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Hotel El Ganzo Review: An Oasis of Creative Cool in Cabo

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.

Oooh! Writing this Hotel El Ganzo review is going to be fun! (We’ve now stayed at El Ganzo three times when visiting Los Cabos.)

Actually, thanks in part to that intriguing artsy vibe, El Ganzo is one of the best hotels in Los Cabos.

Hotel El Ganzo review

About 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 and third stay at El Ganzo

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 a second time and see how the rebuilt hotel turned out. We’ve now since stayed a third time too!

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

We’ve never been 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.

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.

See dive-bombing pelicans, sleek white yachts at anchor and fishing boats coming and going from the picturesque marina out front.

Woman with hat in the rooftop pool at Hotel El Ganzo

More El Ganzo photos

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


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 once finished our ride with a stop at the hotel’s El Ganzo Beach Club.

It’s located on El Ganzo Beach, which is one of Cabo’s best beaches. (You can ride to it or take a complimentary, 5-minute water taxi ride to reach it.)

Sculpture Garden

Big stone sculpture of a head in the Sculpture Garden at Puerto Los Cabos

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

El Ganzo suite

Hotel El Ganzo

We stayed in a corner suite once – with ocean views from two balconies… But even the “standard” rooms with ocean views are just fine.

Bath amenities

We always love lathering up with El Ganzo’s organic, rosemary-scented bath products!


An empty bucket for Veuve Cliquot at Hotel El Ganzo, San Jose del Cabo

An empty bucket for Veuve Cliquot – and, yes, there are often 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.

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Experience more of Los Cabos!

Where to play: Non-cheesy sunset cruises? Water taxi rides? Whale watching? Check out our ultimate list of must-do Cabo activities!

When to go: Hey, Los Cabos in summer is great! You can really enjoy all the beachy activities.

Where to eat: In Cabo, do yourself a favor and eat at the beautiful farm-to-table Flora Farms restaurant.

Our top travel tips and resources

Hotels: is great for scoring a “wow” hotel – or at least a decent one. (We especially like their flexible cancellation policy!)

Vacation homes, condos and rentals: We prefer and use Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner).

Tours: For the best local food, walking and other guided tours, plus skip-the-line tickets to attractions, check out Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and GetYourGuide.

Car rental: Renting a car is often one of the best ways to explore off the beaten path. Discover Cars searches car rental companies so you get the best rates.

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Photo credits: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos Hotel El Ganzo

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Thursday 6th of April 2023

This is just a magical place. Stayed there and it's just beautiful. Everyone should put this on their bucket list… and be ready to be amazed dancing at “Crania.”

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.