Puerto Vallarta Hotels?

Old Jul 22nd, 2004, 03:34 PM
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Puerto Vallarta Hotels?

Is anyone familiar with the following hotels in Puerto Vallarta: La Jolla De Mismaloya PVR, Dreams PVR Resort & Spa, or the Presidente Inter Cont. PVR?
Or do you have any favorites to recommend? Thinking about a 7 night trip in mid to late October. Thanks for any help you can provide. (P.S. - a nice resort within walking distance of restaurants/clubs would also be a great addition....but not a necessity.)
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Old Jul 22nd, 2004, 05:17 PM
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Haven't heard of Dreams, but Mismaloya and Presidente are both located a ways outside of town on the beach.

I *love* PV and have been there many times. I'd suggest finding a map of how things lay out around the Bay of Banderas before you choose a resort or hotel. For instance the newer places out in Nuevo Vallarta might sound good (and be good) but you need to realize they are a good 45 mins drive from downtown, so not optimal if you have any interest in being able to explore in El Centro, checking out the shops, galleries, restaurants, etc.
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Since you are asking for recommendations in addition to ones you are thinking of, i would recommend the Sheraton Buganvilias. It is within walking distance to the center of town or you can take a cab which is inexpensive. The resort is big, clean and on the beach.( the beach itself needs to be cleaned up from the huricane) There are a few restaurants and bars.Staff is friendly and accomadating. Good luck with so many choices!
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Old Jul 24th, 2004, 08:57 AM
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Here are two websites specific to Puerto Vallarta and each has a Bulletin Board like this one:

Camino Real has been a well respected hotel which sits a ways south of the south end of PV on its own beach. As mentioned, it changed to an AI just this summer (I didn't realize they'd changed the name too) which has alot of regulars crying in their beer. Have yet to read any posts of visitors since this change happened.

Anyway (may be you realize this) all three you asked about then are a non-walkable distance, but a short drive or ride, to the south of downtown PV.
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Like Suze I have been going to P. Vallarta for 16yrs. We have stayed at the Sheraton Buganvillia (Our Favorite) it's within walking distance to town and just totally remodeled. Have also stayed at the Camino Real (which is now called Dreams an all inclusive) Best beach in P. V. and very nice location. I don't know about Dreams but I would try it they are offering very good prices right now because they are new. Also the area is very scenic. Also stayed at the Marriott great hotel quality service it's located at the Marina which is quite a ways from town. Also stayed at the Fiesta Americana great hotel however the service at the front desk was the worst I have ever encountered. I definitely would not recommend the La JOlla we stayed there 1 night and left it is so far from town and the complex is so huge we had to get in a van to go to a restaurand on their property. Also the water for showers was lukewarm. The Presidente is also very very far from town. It's all a matter of personal preference. If you need any more info go to trip advisor.com. It offers a lot of reviews from people who stayed at the hotels. One other thing I personally wouldn't do an all inclusive in P. Vallarta there are so many beautiful restaurants is so many different locations you would miss a lot if you went the all inclusive route. If you would like additional info from me please email at [email protected] I would be glad to help. P. Vallarta is our favorite place in Mexico and we love to talk about it.
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We stayed at the Mismaloya around 11 years ago. I think it hadn't been open that long. We loved it. It is a ways from town but I don't recall it taking long to get into town on the local bus. I would stay there again
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AVOID the Intercontinental. It is a real dump. I was shocked to see the condition it was in. Thank goodness we were only there for the last two nights of our 15 day vacation. It is all inclusive.........food was worse than worse. Also, excuse me, but it caters to same sex groups. If that is okay for you, then fine......But regardless, that was not the issue. It was a nasty place. Dirty, bad food, and could not believe it was an Intercontinental. Does not look like the pictures on the internet.

Stayed in Nuevo Vallarta the rest of the time, part at the Mayan Palace. Very nice, easy to get to the city, clean. About $1 on the bus.
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Old Aug 14th, 2004, 05:39 PM
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I've always avoided AI's, but the Camino Real was so nice and in such a superb location, I might take a chance on Dreams. Plus, I noticed on Expedia, their prices are great right now...
also, club rooms are nicer !
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