We read a number of glowing reviews of this place (including those on Trip Advisor), and the photos were too beautiful to pass up, so my wife and I booked our honeymoon at Quinta Maria. And indeed, it's an absolutely breathtaking place, the staff was wonderful, and the free breakfasts were probably the highlight of our trip.
However, we live in the center of Boston, and enjoy walking places whenever possible. Someone had said that Quinta Maria was a mere 15-minute walk along the beach to the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta-- which sounds pretty nice, like a peaceful stroll into town-- and this is simply untrue. It's more like a 20-minute hike, over some rocks and through slightly sketchy, overgrown patches that you wouldn't want to venture through at night-- both because of the slippery, steep terrain and the guys who sometimes sleep among the bushes. We didn't feel threatened at all, but we didn't feel especially safe either; it wasn't exactly the relaxing, romantic beachside stroll we'd expected.
Also, we booked a room with a full kitchen, thinking we'd eat in our scenic room at least a couple of nights to save some money. The "full" kitchen did have a stove and fridge (kindly pre-stocked with beer, water, and soda), but no pots, pans, or anything else to cook with. Just a blender, ice buckets, and glasses. We love margaritas as much as anyone else--ok, more-- but we'd hoped for a bit more to work with. Also, the "grocery store" that QMC says is around the corner is really just an Oxxo, a Mexican 7-11.
Lastly, the beautiful room. We stayed in the Maria suite. It was gorgeous. However, part of its appeal--and, it turned out, part of its problem--was that the living room and kitchen area are wide open to the outdoors. There are 2 balconies overlooking the beach (beautiful) but no doors, windows, shutters, nothing to keep birds, rather large iguanas, or RATS out of the room. (It has to be mentioned that we had a good sized rat in our suite toward the end of our stay. It was caught the next day.) The bedroom at least had doors that closed (with A/C) but once we'd seen the rat running toward our feet, we weren't comfortable hanging out in the living area anymore, and were more than a little freaked out venturing to the fridge for water at night. Plus the gothic vibe of the place, while beautiful, had an underlying haunted creepiness to it. (The whole open-air set-up also made it impossible to keep any food you might have bought at the "grocery store" in the kitchen- we bought a bag of tortillas at one point and the next morning some critter or another had chewed through the bag.)
So, it's a gorgeous place. The view, and sound of the surf below, was amazing. The staff was super helpful and friendly. The other guests were great to talk to, and the breakfasts were beyond delicious. But it's farther out of town than we'd have preferred--you really have to take a cab back and forth, it's only 5 bucks but still, once you're in town you can't just stop back at your room to grab something, you're kind of committed. And the open-air set up, as beautiful as it was, created a number of problems for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atmospheric All-Suite B&B in Mediterranean-style architecture, situated on a secluded beach. 7 Suites on 8 levels all with private bath, kitchenettes and great views along with whimsical curios and original art. A roof top terrace great for watching sunsets along with a terrace on the beach for soaking in the sun. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quinta Maria Cortez Hotel Puerto Vallarta