Hotel Mission Luna Review
This hotel is a unique hotel, especially for someone with an American perspective. I want to write a review that is informative and honest and helpful, so please read all of what I say.
This hotel is not your typical holiday inn or Marriott experience. It is much less traditional than those settings. It is a little out of the initial comfort zone, however in retrospect it is a unique place to spend your time in Puerto Vallarta.
The hotel is situated high up on the hills above the main street/coast. The taxi drivers will likely have a difficult time finding it and getting to it.
we stayed in the room labeled "El Diablo". It was actually 2 rooms, one above the other, connected via a narrow twisting wooden staircase. The lower room contains a bed and the kitchen. The upstairs room is smaller, and the bathroom is next to it, although not connected directly. You have to leave the room to get to the bathroom via its own door.
The rooms have wood floors and small beds with canopies. They feature large windows with adjustable blinds. The upstairs room has a thatched roof that is open to the outside at the top. Be warned - we saw several small lizards crawling up and down the walls, however they did not bother us at all.
We did not use the kitchen really, so I cannot comment on its functionality. The bed is somewhat hard, however clean, and I had no major problems with it. The pillows were small and not very good. The downstairs room features an air-conditioning and a television.
The bathroom is medium sized, with a tile tub/shower. Other than the fact that you have to walk outside your room to access it, it was fine.
The hotel features a "free breakfast" every day. This consists of locating the staff, informing them you are ready for "desayuno", and they will proceed to bring to your room some fruit, coffee, and no more than 2 pastries. The breakfast is not large, but it is better than nothing, and presented in a homely manner.
The rest of the hotel
The real strength of this hotel lies in its rooftop lounge/pool area. The top of the building features a covered seating area, an uncovered area with lounge chairs, and a very small pool and hot tub. The views from this location however are stunning. The pool was clean and cold and refreshing. The hot tub was not hot. The sun exposure was excellent. The privacy and seclusion was excellent and very relaxing. This area is a strong point for this hotel and made it worth it for us.
The hotel was run by a man named Martin. Martin was helpful and earnest, if not a little unorthodox. For example, when we first arrived, we placed our bags in the downstairs room while he showed us around for a few minutes. When we returned, we found that the locked door to our room with our luggage would not open with the key he gave us. No amount of trying would unlock the door, so after a while we gave up and went to explore the city. He assured us that he would call someone to help him open the door. To make a long story short, despite our protests, he eventually gained access to our locked room by climbing down the outside of the building from our room above, and breaking the window of the downstairs room in order to gain entrance into the downstairs room. The door was never fixed, so we ended up storing our valuables in the upstairs room whenever we weren't at the hotel. There was even some small amounts of glass on the floor of the downstairs room the rest of our stay.
There is technically free wifi, however it is only available in certain areas and it somewhat spotty and slow.
This hotel feels like a residence that is rented out - a bed and breakfast for sure. The staff is friendly and helpful, if not fluent in English. The rooms are unique and interesting, if not conveniently located. Some things are less than traditional and comfortable for Americans, however this hotel (bed and breakfast) feels like you are seeing a little more of Mexico while you stay here. The location provides fantastic views, and is only a short (steep) walk down to the main road/beach. I am not sure what price will be paid generally, we paid about $130 per night during a busy week, so it may be more or less depending on the time period. There are minimal rooms, so it will never be very crowded. Despite our initial reservations, I believe we enjoyed our time here and feel confident recommending it to people who are aware of its limitations and caveats.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LUNA LIQUIDA BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN PUERTO VALLARTA Creators of the unique concept "Inspiration & Leisure", Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel is located just a few steps from one of the best beaches in Mexico, the traditional Malecon (Boardwalk), the tourist area and other renowned attractions in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Art, music, fine cuisine, romance ... Luna Liquida features 5 villas in Puerto Vallarta, offering an atmosphere of comfort and inspiration framed by a collection of handmade motives carefully selected by the proprietor and well-known musician and composer Fher Olvera, front man of the famous Mexican rock band "Mana". On your next visit to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit --either for family vacations, business trip or honeymoon-, make a wish to La Luna for an intimate and personal experience. ... more less
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