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Best Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

Best Hotel Rankings We've ranked the top hotels in Puerto Vallarta based on an unbiased analysis of awards, expert recommendations and user ratings. Out of 24 luxury hotels, eight were named award winners on the U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in Puerto Vallarta. Of these, two scored high enough to make the exclusive U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in Mexico.

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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Nuevo Vallarta
Best Hotels #1 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Nuevo Vallarta
Best Hotels #1 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
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The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit touts itself as a "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" retreat, and guest sentiments tend to affirm the resort's claim. Each of its 267 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites features more than 1,000 square feet of living space and comes appointed with teak furniture imported from Bali, a 42-inch LCD TV, a Nespresso coffee maker and a private terrace that overlooks either the ocean or the pool. Guests say that a sumptuous atmosphere pervades throughout the entire property, from the towering ceilings and serene fountain in the lobby to the memorable meals at the four gourmet restaurants. Activities at the infinity pool and on the beach — like boogie boarding and scuba diving classes — are also included in this Puerto Vallarta property's all-inclusive plan. Though spa treatments will cost extra, guests say that the spa facilities are excellent and recommend indulging in a massage during your stay. more

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Hotel Mousai Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, MX
Best Hotels #2 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels

Hotel Mousai Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, MX
Best Hotels #2 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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All-inclusive perks are abundant at this Puerto Vallarta property, ranging from unlimited alcoholic beverages and meals at one of four restaurants (three of which are housed at the hotel's neighboring sister property, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa) to private beach access and use of the on-site tennis, squash and basketball courts. For those looking for a bit more relaxation, take a dip in the rooftop infinity pool or book a massage at Spa Imagine. But if that's not enough to keep you on the property, wander into central Puerto Vallarta, located about 10 miles north. In addition to several natural and architectural marvels, the city provides plenty of delicious eats. Although, recent visitors praised all of the hotel's eateries (but caution that the restaurants can be a bit pricey if you don't opt for the all-inclusive plan). The accommodations were another point of praise for recent guests. Each includes a walk-in rain shower, a terrace with a hammock and a Jacuzzi tub, a 55-inch LED TV and a Nespresso coffee maker. Keep in mind: Hotel Mousai is an adults-only property, so leave the kids at home during your stay. more

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Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa

Puerto Vallarta
Best Hotels #3 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa

Puerto Vallarta
Best Hotels #3 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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Located less than 10 miles south of downtown Puerto Vallarta and removed from the area's bars, shops and other resorts, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa attracts travelers seeking seclusion. According to past visitors, the resort's grounds are lush and peaceful, especially around the infinity pool. The beach also gets its fair share of praise, though guests caution that the sand can be a bit rocky. To truly bask in the splendor of Garza Blanca, try an aromatherapy massage at Spa Imagine or a dip in one of the resort's Jacuzzis. As for dining, Blanca Blue, Bocados STK and Aquazul Beach Bar & Lounge earn high praise from past guests, who applaud the attentive staff and tasty dishes. Should you crave more variety, a plethora of dining options can be found nearby in Puerto Vallarta. Previous guests also rave about the guest rooms and suites, which feature flat-screen TVs and hammocks on private balconies or terraces that overlook the ocean or the jungle. more

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Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit

Nuevo Vallarta
Best Hotels #4 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels

Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit

Nuevo Vallarta
Best Hotels #4 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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Situated just 10 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta's Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit overlooks the sparkling waters of Banderas Bay. Guests say they come to this Villa La Estancia for its relaxing atmosphere — a massage at the Tatewari Spa, a soak in the 2-story pool or a refreshing cocktail at the swim-up pool bar can melt away any lingering stress. Those seeking more active pursuits can find ample outdoor activities as well. Guests can swing a racket on two championship tennis courts or a club on one of many nearby golf courses. As for dining, guests can choose from formal dining at La Casona or casual poolside fare at La Parilla (or head next door to the resort's sister property, Villa del Palmar Flamingos, for more options). And when the sun goes down, guests can escape to their colonial- and hacienda-inspired villa or guest room; all accommodations are appointed with L'Occitane bath products, minibars, flat-screen TVs and balconies or terraces. more

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Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
Best Hotels #5 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels

Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
Best Hotels #5 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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Barely a fledgling among Puerto Vallarta's established resorts (it opened in April 2012), AMResorts' Now Amber Puerto Vallarta has garnered a loyal fan base for its clean, modern feel. Now Amber's 327 suites boast iPod docks, Jacuzzis and minibars that are restocked daily. For an even more luxurious experience, guests suggest upgrading to a Preferred Club Suite for access to a private lounge, a furnished terrace and afternoon hors d'oeuvres. Now Amber's Unlimited-Luxury all-inclusive package covers the cost of accommodations, meals and drinks at the resort's five bars and lounges along with four a la carte eateries. a grill, a cafe and a buffet. And with the Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience, adult visitors can try dinner at one of the restaurants at nearby Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta or Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta. But vacation isn't all about eating, so Now Amber offers plenty of land and water activities — like boogie boarding, yoga and snorkeling — to fill your days. Even younger guests can get in on the fun, whether they're watching a movie on the beach with the Explorer's Club or mingling at the late-night mixers in the teen lounge, the Core Zone. more

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Marival Residences Luxury Resort

Nuevo Vallarta
Best Hotels #6 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels

Marival Residences Luxury Resort

Nuevo Vallarta
Best Hotels #6 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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Guests returning to the Marival Residences Luxury Resort in Nuevo Vallarta (about 9 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta) have come to expect a high level of personalized service, and according to most visitors, that's usually what they get.  Whether its customized drinks crafted at the bar or adjustments made for early arrivals and late checkouts, guests appreciate Marival's extra touches. Golfers and gourmands will also enjoy their time here, as the resort's all-inclusive plan encompasses unlimited greens fees at three nearby golf courses and meals at three restaurants (guests especially liked the cuisine at Insú Sky Lounge). Of course, after a day of golfing, gorging or simply lounging by the pool or beach, you can retreat to your comfortable digs. Ranging from one-bedroom guest rooms to four-bedroom villas, Marival's accommodations feature coffee makers, refrigerators, plasma TVs, upscale bath amenities and views of the gardens, pool or ocean from private balconies or terraces. more

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Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

Nuevo Vallarta
Best Hotels #7 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

Nuevo Vallarta
Best Hotels #7 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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The first Hard Rock Hotel in Mexico (it opened its doors in August 2012), the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta lures travelers with the promise of all the luxurious trappings indicative of its brand. Located in Nuevo Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit — just an 8-mile drive northwest of Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport — this all-inclusive Hard Rock outpost invites guests to bed down like a rock star in one of its stylish guest rooms, which are decorated in bold colors and feature LCD televisions, wine and liquor dispensers, marble bathrooms and hydro spa tubs. Stroll through the resort's rock 'n' roll memorabilia-lined hallways and you'll find six restaurants, which past patrons describe as excellent. For an extra dose of relaxation, book a massage at the Rock Spa. Venture outside to take a dip in the two swimming pools, lounge on the sands of Banderas Bay or embark on a snorkeling, parasailing or golf excursion (all of which can be arranged through the hotel). When the sun goes down, the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta offers five bars and lounges, plus an outdoor ampitheater with live shows, concerts and rollicking parties to keep you entertained all night long. more

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Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
Best Hotels #8 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels

Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
Best Hotels #8 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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Adjacent to the Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta's main structure resembles a Spanish hacienda estate. Guests are consistently wowed by the grounds — the landscaping and infinity pool of the Ocean Club evoke a sense of calm that visitors adore. That serene feeling extends to the SPA Casa Velas, where you can indulge in a revitalizing holistic massage or an anti-aging facial. Meanwhile, Casa Velas' restaurants, Ocean Club and Emiliano's, serve up Asian-inspired fare and traditional Mexican dishes. Once you're well-fed, bed down in one of the resort's suites; each room comes appointed with a snack-filled minibar, down comforter, cable TV and L'Occitane bath products. If you're looking for a little extra luxury, you may want to spring for a Grand Class Suite, which offers a private plunge pool and terrace. Beyond the resort's relaxing atmosphere, past visitors are also quick to compliment the warm and welcoming staff. more

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Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
#9 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
#9 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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Like its sister resort, Now Amber Puerto Vallarta, Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta overlooks the Pacific coast and offers guests the same access to El Malecón's entertainment. And along with the five gourmet dining venues and a buffet at this AMResorts property, guests can also sample the fare at Now Amber's eateries, thanks to the Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience. However, there is one major difference between these two resorts: Secrets Vallarta Bay is an adults-only property. Guests appreciate Secrets' elegant yet laid-back vibe and (unlimited) poolside cocktails. The sleek 14,000-square-foot Secrets Spa by Pevonia adds to that effect with its unique body treatments and massages, like seaweed body wraps and hot stone therapies. And the 271 suites stay on-theme with marble floors, satellite TVs, iPod docks and private terraces or balconies. If you upgrade to the Preferred Club, you'll get perks like a spacious sitting area, complimentary newspaper delivery and access to the Preferred Club Lounge, where continental breakfast, afternoon hors d'oeuvres and desserts are served daily. more

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Velas Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
#10 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels

Velas Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
#10 in Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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The immaculately manicured grounds steal the show at Velas Vallarta. Guests say that peacocks and iguanas roam freely about the property, adding to this Puerto Vallarta's resort's tropical aura — but you're still less than 2 miles southwest of the airport and within easy reach of El Malecón. However, many guests opt to stay on-site with the peacocks, spending their days lounging by the pool or on the beach. For a heightened sense of relaxation, venture to the spa for a beachfront massage or beauty treatment. And if you brought your children along, don't worry — they'll have plenty to do at the Kids Club. You can always rendezvous later for a meal at the chic Andrea Restaurant or the beachfront La Ribera Steakhouse. When you're ready to turn in for the day, rest your head in one of Velas Vallarta's 345 suites; each features a stocked minibar, a plush bed with a goose-down duvet and a kitchen or kitchenette. more

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