We are a couple in our twenties who just returned from Club Embarcadero Pacifico (Feb 16-23) and we had an overall wonderful experience of the hotel! We were a bit worried going into this trip since this hotel has received mixed reviews, but we were so happy with the Embarcadero that we would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a nice 3-4 star resort.
The landscaping at this hotel is amazing. The pool areas, lobby and rooms are all very well kept and always clean. There are four pools in total: two are on the marina side and one is dedicated to activities which was really nice because the larger pool was always free for people who just wanted to swim or for children to play. The larger pool has a swim up bar, lounge chairs in the pool (very cool) a waterfall and an ankle-deep section which is perfect for small children. On the beach side (the Pacifico) there are two more pools, one with a swim-up bar. The beach on the Pacifico side is small but has a very nice relaxing atmosphere. There are two levels to the beach, one near the pool where the lounge chairs are set up and then if you go down the stairs you can get to the water. There are kayaks available to use and parasailing next door at the Melia. The beach vendors are allowed on the lower section of beach, so if you prefer not to be bothered you can always stay on the upper section on the hotel grounds. In general, if you are looking for a long white sand beach, Puerto Vallarta is not the place to go. Even in the downtown hotel zone the beaches are sectioned off by rock piles and they are quite small compared to other beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean.
We had one of the most basic hotel rooms that the Embarcadero offers (King size bed in a basic room with no balcony) but we thought that it was very nice. The maid did an excellent job always keeping the room very clean and well-stocked with extra towels (we did leave her a small tip every day). Our room was on the fifth floor and it overlooked the pool on the marina. It was never noisy and I had one of the greatest sleeps I have ever had there. I suppose the beds are firm for some peoples’ taste but it was fine for us. There is a safety deposit box in every room but you have to pay for the lock ($2 per day). I think that you also have to pay for a remote for the TV if you wanted one but we didn’t bother.
Personally I thought the food was good and there was always a wide variety of things to choose from although there were many repeats on the menu every day. Breakfast was always served at the main buffet by the marina which included everything you could possibly want (coffee, eggs, ham, bacon, French toast, pancakes, 6 different kinds of cereal, pastries and fresh fruit). Our one little complaint was that the juices were not fresh squeezed, but that wasn’t a big deal. There are two places where you can eat lunch- at the buffet by the marina or at the snack bar at the Pacifico. We ate for the most part at the snack bar since the lunch buffet was often similar to some of the food offered at dinner. The snack bar was great because you could get pizza, nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, sausage, steak, fruit and dessert. There are two dinner locations which alternate. For two nights (Wednesday and Thursday) they served dinner at the enclosed buffet on the second floor which is not as nice in terms of atmosphere but it was fine because for the other 5 days dinner was served at the buffet on the marina which is really beautiful at night. The a la Carte restaurant (you are allowed one per week) was AMAZING! You get two appetizers, an entrée, dessert and drinks included. If you want an expensive entrée (lobster or prime rib) you can pay $10. We got one entrée from the regular menu and one lobster which was well worth the $10!!
We only saw bits and pieces of the shows that the hotel staff put on every night and I have to say that they looked pretty cheesy. I guess if I were to have one complaint about this hotel it would be that they did not provide a simple band for dancing which would be nice for couples, but instead they tried to stage variety shows. That being said, the shows would probably be very entertaining for children (like the Beauty and the Beast night). As well, once the show ends around 10-10:30 the staff provides a shuttle service to nearby bars and clubs for a small fee if people want to continue to party.
Things to do in Puerto Vallarta:
There are several tours you can take which sounded really nice although we enjoyed exploring things on our own and we took three trips into downtown Puerto Vallarta. The bus stop is right outside of the hotel lobby and you can take it into the downtown for 40 pesos (about 40 cents). Although the Marina area is beautiful the real city is downtown and there is definitely a lot to see. I would recommend taking a walk on the boardwalk and checking out the Flea Market if you enjoy shopping. This was my third trip to Puerto Vallarta and I have previously stayed in the main hotel area but I have to say that I enjoyed my stay in the Marina area the most since it is more peaceful and relaxing at the Marina and you can choose when you want to go into town because it is only a short 10 minute bus ride away. While at the Embarcadero make sure you check out the famous light house just up the street and all of the little shops and restaurants that are open in the evenings there!
Overall we had an excellent vacation at the Embarcadero Pacifico and we would highly recommend this hotel as it is great value for the money and it has something for everyone. If you have any questions for us, just e-mail us...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vamar VallartaThe perfect place to enjoy a well deserved break with your family, a romantic getaway or that special occasion… Relax and enjoy our beautiful gardens and experience the unique combination of excellent service, a spectacular natural environment and the characteristic beauty of the sea and beach of Puerto Vallarta.The best location in the exclusive Marina Vallarta area, our exceptional all-inclusive concept, wonderful views of one of the largest Marinas in Mexico and the spectacular Banderas Bay, the largest in our country are the ideal setting for enjoy a stress less experience. Your kids will enjoy the special area we have prepared for them, while you renew in the quiet of our special section for adults. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vamar Vallarta All Inclusive Marina And Beach Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Embarcadero Pacifico Club
- Embarcadero Pacifico Puerto Vallarta
- Club Embarcadero Pacifico
- Hotel Embarcadero Pacifico