This review has been a long time overdue. My fiancé (now wife) and I had our wedding at Playa Fiesta in December 2011. It was definitely the best week of our lives. We truly had a dream wedding and it was made all the more special by the intimate nature that Playa Fiesta provides.
From the very beginning, we knew that Playa Fiesta would provide us an amazing experience. Just looking at their website, you can see very quickly that this is a great place that offers some amazing views. If you are coming for just a regular hotel stay (non-wedding) you are going to be very happy with your stay. But if you are planning (or attending) a wedding there, it is even better.
Working with Lindsey and her wedding planning crew was a breeze. We had never visited the hotel but their constant communication put us right at ease. In retrospect, their work is simply amazing. Lindsey would often reply to our off-hours e-mails in minutes. It often felt like we were the only wedding they were planning for the 2+ years that we were engaged. Seriously, I don’t know how they do it.
My wife often commented how amazing the entire process was. We were provided a spreadsheet right away detailing all the rates and a basic guide that would be our bible for the next few years. Along the way, we were guided along so that we did not miss key milestones and due dates for things such as the guest list, hotel bookings, deposits, etc. I could go on and on about how amazing the planning process was, but instead I’ll just finish up by saying that with the guidance of Lindsey and her staff, we were able to see all the amazing options they offer, without pressure to purchase extra things we didn’t want or need. It was amazing from start to finish.
Of course, there is much more to a wedding than just planning. We arrived a few days before our guests so we could get settled and take care of some business before the wedding. Probably my favorite part of the whole trip was watching our guests trickle and in be simply AMAZED at the awesome rooms & views that PF offers. We had just enough guest rooms occupied to take up nearly all the ocean-view rooms & suites, without having anyone get stuck in one of the non ocean-view rooms. I believe we used 16 or 17 rooms. If you are planning a bigger wedding though, you will have to make some tough decisions about who gets the best rooms though, since everyone pays the same rate.
Food wise, we were treated to a spectacular buffet every morning that our guests were there. For the days when the hotel was mostly empty, it was an a la carte breakfast personally prepared for us – whatever we wanted. Each and every meal was great and the perfect way to start each day.
The pools are on the small-ish side but they were more than adequate for the size of our party. One thing to note: if you are obsessed with the beach, Playa Fiesta is situated right on the water, but the beach is totally rocky, not sandy. We didn’t mind though – I’d rather be in a great pool than the ocean anyway.
Service wise, the entire staff was ridiculously professional and fun. They managed to memorize our entire group’s names as they arrived. Something as little as that makes a HUGE difference. By the end of our stay we had made friends with most of the staff – I think that’s a pretty common thing at Playa Fiesta, because the guys are so nice!
Finally, the wedding day was here. The day that we had been planning and dreaming of for years. There would HAVE to be a small amount of disappointment after the buildup I had in my mind, right? Wrong. Everything went off without a hitch. I won’t bore you all with the intricate details of our day, but every single thing went exactly as we had planned. The ceremony was spectacular. The reception was classy but not stuffy. The speeches and dinner were so memorable. The dancing (with a stage set up over the pool!) was fun and the party lasted well into the night. And perhaps best of all, we did not have to stress out at all about anything. We were in the pool until just a couple hours before our wedding – how cool is that? No stressing about caterers, flowers, photographers, etc. Speaking of photographers, we used Michelle Turner, and she was amazing as well.
There are not enough good things I can say about Playa Fiesta and the amazing time we had there. This review doesn’t even do justice to how great everything was. I have very high standards for places where I spend money, and from a groom’s perspective Playa Fiesta exceeded every single one of my expectations. We’ll never forget it. I can’t wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Playa Fiesta is unique in every sense of the word. A true gem situated on the South side of Puerto Vallarta right on the ocean with magnificent views of Banderas Bay. Playa Fiesta caters to Wedding groups & Vacationers. A quaint & intimate resort with full hotel amenities. The onsite Bar & Restaurant are open from 8am-11pm daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Fiesta Beachclub And Hotel
- Playa Fiesta Beachclub Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Hotel Playa Fiesta Beachclub