There are a lot of hotels in Puerto Vallarta, but I had trouble locating a reasonably priced, well reviewed hotel. I wasn't looking for an all-inclusive resort because I just wanted to drop my bags and go exploring when I got to town. Strangely, most of the reasonable, well reviewed hotels were smaller establishments that could not be booked over the internet. I settled on the Hotel Suites la Siesta since it was centrally located with a good view of the ocean. Just four blocks from the boardwalk (called the Malecon), the last block up to the hotel rises at about a 45 degree angle. The hotel is head and shoulders above the surrounding buildings so it is easy to find day or night. The surrounding area is residential with a restaurant on the top floor, another restaurant one block towards the ocean and a convenience store (OXXO) three blocks away on the main street. There was no vehicle noise from the two main streets that run through downtown even though they are only two blocks away, but there was a bit of rhythmic bass from a remote dance club, some dogs barking and eventually some roosters crowing.
Both rooms that I stayed in had a grill above the door that let in a breeze from the hallway along with any noise from the hallway or other rooms. Drinking water was supplied in the form of a large water cooler jug (as opposed to individually sealed bottles). The view was gorgeous. You can't see the beaches, but you can certainly see the ocean and the entire city. I believe that the hotel is designed so that all of the rooms point towards the ocean. The room contains a kitchenette with a fridge to cool your drinks or make your own ice. There is no air conditioning, just ceiling fans, so it can be warm during the days but it cools down quickly at nights. The sliding glass balcony doors didn't close completely in either room, so I wouldn't want to be in the room during in a storm. There were no curtains on the windows in the bathroom, so don’t be shy. The tile floor seemed to be less than perfectly clean (which seems standard in Mexico) and I didn't really want to be walking barefoot on the floor. The second room didn't have a security lock on the inside of the room.
The best price I found for February 2008 was on Bookit at US$75. After taxes and service fees this ended up costing US$90. I prepaid Bookit, meaning that my credit card was charged immediately, but there was no problem with the reservation or any extra fees at the hotel. The hotel didn't even ask for a credit card at check-in. Taxi prices from the airport (or bus station) are posted as being US$18 but I took the bus for 5 pesos (50 cents). Since I took the bus four times (arriving/departing from the airport and departing/arriving from the bus station) I figure that I saved US$70 using the bus. The downside was that it was difficult to drag my luggage up/down the hill to/from the hotel over the cobble stone road.
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