Puerto Vallarta

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Hacienda San Angel

Address: 336 Miramar

Neighborhood: El Centro

City: Puerto Vallarta

Phone: 877-815-6594

Website: www.haciendasanangel.com

Expert Review

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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