We stayed from may 3-10 2012. the hotel was very clean, the staff very friendly and the services great. The food was plentiful and they filter their water and make their own ice so u can safely have drinks with ice in it at the hotel. We were upgraded from the side of the hotel to the ocean view for FREE as it was low season and the hotel is at half capacity, much appreciated and was very romantic to sit on balcony and watch sunset and ocean. Seperate pools was great for kids and adults.
FOOD TIP: they have 3 "specialty" food buffets, NIRVANA an Asian food restaurant was very good compared to Vancouver canada and i recomment. The "Steak House" was poor to Canada and USA standards with only 2 steaks; ribeye and sirloin, that were thin and grissly and available at lunch. Steak is not their specialty in Mexico, fish is, so dont waste your time its not even close to the KEG and as you have to reserve in advance to go, dont waste your time. The "Gourmet" restaurant was good - vgood. The regular buffet for breakfast and supper was very good and more options than i have seen at other all inclusive hotels.
Our mini fridge always had Pepsi and refreshments and of course the alcohol dispenser with 4 types of alcohol in the room was good, but u can get the same at the pool for free.
The spa was amazing and i recommend this if u have a stressful job as this helped and you can have on the beach or inside, single or couple. I will do this the first day when i return again.
Romantic/fancy Food spots: Ask to goto La Palapa in the old part of the city, its very nice with tables on the beach and indoors. The food is more like you find in fancy places in Canada. Also Le Artisties is expensive (150.00$ CND) for two people, but well worth the money and meal in the city as well.
LIQUOR: they serve u many types of liquor but u get the No-name brand which i feel is wattered down, so ask by brand name "Absolute Vodka" to get the good strong stuff.
Transport: The drive to the city from the hotel was quick and not expensive and immediate.
Security: the hotel has a private beach where there are nobody haggling you to purchase gifts and u can leave valuables on your chair at the beach or pool. Also the road to the hotel is gated
with 24 hr security so nobody can get in unless u have your hotel braclet, very safe.
I want to return to this hotel again or other Riu hotels in mexico, i highly recommend this hotel and dont be afraid to ask for an upgrade after a day or two if its low season.
Entertainment: We didnt do much entertainment at the hotel as we either went into town or just relaxed outside until later in evening. We did meet many other people from our plane and made new friends, it was a small world in a good way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * In Riviera Nayarit, overlooking the Pacific Ocean * Located on Playa de Flamingos beach, 2 km / 1.5 miles from Nuevo Vallarta * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 9-story building * 3 km / 1.86 miles from various shops * 13 km / 8 miles from the airport * 1 km / 0.62 miles from Flamingos Golf Club * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Vallarta Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Riu Vallarta Nuevo