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Quinta Maria Cortez
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Some great things, some bad things”
Reviewed February 11, 2008

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.

  • Liked — breakfast and views
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2008

This was the best place we could have possibly stayed in Puerto Vallarta. The location offers privacy, but is still close enough to the action. We could walk the beach into town in just 10 minutes, although the beach is a little rocky along the way.

The staff is very accomodating and the breakfasts were scrumptious! The manager helped us plan a trip to Yelapa - and we used the free Internet access every day.

There are seven floors in this bed and breakfast and each floor is a different suite. We stayed on the very bottom suite that opened up onto the beach. The view of the sunset from our patio was amazing. The room itself was spacious, comfortable and decorated tastefully.

  • Stayed June 2005, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2008

My uncle used to stay here as a guest of the previous owner, and once she sold it to friends, they turned it into the best boutique hotel I've ever visited!! The hotel has seven absolutely gorgeous suites built into the side of a mountain, all of which we were able to tour as you get to know your fellow guests as breakfast is normally eaten between 9am -11am in the palapa covered dining room looking over the sea. We stayed in the Alejandro suite which was my favorite despite the beautiful pent house. All of the suites are different and unique, with much of the art work original and eclectic. Breakfast was an absolutely delight each morning with waffles, fresh fruits, bacon, eggs, french toast, and fresh squeezed orange juice. The management team is very nice and is there, but not there leaving you to your privacy. The pool is small and chilly due to it being in the shade, but we were busy laying on the mostly deserted beach listening to the waves crash on the beach. All in all, my husband and I hope to make QMC a yearly tradition, as it is truly the best hiddem gem of Puerto Vallarta!!

  • Liked — The style, ambiance, mood, EVERYTHING!
  • Disliked — the pool
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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dallas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2007

Just returned from the QMC and have already recommended it to a few people.

Up front, the QMC is not for everyone. The QMC is for people that like boutiques, "out of the way" places with character, a little solitude and feeling like you have discovered a hideaway all your own. This hotel is for someone looking for a little more authentic getaway, and an abundance of ambience. On the othe hand, if it is important to have a big pool, bar, activities on property, sprawling grounds or extra amenities like spa, store, etc., go to the Marriott Casa Magna or Four Seasons. This place does not even have a restaurant for a mid-day snack, although they serve a great breakfast at a community table (great place to meet the other interesting guests).

We stayed in the Maximiliano, on the top floor. I highly recommend this or the Maria for the space and views (the Maxi is the only Villa from whcih you can see South over the neighboring property). The Maxi is mostly open air (one enclosed and airconditioned room), about 800 Sq Ft., with a sitting area, two small balconies overlooking the sea, a small kitchenette (don't plan on cooking, we're talking microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, mini-fridge), large bathroom. The room is furnished with Mexican antiques and charming. See others posters pics.

Because it is open air, some might consider the room a little less than perfectly clean - as you would expect from an open-air room. It definitely is not clean in a sanitized "big hotel" kind of way, although I hesitate to even mention it because it diddn't bother us a bit (though my wife is a clean freak).

The views from the room and rooftop (just a few steps from the Maxi's front door) were outstanding. We enjoyed coffee and wine from our balcony and the roof top daily. The beach is framed by large rocks -- it does make for difficult swimming, but is is beautiful nonetheless, and essentially private. Bring your swimming shoes for swimming. We never saw more than one or two other couples/families, and often had it to ourselves.

The QMC is in a residential area about half a mile South of the Zona Romantica. A five minute cab ride and you are in the heart of of the nicest part of PV for shopping or dining. Nueva Vallarata hotels must be at least 20 minutes or more from this area, so this is a plus. We walked along the beach (and over rocks) from Playa Los Muertos downtown t the QMC in about 25 minutes. A very nice restaurant - La Playita - is about 5 minutes down the beach and open for all meals.

I would probbaly be cautious about going to the QMC in rainy/hot season. December, however, was perfect night and day (needed a sweater at night near the water).

In the end, the QMC s great and we would like to return. If you are interested in a little change of pace from the normal hotel, give this place a try.

  • Liked — solitude
  • Disliked — pool
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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County Durham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2007

We read about Quinta Maria Cortez in Budget Travel magazine. It and Lonely Planet rated QMC as one of the best places to stay in all of Puerto Vallarta, and I couldn't agree more!! My husband and I spent a week there celebrating our 10-year anniversary, and it far surpassed our very high expectations.

We stayed in two different rooms - Maria and Maximiliano (they make up the top two floors of QMC). The view from both rooms was extraordinary!!! The front half of each was open-air, and they were very well decorated. We were impressed by the little touches of hospitality all around the villa - an abundance of towels and bottled water, candles and incense burners to be used at leisure, very attentive and helpful staff, DELICIOUS breakfast (there is no better french toast or fresh squeezed orange juice on planet earth!), 24-hour internet access, bathrobes, beach chairs, and so much more. We loved the location, too - just south of the heart of town so it was conveniently located but very peaceful and quiet. We felt pleasantly removed from the "touristy" areas. Looking back at this QMC from the beach reminded me of the coastlines in Italy and Greece - many villas close together and stacked behind one another along the inclined coast. Beautiful!

As for those who gave QMC poor reviews, I can only assume that they can't appreciate the rustic elegance that it offers. We saw 3 of the rooms and found them all exceptional, but perhaps they stayed in less desirable ones?? However, every other guest we met there loved the place!! Or maybe those with complaints just prefer to be far more pampered and surrounded in a crisp resort-type environment. The decor here is unique - lots of antiques, fresco-type decorations, rustic furniture, etc. And several of the rooms are only partially air contioned, but we were there in Aug. and still found it very comfortable. It's not the slick, shiny, sterile environment that you might find in a huge all-inclusive type place (we loved that about it!). If you want that, go do an all-inclusive. But if you want a truly unique, unforgettable, picture perfect vacation, head to Quinta Maria.

I highly and wholeheartedly recommend this villa!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Liked — peaceful, beautifully and uniquely decorated, great staff, quiet, lots of nice hospitality touches
  • Disliked — nothing!!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Dallas
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2007

My wife and I stayed at Quinta Maria Cortez for 6 days for a vacation. We are in our late 20s and were initially a little concerned about not staying at a big hotel resort, but we definitely made the right decision. First, Quinta Maria is on one of the prettiest beaches in PV. It is close to town and the suites are awesome. The suites are mostly open air, so if you are afraid of a little taste of nature, then its not the place for you. Second, the breakfast every morning is delicious and you get to meet interesting people. (you eat in a common area with the other guests). Also, the restaraunts in PV are absolutely amazing. We ran into many people in town and other places that were staying at an all inclusive resort and were upset because the food at their resort sucked. Why pay like $500 a night or more for some all inclusive resort to eat crappy food when you can pay $200 a night or less at QMC and still go do some fun excursion and eat gourmet food and still have left over money? Some of our favorite restaurants were Barcelona Tapas, Trio, El Arrayan and the little restaraunt on the beach near QMC, La Playita. If you are a big pool person, QMC might not be the place for you. The pool is small and there is not room to lay out by the pool. However, it is on the beach, and they have chairs to take to the beach. Also, there is an absolutely beautiful rooftop patio with an outdoor shower where you can lay out and have the best view ever. If you are looking for an all inclusive place that you will never leave the whole vacation, look elsewhere. But if you are the type of person who likes to try different excursions, different restaraunts, and explore the town, then you can't beat the QMC. The staff is so friendly and the suites are beatiful and eclectic. Enough rambling. I hope to make it back to QMC sometime soon.

  • Liked — Location, view, value and overall experience.
  • Disliked — No room for lounge chairs by pool, and no bar or restaurant.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank beachbumDallas
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2007

My husband and I stayed here for two nights of our honeymoon. It is located in a little suburb of Puerto Vallarta--a close five minute cab ride into town. Cabs charge no more than 50 pesos for the trip--very convenient!
When we arrived, the manager gave us a tour and showed us the ins and outs--very helpful! We arrived on a Saturday and left verry early Monday morning, so we didn't have any contact with the staff or get to sample the breakfast there unfortunately--

Things I liked-
Gorgeous view of the ocean!!
Free internet access at the community computer
Short walk to Oxxo (convenience store) for snacks and supplies
Dining out on our semiprivate terrace with our view of the water
Plenty of free bottled water and complimentary soda/beer
Very quiet--it feels like you're staying there by yourself
Air conditioned room!
Overall, this place is sooo cool
Great prices

Things I didn't like-
It was very hard to get into the QMC with the keys at night (the locks are tricky)
The shower temperature was slightly warm at best
We stayed in Rafael and found the decor to be quite spooky, and the lighting is lousy in certain areas

At one point we were pretty spooked because of mysterious loud banging above us when the staff was supposed to be gone. We would have liked to have kept our glass doors open at night for the sea breeze, except that we were scared (we must be babies!)

  • Liked — The view, ambiance
  • Disliked — the scary paintings in our room
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank cakeandicecream
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Property: Quinta Maria Cortez
Address: Calle Sagitario 126 | Playa Conchas Chinas, Puerto Vallarta 48399, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 74 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Quinta Maria Cortez 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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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