Luxury villas and high-rises, quaint condo rentals and bed and breakfasts, plus everything in between can be found in Puerto Vallarta. So the real trick to figuring out your accommodations is determining what type of vacation experience you're interested in and booking fast. Hotels are plentiful here, but as this resort town is so popular, the rooms tend to fill up quickly. When making your travel plans, keep in mind that Marina Vallarta's hotels are the priciest of the bunch -- but you won't be as close to the Malecón and the restaurants in the downtown area.
- A timeshare rep may jump into your taxi and lure you into checking out a property with the promise of a free meal. Just say no, otherwise you’ll find yourself roped into several hours of tours." -- Sherman's Travel
- Beyond a varied selection of hotels and resorts, Puerto Vallarta offers many alternative accommodations. Oceanfront or marina-view condominiums and elegant private villas can offer families and small groups a better value and more ample space than a hotel." -- Frommer's
You can expect lodging with modern amenities and a picture-perfect view here. The newest, most luxurious and expensive properties are generally congregated in this part of town (just south of the airport), but you won't be very close to the Malecón or its restaurants. As its name implies, most hotels here are situated along the marina.
You'll find the largest assortment of hotels in PV's zone of the same name. Condos, time-shares and high-rises all share space in this congested area just south of Marina Vallarta, and as an added bonus -- the rates are more reasonable here than they are by the marina. The hotel zone is super convenient to the prime tourist attractions and within walking distance to Banderas Bay, but its prime location also makes it a haven for congestion.
El Centro & Zona Romantica
This relatively tiny pocket of Puerto Vallarta houses some of the most affordable lodging. Condos and bed and breakfasts are particularly popular, and many of them are LGBT friendly -- El Centro is ground zero for the area's best gay nightlife. You'll also find one of Puerto Vallarta's standout properties here: Hacienda San Angel. According to Concierge.com, this hotel "rises far above the hotel competition in Puerto Vallarta," with colonial-style villas and a continental breakfast brought to your room each morning. El Centro and Zona Romantica are also prime spots to hit the sights of the Malecón and to enjoy the Playa los Muertos, one of the best beaches.
Next Steps: Puerto Vallarta