- Reviews: 120
LaSiesta Hotel: View from the Hill
www.lasiestahotel.com I found this hotel thru a friend, and it was a great place to stay. It's situated up from the Malecon and hustle and bustle of town, 5 blocks and a few switchbacks, which was good exercise. Although we rented a car later in the trip. There were 3 rooms per floor and 6 floors, it had a big comfortable bed, living room and stocked kitchenette and filtered water cooler, and I loved the bathroom tub, all hand tiled in a circular tub.
Oh yes, it did have one of those, a beautiful pool w/lawn chairs and such, secluded from onlookers from anywhere. The gronds people kept it clean daily.
- Reviews: 176
The Royal Decameron All Inclusive: One of the many all-inclusives
I have only stayed in Mexico one other time. My first experience was at a three star, and the Decameron is a four star, so kind of hard to compare!
The facilities were very nice. There are about 5 or 6 blocks of rooms, some ocean front, others tucked in the back of the resort. We were in one of the back blocks, which we were disappointed about at first, until we realized that ours was the no-children area. Bonus! Each block has it's own pool area, bar and snack area.
The rooms were nice. Big beds (although a little hard!), a huge bathroom and shower (different from the last resort I stayed at), and very very clean.
The pool facilities were great. There were four pools in total all over the resort. All were impeccably clean. The only bummer was that they were closed at night, so no last minute dips to cool off (although I think this might be standard in Mexico).
I loved the food, and found some new dishes to try. My dad said that he had had better at a five star, but that it was still pretty good.
The staff were great. Extremely friendly wait-staff in the restaurants. Our room attendants did a great job. The front desk staff was very helpful.
The beach is also very nice. Lots of room to lay out your towel, although they never seemed to have enough beach chairs!
I would definitely recommend the Decameron to others.
If you do stay at the Decameron, make sure that you have dinner at the beach side restaurant around sunset. You will never see one as beautiful! Every night we were in PV, we had the same table for dinner, and we were treated to the magnificent sunset!
- Reviews: 1732
Royal Decameron Complex: Peurto Vallarta's Best Beach
Nighlty entertainment, great staff, great air conditioning, great views, excellent buffets and fine dining and simply the best sun sets I have ever seen!
The Royal Decameron Resort is actually located up the road a short distance near Bucerias. I have a seperate Bucerias page right here. Go here and you'll find 5 full travelogues with pictures around the resort.
I have six travelogues dedicated to this resort. There is a tonne of stuff here for you. Please rate this tip and leave your comments :-)
1. Royal Decameron Entertainment
2. Scenes from the Royal Decameron Complex
3. More of the Royal Decameron Complex
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Adult pool, activity pool, greatest beach, lush gardens, and the best view!
- Reviews: 7
Rental home in San Fransisco
After visiting the beaches in San Francisco for a day of sun and beer and a few more beers my wife and I decided that it would be a good idea to stay the night instead of driving back to our Villa.
Well, one night turned into 2 nights and 3 days. Here are some pictures of a 4 bedroom home we rented. I found this rental by walking into a realtor because we did not like the one and only hotel in town. Originally the asking price was $200.00 per night but we were able to pay him $85.00 cash.
Very nice small village and fantastic people! Not what I would call a party hot spot, but great food, cold beer and decent waves!
- Reviews: 61
Royal Decameron Complex: Puerto Vallarta's nicest "out-of-town" resort
Very affordable, all-inclusive Family resort.Food is good (a-la-carte is better then the restaurantes) Lots of activities for the whole family, alcohlic drinks are a bit weak, but just ask and they will make them stronger, friendly staff. Clean beach, about 35 min from downtown PV. If possible don't buy anything on the resort...prices are a bit high!
Great nightly entertainment, 4 pools in total (one is adult only)
- Reviews: 75
Marival Grand & Club Suites: All-inclusive resort
I loved this hotel. The view of the ocean was beautiful. The hotel staff was very courteous and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. The entertainment, while corny, was fun. The food and drinks helped a lot, too!
It's a very nice resort, I highly recommend it. It is located in Nuevo Vallarta, 20 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. There are 495 rooms and suites distributed among 11 villas, 1 main building and 2 towers, with the ambiance of a Mediterranean Village.
(I apologize...I don't know the price of the resort...it was a company trip!)
Facilities: 4 night-lit tennis courts, basketball court, volleyball, miniature soccer field, new teens club, gymnasium, kids club, 4 boutiques, beauty salon and spa.
Restaurants: Casa Bella Buffet, Bella Vista (Italian), Las Palomas (Mexican), La Pergola (International), La Bamba (Steakhouse), 2 swim-up bars, many other bars to wet your whistle.
There are also many other activities to take part in (besides lying on the beach and drinking rum punch): golf, pilates, spinning, yoga, Spanish cooking lessons, activities for kids and teens, kayaks, boogie boards, windsurging, sailing, snorkeling, beach volleyball, aqua aerobics, shuffleboard, bocce ball, and disco shows, to name but a few.
- Reviews: 2
Casa la Ventana: Great community 15 miles south of Puerta Vallarta
It is nice to travel to a place like Casa la Ventana that meets one’s expectations for lodging and location while providing a couple of nice surprises that were not anticipated.
I was staying at Casa la Ventana during November and December because I was going to start writing a screenplay. I wanted a modern and quite place that provided good Internet access. I was not disappointed with theses demands. The owners and the local staff provided great service and support. The property is gorgeous with all of its plants and vegetation. The room had a comfortable bed with great lighting, climate control, storage and fantastic bathrooms with a very nice shower. The top floor of Casa la Ventana is unique because one can view the whole village, the steep Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. I had a couple meals that were cooked by one of the owners, which were outstanding because she gets the fish, tamales, cheese and other food from local vendors.
The surprises of the trip were the following: 1. The local soccer field provided a great area to do my daily jogging – it was almost like a college track for softness of ground.. 2. There is a private beach that is a thirty-minute walk through the mountains, which is good for swimming and snorkeling. 3. The zoo at Mismaloya provided the necessary animal accommodation while maintaining a great environment to observe the animals, which the majority is indigenous to Mexico, according to the zoo brochure. 4. The Botanical Gardens, couple miles south of Boca, with its orchids and other flowers and plants, especially the vanilla plants were something that I didn’t think that I would like; I was wrong. The zoon and gardens offer some unusual settings for photographs. Especially nice was that I didn’t get sick for two months, always felt safe, and the accommodations, food, drink, attractions were well within my budget.
Casa la Ventana is located in Boca de Tomatlan, which provides an authentic atmosphere of a small working community with its commerce, schools, churches and people. The town has some grocery stores that provide fresh fruit and vegetables and other items at reasonable prices. Wanting more variety is a twenty- minute public bus ride for sixty-five cents into Puerto Vallarta; affording an opportunity to practice one’s Spanish with local riders. There are numerous restaurants that cater to local residents and people from Puerto Vallarta spending a day on the beach for the weekend. Ramon’s beach restaurant is excellent example of place that a person brags about after the vacation to others, with great seafood dishes, friendly and funny staff and a great jukebox with Mexican songs. It is also the local hangout for the non-Mexican residents that live in Boca de Tomatlan.. Both non-locals and locals provide good conversation and stories. The weekday ritual of the school children in their uniforms going to school and playing conjures nice images of one’s earlier schooling years. While the ritual of firing the cannon to announce the commencement of Sunday services is something most people may have not had while growing-up, it is an event that will always be remembered. The people of Boca de Tomatlan – Mexican and non-Mexican are a delight that enhances the emotions of traveling. These are people truly love living in this community, which, without sounding trite, makes a person appreciate the communal aspect of life.
- Reviews: 16
Bahia Bonita: SouthSide's Bahia Bonita in Alta Vista
DSL Internet, Cable TV, purified water, weekly maid service, onsite property manager, garden, pool, restaurants, buses and taxis closeby. Quiet and friendly group. Only 24 units in 3 towers and many speak English. Mainly Canadian, American and Mexican.
*Jul 16, 2008 - Jul 28, 2008 $390 1355
Jul 28, 2008 - Aug 14, 2008 $390 1355 occupied
*Aug 14, 2008 - Oct 20, 2008 $390 1355
Oct 20, 2008 - Nov 21, 2008 $615 1970 occupied
*Nov 21, 2008 - Jan 19, 2009 $615 1970
Jan 19, 2009 - Feb 18, 2009 $615 1970 occupied
*Feb 18, 2998 - Mar 1, 2009 Total $800
Mar 1, 2009 - Jun 2, 2009 $615 1970 occupied
*Jun 2, 2009 - Oct 19, 2009 $390 1355
For distant rentals is 25% deposit on booking, 25% 6 months after and then 50% 90 days before arrival. If it is soon, all 100% is due upon reservation. Methods of payment are bank check, cashier's check, money order [all sent directly to me] or PayPal to my email address. The latter method must include a 5% fee since this is what PayPal charges deposits to my account. Payments up to 90 days prior are refundable if place becomes rented; within 90 days, cancellation results in all money paid becoming a credit for a future rental, nonrefundable. Please reserve very early as my place books far in advance during high season. Rates vary by number of weeks and month and time of the year. Discounts may be arranged for length of stay. Ask me for pix or try:
Street Parking (ample)
Coffee Maker and Grinder
Ceiling and Floor Fans
Pets allowed if well-behaved and on leash in common areas
Housekeeping Friday, once/week. Before you visit if one week only. Extra laundry services available for costs.
Buses within 1 Min. Walk one block: north to Mega, Soriana, Hotel Zone, El Pitillal, Sam's and WalMart 5 pesos; or across Highway 200 [Barra de Navidad] past Pemex south to Boca, Mismaloya and El Tuito.
- Reviews: 7
Los Flamingos Villa's
Great place to stay! This is a 3 bedroom that sleeps 8. Has a full kitchen, daily complete maid service, great pool, golf course and wonderful staff. This is our favorite place to stay in PV! It is just north of the airport and about 25-30 min from downtown. Staying here gives you the feel of living in Mexico. E-mail me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All villas are completely furnished and even have beer & pop stocked in the fridge. We have really enjoyed having community BQ’s and even big fish cook outs when we go deep sea fishing. What a blast! I would highly recommend this to any one wishing to enjoy PV.
- Reviews: 209
vista del sol 509: spectacular views from stunning 5th-floor condo!
i can hardly believe i was so fortunate in 2015 as to be able to stay for three weeks in vista del sol 509 -- a spacious and beautifully furnished condo at the north end of los muertos beach in the romantic zone (also called "old town," or the "south side"). the vista del sol condos are in the next-to-last building before the pedestrian bridge (on the malecon) to the central downtown area.
without a doubt, the most wonderful part of this 1,450-square-foot condo is the balcony, which is large and faces directly west, making the view over the water seemingly infinite and the sunsets absolutely breathtaking. folding glass doors open from the living room onto the balcony, so that the combined open space from the living room and the balcony is huge. in addition, if you leave both the front wrought iron door and the living room folding glass doors open, there is a very nice cross-breeze thruout the entire condo.
the living room has two fairly large couches, several comfortable chairs, a glass coffee table, a TV (which i assume is HD because it is a flat-screen and relatively big; however, i never turned it on!), and a CD/DVD player, along with a good selection of "beach-read" books. between the living room and the kitchen is an expansive dining area with a glass table and eight large wooden chairs around it.
the kitchen is very well appointed, and altho it is possible to buy an enormous jug of purified water (maybe five gallons? it was too big for me to handle by myself) for 30pp (approx $2) from the reception desk, the water from the tap gave me no problems whatsoever. (puerto vallarta has one of the cleanest, if not THE cleanest, municipal water systems in mexico.) the kitchen includes a full-size stove, a full-size oven, a microwave, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, and lots of counter space. i didn't have to buy any kitchen supplies, not even spices.
the condo has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. the master bedroom has a sliding glass door that opens onto the balcony, making afternoon naps in the king-size bed a truly soothing experience, with the sound of the waves lulling you to sleep. there is ample storage space in dressers and closets, plus a small writing table and chair and a flat-screen TV and a CD/DVD player. the master bathroom has an oval tub made of small, dark blue tiles. there is a shower at one end of the tub; both the tub and the shower are big enough for two people. instead of a shower curtain, there is a sheet of clear glass that extends about halfway along the side of the tub.
the second bedroom has two twin beds that can be combined to make a king-size one; there is also plenty of storage space, a small writing desk, a flat-screen TV, and a CD/DVD player. a window along the east wall of the bedroom offers fresh air. the second bathroom, which can be entered thru either the second bedroom or an offset space adjacent to the dining room, has a large shower with clear glass doors.
thruout the condo, there are beautiful and intriguing paintings, sculptures, and other items that have obviously been collected with care by the owner on his travels around the world. for a riotous recounting of his journeys, take a look at
there are ceiling fans in the living room, the kitchen, both bedrooms, and both bathrooms. there is AC in both bedrooms; however, i never used it except when the atmosphere was muggy at night. an internet connection in the condo is available as well as one thruout the building; neither costs anything extra.
depending on the season, the prices for 2015-2016 ranged from $100-$195/night, except for christmas and new year's weeks, which were $225/night.
in addition to the website listed below, you can see this condo at http://www.andrewscondos.com/puertovallarta.html.
i recommend this condo without reservation.
first of all, the view, especially the sunsets, cannot be beat!
second of all, the rooftop pool area is extremely nice. the large salt-water pool provides a very comfortable swim -- much nicer and more buoyant than a chlorinated pool. it has the shape of a cross with the two arms offset slightly, so that even if someone is swimming laps, other people have plenty of space to congregate in the water.
there are many lounge chairs (all with sturdy cloth) and tables, some in the open and some under a thatched shaded area. from the wall around the pool area, you have an incredible view of the water, the south side, the mountains, and the central downtown area of puerto vallarta. the pool area also has bathrooms and an outdoor shower.
you reach the pool area from the elevators that go to the tenth floor (the roof); these are accessible from every floor of the building but not obvious when entering the building. in fact, the elevator closest to the reception desk goes only to the ninth floor, so there is very little chance of people wandering into the pool area if they are not staying in one of the condos in the building.
the building has 24-hour security, and there is always someone at the reception desk. all of the staff are extremely gracious and even recognized me after i had been there for a few days. someone always helped me without hesitation whenever i had too much luggage, shopping, etc., to carry by myself. there is maid service six days/week (for which tipping is appreciated).
two of my women friends came and stayed with me for almost a week. we never felt crowded, and there was always plenty of space for all three of us to spread out our various clothes, reading materials, electronic devices, shopping treasures, and other vacation accoutrements.
finally, this was one of the easiest rental transactions i have ever done. the owner answers his e-mails quickly and is straightforward and trustworthy in his communications. plus he has a terrific sense of humor!
- Reviews: 10
Royal Decameron Complex: Best Resort ever!
I've stayed at the Royal Decameron four times now, and all four times have been a great experience. I would recommend this resort to anybody looking for a good time. Check-in was a little slow, but not a problem at all. If you are unable to get your room right away don't stress it, the hotel staff is just trying to make your stay perfect and are making sure that the room is ready for you. If you do have to wait for your room just think of this as a chance to wander around the resort and check things out. I can't say enough about the quality of service I received during my stay. The bar staff are quick and make excellent drinks. Gabriel is by far the funniest bar man there. If you are looking for a laugh be sure to visit him! The food here is great! I was never disappointed during my stay and the restaurant staff were very helpful and friendly. During the day there are many activities you can take part in at pool number 2. The activities team are top notch and work very hard. The team also perform the nightly shows at the resort, which means they are constantly working. When they are not busy trying to entertain the guests or performing, they are practicing for the show! Be sure to check out the disco at night, it is definitely a good time. Omar, the DJ plays really good music. Some people staying at the resort got mad because he played a lot of latin music, but I talked to him and he explained to me that he has to play latin music until 1am. I think the latin music just adds to the whole experience. Another thing to mention are the security guards. They really make you feel safe and do look out for you. I was traveling with my best friend and we are both only 20 at the time. The security guards really took care of us and made sure we were safe at all times. If you do get to know the staff they will go out of their way to help you and also get to know you in return. All in all this was a great trip and I could not ask for any better.
One important thing to mention is that the management and desk staff are very helpful. I was amazed at their memories! Julio (one of the desk staff) can remember just about everybody. He remembered me from 6 months ago. (he unfortunately was not there the third or fourth time i visited ). At the resort it doesn't matter which way you look, you will always get a magnificent view. The grounds are very well kept and cleaned round the clock. Everybody works very hard at keeping this place top notch...I'd say they've done a VERY good job. Everywhere you look there are flowers, banana trees, green grass...the whole resort is like something out of a book. I guess you could say it's one of the most picturesque places I've ever seen. Simply said...it's beautiful!
- Reviews: 105
Camino Real: Top notch hotel
The level of service here is amazing and it's located a couple of minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta (30 pesos in a taxi). It has a beach to which only the hotel has access, two pools, four restaurants and the rooms are ace.
- Reviews: 13
Plaza Las Glorias: Plaza Las Glorias is exactly that!
Extremely clean and well managed, this hotel is a best-kept sectret.
It is on the beach, and if you set up on the edge of the wall near the beach, vendors will come carrying thier wares for you to buy. It is luxurious with the sea behind them and palm trees overhead. Don't get in a hurry. No point! But tip your drink waiters well, and you'll never go dry! Real Mexican style, great food and fun.
- Reviews: 209
casa beverly: a gorgeous condo right on the beach!
this is going to sound like a real estate ad, but i was crazy about this place. i was there for two weeks in 2014 and loved every minute of it. i’ve been going to puerto vallarta for more than 30 years, and i don’t think i’ve ever stayed in a place that i liked so much or that was so easy to live in. i would absolutely recommend this condo to anyone.
casa beverly is a beautiful one-bedroom, one-bath condo on los muertos beach on the south side of puerto vallarta (also called the “romantic zone,” or “old town”). the condo is on the third floor, but not to worry -- the building (called the plaza dorada condos) has an elevator.
the condo has a small but quite usable kitchen with a microwave, stove, refrigerator, and washer/dryer set that is behind louvered wooden doors. the bathroom has a large tub/shower that is made of ceramic tiles (white with blue birds painted on them). the tub/shower also has a stained-glass window that lets light thru to the bedroom, which is adjacent.
the bedroom is nicely arranged, with a closet and two chests of drawers plus folding wooden doors that open onto a very pleasant living room, which itself has glass doors that open onto the balcony. there is a ceiling fan in the bedroom and air conditioners in the kitchen and the living room. there are TVs in the bedroom and the living room, along with a DVD/CD player and a collection of good “beach-read” books.
this is not one of those vacation condos where you still have to buy a bunch of things when you get there. the owners provide a very generous supply of everything you could possibly need -- kitchen utensils, pots/pans, dishes, glasses, dishwashing liquid, laundry soap, paper towels, bath soap, toilet paper, and kitchen towels, bath towels, bed linens, and even beach towels and beach chairs! the only thing i ended up buying was shampoo.
interesting and unique mexican decorations are scattered thruout, but the condo doesn’t feel cluttered. in fact, it feels much larger than its 800 square feet because of the way the space opens up from the bedroom to the living room to the balcony. it is obvious that the owners have given a lot of thought to maximizing both open space and storage space, and it is also obvious that the owners have put a lot of care into furnishing this condo.
depending on the season, 2014-2015 prices ranged from $79-$185/night, except for christmas and new year's weeks, which were $214/night.
first of all, you get spectacular sunsets from the balcony!
second of all, since the balcony overlooks the beach, you can hear the waves when the balcony doors are open. it is incredibly soothing to go to sleep to the sound of the waves.
third of all, the pool area is extremely nice. the pool itself has a graduated bottom and is large enough to swim in but is not huge. the lounge chairs are very comfortable; they are made with some kind of porous fabric-type material rather than that scratchy plastic webbing. there are also tables with umbrellas for shade. the pool area has a locked gate to the beach that condo renters can use to go in and out.
in my opinion, the plaza dorada condos are in the most convenient part of los muertos beach -- about halfway between the pedestrian bridge (on the malecon) to the central downtown area and the part of the south side where the streets start to go uphill, and on each side within one or two blocks of the most popular streets for shopping and restaurants.
there is a small internet café next door with shaded tables outside, and there are several small shops, a bank, an ATM, and a couple of larger restaurants on the same block. half a block away is lazaro cardenas park, where lots of activities take place (the park is actually a kind of open plaza with trees and a shaded seating area).
this was the simplest rental transaction that i have ever done. the owners are really easy to work with, they respond to their e-mails, they answer their phone, etc., and they are just all-around nice people. they even called me at the condo to make sure that everything was all right and to see if i had any questions.
- Reviews: 3335
Hotel Bernal: Clean and cheap place
I stayed there one night. The room was on the ground fllor, basic but enough for me. I paid 200 Pesos. Breakfast was not included.
Clean and cheap.
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