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" says 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 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.
My group of 5 ladies had an amazing week staying at Drift. Loved the laid-back atmosphere - the staff was always around to offer help or ask if we needed anything, but we never felt like we couldn't kick back and relax in the common areas like we would at a vacation home. The dip pool is heaven. It was also great to meet the other guests - Stu's living/spatial concept has fostered a great sense of community. SJD is a sleepy town during the day, but really comes alive at night with lots of live music shows in the restaurants and town plaza near Drift!
Really fantastic experience. The location couldn't better since it's really in the heart of the historic art district. Restaurants and bars are walkable and the location is perfect for exploring surf spots along the coast. Staff is very friendly and helpful and other travelers were all super nice. Will definitely come back.
I stayed for 6 nights, on arrival was met by the owner Stu, all the staff are extremely friendly, chilled out and helpful. Loved the building design and set up, everything is very clean and well-maintained, cool breezes blow through the upstairs rooms/areas. The café/restaurant suggestions were perfect and only 3-5mins walk from the hotel. There’s a small outside bar onsite with excellent selections of artesian Mescul and high-end Tequila. The oranges/juicer, yoga mats and beach towels were a nice touch, with plenty of space on the balconies for stretching or relaxing.
This is a very chilled out place to stay, however on Thursday – Saturday nights local restaurants/bars within the same block have live bands playing load music until 1-2pm, this didn’t bother me too much, but if you were planning on an early nights sleep, this could be difficult. The rest of the time Drift is quite as, would definitely stay again.
We had the absolute best time at Drift! We were welcomed by Mauricio who was so warm, friendly and showed us around the property. Our room was amazing - very clean, loved the design, open concrete and exposed brick and piping. The rain shower was to die for! As for the property, the rooftop has a perfect view for sunrise/sunset and also close enough to the neighborhood restaurants to catch some live music as well. The kitchen is also the cutest, with chalkboard walls (maps of the town, places to see), as well as coffee and fresh oranges to make juice in the morning. Really really recommend Drift! We will be back!
As soon as we arrived we felt very welcome. We were immediately given a quick tour by the receptive and kind staff. Throughout our entire stay everyone was very helpful about places to go in town, and were accommodating. I cannot give them enough praise. The Saturday food truck visit and Mezcal tasting were a delight. The Drift hotel exemplifies hospitality and loves to have fun. It is an ideal spot for guests who want to spend most of their time doing activities around the city or beaches, and still have an option to lay low day or night. When we come back to San Jose we will stay here again.
Our stay at Drift was very pleasant. When we arrive we were met by Angel, who was awesome. The hotel has a beautiful minimalist rustic aesthetic, airy and open. We were lucky enough to have timed our stay to have experienced 2 tequila & mezcal tastings, the food truck, art walk and the farmer's market. The hotel has just the right amount of amenities with a communal vibe, yet with areas of privacy and retreat like the outdoor terraces and the rooftop garden. Later on in the week the activities and music fizzled down a bit which made for a nice relaxing end to our stay. We got to lounge by the pool and bask the warm sun. I'm very happy I got to experience this awesome place.
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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.