Los Cabos, Mexico

Hotel El Ganzo

Rates from (inc tax)$198.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Hipster yacht party


Cooler side of Cabo

When you pass the neon sign and walk into Hotel El Ganzo, with San José del Cabo’s picturesque marina spilling out before you, you’re entering a piece of Los Cabos history. The music serenading you was recorded just downstairs, the murals on the walls were painted by artists-in-residence, the restaurants serve seafood caught by the fishermen who dock in the marina, and the private beach club is home to one of the only swimmable beaches in the area. This trendy design hotel is the first (and only) of its kind here.

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Need to know


69, including nine suites.


12pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $198.00, excluding tax at 16 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 3% per room per night on check-out and an additional resort fee of 10% per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD229.68), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not usually include breakfast; Continental from $25. The resort fee covers drinks in the minibar (soda, beer and water, refreshed daily), beach club access and WiFi throughout.


Everywhere you go in the hotel, you’ll be treated to the dulcet sounds of El Ganzo Sessions – original work produced at the hotel’s very own underground recording studio, designed by artist-in-residence Mark Rudin. Ask nicely, and you might even get a tour. Many of the musicians who come to record also play live shows here.

At the hotel

Beach club, spa, two swimming pools, gym, recording studio, bicycles to borrow, WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV; iPad; minibar with two free sodas, beers and waters refreshed daily; locally made Rose Mary toiletries; bathrobes; coffee-making facilities.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms at Hotel El Ganzo have unobstructed, breath-taking water views, so it’s impossible to be disappointed. Given our druthers, though, we’d opt for a Large Suite; each is slightly different in size, layout and decor, but each has a living room, floor-to-ceiling windows lining the exterior and an oversized private terrace with a lounge bed looking out on the water. Suite 401 might be our favourite, with cow-hide rugs, a four-poster bed and a secret outdoor shower.


In addition to two swimming pools, heated using solar panels, the hotel also has a private beach club, accessed by boat across the marina and fully equipped with a café-bar, beach- and water-sports and a swimming area. The 187-square-metre rooftop infinity pool overlooking the marina is surrounded by oversized day-beds and served by a swim-up bar. On the ground level, a more serene pool is a quieter place for a swim and some basking, with palm-trees shading loungers.

Packing tips

Your guitar – not only will you fit in with the rotating cast of musicians performing and recording, but you could even angle to get your own recording session in the studio.


In addition to a full range of treatments – from the detoxifying, agave-scrub-including Mezcal Ritual to a more traditional Swedish massage – Spa El Ganzo has a sauna, steam room, salon and marina-view gym with Kinesis machines. Ask about yoga classes.


One pet under 40 pounds is allowed per room at a fee of $100 per booking. Dog bowls can be provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in Los Cabos.


The hotel is for adults only.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Find a seat in the lounge and make friends with the myriad artists and musicians. While a more intimate experience can be had on the deck, the area transitions later to a music venue and service can be slow.

Dress Code

Artsy beach bash. Plaid button-ups, breezy skirts and straw fedoras lend just the right amount of urban chic to an otherwise laid-back scene.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel’s culinary core, Ganzo Downstairs restaurant serves fresh, locally sourced dishes throughout the day – think chilaquiles and freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast, tacos and ceviche for lunch, gourmet Mexican favourites like lion paw scallops and tlacoyo de pollo for dinner. By night, it’s a buzzy local hotspot where tequila flows faster than water and the sounds of El Ganzo Sessions waft out onto the wrap-around deck as the hours wear on. Oh, and, whatever you do, don’t miss the churros.

For your daytime poolside snacks and a more international flavour, the rooftop Gachoo Sushi Bar specialises in the freshest of Peruvian and Japanese seafood preparations, including ceviche, tempura and sashimi. Spread out along a raw bar on one side of the roof, it offers the same far-reaching views as the pool; indeed, if you don’t want to give up your lounger, just ask to have your food brought over. When you’re spending your day out at Ganzo de Playa, the beach club, you can snack and lunch on equally fresh fish tacos, salads and other beach classics.

Hotel bar

An extension of Ganzo Downstairs, the bar maintains the hotel’s convivial, well-soundtracked nature. Order a cerveza, Sangrita or straight-up margarita, pull up a beach chair by the outdoor deck’s firepit and enjoy the live music performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. On Wednesdays, the El Ganzo Film Club screens classic films to accompany your imbibing.

Last orders

Order your last cerveza by midnight. Ganzo Downstairs serves breakfast from 7am to 12noon; lunch, 12noon to 5pm; dinner, 6 to 11pm. Gachoo Sushi Bar is open from 10am to 6pm, and the beach club serves food from 10am to 5pm.

Room service

A simplified version of the Ganzo Downstairs lunch menu is available 24 hours a day, with staples like salads, catch-of-the-day and a burger.


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Hotel El Ganzo
Blvd. Tiburón s/n - La Playita Puerto Los Cabos
San Jose del Cabo


Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is 16 miles north of town, and many major international airlines offer direct routes from most major US cities. There are plenty of taxis, along with a shuttle into town.


You’ll want to hire a car to properly explore Los Cabos, though do be aware that roads can be hard to navigate and drivers quite aggressive. Taxis are also readily available, if a bit pricey.

Worth getting out of bed for

Set on a tidy marina in the mellow village of San José del Cabo, El Ganzo is just a 30-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas, but it feels worlds away from that crowded beach scene. And for those seeking true peace and quiet, this is a very good thing. Tranquil and unspoilt, there are still plenty of diversions in Cabo’s sleepier sister town.

The concierge can arrange everything from strenuous 32-mile guided bike tours and ATV adventures to deep-sea fishing excursions. Local outfitters, Cabo Expeditions (+52 624 14 32700) lead whale-watching trips, kayak and snorkelling tours of pristine coves and marine-life rich shoreline and can even get you up to speed on SUP, too.

Back on land, reserve a tee time at the Puerto Los Cabos Golf Course (+1 877 795 8727): co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, the 18-hole course is dramatically set overlooking the Sea of Cortes.

Local restaurants

El Ganzo is a dining destination in its own right, but should you motivate to venture beyond this culinary sanctuary, there are some tasty options. Stroll two blocks from the hotel to The Drunken Sailor (+52 624 164 9025), a thatched-roof beach hut with a limited but exceedingly fresh selection of ceviche, fish tacos and shrimp enchiladas. Pair your order with a tropical house made drink, such as the ginger mojito or horchatalada – a potent coconut, horchata and rum concoction.

Dine beneath fragrant fruit trees at Tequila restaurant (+52 624 142 3753) in downtown San José del Cabo on elegant takes on Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with a Mexican twist. Just outside of town is Floras Field Kitchen (+52 624 355 4564) set on a 10-acre organic farm dotted with swaying palm trees. All of the organic produce and humanely-raise beef served on the daily-changing menu comes directly from the farm or their ranch. Be sure to arrive before the sun has set, so you can wander the glorious grounds.  


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this artsy boutique hotel in Los Cabos and unpacked their designer swimsuits and Mexican handicrafts, a full account of their luxury Baja Californian beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel El Ganzo in San José del Cabo…

Imagine, if you will, a harbour-front terrace on a warm evening, where a breeze drifts up from the water to mingle among beautiful people sipping craft cocktails as they alternately chat and listen to the singer-songwriter duo serenading them. Or, picture a similarly breezy summer night, this time on a rooftop with an infinity pool and views stretching out to the ocean beyond the marina; instead of the musicians, it’s Midnight in Paris projected onto a wall, and the beautiful people are lounging on daybeds and cooling off with frosty cervezas.

These scenes are lifted straight from the pages of a week at Hotel El Ganzo, a hotel-cum-design boutique-cum-arts centre-cum-music-studio-cum-spa perched on the shores of Baja California’s southern tip. The first of its kind in this part of the world, it’s a destination for culture-inclined holiday-goers who want more than just a beach break. There is a beach, of course – a coveted rarity along Los Cabos’ rocky shoreline – and the private Ganzo de Playa beach club attracts guests for hours of basking and water-sports. But there’s also a weekly on-site farmers market, a rooftop raw bar, a recording studio downstairs, two swimming pools and 72 rustically luxurious rooms, each with an ocean view.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel El Ganzo’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The seclusion and quiet. If you want crazy, nightlife you can always drive to Cabo. The staff was amazing, so friendly and personable. This hotel is considerably less expensive than other high end Cabo area hotels, likely because it is farther from the main area, but that is what we loved the most. The marina setting is beautiful. Must do restaurants: drive to Flora Farm, a very short drive or taxi from El Ganzo...there is no place like this! Go for dinner, lunch and brunch and take the farm tour.

Don’t expect

A highly equipped gym. We are fitness people, and the lack of no cable weight equipment wasn't ideal, but for most this isn't an issue.


Stayed on 26 May 2016

We loved

Views of the Marina, the rooftop pool!

Don’t expect

Large resort amenities


Stayed on 7 Nov 2015