3 Best Gay Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

Written by Traivor Morrison
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For the 3 best gay hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico's gay beach capital, we have you covered from luxury to budget options. We even highlight a few of our favorite LGBTQ-friendly hotels. Read on to find your perfect stay in gay PV!

Where to stay – For gay hotels, we highly recommend Casa Cupula, a luxury, gay-owned boutique LGBTQ+ hotel with amazing views, located approximately 12-minutes walking up the hill from the Los Muertos gay beach.

Casa Cupula Luxury Gay Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Casa Cupula Luxury Gay Hotel in Puerto Vallarta

This sophisticated and pet-friendly resort has it all from luxury rooms and suites, a bistro, clothing-optional pool club and bar, and popular gym and spa. Weekend theme parties are open to the public (pool club only), and we can guarantee you'll have a fun time!

Vista King Room 201
Vista King Room 201
Vista King Bed
Vista King Bed
Vista King Bathroom
Vista King Bathroom
Vista King Shower
Vista King Shower
Vista King Amenities
Vista King Amenities
Vista King Private Terrace
Vista King Private Terrace
Frida Suite 244
Frida Suite 244
Frida Suite Bedroom & Terrace
Frida Suite Bedroom & Terrace
Frida Suite Bathroom
Frida Suite Bathroom
Frida Suite Living
Frida Suite Living
Frida Suite Kitchenette
Frida Suite Kitchenette
Sayuri Suite 421
Sayuri Suite 421
Sayuri Suite Bedroom
Sayuri Suite Bedroom
Sayuri Suite Bathroom
Sayuri Suite Bathroom
Sayuri Suite Laundry
Sayuri Suite Laundry
Sayuri Suite Dipping Pool
Sayuri Suite Dipping Pool
Milagro Suite 302
Milagro Suite 302
Milagro Suite Kitchenette
Milagro Suite Kitchenette
Milagro Suite Bedroom
Milagro Suite Bedroom
Milagro Suite Primary Bathroom
Milagro Suite Primary Bathroom
Milagro Suite Private Terrace
Milagro Suite Private Terrace

For us, Casa Cupula is the most luxurious and romantic of the gay resorts in Puerto Vallarta. In terms of rooms, suites, and premium suites for guests, the three categories available, every option is unique so you do need to be somewhat flexible on your room assignment, but trust us, you’ll be happy with any room here. We particularly like the thoughtful details like plush robes and towels, high-end bedding, and luxurious bath products in every room. In addition, some of the suites come with extras like double showers, an outdoor jacuzzi or heated dipping pool, expansive balcony with ocean view, kitchenette, or even in-unit laundry.

Bistro at Casa Cupula
Bistro at Casa Cupula
Breakfast Menu
Breakfast Menu

In addition to fabulous rooms and suites, Casa Cupula offers a delicious bistro, where you can have breakfast on the patio, or enjoy a drag show on the weekend. At the gym, you’ll find a surprisingly large fitness center and spa. You can also opt to have a massage in the pool area for hotel guests only. The Pool Club is completely separate next door with its own entrance to maintain exclusivity for hotel guests.

Pool Club at Casa Cupula
Pool Club at Casa Cupula
Casa Cupula Pool Club
Casa Cupula Pool Club
Dancers for Adam & Steve
Dancers for Adam & Steve
Andy at Naked Pool Party
Andy at Naked Pool Party
Pool Club Bar
Pool Club Bar
Pool Club VIP Table
Pool Club VIP Table
Casa Cupula is Pet-Friendly
Casa Cupula is Pet-Friendly
Hotel Guest Pool Area & Hot Tub
Hotel Guest Pool Area & Hot Tub
Pump Gym
Pump Gym
Casa Cupula Events
Casa Cupula Events

At the gym, you’ll find a surprisingly large fitness center and spa. You can also opt to have a massage in the pool area for hotel guests only. The Pool Club is completely separate next door with its own entrance to maintain exclusivity for hotel guests. We love the weekend events like Adam & Steve on Fridays and the Naked Pool Party on Saturdays.

Rooftop Infinity Pool for Hotel Guests
Rooftop Infinity Pool for Hotel Guests

Perhaps our favorite guest area is the rooftop infinity pool with outdoor shower. Just look at that view! If we could afford a long-term stay here, we would do it in a heartbeat!
Almar Resort & Mantamar Beach Club
Almar Resort & Mantamar Beach Club
Eden Pool & Lounge Garden
Eden Pool & Lounge Garden

For the largest and most well-known gay hotel in Puerto Vallarta, the Almar Resort Luxury LGBTQ+ Beachfront Experience (the name says it all!) likely needs no introduction. You’ve seen the social media posts at Mantamar, Almar’s famous pool and beach club with the suspended hot tub. But have you seen any of the spectacular rooms and exclusive hotel guest only areas? We definitely prefer the hotel's guest only Eden Pool & Lounge Garden on the 5th floor to Mantamar, the wild and raucous gay pool party and event space right on the beach—BUT you have both options if you book a stay here.

Almar Resort Lobby
Almar Resort Lobby
Eden Lounge Garden
Eden Lounge Garden
Eden Pool Deck
Eden Pool Deck
Romance King Bed
Romance King Bed
Romance King Hydrobath
Romance King Hydrobath
Romance King Bathroom
Romance King Bathroom
Romance King Sitting Area
Romance King Sitting Area
Almar Junior Suite with Kitchenette
Almar Junior Suite with Kitchenette
Almar Junior Suite King Bed
Almar Junior Suite King Bed
Almar Junior Suite Balcony
Almar Junior Suite Balcony
View from Rooms on 10th Floor
View from Rooms on 10th Floor
Almar Deluxe Room
Almar Deluxe Room
Top Sky Bar
Top Sky Bar
Top Sky Bar View
Top Sky Bar View

Pro tip - The Mantamar Tower is known at the "party tower" as you can hear the music below during the pool parties and special events. If you prefer a quieter experience with epic ocean views, choose the quieter Almar Tower room.

In the newly renovated Almar Tower, we recommend booking one of the following three room types. For added romance or to treat yourself, reserve a Romance Suite with king bed and in-room jacuzzi with ocean view or the Junior Suite, which is the only room with a kitchenette and bar. If your party requires two queen beds instead of a king, then choose the Almar Deluxe Room with ocean view. In total, there are 138 rooms with over a dozen room categories, but for sure, we’d be happy with any of these three rooms!
Two Gay Expats - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Gay Puerto Vallarta - Hotel Mercurio
Gay Hotel Mercurio
Hotel Manager Gabriel
Hotel Manager Gabriel

If you are looking for a well-located, budget-friendly gay hotel, that has been a staple on the gay scene in Puerto Vallarta for over 20-years, then look no further than Hotel Mercurio. This gem of a hotel is the first place I (Trai) stayed in PV on my first trip with friends over a decade ago. If you’ve been to Mercurio before, Gabriel has been here since 2003, so you’ve likely seen his welcoming, smiling face on arrival, or owner Paul Crist. We love supporting gay owned businesses.

Everyone is Welcome
Everyone is Welcome
Queen Room 101
Queen Room 101
Queen Room Bed
Queen Room Bed
Queen Room Bathroom
Queen Room Bathroom
King Room 305
King Room 305
King Room Bathroom
King Room Bathroom
Bistro Mercurio
Bistro Mercurio

In terms of rooms, Mercurio offers smaller Queen Rooms and larger King Rooms. First, we visit poolside room Number 101, one of the smaller Queen Rooms at Mercurio, but it has everything you’d need for an enjoyable stay. It comes with an AC and fan which are critical during the hot and humid summers. You’ll also enjoy an en-suite bathroom and shower with plenty of towels, and there’s even an in-room safe, mini-fridge, and extra pillow as well. Rooms at Mercurio are also pet-friendly, but they ask not to leave your pet unattended in the rooms for the comfort of other guests.

Next, we head upstairs to Room 305, one of the larger King Rooms. We love the high ceilings and warm wooden decor. It comes equipped with a small table and seating area, a mini fridge, and closet. This room is also not directly facing the pool, so it’s one of the quieter options.

Beers, Boys, & Burgers Weekly Event on Sundays at Hotel Mercurio
Beers, Boys, & Burgers Weekly Event on Sundays at Hotel Mercurio

Hotel Mercurio is also open to the public for breakfast and events, so feel free to pop by and check it out for yourself. The breakfast is included for all hotel guests, and also available for a small fee if you’re not staying here. Even if you decide to stay elsewhere, don't miss Beers, Boys and Burgers from 4-7pm on Sundays. It’s crazy popular and fun with live entertainment ranging from drag queens to gogo dancers and more. We always have a blast here!
Hotel Posada de Roger
Hotel Posada de Roger
Charming Traditional Decor
Charming Traditional Decor

While not exclusively gay, Hotel Posada de Roger is a popular choice with the LGBTQ+ community. The location also can’t be beat, as it’s right in the middle of the Romantic Zone a.k.a. the gayborhood. You will be just steps from the most popular gay bars and clubs and the Los Muertos gay beach and beach clubs.

Hotel Posada de Roger Courtyard
Hotel Posada de Roger Courtyard
Complimentary Bottled Water
Complimentary Bottled Water
Standard Room
Standard Room
Standard Room Bathroom
Standard Room Bathroom
Pool Deck
Pool Deck

In terms of rooms, this budget-friendly option offers traditional Mexican decor, AC, hot showers, daily housekeeping, a pool with loungers and good sun, and a friendly, low-key vibe. For longer stays, they also offer a communal kitchen and dining area. One thing to note is the safes are located near reception and not in the rooms.

If you did not book well in advance for Puerto Vallarta's high season, which runs from December through April/May, or for insanely popular events like Beef Dip, Gay Pride or New Year, and everything above is sold out, then Hotel Posada de Roger may have availability.
Casa Kimberly's Bridge of Love
Casa Kimberly's Bridge of Love

Finally, if you are looking for unparalleled luxury just steps from the Romantic Zone, Casa Kimberly will surely impress. Formerly the love nest of gay icon Elizabeth Taylor and actor Richard Burton, this historic mansion is home to the “Puente Del Amor” or the Bridge of Love. Casa Kimberly is actually comprised of two residences, as the couple lived on opposite sides of the street with the bridge connecting the two lovers.

Casa Kimberly Entrance
Casa Kimberly Entrance
Elizabeth Taylor Greets You at Iguana
Elizabeth Taylor Greets You at Iguana
Stunning Courtyard
Stunning Courtyard
Romantic Zone View
Romantic Zone View
Sunset at Iguana
Sunset at Iguana
Sunset from the Balcony
Sunset from the Balcony
Mariachi Performance
Mariachi Performance

The two former homes combine to create nine suites, a spa, pool, and open-air restaurant and tequila bar called The Iguana, which is a destination in its own right. For a truly breathtaking hotel, dining, and spa experience, Casa Kimberly is perfect for special occasions.
As a reminder, if you are planning to visit during the high season from November through April, when the weather is driest and not too humid, we recommend you book ahead for all of our recommended hotels. New Year and Easter are extremely popular times to visit Puerto Vallarta, as is during the annual BeefDip Bear Week, and accommodations will book out many months in advance. Hopefully, you have a flexible schedule, as many travelers—like us—end up staying longer than initially planned.

Every time we return to Gay Puerto Vallarta, we are in awe of the growing LGBTQ+ community here. New gay bars, clubs, restaurants, and hotels are opening or investing in renovations like clockwork, and it keeps us coming back for the excitement of something new and improved year after year. For our overview of Gay Puerto Vallarta, including when to go, where to eat, our top 10 things to do, where to find gay beachgoers and the best pool parties, and all of our travel tips, click here to read our complete travel guide. Take me to Gay Travel Guide to Puerto Vallarta.

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In a fabulous gay beach town filled with exciting options for sunset cocktails, where should the discerning LGBTQ+ person go? In this video, we take you to THREE of Puerto Vallarta's BEST SUNSET COCKTAIL bars! You will NOT want to miss our final highlight at the former mansion of one of the world's most fabulous gay icons. It's no doubt a HUGE STAR on the GAY PV restaurant and bar scene!

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Want to see more? For additional footage of our adventures in Puerto Vallarta, check out our Gay Vallarta YouTube video as well as our latest video, Puerto Vallarta's Best Sunset Cocktail Bars, and be sure to smash that like button and subscribe! And, of course, follow us on Instagram @twogayexpats for more gay travel inspiration!

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