Drift Hotel is in the historic district of San Jose del Cabo. It's surrounded by art galleries and fantastic restaurants and bars. The hotel is for those who prefer culture over all inclusive resorts. It's social atmosphere encourages guests to interact with each other, especially at night while enjoying “mezcanelas" at the mezcal bar. On Thursdays and Saturdays when they open their gate to the public, you meet friendly locals who are more than happy to point you in the right direction for your next adventure, tasty bite, or refreshing drink.
Upon ringing the buzzer outside the large black gate, we were greeted by a hotel staff member who escorted us to the mezcal bar. Another staff member took our bags up to our room while we relaxed at the bar with our greeter turned bartender. We enjoyed mezcal while our greeter told us about the hotel and the San Jose del Cabo area.
He walked us up to our room where our bags and glorious room was waiting for us.
We booked the "large room" because of the giant bathtub. The other rooms, medium and small, came with just a shower. My boyfriend and I love tubs we both can soak in at the same time, so we knew we had to book the large room for that reason. There was a rainfall shower head for non bathtub soaking days.
The floors, bed platform, tub, sink, and corner sitting area were concrete, creating a modern look. It's a common practice in Mexico to create rooms, homes, and even furniture from concrete. Some would think concrete creates an industrial and harsh look and feel, but the giant sliding window, frosted glass door, and floor to ceiling window in the bathroom provided sunlight making the room bright (literally and figuratively) and warm (only figuratively, there was an excellent AC unit in the room).
The bed and pillows were comfortable and next to the bed was a hammock one could have hanging or put away when not in use.
Bottle water was provided every day by housekeeping, a welcomed and necessary touch in Mexico.
Common Area and Mezcal Bar
The highlight of the common area was the gorgeous plunge pool. There were 4 wooden lounge chairs by the pool, but one could lay on the concrete area around the pool too. The cool crisp water of the pool was a great escape from the midday heat.
The mezcal bar opened during the day and closed at 10pm. They had an array of mezcals from the area and it could be enjoyed straight up with delectable orange slices or as a cocktail, including a mezcal margarita or “Mezcanela”, mezcal, cinnamon, orange and bitters with Sal de Gusano, a spicy Oaxacan delicacy of toasted agave worms and smoked sea salt.
In the morning, breakfast was provided at the mezcal bar. The (gluten free) spread included cheese, sliced meats, papaya, and sliced banana. The highlight of the breakfast was the freshly squeezed orange juice. The oranges in Mexico are perfectly sweet and was an excellent morning pick me up.
Food Cart and Art Walk
Every Thursday and Saturday, Drift San Jose opens it's doors to the public so both tourists and locals alike can enjoy their mezcal bar and food cart.
People could sit at the wooden bar stools at the bar, at the wooden tables and chairs in the courtyard, or on the swanky chairs around the fire pit.
The food cart served meat sandwiches, which could be made sans bread. Meats included beef brisket, smoked pork, and arrachera. As per the suggestion of one of the cooks, we tried the arrachera (skirt steak) sans bread. The meat was tender and perfectly seasoned.
Since Drift is centrally located in the historic district next to all the art galleries, it was perfect hopping off point to take in the art walk after enjoying some food and drinks.
Every Thursday, San Jose del Cabo hosts an art walk, where the downtown historic area turns into an art aficionados dream. All the galleries stay open late and you can stroll in and out taking in the art pieces. And if you have money to spare, all the art is available for purchase.
We loved our stay at Drift. The staff members were kind, friendly, and helpful. The room was comfortable and truly felt like our home away from home.
We met some incredible people staying at the hotel, including a dancer for Beyoncé and an acclaimed photographer. The hotel attracts a lot of discerning creative types who much prefer a local experience verses an all inclusive.
So if you're looking for a hotel that immerses you in the local area, with art, delicious food, and friendly people, Drift San Jose is the right spot for you for your next Cabo vacation.