Hotel de Catedral proved to be a welcoming haven from a busy albeit fun and sun filled week long holiday in Puerta Vallerta. Excellent service doesn't happen by accident and accommodating foreign guests with different cultural expectations of what a hotel should be, can't be easy. But it is a business after all, and the responsibility starts at the top. With a genuine smile and charming demeanor that would do Mexican mamas proud, hard working manager Carlos de Leon makes running a successful hotel look effortless. Client requests are treated efficiently with respect sans drama. That same attitude is apparent in his friendly, knowledgeable and competent staff. Other reviews elevated my concern about the Cathedral bells interrupting a good night's sleep, but once there, didn't bother me at all. I brought ear plugs, just in case. If anything, the bells served as a sweetly gentle reminder of the stunning cathedral nearby. If your priorities are a breakfast buffet or elevators, don't go there. The 3rd floor room "El Ray" does not have a mini-fridge or coffee maker, but it does have the oft mentioned "sink in shower" set up that's more of a curiosity than a challenge. If you're into a free cup of coffee and cookie before 10 am, delightful Mexican decor, soothing ambiance, cell phone, some great views, entertaining and/or enlightening conversation, very clean room, fresh linen and towels, and a convenient location to the markets, beach, art, restaurants, Malecon, massage, banks, ATM's and other glorious sights and sounds of Puerto Vallerta, de Catedral is the truly cultural hotel experience for you mis amigos.
- 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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