Just returned from a week in a studio, which was quiet, w/comfortable bed, but wished we could have upgraded to a 1 Br. as the only seating were 4 wooden stools and the sofa-bed. Unfortunately no 1 Br. was available as this place has become very popular. We had stayed here 10 years ago before it was an A-I and loved it...staying in a nice 1 Br. It was a much less busy place then...quiet, no problem getting loungers or poolside tables. Now, however, it is overrun with families who see to it that someone is up early to score their prized lounge chairs, tables & chairs by the pool by draping towels over them. By 9AM there were very few left, but many of them, although 'reserved' were not actually used for many hours later...sometimes not until after Noon. Disappointed that the resort did not enforce their rules regarding this ritual.
The other disappointment was the food. Neither the beachside restaurant nor the fancier Andrea had anything but Americanized fare... nothing memorable. The entree menu was limited, the portions small, and food ordinary. Very little traditional Mexican. Geared towards families...Hamburgers and Pizzas! Scrawny Steaks...a far cry from 'gourmet' . The buffet food was not so great either (the buffet's in the Reno casinos are better). The service was prompt and drinks plentiful including decent wine, spirits and beer, however. You can only reserve Andrea starting at 7AM the same day. Reserve early! There are lot's of great restaurants in PV so A-I's are out for us in the future.
The positives are the beautiful grounds...meticulously maintained tropical foliage, lots of flowering plants, ferns, palms, etc. We really enjoyed Fiesta Night...Sunday. Even the Mexican food was very good here. The Mariachis were outstanding! In fact the Mariachis were the highlight of this resort for us as they played nearly every night in the lobby bar after 9PM. As to the drinks, the bartenders will make them as strong as you like. Best to stand at the bar and supervise them, but they are more than willing to accommodate. Same for room service. Order a Margarita and a glass of tequila (Hornitos) and limes on the side. You literally get a full glass of straight Tequila!
For families this resort is probably as good as it gets. But for a couple in their 60's like us we'll opt for a different venue next time. By the way, If taking a taxi from the airport you'll save $10 by walking over the pedestrian bridge and catch a yellow cab VS the airport cab. $70MXN vs $200MXN.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come to Velas Vallarta, one of the most established resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and find the tropical beachfront oasis you have been searching for. Relax and enjoy quality time with those you care about most as you enjoy the benefits of a true All-Inclusive resort. Absolutely everything is included- a spacious suite, gourmet a la carte meals, a full in-suite dining menu, our excellent Kids Club, nightly entertainment and everything in between.Take a break from building sand castles to enjoy some of the best hamburgers around during a leisurely lunch by the pool. Take a siesta after a day in the sun and freshen up for an elegant family dinner followed by a stroll through the gardens to enjoy the evening breeze. Sample a premium tequila and treat the kids to an extra dessert- it's all included and it's all high quality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Velas Vallarta Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Velas Vallarta Suite Hotel
- Velas Vallarta Suite Puerto
- Velas Vallarta Resort
- Velas Vallarta Puerto
- Club Velas Vallarta
- Velas Vallarta Suite Resort