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Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa - Puerto Vallarta Hotels
Rating: 3.5 Stars
$144

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa

Blvd Francisco Medina Ascencio Km 2.5, Puerto Vallarta - Map
 
 
"Great location, good service and food, best for kids."
My boyfriend and I visited Villa Del Palmar (VDP) during the week of New Year’s Eve and it was less than desirable to begin with. We arrived on 12/29/2012 that was our first mistake. We were properly prepared for the chaos at the airport, (a much nicer airport than Cabo San Lucas!) and we knew to avoid the men in white shirts (timeshare reps). We walked so fast through the timeshare area that we missed our pre arranged transportation with Olympus tours. When we got outside to where the taxis were, a very nice gentleman was able to find our transportation rep for us. Unfortunately the Olympus tours rep tried to set us up for a timeshare presentation in the disguise of needing to meet with the guy, on day 2 of your trip in order to get your return ticket for your ride to the airport. We did try to meet the Olympus tours rep in the lobby of VDP on day 2 at 1pm, but after waiting 15 minutes, we didn’t see the orange shirt, so we went back to the pool. It turns out the ride from the airport is 80 pesos ($7 US dollars), and like 15 minutes. So I don’t think it was necessary to arrange prior transportation like it is in Cabo San Lucas, where the airport is something like $50 US dollars each way. I don’t think they tell you this anywhere on the travel sites. So if given the option, I say you just take a taxi, they’re everywhere and very easy! So we get to the hotel, we’re greeted by some nice staff who are trying to expedite the check in by taking your luggage and putting it in one place, and they promise you they will watch it for you. Our luggage was fine, but I kept my eye on it anyway. Also, on Saturday mornings only, they have a guy manning a beer stand in the lobby for the folks who have not checked in yet, and a cold beer for $2 US dollars sounds awesome! Unfortunately we came during one of the highest peak times of the year, so it took us over an hour to get through the check in line. I think there were 3 people at the desk. Again, we were weary of timeshare presentations, so as soon as we got our room keys, we declined any “welcome orientations.” It turns out it might have given us some information about when restaurants were open and what was included in our all inclusive meals, drinks, and shows. About the all inclusive package: The food was either very good or very bad. The El Patron “Mexican food” restaurant was hit or miss. We thought the enchiladas with mole sauce was very good, and the shrimp fajitas. I also enjoyed the “shrimp and fish tacos” which were like mini chimichangas, deep fried and served with fresh guacamole. Everything else was too salty, too cheesy, soggy or just plain bad. And we are not picky eaters. The other restaurant (there’s really only 2 even though they say there is 3), the Cuciana Italiana was almost never open for lunch or dinner, but I think they combined it with the Market restaurant which was on the other side of the same restaurant, closer to the beach. They served breakfast buffet every day, which is part of the all inclusive, a huge buffet of fresh sliced melons, pineapple, papaya, and various breakfast items, eggs, sausage, ham, and some Mexican dishes, they also had fresh coffee and fruit juices. We were rarely at the hotel for lunch time, so can’t really comment on that. For dinner, the Market served a dinner buffet some nights, and they had an AMAZING dessert buffet. Like serious 5 star desserts, just beautiful and delicious. I loved the flan and the tiramisu. And there must be a great bread baker on staff as well, they always had fresh rolls and really good table bread. The last night we were there, we had a fantastic seafood meal (for some reason it wasn’t a buffet night). This might have been the only day we actually spent more than $50 each to properly take advantage of the all inclusive $50 per person per day. Be aware of the times the restaurants are open, see your check in card holder, a lot of good info on that insert. The whole food experience was very guess and check. Many of the other hotel guests were not on all inclusive, and they were usually repeat guests. That was a red flag that it is not worth the price. If only we had known the food at the Market restaurant was stellar, but only on Friday nights? We are still unsure, it is not posted anywhere we could find. The drinks were pretty good, Eduardo at the bar was great. We were told by other guests that service is always very slow at the pool, so it’s best to just go get your own drinks at the bar. I generally drink whiskey and coke, however, sometimes when you’re laying out, there’s nothing quite like a pina colada! And we made sure to get a bottle of water with every meal, so we always had plenty of water on hand. The water in the rooms, and in the resort are said to be filtered, so the ice and water on tap should be good to drink. What is NOT included in all inclusive is the deli (good sandwiches!) which is located on the street side of the huge resort, and the market store, where you can buy anything you forgot for twice the price of the Sorianos which is another block South. Or if you prefer Walmart, there’s one about 2 blocks north of the hotel. I think next time we will skip the all inclusive package and just go to the Sorianos and pick up food and drinks. You can just bring a 12 pack of beer to the hot tub or pool, and they will not say anything. Also, it’s more fun to go downtown and eat street tacos or really authentic Mexican food! More about the hotel. Due to the high volume of guests during the first part of our stay, the service was very slow, and it seemed like the food was worst. Once the New Year’s crowd left, the service got MUCH better, the staff was actually smiling, and we didn’t feel ignored. The rooms appeared to be clean... but my 2nd and 3rd night I woke up with multiple bug bites. We were never really in bug infested areas, so there was nowhere else that I could have picked it up. So I’m going to have to assume there were bed bugs. On the 3rd night, I felt the biting, so I woke up and pulled the sheets back and found a little black bug. Ew! So the next day we asked to speak to the manager, Claudia. She was barely apologetic, but she did switch our room rather quickly. We had originally signed up for a pool facing King sized bed, but we had a parking lot facing 2 double beds room – so we were switched to the correct room. The rest of the stay was rather uneventful, once we figured out where to eat, and I obsessively checked the bed for bugs every night, and made my boyfriend shower before climbing into bed from the beach. We also met a lot of fun people in the hot tub, great place to meet people if you’re just 2 people traveling on your own! Anyway, sorry for the novel, but I wished we had known a lot of these things prior to our trip, but now you know! We would only stay at this hotel again unless we had kids and it was not peak season. For now, being late 20’s travelers with no kids, we might seek another hotel close by. And next time, go without the all inclusive package.
TravelingCouple04 from Sunnyvale, CA
This traditional Mexican resort is in the North Hotel Zone of Puerto Vallarta, less than 5 km (3 mi) from the Malecón …More
Riu Jalisco All Inclusive - Nuevo Vallarta Hotels
Rating: 3.5 Stars
$498

Riu Jalisco All Inclusive

Av. De los Cocoteros, sn-Lote K, Nuevo Vallarta - Map
 
 
"The staff was friendly and helpful."
This was a wonderful family resort. My daughter and five other friends came to the Riu Jalisco as a graduation trip. I was in the company of five other moms and my sister. The restaurants were average quality. The Italian restaurant was our favorite at the resort. We went into Puerto Vallarta near the port and had a great lunch at Pepi Mexican restaurant. Our only complaint is the loudness that echoed in the hotel. Some people were shouting at 2 a.m.. As a middle aged adult, I would prefer to stay in the future at the Riu Vallarta or the Palace. They both seemed more quiet and less children and teenagers.
Italia2 from Meridian, ID, USA
Renovated in November 2013, the Riu Jalisco boasts new family rooms, an extended lobby, exciting gastronomic options, and a …More
Costa Sur Resort & Spa - Puerto Vallarta Hotels
Rating: 3.5 Stars
$180

Costa Sur Resort & Spa

Carretera a Barra de Navidad km 4.5, Puerto Vallarta - Map
 
 
"beatiful views"
clean,quite,spacious, nice balcony,  a perfect hotel to kick back and spend time looking at the ocean from your room
duque from Puerto Vallarta, México
This Puerto Vallarta hotel is in the city center, nestled on a private sand beach and within easy reach of area attractions …More
Marival Resort & Suites Nuevo Vallarta All Inclusive - Nuevo Vallarta Hotels
Rating: 3.5 Stars
$597

Marival Resort & Suites Nuevo Vallarta All Inclusive

Blvd. Nuevo Vallarta y Paseo Cocoteros, Nuevo Vallarta - Map
 
 
"The staff was amazing!"
Our family group of 7 included two small boys, their parents, their aunt and grandparents. All of us were very pleased with the location for this family vacation. The staff were so helpful, friendly, happy and kind. The food was good and plentiful, there were more than enough places for meals and snacks. Getting drinks for the children and the adults was a delight and the activities plentiful. Good beach, great pools and beautiful grounds. This ended up being a vacation of a lifetime and my thanks go out to Marival Resort and Suites for helping that to happen.
CheChe
This 495-room resort on Banderas Bay's North Shore in Nuevo Vallarta offers a wide variety of recreation from climbing wall …More
Hotel Rio Malecon - Puerto Vallarta Hotels
Rating: 3.0 Stars
$106

Hotel Rio Malecon

Morelos 170, Centro, Puerto Vallarta - Map
 
 
Located in the city center of Puerto Vallarta, this hotel is near the airport and within walking distance of Los Arcos …More
Villa del Mar Resort & Spa by The Villagroup - Puerto Vallarta Hotels
Rating: 3.5 Stars
$121

Villa del Mar Resort & Spa by The Villagroup

Blvd Francisco Medina Ascencio Km 2.5-A, Puerto Vallarta - Map
 
 
This Puerto Vallarta resort is set on the beach a short distance from Cruise Ship Terminal, Bay of Banderas, and La Paloma …More
Best Western Plus Suites Puerto Vallarta - Puerto Vallarta Hotels
Rating: 3.5 Stars
$125

Best Western Plus Suites Puerto Vallarta

Carretera a Barra de Navidad 8.5, Puerto Vallarta - Map
 
 
"Relaxing, rejuvenating vacation"
My husband and I stayed for 2 weeks at the Intercontinental Presidente. It was our second time here. This was our 7th visit to PV and we have tried different places and fell in love with the south shore. The Presidente is ideally situated on possibly the most beautiful beach in PV, the playa Gemelas. Several of the hotel staff members remembered us from last year's stay. They were all very helpfuland friendly. The room was great--all balconies overlook the ocean. The beds were comfortable and we slept wonderfully every night to the sound of the surf. Having been there before, we decided to negotiate a 2 week deal for their breakfast buffet which sadly is not offerred by travelocity. We either ate dinner at the hotel (2 restaurants and a poolside limited menu) or would take a 50 cent bus ride 15 minutes into PV and enjoy one of the many restaurants there. We had a great time and hope to return next year.
jas67 from Ohio, USA
Located just a few steps from the sea, this peaceful beachfront resort - set among soft, golden sand and lush mountain …More
Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa - Puerto Vallarta Hotels
Rating: 3.0 Stars
$129

Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa

Olas Altas 380, Puerto Vallarta - Map
 
 
"loved it"
location was great... on the beach... wonderful service... I stayed here 4 years ago and am planning another trip in October.. Highly recommend paying a little extra for all inclusive. The breakfast is delicious & the cocktails were delicious
Mecalani from Lake Tahoe, Calif
Overlooking the Banderas Bay with direct beach access, this Puerto Vallarta resort is in the Romantic Zone, a 5-minute walk …More
Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive - Puerto Vallarta Hotels
Rating: 3.5 Stars
$326

Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive

Avenida Mexico 1301, Puerto Vallarta - Map
 
 
"Happy!"
We booked this trip last minute for our honeymoon. The price was so cheap I was quite a bit nervous on what I would get. The reviews are actually pretty accurate. Lots of locals,lots of kids and the place was full on Friday and Saturday and that was on the off season. I have to say the locals were friendly ..and if you didn't like the kids the same hotel has a adult only hotel next door. I happen to love kids. Rooms were very clean, the staff and servers were just nice people. They made you feel welcome. If you go make sure you go to the Sunset Lounge for dinner. Very romantic and I even saw the hotel set up a table and chairs right by the water with torches for a couple. There are little things I could pick at but, for the price I believe I came out like a bandit. The wife and I were happy with our choice and I hope to be back there real soon.
beingmelo from Merced ,CA
Budget-friendly beachfront hotel in beautiful downtown Puerto Vallarta. The hotel is just 15 minutes from the airport and 5 …More
San Marino - Puerto Vallarta Hotels
Rating: 3.0 Stars
$124

San Marino

Rodolfo Gomez N 111, Puerto Vallarta - Map
 
 
This Puerto Vallarta resort is located in the city center, nestled on the beach a short distance from Los Muertos Pier, Playa …More

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