Hotel Abbey to reopen as Gay Friendly Hotel Amapa in 2018

Hotel Abbey to reopen as Hotel Amapa in 2018 in Puerto Vallarta. Hotel Abbey closed for over 3 years now will be opening in early February 2018 as Puerto Vallarta Gay Friendly Hotel Amapa. Hotel Amapa embodies the fusion of traditional Mexican aesthetic with a laidback yet spirited vision in contemporary design bringing a new, fresh vibe to the area.

With over 35 years of hospitality experience, developer David Harries led a pioneering team including Antoine Ratigan of Circleminds, Nicole Haime of NMH Creative, and general manager Adalberto Reiter, Amapa which will offer 55 rooms one block from Playa Los Muertos.

The hotel, proudly part of the Design Hotels collection, will act as a catalyst for change in the area by providing something currently unattainable – great design, an ideal location and dedicated service.

Named after the neighbourhood within the Zona Romantica in which the building is located, an Amapa is also a beautiful tree which blooms a pink blossom. This inspired Circleminds to look upon national figures such as Luis Barragan and his purist approach to colour and form when crafting the look and feel of the property. A showcase space for Mexican design, the structure is filled with bespoke local craftsmanship, with barro coverings from Oaxaca by David Pompa, weaves by artist Mariella Motilla and artisanal hammocks from the Yucatan peninsula.

Having seen Puerto Vallarta develop over time, Harries decided upon the town due to its quirky mix of rich history, vibrant street life, expat community, embracing locals, relaxing beaches, and imposing mountains.

With a strong vision to support the revitalization of Puerto Vallarta, Hotel Amapa will be an accessible oasis offering something for everyone.

As a cultural hub away from the all-inclusive resorts, Harries has located the hotel in the bustling old town where guests can benefit from its close proximity to the towns very best restaurants, bars, hikes, and idyllic beaches.

“We are introducing a new vibe for hospitality in Puerto Vallarta with the opening of Hotel Amapa,” said Harries.

“Having travelled to Puerto Vallarta for the last 25 years, it is important that we put our guests in the Mexican state of mind; protecting Puerto Vallarta’s heritage while celebrating the future with genuine and original design, service, and food and beverage offerings.

“With Hotel Amapa we want to create a place where guests visit and live like a local and leave having had an authentic and inspiring experience.”

For many years Hotel Abbey then Torre De Oro was a popular gay hotel in Puerto Vallarta closing in 2015. Steve Buczek’s Beef Dip bear and leather events held Splash pool parties and fundraiser there in 2014. The private pool was perfect for private gay parties and small events. 

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