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***we just returned from 7 days at marival resort***

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houston
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***we just returned from 7 days at marival resort***

we bought a 7 day all inclusive pkg & had a great time. room was on grand side. very nice w/excellent view of bay. good food. didn't care for steaks at bella vista. la pergola was favorite restaurant. time sharks were a problem even at resort.

finally had to tell people to leave us alone & we were NOT EVER going to buy a time share. finally got message & time share people from marival left us alone. one other complaint..bought a calling card to call back to the states. they said could be used across the street. can't use on property. phone across street didn't work. had to wait until we found a phone that would accept that card. would definately go back to marival. peddlers on beach like to trade. wanted ball caps & t-shirts from us. one guy really wanted to trade for a dallas cowboys t-shirt. take a bus ride to "malecon" (the boardwalk) in puerto vallarta. good shopping and pretty scenery. also a big flea mkt. there w/good prices. saw a school of dolphins while walking on beach one morning.

if you are going to marival, you will have a good time. just be prepared for the annoying time sharks at airport & at the resort.

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1. Re: ***we just returned from 7 days at marival resort***

I will be at the Marival next month on the Grand side. Is The Grand convenient to most things? There is 2 buildings, which one should we try for? Did you see and use all the pools? Any preference? Was there a lot of kids (age 9 - 13) around?

If the worst we have to deal with is timeshare folks we'll be fine. Do you suggest bringing sports logo clothes to barter?

houston
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2. Re: ***we just returned from 7 days at marival resort***

hi

we thought grand was very nice. the club side was a little quieter. we didn't see any elevators on clubside. our grand room was near the kiddie pool (3 floors up). all the pools were nice. the ones by grand had more people, probably due to kiddie pool.

more adults w/out kids went to pools by the clubside. each side had a pool w/a swim up bar.

definately bring things to barter. most of the men wanted hats & shirts from dallas cowboys. 2 guys really wanted my husband's cheap $5.00 walmart watch. if you have kids, there were a lot of kids from babies up to 12-15 yrs. grand and club are extremely nice. but when my husband and I make a rtn. trip, we will do club as it was quieter when we were there.

we took a city tour ($45.00 per person) was nice & a lot of fun, lunch was included at a very secluded mountain getaway. tour was on a nice a/c bus. take a trip to malecon by bus or cab. about $7-$10 by cab. great shopping, good food. the concierge & bellboys can recommend places. always ask cabbie the price before getting in cab. you can bargain for better prices. check www.gomarival.com and www.puertovallarta.net for more info.

wish we were still there. had a fabulous time.

ENJOY !!!