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Oasis of creative cool: Hotel El Ganzo

Uh oh! There was a rainbow-colored splash of paint running down one side of the hotel wall.

Had someone accidentally spilled paint out the window of the Hotel El Ganzo?

That’s what we thought at first.

But we soon learned that the paint spill was actually a piece of art at this unique boutique hotel in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.

Hotel El Ganzo

Hotel El Ganzo, Los Cabos

The whole hotel – rooms, floors, exterior walls – is a blank canvas,” Mark Rudin, Hotel El Ganzo’s music curator, told us.

Artists can leave their creation anywhere.

He explained that artists and musicians from around North America are invited to stay for a while and leave behind a contemporary art creation or recorded song.

Art mural at Hotel El Ganzo

Musicians also give a free concert for guests.

That was when we stayed at Hotel El Ganzo – before Hurricane Odile blasted through Los Cabos in September, 2014. And the art was a delightful surprise then.

Second visit

The hurricane virtually destroyed the hotel, however, and it took more than a year for it to be rebuilt.

But reopen it did.

And so we were happy to return to El Ganzo and see how the rebuilt hotel turned out.

Hotel El Ganzo, the best boutique hotel in San Jose del Cabo

We weren’t disappointed.

There’s still nothing quite like this super-cool, adults-only hotel.

With its artistic and musical focus, El Ganzo is in a class of its own.

Recommended reading: Check out 7 reasons why you’ll also love the edgy Cape Cabo, a Thompson Hotel!

Hot rooftop pool!

We have to mention Hotel El Ganzo’s rooftop infinity pool.

It’s hot!

We don’t mean “hot” from the sun (though it is hot up there in mid afternoon – you’ll want to seek shade in a curtained pool cabana or under an umbrella).

We mean “hot” as in you’ll remember the drop-dead views from this boutique hotel in San Jose del Cabo long after you’ve put away your swimsuit back home.

From the pool – and the glass, cube-shaped Jacuzzi – you have splendiferous, 270 degree views of the ocean, dive-bombing pelicans, sleek white yachts and fishing boats coming and going from the picturesque marina out front.

More El Ganzo photos

Here are some more photos of El Ganzo from our latest stay.


Hotel El Ganzo

Visual artist Ciler was El Ganzo’s first artist-in-residence after the hotel reopened following Hurricane Odile.

He painted this huge eye-catching mural on the wall by the reception desk.


Hotel El Ganzo beach club

Fat-tire upright bicycles are free for guests to take out.

You can also sign up for a complimentary 9:00 am guided bicycle tour around the beautiful Puerto Los Cabos marina.

We finished our ride with a stop at the hotel’s beach club. (You can ride to it or take a complimentary, 5-minute water taxi ride to reach it.)

Sculpture Garden:

Sculpture Garden, Los Cabos

On our bike ride, we passed the Sculpture Garden with huge, interesting stone and metal sculptures.


Hotel El Ganzo

We stayed in a corner suite – with ocean views from two balconies…

Bath amenities:

We loved lathering up with the organic, rosemary-scented bath products!


An empty bucket for Veuve Cliquot – and, yes, there were couples ordering bottles and drinking French champagne by the pool!

Hotel details at a glance:

  • 72 rooms
  • Located on the yacht-filled marina in Puerto Los Cabos (San Jose del Cabo)
  • Infinity pool on the roof
  • A water taxi runs back and forth across the bay to take you to the hotel’s beach club, where there’s a swimmable beach

Hotel El Ganzo review: Bottom line?

Hotel El Ganzo is still one of our favorite boutique hotels in San Jose del Cabo.

Where else to stay? See our reviews of the best 5-star hotels in Cabo San Lucas

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Photo credits: 4, 6, 8 to 13 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos Hotel El Ganzo

About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Kathryn Burrington

Monday 25th of August 2014

This sounds fantastic and what a treat it would be if your stay coincided with a visiting musician. I really adore the pool too - I can just picture myself there :-)


Monday 18th of August 2014

I like the "adults-only idea", not that I have something against children. Beautiful pictures too.

Pamela Morse

Tuesday 12th of August 2014

This sounds like a very good concept. Sort of a Baja Chelsea Hotel with nice design..

Amy Lynne Hayes

Tuesday 12th of August 2014

I LOVE the concept behind this hotel!! These are exactly the types of places I look for when traveling. This is definitely an oasis of creative cool.

Irene S. Levine

Monday 11th of August 2014

Heard that Adam Levine stayed here during his wedding event...