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11 Best Boutique Cabo Hotels (Beachfront Ones Too!)

There’s no shortage of fabulous places to stay in Cabo.

Los Cabos in the state of Baja California Sur has a rep as the most expensive resort destination in Mexico.

A dizzying array of luxury hotels like the Montage Los Cabos, Chileno Bay Resort, the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal and One&Only Palmilla will pamper you in complete and utter style.

But if you don’t want to drop a wad of cash on your accommodations in Cabo, you don’t have to.

Because there are some amazing smaller boutique Cabo hotels that are easier on the wallet. The cost of your Cabo vacation doesn’t have to drain your piggy bank.

Some of these hotels are really cool too! (We know! We’ve stayed at many of them when vacationing in Cabo over the years.)

So here’s our curated list of independent, unique and boutique hotels in Cabo.

You’ll find a mix of what we call “affordable luxury” escapes as well as true luxury boutique Los Cabos hotels.

11 Best boutique Cabo hotels

All of the following hotels are located right in the Los Cabos area – in Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, or along the Tourist Corridor connecting the two towns.

Some are small urban inns that aren’t beachfront.

But a few are actually hotels with a swimmable beach at their fingertips. (This is rare for Cabo, as many beaches, while stunning, aren’t safe for swimming.)

One is even a super cool treehouse hotel!

Okay, let’s check out these boutique hotel gems in Cabo.

Boutique Cabo hotel rate guide

Here’s roughly what the following hotels cost:

  • Under $200 = $
  • $200 to $300 = $$
  • $300 to $500 = $$$
  • Over $500 = $$$$

Contents: 15 best boutique hotels in Los Cabos

Best boutique hotels in Cabo San Lucas

1) Bahia Hotel & Beach House – $$ to $$$

2) Casa Bella Boutique Hotel – $

Best boutique hotels in San Jose del Cabo

3) Hotel El Ganzo – $$$

4) Casa Natalia – $$

5) Acre Resort Los Cabos – $$$

6) Casa Costa Azul Boutique Hotel – $$

7) Drift – $

Best boutique hotels on the Tourist Corridor

8) Mar del Cabo – $$$

9) Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos – $$$$

10) Cabo Surf Hotel – $$$

11) The Cape, A Thompson Hotel – $$$$

Best Cabo San Lucas boutique hotels

1) Bahia Hotel & Beach House – $$ to $$$

If your idea of a vacation is lounging in a hotel where chic and approachable collide, the Bahia Hotel & Beach House will be your dream spot.

It’s one of the coolest boutique Cabo San Lucas hotels! (We stayed here before heading up to Todos Santos recently for a few days.)

Bahia Hotel and Beach House, Cabo San Lucas

The hotel isn’t beachfront, per se – it’s set back a block and a bit from Medano Beach (Cabo’s most popular beach, offering tons of water sports).

But its hipper-than-hip private beach club on its own private beach area there, aptly named the “Beach House,” is front row and center waterfront.

Bahia Hotel's SUR Beach Club

As a guest, you’ll have full access to the SUR Beach House and all its sexy loungy-ness.

The hotel and beach club’s neutral palette showcases the gorgeous blue and unique landscape Cabo is known for.

Unlike some beach clubs in Cabo, the Bahia Hotel’s beach club is unpretentious and gives off sophisticated but easy-going vibes.

And when you get tired of drinking rosé on the beach (is that possible?), head back to the hotel’s courtyard pool for a cool dip.

Another plus to staying here: You’re walking distance to all of Cabo’s great restaurants, clubs and bars.

See our review of the Bahia Hotel for more information.

Bahia Hotel & Beach House: Check rates and availability

2) Casa Bella Boutique Hotel – $

Casa Bella Boutique Hotel in Cabo San Lucas

If you’re looking for one of the best affordable hotels in Cabo San Lucas – a quaint boutique hotel with authentic Mexican charm – look no further! 

Casa Bella Boutique Hotel has 14 richly colored rooms with chunky, rustic wooden furniture and brightly hued accents. It’s all very cozy and comforting (and inexpensive).

Speaking of cozy, you can rent the entire hotel for weddings or events – you’ll all feel like you’re staying at your own Mexican hacienda. And trust us, it’s the stuff dreams are made of.

The hotel is situated around a beautiful outdoor flower-filled patio and has a small inviting pool, so you’ll never need to leave unless you want to.

Pool at Casa Bella Boutique Hotel, Cabo San Lucas

And if you do leave the hotel, it’s only a short walk to the buzzy Cabo San Lucas Marina. Catch a water taxi there to explore Lands’ End – the dramatic point where the Baja California Peninsula extends between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of ​​Cortez.

As Casa Bella is located in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, you’ll have everything at your fingertips. Yet you’ll feel miles away in this calm oasis.

It’s one of those small boutique hotels in Cabo San Lucas where you’ll feel right at home.

Casa Bella Boutique Hotel: Check rates and availability

Best San Jose del Cabo boutique hotels

3) Hotel El Ganzo – $$$

Hotel El Ganzo is one of the coolest boutique hotels in Los Cabos!

Ok, real talk… We kind of have a love affair with the Hotel El Ganzo.

We’ve stayed here three times now. It’s in a great location, and we think it’s simply one of the best Cabo boutique hotels!

Picture this: A boutique gem with 70 rooms, oozing with artsy vibes and more attention to detail than a painter perfecting a masterpiece.

Speaking of art, there are live art installations, an in-house recording studio and live musicians playing onsite. This is “boutique hotel” meets “edgy independent art and music space.”

But the real pièce de résistance? A rooftop infinity pool with a glass hot tub providing iconic views of pink sunsets.

Hotel El Ganzo rooftop pool

Sure, the hotel is just a free 5-minute boat ride away from the calm waters of El Ganzo Beach.  

But once you bask in El Ganzo’s rooftop pool glory, good luck trying to peel yourself away!

Hotel El Ganzo: Check rates and availability

4) Casa Natalia – $$

Casa Natalia, San Jose del Cabo

Right in the historic heart of San Jose del Cabo’s old town sits Casa Natalia, an oasis in paradise.

All 18 sunny and spacious rooms are decorated with traditional Mexican wares, like Otomi embroidery, rich woods, and rustic chic rattan. Each room is different, with works of art from local Cabo artisans.

If you treat yourself to a spa suite, you can bask on your private large terrace, complete with a hot tub and hammock.

So if you’re thinking: “Hot tub? Who needs a hot tub in Mexico?” then opt for a different room. But if you go in January, you’ll be thankful for a hot tub at night.   

Most of the other guest rooms have terraces with hammocks.

And the hotel has a small pool.

Although not beachfront, Casa Natalia is perfectly situated for Art Walk, where you can wander from gallery to gallery, sipping wine and meeting the artists.

There are two onsite eateries at this boutique Los Cabos hotel.

Mi Cocina is divine and focuses on local, organic and sustainable seafood and fish. It’s often touted as one of the best restaurants in San Jose del Cabo.

And the pop-up Baja Oyster Bar focuses on, well… local, seasonal and sustainable oysters.

Casa Natalia: Check rates and availability

5) Acre Resort Los Cabos – $$$

Acre Resort, Cabo

Ever dream of living the Tarzan life in a treehouse? Well, that is what Acre Resort is known for – besides its incredibly drool-worthy farm-to-table restaurant.

Acre is for sure one of the most unique boutique hotels in Cabo, set on 25 acres of verdant greenery in the town’s foothills.

The property is part home for rescued animals (you’ve got to meet Burrito the donkey), part farm, part boutique hotel and 100% all-around vacation paradise.

There are a few villas.

But the main reason to stay here? The 13 treehouses hovering high on solid stilts, surrounded by majestic palm trees that seem to touch the sky.

Acre treehouse bedroom with king bec

They look rustic. After all, they are treehouses.

But then you step inside your nest and find all the amenities you would in a luxe hotel, minus the air conditioning.

There are screens, a king-sized bed with a mosquito net, high-speed free WiFi access, a private terrace to sip Acre’s own mezcal and an outdoor shower so you can get sudsy under the stars.

There’s also a beautiful outdoor swimming pool ensconced among hundreds of palm trees.

Swimming pool at Acre Resort, Los Cabos, lit up at night

So, pack your sense of adventure for this great place.

You’ll find treehouses aren’t just a delight for kids.

Acre Resort: Check rates and availability

6) Casa Costa Azul Boutique Hotel – $$

Set right on a swim- and surf-friendly beach, this family-run boutique hotel gets rave reviews from guests who stay here.

Casa Costa Azul is one of the best boutique hotels in San Jose del Cabo.

Casa Costa Azul has just 14 rooms.

Each is furnished with dark wood Mexican furniture, adding a touch of local charm. Large terraces with sea views are perfect for that morning coffee moment.

Throw in an oceanview infinity pool, free WiFi and a complimentary continental breakfast, topped off with really welcoming hosts – and you’ve got yourself a sweet deal by the ocean.

Casa Costa Azul Boutique Hotel: Check rates and availability

7) Drift – $

Drift boutique hotel in San Jose del Cabo

Tagged as one of the town’s best-kept secrets, Drift is a hidden treat in the heart of the historic district.

It’s the only industrial-style boutique San Jose del Cabo hotel and has 29 rooms with raw stone features, polished concrete and neutral colors. The décor was inspired by the textures of the desert, and it shows.

With clean sweeping lines and dune-colored linens, it’s a minimalist’s dream hotel.

But, as it’s right in the town, you might hear music from the bars some nights as you’re trying to “drift” off to sleep – oh, bad pun!

Drift: Check rates and availability

Other best boutique hotels in Cabo on the Corridor

8) Mar del Cabo – $$$

Mar del Cabo, Los Cabos

When it comes to luxury boutique hotels in Cabo San Lucas, Mar del Cabo isn’t a 5-star hotel.

It doesn’t claim to be, though. For 5-star luxury, you can stay at one of its sister all-inclusive Velas Resorts next door – the Grand Velas Los Cabos or the Grand Velas Boutique Hotel Los Cabos (#9 below).

But Mar del Cabo costs a whole lot less – and it sure is pretty!

Take one look at this boutique Cabo hotel on the beach, and you might mistake it for a hotel in Greece. It’s all white, with sapphire blue tiles and fuchsia bougainvillea cascading down your private balcony. 

The 48 suites each have a mini-kitchenette, a living/dining area and a bedroom. But it’s unlikely you’ll spend much time there with the oceanfront spa just waiting for your arrival.

Mar del Cabo guest room with a king bed and yellow and blue art on the white walls

The air-conditioned rooms have ocean, partial ocean or garden views.

All feature Mexican handicrafts that provide that pop of color in an all-white-hued room. The only exception is the kitchenette, which is covered in colorful handmade tiles and equipped with a coffee machine, mini-fridge and microwave.

Mar del Cabo isn’t on the best beach for swimming (rip tides make it unsafe).

But lazing at the pool is no hardship. It looks out into the beach, so you’ll have the best of both worlds.

Mar del Cabo: Check rates and availability

9) Grand Velas Boutique Hotel Los Cabos – $$$$

Fancy one of the finest adults-only all-inclusive Cabo resorts? A spectacular luxury boutique hotel in Los Cabo that’s brand new?

Say hello to the elegant Grand Velas Boutique Hotel Los Cabos!

Grand Velas Boutique Hotel Los Cabos

Each of the 79 suites is more than 900 square feet in size.

They come with a king size bed with goose-down pillows and comforter, a private terrace with sitting area, premium mini-bar (stocked daily) and a Nespresso coffee maker.

There are two onsite restaurants – a versatile all-day eatery and an elegant fine-dining spot. Plus, as an added perk, you have full access to the culinary delights at the larger neighboring all-inclusive Grand Velas Los Cabos.

The beachfront infinity pool is a highlight, boasting stunning ocean vistas. In winter, keep your eyes peeled for whales spouting and breaching offshore too.

Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos: Check rates and availability

10) Cabo Surf Hotel – $$$

Cabo Surf Hotel

The family-owned Cabo Surf Hotel is the best beach boutique hotel in Cabo for surfing lessons. Since it’s situated on a surfing beach, Playa Acapulquito, one of the cool things to do here is learn to surf.

If surfing isn’t your thing, you can learn to paddleboard or just hit the fitness center. Or, for the ultimate in treating yourself on vacation, ask the front desk to organize a spa day for you.

And if you prefer an outdoor pool to the ocean, you’ll still be spoiled for choice with two infinity pools and a hot tub with ocean views.

A restaurant and bar on the beach make it super easy to spend days on end there. But if you’d like to venture out, there are more restaurants, cafés, bars and a grocery store within a few minutes’ drive.

Cabo Surf Hotel room

The 36 eco-friendly rooms have a beach-chic vibe.

Some hotel rooms have a jacuzzi on the terrace, so you can skinny dip (under the moonlight, of course) with a view of the beach.

Cabo Surf Hotel: Check rates and availability

11) The Cape, a Thompson Hotel – $$$

Copper bathtub at The Cape, A Thompson Hotel

This is the largest of the Los Cabos boutique hotels on our list.

But even with 161 rooms, The Cape, a Thompson Hotel never feels crowded.

It could be because each room offers breathtaking ocean views and a glimpse of the legendary El Arco (the Arch of Cabo San Lucas). Or because some have plunge pools and others have copper leaf soaking tubs, so no one leaves their rooms.

Dining at Manta, Cabo

If The Cape didn’t have Manta (its onsite restaurant by renowned Mexican chef Enrique Olvera) and a spa worthy of an afternoon or two, we, too, might have stayed in.

The rooms are that good.

They are a captivating blend of mid-century Latin American décor with intense black accents.

Our terrace, where we spent a lot of time sipping bespoke mezcal cocktails on our swinging daybed, was completely black – the walls, the floor, the ceiling all black. It sounds a bit over the top, but it was super chic.

The Cape is more expensive than the others on this list. But it’s an upscale hotel – think chic and modern – and it’s not stuffy in the least.

The Cape, A Thompson Hotel: Check rates and availability

Final say on the best boutiquey nice hotels in Cabo

See! We told you there is no shortage of fabulous boutique Cabo hotels! 

But these are the best of the best small hotels in Cabo San Lucas (and elsewhere in Los Cabos) – without you having to take out a second mortgage to stay there. 

Best boutique Cabo hotels

Planning your trip to Cabo?

Here are our favorite travel resources:

Resorts: Booking.com is great for scoring a “wow” hotel in Cabo – or at least a decent one. (We especially like their flexible cancellation policy!)

Vacation homes, condos and rentals: We prefer and use Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner).

Tours: For the best local guided tours in Cabo, see Viator and GetYourGuide.

Car rental: Renting a car in Los Cabos is one of the best ways to explore. Discover Cars searches car rental companies so you get the best rates.

Travel insurance: SafetyWing is designed for frequent travelers, long-term adventurers and digital nomads. It covers medical expenses, lost checked luggage, trip interruption and more.

Need more help planning your trip? Check out our ultimate Cabo travel guide! It’s packed with crazy useful trip planning info.

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Photos: 8, 16, 21 © Janice and George Mucalov, Cabo Visitor | 1 Hotel El Ganzo | Remaining photos courtesy of the respective boutique hotels

About the authors

Award-winning travel writers Janice and George Mucalov are frequent visitors to Los Cabos. Here on Cabo Visitor, they share their essential tips for discovering the best of Cabo!