This was our second trip to the GCP and considering that we had such a fabulous vacation last year we were excited to return. Afterall, escaping the cold and snowy Canadian winter is what going to Puerto Vallarta is all about.
We travelled on Air Canada Vacations. No real complaints except we expirienced turbulance for at least half of the 5 hour flight from Toronto. The flight we were on did not have the individual enterrtainment consoles. So watching the movie was a challange as some passengers ignored the announcment to pull down their shades. No problem, the trusty iPad took care of the entertainment on the flight for me.
When we arrived the lineup for Customs was very long. I believe that 3 other flights arrived around the same time. It was the longest line up that I have ever seen in PV. It took about and hour to get through Customs and collect our luggage.
The shark tank was...well, the shark tank. Having been to PV on numerous occasions we knew the drill. Make no eye contact, keep walking until you see the Air Canada Vacations Rep.
We arrived around 4 p.m. so our room was ready. The front desk personnel were very cheerful and professional. Check in was a breeze. We scooted past the guys trying to have us attend a timeshare presentation. No gracias!
We stayed in a Ocean Front Jacuzzi room on the 4th floor. It had a king size bed, 27" flatscreen TV, refrigerator and a coffee maker. The room was great. The bed was not rock hard like a lot of beds at resorts in Mexico. The AC was quiet. The bathroom had a standup shower, no problem with having hot water anytime of the day. The view of the Bay from our balcony was spectacular. Shortly after arriving we were treated via room service with a dessert platter and they put a name plate under our room # with Casa "Last Name". Nice touch! Our maid was great, our room was cleaned and made up every day by noon. Most nights we slept with the balcony door open, so we could listen to the waves crash into the beach. Awesome!
The GCP revamped their reservation system for the better in my opinion. In fact I made a reservation for Salvadores on the day we arrived. Calling sure beats standing in line at 8 a.m. I had absolutely no problem getting a reservation at any of the resturants throughout our stay.
We ate most of our meals here. The food and service were always top notch. Breakfast was always a treat as Joseline who manned the grill makes a great omellette. Other staff members who were always efficient and pleasant were Evaristo, Karen, Carlos and Ruben. I really enjoyed their clubhouse sandwich at lunch.
We ate here at least 5 times. The meals, staff and service were great. I did notice that everytime we ate here that the restaurant was only half full.
Always a great dining expirience. Polly is the best. Make sure that you request his "sexy coffee". A real treat.
We ate here on two occasions. Once again the food and service was great. The only downfall was having ate most of our meals on the adult side, the sound of screaming kids was somewhat annoying.
As a returning guest we were treated on two occasions to a dinner on the beach. This was the hilightt of our dining expirience as the food, drinks and service was outstanding. The dinner takes place on the beach at sunset which makes the whole expirience even more memorable.
A lot of people have complained about the lack of shade. They certinely have a point. During our stay it was +30 Celsius most days. The "towel game" was in full order, as the beds on the shady side of the pool were reserved by 0630 hrs. One thing that bothers me is people who get up early to reserve their spot and then do not show up by the pool until mid-afternoon. Very inconsiderate. Regardless, the water temperature in the pool was just right.
The price of wifi at the GCP is very expensive, around $16.00/day. We would go next door to the Cafe el Patio and use the free wifi. The Barista there named Isabel makes a fantastic vanilla cappiccuno and it only costs 24 pesos.
Overall our second trip to the Golden Crown Paradise out of a scale of 1-10 was an 11. We met a lot of friendly vacationers mostly from Canada, but, the USA as well. We enjoyed it immensely and cannot wait until next year.
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