I have been coming to this property for several years and just love it.
It so happens that I remember guests from year to year which is just like coming home for the holidays.
The location of this property is the best if you want night life, and great restaurants. All sorts of bars are just out the back door, from great gay bars with pounding music and hot men, to little tavernas where you can go and have a relaxing time, to straight bars dotting the main strip.
My suggestion when booking is to pay more for a junior suite. The rooms are much larger, facing the water and pretty renovated with a great view of the pier. If you cannot book prior to going, call the hotel and pay the difference when you get there ... you won't regret it.rt.
The food is pretty good, and so are the drinks. My only problem is on weekends ... there seems to be a hotel full of locals, and with all their family members headed down for breakfast can be very loud and hard to get a table. I have nothing against locals, but they seem to be a bit more aggresive, and with their children running around makes it hard to have a conversation, or just relax.
The 2 pools are pretty nice, One for kids, and the other for adults.
The water .... to cold and dirty for me, but people watching at blue chairs is a must. The smell of tanning oil and attitude fills the sea air ... skimpy bathng suite, muscle maries, and twinks dot the scean.
Evenings can be filled with shows at the Blue Chairs, or checking out strippers at WET, bathhouse action at Adonis, and cocktails at la Maniana (probably misspelt) and dancing just around the corner at Paco, or the bar across the street. Finish everything off with tacos at 3AM at a taco stand.
My final suggestion ... BEWARE OF TAXI S (we had our luggage stolen) ... always make sure you see them put the luggage in the trunk and close the door before you get in. The taxi station is not the safest place to leave your luggage or bag, so always keep your eyes on them AND DON'T LET THEM TOUCH YOUR STUFF!!! . Take a taxi instead of the shuttle bus since you can check in sooner and get settled.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Puerto Vallarta, one of the most beautiful and romantic cities on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The hotel is nestled on the beautiful beach of Playa los Muertos, with a wonderful atmosphere and tradition surrounded by hand craft shops, discotheques, and just a short walk from town. San Marino Hotel features 165 light and airy guestrooms including 25 spacious Junior Suites with all the amenities you need to relax and enjoy in a peaceful ambience.Come to San Marino Hotel where you will be greeted by our friendly staff and enjoy sunshine days and a vacation experience to treasure forever! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Marino Puerto Vallarta