About This Listing
“Emblematic of youthful, independent properties with hip, social spaces. SoHo loft meets Baja ranchero style.” Travel + Leisure.
“Renegade…think the Ace minus the mob scene and high prices.” Remodelista
“Stylishly minimalist" New York Times
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-Independent travel - Drift San Jose is an alternative to big resorts and package holidays. No expensive services and amenities here - just the essentials - leaving your free to explore the Baja on your own terms.
-Back-to-basics - each one of our eight rooms has its own exterior entrance facing a palm filled courtyard, one queen bed, with 100% raw cotton fitted sheet and duvet (flat sheet on request), quality mattress, writing desk, lockbox, bathroom with hot water and shower, towels and soap.
-Do-it-yourself - make your own coffee in our guest kitchen, enjoy a self-serve beverage poolside.
-Social spaces - meet other travelers on the rooftop deck, hang out on shared patios or by the evening fire.
-Keeping it simple - with a rustic ranch meets industrial loft style - minimal design using lots of concrete and steel.
-Special occasions - bring a group of up to 16 friends - book the entire place!
-Advertised room price includes tax! We are a registered business.
-No children, 18 years plus.
-Minimum stay may be in effect during holiday periods. Listing availability opens three months in advance. Each room is a little bit different and allocated upon arrival - listing number does not coordinate to room number. You can not reserve a specific room. We do not have rooms with two beds.
-We do not accept walk-ins, or take bookings or inquiries by phone or email, AirBNB handles all bookings, change of dates, financial transactions and manages the cancellation and refund policy. We do not offer discounts or accept long term rentals.
-Free wireless internet (high speed fiber optic)
-Guest kitchen with complimentary coffee
-Self-serve snacks and cold beverages
-Free street parking, limited on-site parking
-Snorkel gear, yoga mats and bikes
-Self-serve rooftop laundry ($5 USD per load)
-Air conditioning option ($15 USD per day - sometimes needed July thru Sept)
-Easily make your own changes to your reservation directly thru Airbnb
Interaction with Guests
Someone will be on site between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM to open the gate, give you your keys, show you how everything works and give a few recommendations for places to eat or things to do and see. We do not have a formal reception or concierge, and do not plan transportation or tours. Once you have your keys you are on your own to come and go as you please. Mid-stay room cleaning is available upon request. Fresh towels always available just ask any one of our staff.
Drift San Jose is located in the heart of San Jose del Cabo's Art District, only one block from the cathedral and main plaza. San Jose is a traditional Mexican colonial town - with a contemporary gallery, live music and food scene. Famous for the Thursday night Art Walk and Saturday morning Organic Farmers Market. We are central to the best restaurants, bars, shops, galleries and cafes. A nearby trail follows the estuary and bird sanctuary, ending at the beach approx 20 minutes away.
We are perfectly situated for real Baja adventure. Explore the desert, mountains, ranches and miles of beautiful empty beaches. Popular day trips include the East Cape for surfing (30 min), Santiago for hiking, hot springs and waterfall (45 min) Todos Santos for surfing and great organic food scene (60 min), Cabo Pulmo for world class diving (90 min), Las Ventanas for kite surfing (2 hours) or La Paz to visit the spectacular Balandra Bay or Isla Espiritu Santo for kayaking or swimming with whale sharks (2 hours).
Popular nearby beaches accessible by taxi, car or bus are the beach at Ganzo Beach Club (5 min), La Playita (10 min), Costa Azul for surfing (15 min), Palmilla for swimming or SUP (15 min), Chileno for swimming or snorkeling (20 min), Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas (30 min).
San Jose del Cabo is in the municipality of Los Cabos, 20 minutes south of Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) and 30 minutes East of the city of Cabo San Lucas.
-TAXIS can always be found downtown, usually in the main plaza, in front of the Cathedral, 1.5 block from Drift. From the airport there are both Taxis (approx $65) and shuttles (approx $15 per person) available to bring you downtown San Jose. Return fare back to the airport by taxi is approximately $20.
-RENTAL CARS can be found at the airport or or various rental agencies in San Jose. We recommend our guests rent a car or 4x4 if they want to explore the many beaches and sites outside of downtown San Jose. We like National Rental Car (office located two blocks from Drift) and have asked them to offer our guests a special all-in package rate including taxes and insurance if they mention they are staying at Drift. This rate depends on type of car and time of year and we cannot guarantee this rate or recommend or offer any other information in regards to renting a car.
-BUSES many of our guests have great luck getting around by the many different buses in and around San Jose. We do not have specific or detailed information, schedules or routes for the buses.
Other Things to Note
CHECK-IN IS BETWEEN 2:00 PM AND 6:00 PM. If you plan to arrive after 6:00 PM special arrangements must be made beforehand by email. If not, there may be no one scheduled on-site to unlock the gate and your reservation will be considered a no show. We cannot accommodate check-in before 2:00 PM or past 10:00 PM.
-No one under 18 years.
-No smoking in rooms.
-Maximum two people per room.
-Only registered guests on property.
From Dec 20 - 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
This place is perfect. The pictures are a true representation of the place. It has a really great feel to it moments to the villages restaurants, bars and shops.
I would stay here again.
Drift was a perfect experience--I wish more hotels were like this! The property is beautiful and simple, the rooms are comfortable and clean, and the owners and staff couldn't have been friendlier. The shared kitchen space was beautiful, and provided a place to easily talk with other guests without feeling trapped in awkward conversations. Drift also provided great suggestions of restaurants and activities in the area. As a solo traveler, I felt that both myself and my stuff were completely safe. Can't stop raving about Drift!
My husband and I had a great experience at Drift! The Staff were extreme friendly and helpful. Drift makes it so easy to relax and enjoy the area and included all the touches to do so: Fresh-ground make-it-yourself coffee, fresh squeezed OJ, beers and snacks on the honor system, all sorts of equipment for the beach, etc. The hardest part was choosing between exploring the area or sticking around to enjoy the peace of the courtyard. On some nights there is a Mezcal tasting, which everybody should do!
I'll definitely be looking for another excuse to stay with them again in the future!
I was booked into Cabo for a bachelor party and it got cancelled. So, I decided to go solo and when I heard about Drift it just seemed like a great place to stay.
The staff and owner are very welcoming but not intrusive. You are given all the tools you need to get out and snorkel, ride bikes, explore the area and/or just sit on the beach with a cooler and read.
Everything has been thought out really well and depending on what night it is there's typically something fun going on. Just ask.
Advice: You might bring nice clothes for going out at night, Drift is right in the middle of a fancy Art district and I found myself feeling a little under dressed at times. Also, I'd say renting a car and/or having access to one is key to fully exploring the area.
Hope to come back soon! Muchas Gracias guys.
We were greeted by our very friendly host, Angelo, and as he toured us around the property we immediately fell in love with the decor. The place was a completely unique experience for us. Everything from the simplistic concrete shower with exposed copper plumbing, to the communal kitchen, to the mezcal & tequila tasting every night. Plus it is conveniently located next to all the shops and amazing local food.
Staying at drift has been the perfect experience. As a person who doesn't like to be around the tourist masses when traveling, drift offered a good balance between the comforts of a resort hotel and the adventure of venturing out and experiencing the lands.
The staff were exceptionally friendly and made sure we were taken care of throughout our entire stay. The people we encountered were also friendly and conversation was always interesting. The tequila tasting and food truck that came was also a big plus and a lot of fun.
Overall, I highly recommend staying at drift for anyone who is interested in coming to cabo and wants to experience it in a way different and other from everybody else.
One of the most beautiful places to stay in San Jose del Cabo. The staff was great and the place was amazing. It's great for travelers who want to immerse themselves in the local culture and away from the more tourist spots. However Cabo is only a short distance away. I loved the hotel dog Clara!!! Such a sweetie. I would definitely stay here again
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About the Host, Staff At Drift
DRIFT is inspired by the idea of independent travel - an alternative to package tourism and all-inclusive resorts. It is for real travelers - our guests prefer a basic do-it-yourself and social atmosphere over expensive luxury amenities and services. Money saved on accommodation can instead be spent on real adventure! We like using Airbnb as our booking engine because it attracts guests who are open to new concepts and experiences in hospitality.
Our super friendly staff includes our check-in host Angel, bartender Christian, manager Mauricio, Benito the gardener and Leo the cleaning lady.
We have a total of 8 listings at Drift San Jose - all in the same building - if you can't find the dates you are looking for please try another listing. We also have one listing dedicated to renting all 8 rooms for bookings of up to 16 people.