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Hacienda San Angel–Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Miramar 336, Col. Centro, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

This historic, art–filled Boutique hotel is a dream come true for those who appreciate a true sense of place, dramatic views, and beauty at every turn. If you're a beach–lover though, look elsewhere.

Hacienda San Angel

Hacienda San Angel offers heavenly perfection in the historic center of Puerto Vallarta. This stellar boutique hotel provides impeccable attention to detail in both design and service, and may leave you breathless with its beauty and charm––if you arrive with an open mind.

Head to the coastline resorts if you want a room with beachfront access or require the typical laundry list of hotel amenities and extras. But if your taste is more discriminating, consider the Hacienda's fine alternative package: personalized service and custom catering in a unique villa where modern design has been masterfully blended with antique distinction and colonial charm.

There is more than one way to experience Puerto Vallarta and Hacienda San Angel has created a unique atmosphere that is delightful and authentically Mexican. Just be ready for the usual charming sounds of a quaint city center––or bring earplugs to ensure that barking dogs, church bells and occasional street noise don't disrupt your stay.

After navigating the steep streets near the historic church in the center, you'll be buzzed into the peaceful courtyard of a home once owned by actor Richard Burton. With only ten rooms spread across several buildings, the inn is now a seamless collection of restored structures that were once four separate homes.

There are three tiled pool areas with cushioned lounges, fountains, tropical flowers, and tile work around every corner, touches that illustrate the owner's obvious devotion to good design and aesthetics. A terrace hot tub allows you to soak under the stars with a view of the church's lit bell tower.

This is a place where details are fretted over with meticulous attention and careful thought. Every inch of the inn is tastefully furnished with colonial antiques dating back as far as the early 1700s—your room will come with a 10–page explanation of all the significant artifacts.

The complimentary continental breakfast can be served wherever you wish, in any area of the property, including your private room balcony or terrace. Cocktail hour includes live musicians, and delicious dinners are prepared by a talented chef who is happy to accommodate requests and suggest the best wine pairings from their excellent list. The terrace restaurant offers fantastic cityscapes around the clock.

Hacienda San Angel has a striking wedding chapel on site, making this an unforgettable spot for a destination wedding.

Your room will be distinctly different from all the others—they range from average colonial–style bedrooms to spacious suites with large terraces, and walls covered with original oil paintings. The Celestial Suite is clearly the best, with it's own terrace overlooking the city and Banderas Bay in the distance. The popular San Miguel suite offers views from the highest point of the property but if you want privacy, choose the Casa Las Campas villa across the street from the main inn, within feet of the towering spire of Guadalupe Church. All rooms include thoughtful touches like plush robes, Bvlgari toiletries, CD/DVD players, and a continually refilled pitcher of purified water. Wi-Fi is included, but the signal is more reliable in the lobby than the rooms.

Helpful, English–speaking staff will perform in–room spa treatments, help you arrange local tours and point you to "Centro" attractions and restaurants within walking distance. You'll delight in the sense of place this stunning old town inn offers—a labor of love masterpiece where colonial antiques and cobblestone streets evoke charm that shoreline casitas can't provide, and the personal service leaves you feeling closer to heaven.

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Total Number of Rooms: 20
Published rates: $485 to $1,025 BB, minimum stays required in peak periods.

Review and photos by Tim Leffel.

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