Think of it like you’re walking through an upscale gallery in West Chelsea only — better — you’re at beautiful hotel in San Jose del Cabo (not the ‘Cabo Wabo’ part) called El Ganzo. The walls are of stucco white: clean and minimal, which ends up being the ideal canvas for local artists that the hotel invites to make their mark (literally). An enormous mural of a storm trooper and Brain from Pinky and the Brain own the roof, where a bar (swim-up with a one-of-a-kind sushi menu, might I add), an infinity pool, lounge cabanas, and unique glass-enclosed jacuzzi overlook the marina and Sea of Cortez. And while it may be an artists’ playground, this playground doesn’t allow for actual children, making any parent who’s interested force to thinking of him or herself for once.
One of the facets that 70-room hotel boasts most is their underground (literally) professional recording studio, where global artists like Natalia Lafourcade, Brett Dennen, and Magic Giant (all of whom and more can be seen on the hotel’s YouTube channel) have all created music. And if you happen to be a lucky musician invited to record in the studio, the simple ask is that you perform what you’ve recorded for the week on the roof for a Saturday night concert. It’s the hotel’s own creative bartering environment to enrich the community: the hotel gives you the canvas, you give the people beauty in the form of art.
One of the most memorable parts of the room was the fact that I had one of the best nights sleep I’ve had in a while. If any relaxing vacation is successful, the true test is how relaxed you are at the end of it due to the quality of sleep you’ve gotten. For one, the beds are incredibly comfortable with highly breathable cotton sheets. Two, the layout of the rooms (well, at least the suite I got on the 3rd floor, #312 I believe), is completely open. The only dividers are the toilet door and the sheer curtain separating the tub from the sleeping quarters. Otherwise, that’s it! Best for a romantic couple, your single self (*raising my hand*), or your BFF you’re really comfortable with. Lucky you if you get a room with a door than’s been touched by a local artist.