An Oasis of Cool: Hotel El Ganzo

An Oasis of Cool: Hotel El Ganzo

There’s nothing quite like the new art- and music-themed Hotel El Ganzo in Los Cabos By: George Mucalov & Janice Mucalov
The rooftop pool is surrounded by Bali daybeds. // © 2014 Hotel El Ganzo
The rooftop pool is surrounded by Bali daybeds. // © 2014 Hotel El Ganzo

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Hotel El Ganzo

As we approached the Hotel El Ganzo in Los Cabos, we were concerned about a rainbow-colored splash of paint running down one wall. Did someone accidentally spill paint out of the window? As we got closer, it became clear that the streak was actually an art piece. That’s when we began to see that the new adults-only, art- and music-themed hotel is truly one-of-kind.

“The whole hotel — rooms, floors, exterior walls — is a blank canvas,” said Mark Rudin, Hotel El Ganzo’s music director and studio manager. “Artists can leave their creations anywhere.”

Indeed, artists and musicians are welcome to stay for awhile and to leave behind a contemporary art piece or a recorded song — some musicians even perform free concerts for guests.

The name “El Ganzo,” which means “the goose,” is a nod to the hotel’s long, white rectangular exterior. It overlooks the new Puerto Los Cabos marina, formerly an old fisherman’s wharf. All 72 rooms and suites have views of gleaming sport-fishing boats and pelicans dive-bombing for fish.

Inside, the 360-square-foot rooms are bright and sleek, with polished concrete floors and tech treats such as free Wi-Fi access and iPads for guests to use during their stay. King-size beds have headboards made from reclaimed wood and 400-thread-count Italian linens. A bathtub in the center of our room separated the bedroom space from the bathroom. Standard rooms have little glass Juliet balconies, while deluxe rooms have generous outdoor terraces; some also boast outdoor blue-tiled Jacuzzis. Guests craving space (and willing to splurge) will adore the 2,548-square-foot one-bedroom suite and 4,900-square-foot two-bedroom suite with small private gyms.

The white painted walls of each guestroom also sport their own artwork. Our room had a large black-and-white sketch of sea lions huddled on rocks by Marcos Castro, a well-known Mexico City wildlife artist. Headless dancers adorn some common corridors, and even hard-to-recognize old refrigerator doors decorate the restaurants’ walls. Another eye-catching feature in the restaurant is the trapdoor that leads to a state-of-the-art recording studio for the visiting musicians; guests simply need to ask to see it for themselves.

But the real showstopper is the hotel’s rooftop, which has a gigantic glass Jacuzzi and an infinity pool that zigzags along two edges of the building. There are also curtained daybeds for lounging and a sushi bar. On Wednesdays, guests can enjoy an outdoor movie here  — with free popcorn, too.

Hotel El Ganzo also has its own beach club on a calm swimming beach, accessed by a five-minute courtesy boat ride across the marina lagoon.

One morning, we rented hotel bikes and cycled around the Puerto Los Cabos marina on a scenic gravel bike path, past a collection of giant surreal bronze sculptures and the new Wirikuta Desert Botanical Garden (which showcases thousands of cacti). Then it was back to the hotel to see what new artistic gems we could discover.

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