Drift San Jose in Baja California Mexico

MY LATEST DESIGN HOTEL CRUSH: DRIFT SAN JOSÉ IN BAJA CALIFORNIA

The better Cabo

When I think of Cabo San Lucas, I think Rihanna, ultra-luxurious resorts or Spring Break. The owner of Drift San José, the Canadian-born designer Stu Waddell has definitely changed that, creating a hotel experience that’s nothing like the resorts that line up all along the coast. Drift is one of the best discoveries I made earlier this year because it perfectly suits my kind of independent travel style and obsession with design and pretty things – without ruining my budget. It’s located just 20 minutes from the airport of Los Cabos, in the Art District of San José del Cabo, a charming little colonial town with lots of galleries, shops and fantastic restaurants. The perfect basecamp for you to explore all the beauties southern Baja California has to offer!

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The fire pit in the courtyard is the perfect spot to socialize with other travelers

Baja Ranch meets industrial loft

Stu basically converted a classic apartment building into a 8-room Hotel with a team of local workers, replacing all doors with huge sliding glass windows. Each room has a queen bed, a bathroom with an open concept shower, a small wall-hung closet and a writing desk. The style is best described as a combination of industrial loft and rustic Baja ranch with materials such as concrete, steel and wood. The design is urban, simple and the concrete floors offer a nice cooling effect when it’s 30*C degrees outside.

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Spacious rooms with nice cooling concrete floors

Designed to be social

In place of a restaurant the hotel has a bar where you can make yourself coffee or squeeze your own orange juice. There’s also a food cart event every Thursday and Saturday night. It’s a Do-it-yourself kind of place with little amenities, but who really still needs a phone or a MiniBar in their hotel room, right? Instead, Drift tries to keep the costs down offering rooms from €60EUR/night. This way you can spend your money on adventurous stuff like diving, surfing, whale-watching, road trips through the desert or cultural activities. There is also a small retail store selling innovative Mexican design stuff and artisanal Mezcal from small family-run distilleries. Designed to be social all rooms face the central courtyard where there’s a cozy fire pit and a Mezcal Tasting Bar. Convinced? I would say their rooftop lounge with the surrounding agave garden is a pretty nice place to hang out at, right around January next year!

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Common Space on the second floor, facing the central courtyard
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Mezcal Tasting Bar
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Sunsets are best spent at their rooftop lounge –  I love these comfortable handmade Acapulco chairs!
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Sundowners at the rooftop terrace – happy place!

You can book your stay at Drift through AirBnB here or directly through their homepage www.driftsanjose.com

(Photo credits: Jessie Schoeller, @bajacowboy, Rafael Gamo, Francois Cavalier, Inside Elsewhere)

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