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“Excellent Mexican Boutique Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Lindo Mar Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   K 2.5 Carretera a Barra de Navidad, Puerto Vallarta 44800, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #10 of 120 hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Ajijic
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“Excellent Mexican Boutique Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This place is charming. We just spent a week at this great little resort located south of Puerto Vallarta. It feels Mexican and has excellent Mexican service. The restaurant is located right on their pocket beach and is quite good. Our only problem was that the margaritas were too strong.

Room Tip: All the rooms face the beach are fun to be in.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Suquamish, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We just returned from two weeks at this lovely little resort tucked away on the beach in the Conchas Chinas area of Puerto Vallarta. If you are looking for marble, glass, chrome, activites, clubs...this is not your place. If you are looking for Mexican charm in a charming boutique hotel where every room is ocean front view then you have found a home. Lindo Mar has a wonderful staff including their concierge, Maria Elena, who will assist you with anything you need. The restaurant, La Playita, is located beach front and features resonably priced Mexican standards as well as some unexpected culinary treats. The restaurant is open to the public and I would totally recommend it for drinks and dinner at sunset. Saturdays and Sundays brunch is their well known Mexican buffet. Just tell your cab driver you want to go to Lindo Mar!

Room Tip: All the rooms are ocean front.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Just returned from a week at the wonderful Lindo Mar Resort. Stayed there for the first time last year. We have stayed elsewhere in Vallarta previously (always south of town), but having discovered Lindo Mar, there is no reason to go anywhere else! It is an older property and doesn't have a lot of fancy bells and whistles, and we are glad of that. It is very clean and well run, the open-air restaurant situated directly above the beach offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, good food at reasonable prices with attentive service and amazing views. The bar rings a cowbell twice a day (at noon and again at 5PM) to signal two-for-one Happy Hour (Hora Feliz) and it definitely gets everyone's attention. They will even do drink service down at the beach or by the pool. The beach is small and all but disappears at high tide, but it is a lovely spot with several small coves for swimming, and nice shady palapas under which to lounge/read/nap. These are popular and do go quickly on a first come basis. The towel attendant is happy to assist with the lounge chairs and appreciates a nominal gratuity for his service. The beach has just a few vendors that come by. They offer some nice things and are respectful if you are not interested. One fisherman in a kayak beaches in front of the resort most afternoons and is willing to sell his catch (including lobsters) right off the boat. His arrival always attracts a lot of pelicans looking for a hand out. Fun to watch. There is also a small pool as well as an infinity hot tub, both overlooking the stunning view of the whole of Banderas Bay. The location in Conchas Chinas is perfect. Close enough to town for a short bus or taxi ride, but far enough removed that one can avoid the hustle-bustle. The units are quite comfortable and spacious, with colorful and charming Mexican-style decor. Each has an ocean view balcony (except those on the first floor, but they also have an outside space, albeit next to the pool). A dated but decent kitchen with gas stove/oven, fridge, enough cooking implements, dish towels, as well as a blender, coffee maker (with filters provided), paper towels and powdered dish soap (we bring some liquid). The units are air conditioned with a separate control in the bedroom(s), and have ceiling fans as well. There is a small TV, but we don't bother to turn it on. Why would you with the great view! The beds are quite firm, which we like, but the pillows are rather rock-like, so we bring our own. The bathrooms feature tiled tub/shower combos and have plenty of shelf space for toiletries. Towels are basic but plentiful and refreshed daily. The units are cleaned every day by the unobtrusive but friendly maid staff. We love everything about this resort, but the very best thing about it is the wonderful staff. They are all genuinely friendly, helpful and eager to please. Maria Elena at the concierge desk is a real gem! This resort seems to have a lot of return owners/visitors and most are a more mature crowd. Maybe in the summer months there would be families with kids, but not when we were there in early December. It is also probably not the place for someone looking for a flashy place with lots of partying, which I think is a good thing. It is instead, the perfect destination if you are looking for a place with a genuine Mexican feeling, gracious staff, beautiful views and a quiet place to relax and enjoy.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for your positive review of our beautiful Lindo Mar! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next visit.
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We traveled to Conchas Chinas, and truly enjoyed being "off the beaten path". 7 pesos to take the bus, 50-150 pesos for cab ride either north or south. We were able to take day trips, or just relax at the beautiful beach. Quiet and calm setting, with a full-service staff that is professional and extremely friendly. The staff at the front desk were extremely helpful at all times, assisting with way-finding and taxi service. Thanks to Teo and company.

I have never had a hotel suite where you can have french doors open at all times, allowing a constant ocean sound and breeze flow inside. It felt like we were in our own private villa. Falling asleep, listening to the ocean waves.....fresh air.....

AC unit in the bedroom was excellent- if you close the bedroom door you can make it into an icebox if you please. Temps at this time of year are perfect- no humidity and pleasantly/perfectly warm.

We were on the 5th floor, and had a view that was incredible. We had two mornings where we saw whales (around 7amish)...bring your binocs!

Swimming in the cove was great, you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, saw a manta ray...pretty cool. It is rocky -but plenty of space to swim.

The restaurant food was standard, however the Sunday brunch was very nice. You can't ask for a better ambiance. If you order room service, the tip is included. The ritas are very strong and delish. It looked like the tequila ratio was tripled in this drink, but you don't know it because it tastes like nectar from the gods. Love the 2:1 happy hour.

Massage service was great, chose to have it in the room next to the open balcony. The concierge was extremely friendly and nice.

There is a convenient store a short walk down the road that is great for beverages/snacks/atm. Don't waste your money next door at the restaurant le set- you are better off rolling down the window in a taxi and throwing $2000 pesos out the window. We did not utilize the kitchen utensils/cookware, but would if we were in a larger group (3 or more) or staying longer than a week.

We were not looking for a social hotel experience, and Lindo Mar felt very private and secluded.

Room Tip: I think end units are preferable, less through traffic.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indio, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We enjoyed this hotel but must acknowledge its limitations.

First, the good news: It's an excellent location right on the beach and a short cab ride ($5) to old town and all of the restaurants. You can also ride the local bus (about .50 per person). The hotel has just 45 rooms, so it never felt crowded and there were very few kids the week we were there (Dec 8 - 15). The restaurant is very good and reasonably priced and the pasta night and burger night promotions were a nice touch. I also appreciated the absence of the "Timeshare Hustle". If you want to know more about owning a unit there, you can visit the hospitality room and get the details in less than 15 minutes.

The bad news: the rooms are very dated and the place has a bit of tired feel to it. The beds are rock hard (mattresses are placed on plywood panels with no box springs). We had a two bedroom suite, but the second bedroom has a full size (double) and not a queen bed. The second bathroom is quite small.

Overall service was very good for both the restaurant and the rooms and the staff goes out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. I also appreciated reliable wireless internet service which cost just $25 for all of our devices for the week.

Room Tip: don't stay on the first floor; try to get a room as high as possible to increase your view of th...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, OR
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We stayed at Lindo Mar the first week of October 2012. We have never been to this hotel before but after reading reviews here on TripAdvisor, we decided to check it out. There were many good things about this hotel but there were a few problems with really basic services that colored our experience.

When we arrived, all of the staff were very friendly and pleasant. Our room was a 2 bedroom standard on the second floor; we only used 1 room but since we exchanged our timeshare, we opted for the extra space. Our room overlooked the restaurant and a private hot tub for one of the suites. We had a great view of the beach but we could be seen by restaurant patrons or people walking to/from the beach. The beds were very hard but the bedrooms were otherwise very nice.

Our room had a full kitchen with breakfast bar, dining table, and living room that opens to a terrace. The door between the living room and the terrace is not airtight - it's got doors that fold open. That means we'd occasionally be visited by critters - 2 geckos, one bug, and a sand crab - but moreso, that the room did not stay cool (more about that later). The kitchen was fully stocked with everything you'd want to make a meal (including corkscrews, a blender, and decent knives). The hotel itself has wifi you can purchase for like $20/week. The wifi is technically only accessible in certain areas - the restaurant, pool area and lobby - but due to the location of our room, we got a pretty decent wifi signal in our living room. There is cable TV with a number of channels in English (we happened to be there during the first Presidential debate and the hotel gets the major US networks). Three of the rooms had A/C wall units - both of the bedrooms and the living room. The housekeepers came at various times during the day and cleaned very well (including washing our dishes!!). We left them a nice gratuity at the end of the week to thank them for all their hard work.

We ate most of our meals in the hotel restaurant, La Playita. The food is excellent and big portions. We tried a little bit of everything and encourage anyone who stays here to do the same. They seem to have quite a breakfast menu and do a big Sunday brunch that attracts lots of locals. There are two happy hours - 12 - 1 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m. They offer 2 for 1 drinks but no food specials. The food is expensive by Mexican standards but the price of your average American family-style restaurant ($10-$20/entree). It is an open air restaurant and cooled by breeze or ceiling fan. The restaurant looks right out onto the ocean and has a beautiful view. We watched many a sunset over shrimp tacos and limonadas.

We spent a lot of time at the pool and beach, doing exactly what we wanted - nothing! The pool is quite small but there were very few people there during the daylight hours so it was practically private. There are several beach chairs and two tables with seats and umbrellas You can get food and drink service in the pool area. The beach is also quite nice. It's swim-at-your-own-risk but it was totally safe. There are sea urchins (we saw them and there's a warning) but you can avoid them. There are three main swimming areas - lots of rocks to snorkel around (and the hotel rents snorkeling gear for about $5. The water was warm and only a tad cloudy. You could see fish everywhere and my partner saw a turtle! There are several palapas reserved for Lindo Mar guests but the other part of the beach is public so there are a number of locals who hang out and swim. There are two or three vendors on the beach who sell jewelry, textiles, wooden animals, etc. They're pretty friendly but will back off if you're not interested.

The hotel is about 10 mins away from town. I think you could easily walk into town (the Romantic Zone/old Vallarta) along the road - we didn't because it was so darn hot. It's a 50 peso trip to/from town. There's a Oxxo - a 7-11 type store - two blocks down the street, where you can get food, drinks, etc. We ate at a couple local restaurants and went into town for shopping, but it was easy to get back to the hotel.

So - here are the problems we had. The A/C units did not work well. On the evening of our second day, we let the front desk know that the A/C wasn't cold and more problematic, made a lot of noise. We could see that the front of the unit was falling off and it probably just needed two screws inserted to keep down the noise. The good news is they sent someone right away. The bad news is the repairman basically looked at the A/C, felt that air was coming out, and said "Ok?" and left. Neither of us speak Spanish well enough to have explained why the A/C wasn't "ok." We decided to go back to the front desk the next day and talk to the day desk clerk. We explained the problem to him and he sent a different repairman to our room. He poked around, looked at the A/C and then tried to explain to me in Spanish what was going on with the A/C unit. Since I didn't understand, we called the front desk clerk who translated for us. Basically, the repairman couldn't fix the A/C right then because he had a lot of other work to do, but he'd be back later to fix it. Ok - so he left with the plan to return. The day passed, the A/C banged on, and the repairman didn't return. Next day, didn't return. That evening, the A/C in our bedroom started making similar noises to the unit in our living room. Since we had such a poor experience getting assistance with the A/C the two previous times, we didn't even bother to ask for help. Now, had we been at the hotel during high season, it would have made sense that it took a day or so to make the needed repairs, but since it was low season and there were probably less than 30 people staying in the entire hotel, it was a little ridiculous that they couldn't be bothered to fix our A/C when it was in the mid 90s outside. Now, I would be remiss if I didn't accept some responsibility for the communication issues - we did travel in a Spanish speaking country without speaking fluently but as a hotel that caters to English-speakers, it would have been helpful to have staff who would interface with guests speak English.

Another problem we had was the fridge in our kitchen stopped working two days before we were to leave. Again,because we had received such poor service with the A/C issue, we didn't call the front desk. Instead, we put all our food, drinks, etc into the freezer - I mean, it was only a few more days. We ended up leaving a note for the housekeeper about what the problems were. We just hope whoever stayed in the room after us had better luck getting repairs made.

In all, we had a great trip at the Lindo Mar. The food, the pool and beach, the room were all great. Had we not had the issue with the A/C, there would be no hesitation about returning; unfortunately, I think we'll try another hotel next time.

Room Tip: We had room 204 and it was right above the restaurant. You could hear restaurant noise.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for your comments regarding your recent stay at Lindo Mar. We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to address your specific concerns. Please email us at lmr@tradingplaces.com with your name, dates of stay, and unit number so we can resolve these issues in a timely manner. Many thanks for staying with us!
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Brandon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We stayed here from November 10 - 17/12 and were pleasantly surprised by the size of our unit. We weren't expecting anything fabulous from this quaint little place as it was clearly dated and the non-AI was a first for our family. We found our 2 bedroom suite to be absolutely lovely from the breathtaking views off our two balconies, to the vibrant colors of the furnishings! The kitchen was well-stocked with everything we needed in the appliance department, big and small. The housekeeping was impeccable. My favorite part of this place was the master suite with the ensuite and balcony. We could watch the dolphins play in the ocean while sitting on our balcony in the morning! Stunning...a little piece of paradise!! The way the glass doors completely open up the entire room to the balcony was a very nice touch!! Loved that!!

We were fortunate enough to have unbelievably hot weather the entire week of our stay which simply adds to the wonderful impression of the place.

We dined daily in the open air restaurant that overlooked the ocean...breakfast at this place was second to none! Try the crepes Rena...amazing!! The servers were very nice and always gave us a decent table close to the ocean. We went to town every evening except one for dinner as the $5 cab ride there was well worth it! We never got sick of the food since we dined somewhere different every evening! Fantastic eateries in PV!!

If I had one critisism of this place it would have to be the one bad experience we had with the bar staff. One evening at about 9:30 pm we had a bartender knock on the door of our room. My husband answered and was talking to him at the door for a few minutes. Finally I went to the door to find out what was going on and he was asking my husband to sign the bill for some happy hour drinks from that afternoon. By the time I had gotten to the door my husband had already signed the bill and the bartender was trying to get him to print his name under his signature. I tried to explain to the bartender that I had already signed our happy hour bill at the pool that afternoon! There was a bit of a language barrier and he tried to tell us that it was not one of his bills that he was getting us to sign. I told him again that I signed our bill with our bar server before I left the pool in the afternoon. He insisted that my husband finish by printing his name on the bill. Then, when I really looked at the bill I noticed that the charge was for two Mojitos and two Margaritas. I tried to tell the bartender that neither my husband or I drink Mojitos or Margaritas! Our communication was simply NOT working so we ended up buying some other guests their happy hour drinks that day! It was only 128 pesos so we thought it wasn't worth the fight! Needless to say, we did NOT bother with happy hour drinks the rest of the week. Their loss I guess:)

As for the facilities, they were fine for adults but we would not bring our kids here again. Eventhough we have two teenaged boys, they were not very impressed with the size of the pool or the beach. There were no activities like there are at the places we usually stay at when we holiday so they found it a bit boring. As for me, lying around a pool with a book is right up my alley! Never any shortage of pool chairs while I was there. As the resort is built into a hill, it takes a while before the sun hits the beach and pool...if you like to sleep in and not hit the sun until 10:30 or 11 am, this place is for you! I missed the morning sun a wee bit!

If we do return to this resort, it will definitely be with another couple or two as it was a bit difficult to meet people in our age group. Nobody too interested in visiting with new people when we were there. We made some small talk with some very nice "owners" but didn't make any life long friends.

I would recommend this resort if you are travelling with friends or family...not great for kids though!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for taking the time to review our resort. We appreciate your positive comments and hope to see you again soon!
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Also Known As:
Lindo Mar Hotel Puerto Vallarta
Lindo Mar Hotel
Lindo Mar Puerto Vallarta
Address: K 2.5 Carretera a Barra de Navidad, Puerto Vallarta 44800, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#10 Business Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#11 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#12 Family Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lindo Mar Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled right on Conchas Chinas Beach in the exclusive southern section of Puerto Vallarta, Lindo Mar is the perfect escape. Enjoy ocean views from your one-, two- or three-bedroom condominium suite, complete with a full kitchen, cable television, maid service and air conditioning to cool off after a relaxing day on the beach. ... more   less 
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