Hacienda San Angel
Address: 336 Miramar
Neighborhood: El Centro
City: Puerto Vallarta
When Janice Chatterton finally decided to share her colonial-era home and its
unmatched views over old Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay with the world, she
didn't scrimp. In fact, she spent six years collecting fine colonial furniture
and artwork (from quirky folk pieces to intricate religious art), and acquiring
four adjacent villas to create a sprawling hacienda with 16 spacious suites.
One of our favorites, Celestial Suite, comes with a dripping candelabra, a
gorgeous four-poster bed with billowing gossamer drapes, a Venetian chandelier
(circa 1850), a 17th-century silk tapestry, and its own large palapa complete
with a thatched roof, private bar, sitting area, and fantastic views of the
town, the water, and the velvety Sierra hillside.
The staff can direct you to Puerto Vallarta's best-kept-secret galleries, eateries, and stretches of sand, unless you'd rather sample the three on-site heated pools. A Mariachi band or a quartet serenades guests every evening at 6pm in the courtyard where you can enjoy sweet mojitos and complimentary snacks (be sure to sample the spicy guacamole). Continental breakfasts with warm croissants, sweet yogurt, and coffee or tea, are brought to your room every morning. Best season for value: early summer. 2008 Smart Luxury Award winner
Great Value Alternative: Cozy Quinta Maria Cortez hotel has great views and excellent service. www.quinta-maria.com
Tags: moderate | editor pick | boutique hotel | smart splurge | smart luxury winner
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