San Jose del Cabo: Hotel El Ganzo

November 29, 2018
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Finding a cool boutique hotel with an edgy artistic side in Los Cabos was practically impossible – until El Ganzo opened its doors a few years ago. The hip adults-only marina hotel showcases live bands, a sushi eatery and a rooftop bar. Here’s why you should go there next.

El Ganzo brings a touch of urban edginess to Los Cabos via loft-style interiors and a laid-back seaside vibe Ernest Hemingway might dig (the writer was the inspiration behind the hotel’s signature rum cocktail, the Papa Doble). Though small, the 72-room property offers plenty of hipster hangouts — two pools, a spa, a library, a Japanese fusion and sushi restaurant and a rooftop bar — decorated with raw materials such as exposed stone, wood and concrete. Flip-flop-wearing beauties armed  swing from hammocks at the sea-level deck, where a firepit keeps things cozy after sunset.

Rooms are unfussy but comfortable, with bright white walls, stone floors, white paneled sofas and sitting areas separated by barn-style wooden sliding doors. Beds, which are draped in 300-thread-count white linens, also have wood headboards. Not for the timid, the glass-walled rainfall showers are in plain view of the bed. Your attention, however, will be drawn outward to the floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies overlooking the yacht-filled marina.

The lobby lounge is the hip heart of the hotel. Here you’ll sit on comfy red sofas while sipping hand-crafted cocktails and listening to resident musicians. On the roof there’s an infinity pool with a view, as well as a pool bar where the party goes on until the wee hours.


While you’re there

Next to the marina and the hotel is the pedestrian village of Puerto Los Cabos, which is lined with art galleries cafés, restaurants and shops. Stop for lunch at the Container, an open-air restaurant made from a recycled sea container set on a wooden deck overlooking the marina. Nearby are the Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman signature golf courses, where every hole offers awesome ocean views. And if you want to take a dip in said ocean, El Ganzo makes it possible: Waiting outside the hotel door are skiffs that shuttle guests across the water to a palm-lined cove with a swimmable stretch of sea.

Reported by Tyler Smith & Celeste Moure.