Hilton Resort at Puerto Vallarta

While on my vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico I observed the unique architecture in more of southern climate. Puerto Vallarta is located on the western coast of Mexico, about half way down the coast. The weather is very tropical and is usually warm and sunny. I believe that this climate type was the inspiration behind the creation of this resort.

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The entire floor plan, along with the rest of the hotel was an extremely open concept. From the moment the taxi pulled up in front of the hotel you could see all the way through the hotel to the ocean. I dont mean there were floor to ceiling windows, I mean it was one, huge, open room. The front desk was angled to be facing the ocean directly, but everything else located in the lobby was channeled to flow with the room. The lobby opening was facing west to east, the same as the breeze coming from the ocean.

I think that this open concept worked very well for the hotel and its climate. I think the part that the hotel failed was with the furniture additions. The first 1/3 of the hotel lobby has nothing restricting the walkway. The 2nd third of the floor housed the large sofa that mimicked the lighting element. The last third of the lobby was cluttered with sofas and chairs. This was the part of the hotel that people lingered around, but it was also the hardest to get through. I think that if the bar were relocated the guests could disperse more evenly through out the lobby without the clutter.

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This beautiful lighting feature was housed at the entrance of the more upscale restaurant in the resort. It had a dark maroon wall with a black plush leather couch sitting in front. All of the lightbulbs were the Edison bulbs that gave off a more yellow glow. This setting was almost too pretty to be used for a waiting area, I used it just to enjoy the surroundings.

I believe that the resort chose plain wall finishes for a specific reason. The natural greenery and beauty of the Mexican coast was seen through out the entire resort. The designer did not want the wall decorations to take away from the organic nature. The interior elements that attracted the attention were the lighting fixtures. Each area of the hotel had a new beautiful, unique lighting fixture that helped bring the room to life. The designer also thought about the environment of the resort. None of the lights had a stationary base. All of the fixtures had a movable wire connected to the ceiling. This allowed for the wind to create a flow in the room without damaging all of the beautiful lighting.

Overall the design of the resort was completely different than anything I had witnessed. After staying at the resort for a week I understood the reasoning behind the material selections that were chosen and I really enjoyed the atmosphere.

Lighting fixture in the main dining area. Used without light during the day and illuminated at night.

Lighting fixture in the main dining area. Used without light during the day and illuminated at night.

Open atrium in one portion locating the sleeping rooms.

Open atrium in one portion locating the sleeping rooms.

Creative lighting fixture located outside of a nicer restaurant at the resort.

Creative lighting fixture located outside of a nicer restaurant at the resort

Lighting element of design that mirrored the oversized sofa shape on the floor.

Lighting element of design that mirrored the oversized sofa shape on the floor.

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One thought on “Hilton Resort at Puerto Vallarta

  1. kordia says:

    There are many passive cooling features you can take advantage of in tropical environments and it is great to hear that this was the case for the lobby area at the hotel. I can imagine it was a dramatic entrance to feel the breeze and to see the ocean on your arrival. I appreciate that you took the time to analyze the flow of the space around the bar and lounge area. Sometimes these spaces seem to mainly be designed for their night functions and can become under utilized or somewhat awkward during the day.

    Lighting is also such a crucial element in hospitality design and it is nice to see the application and type of fixtures used. I assume this was a good reminder of the impact lighting can have on a space and how it can become a decorative fixture for the space.

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