Nate Hake, author of The Best Hotels in Puerto Vallarta, at the Patio Azul boutique hotel looking out over the ocean from a guest room

10 Best Hotels in Puerto Vallarta (with Photos)

If you’re looking for the absolute best hotels in Puerto Vallarta, I have you covered.

On my early 2022 visit to Puerto Vallarta, I personally changed hotels almost every night so that I could review the best ones and take candid photos of what they really look like now (not stock photos of when they opened many years ago).

Here’s why you should trust my recommendations: I have stayed in over a thousand hotels. I know the difference between a good hotel and a great one. For this article, I started my process by filtering out all Puerto Vallarta hotels with less than perfect reviews (I aim for hotels with an average guest review of at least 9 out of 10). I then went about researching, visiting, and photographing them for this guide. 

Whether you want an all-inclusive resort, a luxury boutique hotel, or just a cheap hotel for the night, you’ll find something on this list of the best hotels and resorts in Puerto Vallarta. Oh, and if you like my work, be sure to check out my girlfriend Clara’s guide to the best things to do and see in Puerto Vallarta!

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10 Best Puerto Vallarta Hotels

The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta

A top notch luxury beach resort at half the cost, sporting the best pool in Puerto Vallarta and nightly fireworks

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Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 322 226 1100 | $$-$$$ | 👉 Check Prices for The Westin Resort & Spa on Booking

With a group that wants to stay in a Puerto Vallarta resort but is put off by those expensive all inclusive packages? The Westin Resort & Spa might be the perfect place to stay in Puerto Vallarta for you. You pay for what you consume, and the prices are actually reasonable (I paid $9 for my beachside burrito and beer combo). And the property itself is among the best resorts in Puerto Vallarta.

The Westin’s enormous pools are the main attraction. The hotel has a decent strip of sand with loungers if you prefer its private beach. Plus you’ll find all the amenities typical of a luxury resort: a huge fitness center, tennis courts, a basketball court, a spa, an outdoor pool just for kids, beachside massage service, several on site restaurants (including one on the beach), onsite covid testing, hot tubs, room service, a tour desk, a nearby golf course, and several onsite cafes and stores. 

The best part about this Puerto Vallarta hotel? It’s set up so that virtually every guest room has a fantastic view from its private balcony over the pool, the Pacific Ocean, and the Sierra Madre mountains. Oh, and at night they put on a fireworks show over the beach that’s not to be missed! 

Vallarta Shores

It’s like having your own private beachside residence (at a manageable price)

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Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 322 222 3838 | $$ | 👉 Check Prices for Vallarta Shores on Booking

I loved falling asleep to the sound of the ocean waves at the fantastic Vallarta Shores. Each room is really more like an apartment, with a full kitchen (including utensils, cookware, and everything you need to cook), a patio or balcony facing the beach, and a large living room. 

If you can snag one of the luxury suites (they book up fast), you’ll even get a private plunge pool with vistas over Playa de los Muertos and the Pacific Ocean. The infinity pool at the Penthouse suites, meanwhile, is truly worthy of a celebrity.

Vallarta Shores has a pool and jacuzzi right on the beach, plus beach loungers that were never even close to being full during my stay in the middle of high season (probably because everyone was at their private pools). 

With a location just steps from the main LGBT bars and clubs, but in a quiet cove at the end of the Romantic Zone, which is my pick for the best area to stay in Puerto Vallarta. Overall, Vallarta Shores is my pick for the best hotel in Puerto Vallarta for couples of all orientations looking for a romantic getaway. 

Patio Azul Hotelito Boutique

An adults-only design hotel in Conchas Chinas, with epic views and picture-perfect rooms

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Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 33 2832 1063 | $$ | 👉 Check Prices for Patio Azul Hotelito Boutique on Booking

If you like well-designed art hotels and aren’t traveling with children, I’d highly recommend checking out the stunning Patio Azul Hotelito Boutique. It’s located halfway up the hill in Conchas Chinas, giving this hotel sweeping vistas over Banderas Bay from its guest rooms and three wedding-cake-layered patios.

There’s a pool, bar, and gorgeous restaurant on the main level. Below you’ll find loungers and a plunge pool. And on the top level, the hotel sports a large jacuzzi where you sip cocktails and soak in the sunset. 

Each of the 18 luxury suites has a unique themed design (the inspiration of a Guadalajara artist). You’ll be treated to fantastic ocean views, comfortable beds, and thoughtful touches of luxury like plush bathrobes. I adored my stay here, and highly recommend this hotel for couples, LGBTQ travelers, or adults looking for a serene and luxurious retreat

Hotel Mio Vallarta

A modern adults-only hotel, with a fantastic rooftop pool, and comfortable rooms with private balconies

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Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 322 226 3923 | $$ | 👉 Check Prices for Hotel Mio Vallarta on Booking

Of all the Puerto Vallarta hotels my girlfriend Clara and I have stayed at, the Hotel Mio Vallarta is the property we are most likely to return to. It really hits the sweet spot between comfort and price. The rooms are modern, nicely furnished (including nice touches for remote workers like desks and office chairs), and offer private balconies. The hotel is just a few minutes walking distance to the beach and features a really fantastic included breakfast. 

By far the best thing about this Puerto Vallarta hotel, however, is the large and absolutely stunning rooftop pool and jacuzzi hot tub. We spent half our stay just chilling out on the rooftop, ordering margaritas from the bar, and enjoying the incredible views over Banderas Bay. 

The Hotel Mio Vallarta is an adults only property, LGBTQ-friendly, and one of the best pet friendly hotels in Puerto Vallarta. With rates starting at under $100 per night, it’s one of our top Puerto Vallarta hotels for couples looking for a taste of luxury on a budget!

Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

An enormous infinity pool is the star attraction of this huge (and hugely popular) resort

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Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 322 226 0000 | $$-$$$ | 👉 Check Prices for Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa on Booking

The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is one of the most popular hotels in Puerto Vallarta thanks in large part to its expansive infinity pool and prime location just a block from the Puerto Vallarta Marina.

Clara and I really enjoyed the swim up pool bar, where you can grab a drink while looking out over the ocean. The hotel has a very pretty beach, but be careful because there are crocodiles. For this reason, I did my swimming in the pool!

This popular Puerto Vallarta resort also offers a spa, multiple restaurants (including beachside dining, sushi, and a sports bar), a spa, a basketball court, a kids’ play area, kayaks, and terraces in most suites.

While I admit that I personally prefer the rooms in the Westin, which is just down the beach, my suite at the Marriott was perfectly clean and comfortable. I would certainly stay here again. Overall, the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort is a solid choice for families, large groups, weddings, conventions, or similar gatherings

Holiday Inn & Suites – Puerto Vallarta Marina & Golf

An affordable clean new property near the Marina with spacious rooms and a pool 

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Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 322 252 0070 | $$ | 👉 Check Prices for Holiday Inn & Suites – Marina & Golf on Booking

If you don’t mind a 20 minute walk to the beach, the Holiday Inn & Suites Marina is one of the best value Puerto Vallarta hotels in town. I really enjoyed my stay in the Holiday Inn & Suites, located opposite the Marina Vallarta Golf Club, and I’m not alone – this hotel has some of the best guest reviews too. 

For the money, I think these are the best guest rooms you’ll find on a budget. They are super clean and well designed. Many offer a private terrace with views over the golf course, and all have incredibly comfortable beds, large showers, and lots of space. There is a large deck with a pool and hot tub, a fitness center, a spa, free parking, fast free Wi-Fi, and room service.

If you have a flight out the next morning, this is also one of the closest Puerto Vallarta hotels to the airport.

The Paramar Beachfront Boutique

Couples will love this fantastically well-run boutique’s central location & rooftop pool

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This Puerto Vallarta boutique hotel is perfect for mature couples or anyone who wants to enjoy a relaxing beachside retreat without the noise. The Paramar Beachfront Boutique features a fantastic rooftop with views over Banderas Bay. The pool has a small bar, comfortable loungers, and an upper level terrace. Guests will also have access to free beach towels, and this boutique hotel even offers chairs you can bring to the beach. 

Many of the guest rooms offer private terraces overlooking the beach, which is just perfect for soaking in those classic Puerto Vallarta sunsets. Rooms also offer kitchenettes, perfect for cooking small meals (there is a supermarket one block away). The beds are comfortable, and the large showers offer sit down space convenient for mature guests. 

Of all the popular hotels in Puerto Vallarta, the Paramar might just have the best location too. It’s just a short walk from the Malecon, but is set back so you won’t hear the noise from the bars and clubs. Overall, it’s the perfect Puerto Vallarta boutique hotel for a relaxing romantic getaway.

Mondavi Wellness Resort & Spa

Affordable suites offering friendly service and the highest views in Puerto Vallarta 

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Mondavi might well be the best-kept secret in Puerto Vallarta. It’s a small boutique hotel perched all the way up the mountainside in the exclusive Conchas Chinas neighborhood. That does mean it takes an Uber (or a long hike) to get there, but your reward is some of the best ocean views in Puerto Vallarta.

My favorite part is the rooftop pool and hot tub, which was somehow always empty during my stay despite the absolutely epic sunset views.

The suites are very solid too. I stayed in one of the smallest studios, but it was still enormous and had an awesome terrace with yet more fantastic views. Mondavi also offers larger apartment-style suites, which makes it one of my favorite Puerto Vallarta hotels for longer stays, families, or anyone looking for their own private retreat on the mountainside. 

With an average nightly price that starts at as little as $60 USD for the studios, this hidden gem is an absolute steal and definitely one of the best hotels in Puerto Vallarta!

Fiesta Inn Puerto Vallarta La Isla

A modern clean and affordable option with a nice pool, just a 3 minute walk to the beach

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Fiesta Inn is a well-known Mexican hotel chain that offers a similar product to what Americans expect to find at a Holiday Inn. This property is located in the La Isla shopping center in Puerto Vallarta’s North Hotel Zone. It’s not a resort, but you’ll have a very nice pool and will be just a very short walk from a pristine beach with lots of space on the sand (and a couple of beach bars). 

I recently stayed in this Puerto Vallarta hotel for a couple of nights and quite enjoyed it. The rooms are simple, but clean, modern, and offer comfortable beds and fast free Wifi. The breakfast buffet is expansive, the small fitness center decent, and the staffs are very attentive and friendly. 

While there are fancier hotels in Puerto Vallarta for sure, with average nightly rates starting at just $50, the Fiesta Inn Puerto Vallarta is the best of the budget options. Overall, the Fiesta Inna Puerto Vallarta La Isla is a great choice for budget-minded travelers who just want a clean place near the beach

Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences

A stunning complex perched on one of the highest points overlooking Conchas Chinas

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I haven’t had the pleasure of staying in the Grand Miramar Resort, but I was in awe of the pool when I stayed Mondavi next door and I don’t think any good list of the best hotels in Puerto Vallarta would be complete without it. The Grand Miramar Resort is located in Conchas Chinas, so remember that means it’s not super walkable. Ubers are easy though, and you’ll be treated to amazing vistas and several gorgeous pools and jacuzzies – including a rooftop infinity pool! 

The guest rooms at the Grand Miramar are apartment style suites, so this may be a good option for families or anyone looking for Puerto Vallarta hotels for longer stays. 

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Other Popular Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

If you didn’t find the perfect accommodations on the above list, you might like some of these other highly rated hotels in Puerto Vallarta. I haven’t stayed in all of the below properties, but they all receive stellar guest reviews on third-party sites. Many of these offer free cancellation, but be sure to double-check!

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All-Inclusive Resorts in Puerto Vallarta

  • Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort – Offering gorgeous modern suites and a huge strip of sand near the marine, the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort is a very popular all inclusive resort (as long as hotel cost isn’t an issue for you!). 
  • Hotel Mousai Puerto Vallarta – Located on a hillside overlooking the beach just south of Puerto Vallarta, this adults-only all inclusive resort has won many awards (it’s the only AAA Five Diamond rated resort in Puerto Vallarta).
  • Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta – A five star all inclusive resort with a spa, steam room, and luxurious touches, Secrets Vallarta Bay is located on the beachfront in Puerto Vallarta’s hotel zone.
  • Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa – A beachfront hotel in Las Glorias, Sunset Plaza Beach Resort wins rave reviews for its luxurious and spacious suites.
  • Velas Vallarta Suite Resort – If you want a family-friendly and reasonably priced all inclusive, Velas Vallarta is worth checking out (they also have an adults only beach club, Táu Beach Club).
  • Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta – A popular family friendly all inclusive with a large outdoor pool and the “Fiesta Kids Club” to occupy your kids.

Luxury Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

  • Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa – A lush beachside luxury resort about 20 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta on an exclusive stretch of beach, the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort is high on my personal wish list of spa hotels to check out (once this blog grows enough that I can afford it!). Their luxury Spa Imagine looks fantastic.
  • Barceló Puerto Vallarta – Mismaloya is one of the best beaches near Puerto Vallarta, and basically half of it is occupied by the large Barceló Puerto Vallarta hotel.
  • Pinnacle Resorts 180 – Condo-style units with privileged views, Pinnacle Resorts 180 is located right in the heart of Puerto Vallarta’s Zona Romantica.

Boutique Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

Budget & Cheap Puerto Vallarta Hotels 

  • CASA MARÍA MALECÓN – A budget friendly but stylish place right in the middle of Puerto Vallarta’s city center.
  • Hotel Posada De Roger – With rooms that start from $35 per night, and fantastic guest reviews, this is one of the top cheap hotels in Puerto Vallarta.
  • Hotel Porto Allegro Puerto Vallarta – Clean rooms in central Puerto Vallarta earn this hotel stellar guest reviews.

Hotels Near the Puerto Vallarta International Airport

  • One Puerto Vallarta Aeropuerto – Literally next door to the airport, so you could walk there if you had a flight the next morning. 
  • Flamingo Vallarta Hotel & Marina – A 4 star hotel in the Puerto Vallarta Marina with an outdoor swimming pool, Flamingo Vallarta Hotel scores decent (though not spectacular) guest reviews. 

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That’s it for this guide to the best hotels in Puerto Vallarta!

Remember to use Booking to search for Puerto Vallarta hotels with free cancellation if you need flexibility. 

Before you go, be sure to check out our epic list of the best stuff to do in Puerto Vallarta and my guide to where to stay in Puerto Vallarta.

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