I went to BV with 3 girlfriends over the fourth of July weekend. Overall, it was a great value for the money (3 nights, 4 days, for about $244 a person, all inclusive). The rooms are clean and comfortable, although for a four-person room they only provided three towels and three bottles of water. We called a few times to ask about a room service menu, extra towels, and adjusting the air, but never got any assistance. There was also a LOT of noise in the hallway all night long as other guests returned from the bars and continued the party. The hotel did nothing about this, and it definitely interfered with sleeping between midnight and 6am.
The location is good- close to the Malecon (about 6 blocks, or a 15 minute walk along the beach, from the first sculpture) but not right on it, and not surrounded by clubs. The beach in front is pretty empty, unlike the area south of the Malecon where there are lots of hotels and restaurants serving on the sand and vendors selling activities.
We didn't take advantage of all the activities, but they seemed fun. The water aerobics might not give the best workout, but the participants were having a good time. The instructor and activities director obviously loves his job! Also available are kayaks. The website says something about cooking lessons, but that is something they probably do pretty rarely (it wasn't on the schedule while we were there). The kids club looks great too- lots of stuff for kids to do.
The pools are clean, and there are plenty of chairs around the pool as well as on the beach.
The spa is excellent. We all got massages- 350 pesos for 1 hour- and they were well worth the money. Very relaxing, in a beautiful setting, and good pressure. The spa is upstairs from the pool, but you don't really notice the pool noise at all. There is also a hot tub up there which allows for two people at a time, max 30 minutes. It is pretty large, but I think they want to keep the noise to a minimum for guests receiving treatments. It also has a great view of Nuevo Vallarta and the beach.
The food in the buffet restaurant is so-so. There is an omelet chef during breakfast who will make whatever you like, and other items include (they were the same every day we were there, so I assume it's standard) chilaquiles, scrambled eggs, grilled peppers with onions and sausage, chopped up hot dogs with onions etc, breads, pancakes, french toast, cereal, and fruit (although it was covered in flies). We only went one time for dinner and it was Asian night- pretty horrible. Lots of cold rice and fried things.
The food in the beach front restaurant is mostly fantastic, especially at dinner. At lunch, the aquachile and fish tacos are excellent. At dinner (food included in all-inclusive, bottles of wine is not), options include stuffed fish, grilled fish, various kinds of chicken, arranchera steak, and chiopotle honey ribs (all delicious). The appetizers (ahi, mussels, cheese, mushrooms) are good, as are the salads. The desserts (chocolate 'tower', creme brule, or cheesecake) all leave much to be desired. NOTE: They say you need a dinner reservation, and they do 'book up' early, but we walked down to the restaurant one night and were able to be seated without a reservation- it was likely due to no-shows because of rain, but it's worth a shot if you haven't made a reservation.
During the day for lunch there is also an option of burgers or hot dogs on the beach. They're not bad, and good in a pinch, if you don't want to leave the beach.
The drinks are ok- pretty typical of an all-inclusive resort with everything being watered down and made with mixes. The included wine is pretty horrible (red, white, and champagne).
- Food at the beach-front restaurant
- It seems to attract college students/young (teens to early 20s) travelers who like to party until the wee hours of the morning... often in the hallways!
- Quality of the drinks and buffet food
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- Treat yourself to an unequalled all-inclusive resort experience at the best location in Puerto Vallarta. Beach, sunshine, tropical setting, vibrant spaces with color and joy, we provide everything you're looking for. A breath-taking place to relax and enjoy a fun-filled getaway. Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Great Moments invites you to enjoy its all-inclusive program with its excellent cuisine, as well as numerous activities suitable for the entire family. Our 234 rooms and suites include all of the comforts and amenities you'll require for an unforgettable stay, regardless of the purpose of your trip. ... more less
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