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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Vallarta Torre

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Vallarta Torre
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Arizona
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113 reviews
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“Back again!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

The last time my wife and I visited VT was in 2010. Coming back to see our friends from Alaska, Canada, California and meeting new people is always special. It’s always nice seeing the amazing staff that has been there year after year.
Our friends invited us to stay with them this year and we were on the first floor, Room 104, guest bedroom which is located near the front door. It looks like the all doors and furniture had been repainted and the sofa and chairs had new cushions.
The only problem I had, sleeping in the guest room, was the workers talking loudly at 6:00 AM. Forget about sleeping in late. My wife was smart, she had ear plugs which were used to block out my snoring. She didn't hear a thing.
Soriana's is still the grocery store to shop at unless you take a cab to Sam's Club next to Walmart.
VT put on a Beach Party that had lots of food, fun and games. They hadn't done that the last time we were here.
At the bar, we noticed the prices of the cerveza had double in price from last year and that the servers had to work harder to drum up business to get their tips. What ever happened to the daily drink specials? When we are down here, I tend to drink a couple of bottles of beer a day which I hardly do when I'm home.
They had set up a memorial for the members that had past away. We had one of our friends picture on the memorial who had owned the timeshare since 1979. We really miss her presence alot.
Since we were there for Halloween, there was a contest for the best costumes for the employees and later that day, there was one for all the guest plus there were different stations for all types of Mexican food. One of the stations made these amazing crepe desserts.
Another highlight of our trip is the releasing the baby turtles into the ocean at night. This time is wasn't organized as well because it was the same night as the Halloween costume party. We could hardly watch the turtles meander down to the ocean.
One morning, we decided to buy some prawns at the local mercado which was down the street from Walmart. I think the cross street is Universo and Prisciliano Sanchez, enter on the south side of the market, Mar Caribe street, then go inside the building. The price was $120-140 pesos for 2 kilograms of prawns. On the way back, we stopped off at the corner restaurant for breakfast for $50 pesos. The place was clean and food was delicious.
The restaurant that I mentioned in my 2010 review that is around the corner from VT was closed but there was mention that it might reopen again.
We found another restaurant that is pretty popular which is in the Marina. It's located on the south part of Mastila Street. There is no reservations, so it's first come first serve. The margarita's are out of this world.
One of the questions was the taxi fare from and too the airport. Why does it cost $20US to go to the hotel from the airport, and only $50-60 pesos to go to the airport??
We plan of returning in 2013.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

i miss our wonderful time share on the water. from the street entrance, i could see the ocean breeze blow through the wide open archway leading through the ground floor to the pool and beach. we spent our first wk here then went to the grand mayan resort complex for two wks.
i thought it would be good to go from 3 stars to 4 stars. i look forward to our return to vallarta torre;
great ocean view with spacious suite to relax in. intimate friendly and fun is better for me than a lazy river with grand mayan jack hammers and dump trucks.

my husband and i worried that our 2010 Las Vegas VI TS purchase was an error. after arriving and sitting at the palapa bar with our first dos equis and margarita we celebrated our TS purchase with enthusiasm for future travel plans. Hello to Bobbin a regular from Washington. Thank you for the cocktail party in your Torre penthouse. Marvelous luxury offered for owners with the points to splurge.

Gracias to the people of Nayarit and Jalsico. We were treated so well and enjoyed sharing tips with all the people that provided tourist service to us.....fyi.... the people who bag food are unpaid and rely on tips. I encourage all travellers to tip and share your comparitive wealth. to not tip at an all inclusive is stingy and indecent.

Room Tip: all rooms are ocean view ask for fouth floor and up to see over majestic trees take advantage of l...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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McKinney, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

Positives
We were really surprised at the quality of the room when we got there. It was spacious, clean and well accommodation. The staff was friendly. The pools were average but clean. No waterfalls, or anything fancy and no swim up bar.

We did not eat at the restaurant as we want to experience things outside of the hotel, but they seemed well attended and the specials seemed good.

The beach was pretty good. We were there during a "busy" time but the beaches were not crowed at all.

The best thing about our visit was the baby turtle releases. When they find a turtle laying eggs, they recover them and put them in a protected cage. When the eggs hatch they let the guests release them. We got to that twice in one week. It was awesome!!

We did quite a few excursions with vallarta adventures and one of their locations was easily walking distance from hotel.


Negatives
Lack of activities for younger people.

The hotel definitely caters to an older crowd as the activities were mainly around that crowd (stretching, bingo, black jack, karaoke). We are 38 & 40 and we were about the youngest ones there.

The chairs on the beach were not really comfortable. You also get bugged quite a bit by beach vendors selling shirts, souvenirs, etc..but that is on all beaches in PV.

The sand in PV is grittier than we are used to and sometimes hurts your feet.

The noise from the hallways went right into the bedrooms. It never kept me up, but you could definitely hear everything that happens out there

Not close to a lot of downtown shopping, but it is a quick taxi ride away.

No real fitness center if you are into that. They had a treadmill.

Not much beach activities included such as kayaks or paddle boards.

Room Tip: Go in December to maybe get to release some sea turtles. All rooms seem to have a good view but the...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

My in-laws have a timeshare at Vallarta Torre, so my family has been joining them for the last 12 years or so. The best things about Vallarta Torre is the small size (maybe 60 rooms), the wonderful views of the ocean, and the staff.

The staff has changed very little over the past 12 years, and many of them remember us from year to year. My wife and I even stopped in for a few hours of pool and beach time while we were on a cruise that stopped in P.V. as we walked into the lobby we were welcomed back, but they were confused because we did not have reservations for us. We explained that we were on a cruise and they "Welcomed us Home". Over the years we have been in 1 bedroom units, 2 bedroom units and the Penthouse. All are wonderful. All 1 and 2 bedroom units also have a murphy bed which is surprisingly comfortable so you can fit an extra couple of people if desired. The kitchens are fully stocked with dishes, silverware, pots, pans, blender. Along with a full size refridgerator, and dishwasher.

Most bedrooms have 1 king size bed, which are usually very hard. So we end up putting the comforter and blankets under the sheets for a little extra cush. Bathrooms are roomy with plenty of towells, for the pool and the shower. All of the 1 bedroom units have view of the ocean, especially good from the 3rd floor on up. 2 bedroom units are on the bottom floor of the main building or of a smaller annex building that is very close to the beach and pool. All of the ground level units have easy access through sliding glass doors to the pool area.

The pool is not that large but never seems crowded, and is usually kept at about 84 degrees. It also has a nice bench under the palpa (bar) where you can be out of the sun but still be in the water. The palapa has good drinks that are either 60 or 90 pesos (double the alchohol) and during happy hour drinks are 2 for 1. The onsite restaraunt is very good, comparable to many places in town. We will normally eat there most mornings for breakfast (love the fresh squeezed OJ), we would eat off the lunch menu while sitting around the pool or on the beach, and the waiters will bring you anything that you would like during the day. There is also a large grocery store about a 2 minute walk from the main enterance, which is very convenient for snacks or if we desired to cook for ourselves. One night we got a bunch of steaks and shrimp at the store and then BBQ'd them at the resort.

Average age of the crowd while we have been there is late 50's or early 60's. With several multi-generational familes in attendance. There were probably 10 kids under the age of 10, another 10 between 10-14 and 20 older teens to early 20's. Everyone is very friendly at the resort, both staff and guests. This is not a party hotel, so if you want loud music and you want to be loud and boisterous, then this is probably not the place for you.

The pool is just a short walk from the hotel maybe 15 seconds and the beach is just beyond the pool. I love going back and for from the ocean to the pool. There are plenty of organized activities during the day for those who like to do them, such as water volleyball, beach volleyball, bingo, water exercises, etc.

Room Tip: View rooms are on the 3rd floor on up. Easy access rooms to pool and beach are on the bottom floor.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Oakley, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

We just came back from our vacation at Puerto Vallarta's Vallarta Torre, tha staff is amazing, they are always at your service without being on your face; the beach is nice, the only problem is the public vendors at it...they are always on your face. But in general great, the place and the staff fixes it all (And Erik at the lobby takes care of any problem you may have)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Wenatchee, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

This place was Great!!! The people there are only interested in making your stay nice. The staff goes above and beyond. The location was key to me. Most of the boat cruises and activities take place at the Marina. You are able to walk down the street to the Marina and not purchase a taxi all the time. The place even sets the fare for your ride in a taxi so you don't get taken advantage of. The Beach is the best. Look closely at where you stay because many places are up high and away from the beach or set away from it altogether. Security is as you enter at all times but not obtrusive, just makes you feel better. Never was there a problem with safety while we were there. Remember they survive due to us tourists and they protect you if anything. Oh ya and that goes for the water here too. They don't want you to get sick and never return so most water is bottled and Vallarta Torre is 100% filtered and you can drink from the sink if needed. Can't say enough about the place. Oh ya and they rent the rooms by the night as well if you aren't a timeshare owner or even ever want to be one.

Room Tip: View is better on the third floor and up but you may go lower but.... the lower right side is blocke...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Seattle
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

This place is pleasant, safe and clean, and convenient to shopping, the Marina, and the airport. It’s a bit far from the center of town, so expect a 15-25 minute cab ride to Centro or Zona Romantica. It is located directly on the beach where, while “resting” on low-quality white plastic loungers that you could buy on discount at Home Depot, you will be solicited approximately once every 2-3 minutes to purchase cheap clothing, trinkets, jewelry, blankets, horseback rides, tobacco products, or drugs.

The age demographic of the guests/owners here dates to sometime around Lenin’s death and Franklin Roosevelt’s election as the Governor of New York. Soon, Vallarta Torre will need to hire a full-time on-site nurse, and not long after that a mortician. There is a shuffleboard court, and the scheduled group activities include bingo and “stretching.” There seems to be no alcohol in the margaritas they serve “two-for-one” during happy hour, and the bar closes at 10 p.m.

The staff is pleasant and responsive. They are very concerned that you will speak with representatives of competing timeshare properties, and they warn you against doing so at every opportunity: in the pre-registration mailer you receive before arriving, at check-in, and in your in-room information packets. They will, on the other hand, gladly treat you to breakfast if you’d like to hear their own sales pitch. They also take the time, several times a day, to ask you for your room number even when you are not charging anything to your room; perhaps this is a memory test?

There are helpful signs everywhere advertising the restaurant’s daily specials, which include “Mexican Night.” The café serves “Café Americano” consisting of drip coffee. The fitness center consists of a single outdoor treadmill.

The architecture and décor are very state-of-the-art circa 1978. Our bedroom included a giant eggshell-shaped relief sculpture behind the headboard.

This wasn’t a bad place to stay; nor was it excellent. It was, however, affordable, and reasonably convenient. We would recommend it strongly to our elderly parents. To our friends (like us in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s), perhaps not as much.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vallarta Torre
Address: Paseo De Las Garzas #168, Puerto Vallarta 48354, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 92 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 64
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