We stayed at the Riu Vallarta July 2 - 7th 2007. We choose the Riu Vallarta because we had previously stayed at the Riu in Cancun and LOVED IT! After only being there 12 hours (eating two meal and not even having a drink yet) my husband got extremely sick....vomiting, etc, , you name it...it was brutal. We are not sure what caused it (food, etc) but it was horrible. We ended up seeking help from the hotel doctor, Dr. Mario. He was extremely helpful and gave him antibotics and injections to get better. However, he only takes CASH. Being an all inclusive vacation, we had not taken a ton of cash with us, and the doctor was pricy, so we ended up having money wired through Western Union to us from family members back home. I would highly suggest taking lots of money in cash or travelers check as everything has to be paid up front. There are not ATMs close by, and the Western Union was a $36 dollar round trip cab ride.
Hopefully no one on your trip will get sick, but trust me, you will feel better having the cash available should you need to seek help.
Although the hotel was clean and beautiful with a nice staff, it was far away from things to do. In Cancun, you could walk a short distance and be at a flea market and a nice enclosed mall, but in PV, there was nothing to walk to.
We lost a majority of the trip to my husband being sick as he did not recover fully for at least three days -- so we didn't venture off the hotel property except to go pick up the money at Western Union so I can't comment on the shopping or excursions.
Lots of kids at the hotel as well - which we didn't find to be true in Cancun.
Lastly - we have used Funjet vacations twice to travel to Mexico and had good experiences each time. They are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We had no problems with transportation to and from the airport and the representatives from Funjet were available in our hotel every day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * In Riviera Nayarit, overlooking the Pacific Ocean * Located on Playa de Flamingos beach, 2 km / 1.5 miles from Nuevo Vallarta * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 9-storey building * 3 km / 1.86 miles from various shops * 13 km / 8 miles from the airport * 1 km / 0.62 miles from Flamingos Golf Club * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Vallarta Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Riu Vallarta Nuevo