After reading some of the terrible reviews, I was a bit nervous. I was traveling with my husband and 3 kids (age 5, 9, 12). We had a room overlooking the kiddy pool. It was very clean and throughout the resort they are cleaning all the time. The kids loved the kiddy pool and the kid drinks. The beach was also good for them with only little waves. I enjoyed the adult pool (like a huge hot tub). We never had any problem finding seating around the pool or on the beach. There are vendors constantly but they don't pester too bad.
The food was okay. The kids liked it. The buffet had such a wide variety that we were all able to find at least one thing we liked. I was quite fond of the chilaquiles for breakfast. We ate at the Japanese restaurant twice and the Italian once. Liked the Japanese better.
Negative- as soon as we got there, we were given a pitch to become members of the Golden Crown club - just wanted to go to our room and relax- also our room keys were easily demagnetized and had to be replaced 3 x. Also, tried to use babysitting one day and the communication was bad and we ended up taking our 5 year old with us snorkeling (which ended up being for the best anyway).
I wouldn't go back but I usually don't like to return to a place unless it is fantastic but I would recommend it as an affordable family vacation.
For books in PV (I am an avid reader), I recommend Page in the Sun.
I also had guacamole at Pipi's- great! We picked up a lot of great souvenirs and had fun walking around old town and the Malencon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A MODERN FAMILY-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT The ambiance here at the Crown Paradise Club Puerto Vallarta, All Inclusive Resort is one of casual family fun. Our oceanfront resort was designed with myriad places to have fun and relax with an aquapark with 9 slides a pirate ship and a castle, big jacuzzi with swim up bar for adults, 3 a la carte restaurants and more... All the fun for big and small! ... more less
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- Crown Paradise Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Playa De Oro