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
I hadn't been to Mexico in many years - mostly because I wanted to avoid the big concentrated hotels that lack any real character. But this place holds a spot as one of the most unique spots in the world. It is a quiet and magical place in the old city on the hilltop in Puerta Vallarta. It is a very short walk to the beach, but you can retreat into a quiet oasis. Every detail is considered - beautiful antiques and art. And each room is individually designed. It has 3 swimming pools and a fabulous restaurant. The rooms have great outdoor spaces, many the size an good sized apartment in a big city.
Seriously the coolest dinner ever.
This place is special in more ways then I can count.
The food was amazing. The vistas are wonderful. Mountains on one side. Ocean
On the other. Mariachi band playing in full splendour.
You will have the best dinner of your life and you won’t soend more then a Tuesday night at the Keg.
A must visit.
I can't say enough about this place. We were there in October 2018 and stayed at the Casa Campana house across the street but it is still part of the resort. We had a sweeping view of the bay from our room. Every morning we had breakfast served in our room rather than go to the dining area at no extra charge. Service is excellent. The complex features three different restaurants and 4 pools. It's an easy walk to town down hill. We usually took a taxi back. Next two our room is the restaurant La Capella. Italian with the most beautiful setting. Every night the three violin players play from 7-9 while you dine looking a the ocean. So romantic. Everything about this place is romantic. There are 17 century antiques in our room! We loved every minute there.
Really beautiful place to stay. It's been a long time since we were here but we still talk about this small hotel as a standard bearer for other romantic trips. Go here, have the margaritas! You won't regret it.
We were robbed during our stay here. Our hotel room was broken into while we were sleeping and all of our valuables were taken. We cracked open a door on our second floor balcony to get some air, but we had trusted our safety to the hotel and just didn’t consider the possibility that someone would scale the 10ft to our room from the middle of the street. We also locked most of our valuables in the safe while we were out of the room, but didn’t think about doing that while we were sleeping.
The hotel staff were friendly and helped us with translations, confirming phone numbers/addresses, and giving us access to a hotel laptop. Beyond that, though, they didn't make any effort to take care of us. We were not offered a different room (it looks like several were available at the same rate), any kind of discount, a refund when we decided not to stay the last two nights, or even a free meal when we had to order room service because all our cash was gone.
It didn't occur to us to ask for anything at the time because we were so focused on dealing with the fallout, but Hacienda San Angel is a very expensive hotel and at this price point, a guest shouldn't have to ask. When the taxi driver on the way to the airport asked us what the hotel did to help, we described the above and he was totally shocked. So was nearly everyone else we talked to: "The hotel was robbed and all they did was call the police, give you laptop access and directions?"
Thankfully our experience isn't common, but we will not be returning nor recommending HSA to others. A hotel's reaction to adverse events says a lot about its commitment to hospitality, and Hacienda San Angel fell short in this case.