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“some unique features; some flaws to be aware of though” 3 of 5 stars
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Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel
3.5 of 5 Condominium   |   Iturbide 408, Puerto Vallarta 48310, Mexico   |  
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Columbus, Ohio
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“some unique features; some flaws to be aware of though”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

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.

Getting there

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.

Rooms

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.


Breakfast

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.

Other

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.

Summary

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.

Room Tip: avoid the "El Diablo" room. It is actually 2 small rooms one above the other connected by...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cesar A, Director General at Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Thank you very much for the time taken and posting your comment. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to show you a unique place like our property.
We certainly have an unbeatable location and very friendly staff. Recently we made some changes so if you want to spend a relaxing time right in downtown of Puerto Vallarta, we will gladly help you to get some taxis that will take you easy every place.
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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California
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

This is not a traditional hotel, but rather like a private villa with many apartments, that each have multiple rooms, balconies anspd a kitchen. On the roof top is a pool where you can sit or stand and overlook the rooftops. It's really cool.
The house is nestled in the hils, about five block up a hill, located on the calle Iturbide which leads you straight to the heart of the Malecón (main tourist area with many restaurants) in about 7 minutes walking distance. But be aware, if you are not in good shape, or have a week heart, you better take the taxi back up the street(40 Pesos).
A maid will come every morning to clean up and make a small breakfast of fruit, bread, juice. But the can also make you eggs, you need to either buy them or order them in advance. We made our own. Every room has a view, and they are fabulous.
The entire house is wonderfully,artfully designed and decorated with art, furniture, happy colors and natural stone and tile floors.
There is a tiny store in two block's distance and a restaurant in one bLock radius, but it's only open in the winter time.
We were ther in the summer, the low season. The entire villa was empty, all was at our disposal, including the rooftop pool.
What else? Flat screen TVs in most rooms. Each living room had flat screen. If something is missing, the staff will try to make it happen. Internet worked in many places, but not all. Oh well, we are on vacation and I don't need to walk around through the house with my iPad like at home. The maid cleaned everything every day even when the rooms were not used. No gimnasio, but walking up the stairs was plenty of exercise.
I can only recommend this house.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Cesar A, Director General at Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
We appreciate you comments. It will be very nice to have the opportunity to host you one more time and show you the few changes we made.
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houston, tx
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

Beautiful property - great staff - perfect location. Couldn't ask for more. Great for couples or you can rent an entire floor or villa. Amazing views of the city as well!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Cesar A, Director General at Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Thank you for posting your comments. Is very important for us to know your opinion, We are happy you found in our property a place for relax and enjoy Puerto Vallarta.
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Elgin, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

Mission Luna was the best find we could have possibly made. The staff was outstanding and the hotel itself was beautiful. I was proposed to there and they made it so very special. Romantic as can be, breathtaking to view, and the friendliest staff. You will be so glad to book here.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cesar A, Propietario at Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
We are very glad to know you had a nice time in our facilities! Thank you very much for posting your comments.
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Los Angeles
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

This is a great find and is highly recommended! You will not be disappointed! The location, rooms and staff are amazing! The hotel sits on top of a hill in a mainly residential neighborhood, but is walking distance to the Malecon (beach boardwalk with bars and clubs) and the Zona Romantica (old town with restaurants and most tourist hotels). I went with my girlfriend, and two of our friends. The taxi ride from the airport was $20USD. When we first pulled up to the hotel we were a little nervous, but we were pleasantly surprised once we entered the hotel and got familiar with our surroundings. We felt very safe and lucky to find a hotel that is newer in an authentic residential neighborhood away from all the tourists. Most of the rooms are suites and all have their own styles and character. The hotel is four stories, has private parking, and a rooftop pool. It's newer construction that is true to the original architecture of the area (so you have the best of both worlds). Apparently, the owner of this property is in a famous Mexican band called Mana (we didn't know who they were at the time). From the rooftop pool area, we could see the entire city and bay (we saw several humpback whales from our pool!). The manager of the property was Miguel and he was very kind and helpful. The maids were very nice as well and thoroughly cleaned our large room and served us breakfast each morning. While staying in Puerto Vallarta we checked out other hotels in the area and in New Vallarta and were so happy to stay at this hotel-we will definitely be going back to stay here.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cesar A, Director General at Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
We deeply appreciate your feedback. Our staff is always willing to provide the best service to keep our guests satisfied! Thank you once again and remember this is your home away from home.
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Additional Information about Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel

Address: Iturbide 408, Puerto Vallarta 48310, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Luna Liquida Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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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