My Wife and I stayed at the VP from 7/24-8/2 to basically rest and relax and do pretty much nothing.
1. Airport in PV was a breeze just ignore the time share hawks.
2. Check in quick easy and our room was ready in 20 minutes from our noon arrival we were greeted by Oscar who gave us a great rundown of the grounds,he explained the free tours provided by The Palace(we did none),a good overview of the city and a shot of Don Julio(Great Mexican Tequila)and a couple of cold ones for my wife and I. Then hit us with a no pressure invite to a time share pitch. He truly did not pressure us.
3.Room was very nice, always clean, mini bar constantly restocked with whatever we asked for Dos XX, Pepsi, Bottled water ,Seltzer, 7up or Tecate(we left a note and a $5 tip on our first day and never had to ask for anything). We both loved the large shower and never had a problem with water pressure, we were on the ground floor maybe that helped?? We loved the ground floor easy access to the pool,beach and whatever else. No need to wait for elevators.
3. Pool/Beach only spent 2 days at the pool as the beach was closed due to rough seas(there were some 15-20 foot swells and strong undertoe).Plenty of chairs, plenty of shade if that is your thing. If there were no umbrellas don't wait to come home and write a review and complain, Just Ask..... My Wife and I are beach people so thats what we did go to the beach. The sand was always clean unlike some of the other beaches we walked to(Occidential right next door towards the marina was filthy and I go to the beach at Coney Island N.Y. so thats saying something). There was constant waitress service, and again plenty of shade if thats your thing. Beach volleyball, soccer, bogie boards and kayaks(no Charge). The water was warm and rough enough for bogie boards and even the occasional surfer but not bad enough so you can't just relax in it, but it is not like the crystal clear caribbean sea so don't expect it. We loved it.
4. Food/Drink food was the only downfall was not great but not horrible either not a great selection and the menus were always the same.One extremely pleasant suprise was the Japanese must have the Tempora Ice Cream(Trust me on this one).
If you are a Brand name liquor person just ask for it(Stoli and Juice,Bacardi and Coke) or you will get local whatever and it all tastes like tequila, and your not gonna get Johnny Walker Blue eiher but I did see Red and Black.
5. Nightlife is a little boring at the hotel typical all inclusive shows and a live band on most nights (same band all the time, average at best). The nightlife is a 10 to15 minute cabride away $16 -18. We felt very safe and don't worry about the weather nothing stops these people, we saw the worst rain I have ever seen, I mean streets were like hard charging rivers about 3 ft. deep and everyone kept going like it was 90 and sunny.
Overall it seemed to rain once a day every day for 15 minutes in the evening like Florida and clear up enough and just in time for the most amazing sunsets you will ever see every night(take the sunset photo $15 for a 5x7 $45 for a mounted 8x12 and I'm not sure how much the poster costs My wife and I Got The $45 one it is a spectacular pic well worth it. bring similar outfits (trust my wife on this one) white tops and beige bottoms really look the best and the potographer who's name escapes me is really great. well worth the 20 minutes and the money.
6.The Staff was Great! always helpful, Very nice and if the language is a problem remember where you are, don't expect english its Mexico. For the most part it was not a problem and if it was they would always tell you to wait a minute and come back with some who spoke english with a smile. The money is not an issue at all everyone took American money and the conversion is easy its 10 pesos to 1 dollar.
This is for the golfers I Played El Tigre great track real tough from the tips but seemed a fair challenge from the whites I rented clubs(Calloway Big Berthas sorry no hybrids)lots of water and a 171/125 yard Island green yeah like No. 17 at Sawgrass.
and behind the 17th tee box is a cage where a full grown Bengal Tiger lives and will pose for some pics, hence the name El Tigre.
We don't really like to go to the same place twice but if we go back to PV we will stay at The Vallarta Palace.
Thanks for a Great Vacation
Chris and Gillian
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- Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta is a gorgeous, 348-room beachfront property ideally situated between mountains and the Pacific Ocean, featuring unmatched, all-inclusive luxury accommodations including in-room double hydro spa tubs, fine dining, top-shelf drinks, 24-hour room service, live entertainment and more. One of only three AAA Four-Diamond hotels in the area, this stylish property boasts six restaurants offering tantalizing specialty cuisines, four bars and lounges with top shelf drinks, two large outdoor swimming pools, children's pool, beach volleyball court, Body Rock Fitness Center, unmatched music memorabilia, signature Rock Spa(R), a Rock Shop and much more. The property additionally features 6,300 square feet of meeting facilities. ... more less
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