Rivera del Rio Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Daily breakfast and welcome margaritas are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Every spacious suite contains a living area and kitchenette
- Individually decorated residences are like something from Alice in Wonderland: One thing all the rooms have in common: pillowtop mattresses, deep leopard-claw soaking tubs and access to outdoor pools
- The eight-room boutique property has a glam past: Raquel Welch stayed here, and Vogue and Italian Elle have used the property as a photo shoot location
What To Know
- Free WiFi and calls to the U.S.
- Legendary “Silver” Maria Cortez designed the property; it's recently received a facelift from her grandson, Alexander
- The apartments are nestled back along the Rio Cuale, away from the chaos of Puerto Vallarta’s tourist zone
- Many of the suites have room for up to five people, perfect for groups or family reunions
- Each guestroom has its own unique layout; specific rooms are not guaranteed
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Picture yourself in a photo shoot at this all-villa boutique resort in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town. The four-room, four-suite property has hosted such Hollywood celebs as Raquel Welch and served as the backdrop for spreads in Vogue and Italian Elle. It’s easy to see why: The individually decorated residences are like something from Alice in Wonderland. In the Green Room you’ll find pastel cherubs painted on the walls, a giant brass chandelier and a deep green soaking tub in the black marble bathroom. The two-story Candelaria suite skews pink, with a black-and-rose checkerboard floor, pink-and-turquoise satin linens and an ornate trompe l’oeil headboard with (real) candelabras on either side of the bed. And in the Carlotta suite, a huge Venetian crystal chandelier hangs above a cherrywood dining table, and twinkling wall lights bounce off the room’s handmade mosaic flooring (don’t worry, the lights have a dimmer). One thing all the rooms have in common: pillowtop mattresses, deep leopard-claw soaking tubs and access to outdoor pools.
In the Area
Rivera del Rio’s prime location in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town, just south of Rio Cuale, makes it easy to get around this bustling beach town. Wander down to Playa los Muertos, Vallarta’s most popular beach, for a day of sunbathing and beach bar hopping in this quaint, cobblestoned neighborhood; city ordinances mandate the district’s white buildings and red tile roofs, and they prohibit neon signs. Or venture north of the river to explore the renowned Malecon and the picturesque Gringo Gulch neighborhood; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton reportedly began their affair there while filming The Night of the Iguana in 1963. To get away from the touristy zone, take a 45-minute water taxi ride to Yelapa, a no-car island village with only 1,500 residents, many of them hippies and artists. Water sports aplenty are on offer, but no one would blame you for spending the day on the beach, feasting on fresh coconut slices and chocolate pie sold by vendors on the beach.
How to Get There
This is a lovely, slightly funky hotel. It's situated in a very interesting, non-touristy area of town, but within easy walking distance of many things that tourists would want, and overlooking beautiful greenery along the small river Cuale. The staff that we dealt with were super, especially Grant and Melina, who really go out of their way to make sure you have all the information you could need and couldn't be more helpful. Our room, the Carlotta Suite, was quite comfortable and somewhat intriguing, with steps up and down when you least expected them, some unusual pieces of furniture and art, and a tiny patio with an unexpected hidden fountain (I could hear water running but it was several days before I discovered the fountain). The kitchen was new, clean and had good appliances. The upkeep of the rooms could have been better: there were chips of paint missing from the white-painted floor in the bedroom that made it look dirty, the sheets were quite worn (one of the sheets had an inch-long hole in it that should have been picked up by the staff as it was in the part that was turned back over the blanket), and when we arrived we noticed debris on the floor that should have been cleaned. There were two options to get to the room - one (the easy way) involved going outside the hotel, around the corner, down the street and around another corner; the other involved going up and down a variety of staircases some of which were quite challenging. Getting there was part of the adventure.
This hotel wasn’t like any other that we’ve stayed at in the past. Food was excellent and service was very personable. Would highly recommend this to anyone. We had a living room, 3 extra beds, kitchen and king size bed for me and my wife.
This place is fantastic. Totally unique, quirky, but extremely comfortable and with service that leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. It really could not be better. They have another place nearby called Garlands del Rio. While I haven't stayed there, I can imagine it is of a similar quality.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 7 day stay. We stayed in the small ‘Scarlett’ room with its lovely balcony overlooking the river (and the iguanas in the trees). The decor is unique (Art Deco-ish), breakfasts were great, and the pool and plunge tub on roof are a bonus. The staff were so helpful. Thanks Marlena and Grant for all your recommendations.
And only a few minutes walk from the rest of Puerto Vallarta!
Difficult to rate this property as it is certainly unique and unlike most others in downtown PV. The good: lovely, quiet river-side location; very friendly staff; large,clean, comfortable room; a delicious breakfast. The bad: our room was at reception level, so we heard any and all noises emanating from there. A bright light at our window all night was most annoying. We did not have our "welcoming margaritas" so the beer and cold water we were offered on our arrival was accepted in lieu.... very surprised and disappointed to be charged $US5 on check-out for our drinks. This hotel is more Addams Family than Paris Hilton, but, for the price, a good option in PV.