I recently spent a week in Puerto Vallarta. Besides all the new friends I made and the amazing beach time, a key to my great vacation was my hotel. Casa Cupula is a boutique hotel located about ten minutes up the hill from the beach. There are approximately 20 rooms in total, and this small size is exactly what makes it so appealing. By the second day I knew all the staff by name and vice versa. I also made friends with some of the other guests over breakfast and spent time with them at the beach. Casa Cupula is warm and friendly, and feels like home.
Because the hotel caters specifically to the gay community, you can relax and let your rainbow flag fly high. Oscar and Jose, the concierge staff were fantastic and welcoming. Pancho was the friendly waiter who greeted me each morning during breakfast. Elliott, the restaurant manager, joined several of our conversations, including one about comic book movies. Junior could be spotted happily dancing around the hotel while attending to the mini bars. Marcos, who is in charge of marketing, had a great conversation with me about comics. (He’s going to dress as The Flash this coming Halloween. Which was fun to learn, because I want to dress as The Green Lantern.) Carlos kept the gym clean and even showed me how to plug my iPod into the sound system so I could workout to my music blasting over the speakers.
It was also nice to meet Don, the owner of the hotel, and have him ask for candid feedback on what could be improved upon to make sure our stays even better. As you can tell by the prominence I’ve given it, the staff excels at Casa Cupula. Their friendliness and excellent service made my stay enjoyable and memorable. When I return, I will look forward most of all to seeing the staff of Casa Cupula who I now consider my friends.
The hotel itself has been built in phases, and each building houses a couple of rooms. The rooms are very nice — nicer than I expected to be quite frank. The first few nights I stayed in a room in the original building. It had a King bed, icy cold air conditioning (which I appreciated a lot), and was a spacious room with an equally spacious bathroom. I welcomed the cabana-like aesthetic. When I’m on vacation, I like to feel that I’m somewhere unique. And, this room had a distinct beach community feel.
There’s a pool on the ground floor for everyone to use. Next to that there’s a hot tub which is also situated near the outdoor gym. I used the gym a number of times, and was pleased with the weight machines and free weight options. On the third or fourth floor there’s a small infinity pool that’s open to all guests 24 hours a day, and is a perfect place to watch the sunset. The restaurant serves decent breakfast options, fantastic drinks, and light lunch/dinner options from Noon to 7:30pm. The prices for the meals are very affordable and the drink prices won’t break your bank either.
In the final few nights when my friends arrived, I stayed in the penthouse suite with them. In the newest building there are a number of suites, but the penthouse takes the cake. It has a full kitchen, there’s an amazing bedroom and living room, and the living room can easily convert into a second bedroom. The bathroom has laundry facilities and a private outdoor jacuzzi. There’s a beautiful balcony on which you can enjoy the colorful sunsets. And then there’s the icing on the cake: The rooftop deck, BBQ, and private infinity pool. The pool is heated, which is perfect for taking a late night dip. It’s also a great carrot to dangle in front of cute boys at the beach. “Hey, come on over to my penthouse suite and we’ll take skinny dip in my private rooftop pool.” Let’s just say that worked more than once for me during my stay at Puerto Vallarta.
One of the unexpected bonuses of the stay at Casa Cupula was the Friday night free cocktail party. The party is open to anyone in town, and the staff uses the event to promote the hotel to the other gay tourists in Puerto Vallarta. Because we were visiting during the off season, the party wasn’t overly packed. But apparently during the high season, Friday night sees hundreds of hot gay guys enjoying free cocktails at Casa Cupula. I’ll definitely have to return during the high season to witness that!
Casa Cupula more that makes up for being just slightly off the beaten path. The gay friendly staff (most of whom are gay themselves), the fantastic amenities, the gorgeous views, and a sense of being home away from home, are all reasons why I’ll be returning to Casa Cupula on my next visit to Puerto Vallarta.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Cupula is one of the most luxurious boutique hotel resorts in the world, welcoming gay men, lesbians, and friends of our community. We offer the services of a five-star mainstream resort in four boutique properties: Casa Cupula, luxurious Villa Sevilla (great for groups), Private Residences and Owner's Villa. Gourmet food compliments four pools, a gym and sophisticated modern design. Located in Amapas, walking distance to gay beach clubs, nightlife, restaurants and cafes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Cupula Puerto Vallarta
- Casa Cupula Hotel Puerto Vallarta