Pros

  • Cute boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta’s old town, near nightlife, shops, Playa Los Muertos, and the Malecon
  • Property is adult-only and pet-friendly
  • Charming suites are decorated in vibrant colors with local textiles, artwork, and knick-knacks
  • Air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and balconies come standard
  • Upgraded Master Suites feature full kitchens, and Penthouses have roof decks with panoramic city and ocean views
  • Quaint interior courtyard features an outdoor pool and colorful breakfast area/bar
  • Free continental breakfast and daily poolside happy hours with free snacks
  • Modern Medregal restaurant serves tasty Mexican fare for dinner
  • Large roof terrace with comfortable furniture and umbrellas
  • Small lounge areas with unique artwork tucked in nooks throughout the property
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property
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Cons

  • No spa or fitness facilities
  • Not on the beach
  • Street parking only, which can be difficult to find
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Bottom Line

The Villa Mercedes Petit Hotel is a colorful, adult-only and pet-friendly boutique hotel in the lively Olas Altas section of Puerto Vallarta’s old town. The quaint hacienda-style building offers 16 vibrant studios, suites, and penthouses with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and private balconies. Some units offer ocean views, and upgraded suites have full kitchens. A charming interior courtyard features an outdoor pool and a lovely dining/bar area which serves free continental breakfast and daily poolside happy hours with free snacks. Medregal restaurant offers Mexican fare for dinner. There’s also a large furnished roof deck and lots lounging areas throughout the property. The hotel lacks a gym, spa, and private parking. The equally charming Catedral Vallarta Boutique Hotel tends to offer lower rates, but lacks a pool and restaurant. 

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Amenities

  • Internet
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pool

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Scene

A relaxing adult-only oasis in the middle of the city, full of color and quirky local charm 

Guests are met with a world of color and charm (and a friendly rescue dog) from the moment they first step into the vibrant lobby of the hacienda-style Villa Mercedes Petit Hotel. The property is bright and cheery at every turn, from the funky murals to relaxing lounge areas tucked into nooks and crannies around the property. The adult-only property draws a mix of straight and gay couples, single travelers, and small groups looking for a quiet, relaxing oasis in the middle of all the action. And Villa Mercedes is exactly that. Even though it’s just a block from the lively Malecon and surrounded by nightlife, guests would never know it when they’re relaxing in the lush interior courtyard. Full of tropical plants, an outdoor pool, and quaint strings of bare bulbs that are lit up at night, it feels worlds away from the city. This is where guests enjoy breakfast in the morning and daily poolside happy hours in the evening. Pleasant Mexican music sets the scene by day, while the sounds of nature take over at night. It’s also pet-friendly, which means it’s not uncommon to see friendly, four-legged friends wandering through. For travelers who want local charm and a great location at a decent price, Villa Mercedes is the perfect fit.

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Location

A block from the beach and the Malecon in the lively Olas Altas section of Puerto Vallarta’s old town 

Set on a cobblestone street among the shops, restaurants, nightlife, and gay bars of the popular Olas Altas section of the old town, Villa Mercedes puts guests in a great spot for exploring some of the city’s top sights. Playa Los Muertos, one of the city’s most popular beaches, is a minute’s walk away, as is the lively Malecon, a beachfront promenade that stretches most of the length of the city. A 10-minute walk north on the Malecon takes guests to the Isla Rio Cuale, a small island full of restaurants and artisan craft stalls. Continuing up the Malecon for another five to 10 minutes brings visitors to the Malecon’s famous artworks and lively evening food vendors, as well as the landmark Parish of Our Lady of Guadelupe church. The church and the northern portion of the Malecon can also be reached by car in 10 minutes. Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport is about a half-hour drive away. 

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Rooms

Colorful studios and suites with authentic local decor and private balconies 

Each of the 16 rooms at Villa Mercedes features its own individual decor, and all are outfitted with bright colors, original artwork, local textiles, and quirky knick-knacks that make the rooms feel homey and inviting. Air-conditioning, ceiling fans, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and private furnished balconies come standard. At the entry level are the Studios (seven in total), which feature small sitting areas, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers, as well as closets equipped with safes, irons, and ironing boards. Bathrooms provide hairdryers, Regina Spa Therapy toiletries, and soft, fluffy towels. Upgrading to Suites adds living areas with sofas, and kitchenettes with sinks, microwaves, and dining areas. The balconies of the suites offer partial ocean views. The one-bedroom Master Suites provide even more comfort, and feature full kitchens, large living and dining areas, and two full bathrooms. These corner units also have nice wraparound terraces with great ocean views. The top-of-the-line options at Villa Mercedes are its three Penthouses, which are one-bedroom units in a more secluded part of the hotel, each with its own roof terrace offering panoramic views of the city and ocean. 

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Features

A lush courtyard with a pool, breakfast, and happy hour -- plus a restaurant and a roof terrace 

Life at Villa Mercedes revolves around its lush interior courtyard, overflowing with tropical plants and Mexican charm. Here, guests can take a dip in the lovely outdoor pool or relax in one of the many quaint lounge areas. This is also where the hotel offers its daily free continental breakfast at a colorful tiled bar with charming shaded tables and sofas, as well as its afternoon poolside happy hours (complete with free snacks). Cooked breakfast is offered at an extra cost. Lovely Mexican music plays in the courtyard by day, and strings of bare bulbs make it even more charming at night.

Off the courtyard, and also accessible via the street, is the hip, modern Medregal restaurant, which serves up tasty Mexican fare and creative cocktails in the evening. In addition to the courtyard, there’s a large roof terrace full of lounge furniture, giving guests even more space to relax. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

The only parking is street parking, which can be nearly impossible to find during busy seasons. There’s no spa or fitness center at the hotel.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Beach

  • Concierge

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Full Kitchen

  • Golf Course

  • Internet

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Pool

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

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