08 Mar Hotels We Love: Hotel el Ganzo, Los Cabos, Mexico
Tons of hotels pride themselves on their beauty, their comforts and amenities, their top-notch service or their excellent food. Fewer rate themselves on that elusive, tough-to-define scale of cool — but when they do (and when they do it well), that’s where you want to be.
Say, a place where pro basketball player turned artist Desmond Mason has literally crowned the building (see above!), where songwriters like Allen Stone record in a underground studio then perform on the airy rooftop, a place of private beach clubs and Instagram-candy rooftop pools that makes you feel like you’ve been let in on a fantastic secret.
Welcome to Hotel El Ganzo, the coolest hotel in Los Cabos — and quite possibly, the coolest in Mexico.
“El Ganzo” means “the goose,” a name that’s a nod (and clever wordplay) on “gonzo” journalism made infamous by writers like Hunter S Thompson, as well as a reference to the property’s elongated white exterior. “Gonzo journalism means that you’re in it, you’re part of the story,” general manager Ella Messerli told us. She sees the hotel as a living art gallery, and its guests as part of the canvas—whether photographing themselves near artist Andrik Figueroa’s gigantic rooftop Stormtrooper or brushing past artist Lourdes Villagomez’s pop art skull in the spa.
El Ganzo has an artist in residence program where they’ll host an artist for a week to craft a public piece, chosen by the hotel’s on-staff curator. Whatever the artist chooses to do in his or her own room is free game afterward, and as a guest, you might end up in a marked room. Mason’s, for instance, has a crown above the room number. A similar program exists for musicians – they’re given access to the hotel’s music studio to record a piece for the hotel’s “El Ganzo Sessions,” then give an intimate performance on a rooftop stage for the guests and community. So as a guest, you might be sitting one cabana down from an internationally known artist or musician, witnessing part of the legacy he or she will leave behind. How cool is that?!
And by the way, the fact that El Ganzo is a space aimed at fostering creativity and originality doesn’t take away from all the other reasons to visit. The well-designed rooms are beautifully lit and comfortable, the buzzy rooftop—with its standout art and lengthy infinity pool—is a scene you’ll want to be part of, and the restaurants serve delicious, fresh food (try the poolside sushi!). There’s also a boat that will, in 3 minutes, ferry you over to El Ganzo’s private beach club, one of the few swimmable spots in Cabo. If all that isn’t enough, there’s also a luxurious spa tucked away at one end of the building with treatments that range from traditional massage therapy to facials. At night, there’s outdoor fire pits to keep you warm as you sip your cervesa, live music weekly, and occasional film screenings.
Rooms start at $240/night. Keep scrolling for more pictures of El Ganzo.