I shouldn't be posting this review because the rooms I want will probably be taken from now on. First, a little bit about myself. I am a budget traveler. PVR was my final desitnation on a three week trip of Mexico. Up to this point I stayed at $20 -$25 per night budget hotels / hostels. I decided to splurge with a stay at the Tropicana. I had no reservations, asked for the Cheapest room. I got the "Economio" room for around $45 per night! Here's what you get. 3rd floor (in the main hotel) No ocean view. A window looking out to the hallway (with a breezeway nearby) another window looking back towards the mountain and homes & condos. Two queen size beds of acceptable comfort. Ceiling fans.NO A/C! (this may be an issue in the hot season - I was there in Feb, no problem. NO TV. Decent bathroom. Honestly, looking at the other photos on here, the room layout is identical to the regular rooms. You have no view and no TV. Big deal.
I spent most of my time on the beach, exploring the town, nightlife, etc. Why go to a tropical destination and spend time in your room?
A little bit about the hotel: Kind of dated, but clean and some friendly staff members. Located on the southern beach...the next two hotels are gay hotels and lots of gay men (who are paying top dollar at Blue Chairs and Something Horizons hotels) There are some gay men at Tropicana, but plenty of straight folks too (lots of friendly Canadians as well). If your gay and want to mingle with the guys at Blue Chairs, nobody is stopping you. You can just meander down to their area later in the day - and order drinks and hang out (^_^). The tropicana's pool is very nice too.
If your looking for a great budget alternative, with a GREAT beach at your fingertips, this is your best bet. I'm not sure if you can book the Economy rooms directly with the hotel by phone, but I bet you can. Enjoy! P.S. As a general rule..the further away from the beach, the cheaper things are. There are some GREAT seafood / Mexican restaurants a few blocks in (some near the river) that are affordable and very good.
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- Tropicana Puerto Vallarta