When Hotel Mar de Cortez opened in the early 1970s, it had few competitors. Cabo San Lucas was in its tourist infancy, after all, and had not yet added a marina, world-class golf courses and spas or many of the other luxury amenities now so dear to fans of the Lands End resort destination.
In the intervening forty years, Los Cabos has seen an influx of opulent seaside hotels operated by international hotel companies, expansive properties built to accommodate everything from romantic getaways to business conventions and team building weekends. Yet Mar de Cortez has remained one of the town's most popular lodgings, primarily because the original formula for success still works: a central location, reasonable rates and personable service.
Hotel Mar de Cortez is boasting a fresh, new look after its annual September closing. — Photo courtesy of Hotel Mar de Cortez
The downtown location certainly helps. Hotel Mar de Cortez is across the street from Cabo Wabo Cantina, another long-time local landmark, and it's a short walk from the Marina and Medano Beach. The extremely affordable rates - less than $100 USD per night for all rooms and suites - are also a key aspect of the hotel's enduring appeal, and the loyalty it has inspired in so many regular visitors.
Few places in Los Cabos get so many return guests as the Mar de Cortez, and a big part of this continued support is due to convenience and affordability. It's also due to warm service and a certain familiarity - many of Cabo's longtime visitors value the area's past, when the town was less developed - as well as a willingness to provide modern comforts.
After its annual closure during the slowest month of the off-season, September, Hotel Mar de Cortez's facade, lobby and 88 rooms and suites all feature a fresh new look. Accommodation options include standard, terrace and garden rooms, as well as extra-large and king suites.
The centerpiece of the colonial-style courtyard is a large swimming pool, but other amenities are also available, such as complimentary WiFi internet service. Round-trip airport transportation can be booked for an additional charge, and there is a book exchange and lending library housed at the front desk.
Baja Peppers, the popular onsite restaurant at Mar de Cortez, is also showcasing a fresh new look, as well as some tasty menu additions. Owner and Vancouver native John Venditti has added some Canadian twists to a menu that already featured Italian pastas and gourmet pizzas, steaks and American comfort food favorites and traditional Mexican specialties.
Breakfast visitors - which not only include hotel guests, but also locals who appreciate the budget-friendly $4 All-American breakfast with three eggs, bacon, fruit, beans and toast - can now order Canadian omelets with chorizo, cheese, bacon and peppers, as well as Canadian-style chicken fried chicken served with eggs and mushroom gravy. A complimentary breakfast is available for every third night at the hotel.