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“Serene oasis in the real Vallarta. Downtown made even better!”

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Catedral Vallarta Boutique Hotel
Ranked #50 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Moab, Utah
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“Serene oasis in the real Vallarta. Downtown made even better!”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

Jenifer and I returned to the Hotel Catedral Vallarta for 7 nights in March 2012, exactly a year after our previous visit. This charming 21 room hotel was created new only a couple of years ago but has the feel of a place that has welcomed travelers for a while. The rooms are individually decorated with artwork from the decorative pillows, to fabric coverings, wall hangings and paintings - all tasteful and all available for sale if you just need to have it. A just-opened rooftop area with chairs and views is available to all guests. The beautiful and iconic Catedral de Nuestra Señora is two blocks away and tolls the bells regularly.
The staff is wonderful and cannot be more friendly or welcoming. On arrival you choose from a pillow menu and toiletries scents menu as you sip on a refreshing drink called Jamaica. The hotel is two short blocks from the newly re-constructed 3/4 mile long Malecon-a seaside walk that you can navigate safely, with the ocean on one side and numerous shops and restaurants opposite, and also winds to the south into Viejo Vallarta.
A ten minute stroll south from the hotel will take you to a sister property, The Emperador, where you can use the beachfront chairs, have a meal and secure towels from the staff of the new Si Señor restaurant that is excellent and fronts the property.
We have stayed in two different rooms at the Hotel Catedral. Both have fans and a/c units called mini-splits that are very efficient and not the noisy, hung-in-the-windows type that some hotels have. All rooms feature one or two double beds. Both of ours also had very useable kitchenettes and large-screen tv's with at least 70 channels, many in English. Both also had walk-in shower units, in-room safes, tables and comfortable seating. Free cellphones for local or in-room hotels calls are available for guests.
Guests of the hotel mingle and chat in the gaily decorated, oasis-like central court where free hot beverages and cookies are available mornings. This courtyard is incredibly welcoming whenever you return, and the front desk is staffed 24/7. During our stay we met guests from the United States, Canada, Italy, Mexico and more. One couple from Quebec that we had met in 2011 were in their final two weeks of a 10 week stay hereat the hotel.
The hotel makes a great place to take a morning and/or evening walk thru the neighborhood, and stroll to the beach, restaurants or one block to the incredibly frequent buses that go almost anywhere for 6.5 pesos.
We are great fans of Puerto Vallarta and its friendly, lovely people. You will feel AND be safe. There are tons of activities and things to do (or not do!!). Staying in the downtown area at the Hotel Catedral makes our time in PV even more special. Me Gusta Vallarta! More please!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Quathiaski Cove, Canada
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Location is excellant, easy walk to Malecon and beach. But this central location is noisy.
Room was clean but sparsely furnished and beds not comfortable. Hot water for shower took a long time.
Room definitely not renovated. WiFI was not always available with No phone service.
Door on room did not give a secure feeling.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

Highly recommended. We stayed for a week with our two 4 year olds. Carlos was often on-sight and helpful. His staff was wonderful. Thank you Marco, Mara, Yailin and the other ladies who keep the place clean and running well.

Room Tip: We had a room with a small kitchen and with kids this made a big difference.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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winnipeg, canada
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

We stayed but one night prior to leaving for home and wanted to satay downtown close to the Ocan, shops and restaurants. Hotel Catedral is in an EXCELLENT location for it all. The hotel is very clean, serene, comfortable with great outdoor areas for lounging. Service was fantastic with friendly greetings when you walk in to great assistance with any of your needs. The hotel is a basic old style Spanish hotel so don't expect alot of frills and spaciousness like in a big resort. It has exactly what you need with the personal touches from the staff and the decor. Just as described on their website. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

I had a wonderful week long stay at Hotel Catedral. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. They did a great job of answering all my questions about the area. The hotel is older and has a wonderful Mexican charm to it. I enjoyed starting my day with a cup of coffee in the courtyard. The hotel is clean, comfortable and centrally located. I found it was very easy to walk to the Malecon as well as shops and restaurant.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

Just back from our quick (4 night) trip to Vallarta. My husband and I love staying in Zona Romantica, away from all the BIG resorts and BIG prices. Hotel Catedral is in a GREAT location; 2 blocks to the beach, across the street from the Mercado Artesenias; 2 blocks from the Malecon, and a quick taxi ride to anywhere in Vallarta!

As for the beach - we just find an umbrella and lounge chairs at a nice little restaurant/bar on the beach and negotiate "all day" prices for drinks and food (speaking Spanish really gives us the upper hand here). Hotel Catedral DOES have a beach club partner, it is called Si Senor. We went to Si Senor the first day and were treated very well...they had great food and drinks, but it is a bit far from the hotel.

The room we had was WONDERFUL! 3rd floor, right on the street (Rodriguez) with a balcony. Didn't notice noise at all during the night. Room was very very clean, well furnished and had a great A/C unit.

Bathroom was fine, a bit small...but who really needs a giant bathroom on vacation. Let the hot water run for a min or two if you want to take a hot shower...otherwise, enjoy a refreshing cool shower. My husband didn't really like the hard beds, but I didn't mind them at all!

The lobby and central courtyard were incredibly charming with lots of plants and beautiful furniture. We arrived about an hour before check in, we were given a room to shower and change clothes in, went for a quick lunch, and by the time we were back our suitcases were already in our room!

The service here was fabulous...all employees were very polite and helpful! Will definitely stay here again!

EXTRA TIPS: We ate breakfast and fresh licados (fruit juices) every morning 2 blocks away at Malibu's. Take a taxi to Ay Carimba restaurant for dinner ---> AMAZING view of Vallarta and delicious food! For authentic and cheap Mexican food in a beautiful atmosphere head to Gaby's or Restaurant Fusion.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

My wife and I wanted to stay downtown close to the Ocean, shops and restaurants; this hotels location met all objectives. The view from the penthouse was great and there is a private sundeck above the room. Many very good restaurants were but blocks away and the boardwalk along the Ocean w/ the many shops, bars and eatery's were all right there. the staff is great...very friendly.
This is NOT a resort hotel, it is an authentic hotel you would find in Spain or other old parts of Europe. Beds are decent and there was a pillow and soap choice. You are not paying for a Hilton, so don't expect one. The bathroom did not have an electric outlet so we used on by the bed and had the mirror on the closet...no big deal. It may be a good idea to bring ear plugs if you are not use to city noise as the Church Bells ring often.

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Property: Catedral Vallarta Boutique Hotel
Address: Calle Hidalgo Centro 166 | Between Libertad st. y Agustín Rodríguez st., Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Catedral Vallarta Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated chicly in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, just two blocks from the main square, the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Parrish and the "Malecon" beach boardwalk Hotel Catedral Vallarta is surrounded by Restaurants, Bars, Art Galleries and Boutiques. Locally called “the latest jewel among Downtown Boutique properties”, Hotel Catedral Vallarta combines stylish furnishings with Mexican traditional charm and character. Each room is uniquely and individually decorated, exuding a blend of old Mexican elegance, with contemporary touches, with each room named after a classic Mexican song. Forged iron gates, terracotta columns, handcrafted railings, palms, flowers, live contrasting colors and textures create all together a charming, fresh and clean atmosphere. Complimentary Beach Club Access (walking distance), Free Wi-fi, daily Coffee and Tea service 7 am - 11 am, Pillows Menu, Hand made Soaps and eco-friendly amenities.The hotel's twenty-one rooms are sumptuous and evocative hideaways, boasting numerous modern conveniences and upscale amenities, such as complimentary wireless Internet access, large HD flat screen televisions, seventy-two television channels, in-room safety security box, the latest (and extremely quiet) AC system, cellular phones, business center, library and more. Through its halls and stairs, as in every room, you will always find a detail that evoques Mexico. Hand made flowers, hammered tin handcrafts from Guanajuato, original paintings, sculptures, blown glass lamps from the State of Jalisco, Papier-mâché dolls from Michoacán, textiles from Oaxaca, Religious art from Guerrero, and more. The relaxing intimacy at the property is enhanced by traditional Mexican furniture, softened with hand embroidered cushions from different regions of Mexico, te best of all, Everything is for sale ! you just have to ask your Concierge. ... more   less 
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