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10 Puerto Vallarta Hotels for Every Kind of Traveler

Puerto Vallarta isn’t just another resort town: There’s opportunity for adventure, relaxation, romance, and more. Hotels offer a range of experiences, from the intimate verandas of the Romantic Zone’s boutique hotels, to the carefree sundecks of the beachside resorts, to family-friendly resorts.

The 10 Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels for Every Type of Trip

For the diverse array of travelers who come to relax and tap into the energy of this scenic and culturally rich city, the perfect hotel is out there, no matter what you’re looking for. Here’s how to pick the best hotel in Puerto Vallarta for you.

Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels for Families

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When your family vacation spans across generations, you’ll need a hotel that’s well equipped to keep everyone entertained, like Costa Sur, an affordable hotel just outside Puerto Vallarta’s main hub. With an ocean view and kitchenette in every room, this hotel covers the basics and then some. Families will appreciate the natural cove along the beach outside the resort, where the water is clear, calm, and perfect for snorkeling.

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For something closer to town, the Hacienda Buenaventura also offers plenty of activities for all ages, from organized activities for kids and babysitting services, to an outdoor spa.

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Best Puerto Vallarta Boutique Hotels for Stylish Travelers

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For a hotel that can keep up with your Instagram feed, look no further than the brand new Hotel Amapa (opening in spring 2018). Located downtown in the Amapas neighborhood, this boutique hotel is drawing in travelers with an eye for design. With minimalist Mexican decor, widescreen ocean views, and a pastel rooftop perfect for catching the sunset without leaving the pool, this hotel promises a picture-perfect Puerto Vallarta experience.

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For stylish travelers looking for a brighter pop of color, Casa Cupula is an amalgamation of the city’s history of acceptance and custom design. Proud to be Mexico’s first ever LGBTQ resort, this boutique hotel welcomes the LGBTQ community with its diversely designed selection of suites and rooms.

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Best All-Inclusive Puerto Vallarta Resorts

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At the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort, the beauty of Mexico is all around you. From hundreds of different plant species to the Embarcadero Bar that boasts more than 50 different brands of tequila and has an on-staff tequilier, you’re fully immersed in the culture. Every room faces the ocean, and thanks to a recent multimillion-dollar renovation each room is updated to suit the tastes of the modern traveler. With 11 restaurants and bars, free-form pools, tennis courts, and regular activities like Sunday Champagne Brunch, there’s plenty to indulge yourself with at this all-inclusive resort.

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Another option when it comes to all-inclusives in Puerto Vallarta is the Fiesta Americana Vallarta, which makes a grand impression in the lobby with an artificial river and the largest thatched-palm roof in the region. There are many restaurants throughout the resort, but ceviche-lovers can look forward most to La Cevicheria, where you can sample different varieties of the dish right on the beach.

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Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels for Romance

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Casa Kimberly is a boutique hotel that has romance built into every tile. Nestled deep in the cobblestoned city center on top of the hill, it’s a reinvention of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s former homes, which the couple eventually connected with a Venetian-style bridge. With nine suites, this hotel is pure luxury, from the blue-tiled pool to the fine dining at the Iguana Restaurant, which serves modern Mexican cuisine and locally-sourced tequilas and mezcals.

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Another romantic option closer to the beach is The Hacienda, Hilton’s newest addition to its resort in Puerto Vallarta. Stylistically inspired by the classic Spanish Hacienda, this new section of the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort offers a variety of junior suites with a view of the gardens and pool. Suites on the ground floor feature a private plunge pool, and top-floor suites have their own open-air Jacuzzi terrace, which is perfect for stargazing in the privacy of your own room.

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Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels for Business Travelers

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If you’re only in the city on business or for a short stopover, a business hotel is an affordable option when leisure time is unknown. Look for a place where you can have everything at your fingertips, like the Fiesta Inn La Isla: a clean business hotel located right in the charming La Isla outdoor shopping center. Familiar restaurants and even the beach are only a short walk away from the hotel.

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Just because you’re in town for a few days doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look for a hotel with nice amenities, like the City Express Plus. Located near the marina, this brand new hotel has a pool area where you can catch some sun in between meetings.

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 Jamie Ditaranto visited Puerto Vallarta as a guest of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.

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By Jamie Ditaranto

Jamie Ditaranto is a traveler in a love triangle with writing and photography. Follow the drama on Twitter @jamieditaranto and Instagram @jamieditaranto.

Ditaranto joined SmarterTravel in 2015. She loves ecotourism, cities with history, and discovering local hangouts. Though she likes all the continents equally, she holds a special place in her heart for rainy little islands.

Her work has also appeared online at USA Today, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and other publications. You can check out her photography on her website.

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