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September 1, 2014

Puerto Vallarta's Personality Comes Out In Its Boutique Hotels

By Neharika Padala

Puerto Vallarta’s hotel infrastructure is one of the most popular in Mexico, with almost 22,000 rooms, visitors have occupied almost 1.5 million rooms the first 6 months of 2014, but many do not know of the great diversity of properties that can be found in the destination, specifically its boutique and small hotels.

Providing visitors unique views on the world, architecture and sometimes even guardians of Puerto Vallarta’s history, the destination’s boutique and small hotels can be a reflection of a guest’s personality and enhance a Puerto Vallarta experience.

Perched on the hills of the Conchas Chinas zone, the Hacienda’s gloriously romantic guest suites offer sweeping views and respite from the bustle of downtown Puerto Vallarta. A wedding gift from Richard Burton to his wife Susan in 1977, it’s in one of the few properties still open that relate to Puerto Vallarta’s tourism spark – the filming of Night of the Iguana.

Those truly interested in becoming a local, a Pata Salada as real Puerto Vallarta people are called, the Hotel Rosita

is the best bet. Established in 1948, it is Puerto Vallarta’s oldest hotel. When it comes to location, it is situated at the beginning of Puerto Vallarta social scene center, el Malecon, feet away from the Naval Museum and the city’s original light house. Check out its murals to get a glimpse of Puerto Vallarta in the 1950s.

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Those looking for a more modern and funky feeling will find that Puerto Vallarta’s artist community has found ways to express all types of artwork in its Zona Romantica hotels, Puerto Vallarta’s cobble-stone street zone is rich in Mexican architecture. Hotel Catedral embraces Mexico’s famed Rosa Mexicano pink and the rich colors of indigenous cultures of the country providing guests with a color-filed eye celebration.  In a similar fashion, Posada de Roger Hotel provides its guests with an hacienda setting complete with a fountained courtyard, exposed brick and flora.

The Sierra Madre Mountains that embrace Puerto Vallarta provide its surrounding towns eco-friendly properties in one-of-a-kind settings. Casa Pericos, in the town of Yelapa, can only be reached by boat and provides a perfectly secluded destination, perfect for a romantic weekend or a friends’ getaway. Seclusion is also key at the Hacienda Jalisco, a massive structure with two foot-thick walls built 225 years ago by the Spanish to hold and guard the returns of the myriads of mines of San Sebastian. For a more luxurious eco vacation, Villa Azalea Inn & Organic Farm offers world-class service and dinning in the middle of a river.

(Source: Puerto Vallarta)

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