Our first time to Mexico and Puerto Vallarta and we are so glad we chose Playa del Sol Los Muertos Beach! The location is great--walking distance to everything (PV is pretty hilly so bring good shoes). The hotel is small, with 7 floors. Upper floors offer the best views of the beach. We stayed in a 1 bedroom with a "partial" ocean view from our balcony and it offered a decent view. Our room on the 6th floor (606) was decorated with a Mexican flair, complete with a tiled floor.
The kitchenette was adequate, though a bit run down. And, as with any room by the beach, there was a bit of a musty scent. Housekeeping came everyday and mopped and even washed our dishes. The bed was a bit hard and the bedroom was open to the living room. OK for a family, maybe not okay for 2 couples sharing. They did provide a large jug of water for drinking.
The hotel is right on the beach. It is located on a hillside so that the street entrance is on the 3rd floor. Pool is on level 2, and the beach is on level 1. You take the elevator to level 1, walk 50 steps through the tiny garage, cross a tiny, not busy street, and you're on the beach. The bar/restaurant is decent, but be sure to travel around because there are restaurants/bars galore nearby. Ismael waited on us, bringing us beers and many fish tacos so we never had to leave our palapa. He was very nice and helped us with our spanish. There is also a bathroom on the beach behind the bar that is private for hotel guests, which came in handy after cervezas and margaritas. There was a bit of construction going on beside the bar, and in some of the rooms, but we hardly noticed it.
Overall, the hotel is not very fancy but it is a great location in town and it has character. Los Muertos is a "locals" beach so it always has folks on it, including beach vendors who pass by every 2 minutes asking you to buy something. They do not harass you and you can keep your head down or say "no gracias." Or, you can buy some good stuff and bargain--remember, a buck is much more to them than it might be to you! This is a very active beach--vendors, parasailers, boat rides, lots of families, etc., so if you're looking for quiet this is probably not the place for you.
The weather in August was HOT. The hotel provides palapas and beach chairs which was a must for me and the tropical sun. The beach is lively and entertaining and the water warm and calm, except for a couple days when the waves were really big. No shelling here, just good old sandy beaches. Saw a dolphin only one time. Had the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen on the beach. We are planning on going again and if we stay in town, we'll stay here.
Regarding the time share issue, we declined at check in and weren't asked again. In town there are many folks selling timeshares and activities, so be prepared. There's lots of info about this on many PV websites. We just said "not today" and kept walking.
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