Luxury for less at 2 boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels

In LUXURY HOTELS, MEXICO by Janice and George4 Comments

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Thinking of Puerto Vallarta for some much-needed sunshine? We’ve scouted out two, centrally-located, boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels with loads of charm. (Hacienda San Angel is also lovely, but it’s more expensive.)

The bonus at these two boutique inns: no sticker-shock when it’s time to pay your bill.

Two boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels

Casa Isabel and Quinta Maria Cortez offer a sweet dollop of luxury for less than the big brand chain hotels (you know which ones they are :-).

1.  Casa Isabel

Fancy a great big studio with full kitchen for only $149 USD night in high season? Find this, plus 1-bedroom units ($199 USD) and a large 2-bedroom/2-bath unit ($329 USD), at the 14-suite Casa Isabel. The adults-only inn is perched in the leafy hills overlooking the old town’s red tile roofs and the turquoise Bay of Banderas.

Casa Isabel rises egg-yolk yellow in the hills behind central Puerto Vallarta

Casa Isabel rises egg-yolk yellow in the hills behind central Puerto Vallarta

The inn is owned by a fellow Canadian (who also owns the Madison Avenue Pub and Madison Manor Boutique Hotel in Toronto).

Casa Isabel’s Mexican-style decor gives you a real sense of place.

Suites have thick wooden soundproof doors, polished terracotta tile floors, white coverlets on the king-size beds, and colourfully-painted Mexican sinks in the bathrooms. Homey touches include corn husk dolls lined up high on kitchen cupboards, a wooden rocking horse in the 2-bedroom suite, hat stands (complete with sun hats) and a resident cat who’s figured out how to use the door stopper to knock on your door.

There’s air-conditioning, but all units also have huge folding windows that open completely to the glorious views.

Tip: #204 (studio) and #401 (1-bedroom) have the best views.

Studio bedroom at Casa Isabel

Studio bedroom at Casa Isabel

Large porch off the two-bedroom suite at Casa Isabel

Large porch off the two-bedroom suite at Casa Isabel

A 10-minute walk down cobblestone streets takes you to Los Muertos Beach, where, for no fee, you can plop yourself down in a lounge chair at any number of beach clubs. The top beach clubs have showers and give you towels too. A 5-minute walk the other way leads to the “Romantic Zone,” with its art galleries and restaurants.

Or you can just chill by Casa Isabel’s three small pools (the infinity pool is our favourite) and enjoy chile relleno and grilled shrimp at the casual rooftop restaurant.

Casa Isabel - one of two boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels

Rooftop hot tub at Casa Isabel

View from Casa Isabel at sunset

View from Casa Isabel at sunset

  • What we especially loved:  The views at Casa Isabel over the red-tile roofs are breathtaking.
  • Be aware of: Kind of obvious – but it’s not on the beach.
  • Rates: Nightly winter rates start at $149 USD for a studio with kitchen (only $119 USD for a hotel room).

2.  Quinta Maria Cortez

Say hello to “Ann Rice meets the tropics.” This multi-level, vine-covered, stone and brick B&B on the beach oozes atmosphere.

After staying at Quinta Maria Cortez, you may never want to stay in a plain chain hotel again.

It's Ann Rice meets the tropics at Quinta Maria Cortez

It’s “Ann Rice meets the tropics” at Quinta Maria Cortez

The little pool at Quinta Maria Cortez

The little pool at Quinta Maria Cortez

Most of the seven unique suites only have partial walls facing the sea, so they’re airy and open.

The décor is totally eclectic, but somehow it works beautifully.

Greek columns, gilt-framed mirrors, Persian rugs and exposed brick walls meld with antique Mexican furniture, black tile floors and expansive porches filled with potted ferns and palms. Added bonus: many suites also have kitchens.

We like the 1,200 sq.ft. Maria suite best. Originally the owner’s apartment, it has a king-size canopied bed in the air-conditioned bedroom and peach silk Louis IV chairs in the living room.

Maximiliano suite - credit Quinta Maria Cortez

Maximiliano suite – credit Quinta Maria Cortez

Sweet dreams! The Alejandro suite

Sweet dreams! The Alejandro suite

Guadalupe suite – credit Quinta Maria Cortez

The location in the upscale Conchas Chinas residential neighbourhood is ideal. It’s quiet, yet only a 15-minute walk or $5 taxi ride into town.

Breakfast (included), from French toast to eggs, is served in a breezy dining room overlooking the water.

And staff will set up an umbrella and chairs on the small sandy cove for you to read or nap.

The beach... credit Quinta Maria Cortez

The beach… credit Quinta Maria Cortez

View looking south from Quinta Maria Cortez

View looking south from Quinta Maria Cortez

  • What we especially loved: Rooms and suites at Quinta Maria Cortez only have partial walls facing the sea, so you get a real indoor/outdoor experience.
  • Be aware of: If the bedroom faces the sea and isn’t full enclosed by walls, then it’s not air-conditioned – and that can be uncomfortable in the summer/fall or when it’s muggy.
  • Rates: Nightly winter rates range from $250 to $270 USD.

 

What do you think of these boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels?

Janice and George Signature

Comments

  1. GREAT finds!! We’ll be in Puerto Vallarta on the 26th and 27th, and we were looking for a relaxing place to stay to catch up on some blogging after our whirlwind trip around Cancun and the Riviera Maya. We are definitely going to have to look into one of these. They look perfect!

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