Just came back from our stay at the Westin from June 3-June 11. My wife and I are 35 and 32, respectively, and really enjoyed our stay at the hotel. Upgraded to the Royal Beach Club, which was only about $20 extra a night - included a room on one of the higher floors (above the tree line, giving a good view of the beach and ocean), continental breakfast daily (which was nice, included juice, coffee, pastries, bread and toast, and a variety of hot options, both American and Mexican), as well as free happy hour from 5-7 PM (open bar, some small appitizers).
Overall, the room was very clean, bed was the typical Westin Heavenly Bed, shower and bathroom were nice and spacious. Some reviewers have complained about the hard, concrete floors in the hotel rooms. We felt this was actually a plus, as carpeted hotel rooms in this climate tend to stay wet and musty. Service was good, including the bellhops, housekeeping, etc. Agree with other prior reviews that tipping people $1-2 goes a long way.
Hotel grounds were spacious - hotel was relatively full, but was always easy to find chairs around the pools or on the beach. The palm trees covering the pools were pretty, but didn't provide too much coverage if you really wanted to sit in the shade (if, on the other hand, you wanted to stay in the sun and get tan, this was good). The four pools were warm and clean, and you could choose from a pool designated for children, one that was the "activities" pool (playing louder music, pool volleball, etc), and 2 other more "adult" pools. The place is family friendly, but I didn't feel like it was too overrun with small children. Ate dinner once at Nikki Beach, which was a nice meal overlooking the ocean. Some other reviews had complained of the loud music at night from the NIkki Beach Club....I only heard the music once on a Friday night, and it was pretty quiet, definitely not loud enough to cause me problems with sleeping. Didn't use the gym or the tennis courts, but they looked well kept. The beach in front of the hotel isn't huge, but is big enough, and served its purpose. Water was a little rough, but could still swim in it. As mentioned by other reviewers, this is the Pacific, and while the beach and ocean are very nice, it's not the clear calm water and powder white sands of the Caribbean. You could go parasailing, rent waverunners, etc. from the Westin beach.
Some reviewers have complained about the cost of food and alcohol at the Westin....it is somewhat more expensive than restaurants in town, but not too bad in price if you consider that this is a resort hotel. Drink prices, for example, were really no different than at a bar here in NYC (or even less....tropical drinks were $7-8, beer $4-5). If you are a big drinker, this will add up (but, if that's the case, an all-inclusive resort may be better for you anyway).
Location was excellent - 5 min from the airport, 5 min walk to the marina (where there are a bunch of shops and restaurants), 15 min cab ride to downtown. Cabs were relatively cheap - only about 60 pesos to get from the hotel to downtown. Would recommend going downtown at least one day to walk around, shop, walk on the Malecon. There are plenty of good restaurants, shops, bars, etc. downtown. Would highly recommend the Canopy tour (did this through Vallarta Adventures), as well as ATV rentals. Went on Rhythms of the Night, which was pretty good, but not as exciting as some other reviews had made it out to be. Also took a boat from the marina to go snorkeling near Los Arcos, as well as to Las Animas beach (accessable only by boat) which was also fun.
The big downside to the Westin (and all of PV, in my opinion) is the ever present time share people. The Club Regina people have a desk in the Westin lobby, and would try to get you to stop and go to a presentation every time you walked though the lobby. Other salesmen were around on the walk to the marina, in the marina, downtown, etc. You can just say no thank you and keep walking, but it was still annoying.
Would definitely recommend the Westin due to its location and amenities. Also checked out the Marriott down the road, which seemed very comparable (beach was a little nicer at the Marriott, but the Westin had better pools, and all the Westin rooms faced the ocean, unlike at the Marriott).
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