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“One of the best in Puerto Vallarta” 5 of 5 stars
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Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Diego Rivera 121, Puerto Vallarta 48330, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #5 of 119 hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Oklahoma
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“One of the best in Puerto Vallarta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Our family of 5 (couple in 40's, son age 15 and grandparents in 60's) recently returned from our stay at Sunset Plaza. This was our 7th trip to PV. We have previously stayed at Secrets, Villa Premiere (2x), Dreams, Melia and Golden Crown Paradise. Sunset Plaza is hands-down the best of all of these resorts!
We checked in around 1pm, we had booked 2 suites, all-inclusive. We were greeted with cold towels and mimosas. When we were checking in we asked for rooms on the same floor. We were accomodated and were given rooms 812 & 814. The check-in was swift and staff were knowlegable. We were shown to our rooms by Ivan. He went over every aspect of the room and our luggage arrived while he was still explaining everything.
The rooms are gorgeous! They are absolutely immaculate, not a speck of dust, no tears in furniture, etc. The balcony was huge! The pictures on the website don't do it justice!
Housekeeping did turndown around 8pm each night and cleaned around 11am each morning.
Some of the best lunch dishes were the shrimp campachena (it was so good I had it every day), steak sandwich, mediterranean salad with grilled chicken (on the poolside menu). If you want something not on the menu then ask and they will do whatever they can to accomodate! Drinks were good, loved the mojitos and margaritas. If you want extra alcohol then ask for a double. The only beer available is Modelo and Negro Modelo on tap. The service in the restaurants and bars was always excellent. The best server during our stay was Jose'. We cannot say enough good things about him. He did everything possible to make our meals memorable.
We tipped throughout our stay for all meals, occasionally for cocktails, housekeeping, butler, valets, etc. I hate to say it but I really didn't see very many other people tipping even though the Mexican people make such poor wages.
The pools are very clean and we never had a problem finding 5 seats together. The cabanas in the adult pool are very nice, poolwater was just the right temperature. Poolside service was always prompt. Towels are well-stocked and there is no need for "towel cards".
We ordered room service 4 times. It always arrived within 15 min. Only one time it was missing an order of bacon and the server promptly brought it back up to our room.
We really enjoyed dinner at the Italian restaurant. The spaghetti bolognese, bruschetta with olive tempenade and minestrone soup were excellent. My 15-yr old son had cheese pizza and said it was the best pizza he's ever had (the pizza was much better in the Italian restaurant than from room service or poolside). You must try the Mexican coffee, it's a neat show and tip your servers!!
Some of our favorite breakfast foods were the steak/egg burrito, omelettes and french toast. The OJ was fresh-squeezed. The shortrib tacos and quesadillas were our favorite dinner choices.
I had a Hawaiian massage on the pier on the ocean and it was one of the best massages I've ever had! The prices weren't out of line at all, about what I pay here in the U.S. They had a special pkg, free 25 min facial with the purchase of an 80 min massage. It was outstanding! Ask for Elda, she does an excellent job!
This is a quiet resort/spa. If you want someplace livelier then don't stay at a spa resort.
Overall we had a fantastic stay. There are just a few things that would make it even better.
-The hotel next door is very loud until about 10pm, so if you go to bed early it may affect your sleep quality until it quiets down
-They only give you 2 pkts of coffee in your room and don't replinish it. It would be nice to have 1 pkt a day.
-Randy in the lobby bar is awesome! He's always smiling and makes a good drink. However, the music in the lobby bar is very loud. It's club/tech music so you have to sit outside if you want to visit. It's not a dance club so this doesn't make much sense.
-There needs to be a small giftshop for items such as lipbalm, gum, magazines, etc.
-It would be nice to have some bottled beer in the lobby bar
We will most definitely stay at this resort again. In Dec we stayed at Secrets, the rooms there are nice but the Secrets/Dreams resorts food is about a D+ overall and service is a C-. We love the Villa Premiere but the rooms need a major makeover. Melia has a lot of locals and the Golden Crown is poorly maintained and dirty with a very low-class crowd (but good food).
We travel extensively from Mexico to the Caribbean to Hawaii to Central American. Sunset Plaza stands out as one of our favorite resorts!
Cudos to the staff for making this such an enjoyable place to vacation! We will be back soon!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Quality_1Manager, Manager at Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear Friend,
On behalf of all the staff of Sunset Plaza hotel, we would like to thank you for sharing your holidays with us, we feel very honored.
I shared your good comments with our General Manager and the staff involved.
We are proud to hear that we were up to your expectations at this your home on the beach, Sunset Plaza Hotel.
We truly hope to have the opportunity to host you in a near future.
Sincerely,
The management
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Sunset Plaza was just as nice as other reviewers depicted it to be. When we arrived to check in, we were greeted with champagne, cold washcloths, and a complimentary aromatherapy chair massage. Our room was beautiful and faced the beach. It was equipped with modern amenities. We opted for the European plan, as neither of us are much into all-inclusive plans, but the pool area was very nice with plenty of places to lounge. The infinity pool was pretty cool, but the best part is that they have a private, adults only pool and 3 separate hot tubs with awesome views. The only downside to their pool area was that there was not much shade once the sun was at it's highest.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Quality_1Manager, Manager at Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear Friends,
On behalf of all the staff of Sunset Plaza hotel, we would like to thank you for sharing your holidays with us, we feel very honored.
I shared your good comments about of the service with our General Manager and the staff involved.
We are proud to hear that we were up to your expectations at this your home on the beach, Sunset Plaza Hotel.
We truly hope to have the opportunity to host you in a near future.
Sincerely,
The management
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Riverside, California, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Everyone and everything about Sunset Plaza is wonderful. The food is great at all three restaurants. We highly recommend the exclusive quiet dinner for two out on the jetty (where massages are during the day). It was the most romantic unforgettable dinner we have ever had the opportunity to experience. Not to mention the ambiance at sunset made the dinner even more complete. The butlers, bartenders, maids, turn down maids and concierge (hope I didn't forget anyone) are all absolutely fabulous. Now that we are home I really miss our butlers. Love how the butlers would even shop for us when we needed items whether it was for our refrigerator or if it was batteries for the camera. Take advantage of the morning deep stretch class it will start your day out with a smile. My husband and I did the tandem massages out on the jetty in the morning and everything about them was extraordinary. I would say that there is not anything negative to say about Sunset Plaza. We can't wait to go back. It was by far our best vacation ever!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Vancouver, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Everything about our stay was amazing. Me and my best friend checked in a couple of days after our two other friends. They already knew our friends very well by the time we got there. The service was excellent. Always smiling and very helpful. The food was amazing. The rooms were so clean and the turn down service with linen spray was a nice touch. Everything we needed was provided for and more. Nice, small, with a boutique feel. The entertainment guy hooked us up with a private tour operator from the beach. It was my third trip to PV and my best friends fifth trip. Both our friends were here for the first time. Big name tours are nice and all, but we wanted something more personal and intimate. We paid 1200 pesos each (times four people) for an 8 hour private boat charter with two snorkelling stops and a stop in Yelapa. It was amazing! Way nicer in terms of our own private time than the big name companies. We stopped off at a secluded beach and we were the ONLY people there. Very nice. Not rushed. No lineups for snorkels. Yelapa was pretty cool, too. I highly recommend the private tour route and would do it again without hesitation. Just ask the entertainment guide to recommend a reputable person.

Las Palmas is right next door. If you want all-day pool party action, then go there. Seriously they partied all day and late into the night. Our resort all but shuts down at 10pm. Nice to come home to after going out dancing elsewhere. Also nice to relax to.

Our stay at Sunset Plaza was awesome and amazing. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Houston, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Nice room and very clean. Amazing viewing for sunsets/sunrises. All-inclusive best way to go and the dining was great pool side or at the restaurant. Dinks were great as well. Menu options vary daily. ***If you dine at Lucianos you have to try a coffee drink after dinner if only to enjoy the show for how they make the drinks tableside.
Butlers and desk staff were helpful when needed. Spa staff did a great job!!
We enjoyed having several pool options and plenty of cabanas, towels, lounge chairs available.
There is no place on property to by essentials but its located on a main street with lots of shops for anything needed. we walked the 1st night just to check what's around it's safe. If you don't get the all inclusive option and want to venture out there are convience stores, Burger King, KFC, Subway, and local establishements. There's also a Wal-Mart in driving distance.
Exchange rate is higer at the hotel but cheaper than airport. We had option to pay in US dollar or Peso.
It's also a kid friendly establishement but we were never bothered by this. The resport has lots of activities and pool for their entertainment.
For adults they offer yoga, sports, bartending demonstrations, poker, etc events as well duing the day.
Only negatives were no turn down service when requested our 1st night. When they do this you can customize the secents you like on your sheets and in the room. A must try.
We would stay again at this property and enjoyed all it had to offer.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Carlsbad, California, United States
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Used this hotel as a base camp in-between a July 2012 surf safari. I found the accomodations to be exceedingly luxurious and it being the low season (Summer 2012), you got amazing services and fantastic rooms all at below the going market rate. Make use of alternate hotel websites and you're sure to score a deal. Lay out by the pool or take a bus or cab into downtown PV to explore all the nightlight PV has to offer!

Room Tip: Looking for luxury accommodations within the part of PV closer to the Airport, look no further...!!!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Beautiful rooms and condos! Staff is amazing. If we could suggest anything it would be nice to have a small shop on the premesis to buy any sundries. The food was good but never order a big steak of any kind..not good! Luciano's restaurant claims to be Italian but has no Italian food! We did love the pools and bars though! It's a very clean place and that speaks volumes! We would stay here again for relaxation!

Room Tip: We had a 2 br condo and loved it! We had 3 bathrooms! Amazing room!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Additional Information about Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa

Address: Diego Rivera 121, Puerto Vallarta 48330, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#2 Family Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#3 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#4 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#11 Business Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As one of the newest resorts in the Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone, the Sunset Plaza Beach Resort and Spa boasts an incredible location. It is only a 5-minute cab ride to downtown Puerto Vallarta, where a wide array of world-class restaurants, shops, and galleries are available for your pleasure. Plus, you won`t want to miss the on-going display of local art, and a nightly show of the famous Papantla Fliers.Comfort is also one of hotels strengths; apart from hotels privileged location within Puerto Vallarta’s hotel zone, the tranquility of hotels beach is palpable. Everything is flawlessly harmonized to insure that your dream vacation encounters the perfect scenario.100 suites all front ocean view with huge terraces.Amenities include a large fitness center and spa, activity Kids Club, two full-service restaurants Mexican and Italian a self-service deli, a lobby lounge, and the poolside Aqua Bar. Whether you plan to visit for a family vacation, a romantic retreat, or an unforgettable wedding or honeymoon, plan to make Sunset Plaza Beach Resort your destination ... more   less 
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