Camino Real Puerto Vallarta
did a chartered special so I'm not sure. Great ocean views, beautiful landscaping. The hotel is somewhat isolated in terms of the beach so there was not alot of vendors. Minutes from downtown, within walking tdistance to Mismaloya.
The best thing about the Camino Real is the spot it's in. On our arrival taxi drive from the airport we weren't impressed at all with the looks of the marina where many big hotels are. But as we drove further south through the town, it became more interesting and by the time we reached the Camino Real, the scenery was enchanting. The hotel is older, but it is still a beautiful, charming, well-kept property.
Club level rooms are large with great big balconies. The club breakfast and cocktail hour are fine, nothing really special. The beds are hard!
Rooms could use a little update, but my picky kids were still very impressed, and I was more than happy when I first saw our room; nicer than I'd expected. This is the only hotel I've ever stayed at in PV, but I'm willing to bet that all in all, it's the nicest!
Beautiful Camino Real
I have been to Puerto Vallarta eight times and have stayed at several different places. I even own a timeshare at Villa del Palmar (only because I purchased it for almost nothing via the internet). Having said that, the Camino Real is absolutely the best! When I stayed there I stayed in a regular room and upgraded to a lanai room in the regular tower, with balcony. Yes, the regular rooms are not luxurious, but they are large, clean with gorgeous views. But what makes the resort is location, location, location, plus wonderful people, service, and ambiance. Am returning in November and staying in the club tower, even though I could use my timeshare. Also, I would like to say that I don`t think the hotel is very far from the downtown area at all. I always take the bus and it is a very short ride, much shorter than from the hotel zone or marina. There isn`t another resort in Vallarta that I would choose over the Camino Real.
Beautiful find, great value, if you don't mind the beds!
Beautiful hotel, gorgeous location, much more convenient to downtown Puerto Vallarta than the other hotels in the Marina. Lush landscaping, quiet rooms where you hear only the pounding surf at night. Very friendly and helpful staff. I agree with what others have said re plusses and minuses: definitely stay in a Tower room, and know in advance that the beds are not great. Also, the hotel can be a bit dead; there aren't organized activities, and as of the end of August, only one restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, and another for dinner.
If that doesn't bother you (you might find it an advantage if you want to avoid cheesy and loud places full of North Americans), this is a really nice place to stay. There is nothing like sitting out on the large balconies with that view and the waves! The food is good value; they aren't ripping you off like at many resorts, and it ranges from serviceable to very good, depending on what you get. The free breakfast you get if you are in the Tower is a great deal; now that it is off season and they aren't doing a special breakfast for the Tower, you can either have the very extensive buffet at the restaurant or order whatever you want from the menu (which has lots of variety, from Mexican-style to American-style to vegetarian choices). If you want to be able to sample the terrific gourmet options in Puerto Vallarta, the Camino Real is extremely convenient. We especially enjoyed Trio (creative Eur. food), Bombo's (French cooking with Mexican touches, and a fabulous view over downtown PV), De Santos (hip atmosphere), and La Piazzetta (very tasty Italian in the Zona Romantica); one of us loved Archie's Wok (pan-Asian, mostly Filipino) and the other didn't, while we thought Xitomates ("haute Mexican cuisine") was average. The food at any of these places was equal to or better to "foodie" restaurants in Calif. cities, but at a much more reasonable price. One more important thing: if you plan to sleep past 8:30 in the morning, be sure to put a "do not disturb" sign on your door, or the maid will likely ring the bell or just walk on in. Other than that, the staff is very efficient and professional. Most importantly (and this is not to be underestimated in PV), no one there will try to sell you a timeshare of any kind, take advantage of you or prevent you from doing anything other than relaxing!! Great resort in great city, as long as you don't mind the bed!
All inclusive hotel with spa?
Mom and I are stealing away for a little mother daughter fun while she's in from the cold & dark confines of her apartment in Moscow so I'm looking for an all inclusive with spa or near spa? Anyone know of a tried and true?
RE: All inclusive hotel with spa?