Hacienda San Angel
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The rooftop restaurant is closed for dinner July-September
- An upscale hacienda in Old Vallarta with views across Banderas Bay
- The indoor and outdoor living spaces
- Within walking distance of excellent restaurants and watering holes
- Comfortable and classy rooms that aren’t stuffy or overfurnished
- Private and public spaces decorated with 16th- to 19th-century antiques
- Stunning chapel accommodates 100 wedding guests
What To Know
- Children 12 and under are not permitted
- Located five short but steep blocks up from the sea walk
- Multiple small dogs have the run of the main property
- Taxes plus service charges add up to 24 percent
- No parking lot; there’s parking only on the narrow and hilly surrounding streets
- Nearby church bells chime the hour
- The property opened in 2004
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a series of contiguous, totally renovated houses, Hacienda San Angel is the most gracious lodging in the heart of Old Vallarta. About five short but steep blocks from the bay and its sea walk (the malecón), the property has impressive downtown views and is close to the best restaurants, galleries and shops of the original tourist zone. Popular with honeymooners and couples, the property has a romantic atmosphere that’s simultaneously traditional (there’s a wealth of religious art from Mexico’s colonial and republican eras) and modern (a few of the suites have terraces with private hot tubs overlooking the deep blue Banderas Bay). Each room is unique in design and decoration, but the combination of beautiful architectural details, high-quality artifacts, and the stunning views from the private balconies, is pretty much ubiquitous. Your suite might have a French crystal wall sconce, a cozy window seat or restored 18th-century paintings, while in the public spaces, sounds of bamboo wind chimes and trickling fountains keep the feng shui in check. Make time for a meal at the rooftop restaurant, where dishes include calamari, salmon carpacci, and a medley of grilled vegetables, and a mariachi ensemble serenades guests.
In the Area
Admire outdoor sculptures on a sunset promenade along the malecón (sea walk) before heading into town. A few suggestions: indulge your sweet tooth with designer dark chocolates made with local ingredients at Xocodiva in the aptly-named Zona Romantica. Wellness junkie? Head to the hills for a therapeutic massage or traditional Temazcal ceremony at Terra Noble—a spa and eco-reserve at the highest point in Puerto Vallarta. Adventurous types should experience the tropical rainforest from above on a zip-line tour with Los Veranos Canopy Tour, Puerto Vallarta’s original zip-line company.
How to Get There
Wow, the grounds and decor at the Hacienda San Angel are stunning! The amount of detail that goes into keeping the rooms spotless and all of the wonderful gardens in bloom is amazing! Tucked away on the hill above town you step into your own private paradise when you walk through the doors. The staff caters to whatever you need and makes you feel right at home. There are 3 pools and all of the rooms felt like unique suites. The staff came in whenever we left our rooms and cleaned everything, even mopped the floors- I was so impressed! I went with a group of friends and one of them stayed in the top suite overlooking the pool and beyond that the bay and town- taking in the sunsets from the private hot tub was breathtaking! We had the continental breakfast each morning and ordered room service most days- all of the food and drinks were delicious! This really is a special place and you have everything you need without leaving the hotel grounds. If you do feel like exploring, town is only a quick walk down the cobblestone hillside. I cannot wait to return to Hacienda San Angel. You can come with family, friends, or a special someone and you will not be disappointed!
This restaurant was recommended to us by friends who had been there 2 years prior on their honeymoon. They raved about it and so we wanted to experience it for our first visit to PV. It did not disappoint! We met up with 2 friends who accompanied us there. We took a taxi up steep hills and narrow streets to the restaurant; which doesn't look especially impressive from the street, but . . . wait until you pass through the door. Wow! it opens to a beautiful courtyard with statues, fountains and pools. Climbing the tiled stairs to the open veranda where there is a stunning view of the city and ocean below. We were there at sunset and it was spectacular. The menu was inspired with filet mignon, salmon, and very nicely presented. It is a bit pricey by the usual standards in town, but well worth the splurge for a special evening and memorable meal, With wine and dessert, our bill was approx. $150 for two. We would definitely return to Hacienda San Angel on our next visit to Puerto Vallarta.
We spent 6 glorious nights in the Rincon San Angel suite last week. Fortunately for us, we had no neighbours so the pool and adjoining outdoor living space were ours to enjoy on our own. We chose this boutique hotel because we were ready for a departure from the norm and we are so very pleased we did. The architecture and carefully collected antiques throughout the hacienda were fascinating and they added character and warmth to the property. The linens, the bedding and the amenities were all top shelf. The service was exceptional and we somehow felt part of a larger family as we got to know the wonderful people who run this very special place. Alessandro met us at the door upon arrival with margheritas in hand and he seemed to always delight in hearing about our daily adventures even though he had probably heard the same stories a million times before from other guests. His zany sense of humour kept us in stitches and always wanting more of his company. Julio served us the complimentary breakfast each morning, several lunches by the pool and dinner in the top rated on-site restaurant. He always had a smile for us and seemed to genuinely care about our welfare. On Fridays, the mariachi band plays exceptional Mexican music with the use of brass and string instruments. I found it so moving, I had a hard time holding back the tears. The owner, Paula, was very kind to tell us the history of how her mother created this fantastic getaway which is more of a home than a hotel. We had a difficult time leaving this enchanting hacienda and I know that when we find ourselves in PV again, there will only be one choice of where we are to stay.