Casa Cupula Rating: 3.5 Pearls
South Side, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Pros

  • Two pools: infinity edge rooftop, and clothing-optional
  • Secluded, tranquil location minutes from Old Town Puerto Vallarta
  • Highly regarded restaurant on-site
  • Pretty gardens and fountains throughout property
  • Great views from many rooms and suites
  • Airy gym with modern equipment
  • Lovely rooms with charming and eclectic interior design
  • Excellent destination for gays and lesbians, and those seeking an adults-only option

Cons

  • Not located on a beach
  • Not family-friendly (no kids allowed)
  • Steep stair climbs to some rooms and suites; no elevators

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

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).

 Location

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.

  • 30-minute drive to Puerto Vallarta Airport
  • 7-minute walk to Old Town and Los Muertos Beach
  • 15-minute walk to downtown Puerto Vallarta

 Rooms

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.

  • iPod docks, DVD players with extensive DVD library
  • Flat-screen TVs in most rooms; older tube TVs in others
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pillow-top mattresses with pillow selections, and 400 thread-count cotton sateen sheets
  • L’Occitane toiletries
  • Mini-fridges and coffeemakers
  • Some rooms have garden views and shared balconies; others have private balconies and ocean views.
  • Four Vista rooms feature a two-person shower, and extra single bed.
  • Suites contain private balconies with a Jacuzzi or dipping pool (except in junior suites), continental breakfast, free airport service, extra full-size pull-out bed, and washer/dryer.

 Features

Multiple pools, a gourmet restaurant, and in-room spa treatments

  • Two pools including rooftop infinity pool and clothing-optional pool, as well as Jacuzzis
  • Popular on-site restaurant serving worldly cuisine three meals a day
  • Extensive gym with modern equipment
  • In-room spa treatments
  • High-season barbecues and brunches on pool deck
  • Purified water (safe to drink from tap)
  • Computer and printer for guest use in the Guest Study
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
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 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • 129 Callejon de la Igualdad

Room Types

  • Deluxe King Room
  • Deluxe Queen Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 20
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: South Side, Puerto Vallarta
Address: 129 Callejon de la Igualdad
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