This must be nearly our 25th trip to PV in a little over a decade and this hotel is really a hidden gem. It was our first time here.
The service and friendly staff were so refreshing after having spent a week in the Caribbean.
Our arrival was on new years eve and we were given the room available, with the transfer to a sea view room placed into the system for the next day. This transfer was done by hotel staff at 12 noon without issue. Very smooth. Thank you Dario.
The room was adequate, with a king sized bed and balcony, updated in 2007, bathroom had plenty of hot water. The coffee provided was very good, and the in room fridge was stocked with beer cold drinks and water. I drank the tap water without problem- PV has its own desalination plant so the water in hotels is fine to drink- just make sure the vessel you drink out of is clean! The air conditioner worked well and sleep quality was very good. Rooms were cleaned well and generally if you left early they were cleaned early. The little tip goes a long way to let the maids know they are appreciated. 20 pesos is less the cost of a coffee . Towels toilet paper, beds all nicely decorated each day as a thank you gesture.
The Capitano of the Bellhops was excellent and for the one night of rain got our cab and walked us to the cab with an umbrella. It is an excellent service as the driver is given instructions in Spanish if required and the standard fare is confirmed to yourself in front of the driver before you leave.
Dont be scared of the buses, at 7.5 pesos a trip good value, just be sure it will take you where you want to go before you pay.. Taxis are typically around $4 a trip are priced on zones.
We had booked in this hotel as all inclusive and all the meals we had were excellent. Breakfast new years day with duck salmon and beef, lunch with langoustine , seafood nights with crab, fish and langoustine etc.Some great roast beef! Plenty of variety of fresh fruits , salads and vegetables , a good range of sweets. The waiters were very attentive at all times. They are allowed to accept gratuities and clearly appreciate them.
There is a beach restaurant and barbeques on the beach, great service from waiters who constantly cruise both beach and pool areas to offer you drinks. If you prefer the sea , the waves and undertow can be strong and caution should be taken with children using the beach..
The location of this hotel was one of its prime attractions and it is perfect to walk to the Malecon and to go to the old town. This is a must . The whole character of the old town will grow on you and you may wish to spend days at Playa Los Muertos , my favorite beach in the town section of the bay. This is the haunt of many a snow bird who enjoys spending time on this local beach.
In the old town there is a park and on the beachside a few huts containing vendors. I always buy my silver from a vendor called Roberto in one of this huts, and have done so for years. Fair prices for real silver! On the northside there is a coffeeshop called a page in the sun that has excellent tres leche cake.
There is plenty of opportunities to walk in PV and there will be many vendors to bargain with along the way. If you take the time there are plenty or good buys from the stores.
Vendors that walk the beaches are dressed in white and not civvies( civilian clothes). Deal with those in white. Dealing with Civilian dressed leads to you ending up with silver plate instead of solid silver jewelry.
I still believe that the best days for shopping are when there are no cruise ships visiting. You should target at least 1/3 off asking price at anytime..
If you want more formal shopping there is the Liverpool mall which contains a very nice multi-screen cinema, with Walmart adjacent by the marina, Plaza Los Caracol with LANS and Cinemas within walking distance to the North of the Hotel on the same road in the Hotel zone,also there is a LANS and Woolworth a road above the Malecon.
I enjoyed visiting the zoo and the botanical gardens. If you like deep sea fishing there is opportunity to book a boat in the marina. If you are more adventurous you can hire a car and drive out to punta mita a preferred location for many visiting rich and famous and sayulita ,the last refugee for hippies and surfers. there is plenty to do in PV.
PV has proven to be very safe for tourists. I have walked the streets late night without issue. The local police in white are very visible at night and have a large presence. Tourism is the life blood of PV and tourists are well looked after.
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