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Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #26 of 125 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Ottawa, Illinois
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“this is a really nice resort with a nice staff”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

when we arrived, there was an issue with our room. it was immediately corrected by the gentleman at the front desk. the unit and the grounds were always spotless. there is a very nice main pool with a waterslide. also, i forgot some items at the resort which they had kept and we had them mailed. five stars. bill

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Our fourth stay at VDP! Brought friends who are world travellers, and they were impressed too. Small enough to know the staff and feel at home, clean, big enough to have all the amenities, great location. Good for all ages, though when we were there, lots of seniors. Special shoutout to wait staff Carlos and Jaoquin, the concierge ladies, Sergio the water sport expert and the bellboys at the front...but overall, all the staff were great!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We stayed 2 weeks at Villa del Palmar in Puerto Vallarta as the location was close to town and within an easy walk of stores and a quick bus ride to the Marina, and Downtown Vallarta. The units are comfortable with good beds and pillows. The pools have 5 foot depths which allows for more swimming than just paddling about. There are lots of chairs and permanent thatch 'umbrellas' on the beach for guests during October but I would think it would get super crowded during peak season. Services are prompt and friendly. If you can NOT go to one of the presentations, you will enjoy your time more. There is going to be a rebuild of the next door Villa del Mar and, I believe part of Palmar - which should bring standards to a more current level. It is not luxurious, but certainly affordable and pleasant for the money. We use the kitchen facilities in the suites rather than the restaurants. We are owners at the Villa Group and have been staying in Puerto and Nuevo Vallarta for 6 years - but staying in several resorts each year.

Room Tip: Try not to book a studio as they are located in the inside corners of the buildings and your views a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Poulsbo, Washington
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

This was the second time I have stayed at Villa del Palmar since 2000. The rooms are comfortable, clean and have all the amenities needed. The partial kitchens have a microwave, refrigerator, stove top, coffee maker and basic dishes. The location is a short, inexpensive bus ride or a long walk from town. My only complaint is that check-in can take quite a while with long lines and the lobby is crawling with timeshare salespeople. If you don't want to spend 3 hours in a "45 minute" hard sell timeshare presentation, make it very clear that you are not interested in receiving whatever discounts they are offering and don't want to make an appointment. I haven't been roped into a timeshare presentation in years although I do own a timeshare. My advice is that if you are interested in purchasing a timeshare, go online and find the resort with the highest trading power and buy a timeshare from the owner. They are notoriously difficult to sell and you can pick up a membership for a fraction of what you would pay if you fall for a timeshare presentation. The only other complaint I have is that there is no icemaker available and you have to go to the bartender to get ice (for making margaritas in your room or for a cooler) and he's a bit stingy with it.

The beach in front of the hotel is great for swimming and the pool is great.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Courtenay, Canada
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Our staying at Villa Del Palmar was awesome. WE arrived Oct. 6 left Nov.24
A special thank you To Minor, Sergio, Claudia,Allen, Miguel,(and all the bellboys)
Thanks to Aurora and all the girls,the activity staff are fantastic.
Halloween and Thanksgiving party, We had so much fun and the food was outstanding
looking forward to come back soon

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

We've been going to PV for many years and due to proximity to friends, we started to stay at the Villa del Palmar about 10 year ago. I was impressed recently to see that they are constantly improving the facility, amenities and service and I now believe them to be on par with the best in PV. It is a lovely setting and upkeep is now fastidious (good because the facility is not brand new but is up-to-date) competing favorably with the significantly higher-priced hotels. We will continue to make it our "home" in PV (we love having the small kitchenettes in each room) -- and continue to benefit from the constant improvements. We love the fact that its location and setting are "real Mexico" unlike many resorts which could be anywhere! BTW-- they will try the "buy our condo" number on you like many locations around the world, but if you are not interested and politely refuse the offer, they'll back off right away!

Room Tip: We've had rooms all over and the only one we didn't really enjoy was the one behind the bar...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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East Bay, CA
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

I have been coming to Puerto Vallarta for over 20 years. We are owners at Villa del Mar and really enjoy our time there. We often come down for extra weeks and are never disappointed. The Soriana grocery store is an easy walk. Buses downtown come every few minutes which makes it easy & fast to enjoy many great restaurants. The pool area at Villa del Mar is quiet and peaceful. For more activity the pool at Villa del Palmar is very, very close. The maid service is outstanding - especially Martina. She won last year's Service Award--very well deserved.

Room Tip: Almost all of Villa del Mar rooms face the pool. The pool bottom is a beautiful royal blue with a br...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa
Address: Blvd. Francisco Medina Asencio Km 2.5 | Zona Hotelera Norte, Puerto Vallarta 48335, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#16 Spa Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#23 Family Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#29 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 562
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the soft sands of Banderas Bay is Villa del Palmar Puerto Vallarta, an enchanting family resort that combines charming Mexican tradition with upscale sophistication and modernity. The magical resort, situated close to the center of downtown Puerto Vallarta, offers a unique vacation experience that will have you falling in love with the stunning beachfront destination. Boasting two freeform pools, three delicious culinary options and a state-of-the-art spa, Villa del Palmar is everything you need for a fun-filled vacation and more! ... more   less 
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Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort And Spa
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Puerto Vallarta Villa Del Palmar

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