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Vamar Vallarta All Inclusive Marina and Beach Resort
Ranked #39 of 127 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Edmonton, Alberta
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Disappointment”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

The bad: My wife, son and his girl friendand I booked our vacation at the Vamar Vallarta from Dec. 26 - Jan 2. Our arrival was a screw up from the get go. The hotel was over-booked and they stuck us is some run down 2 bedroom condo on the ocean side of the resort. After walking over there, the electronic keys did not work and it took three keys until the door finally opened (half hour wasted). This owner/rental unit had furniture that looked like it came from a garage sale. Had a pee in the toilet and when I flushed it the result was water (and pee) overflowing all over the bathroom (another hour to get housekeeping to clean up the mess. The lady in charge at the front desk (Cecilia) really went out of way to help us out in spite of the fact that no management was anywhere to be found. We were given two rooms (like we paid for) the next day which were on the Marina side facing the marina which were a vast improvement and quite nice. She also arranged for a nice dinner (an extra one) for us at the restaurant which has pretty good food, but you're limited to 1 dinner a stay (?) which is nothing but cheap on the part of the hotel. It is a good thing we get to have two dinners there because the food at the main buffet is questionable. The breakfasts are good but lunch and dinner are sub-standard. Who ever is in charge of the catering must be some flunky with no cooking skills, imagination or qualifications to be doing the job. Running out of food every meal is unacceptable - even if it is sub-standard. And deserts are a joke - jello! Yes jello... Today though, a surprise, they had cake, but of course not enough of it so I can't say if it was any good. I went back to my room and had a granola bar because it was the only appetizing thing there was left to eat.

Now the positive. The location is good and it's a quick trip to downtown and a very short walk to the marina to enjoy some restaraunts (good food) and beer.

The service staff are a mix of really good and really couldn't give a crap. The real problem here is that this resort is very poorly managed, and obviously underfunded. Trying to operate condos and a resort is a recipe for disaster - at least they have one recipe down pat.

Would I stay here again - no flippin way!

Room Tip: Marina side of the main building.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
10 Thank Rico_Sauve
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Grande Cache, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

We booked this based on the reviews and pictures of it on line - FALSE ADVERTISING. This was to be our family Christmas vacation. The first day we arrived late and had supper, the food was very poor. They were hosting a graduation class there and allowed them to party throughout the whole night at the hotel. This was to go on for a couple of days. Apparently they do not have a quite time, nor do they care about the guests. We checked out the next day and moved to another resort. The staff could not speak even broken English and the time share people were all over you every minute of every day.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Scott W
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Cuernavaca, Mexico
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

I got an all inclusive package and stayed for a weekend with my wife. The buffett was not good at all. Bath tissue was low quality and rooms missed power plugs. The bar was acceptable and all drinks are well served. The restaurant has an excellent view at the marina and makes you forget about the bad food. You may spend a good time if you are willing to sacrifice some wellness.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Guillermo G
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Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

I stayed at this property in October, 2012, for a few days.

This place is super basic - you get what you pay for. They should however, consider having more than just one bar open - the lobby bar only opens at 6pm forcing ALL guests to use the pool bar.

While the smell of dead fish from the marina is beyond the control of the hotel; I will suggest they pick a better time to scoop the from out of the water - 9 am while guests are walking to the restaurant for breakfast which located about 50 feet from the marina (yeah, the smell will take away from the eating experience).

I love Mexico, the people, music and so on however, this place had a lot of younger Mexican locals. Some of which were very nice and others who were complete losers and tried to pick fights (sadly, this story is true).

Room Tip: Choose a different hotel.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
7 Thank fmtavar
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Mexico
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33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

How can I add to Rossi2012's review? Only to say that the staff is what makes the place work. From the consierge Mariano, to the front desk with Ruben, to the bartenders; Pedro, Alberto, Zulu to the many waiters ; Ramon, Samuel, Jose, Alfonso, the activities coordinators Mathew and company, the chambermaid Maria and a special mention to Thomas and Fernando who took extra special care to make sure that the food and our stay would be above wonderful. This is the best all inclusive three star resort I have ever stayed in while in Mexico! They should add another star to the rating! Muchisimas Gracias a todo el excelente staff de Vamar Vallarta de Luiza y Manuel! ¡Hasta pronto amigos!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony on the Marina side!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
6 Thank LuizadelaLoca
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

My husband and I decided last minute to head to the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta. We wanted to be close to the town near the marina area and decided to stay at Vamar Hotel, former Embarcadero Pacifico. We have never stayed in that area in the past and we wanted to venture on something different this time.

First of all, I have to say I was truly Amazed at this property and the renovation they have done after the new brand took over. The location is SUPERB for that clientele looking for the best from both world, the beach and the marina. It is like staying at 2 properties in one. A breathtaking view from the beach side of the property is to be experienced, just a short walk from the main entrance and golf cart available that runs all day if you want that extra fun. Found out to be that it is just a couple of hundred feet away from the main entrance.

We got a room with 2 comfortable beds with fabulous blue turquoise/green marina colors for the linens perfect fit with a large size balcony overlooking the marina. The room has a pretty good size kitchen for those that like to cook and venture on their own; otherwise the hotel is an all-inclusive resort. All the rooms faced the marina area so you will always have a nice view when you wake up in the morning and relax in the balcony before heading to the beach or to the swimming pool.

There is a main large swimming pool in the main hotel and 2 swimming pools in the beach side, 3 restaurants; one in the marina called Café Marina Restaurant, Magallanes Restaurant located in between, and the last one located in the beach side called Caracol Snacks Bar. Beach Pool bars are located in both areas of the resort, one called La Joya Pool Bar and Caracol Pool Bar.

All rooms are located in the main building with some in the marina side. The marina area holds most of the vacation club members. I love the restaurant by the marina, the food is great while enjoying a nice breakfast, or simple lay out in one of the cabanas, or enjoy the day seating alongside the marina overlooking the tranquil water, birds flying by or just enjoying the view.

One a side note and depending on what time of the year – the beach area may be small for example in the month of September; however, I was there and didn’t bother me at all. I am personally a beach person but the view caught most of our attention and seating by the swimming overlooking the ocean was breathtaking.

The area was very nice, the grounds were very well kept and groomed with lots of large Iguanas wandering around the ground

We had a great service, the staff was just wonderful, the food was great! This is a great property for familly, couples, and friends getaway.

Good thing about being in this area is that it is close to the main attraction & to the downtown area, 5-10 minutes’ drive from the airport. Vallarta Adventure for all of your tours need is located about 5minutes away from the hotel and a couple of blocks from the marina dock.

There is a shopping plaza very close by within walking distance, Starbucks Coffee, restaurants, golf next door, etc

Taxi to the downtown area cost only about $80 pesos and $50pesos to the airport for a total of 4ppl; if you are doing adventurous and want to travel to a different city for example, there is a bus called Primera Plus just right across the street from the airport. It is very comfortable and easy access and goes to many towns.

Summarize, a great place to stay, a great value, close to town and awesome views.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
10 Thank Rossi2012
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New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

I live in New York, and during summer time I love to find new places to go to. My girlfriends and I decided to hit Puerto Vallarta and we had the pleasure of staying at Vamar. To sum it up, it was AMAZING, my friends are quite picky and high-maintenance so we usually get bad service or the staff can be rude to places we go to, yet, at Vamar, the personel was incredibly helpful and very attentive. The food was above par, the pools were really clean, and the guest activities were really fun. All and all we ALL had a FANTASTIC time staying here, location wise it's also superb.

I HIGHLY recommend this hotel, whether it's a romantic retreat, family fun or just a group of friends, it's truly wonderful.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
7 Thank Elizabeth H
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Property: Vamar Vallarta All Inclusive Marina and Beach Resort
Address: Av. Paseo de la Marina Sur S/N esquina Vela | Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta 48335, Mexico (Formerly Embarcadero Pacifico Hotel & Villas)
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#15 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#29 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Vamar Vallarta All Inclusive Marina and Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vamar VallartaThe perfect place to enjoy a well deserved break with your family, a romantic getaway or that special occasion… Relax and enjoy our beautiful gardens and experience the unique combination of excellent service, a spectacular natural environment and the characteristic beauty of the sea and beach of Puerto Vallarta.The best location in the exclusive Marina Vallarta area, our exceptional all-inclusive concept, wonderful views of one of the largest Marinas in Mexico and the spectacular Banderas Bay, the largest in our country are the ideal setting for enjoy a stress less experience. Your kids will enjoy the special area we have prepared for them, while you renew in the quiet of our special section for adults. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Vamar Vallarta All Inclusive Marina And Beach Hotel Puerto Vallarta
Embarcadero Pacifico Club
Embarcadero Pacifico Puerto Vallarta
Club Embarcadero Pacifico
Hotel Embarcadero Pacifico

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