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“Always a Pleasure” 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
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“Always a Pleasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is our home away from home, returning twice a year. La Playita restaurant's food, service and location are the best in the area if Puerto Vallarta. The kitchen and rooms are large and tastefully decorated. This is a boutique resort for aduls and their grown-up children.
Judith and Poul Hansen

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, March 19, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We like making people feel at home.
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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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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

Most friendly long time staff! A little slice of heaven in Conchas Chinas. Not pretentious at all, instantly feel right at home! Great restaurant, clean room, beautiful ocean front room views! Friendly guests, nice little beach, small pool and hot tub over looking the ocean, everything you could want!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, March 11, 2013
45% of our staff has been here for ten years or more, some more than 25 years. We are all one big family and we welcome you as part of it
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Chicago, IL
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I loved this place. It is off the hubbub area of Pto Vallarta and you have to take a bus, cab or even walk (as we did) uphill to get back and for to the hotel, but it was worth the try. The room we had was a suite with a kitchen, living room, dining room and balcony off the living room. The decor was charming with colorful tiles used for the bathroom sink and tub, with kitsch but sweet wall hangings, plants and table coverings. Listening to the water splashing on the rocks right outside our balcony all day and night was very relaxing. The pool is small, built for adults who want to relax and read or talk to friends. The restaurant was a typical hotel restaurant but with a good selection. There were a few large parties there while we stayed, with mariachi bands, so we got free entertainment, too! The staff in the hotel and restaurant are friendly and will go out of their way to please. There is a small beach with full supply of chairs, chaises and towels, and drinks. The hotel is built into the foot of the Sierra Madres, so when you enter the lobby, you are on the seventh floor. Confusing at first, but logical the first attempt to go up the elevator to our sixth floor suite. I will definitely go back to Lindo Mar. I've stayed at other places in north PV, but I liked this area much better.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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, March 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your glowing review of Lindo Mar. We hope you will come visit us many times.
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Green Valley, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Lindo Mar reminds the traveler of a hotel that must have had a exciting youth, you can feel the shadows of former movie stars laughing and romancing as they move around the property! Although it could called a little shabby now, it still can hold as its own as a place you would want to return from time to time, It has feeling of "old Mexico" with lots of tile, warmth,and cleanliness. Views from all of the rooms are stunning providing unobstructed sights and sounds of Banderas Bay--the flight of the pelicans, the ships passing by, and the sounds of the crashing waves.
The hotel has its own bar-restaurant which sits at the water's edge. Happy hour (two for one) is announced twice a day by the clanging a large bell, the response to which is reminiscent of Pavlov's work on conditioned responses!!
It's worth a try!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, February 4, 2013
Your evocation of the property is spot on and beautifully put. An ongoing refurbishment program is underway; we hope you’ll come back and see the improvements as time goes by.
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Rock Springs, Wyoming
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This place is a gem! The rooms are great with all rooms ocean facing. There is daily maid service although the floors were not mopped during the week we stayed so by the end of the week the bottoms of our feet were black just from walking barefoot in the room, wifi for a fee and an in room safe.

Be aware that due to new laws in Mexico to fight money laundering you are no longer able to exchange dollars at the hotel you will have to do that at the bank and you will need your passport.

We had two massages while there and chose to go to the massage room, mistake. The room is very small and you can hear people booking tours or just chatting in the lobby area. They do offer in room service and I would suggest it.

The beach is nice and kept clean and the vendors are for the most part respectful after you turn them down.

The biggest disappointment was the food in the restaurant. I was simply awful except for breakfast. We also were told there was room-service everyday but were told three days that we could not have it. The staff is a bit inattentive and you may have to wait some time for your bill and drink refills even after asking for it. Don't let the food stop you from staying at this wonderful, small place just plan ahead to either eat somewhere else or go to the store and cook yourself. There are some amazing restaurants in PV.

Room Tip: Try and get a room higher up to be able to view the animals playing in the ocean.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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TradingPlacesTPI, Manager at Lindo Mar Resort, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about both the good points and the bad at Lindo Mar. We are with the positives; obviously, not so much with the negatives. Housekeepers are supposed to mop the floors every day so we’ll try to determine why yours were not. As for the restaurant, we recognize that judgments are subjective and dependent on personal taste – also the occasional bad day – but we will definitely follow up on your comments. FYI: In Mexico, the wait staff will not bring you the check until you request it; it’s considered rude to deliver it without being asked. Please try us again soon.
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WA & HI
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Berkeley, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 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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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
#12 Family Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#14 Romantic 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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