We stayed at the end of April during Easter week, the busiest week of the year. We had checked in to the Grand Mayan, where the lobby was a zoo populated by children scrambling every which-way. So when they offered us an upgrade to the newer, quieter Grand Bliss in exchange for a 4-hour timeshare presentation, we jumped at the chance. Let’s get the negatives out of the way: This hotel does not have its own pool, and I clocked a seven-minute walk from our room to the pool/beach. The beach is far from pristine and at one point we realized that the crunching beneath our feet was the sound of hundreds of tiny-shelled creatures being squished to death by us. This complex of hotels has been a construction site for at least five years running, and I expect they will continue to overbuild it for years to come. The soundproofing wasn’t bad, but I sometimes heard the incessant beeping of trucks backing up. The kitchen lacked an oven (no big deal, there) and if there had been four of us, the mini-fridges would have been too small. The quantity and size of the pots, pans, and bowls was meager. There are absolutely no daytime activities or nightlife at or around this building, though there’s more going on at the nearby Grand Mayan. Now for the good stuff: Our two-bedroom suite was the nicest I’ve ever stayed at anywhere. Each room had its own large bathroom and each bathroom had its own effective hot tub. There were two loaner bathrobes per room and each room had it’s own TV. The living room/dining room area had a large flat-screen and everything was clean and modern. Our balcony had a dipping pool, though I didn’t spend any time there as it overlooking some of the construction. There are more restaurants in the complex than you could possibly need (though none in this specific building). The nearby Mayan Palace has a decent size convenience and clothing store, as well as a wine bar. The water park at the Grand Mayan is great, though too overcrowded during holiday weeks. Yet, our hotel was almost empty. There was never a line at the front desk, and rarely a customer at the bar. If you need to call home a lot, you can buy a phone card for unlimited U.S. calling for the full week for $21. Oh, and about that walk to the beach. It’s through a patchwork of glorious gardens and man-made lakes. It’s sheer bliss.
- Also Known As:
- The Grand Bliss Hotel Nuevo Vallarta