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, 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.
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.
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 newly rebuilt hotel turned out.
We weren’t disappointed. There’s still nothing quite like this super-cool, adults-only hotel.
Like The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, El Ganzo is a hotel for the young (at least the young-at-heart) and those looking for something different.
But 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.
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.
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.
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.)
On our bike ride, we passed the Sculpture Garden with huge, interesting stone and metal sculptures.
We stayed in a corner suite – with ocean views from two balconies…
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 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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Photos 3, 5 and 7 to 12 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos courtesy Hotel El Ganzo