I just returned from a two week vacation in PV....where I stayed yet again at the San Marino....where I have stayed twice before.....
The hotel, while older, still maintains a high degree of friendly service and cleanliness for a 2.5 star hotel....but the most noticeable improvement since my last visit in 2009 was the food.....Chef Pedro has improved the food incredibly......and while some will still find the food not to their liking, I found it highly palatable, with always something tasty to be found in the buffet....so much so that my travel companion and I found ourselves staying in to eat three meals more often than not....a big saving of $$$.....Now the dessert area could still use a little improvement,(not that I need the calories) but overall the improvement in the food quality was most impressive. Indeed, a fellow guest remarked that we shouldn't mention the improvement so that we could keep the San Marino our "own little secret"...
The location still cant be beat, right in the heart of olde towne close to all that olde towne has to offer, as well as a few short steps to Los Muertos beach and the lovely new pier(though I miss the character of the old one and seeing the locals fish off it)
The hotel caters to all.....young, old, Nationals, gay and straight......and one of the great things about the San Marino is that we all seem to get along......helped in part by the wonderful staff: the ever smiling Luis and his crew at the front desk, Chef Pedro and the tireless kitchen staff, servers(Sergio, Alex, Felix et al), the new bartender Emmanuel, and the hardest workers of all, the chambermaids.
If you want five star luxury, go elsewhere....but if you want a decent, affordable and safe hotel that allows you to be in the heart of olde towne, I cant recommend the San Marino enough.
- 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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