We stayed at the Barcelo Puerto Vallarta from December 28- January 11th! I will say what i have been saying to everyone who asks how it was- it was for sure not the fanciest hotel we've ever stayed at but it was the best one for our family. There are 7 of us, 9 year old, 7, 5 and 3 year old twins and myself and my husband! The bigger kids were able to go down in the morning and get their own breakfast and then find our spot at the pool. We stayed at the Barcelo Palace in playa last year that had over 600 rooms- never again!! The one pool was heated so that is where we stayed! what a treat! THe food was pretty darn good if you ask me. Make sure to take in the zoo that is just a 15 minute walk from the hotel. You buy a bag of food and can feed the hippo, giraffe, moneys and pretty much anything else but the lion, tigers and bears!! The beach is small but was good enough for my kids! if you walk down the beach you can get great massages from the locals for super cheap and they are wonderful! While we were there there was a group of people trying to convice others that there was some sort of sickness going around the hotel. We were there for 14 days and were all healthy. We let the people know that maybe they should turn on a tv and check out the Flu bug around the world going on right now!! The rooms were by far the best we have had, a family suit with 2 king beds and 2 full baths! We had a premium upgrade so had the most wonderful view of the ocean and the pool!! Usually after being gone for 14 days i cant stand the beds but they were wonderful as well. The beach does have some kind of biting bugs but what do you do, the hotel is kinda in the jungle!! If you hear a waiter walking around making bird sounds thats Ricky Ricardo as we liked to call him!! What a great guy!! Like I said, not the fanciest but one of the best vacations i can remember!