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Stylish close-to-town boutique hotel that caters to the gay market
Just a minute’s drive out of Old Town, whip a left off of the coastal road, climb a steep cobbled hill, and you find yourself in…Spain? Not quite, but it sure feels that way. The white stucco buildings -- with vibrant pops of rich yellow and orange at every turn -- hug the side of a steep, lush hillside. The surrounding landscape features stairways and pathways winding in and out of the buildings, the occasional fountain or mermaid statue, plenty of comfortable lounging areas, and stunning ocean views.
Each of the 21 rooms and suites filling the various levels of the property are individually designed with a hodgepodge mix of styles and tastes. The same goes for the common areas, especially the lobby, which feels more like someone's private hacienda than a hillside hotel. This architectural and stylistic mash-up could be a recipe for design disaster, but instead it all works perfectly, and makes for an eccentric, amusing, and comfortably chic place to stay. But if you're straight, you may not feel as comfortable as other guests -- the hotel primarily caters to LGBT travelers (though everyone is welcome).
An easy stroll to town, and a great secluded hideaway to return to
The property is located on a steep cobbled street just off the coastal road that winds south out of Old Town Puerto Vallarta. The charming, evocative street curves round a bend and up a slope in the style of a European hillside town.
Unique rooms with fine amenities, great bathrooms, and balconies with lovely garden or ocean views
The hotel contains 21 guest rooms and suites in three types -- Standard, Vista, and Suite -- with distinct decor ranging from Mexican rustic to modernist. Each is individually designed but consistently comfortable, thoughtful, and fully loaded with interesting furniture and objects. Some, however, are so packed with unusual stuff they might take some getting used to.
Multiple pools, a gourmet restaurant, and in-room spa treatments
This destination for gay travelers is an eclectic, amusing, and comfortable little charmer. With just 21 rooms built into four adjoining houses on a steep, winding street just south of Old Town, Cupula is unique among Puerto Vallarta properties -- an eccentric yet comfortable collection of individual parts that add up to a totally inviting whole. Throw in great views, two sexy pools, a popular restaurant, in-room spa treatments, and a modern well-lit fitness center, and you have a complete adults-only package that is hard to beat.