Check In: Upon arrival we received a cold, tasty juice beverage and cold towel which was nice. We stayed for one week January 4-11, 2013 and went to celebrate our anniversary. It was noted on our e-ticket request to have a king bed and terrace or balcony, but we ended up with a room with two double beds and a huge balcony with a fairly decent view of the ocean (Room 1255). They were willing to move us the next morning but we didn't bother. Check in was a breeze and quick with English speaking hosts. Not once were we pressured for a timeshare either.
Room: The room is basic, dated, and fairly clean. The sheets are white and starched, they will change them daily or every few days to be environmentally friendly but it is entirely up to you. If you are over 5 feet tall you may have trouble using the toilet as the space is EXTREMELY limited. Our safe was not attached to the closet, although I doubt anyone could easily walk away with the safe I'm sure it could be done. We had no trouble with loss at all. We tipped the cleaning lady each day and received great service. Mini bar is refreshed every few days with a couple of beers, pop and waters. Beds are soft which can be unusual in Mexico!
Food: We ate at the buffet a few times and it is your standard Mexican all -inclusive fare. You get a choice of salads, hot chicken, pork, beef in red or green sauce, re-fried beans and soups.
Breakfast can be an excellent meal with fresh made omelettes, fried eggs, hot pancakes or French toast made by the cook. Lots of options for your omelette but we didn't see bacon or sausage, not really a big deal as I can get that at home anytime. The only thing I missed was fresh warm tortillas??? Hotel please add them to your menu! The pool/snack bar has your regular formed burger patties, hot dogs, FF, salsas, veggies and YUMMY fresh Cerviche on Tostados.
Alcohol: My husband and I drank Coronas, tequila and whiskey most of the week. The booze is of the cheap, lower end alcohol but you have an option to upgrade to premium (but then the choice is not really premium, no grey goose, high end whiskey or tequila) If you are dying for your own name brand there is a liquor store right across the street. Bring a travel cup and the waiters will wash it and refill for you as required. There is also a pretty funky roof top bar that has a couple of jacuzzis and great for taking photos!
Beach: very limited beach, rocky and the waves were wickedly powerful with a strong undertow.
We were only able to swim right in front of the resort a couple of times during the week. We are travellers and check out different beaches of Vallarta so I'd recommend venturing out if you are looking for a decent swim. Mismaloya is a great option about half an hour away and you can get there by bus or taxi.
The Fabulous Staff:
There are two staff members at the hotel that took care of us all week long. MUCHOS GRACIAS to Rigo & Victor who worked in the pool/snack bar. Both men are a delight, speak English and were always there to give us drinks, coffee and snacks including fresh fruit and popsicles. They have such a great demeanour are were always happy and joking. We tipped daily for the great service we received as we barely had to get up! On the whole all staff were eager to please and were helpful when needed. No complaints at all. The concierge (little lady forgot her name) booked us a car too which arrived 20 minutes later and we had a great day trip driving up the coast.
Location: Excellent, close to downtown by walking or cab. There is a Mega, Walmart, bank machines and many, many Mexican restaurants around. If you get sick of tacos and stewed meats and are looking for comfort Canadian food try Blake's at the end of the plaza street. You can get a real beef cheese burger with fried onions, soups and ribs; the restaurant is owned by a former Winnipegger. It is pretty safe to walk around here and the hotel is just off the main strip (5 minute walk.)
Clientele: Lots of Canadians, a few Americans and locals during the week we were there. This isn't a party hotel for 20 somethings who may be looking for a party week. Lots of families and couples. Limited entertainment but all in all a great week.
Recommendations: Head into town, try other beaches, tip for great service and experience the food, drink and culture. You'll love PV, the people are AWESOME!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Plaza Pelicanos Grand Beach Resort situated on beautiful Las Glorias, surrounded by colorful tropical vegetation. facing the Pacific in Puerto Vallarta, close to shops, Teatro Vallarta, Malecon, Caballito, restaurants, and attractions, only 15 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) and 7 minutes from downtown. The layout offers private and quiet areas, as well as active areas for recreation.The hotel offers amenities like outdoor pool, a childrens pool, two aerial Jacuzzis with bay view, a health club, and a childrens club, concierge desk, Spa, Bali beds, wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas, wedding services and complimentary guest parking is limited, Sky lounge Bar, tennis court, karaoke room, game room, a buffet restaurant and two a la carte restaurant for dinner ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Pelicanos Grand Beach Hotel
- Pelicanos Puerto Vallarta
- Plaza Pelicanos Puerto Vallarta
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- Plaza Pelicanos Grand Beach Resort Puerto Vallarta