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“THIS HOTEL AND PUERTO VALLARTA IS OVER RATED AND EXPENSIVE” 1 of 5 stars
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Paloma del Mar Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Honduras 309 Col. 5 de Diciembre, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #68 of 120 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Toronto, Canada
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“THIS HOTEL AND PUERTO VALLARTA IS OVER RATED AND EXPENSIVE”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Let me begin this post with an overall descrption of Puerto Vallarta. Your best bet is going all inclusive or you will be overwhelmed with changing currencies, calculating prices of merchandise and on top of that to be wary off corrupt vendors. I stayed at this low end hotel and was not dazzled by a thing other than the distance to the Malecon which was extremly overpriced and had terrible food. Do not except great beaches etiher in main Vallarta or to the south. The service was average, not great and not bad. The restaurant I did not bother with because it is vegetarian. The room itself does indeed look like the picture except age it fifteen years and add a shabby washroom with terrible plumbing to boot. I would never return to Puerto Vallarta or to Mexico for that matter because of less than stellar attitudes from its people and unsatisfactory landscape and cuisine.
BEWARE: DO NOT leave your luggage unattended at the airport. Strangely enough it happens to me and my family members EVERY time we visit Mexico. No one of us will ever go back and is not just a one time mishap. I originally visited Mexico to seek medical treatment becauseof costs on this side of the border and went this time to actually to have a vacation and I have no idea why people vacation here on a regular basis. Save your money and belongings and head to the Caribbean if your looking for the total package.

I almost forgot to add that the mattress was hard as rock and stained with big spots of mold. This hotel does not renovate these appartments. The pool is tiny and the shallow end is always in the shade and there are no steps to get in and out.

Puerto Vallarta is full of retirees and has an abundant homosexual population. This place is not for young couples or families at all.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Great hotel for families. They went out of there way to show us a good time. Stayed 14 nights. We be back soon. Thanks Calgary Canada.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Concord, California
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49 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2010

I was familiar with this hotel, having spent time in the colonia where it's located and had recommended it to others. Wasn't planning on staying there until October but in August, I suddenly had to leave the condo I'd rented for a month and went to this hotel for 10 nights.

Couldn't have been better. Staff was friendly and efficient. They bent over backwards for me, ordering cabs and sending people to my room to fix the stovetop, helping with the wireless in the lobby, translation, etc.

Room was a small junior suite on the 3rd floor with a king bed and a panoramic view of the colonia and bay, off a small balcony. A/C and elevator. Kitchenette with 2-burner stove top, coffee maker, toaster, mini-fridge. No microwave. Decent closet/storage space for two people.

The hotel has a small pool on the floor below mine. Never used it -- some days it was packed with kids and families. They also have two restaurants on site.

I was there during a period of time that Mexican tour groups were coming through (there were buses outside many mornings, loading up luggage and groups) and Mexican families vacation. It was a wonderful opportunity to practice my Spanish and be in a colonia where gringo/a/s are few and far between.

Some of the benefits of staying in this hotel in this colonia are that Calle Honduras and nearby are packed with taco stands and there are a number of comida corridas in the area also. It is a diverse and robust neighborhood that is as authentic as can be found in Puerto Vallarta. Yet, even with the family and evening activity on the streets ---- people eating at the stands until late hours --- the hotel itself is fairly quiet as Calles Brasil and Honduras do not have much vehicle traffic.

It's on a slight hill but it was do-able for me, with my bad knees, even with slippery, wet cobblestones following some huge rainstorms. The bus going North is readily available on Columbia and Peru. Bus going South is readily available on Avenida Mexico, 3 blocks West. Interesting to note that the bus to Las Palmas leaves from the corner of Brasil and Honduras, for anyone wanting to go to Las Palmas.

Can't wait to get back to this hidden gem. It's a budget hotel but if you don't expect a fancy resort, it has much to offer.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 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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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

Great location, minutes from the beach. Great restaurants near by. Clean and quiet and very comfortable. Will be staying there again!

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Address: Honduras 309 Col. 5 de Diciembre, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 120 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Paloma del Mar Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 108
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