We just returned from a week at the Riu Vallarta April 1-8. We had heard many different reviews and were anxious to experience it for ourselves.
Rooms: We had a Jr. Suite. Room #7042. Two adults and 2 kids 15 & 11 years (boys). The room was very nice and spacious. Bath was large with double sinks. The beds were a little on the hard side. The view was great. We were in the center of the "U" and looked out over the pools and ocean. Only one American tv channel in the rooms.
Pools: The pools were very clean and nice. Chairs do fill up early around 7:00am.
Beach: Very nice and clean. Waves were very calm in the morning and then picked up in the afternoon. The water was very shallow and our 11 year old could touch quite a ways out. The drop off was very slow. Very sandy and no rocks or shells. Lots of chairs by the beach.
Service: No drinks service by the pools or beach. You have to go get your own drinks. Lines tend to be long. Could use more staff. Overall service was good. You have to ask for service. When asking for additional clean towels, they brought them promptly. When asking for additional beverages in room frig., they boughtly them promptly.
Sir Georges-suprised when my filet came with a mustard sauce on it. I did not care for it at all. You MUST wear long pants and a collared shirt.
Nirvans-I had heard many bad reviews and was pleasantly surprised. The food was very good.
Bottom Line on Rest.-food was good, but it has to fit your tastes. Try them all!!
Reservations fill up by 7:00am. Get in line early.
Sports Bar and the Internet:
They charge $8.00 for one hour of service. The wireless is available only in the sports bar and didn't always work. They do have about 8 computers to use.
Did not see any rude or drunk behavior from guests. (Can't get drinks quick enough) We did take our own travel mugs.
My 15 year old enjoyed the Riu Jalisco's pool activities. He went to their pool to play water polo and water volleyball. They did not have those activities at the Riu Vallarta.
Will answer any questions.
- 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