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“OK for the price. Very fun place at night”

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Vallarta Cora Hotel
Des Moines, IA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“OK for the price. Very fun place at night”
Reviewed 22 August 2011

The hotel is small with only a few rooms (12 units) and in need of some TLC but the service is second to none. Mario the owner is very helpful and the staff at the bar is always ready to serve you cold drinks which are reasonable priced! Housekeeping makes sure the rooms are clean with plenty of towels and amenities.

The Jacuzzi in the back is where most of the action happens with guys of all types (locals and guests) having a good time. There are plenty of dark and quiet corners for a more intimate moment with your partner or the new friend you just met in the Jacuzzi. For the more adventurous, there is dark room where everything can happen (I had so many hands and mouths on me the Sunday I was there!!!).

Room rates are attractive for the low season ($55 USD) and there is a gate which prevents gawkers to get to the room areas unless they are invited. In all, I had fun at this place and will recommend it if you don't mind an older property

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Denver, Co
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2011

Not sure why some people have a problem with this place or with Mario. I stayed 7 days, never saw a single hustler, in fact Mario doesn't tolerate them on the place and suggested that you shouldn't offer a "friend" more than cab fare home, and only if asked.

The rooms are great, never ran out of hot-water, great pressure, and the air-conditioning worked - I've stayed other places where some or all of those things didn't work.

It is an older property, but it was clean and the staff was wonderful. The bar opens promptly at 3pm, and at the stroke of midnight the music ends and it stays quiet through mid-morning at least. I slept great.

Yes, there is a back-room where anything goes, and there it can get pretty steamy in the hot-tub. In the low-season, particularly on the weekends, the place crawls with locals, most of them at least interesting, quite a few tipping the scale towards downright hot. You don't have to venture back to the darker areas - but if you do, keep an open mind towards being groped.

It's a 5 minute slow stroll to the Blue Chairs, and not more than 10 minutes walking to pretty much any other bar or nightclub you would want to visit. There are plenty of restaurants of all sorts, also within a five to 10 minute stroll.

After staying at a number of different hotels in the area, I think the Cora is the best of them and does not deserve the reputation it seems to have.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2011

The rooms are ok. But the place is more about the owner enjoying his hustlers, which must give him a discount or other favors. I found the staff to be nice, but when money was concerned, they had no authority to "make things right". Watch your wallet. Keep cash and valuables elsewhere and enter with the understanding that this is more of a bath house than hotel. I changed hotels. I found Torre Malibu to offer a discount that gave me a condo for only $30 a night more than the bath house.

I'd pass if I were you. You can always visit and pay the cover charge for the day. That way to can have your fun, but also relax and enjoy PV. This owner exploits the hustlers and clients, he is not the typical businessman.

  • Stayed November 2010
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SAN FERNANDO VALLEY , CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2011

There is nothing else I can tell you but heed my words, a nightmare if you are not able to conform to the liking of the owners rules. It is ALL about your money, he will get it any way he can, especially if you get so drunk you do not remember...lol.........I saw him take advantage of those who felt safe partying within the confines of the property, they were ripped off by the owner! This place is a shame for the midle aged promised a great time with "the boys" only to be a bank for the hustlers and the owner. Christ, it is too bad people cannot treat their guests with respect.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2011

This hotel is strictly for gay men and the "fun" of staying here is the nighttime activities in the bar, pool, and jacuzzi. The hotel itself is fairly basic - 12 units, I think, in a kind of odd architectural arrangement. Try for a room overlooking the jacuzzi and sundeck if you can - that would be rooms 203, 204, 303, 304, 403, and 404. The rooms ending in -1 and -2 overlook a fairly isolated, boring street. The hotel is very clean. The housekeeper, Manuel, does an amazing job of cleaning each day.

The staff is entertaining and, I have to add, very much an example of stunning "eye candy" for the guests and visitors to Cora Vallarta. Locals come to visit the pool and jacuzzi starting around 4pm each day and it can be quite, quite lively once the sun goes down in the evening. If you're in the right place at the right time, you'll be treated to one of the staff members who likes to peel off his clothes and climb the ropes hanging over the back patio. This little fellow is quite the acrobat!

Drinks prices are very reasonable. Room rates are also attractive, even in "high" season which runs roughly from Oct 15 to about Apr 15. Summer rates are amazing - around $55/USD per night, but the trade off, I suppose, is the deadly hot weather and the scorching humidity. (In PVR, you can step out of your hotel room and you will be soaked with sweat within ten minutes, between July 1 and Sept 1.)

If you are going to PVR for all it offers, and don't mind staying in an older property, do consider the Cora Vallarta!

Room Tip: Ask for room 403 or 404.
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2010

The staff was great, rooms were BIG and cleaned every day. Our room had a full kitchen and 2 bathrooms, 2 queen sized beds and a big living/dining room. Old style hotel in the nieghborhood 3 locks from the beach.....

Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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West Hollywood & UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2009

Cora Vallarta is in a great loacation in Old town......walking distance to all the bars, restaurants ..beach. The place is a little dated, but the staff are friendly, helpful. There was daily room service, clean sheets etc. Its Not The Ritz, but compares favourably to gay owned adult places in Palm Springs. The rooms are spacious, with an ensuite sitting area, kitchen. If you like to meet hot locals, stay around the pool area at night.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Vallarta Cora Hotel
Address: Pilitas #174 Colonia Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 89 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12

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