If your hotel tastes run to the sleek and modern, The Cape is your spot in Cabo San Lucas. In a region teeming with luxury hotels that evoke a strong sense of place, there would seem to be room for one that takes a different approach, going glam and contemporary instead. More rock band than mariachi band, Thompson Hotels’ first opening in Mexico is aimed at new money and the Entourage types more than those who have been coming to Los Cabos for a decade or more.
The huge open-air lobby and bar looks out at the water, with a view of the famous arch past the town and—in the months between December and April—often a few whales emptying their blowhole and breaching offshore. One level below is a large infinity pool with a swim-up bar and lots of deck space for taking in the view, including a sunset show each night.
The easy thing to do here would have been to just make the place all “international modern” like so many other hotels aimed at the young and style-conscious, with the same furniture, soundtrack, and lighting you see from Shanghai to San Francisco to Santiago. For their first Mexican entry though, Thompson Hotels wanted to do it with some flair.
Rooms at The Cape Hotel are more inviting and warm than the public areas would imply. VIP and suite guests get a bottle of surprisingly smooth custom blanco tequila from Realeza Mexicana and enter a spacious room with traditional colonial patterned tiles on the floor. This may be contemporary Mexico, but Mexico nevertheless. Artworks by the Mexican ceramist José Noé Suro and surfer photos framed on the wall go a long way toward making it clear you’re not in a city. Every room has a view of the water, the waves, and the distant arch.
There’s also a large whale sculpture made of driftwood by the entrance and the beer garden on the roof deck serves Mexican craft beer. Throughout it’s a nice mix of flip-flop beach casualness and Mexico City design cool. Take a tour and check it out:
Every room here has a view of the sea, as does every public room except the spa. The Cape Hotel also wins the prize of having the best English proficiency of any Latin American hotel I’ve ever visited: every staffer I spoke to was not just school-fluent, they were “I lived in The States for two years” fluent or said, “I want to the University of Michigan for undergrad.” I’m not sure how Thompson Hotels recruited all these bilingual workers in such a competitive market for talent, but kudos for them for pulling it off.
Maybe they were promised extra surf breaks. Here was the show from my balcony one morning:
See our detailed review of The Cape – A Thompson Hotel in Los Cabos.