room service.
The property did a masterful job of offering complete and luxurious service without feeling too over the top. I truly loved the attention to detail as we received complimentary champagne in our room and complimentary churros at El Farallon to celebrate our anniversary. I told our concierge ahead of time and we were given cute surprises at every corner that made our visit special.
My Final Thoughts
I don’t have a scoring system, but this property is one of kind. Jen and I had an incredible time visiting this truly amazing property. I thoroughly enjoyed everything that makes the Waldorf Astoria Los Pedregal one of the most sought after points properties in the Hilton portfolio. Even more so, I enjoyed spending the week with Jen, celebrating our 5 Year anniversary among ceviche, tacos, and tons of chips and salsa. This property was a complete gem and while we have no plans to come back in the near future, I do hope to comeback someday in the more distant future.
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