Family of 4 (boys 5 and 10) travelled with Air Transat from Calgary on March 9th for a week. This was our 5th trip to PV. We have stayed at the Jalisco and Decameron in the last 2 yrs. We paid the extra for a balcony room and had asked for pool view at the time of booking. We got a 4th floor room facing the RIU Jalisco resort. We tried to change rooms the first couple of days but kept getting told there were no rooms. Its was not noisy facing the RUI so we ended up staying put. Room was cleaned very well each day and boys looked forward to the towel art left every day. Everything worked in the room, excellent shower pressure, comfy beds and pillows. Our room did not smell musty. The safe was the biggest we have ever had in 14 trips south.
The resort gets very busy on the weekends with many Mexican families but was fairly quiet Monday to Thursday. The grounds, pools and beach were constantly being cleaned. They have bicycles you can use but they were too big for our 5 yr old, so we didn't take them out. A few couples we met had used the bikes and rode them to Paradise Village (they wished they had brought a lock to lock them up while they explored on foot).
Very friendly staff, the service was good whether we tipped or not (we always did). The bartenders always remembered our choice of drinks. The security guards around the pool area always seemed to have a watchful eye on our youngest son (he is very independent and likes to wander!).
The beach was sandy, no rocks and went both directions for miles. They have kayaks but they are single seaters and our kids weren't old enough to kayak by themselves. The bartenders will serve you on the beach and around the pool. The beach washrooms do stink outside but never smelled inside. The resort has a shuffle board, ping pong tables, basketball, badminton, etc. Our 5 yr old did some of the kids club activities on the last 2 days with Delicia. She was awesome with the kids. Our older son took part in the soccer and volleyball games on the beach and water polo in the pool.
The food at the buffet was always hot and we found enough to eat. It wasn't the best food we've had nor was it the worst. There are theme nights each night at the buffet. The food in the steamers at the sanck bar was always cold unless you got it right when they refilled it. They need some other means to keep the food warm at the snack bar. I agree with others by getting rid of the chicken nuggets and rubbery pizza. We did both ala carte's and found the service excellent at both. We liked the Italian one better than the Mexican.
If you are an early riser like me you usually can get coffee to go at the buffet by 5 am or by the upstairs lobby bar. We always pack bigger insulated mugs for bar drinks but never used them as the cups weren't the usually tiny size.
I did use the gym (free weights and machine weights) and the equipment was in good shape.
The bus stop is right outside the resort which was handy for our usual trip into PV for the day. The Mega store is also with in walking distance or a $4-6 US cab ride each way. The Mega store used to exchange Canadain money but not any more. The Samba has a bank machine outside and the front counter will exchange Canadian money. We did not use either. The best rate for Canadian money exchange we found all week was at the Grocery store in the Paradise Village Mall.
Would we stay there again.......Yes, if the price was right.
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