Just spent a 7 day wonderful vacation at The Westin Spa and Resort in Puerto Vallarta Jan. 26-Feb.2. We absolutely enjoyed the location in the Marina District. Easy to walk to the Marina and check out the yachts, fishing boats, etc. Several unique shops and lots of restaurants. Since we did the All-Inclusive at The Westin we did not eat at any restaurants at the Marina but other folks at our hotel did and they seemed to enjoy the Sports Bar.
We recommend the All-Inclusive option-the food is exquisite, nothing like eating at buffets at other resorts. Even though there are only a few restaurants to choose from, the menu is so varied that you always have many options to choose from. Don't let the name "Snack Bar" fool you-they have wonderful dining choices and we loved everything we tried.
Sunsets are the best! Nothing like watching the sun drop gracefully into the Pacific.
The staff at The Westin were top-notch. Very friendly and helpful from check-in to check-out it was a wonderful experience. The Wait Staff at the restaurants and the bars were great. We would especially like to acknowledge: Daniel at Check-in who got everything started on the right foot; Jesus, Antonio, Hector, and Yusar at the Beach/Pool Bar; Juan at Breakfast, Roberto and Carlos for our wonderful, romantic dinner at the Outside Restaurant; and Ishmel (sp?) the Manager who checked on us daily to make sure everything was up to par.
Strongly encourage a Whale Watching trip if you are there Dec.-April. We were there at the end of Jan. and took a trip with Vallarta Adventures. Our guides were Pablo and Francisco and they were wonderful. We saw 9 Humpback whales and a baby. We followed the pod throughout the trip. Pablo was very informative and also entertaining! Also had a hydrophone which allowed us to "hear" other whales in the area that we could not see.
We can't wait to go back and explore some more. The downtown Malecon is lots of fun. We went at night and had a great time. We would like to go back during the day and get better pictures of the sculptures along the boardwalk (including the "live" ones). We felt safe everywhere we went.
We were on the 5th floor but recommend staying on a higher floor for better visibility.
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It makes us so happy to receive these kind of comments, thank you so much for choosing the Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta for your vacation and for taking the time to write such a detailed feedback.
Thank you again for your beautiful words and review, we will definitely acknowledge all the staff members you mention, and tell them how pleased you were with them, we are very proud of them.
Also the whale excursion is a wonderful experience to see such fascinating animals in their natural habitat. We hope this experience with us is just one of many you will have for many years to come. Hope to see you soon in your new home, The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta
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