The Hacienda at Hilton Puerto Vallarta is a thing of beauty. Designed by architect Ricardo Elias, this hotel within a hotel has a gorgeous mix of patterns that you wouldn’t believe work until you see them. And they work perfectly.
The Hacienda is the Hilton’s new section, opened in March 2018. For adults-only, the Hacienda is next door to the larger and more modern-looking Hilton where children are welcome. It’s the only all-inclusive Hilton in Mexico.
Guests at the Hacienda have access to the entire complex, but will likely prefer the quieter Hacienda side with its à la carte restaurants and two quiet pools (one semi-covered if you want to be sun-safe).
There are four rooms categories at the Hacienda. Mine, on the ground floor, has its own private plunge pool right outside the sliding glass doors. It’s the perfect place to cool off if Puerto Vallarta’s humidity climbs.
I love the decor in my spacious room. Usually I’m not a fan of patterns, but, like in the rest of the Hacienda, the designers have created a decor that is both serene and interesting, and that gives you a sense of traditional Mexico. I especially like the grey, blue and taupe tiles in the large bathroom. I could admire them from the separate shower room and in the bathtub (which also has a view out to the room and the plunge pool) as well as standing at the sink in front of the perfectly-lighted mirror.
All rooms have balconies or patios, and some have a jetted tub on the balcony too. The most luxe rooms have an immense bathroom with an outdoor jetted tub as well as an outdoor shower. No matter where you stay, you’ll have a mini fridge restocked with drinks daily, a comfortable easy chair, table for two, storage space including a large closet with well-sized safe, and a 42-inch TV.
Hacienda guests can enjoy a child-free breakfast à la carte indoors or outdoors, or take a short stroll to have the buffet breakfast at Sea Fire, on what’s referred to as the oceanside of the resort. Lunch at the Hacienda is poolside with a wide selection of ceviche and American-style bar food, or oceanside at the sushi bar, beach grill or the buffet. The Hacienda side has an à la carte Mexican restaurant for dinner or there’s an à la carte French restaurant on the oceanside. Both have elaborately-plated creative cuisine.
The Hacienda’s open-air lobby is a beautiful place to relax. Give the huge pendulum a swing and watch it draw patterns in the sand or admire the hand-painted murale, all while sipping a coffee from the lobby café.
See our feature on the ocean side of the resort for details on the Hilton’s spa, beach and other amenities. Guests have access to them all when staying on the Hacienda side.