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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 #14 of 119 hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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25 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Staying here makes traveling simple!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This place feels like family & home the minute you check in. Friendly staff and oceanfront. Love hearing the waves crashing on the rocks. An onsite beach restaurant with good food and buffets on the weekends and two (2) happy hours each day! Pool and hot tub and great beach in front with easy access. You could stay here the entire time and not haveto leave. WiFi is available for a fee and we received a few English TV channels with good reception. There is another restaurant next door and food was also great with another good view. Within a short walking distance is a small convenience store. Also a close & convenient bus stop if you want to head into town or other direction out to Mismaloya. We've stayed here twice and we'll be returning again. Love the way it's decorated and there is an elevator. We had daily maid service except Sunday.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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TradingPlacesTPI, Manager at Lindo Mar Resort, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. The staff and management take pride in what they do and are always glad to know that guests are happy.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Berkeley, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Good location cliffside, 2.5 k south of PV town proper, lots of bus service if you don't have a car. Every room has a great view of the ocean and pool. Interiors are Mexican-style tile, furnishings, and decor, not modern chrome and glass like the places in Nuevo Vallarta, but they are comfy, everything works, and bedrooms have AC. Rooms are kept spotlessly clean. The pool is beautiful but a bit small, with lounging space sparse and close together. Nice jacuzzi. Large beach towels are provided for guests. Their little beach area is pleasant, sandy, with lounge chairs and shade palapas to sit under. You can rent snorkel gear and kayaks from the hotel. Beach vendors are not many or bothersome. Entry into the water is sandy but is lined with rocks that have sea urchins on them--do not swim or snorkel near them or let the waves toss you into them or step on them! The water itself is beautiful and clear. In the area are lots of tide pools and pelicans.

I can't say the restaurant was very good. Expensive (for Mexico, though average for PV) with a lot of commercial food-service offerings. A decent chef salad was marred by thin "bleu cheese" dressing made from powdered mix; a burger was decent but the french fries had sat under the heat lamp way too long to be suitable for serving--considering we were among the only customers at that time, fresh ones should have been made for us. Proximity is its most desirable feature. WARNING: There are two "happy hours" per day, with 2-for-1 drinks. We all were taken aback at the strength of the margaritas; they made us all uncomfortably high, and one of us actually lost her lunch after two. I have encountered this before in Mexican beach resorts and it is said to be the mark of a margarita NOT made strictly with tequila but with grain alcohol. I can't say for sure whether this is what is used here, but just be careful and aware: you will not be able drive after one of these, let alone two, and that is not normal.

Although I can't recommend the restaurant food or the margaritas, overall I recommend the rooms, the staff, the location, and the amenities.

Room Tip: All rooms have ocean and pool views.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TradingPlacesTPI, Manager at Lindo Mar Resort, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for your comments and we're sorry your experience at La Playita didn't meet your expectations. 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 any issues you had in a timely manner. Thank you!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We recently stayed at the is resort. We have been owners of a week since the mid 80's. The staff is excellent! helpful, friendly, the best. From the front desk to the beach and towel manager. But the rooms need a good cleaning, the floor tiles in bathroom of our unit, very dirty. bulbs burned out, bathtube faucet broken. And the beautiful of water and beach and the waves... gone!! Instead are ugly skinny palm trees that look like any moment they wil break and crash to the pool deck! There is no shade at the the pool or around the pool area. They need a couple umbrellas and the trees gone! other than that is is a cute place! the restaurant is fantastic! right on the water with great food and service!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TradingPlacesTPI, Manager at Lindo Mar Resort, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our resort. We appreciate your comments and hope to see you again soon.
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Ajijic
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4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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TradingPlacesTPI, Manager at Lindo Mar Resort, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our resort. We appreciate your positive comments about Lindo Mar and hope to see you again soon!
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Suquamish, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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TradingPlacesTPI, Manager at Lindo Mar Resort, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review Lindo Mar. We appreciate your positive comments and look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit!
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Monterey, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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TradingPlacesTPI, Manager at Lindo Mar Resort, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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TradingPlacesTPI, Manager at Lindo Mar Resort, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Thank you for your positive review of Lindo Mar! We're glad you enjoyed your stay at our resort and look forward to your next visit!
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Additional Information about Lindo Mar Resort

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:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#13 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#25 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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