I had a great time here at Fiesta Americana. I've stayed at a few other FA in the past while on business in Mexico, but only regualr hotels. They have all been very nice by the way. The PV Fiesta Americana was a great experience. I was there Nov. 8-12, 2004, granted it was a short stay, too short. I could have stayed longer if my schedule would have permited.
I have to agree so far with some of the other posts. The pool area is very large and clean. I liked the swim up bar and plenty of poolside chairs. I didn't have to worry about not being able to get a chair or anyone bothering me or my stuff. The beach area too was clean, but not as nice as..oh say Cancun, but very relaxing. There are a few rocks and stones, so you have to be careful while walking barefoot. Again, as said in other posts, plenty of shade and plenty of open areas. I was impressed with the amount of beach chairs and the great food and drink service. It was never very crowded anywhere actually. The peddlers weren't too much of a distraction either. Once I showed no interest, they pretty much left me alone. During my stay the hotel built a nice rope fence to seperate the hotel beach from the public one. Most of the peddlers stayed on the public side of the rope and security was there in case they became too bothersome.
The weather was perfect as well, very warm in the day and warm at night. The ocean water was the perfect temperature both day and night. I will come back again during the same time period, late Oct./early Nov. The sunsets were spectacular as well!
I never really left the hotel area, went for walks on the beach, but didn't eat off site. (I ended up bruising my foot on the second day which slowed me down a bit. Nothing from the hotel, I just fell on some rocks farther down the beach.) The food in the hotel was very good and the staff was excellent, especially Jorge. Servers, such as Jorge, made me feel very welcome and as if I was a long lost friend, or a local. Most of the staff spoke excellent english. That was great, because my spanish is no bien! I really liked the fact that everything was charged to the room and I didn't have to carry money with me. I kept my reciepts and the bill at the end of my stay was right on. I just paid with a credit card at check out. I agree that breakfast was a bit pricy at 180 pesos, but there was a lot to choose from on the buffet and again, excellent food. For those of you that don't care much for spicy; no fear, they served a lot of american type dishes at evey meal. I've been to Mexico more than a few times and have gotten sick before, but not this time. I ate yougurt every morning to help combat the "revenge", but I think the water is clean at this hotel. I drank the mixed drinks and soda with ice. That is usually what gets you down there, ice and eating washed foods such as salads. But I never got a bit of the "revenge" during my stay. That is definately worth a couple of extra dollars per meal!
I really liked the open air decor of the hotel lobby. The rooms were nice as well. I chose PV because of the older mexican style. I wanted a simple vacation and that is exactly what I got. My room was very quiet, plenty of closet space, nice TV (that I didn't use much) but it had plenty of english speaking channels. The bathroom was good size and the balcony was just right. Every balcony has flower type bushes around them for the perfect ocean view. I happened to arrive at the hotel as the sun was setting and as I entered the room, the view took my breath away. I found the A/C to be very queit but a little too cold at times and had a hard time keeping my room warm enough. I left the patio door open a lot to let the warm breeze and sound of the ocean in. I was impressed with the room...it was exactly what i expected, if not a little more.
They had a few little shops in the lobby that were convienient if you forgot something, like I did. If you don't want to leave the hotel, you really wouldn't have to. I found the lobby shops to be a little more expensive than they should have been, but there was a Wal Mart within walking distance or a cheap cab ride.
The only down side to my experience was the renovation construction. It wasn't too bad and I was usually able to tune it out. When I sat by the pool, it did get a little annoying, but I really didn't hear it on the beach at all. When they finish things will be even nicer.
There was a club scene downtown on the Malicon, which is like the boardwalk. But it is far enough away that it didn't bother me when I wanted piece and quiet. There were a lot of things I would have liked to try, if I didn't get stupid and hurt my foot. Next time I would like to go on the Pirate ship and go on a fishing boat. I understand the Pirate ship was a lot of fun and very affordable.
I was just going to relax, and this was a perfect place to do just that. I would highly recommend the Fiesta Americana, Puerto Vallarta to anyone that is looking for a nice, quiet get a way.
I am defineatly coming back to this hotel in the future.
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