I just got back from a few days' stay at the Tropicana with my 9 year old daughter. We relocated from the Westin (in the Marina area), having grown tired of its remoteness, its $9 margaritas and its unswimmable beach. By contrast, the Tropicana is on the best swimming beach in PV. Most of the rooms have great direct views of the waves. The staff is friendly and helpful. Oddly the stretch of beach in front of the hotel is the least crowded along Playa de Los Muertos. We always got a nice palapa with chairs (along with reasonably priced food and drink service) and had a direct view of the water, unobstructed by a multitude of parasols, etc. as elsewhere along that beach. Having my daughter with me, I opted for the modern tower because I wanted two beds and a TV (the older room that was available had only a king size bed and no TV, but did offer a more spectacular direct sea view). The turtle pond in the lobby area delighted my daughter, and the pool was nice and big too, with hardly anyone ever using it (maybe it's more crowded in mid-winter). You can't beat the location, as all the neat restaurants, coffee spots and bars in the romantic zone are five minutes away, and the malecon is only a little bit farther. The room itself was basic but clean. The a/c unit was as loud as a European bus. I joked in Spanish to the porter that they should borrow one of the beds and refit it as a billiard table. I swear you could easily bounce a tennis ball off the mattress! (I'll admit the bed was one thing I missed from the Westin.) Still, with all the great things to do nearby, my daughter and I never had any trouble falling asleep, even on our cement mattresses. Highly recommended.
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