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Hard Rock Vallarta questions!

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Hard Rock Vallarta questions!

Am traveling to Hard Rock Vallarta in a few weeks and have a couple questions.

1. Does the resort have tennis courts?

2. Are there pullout sofas in the Deluxe rooms (king rooms or 2 doubles).

3. I've heard the double beds are smaller than US sized. Is that true? We are family of 2 adults and 2 high school teens. Suggestions for roomy sleeping?

4. Is there a fee for rollaways?

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1. Re: Hard Rock Vallarta questions!

Deb H - I have never been to this resort so sorry I can't answer your questions. However, you will be able to answer mine since this resort is on the top of my short list for Easter 2014. We are thinking about going there with our three teens and some other families. I would really like to know what things your high schoolers did and didn't like? If they were bored or busy? If there were a lot of teens to hang out with or mostly couples and families with small children?

Please come back to the forum and let us know your families thoughts on this resort. There is not much info for families with older teens so your help would be greatly appreciated.

Have a great time! When are you going?

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Hello,

We had the best time at the Hard Rock March 22-29. We travelled with three other families so our group totaled 16 with 8 kids ranging in age from 14-18. My 18 year old literally cried when we returned home and announced it will be next to impossible to top that vacation! With it being spring break the resort did get full the last half of the week and our kids had no problem meeting and hanging out with other teens. It was large enough to have everything you wanted---restaurants, bars, pools, etc----yet small enough that we were always able to locate and be visible with our kids. They have wi-fi which was great in the fact that most of our kids have iphones so they were able to text via iMessage free with each other and with us. Truly, the time of our lives. We are all trying to get back to reality. Let me know if you have any questions. I could talk for days about the trip.

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Deb - that's great to hear! So glad you all loved it and thanks for coming back to update. How were the pool and ocean temps? Also, what was the wave action like? Good enough for body surfing and boogie boarding? What about evening entertainment? At the end of the week when it got crowded, did you wind up standing in buffet lines and such? We just got back yesterday from Jamaica and the kids really missed having waves and room service. Poor babies! NOT!

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There are three pools: a kiddie pool (small and shallow), a warm temp pool and then the main, cool pool that was exceptionally refreshing on the warm days. The mail pool is also the pool that has the swim up bar and it has a platform in the middle that was the center of activity including daily pool volleyball led by the entertainment staff. The ocean temp and waves were also was perfect. Our group--kids and adults-- boogie boarded daily and also used the kayaks on several occasions (just hang onto your sunglasses if you tip over!) Boards and kayaks can be checked out free. Our only problem was at times they were all checked out so you had to wait. But they do tell you they are only suppose to checked out for an hour and most people are respectful. It really wasn't too much of an issue. We always found beach and pool chairs but at the end of the week we did put towels on them to reserve by 8 or 9:00 but only because we were a larger group trying to be together. Even with it getting crowded we never waited in line for a table at the restaurants or at the buffet. Two of the 7 nights they had a pool party in the evening with the food set up outside. No issues with waiting. In fact, it was awesome for our kids to eat in the swimsuits! We all enjoyed the food---I honestly can not complain about any of it in regards to quality. Our only disappointment was the servings at the Italian place were very small so just be prepared. We also had very slow service a couple of nights when the resort got full but you can always go to the buffet or pool parties if you don't want to wait. Our problem was also because our table size was 8+. The tables of 4 were in and out quicker. Room service was quick too. If you are a wine drinker I will say the wine was bad and this is coming from a non picky wine drinker. The beer was Tecate Light on tap and in cans in your fridge along with Dos Equis cans. The resort got full with Mexicans on holiday for Holy Week. It is a huge holiday there. So if Easter does not coincide with your vacation the resort may not be as full. And like I said, it really was not a problem except just a little slower service in the restaurants. Also, note that the beds are small. We had a room with two doubles. The doubles are more like oversized twins. We got a free rollaway to help with the space issue. There is a large jacuzzi tub IN EACH ROOM that took up space and was used only as a place to throw our dirty clothes. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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My most favorite resort

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Deb - did you use any of the resort credits? Unfortunately, the kids spring break starts on Good Friday every year, so, yes, we are locked into Holy Week. I try to research what the resorts are like specifically at Easter since it's the second busiest week of the year after Christmas through New Year.

Bob - why is the Hard Rock Vallarta your favorite? Is there any place that states the differences between each Hard Rock or Palace resorts?

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Vallarta is only 346 rooms where P.C. has 1750+.

Also along with the changes that were made last year to make it a Hard Rock a Casino just opened across from the HRV driveway.

I also like walking on the brown wide beach at HRV and going into Puerto Vallarta or Bucerias.

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I found this post very helpful! We are considering the Hard Rock for a 1-week trip over New Year's. We are 2 families with 3 teens and 1 12-year-old. We are a little concerned about some of the postings re Hard Rock complaining that the music is too loud and everywhere, all the time. Did you find it to be this way? We love music but don't want it to be completely overwhelming.

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This is a great hotel. The size is just right, not too big, not too small. Beautiful beach, great service. My cousin (age 50) had a girl's trip ithere n April. She said the music was fine. The shows are fun at night. Not near the town of PV in case the teens think they can go to some clubs.

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@PoseyDenver - we stayed at the Hard Rock Cancun last New Years and did not find the music to be a problem. I had the same worries, based on some reviews I had read, but they were unfounded. It was actually a lot of older rock and roll. I find current rock music has more offensive lyrics.