Hacienda Hotel & Spa Rating: 2.5 Pearls
North Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Pros

  • Decent-size pool and Jacuzzi tucked in verdant surroundings
  • Small spa with innovative treatment and therapy menu
  • Good authentic restaurants, and bar with pool table
  • All rooms have nice balconies
  • Purified-water system supplies whole property
  • All-inclusive or European plan options available
  • Great location close to airport and downtown Puerto Vallarta
  • Beach club and free non-motorized water sports

Cons

  • Beach and beach club are two blocks away
  • Noisy highway right outside the lobby
  • No Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Tube TVs
  • Loud music by pool
  • All-inclusive dinners are limited to buffet style (with one free dinner at the specialty restaurants)

Bottom Line

By most megaresort standards this all-inclusive is small, with just 155 rooms, and is short on amenities and facilities. But it's a comfy, budget-friendly place near downtown Puerto Vallarta and two blocks from the beach. The resort feels authentic, with terracotta tiling, and Mexican-style decor surrounded by lush landscaping and palm trees. The location directly off the highway can be a bit loud -- as can the music poolside. But for the price it's an excellent option -- the rooms are clean and comfortable, the on-site dining options are plentiful, and the hotel-run beach club offers free non-motorized water sports for guests.

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 Scene

Quaint, authentic-feeling resort surrounded by lush grounds

Although tucked alongside the noisy highway, the majority of the resort feels more like a peaceful hacienda hideaway -- especially in the open-air central courtyard, with seating surrounding a tiered fountain. The grounds are nicely landscaped (in most areas) with plenty of ferns, palm trees, and local plantings. The decor both in the common areas and the guest rooms feels authentic Mexican without breaching into cheesy-resort territory. Terracotta tiling, winding palm-tree-shaded walkways, and hacienda-style architectural elements are a far cry from most larger Mexican-beach mega resorts.

 Location

Located off a noisy highway, a short walk to the beach

The hotel is located right on Highway 200 (also called Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio) as it passes through this northern side of Puerto Vallarta, between the airport and downtown. The location is convenient -- except that Highway 200 can be a busy boulevard, day and night. With an open-air lobby and much of the hotel within 50 yards of the highway, it can get noisy. That said, all area attractions -- the airport, golf, downtown, and Old Town -- are all a quick drive away. The beach is a short walk from the hotel -- but there's also a free shuttle for guests.

  • 10-minute drive to the airport
  • 5-minute drive to downtown Puerto Vallarta
  • 5-minute drive to Marina Vallarta
  • 10-minute drive to Old Town
  • 25-minute drive to Nuevo Vallarta

 Rooms

Basic, but comfortable rooms, all with private balconies

 Features

Standard amenities for a Mexican resort of this size and price point

 Food

Limited all-inclusive plan; property is better suited for European-plan guests

The hotel offers either all-inclusive or European plans. The all-inclusive plan, however, only includes buffet dinners at Los Portales, with guests limited to one free dinner at either Sabores de Mexico or La Troje per stay.

  • Sabores de Mexico: Mexican and Prehispanic food, dinner only, reservations required the morning of
  • La Troje: International grill and seafood menu, dinner only, reservations required the morning of
  • Los Portales: breakfast, lunch and dinner, eclectic Mexican/international menu served buffet or a la carte, no reservations
  • Beach Club Restaurant, daily, sandwiches and snacks

 Bottom Line

By most megaresort standards this all-inclusive is small, with just 155 rooms, and is short on amenities and facilities. But it's a comfy, budget-friendly place near downtown Puerto Vallarta and two blocks from the beach. The resort feels authentic, with terracotta tiling, and Mexican-style decor surrounded by lush landscaping and palm trees. The location directly off the highway can be a bit loud -- as can the music poolside. But for the price it's an excellent option -- the rooms are clean and comfortable, the on-site dining options are plentiful, and the hotel-run beach club offers free non-motorized water sports for guests.

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Address

  • Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio 2699, 48310 Puerto Vallarta, Jal. México

Room Types

  • Standard Room
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 155
Pool: N/A
Spa: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: North Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta
Address: Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio 2699, 48310 Puerto Vallarta, Jal. México
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