I imagine you're thinking... I don't know, should we book here? Yes! You should!
We stayed here four nights in November 2012, and had a terrific visit. We chose to have the hotel pick us up at the airport, and driver Carlos gave us a fascinating tour as we made our way across town. Fernando met us on arrival with drinks and an welcome orientation for our stay. He suggested many possible activities; we chose the gay horseback tour for one day and the zip line another. Both were well worth it and a lot of fun. You will read a lot of descriptions of this impressive property on trip advisor. I'd just add that there are a *lot* of stairs, since the hotel is built into a steep hillside, and I imagine some travelers would want to know that beforehand. But because of these stairs you are treated to new and surprising views and architectural details at every turn.
We dined at Taste several times, for breakfast and dinner. Prepare to be surprised. They have very fine chef and staff. Eating this delicious food while enjoying the soaring views of Old Vallarta is an experience not to be missed.
Casa Cupula's gym is extremely well-equipped for a hotel gym. Whoever put it together knew what you need for a good workout.
We stayed in room 403. Spacious, stylish, kind of Zen with polished concrete walls. Our companions stayed in 303, with more traditional furnishings and a covered balcony. Both were beautiful, but 403 made us feel like rock stars.
I've read a few reviewers were put off by the tiny cobblestone street that leads up the hill. And the fact that you have to get up and down the hill to get to the beach. We used cabs: easy, stress-free, and cheap. As for the unimpressive entrance, we thought it made the surprise at the end even more special. If I was some celebrity looking for anonymity and pampering -and I'm not! - Casa Cupula would be the perfect place.
We wished the WiFi was more consistent, and did mention it. But do not let that prevent you from staying here. You will leave refreshed and feeling you have made good friends in Puerto Vallarta.