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“Wonderful place to stay in the Zona Romantica” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Catedral Vallarta Boutique Hotel

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Catedral Vallarta Boutique Hotel
Ranked #49 of 126 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Certificate of Excellence
winnipeg, canada
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful place to stay in the Zona Romantica”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2012

We stayed but one night prior to leaving for home and wanted to satay downtown close to the Ocan, shops and restaurants. Hotel Catedral is in an EXCELLENT location for it all. The hotel is very clean, serene, comfortable with great outdoor areas for lounging. Service was fantastic with friendly greetings when you walk in to great assistance with any of your needs. The hotel is a basic old style Spanish hotel so don't expect alot of frills and spaciousness like in a big resort. It has exactly what you need with the personal touches from the staff and the decor. Just as described on their website. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank VernandMoe
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

I had a wonderful week long stay at Hotel Catedral. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. They did a great job of answering all my questions about the area. The hotel is older and has a wonderful Mexican charm to it. I enjoyed starting my day with a cup of coffee in the courtyard. The hotel is clean, comfortable and centrally located. I found it was very easy to walk to the Malecon as well as shops and restaurant.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank WonderingGirl45
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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

Just back from our quick (4 night) trip to Vallarta. My husband and I love staying in Zona Romantica, away from all the BIG resorts and BIG prices. Hotel Catedral is in a GREAT location; 2 blocks to the beach, across the street from the Mercado Artesenias; 2 blocks from the Malecon, and a quick taxi ride to anywhere in Vallarta!

As for the beach - we just find an umbrella and lounge chairs at a nice little restaurant/bar on the beach and negotiate "all day" prices for drinks and food (speaking Spanish really gives us the upper hand here). Hotel Catedral DOES have a beach club partner, it is called Si Senor. We went to Si Senor the first day and were treated very well...they had great food and drinks, but it is a bit far from the hotel.

The room we had was WONDERFUL! 3rd floor, right on the street (Rodriguez) with a balcony. Didn't notice noise at all during the night. Room was very very clean, well furnished and had a great A/C unit.

Bathroom was fine, a bit small...but who really needs a giant bathroom on vacation. Let the hot water run for a min or two if you want to take a hot shower...otherwise, enjoy a refreshing cool shower. My husband didn't really like the hard beds, but I didn't mind them at all!

The lobby and central courtyard were incredibly charming with lots of plants and beautiful furniture. We arrived about an hour before check in, we were given a room to shower and change clothes in, went for a quick lunch, and by the time we were back our suitcases were already in our room!

The service here was fabulous...all employees were very polite and helpful! Will definitely stay here again!

EXTRA TIPS: We ate breakfast and fresh licados (fruit juices) every morning 2 blocks away at Malibu's. Take a taxi to Ay Carimba restaurant for dinner ---> AMAZING view of Vallarta and delicious food! For authentic and cheap Mexican food in a beautiful atmosphere head to Gaby's or Restaurant Fusion.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony on the street!!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank LadyRoseTravels
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Chicago
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

My wife and I wanted to stay downtown close to the Ocean, shops and restaurants; this hotels location met all objectives. The view from the penthouse was great and there is a private sundeck above the room. Many very good restaurants were but blocks away and the boardwalk along the Ocean w/ the many shops, bars and eatery's were all right there. the staff is great...very friendly.
This is NOT a resort hotel, it is an authentic hotel you would find in Spain or other old parts of Europe. Beds are decent and there was a pillow and soap choice. You are not paying for a Hilton, so don't expect one. The bathroom did not have an electric outlet so we used on by the bed and had the mirror on the closet...no big deal. It may be a good idea to bring ear plugs if you are not use to city noise as the Church Bells ring often.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank stevepeg999
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Calgary
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

To call the Hotel Catedral Vallarta a 'boutique hotel' is a vast overstatement. Many of the services listed on the website do not exist or do not work: the security box / safe in both rooms that we tried did not work, there was no 'pillows menu', no choice of hand-made soaps 'to personalize our room', and no membership to the hotel's exclusive beach club - the Amapa Sunset Beach Club.

In addition, although one of the two rooms we were given had been given a superficial, cosmetic uplift, both bathrooms were in desperate need of renovation and basic maintenance. There is a reason why there are no photos of any of the hotel's bathrooms on the website.

Plus the room we were assigned for the first night had a heavy industrial chemical smell making you wonder what sort of toxic fumes you were inhaling while you slept.

And finally, since the windows in this hotel have not been upgraded, the all night traffic noise is horrific making it impossible to get a good night's sleep.

Only coffee and a Oreo cookie for breakfast.

Room Tip: There appear to be some longer term rental rooms that might be upgraded and quieter -- but that is j...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Rejeanne T
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Catedralpv, General Manager at Catedral Vallarta Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 6 March 2012
Thank you for your review. I should confess that while reading it, I got kind of confused.

You are 100% right about the safety-boxes. We did have a problem with the model of security boxes we selected, but... I have good news, we are changing them all (as I am writting this March 6th, 2012) we will install 3 - 4 per day so in 5 - 7 working days they will all be replaced, with a new 5101 Honeywell Digital security safe.
But, the other services you mentioned, are all available at our Concierge desk.
The 'pillows menu', The "Hand-made soaps" and the 8 different fragances to choose from, they are all available for all our Guests (at our Concierge desk), and, our Beach Club, is now called "Si Señor" Restaurant, Bar and Beach Club at "Los Muertos Beach" It is there, you just have to walk down and they will take really good care of you ( I keep getting excellent comments about their new Menu and service).
When you wrote : "Only coffee and a Oreo Cookie for breakfast" I must specify We never offered a complimentary Breakfast. We do advertise "Complimentary Coffee and Tea Service 7 am to 11 am" and that is exactly what we deliver.

About the Washrooms, Do not take this as an excuse, but no one ever complaint about the type of Bathrooms we have. We do get comments since some rooms do have a rather European configuration of the Bathroom, but, honestly, while We refurbished this Puerto Vallarta 50´s landmark hotel, there were some things we did not wanted to change, to maintain the Character of the property, We kept the original set up and we keep getting excellent comments about it. I thank you again for your comments, and We do understand

We cannot please everyone, although I want you to be sure That is our Main Goal. : )
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Houston, TX
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

At first we had a bit of miscommunication and I was not going to get the room I originally booked but after a few phone calls I was back into my original room request. The room was a master suite which is like an apt. This is an older hotel yet very clean and customer service is a plus! The only downfall of the room is the lighting is not good at all in the evening so if your trying to get dressed it's uncomfortable. The bathroom as well is outdated and the sink is actually in the shower. Again, if your looking for a resort style hotel this is not it. We also stayed on the 5th floor and no elevator. We are young so it's not big deal. The rooms were always clean and personnel was always super nice. Hotel is located near everything. It's Mexico, overall it's a great place to soak in some local atmosphere. I would stayed here again. I felt welcomed and safe at all times. Next time I will try a regular room no need for all the extra space since it was just two of us. Hasta luego amigos!

Room Tip: We stayed at the master suite and it's called En El Mar La Vida Esta Sabroso, room was on 5th fl...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank bre2garcia
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Kelowna, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

We loved this hotel. The staff were helpful and friendly and the room was interestingly decorated. We knew what to expect as the pictures on the internet are very accurate. The location was more than perfect as we were able to simply go out the door and walk a short distance to several areas which had great restaurants and shopping. This hotel is for people who enjoy a taste of cultural authenticity.

Room Tip: Look at the internet and choose one, then request it. Our room was facing the street which was not a...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank 2Happy_travellers_12
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Property: Catedral Vallarta Boutique Hotel
Address: Calle Hidalgo Centro 166 | Between Libertad st. y Agustín Rodríguez st., Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 126 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Catedral Vallarta Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated chicly in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, just two blocks from the main square, the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Parrish and the "Malecon" beach boardwalk Hotel Catedral Vallarta is surrounded by Restaurants, Bars, Art Galleries and Boutiques. Locally called “the latest jewel among Downtown Boutique properties”, Hotel Catedral Vallarta combines stylish furnishings with Mexican traditional charm and character. Each room is uniquely and individually decorated, exuding a blend of old Mexican elegance, with contemporary touches, with each room named after a classic Mexican song. Forged iron gates, terracotta columns, handcrafted railings, palms, flowers, live contrasting colors and textures create all together a charming, fresh and clean atmosphere. Complimentary Beach Club Access (walking distance), Free Wi-fi, daily Coffee and Tea service 7 am - 11 am, Pillows Menu, Hand made Soaps and eco-friendly amenities.The hotel's twenty-one rooms are sumptuous and evocative hideaways, boasting numerous modern conveniences and upscale amenities, such as complimentary wireless Internet access, large HD flat screen televisions, seventy-two television channels, in-room safety security box, the latest (and extremely quiet) AC system, cellular phones, business center, library and more. Through its halls and stairs, as in every room, you will always find a detail that evoques Mexico. Hand made flowers, hammered tin handcrafts from Guanajuato, original paintings, sculptures, blown glass lamps from the State of Jalisco, Papier-mâché dolls from Michoacán, textiles from Oaxaca, Religious art from Guerrero, and more. The relaxing intimacy at the property is enhanced by traditional Mexican furniture, softened with hand embroidered cushions from different regions of Mexico, te best of all, Everything is for sale ! you just have to ask your Concierge. ... more   less 
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