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Bahia Hotel and Beach House Review (Cabo San Lucas)

There are many great places to stay in Los Cabos.

But if you’re looking for one of the best boutique hotels in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, check out the Bahia Hotel & Beach Club.

Some of the hippest rooms we’ve encountered recently can be found at this hotel.

Very Miami South Beach in feel, the Bahia Hotel also boasts an enviable close-in location in Cabo, about a block from Medano Beach (Playa el Medano).

Throw in a sweet courtyard pool, a trendy beach club and a happening restaurant – and you’ve got yourself a nice boutique package, at prices that are quite a bit less than Cabo’s beachfront hotels.

Bahia Hotel and Beach House review

Bahia Hotel and Beach House review

Owners Lee and Meredith Vosburgh ditched New York for Cabo several years ago to jazz up the old hotel.

One of the original hotels in this sun, sea and sand destination at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, it had seen better days.

They’ve since renovated the 81-room Bahia Hotel.

The hotel’s lobby and reception

On our most recent visit to Los Cabos, we enjoyed three nights here. The following is our Bahia Hotel and Beach House review.

Bahia Hotel, Cabo: Rooms

Rooms are modernist and spare, sporting a minimalist décor, with polished concrete floors and white-washed stone walls. Ours had a stunning large black-and-white photograph of a woman gazing at the iconic Arch of Cabo San Lucas from a sailboat.

There are several different room types, ranging from Standard, Superior and Deluxe rooms to a Poolside Villa.

Standard and Superior rooms

These rooms have one or two queen beds.

Deluxe rooms

Our spacious Deluxe room (505 sq. ft. in size) was well-designed and featured a comfortable bed (king size), hanging basket lamps and a long granite counter in the bedroom for suitcases.

The bathroom had a large stone rain shower.

Our room at the Bahia Hotel

While we had an outside balcony with two cushioned chairs, it only had a view of other rooftops and buildings, so we didn’t spend any time outside on it.

Inner rooms, however, have balconies overlooking the interior pool; they’re probably more inviting for sitting outside with a glass of wine and a book before going out for dinner.

(Quickie tip: The Nespresso pods for the in-room Nespresso coffee maker are a mini-bar item.)

Studios

There are also Studios, with a queen-size bed or two beds.

Tiny kitchenettes in these rooms are good for making snacks and perhaps a light breakfast.

The one we peeked into faced the inner pool.

Ground-floor Poolside  Suites (with jacuzzi)

The best rooms are the large Poolside Suites on the ground floor.

They each feature a king bed and a large patio, with a private jacuzzi-cum-plunge-pool. They even have a flat-screen TV on the wall of their patio.

Bahia Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Poolside Suite with a private Jacuzzi-and-plunge-pool
A Poolside Suite with a private Jacuzzi-and-plunge-pool

While screened by plants, the patios on the ground floor aren’t as private as the balconies on the upper floors. But if you like being sociable, they’re very convenient for easily going in and out of the swimming pool, which is just at your fingertips!

Poolside Villa 104

The "villa" suite at Bahia Hotel and Beach Club, Cabo San Lucas
The “villa” suite (Credit: Bahia Hotel and Beach Club)

For a splurge, you’ll like this Poolside Villa on the ground floor. It’s more private than the Poolside Suites.

Along with a bedroom with king bed, it has a living room area with a 65-inch TV, oversized daybed and butler services.

SUR Beach Club

Sur Beach House, Cabo San Lucas
Grab a front row seat for some great views! (Credit: SUR Beach Club)

Walk a block – or hitch a ride in the hotel’s golf cart – and you arrive at the SUR Beach House.

The hotel’s private beach club and restaurant, it’s one of the top beach clubs in Cabo San Lucas. It’s located on the lively stretch of Medano Beach, Cabo’s most popular swimming beach.

You need to make reservations as there’s a limited number of chairs, tables and umbrellas.

Plonk yourself down in one of the navy blue canvas chairs on the sand, order a bottle of rosé and enjoy watching the parade of beach vendors and bikini-clad bods walking by in front of you.

A couple sit on beach chairs at SUR Beach Club on Medano Beach.
Beach chairs for two

At the beach club, you’ll also find Cabo SUP (run by the Bahia Hotel’s owners), where you can rent stand-up paddle boards and take SUP lessons.

In the afternoon, the music is cranked up and a live saxophonist often plays too.

For us, the thumpa thumpa of the loud music was a bit too much (and SUR’s beach chairs are made more for sitting, not lying down).

So we wandered up the beach to Tabasco Beach Restaurant & Bar and rented lie-out beach chairs and umbrellas there. The scene was quieter here for a relaxing afternoon of reading and lounging.

Pool and pool bar

Couple reading books in the pool at Bahia Hotel and Beach House
The pool is a great place to relax and read a book

When the Medano Beach party gets too much (and you tire of getting sand in your bikini), retreat to the Zen-like pool area back at the hotel.

Staffed by a bartender at the swim-up bar at one end, the freeform pool is only waist-deep. But there’s plenty of space around it for the white canvas, safari-style lounge chairs scattered about, shaded by soaring palm trees.

The music is chill here too (much quieter than at the beach club), and it’s a pleasant place to relax later in the afternoon.

Bar Esquina on-site restaurant

Bar Esquina is one of the best restaurants in Cabo San Lucas.
Bar Esquina is one of the best restaurants in Cabo San Lucas (Credit: Bahia Hotel and Beach House)

For dinner, check out the hotel’s buzzing Bar Esquina restaurant, featuring an open kitchen.

Start with an exotic pre-dinner drink. Maybe try a spicy cucumber cocktail?

And for food?

The wood-oven pizza is always a hit! (Try the short rib pizza.)

But there are many other options – like lobster gnocchi and blackened tuna with fennel and celery root sauce.

Bar Esquina is one of our favorite spots for an evening bite in Cabo San Lucas.

Bar Esquina restaurant, Bahia Hotel and Beach House
Bar Esquina in the morning (much quieter!)

Other Bahia Hotel features

Of course, there’s free Wi-Fi.

The hotel also has a small fitness center (not used much by hotel guests).

Who’s the hotel for?

Young couples and singles in their 20s, 30s and 40s (yes – 40 is still young!) will feel most at home here.

The Bahia Hotel would also suit families with older teenage children.

Review of Bahia Hotel, Cabo San Lucas: Last words

The Bahia Hotel and Beach Club is a wonderful, not-so-little boutique hotel near the sea. Think sun-drenched days, vibrant nights and impeccable service.

Other Bahia Cabo reviews are equally positive. The hotel is a Tripadvisor “Travelers’ Choice” 2023 winner.

Bottom line? If you’re a fan of boutique hotels – and you want to be close to all the action in the heart of Cabo San Lucas – you can’t go wrong booking this boutique gem.

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About the authors

Award-winning travel writers Janice and George Mucalov are frequent visitors to Los Cabos. Here on Cabo Visitor, they share their essential tips for discovering the best of Cabo!