In the heart of San José's Historic Arts District, this gorgeous and comfortable inn has two separate buildings—one looks onto the verdant gardens and pool; the other one, across the street, is in a charming, historic building with a narrow courtyard. A former hacienda, the property was converted into a hotel and the horse stables into rooms. Surrounded by gardens and adorned with climbing vines, all guest quarters are immaculate and impeccably decorated with wood plank headboards and unusually high beds royal-style. This intimate hotel makes for a great wedding property, and the on-site chapel harkens back to the Mexico of years gone by.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Breakfast is served at Jazmin's Restaurant two blocks away.
There are two separate areas for accommodations. The original hotel features rooms and suites named after famous Mexican songs, each overlooking the pool and courtyard, and exquisitely appointed with handmade furnishings and local art. The second building, just down the street, is more conventionally appointed, but with the same traditional style accents.
The on-site wedding chapel makes this an attractive option for destination wedding groups.
El Encanto Inn doesn’t have a traditional lobby, but rather a colorful foyer decorated with mirrors, local art, potted plants, and wrought iron candelabras that leads to a colonial style fountain and the courtyard beyond.
The centerpiece of the picturesque courtyard, the pool is lined with lounge chairs, and fringed with palm trees, lush foliage, and vines trained around the hotel pillars.
The El Encanto Day Spa is rather intimate but well laid-out, with a luxurious soak tub, massage table, and an area set aside for manicures and pedicures.
Although it used to offer multiple on-site dining options, the only restaurant currently operating is the Italian themed Capriccio Grill and Wine Bar, and it is open only during dinner hours.
On-site dining option Capriccio boasts a fine wine bar, but also offers a full range of beers and cocktails.
El Encanto Inn’s central downtown location in San José del Cabo puts it within easy walking distance of the city’s many art galleries, as well as historic attractions like City Hall, the old Catholic church, and the sculpture garden to local heroes, El Jardín de los Cabeños Ilustres. Rental cars are recommended for trips to Cabo San Lucas, or to the municipality’s gorgeous East Cape region.
Jazmin’s (3-minute walk on Calle José María Morelos) is one of the best downtown purveyors of traditional Mexican cuisine, and chef and restaurateur Tadd Chapman showcases contemporary takes on classic regional dishes at neighboring eateries Don Sanchez and Local Uno (5-minute walk to Blvd. Mijares).
El Encanto Inn is steps from two of the city’s best sipping spots: the original location of Baja Brewing Company (1-minute walk on Calle José María Morelos), the state’s first microbrewery; and La Lupita (1-minute walk on Calle José María Morelos), which is not only known for its superb tacos but also its generous selection of artisanal mezcals.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Thanks to its traditional handmade furnishings and fixtures, and beautifully sculpted courtyard (complete with wedding chapel), El Encanto Inn has long been considered the benchmark lodging in San José del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte.