Rustic hotel near the Malecon.
Posted Mar 21, 2016
We have visited the Puerto Vallarta area frequently over the past 10 years, although this is the first time we have stayed in the city. We chose the Hotel Catedral for a two-night stay mainly because of its close proximity to the Malecon and Old Town, and of course the many cool shops, galleries, and seaside bars in the area. Overall, we found the hotel pricey in comparison to its amenities and services. On our first morning, we were unable to get any hot (or warm) water from the shower, despite following the hotel's suggestion to first let the water run 10 to 15 minutes. After the first night, we learned to keep the bathroom door shut to contain the sewer gas that was venting from the floor drain (something the hotel seemed unable to solve). We were aware that the room did not have a fridge, and learned later that the hotel did not have an ice machine. The room has a wall safe, but it was too small to fit an IPad. However, the staff were helpful and made some good restaurant recommendations. The area is active and energetic during the day, although reasonably quiet at night.