My husband and I stayed in one of the penthouse suites at Vallarta Torre with my extended family (who own a time share) as a Christmas vacation this year. When we first walked into the penthouse, all of us were absolutely astounded by the beauty and luxury of the place. Marble floors, granite counters, huge living area (with giant doors that open onto a private deck with hot tub overlooking the ocean), gourmet kitchen and four absolutely gorgeously appointed and very spacious rooms. Each room has its own private bathroom and balcony facing different directions overlooking the city or the ocean. Each bathroom is huge with a different arrangement of facilities; one with an outdoor shower,one with two shower heads and a view of the mountains and yet another with a jacuzzi tub. Lots of towels were available (contrary to another review) and being in the penthouse we had private laundry facilities to quick dry towels after a long day at the beach.
As for location, Vallarta Torre is in the Marina District of PV and quite a bit removed from the downtown area. However, it is right in front of a giant supermarket (where you can stock up on the best avocados and beer for really cheap) and also very close to a bus stop for buses that take you straight downtown for 5 pesos.
The beach in front of the resort is very nice and has lots of chairs, loungers, mats, tables and sun shades available for use.
A few negatives about the resort for us were:
1. Noisy neighbours in the adjoining penthouse (just the luck of the draw) and a fairly loud resort next door (although the music did stop pretty early in the evenings).
2. The restaurant at the resort left much to be desired. We went there once for lunch and once for dinner. The menu is the same for both meals. The sandwiches, soups and salads are all pretty standard lunch fare, but the more dinner-specific entrees were not good at all. I had coconut shrimp, which were very tasty, but which were served with a tiny bit of bland rice and re-heated frozen veggies (my husband also had the same sides with his meal). I would skip the resort restaurant and either cook in the room or venture into downtown PV for some great mexican food.
3. The resort was predominantly occupied by older retirees. So, this is definitely not the spot to get your party on, but the silent evenings and nights were worth the lack of nightlife.
Bottom line: If you're able to book into the penthouse, it is well worth it!
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