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
My wife and I travel to Puerto Vallarta annually with a large group, partly for business and partly leisure. We always have a group dinner at Hacienda San Angel and we've always thought it was a special place. My wife mentioned last year that she'd like to stay here some time. The premium price has always been a deterrent.
But this year, I decided to treat her to a night here on the last night of our trip. A surprise for Valentine's Day, I told her. She was ecstatic, as I expected.
The stay at HSA was a unique experience to say the least. 110% worth the expense. We had full access to the entire property to explore, take pictures, and swim in the three pools. Everything is top-notch: the scenery, the food, the service, the ambiance. Every suite is different, due to this being a former hacienda or private home. We stayed in the San Jose Suite. One nice touch was the water filtration system which allowed us to drink and use the faucet water rather than having to buy bottled water.
We could not get enough of this place in the short 24 hours we were there. Next time we'll 'invest' in two nights there. We took dozens and dozens of pictures of the antique furniture, artwork and religious icons scattered throughout. They even leave a reference guide in your room describing the history of each piece!
The only drawback I noted is that the bell tower to the town cathedral is very closeby. It signals the quarter hour and the top of the hour 24 hours a day. So I'm assuming all the residents nearby wear earplugs at night, and I will do so next time.
However, staying at the HSA created memories for us far more valuable than an Amazon gift card or some new pots and pans. Well worth it!
Quite possibly the most romantic hotel I've ever experienced. Much has been written about the history of Hacienda San Angel - how it includes Richard Burton's private villa combined with three adjacent villas to create a stunningly beautiful property with multiple pools, brick walls, beautiful landscaping, museum-quality art, and gorgeous views from each room. Let me add to that that the service is impeccable with every detail attended to, and that the staff go out of their way to ensure a great experience. From the comfy beds to the linen robes to the silver box of chocolates on the pillow to the candles along the walkways, we felt transported. If you don't feel the need to stay on the beach and are happy to be away from noisy crowds, and if you appreciate history and authenticity, this is a place you should try. Oh, and the food is delicious whether delivered to your private terrace or poolside, or taken in one of the three restaurants with stunning views.
We have been here numerous times over the years and have NEVER been disappointed until tonight. It was a Birthday and when reserving told the hostess. They forgot me. Our service was not good. We filled our own wine. Asked for water. Slow. 3 hours. The food was excellent as years prior. The mariachi music was not at all like the past. Mainly violin concerto. Not mariachi of the past years. Maybe 70% of musicians where new this year and you knew it by the music. Very disappointing
We always try to get to this fine dining restaurant. It is located on a high area overlooking the city. The restaurant is gorgeous and was someone’s actual residence.
The food if fantastic and the service superb. There is a live mariachi band with very fine players that adds to the ambiance.
The dinner menu is quite large. I had the Chilean sea bass and my wife ordered a seafood pasta. Both of our dishes were wonderful.
This is truly a five star restaurant.
We visited for Sunday Brunch and it exceeded our expectations! The decor the views and the staff were exceptional ! The food was delicious and so much choice with the finest in gredients ! We can't wait to visit again !