We were at the RDC March 29-April 5. The weather was perfect. No rain and not a cloud in the sky all week. We were unsure what to expect. The resort was bigger than the resorts we usually stay at, however, you could get from one side to the other in under 5 minutes. It had many restaurants and many pools to choose from.
We stayed in room 6238 which was the farthest away from everything. It was on the second floor and there were no elevators. This was not a problem for us. Our balcony over looked a pool, bar, and an a la carte restaurant. Our room was very clean, the shower was huge, and everything else was "normal". The TV was small and did not have a sleep timer. The bed and pillows were very hard. Friends of our asked for a foam pad and got it without issue. We asked for one twice and did not get one. The only other issue we had with this resort was having to pay $27USD for a safe. This is the first place we have ever had to pay for one. Also, don't lose your keys! The keys (the room key with the safe key) because the keys have your room number stamped on them. If they end up in the wrong hands, someone could have access to everything in your room and your safe.
The staff was incredible and the entertainment was the best I have seen. They were very interactive. I have to give a HUGE shout out to Abel and Pedro at the bar near the Flamingo restaurant. They were the best bartenders I have seen to date. They had a variety of things going on such as Mexican Casino Night, Karaoke, Reggae Night, Name that tune and so on. These activities were before the "show" that started at 9:30.
This was a very family oriented resort. If you don't want to see kids on your vacation, this is not the place for you. There were a lot of families there and kids of all ages. The entertainment staff was really great at keeping the kids (and adults) entertained and busy.
We went on one excursion that we booked just outside of the resort beside the tequila store. We booked a deep sea fishing trip for $300 with JC (owner of the tequila store). We bartered a bit and agreed to a 12 pack of beer, and a $50 refund if we did a time share thing (which included a bottle of tequila, a blanket, and two straw hats :)). We went on the time share for an hour and a half at a resort that was 5 mins away. We had lunch over there (it sucked), the time share "chat" was okay with Jonathan, but the rest of it sucked too. Mind you, it was worth getting the $50 back. After all, $50 is $50 right? On our fishing trip, we also got free passes to snorkel Marietas Island. It looked beautiful though we chose to try and fish more instead. On our fishing tour, my fiance caught a Yellow Tail. It was quite a fight!! That was the only fish we caught in the 6 hours we were out there though, we saw a whale and some dolphins. It was a great day out on the water. We went out from Paradise Village Pier and fished with Alex and Louis from Bahia tours. They were great though they were not overly interactive.
We took a walk into Bucerias from the beach. It was about 20 minutes from the resort and was beautiful. It was a large market and was pretty awesome to see.
The pools were busy for the most part, however, we didn't have any difficulty finding a chair on the beach. There were many people that had bought inflatables to lay on as the chairs were just plastic.
The food was good. It changed a lot but we were able to find something we liked everyday. We only went to one a la carte and it was "the meat" one. They come to your table with a large skewer of meat. It was delicious though it was far too much meat to handle. You have to be up at 7:00 to book the a la cartes, and then return between 8:30-noon to reserve the a la carte you want.
Overall this resort was great. We met a lot of great people and shared a lot of laughs. I would recommend this resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Decameron Complex composed of three hotel units: Flamingos, Tropical and Royal, is located 20 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport on the most exciting and extensive beach of the beautiful Bay of Banderas in the typical Mexican town of Bucerias in Riviera Nayarit. The colorful architecture of the Royal Decameron Complex offers 5 swimming pools, 4 of which are suitable for children, and long stretch of beach where you can enjoy different activities, non-motorized water sports and bar services. You can also enjoy a large number of buffet and a la carte options with specialized restaurants including: JAP JAP, Wok, MexicanoFusion, Piccolo and Steak House, among others. We also offer 6 bars along the beach and beside the swimming pools. The Royal Decameron Complex also has other installations like the Vallarta disco, 3 tennis courts, one soccer pitch and a fun Kids Club. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Vallarta
- Royal Decameron Hotel
- Royal Decameron Puerto Vallarta Bucerias
- Royal Decameron Mexico
- Royal Decameron Puerto Vallarta Mexico
- Royal Decameron Complex Puerto Vallarta
- Royal De Cameron
- Royal Decameron Nuevo Vallarta
- Royal Decameron Puerto Vallarta Hotel
- Puerto Vallarta Royal Decameron