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“Classic Mexican comfort” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Catedral Vallarta
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Hidalgo 166 Centro | Entre calles Libertad y Agustín Rodríguez, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #21 of 121 hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Park City
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Classic Mexican comfort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We loved our room, the hotel location, the friendly staff, and the decor of the hotel. Also loved the price! I was afraid the central location, right across from the municipal market would meant the hotel would be noisy, but it was super quiet. It was a quick few minutes walk to the beach or to great restaurants. And we always love running over that rope bridge, which is just at the end of the block

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New Preston, Connecticut, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

What a delightful and special find! Fresh, comfortable, clean, quiet. Art, local crafts, photos of old Vallarta part of the charming ambience. Fantastic location central to everything especially exploring on foot. Super affordable with AAA which allowed us more budget $$ to spend in town! We did not need a pool or want to be super "plugged in" and this suited us perfectly. The best part--the gracious, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Helped successfully and cheerfully with some minor issues with older fixtures etc. Patient (and encouraging) with our Spanish, helped us navigate our first time to Mexico in every way. I was here on my own with our 12-year old son and we were both loved it. Muchas gracias! We'll be back!

Room Tip: We really enjoyed our balcony for views and street scene. Cathedral bells were lovely, not too loud.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is the perfect hotel for Puerto Vallarta travellers looking for affordable, well maintained, safe accommodations. The decor is colourful and beautiful, the location perfect and the service very friendly. I would highly recommend this hotel for those travelling to Puerto Vallarta for the first time and/or for the 4th time.

Room Tip: There is no swimming pool; however, the hotel is located across the street from the beach and the Ma...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Nicely decorated, and with lots of plants in the courtyard this is a cute and small hotel with very helpful and friendly staff and clean rooms. As other reviewers have noted, there can be some noise from the streets outside, but we did not find this a big issue and it didn't interfere with our sleep in any way. Super quiet air-conditioning. Close to the Malecon and lots of restaurants and in an authentic downtown area, this hotel is for people who prefer a genuine Mexican atmosphere over huge Corporate-American style places... We will definitely return here.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moab, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Jenifer and I returned from our third year in a row of having a March holiday at this gem of a small, comfortable hotel. It is ideally located for safely strolling the area, the wonderful seaside malecon, the nearby vibrant Old Town, loads of wonderful restaurants or for catching VERY frequent buses just a block away.

The Hotel is even more colorfully decorated than our last visit in 2012. The rooftop sunning area is suitable even for hosting a wedding or just gazing around at the hills, neighborhood or the Catedral with its pleasantly tolling bells.

"Our" room has a small kitchen/dining area which we like. All rooms have their own charms and are well decorated. Beds are comfortable, A/C is individually controlled and rooms have ceiling fans too.

The hotel's courtyard is entered from two streets and is a wonderful space to meet fellow travelers, some from our previous visits that stay for several weeks each year. We stayed 9 nights this year felt that more time would be better and are already promising 2 weeks next year.

The staff are wonderful, welcoming, caring folks and certainly add greatly to our visit and whole experience. They and the fine management really do care that you feel like you have been as treated wonderfully and respectfully, and will offer any needed assistance.

We wander in and out several times a day and I always cry out "We're Home" and the Hotel Catedral Vallarta truly feels that way.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I stayed a week in March 2013. Enjoyed my stay very much.

I noticed a couple of comments on the hot water situation. I found that before you step into the shower let the hot water run for about 5 minutes and you've got it. No big problem.

It is close to the Malecon and all the best authentic Mexican food in all of Puerto Vallarta. I walked an average of 2-3 miles a day and checked out every little food place. The street taco stands serve some of the best tacos I've ever tasted and for only 15 or so pesos.

The staff at the motel is exceptional and they keep the rooms perfectly clean. I'll for sure stay there again with no hesitation.

Jerry

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Good news - the place is rather peaceful, has no night club attached etc. The only noise issues are with the traffic (get the room looking inside) and cathedral bells.
Our rooms were moderately sized, let's say "functional". I rather dislike a sink in the shower arrangement, so you can't really use the sink after taking a shower. Oh, and it takes a while for hot water to reach higher floors. There are not markings on the taps, all you can do is experiment with them - do wait for about 5 minutes.
Beware of low ceilings on the stairs - easy to hit your head.
There is no cooked breakfast which is fine; there are various eateries around. Margarita's was pretty good for breakfast.
All rooms are named and decorated according to Mexican songs. I got "El Rei" which was great. My friend had "Adelita" which was all pink and with dolls.
Staff was moderately friendly, but language problems did not allow us to use them as a source of local information

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hidalgo 166 Centro | Entre calles Libertad y Agustín Rodríguez, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 121 hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Catedral Vallarta 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated chicly in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, just two blocks from the main square, the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Parrish and the "Malecon" beach boardwalk Hotel Catedral Vallarta is surrounded by Restaurants, Bars, Art Galleries and Boutiques. Locally called “the latest jewel among Downtown Boutique properties”, Hotel Catedral Vallarta combines stylish furnishings with Mexican traditional charm and character. Each room is uniquely and individually decorated, exuding a blend of old Mexican elegance, with contemporary touches, with each room named after a classic Mexican song. Forged iron gates, terracotta columns, handcrafted railings, palms, flowers, live contrasting colors and textures create all together a charming, fresh and clean atmosphere. Complimentary Beach Club Access (walking distance), Free Wi-fi, daily Coffee and Tea service 7 am - 11 am, Pillows Menu, Hand made Soaps and eco-friendly amenities.The hotel's twenty-one rooms are sumptuous and evocative hideaways, boasting numerous modern conveniences and upscale amenities, such as complimentary wireless Internet access, large HD flat screen televisions, seventy-two television channels, in-room safety security box, the latest (and extremely quiet) AC system, cellular phones, business center, library and more. Through its halls and stairs, as in every room, you will always find a detail that evoques Mexico. Hand made flowers, hammered tin handcrafts from Guanajuato, original paintings, sculptures, blown glass lamps from the State of Jalisco, Papier-mâché dolls from Michoacán, textiles from Oaxaca, Religious art from Guerrero, and more. The relaxing intimacy at the property is enhanced by traditional Mexican furniture, softened with hand embroidered cushions from different regions of Mexico, te best of all, Everything is for sale ! you just have to ask your Concierge. ... more   less 
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