This was my first time to Mexico. i've been sceptical of going because of all the media attention. I stayed at this resort from the 8th to the 15th of December. The airport on arrival was nice, did not get bombarded with petty merchants and the shuttle to the hotel was quick as the airport was only a few minutes away. We arrived at the hotel and the check in was fast. The English that the hotel staff knew was minimal but was able to make it by without problems. The facilities were quaint and comfortable and the majority of the clients during the weekdays were people from Canada and during the weekends the Mexican tourists from several parts came in and filled up the place. It was a nice cultural atmosphere and the language difference made it nice to spend time with my wife and not know what they are talking about most of the time. The staff were all friendly and food I thought to be good but like any other all inclusive resort gets repetitive by the end of the stay. The restaurants inside the resort had good operating hours. Breakfast was from 7 til 10, lunch from 1 to 4 and dinner from 7 to 10. From 10 a.m to 6 pm the beach bar is open for drinks and snacks consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, and nachos. The food is pretty decent. The pool bar opens at 10 am and closes at 5 am. The same snacks are served there as the beach bar except for the hours which the restaurant is open. The bad thing is the music stops playing at 10 pm. The pool and hot tub closes at 8 pm.. pretty lame. The rooms were good size and kept clean for an old building and the majority have a pool view. None are ocean view obviously as the beach is about a 5 minute walk away. To get to the beach and the resort beach bar, there is a shuttle which will take you there you just have to tell the guys at the front door and they will hook you up. If you are an able bodies individual, I'd recommend walking as it wont take you as long and day or night, the walk is safe. To get there walking, exit hotel front doors and go right. At the end of the hotel turn right again. Walk until the Hilton which is a pink building and the road will end. Turn right again. The next street at the oxxo convenience store turn left. follow to end, turn right and then the next left down the walkway to the beach where you will pass merchants. The roped off area to your immediate right is your beach portion and the bar you will see will be yours also. Kayaks are available at this place from about 11 until 5 or so. They are free to use. The beaches in Puerto Vallarta are all pretty coarse sand. If you want to go to a finer sand beach you have to head North towards Bucerious or even better to Punta de Mita. The bus ride to Bucerious is 13 pesos each and to Punta de Mita is 23 each. The ride to Punta de Mita is about an hour, but well worth the ride to see the nice beaches. All of these areas travelling day or night are all safe. The bus heading North you have to catch it heading North in front of the Walmart across the street from the Marina by the shopping mall. There are 2 bus stops there. Go to the larger stop which is the most Northern stop. There is a guide there to direct you to the appropriate bus. If you are heading south to downtown Puerto Vallarta you can catch the bus at the stop in front of the convenience store and gas station just North of the hotel at the bus stop. to get there it is 6.50 pesos each. Again the area is full of locals and the boardwalk is nice but it's nicer to go down some side streets and check out the shops there also. Very safe even if you are the only white person in the area. Police are in several intersections directing traffic and cater to tourists to assist. Most of them speak English if you have questions. Remember, the road you get off the bus in downtown is a one way, so to catch the bus on the way back, you have to go to the next street east. If you want to go to free shows, get free tequila, or get cash, you can go to time share presentations in the area. They provide taxi rides there and back and it's a good way to see other hotels and parts of the region. You are only obligated to listen to them for an hour and a half and then you can decline anything further but you still get your free stuff. The value that you should receive should be around 150 to 200 American dollars. So you should get at least a couple excursions out of it. We did 2 of these and and got 2 excursions, one to Rythms of the night and a dinner on a remote jungle area and also a tour of the tequila factory, and the zip lining in the jungle of Eden where the movie predator was filmed and go to spend a couple hours swimming in the waterfall at that location. The second presentation we got a bottle of tequila which was used to pay my dog sitter, lol, and also 1400 pesos in cash. The location was perfect at this hotel and made travelling around the area very easy, stores are close by if you need anything. All in all I had a great time, I'm not sure it had to do with the hotel, but Puerto Vallarta is definately a place I will return.
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