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“Quiet, romantic & historic hacienda.” 5 of 5 stars
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San Sebastian del Oeste, Mexico   |  
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Portland, Oregon
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“Quiet, romantic & historic hacienda.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We were extremely charmed by Hacienda Jalisco. We so enjoyed escaping the hot beach scene to find ourselves in a mountain retreat in a room illuminated by oil lamps and a welcoming fire. The food was delicious, we especially recommend the chili rellenos. The gardens are lovely, the walk into town enjoyable and Joe is very hospitable. A definite must if you are in the area.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Puyallup, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Hacienda Jalisco (HJ), is a 170-year old mining operation that rents rooms and provides home grown meals. Joe, a transplant from California & Oregon, was our friendly host, giving us the history & tour of the hacienda and, with Pablo's help, preparing our delightful Friday night dinner & breakfast both mornings. HJ's history includes a hang-out for director John Huston & stars from the Night of the Iguana, filmed in PV in about 1969. The lovely setting in a verdant valley is enhanced at night, with oil lamps, as HJ has no electricity. After dark, the hundreds of fire flies didn't add light to see by, but were fun to spot. Full trip report, including links to pics, at
http://john-at-large.blogspot.com/2011/07/puerto-vallarta-july-2011.html
including info on the trip from Puerto Vallarta: We found our way out of PV, to the junction for San Sebastian (SS) without major difficulty. Until a few years ago, the road was so bad it was impassible for a regular car & took most of the day for a 4-wheeler. Now the paved road makes the trip up in to the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains to San Sebastian a mere 1 ½ to 2 hour drive. Of course, as in all of Mexico, you need to watch for the topes—speed bumps, many with no painted warning stripes, or the paint so worn off you don't see them until it's too late to avoid the jolt. And the pot holes. Some dangerously deep & unmarked. Besides escaping the humid heat of PV in the pine-covered hills of 4500' elevation SS, we were excited about finding shade grown organic green coffee beans to take back for Mary's fledgling Songbird Java Roasters weekend coffee business at Salem, Oregon Saturday market.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

The Hacienda has been a favored destination for 6 years now. It is a wonderful mountain retreat, surrounded by pine-covered hills, and steeped in the rich history of Mexico. The staff have always been attentive. Pablo's dishes are all prepared from the organic gardens on site, and are mouth watering. My last trip in May 2012 was no exception. The Hacienda now roasts their own estate-grown coffee, and the manager (Joe) was kind enough to take me through the process as he roasted a batch. The coffee that morning was roasted the day before. Perfection! The town of San Sebastian is about 2 miles away. So the whole experience of the village and the Hacienda is a wonderful glimpse into the days of "old Mexico". If you want a relaxing escape from the phone, television, noisy neighbors... and want to surround yourself with serenity in a natural setting, this is a great destination.

Room Tip: The Pamela suite is my favorite for catching the morning sun.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Central New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

As winter residents of Puerto Vallarta, we look forward to an occasional break - from the hustle and bustle as well as the heat and humidity. Hacienda Jalisco is a step back in time. The quiet is welcome as are the flowers, the grounds and the hospitality. The history of the Hacienda is detailed by Joe who has a wealth of knowledge about the area. The dinner and breakfast are always exceptional - prepared with as many ingredients grown right on the grounds as possible. Pablo makes an awesome chicken with achiote/orange sauce!!

We especially enjoy the after-dinner outdoor fire in the fire pit - sitting around chatting with the friends we frequently take with us to the Hacienda. The night sky is so full of stars without the waste light of the city. And after we retire to our rooms, we enjoy a cozy fire in the room in our own fireplace. Plenty of hot water always available. The fact that there is no electricity makes for a romantic evening and takes one back in time.

You can tour the grounds and/or walk on a path into the town of San Sebastian to visit the old church, tour the "coffee factory" and just wander through the charming little town. We have also taken the drive up to "La Bufa" which is the highest point in the area.

All in all, we couldn't recommend Hacienda Jalisco more highly. It isn't a five-star hotel, but it is superior to that in our book.

Room Tip: Two of the three rooms have access to a balcony on both sides and are brighter. Middle room is a &q...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waterloo, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2011

If we had not had internet available in our first accommodation, we would have arrived here only to be told that we would not be able to stay, this after months of their having our deposit for our stay. All of the positive reviews we'd read before booking never gave us any hint that we'd be dumped summarily, with no adequate explanations given for such unbusiness-like treatment of us. "A semi-emergency" was all that was mentioned. In the end, we found a place that suited us much better, our very own casita on the hill above San Sebastian, but that was pure luck, and it was through our own resourcefulness, not through any help given by the owners of Hacienda Jalisco. Well over a month later, our deposit was returned along with a note that lamented our "decision to change plans". What cheek! They dumped us, not the other way around!

Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Kansas City, Kansas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2010

Maybe because I visited with my Mexican partner as a "gringa," we received rather disrespectful service, complete with chuckles at what was apparently perceived as a casual tryst in the mountains. Fortunately, I comprender Spanish fairly well and was able to catch the not so subtle comments sent in my partner's direction. We walked into town for the day and decided to stay for dinner. This clearly violated some sort of unspoken protocol. Our host appeared geninunely insulted that we didn't come back for dinner. We'd explained upon our departure that we might not be back until after dark. We were made to feel incredibly rude. When awakened by a call on my partner's cell phone that we were to come down for breakfast (we didn't realize his cell phone would be used in that manner), he explained that we'd decided to stay elsewhere. We stayed at La Galerita and had a fantastic time. Hacienda Jalisco has lots of potential but lacks in common social graces. We heard the same from locals we met in town.

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
1 review
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2010

We arrived at the Hacienda from Puerto Vallarta just before noon and were greeted by Joe and four friendly, laid-back dogs. After choosing a room (actually we had two connected rooms with balconies on both sides) we proceeded to visit the small town of San Sebastion to explore and have lunch. Returned to the Hacienda late afternoon and were given a tour of the grounds by Joe. Seems there's every possible fruit and vegetable grown on the grounds. Joe also gave us a tour of the ground floor musem, complete with all the background information. Dinner by lamplight (they have no electricity in the Hacienda) was terrific finished off with home grown coffee. Early to bed, again by lamplight, cozy under crisp sheets and several blankets. Wonderful breakfast served outside after long shower under plenty of hot water. Overall, a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: San Sebastian del Oeste, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > San Sebastian del Oeste
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in San Sebastian del Oeste
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hacienda Jalisco is a 280 year old Mexican Hacienda located in the Sierra Madre mountains above Puerto Vallarta. No electricity - oil lamps at night. Each room has a fireplace. Fruits and vegetables grown on the property. At 280 years old, the Hacienda Jalisco is not the Four Seasons - but it is truly the "real Mexico" - charming, quiet, peaceful, full of history. Museum on site. The Hacienda Jalisco was built by the Spanish upon discovering silver in San Sebastian and was built to process the silver. Recent painting and renovations have brought great improvement. Recommended for painters, writers, honeymoon couples, birdwatchers, history buffs, mining buffs or anyone who would like an easy get-away from the hustle and bustle of the city. As well, we grow, process and roast our own coffee! ... more   less 

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