Let me begin by saying this was our second time in Puerto Vallarta, first time was at Canto Del Sol and we knew Villas Vallarta is only a 3 star hotel.
Bare light bulb in the bathroom and I could see straight through to the outside through the hole in the ceiling. We needed 3 new bulbs in the first 2 days in various places. The hairdryer was also missing from our room (619) but they provided one in short order (and made darned sure that it was still there when we checked out).
I had to practically beg the front desk for a room near the pool but after much conversation back and forth (in Spanish) the two desk clerks gave us a room overlooking the pool on the second floor. Our room had a small kitchen with a fridge but the sign on the wall said that the use of the kitchen appliances was restricted to time-share owners only. The food is so-so at either Villas or Canto. Between them they have 3 al-a-carte restaurants. The best I would say is the Italian only because my parmesan chicken dish was really good. The Grill boasts filet mignon, spicy fish, ribs, t-bone steaks and a mixed grill with mexican sausage. Sausage is just another name for weiners and they show up in many dishes at the buffett. Don't expect Alberta beef at the Grill but but my "filet" was tender. If Westjet offers you a city tour, free of not, I would advise against it. The tour guide will take you directly to too many expensive stores where you spend too much time instead of touring the city. Included is a tequila tasting experience which is fun but after that, you are expected to order lunch from the tequila business owners. Ours was really pricey so we just had a beer and a coke. If your not eating, there is nothing to do but wait however, the bus trip into the mountains was very nice.
This really is a clean hotel and the lobby and staircases are lovely. The staff (except for the front desk) is exceptionally friendly. Our balcony was huge and offered 2 chairs with still plenty of room. The king sized bed was very comfy with high quality pure white sheets. The location of Villas Vallarta was perfect. Mega store is about three blocks to the south, Soriana 3 blocks to the north, Walmart is walkable in about 40 minutes but it's entirely do-able, same with Costco if you are up for it in the heat as well as downtown and the Melacon. We walked back from the "romantic zone" in 30 minutes. Try the bus! It's so much fun and it goes everywhere. Take the one called TUNEL and you see another side of PV. It stops in the romantic zone and only three blocks to the ocean but HOLD ON, these things practically fly! The nightly entertainment at Canto is quite professional and enjoyable and the pool there is beautiful. Really pleased that we could go back and forth between the two hotels. The pool at Villas Vallarta is quiet and restful with its own bar. The drinks are good and they will try to make anything you ask for.
If we visit PV again, I don't think I would stay at Villas Vallarta again. It's just too old.
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