My husband and I chose this hotel to have our first destination vacation with our two young children (4 and 1). We also traveled with our parents.
I will start with what we loved. The resort was very clean and staff was extremely friendly (especially Angel, bartender for the pool). The kids club really caters to babies, or over 6. My 4 year old wasn't old enough for the fun club and had no interest in sitting inside with the babies. But having a place for my youngest to nap was awesome. The meal and drink quality is what you would expect. Beach was clean, spots available but we did not receive drink service on the beach. (not a big deal). The other guests were very friendly as well, when we arrived one family that was leaving left their pool floaty toys for our kids. When we left we did the same.
The things that were not so great. When checking in we were approached by a lady in a Melia staff outfit with name tag and all, but she was begging us to do a timeshare meeting. She kept telling us this is how she makes a living and please just let her sign us up.. it was awkward and uncomfortable!
The main thing that was hard for us to get around was the restaurants (including buffet) did not open for dinner until 7PM. My kids are used to eating much earlier, and are usually in bed by 7PM. Add swimming in the pool all day and sunshine.. they were melting down by dinner time every night and there was no way around this. (attempted to get extra naps but it just didn't work). This also goes for the 9PM entertainment show, we didn't see even one since the kids were in bed by this time.
The hotel is "all inclusive" but many things that you see actually come with a charge. If you want the wine they feature, you pay (and not a reduced rate, the full price). If you want a lobster tail as shown walking in for dinner, you pay for that too. My daughter would nap twice a day so sometimes we would miss room service. When I called down to ask them to come back and re-stock my fridge she told me there would be a fee for that. There is a coffee bar, and this costs money too. Even the small run down mini golf costs money.
We really did enjoy your time at the Melia but we would most likely go somewhere a bit different for our next vacation. Good value for what we paid though and no real regrets in staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Melia Puerto Vallarta is a paradise for families and couples, where there is something for everyone and where everything is included. A wide variety of snacks and meals, domestic and imported drinks and recreational activities for all ages, spectacular evening shows performed by professional dancers, with a different program every night, and swimming pool with children's section and 2 whirlpool. The Flintstones have found the perfect place for their holidays: they are staying with your family in one of our first theme hotels: Yabba-Dabba-Doo bazaar, Roca Flash, RocAdventure, Baby Rock Club, Bamm Bamm Club and Cool Club. Let yourself be surprised! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Beach Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Sol Melia Puerto Vallarta