Casa Velas Boutique Hotel
Travel Blogs from Puerto Vallarta
So many times we see only what we see. Our narrow vision then becomes the total of what's around us. We all do it. We may try not to, but it's like swimming upstream. This trip we've spent entirely too much time around gringos to have any kind of idea of the "real" anything.
But this may show more of Puerto Vallarta then you've seen before, and totally more than anyone staying in the ...
The more I travel, the less anticipation I seem to feel leading up to my trips. I mean, I still have that countdown app on my phone, and check in on it from time to time, but I don't spend the weeks and days before my next adventure plotting and planning and stressing and organizing. It's more like, the morning of my flight, I scramble to check all the items off my virtual to do list, and although I seem to always be rushing in the last moments, never ...
... somehow gotta have those fries.
Phoenix is a zoo, I really lose my cool when it looks like I will miss my connection. I ran for the plane and felt I was going to expire. I made it and all was well. Home early in Oakland and the welcoming arms of my sweet Marty. Bliss was firmly returned to me during the predawn as Marty and I hug for hours in our warm cozy bed.
... 3 Mexican states (Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco) all the way to Puerto Vallarta… in the middle of a rainstorm of quasi-biblical proportions. The Ark was not ready because this kind of storm only happens in September – but it seems God didn’t get the memo. Or maybe it’s that Climate Change thing, who knows? Anyway, we drive through streets turned rivers. A bus overtakes everyone and it feels like the car is totally ...
... Some people on the bus had told us to try the Cheeky Monkey Restaurant which we did. It was on the second floor overlooking Banderas Bay and we saw some whales out there while we were having margaritas for a $1 and a pasta dinner. Another great remembrance and spot we will have to go back to again!
One night after dinner and visiting with Rigoberta we walked down to the lobby to check out the evening entertainment. It hadn't started so we ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Velas Boutique Hotel Puerto Vallarta
We stayed here for 5 nights at the end of January and had a wonderful experience. We also did extensive research before our trip and didn't really have any surprises. Yes, the beds are a bit hard but as a lot of people have also reported, the pools are immaculate, the beach club is first class, the service, restaurants and food is/are top notch. We never had to wait over 5 minutes for a ride to the beach club (either way). As for kids being allowed... there were small children at the beach club during our visits. Maybe that changes during peak season???
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Having never been to Puerto Vallarta, I exhaustively researched and read reviews -- the Quinta Real was more than I expected. It was a wonderful place, excellent food and such a kind and courteous staff.
The beach club is excellent and the marina is in walking distance (if you want they'll take you there on golf cart). The beds are very hard -- but the hotel, food, and people make up for that small drawback.
I booked a large suite at the Quinta Real after reading all the glowing reviews here at Trip Advisor. It just goes to show that there's a sucker born every minute and I'm one of them. I was traveling alone with my 2 children (ages 7 and 10). The room was spotlessly clean and large enough to drive an SUV around in, but the decor was so cold and impersonal - white marble, white limestone, white walls, no carpets anywhere.
We just got back from the Quinta Real and we are already planning our next trip. Everything was excellent. The staff was superb, especially Bruno, Israel and THE BEST concierge, Joy. She planned a whale watching - sailing trip for us and if you have a chance, please check out the Bloodhound (ship) for yourself. She also knew all the restaurants in town and suggested more than a few good ones, in particular, Cilantro's!! We went back twice. Say hello to Oscar for us if you go!
Discreet and relaxing
Discreet, beautiful and relaxing.We stayed at this hotel during the week of New Years, the hotel was sold out but you would never know. It was so peaceful and relaxing! The service was wonderful especially the spa staff. We never even made it to the beach club, the pool was so nice and quiet. There were two problems with the resort. One is that the rooms get a lot of hallway noise, the other is (this is very strange) there is no furniture on the terraces. There was a small plunge pool but no chairs to enjoy the balcony. Why?Overall the resort was wonderful.
WOW! The Qunita Real was more than I ever expected. Everyone is incredibly kind and very helpful. The hotel is very nice..beds are a bit hard, but that was the only complaint. I was travelling with two friends and we had a great room with a plunge pool (which is a must).
My husband and I stayed at the Quinta Real Christmas of 2002 and loved it. It is a gorgeous hotel and the grounds are immaculate. The staff is unfailingly nice. One morning we were wondering what the weather would be and the staff got on the internet and printed out an internet report of the PV weather for that day in English and had it delivered up to our room within 5 minutes. The hotel is not on the beach, but the beach club is very chic and is on a beautiful, not at all crowded stretch of beach. They will rent bikes to you free of charge and we rode brand new mountain bikes over to the beach club and had a blast just riding around on them throughout the city. The hotel is located in the marina area, which means that you have to take a taxi to get downtown, but the marina area is pretty and there are a lot of good restaurants on the water that are just a short walk from the hotel. It definitely does not feel like you are staying in a tourist trap here - the hotel is actually in a residential area. It is surrounded by beautiful homes and condos. We also had a plunge pool that felt like a bath right outside of our room on our deck. It was perfect to sit in after a long day out in the town. The Quinta also probably has the very best pool in PV. It is enormous and I never saw anyone in the water the entire time we were there. We even had the good fortune of meeting the owner of the hotel.
Best kept secret of PV
Initially stayed at the intercontinental, but had to change rooms 3 times in 4 days (insects, fresh oil paint smell, dirty/old bathroom). Lucky for us we found this place. I had stayed at the Four Seasons in AZ a week before our vacation for a work meeting, and this hotel beats it (service, layout, food). Trully an extraordinary location and property. I walked everyday to the nearby driving range and golf course. My family was taken in a golf car to the beach club which is top of line as well. Very nice job keep it up. I will come back many times.
We spent 4 nights at the Quinta Real in Puerto Vallarta and it was just perfect for us. We have two teenage sons who don't live with us, and we wanted someplace where we would have things to do together. We spend our days using the workout facility (beautiful and nice new equipment) and going to the beach club, swimming pool, playing golf, or walking to the marina. If we had had more time we would have loved to do the spa activities, because their spa facilities are so beautiful. We walked to dinner at the marina every night, and loved the choice of restaurants. The Quinta Real was immaculate and did not feel crowded, so people weren't putting a book on every chair to save it all day. If you have a group where some play golf and others don't, this is a good place because the hotel is right on the Marina Vallarta golf course. We did not want an all-inclusive where we had to eat at the same place all the time, or stand in any lines for anything, or where our kids found other kids to hang with all the time. The Quinta Real was EXACTLY what we wanted. The only thing we did not like was the beds are firm, and we like a soft bed. We just had them put extra padding on the mattress. Our room was the Grand Class Suite, with a king bed and sitting room downstairs and two double beds and sitting room upstairs, with a jacuzzi tub and private plunge pool, for $361 per night plus tax. Since we really need two rooms for the four of us, we felt like it was a great deal. I would be happy to answer any questions anyone has about the Quinta Real, we were very impressed with it.
At first, we were a little hesitant to book a hotel that was not directly on the beach, but we were soon convinced otherwise once we got there. We were definitely well pampered while we were there. The service was outstanding -- friendly staff, extremely accommodating, with the perfect blend of being attentive yet not overbearing. Because it's a small luxury hotel, we were spared the all-too-common annoyances of the high-pressure timeshare sales pitches in the larger Mexican resorts (except during our excursions into town or wandering about the Marina). Our suite had both a jacuzzi and plunge pool which overlooked the golf course. The on site restaurant was delicious, the hotel pool was nice, but our favorite part of the facilities was their beach club, which was still virtually brand new, and was much more luxurious as well as private than at the other marina hotels. We would definately go back.