- Reviews: 6
Dreams VillaMagna Nuevo Vallarta: Great Bargin
This was my second trip to an all-inclusive resort. The first trip was to Breeze's in Montego Bay. The only thing good I have to say about that place is thay had a nice beach. Dreams Villa Magna was off the chart compared to Breeze's. The bars served real liquor, and there was wait service on the beach. The food was great - including 24hr room service. Mini bar was restocked every day. The place was clean. Pools were fantastic. Security kept children out of the adult pool. There were a lot of children there. Witnessed many weddings. The hotel did a great job with the weddings. Dolphins and manta rays were visible from the beach. Body surfing and boogie boarding was outstanding.
The staff was incredible. Most putting in long days, but still they maintaned a cheerful, and attentive attitude. What a bargin too! $1100 for 2 for 8 days and 7 nights.
- Reviews: 2
PVRPV Puerto Vallarta Rentals Premier Vacations: PVRPV Rentals are the only way to go!
If you're looking for a rental in the puerto vallarta area, I have to recommend PVRPV (Puerto Vallarta Rentals Premier Vacations) owned by Tim Longpre. After staying at Playa del Sol regularly for years, I decided to try a nonresort condominium in the trendy Zona Romantica of Puerto Vallarta. I came across PVRPV through a friend and from the moment I walked into their office, I was given the royal treatment. I perused over 200 condos, villas, and haciendas before choosing a beautiful condo in a very quiet complex with a beautiful pool, and the most charming maid that visited with me daily. The condo was lovely- there were even parrots chirping away in the tree just off my balcony- we don't have those in Manhattan so I was quite entertained to sit and watch them for hours while the sun set over Los Muertos Beach every night. After my initial experience with them, I of course used them again when I returned 2 months later. Their concierge service was a welcome feature, saving me the haggling with taxi drivers and timeshare salesman on more than one occasion. If you are looking for a rental in Puerto Vallarta, you can't go wrong with this team.
Beautiful pool, very quiet, about a 2 minute walk to the beach, landscaped shady grounds with lots of tropical flowers, condo was exquisitely decorated and meticulously clean. Maid service. Concierge service. 24 hour security. Unreal views and sunsets. Absolutely no hassle and everything was very upfront and professional, service with a smile.
- Reviews: 1
firstname.lastname@example.org: La Palapa Rental Agency Review
Do not make the same mistake – After having booked online with many reputable agencies we unfortunately had the bad luck to find John Dea, Maria Reynalda Macias Candelaria AKA Reyna, and John Dommanschet. All representing Condominiums La Palapa. An additional person who receives the money and has an address at 150 Col. Independencia, PVR is Silvia C. Gutierrez. She is also said to have addresses in California and Texas.
Our booking and confirmation-
- Luxurious, oversized 3BR/3BA ocean-front condo with large FULL ocean view terrace, offering dramatic, unobstructed views of the entire Banderas Bay, Pacific Ocean and surrounding jungle clad mountains, for US $395 per night for the condo, for 6 people max
Apparently, the three work in collusion to book condominiums online and request full payment before completion of booking. That’s not so unusual however, their confirmation of the booking for a 3BR/3BA in a building that does NOT have a 3BR/3BA is. Prior to our arrival email inquiries were made as to the specific amenities of the “luxury” condo. Confirmation was less than forthcoming. Actually, no email was received until the evening preceding our departure for PVR.
We were only to find out that there was NO internet, No DVD, No washer and dryer, No Dining room table, No luxury beds, No 3BR/3BA, No Beach Towels, ….. the list does go on and on. What we did find in our dismal 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA was worn out sheets – sheets without a thread count, desperate furniture invoking a 1980’s trailer house, and a a few broken deck chairs along with a rusted out table. The rusted table reminding us all to verify our most recent tetanus vaccinations.
Perhaps our story wouldn’t be quite so SAD had it not been for the news we were to learn upon our bringing the above failures to the attention of Reyna. Upon receiving an email from John Dea, Reyna replied that her husband and boss John Dommanschet had been in an unfortunate automobile accident and would be unable to reply. She also added that due to our unhappiness with our condominium she felt we were being quite aggressive.
NOT once did any of these individuals apologize for their dishonest misrepresentation of the “luxury” 3BR/3BA condominium.
Great View from the 6th floor.
Avoid the Pool level as the noise from the Air Conditioning system on the next building is overwhelming at times.
- Reviews: 172
Starbay boutique resort: Nice small hotel
+ I loved this hotel, it has good service, clean facilities, ocean view, small hotel with only 30 rooms, so it's never crowded and free parking available.
-The only problem with this hotel is that a vehicle is necessary, because is located 15-20 min. drive to Puerto vallarta. Also all the rooms have ocean view, but only half have the bedrrom toward the ocean and the other half toward the road, so ask that the bedroom is located toward the ocean in order to avoid noise from the road.
Kitchennete with refrigerator, coffe maker, toaster, microwave and dishes. nice view, very peaceful and private, pool, children's pool, an a little restaurant in site.
- Reviews: 164
Royal Decameron Hotel: All-inclusive, not so close to town
This is a very nice all -inclusive near Bucerias, about 15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta airport. We had a pretty good time here, but it because of it's location, we didn't feel as though we were in PV at all.
It has a good beach for the west coast, 2 swimming pools, 7 restaurants, a night club,and, when we were there, a show at night put on by the staff. Best mime show I have ever seen. Because we went on a last minute deal, it was very inexpensive, it is usually double the price we paid.
- Reviews: 30
Villa Ventura: Breathtaking
We stayed in one of the villas offered by Applegate Realtors (see link below). I would highly recommend Villa Ventura for the location and the comfort, and also the air-conditioned bedrooms.
Pool, great view, semi-private beach access. Just from the patio we saw dolphins, stingrays, various tropical fish and about a million crabs. Full baths in each bedroom, as well as TVs, VCR's and DVD players. Each bathroom also equiped with blow dryers.
The best part of the villa is the professional house staff. Senor Beto is a world class chef and makes perhaps the best meals I have ever eaten. The rest of the staff caters to your every need and keeps the house very clean.
- Reviews: 65
Aventura Spa Palace: All Inclusive Luxery
Aventura Spa Palace is an all inclusive resort. It has 3 sister resorts which you have full access to when staying at Aventura Spa. The resort is about 30minutes away from Cancun airport and located on the ocean.
Location is not too bad, but you will need a car to get around or will need to take organized tours, which they arrange at the resort.
Hotel is very relaxing and has the most amazing winding pools I have ever seen. The beach here is manmade and not too great, as the water is far too rough to swim in. However, you will more than happy with all the pools and they do have areas with sea water to swim in.
All of the restaurants are amazing - Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Mediteranean, etc.. the food is great.
The only thing I was disappointed with was the size of the room. For the price, I expected a lot more ($480 per night). The rooms are pretty small and the views for most are not too great. All rooms do have huge jacuzzi's however.
Multiple fantasitc restaurants.
Lots of organized activities within the resort
- Reviews: 6
Villa Las Penas: Beautiful Villa with View of Los Arcos
4 bedroom, 4 bath villa with infinity pool, cook, house manager, and daily cleaning service. Gorgeous views of Los Arcos and fantastic home made food.
We have shared rental homes the last two trips and have loved it. With a group, prices can be very reasonable.
- Reviews: 6
Royal Decameron Complex: Great budget resort!
This was an excellent 3.5* hotel. It has about 5 restaurants, 3 pools, a disco, lots of activities. Great for families, couples, friends. Food was good, lots of fresh fruit. Very clean hotel, not a bug to be seen the whole time we were there! Staff were very friendly. I would definitely go back. Hotel is located out near Bucerias, the last resort out. Just a quick bus or cab ride into town though. One thing: don't count on the bus if you have to be at an excursion at a certain time! They don't seem to follow a strict schedule, and often the bus was too full to take any more people when it got to the resort. Take a cab instead.
Pools are great! Only down side of this resort, is the same as all of Puerto Vallarta. This is the Pacific side, not the Carribean, so the water is somewhat murky, and beaches are not white sand. Other than that, the weather was awseome, great drinks, pool and entertainment! Highly reccomend this resort.
- Reviews: 147
Royal Decameron Costa Flamingos: A room with a view
We really enjoyed our stay in the Decameron. The rooms were well kept, clean and reasonably comfortable (although the beds were a little hard). The decor was mexican casual, which I liked. The beaches were kept immaculately and packed, so it was difficult to get a lounger sometimes because people tend to "reserve" chairs for hours at a time by getting up early and leaving a beach towel on them. There were lots of free boogie boards and kayaks to play in the waves, which were fine to swim in most days.
One of the best features of our stay at the Decameron was the fabulous view of the beach. Not all of the rooms were so close but we asked ahead and got lucky. It was so wonderful to sit out on the blacony and watch the sunset while listening to the sound of the waves.
- Reviews: 1
Casa Viridiana: Beautiful, Romantic Puerto Vallarta Penthouse
In January 2009, I planned a surprise trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for my girlfriend. Coming from Vancouver, Canada, where an especially harsh and lasting winter was wrecking havoc, the sand and sun of a beautiful beach getaway, coupled with relatively inexpensive flights (thank you, Global Financial Crisis), was a truly irresistible combination.
This wasn't, however, just any spontaneous vacation. Sometime during the trip I planned to propose to my girlfriend, Jodie, the love of my life.
Now, I've never done anything the simple way, and staying in some standard fare, cookie-cutter beach resort just isn't me. Sure, the swim-up bar is nice, but there is nothing authentic about it and the food is usually mediocre at best.
Besides, I had an ulterior motive. I love traveling to different places around the world, and my girlfriend has not had the same opportunities to do this. While I was riding on a ferry to middle of nowhere Indonesia, Jodie was working her way through nursing school. Having not had these experiences, she is just a little apprehensive about traveling outside the regular tourist zones and, as her potential long term partner, it's important to me that she has the chance to see if she shares my love of exploring.
So, with all of this in mind, I set out to find a romantic, authentic, reasonably priced place to stay while in Puerto Vallarta. It was not an easy task. Focusing on condos, I found that some were nice but nothing special. Many were too far away from the city centre. Other seemed appropriate, but turned about to be prohibitively expensive.
Finally, one night at about 4 am, I stumbled across a craigslist ad for Casa Viridiana (www.casaviridiana.com). The pictures were striking, and the description was lucid and well written. After I contacted Louis the owner, everything seemed to fall into place.
As it turned out, the photos that had captured my attention did not nearly do justice to the real thing. The views from the patio and roof are truly stunning, and I could have spent the entire time outside in the hammock, gazing onto the bay and the mountains. The suite itself was clean, comfortable and simply but beautifully decorated.
The neighbourhood was perfect. The area is home to local Mexicans and long-time expats. When it wasn't quiet (which was a lot of the time) my girlfriend and I could hear the sounds of birds and, on the Friday morning, children playing at the nearby elementary school. The Malecon (the main boardwalk with all the nightlife and pricey restaurants), is close enough to walk-to, but far enough away to feel like you are secluded from the regular tourist happenings.
Needless to say, my girlfriend fell in love with the place. She liked it so much that she was silly enough to say yes when I proposed to her on the rooftop, open air bed, just after the nightly fireworks had begun.
I have no doubt that this trip has ignited in her a desire to keep exploring the world with me - and I can say for sure that she wants to return to the suite and to Puerto Vallarta (perhaps in that order of importance!).
It was an all-around amazing five days, thanks in large part to my decision to stay at Casa Viridiana.
The suite's owner, Louis and property manager, Brad were both extremely helpful. Louis let me in on the very best local restaurants, and Brad's advice sent Jodie and I on an adventure to a secluded beach paradise.
For all these reasons, it's without any reservation that I will recommend this suite to anyone looking for a unique, memorable experience in Puerto Vallarta.
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