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“Third times a charmer....”
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San Marino Hotel
Ranked #96 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Mission, BC. Canada
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“Third times a charmer....”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

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.

Room Tip: I have had good luck with rooms on the entrance side of the hotel....I would suggest a room near the...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Picture this sitting under an umbrella, sun tanning having a few cervezas and people watching.
The beach walkway and new pier is right in front of the hotel and so is the public beach.
The hotel is situated around lots of little cafés, restaurants and stores. The staff is friendly treat you very good, the rooms are small, beds are firm, try to upgrade and get a beach view room the sunsets are great.
We will stay here again if we come back to Puerto Vallarta.

Room Tip: Rooms above the lobby are good, try to upgrade and get a beach view room
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

I went back to the San Marino this past Thanksgiving for 10 days. I have been staying at this hotel over Thanksgiving for over 10 years and I am always welcomed back every year. The entire staff treats us like family every year that we return. We know everyone on a first name basis and them us as well. For the value and location, you can't find a better place to stay right on the beach centrally located to everything within walking distance. The all-inclusive serves me well for breakfast and lunch but I always make a point of going out to dinner at one of the many great restaurants in town. My recommendation for a room is ocean front; the sunsets are worth seeing every night. One is never the same as the other. I'll be going back again next year.

Room Tip: Get an ocean front room on one of the upper floors.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Prince Albert, Canada
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

I stayed here with a friend when I was just beginning to travel. Very good value with large clean rooms and a balcony. Location is on the beach in Old Vallarta. You can feel safe shopping during the day and the concierge made it his business to get us great seats in the clubs at night. I enjoyed this much more than staying in Nuevo. Very close to everything and a great starting point for your first few vacations. Food was fine, elevator was sketchy at best. Take the stairs, no big deal. I was scared to stay in a 2.5 star in Mexico, but after this I am not. This was waaaaaay better than a couple of Radisson’s I have stayed in Florida, USA, lol.

Great value/location for the price, don’t expect anything fancy or don’t stay in any Mexican 2.5 star 

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Monterrey, Mexico
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

The whole place should be updated, everything seems old and the elevators smelled awful. The food was terrible, no whiskey and they had only one kind of beer.
Worst of all, their website claims this hotel to be gay friendly, and it certainly isn´t.
On the bright side, their location is pretty good.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Toronto
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Get a junior suite ... more expensive, but totally worth it Ocean view, and pier view is beautiful...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

i stay on this hotel on 2012 for one week it was a good experience the service was good the food is ok the good thing is that you also get the drinks included but they need to have more variation on the drinks but other than that they were good the pools get to over crowded they should just have 2 for the kids because the kids would go in all the pools so you cant really relax. The rooms were good my room had an excellent view i had view to the beach and to the mountain also i had a store and and pharmacy right in front

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: San Marino Hotel
Address: Rodolfo Gomez 111 | Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta 48380, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#32 Spa Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#52 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — San Marino Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 165
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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