We scored our trip for a really great price. One we would have been stupid to pass up. So we went in with open minds. Thinking we can't expect much for what we're paying.
We were pleasantly surprised.
We paid a few bux extra for an ocean front room, which basically means you're not facing the street. And it was well worth it, we spent every night with the patio door wide open listening to the ocean.
The staff was friendly, and helpful. The cleaning stafff did a great job on the room. Everything in the room was in working order. One minor complaint, would be that the beds are a little harder than my own back home. As for the pillows, well I travel with my own anyhow, so I cannot comment.
The beach was okay, there were some days where the water was rather high, but if anything, it made it easier to score a chair. Since a lot of people like to "reserve" them with towels first thing in the morning (even though there is a sign saying it's not allowed).
The sand was nice, and the water was warm. Not that the hotel has anything to do with these features, but it's better than having NO water front.
The pools were smaller than other resorts, so if you're plan is to lounge around in the pool all day, and in 4 different pools, then perhaps this isn't the place for you.
As for the food, it was okay. I am by no means a picky eater, so I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it.
The pancake bar was awesome! We were always there when it opened, so lineup was never an issue. They would make fresh omelettes, or pancakes, they had cereal selections, and various other items to suit your needs.
In fact it was so good, that we never ate breakfast at the main restaraunt.
The lunches were alright. The food was hot, and there was usually a decent selection.
As for the dinners, we can't complain. They either had a sitrfry or pasta station set up, and the lineups weren't the worst thing ever. As well, there was usually a meat station, carving up turkey or roast beef.
Either way, we didn't spend all our time in the resort, we went and checked out the town.
Hopping on a bus north to Bucerais was great fun. As well, hopping on a bus South to Mismaloya was good too, we even took a walk through the zoo.
Definitely take the Tunel Centro Bus at least once. It will take you through the far side of town, with some fantastic views of the city. As well in the older part of town, take a walk over to Mundo De Cristal, for some fabulous glass wear shopping. It's amazing, and they do a great job wrapping it up for the ride home. They'll even ship the stuff worldwide if you need.
And finally, TIME SHARE PEOPLE...we were often stopped as the "honeymooners" even though this wasn't the case. They start out pretending to be your friends, then they'll hit you with the whole "free trip" or "free excursion" even a "free breakfast"
Let's face it, nothing is free. You'll get sucked into a presentation, all about their time shares.
We even had someone at the airport asking if we would go just so he could get a small commission.
We found, the best way to get them off our backs, was to say that we already had 4 excursions booked for the time that we were there.
It seemed to work. A few times they asked which excursions, or how much did we pay.
I just brushed them off. By the 3rd day, we were no longer being hassled.
In the end, I would recomment this resort to a friend. IF they got the kind of deal that we did.
I wouldn't spend top dollar on it.
Also, star ratings don't have much to do with it really.
I've recently stayed at a 5 star in D.Rep. And it was awful.
The food was good, the rooms were filthy, and tiles were loose in the bathroom.
Sometimes you just have to go see for yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the most refreshing way to vacation in Puerto Vallarta. Unwind together in our oceanfront Jacuzzi with panoramic view. Play in our two sparkling pools. Enjoy our beach club, with its wide range of activities. Indulge in a soothing massage. Treat your palate to delicious cuisine and cocktails at our restaurants and bars. Check out our nightly shows. At Las Palmas by the Sea you will enjoy your vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Palmas By The Sea Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Las Palmas Puerto Vallarta
- Las Palmas Sea Puerto Vallarta
- Las Palmas Resort
- Las Palmas Beach