We stayed at the Royal Suites from Apr 19-26, 2009 with my gf and her family. Ages ranged from 19-50. I will start by saying that had the Royal Suites not been on the same compound as the Palladium, you would swear it was a completely different hotel. Had I stayed on the Palladium side, my review may have not been as positive, however I would have also expected much less as the price was less than 2/3 to stay there.
GENERAL INFO: As a Royal Suites guest, you have access to a private lobby, bar, pool, restaurant and beach area. You can go to any part of the resort and use the facilities but Palladium guests are not allowed in to the Royal Suites portion of the compound. The resort itself is very large and much walking is required to get to certain attractions. NO paths are direct and many are up hill. Not recommended for people with difficulties walking.
CHECK-IN: If you are a Royal Suites guest, you check in in a seperate lobby and there is almost no wait. Sometimes the bellboys get confused and send you to the wrong place. DO NOT wait in line at the main lobby to check in if you are a Royal Suites guest.
ROOMS: As this building was finished winter 2007, the rooms are very nice and extremely up to date. You have a choice of a king bed or two doubles and an enclosed or open concept bathroom. Bathrooms have a jacuzzi tub, standup shower, toilet and single sink. Open bathrooms have the shower and toilet behind glass doors. All rooms are air conditioned and it appears to work most of the time. Rooms also include a loveseat, desk and table. All units have balconies and your choice of views are either into the resort or into the jungle. All rooms have a Sony 32" LCD TV, a DVD player and an iPod docking station along with the usual: iron, board, hairdryer. There is an electronic safe that is ample size for a 15" laptop plus cameras and all your money/documents. The entire Suites side has free Wi-Fi internet access.
GROUNDS: Everything is beautiful on this resort and a lot of time and care is taken maintaining the property. The grounds include a botanical garden and a zoo with: deer, spider monkeys, parrots, turtles, ducks, rabbits, etc. As well as two aligators that live at the front entrance. You are situated up a hill from the ocean so many parts of the resort have fantastic views.
POOLS: The resort has three seperate pools, one of which is private to Royal Suites guests. This pool is very peaceful and tranquil. A great place to come back to and relax or drink all day! The second pool is the family pool. All ages are welcome here and it gets very busy during the day as the activities are held here. Loud music throughout the day. The third pool is the infinity pool. This pool is 18+. It has a spectacular view of the ocean. This pool can get quite busy and rowdy as it is a popular location for suntanners and drinkers alike. Both Royal Suites pool and the infinity pool are open until midnight.
BEACH: The beaches are very typical of the west coast. The water is decent but not crystal clear blue like on the east. Sand has been trucked in, but is white and cleaned often. Many loungers are on the beach both in direct sunlight and under palapas. Honestly, the quality of beach was higher on the Palladium side. However, this beach got very busy during the day. The Royal Suites beach was not as nice, but offered more relaxation and a better selection of chairs. Posistioned between the beach and the pool, on the Royal Suites side, are plenty of bali beds that you can nap on day or night.
RESTAURANTS: The Royal Suites restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each meal has a menu you order off of as well as a salad bar. The food here was excellent and if you didn't want to venture far, you could easily eat all of your meals at this restaurant. There are three a la carte restaurants: Italian, Mexican and Asian. The Italian was probably the best presentation. All served good food and liking it is personal preference. 2-3 times a week they hold a beach BBQ. All types of meat are cooked over an open fire and served on the beach. This is a great setting for eating dinner and the food was beyond exceptional! There is a buffet open 3 times per day with average food and little rotation from day to day. There is a snack bar open 10-6pm near the family pool. Food is beyond terrible. Avoid this restaurant.
BARS: The private bar in the Royal Suites is great. There is almost never a wait and they offer many custom mixed drinks. There is a fair selection of international liquors and Corona beer on tap. I cannot offer much information about the rest of the bars as I did not frequent them. This is mainly because each time I did, there were significant waits for my drink; even something simple like a beer. There is a bar in each lobby, one at the adult pool, one on the beach and two in the main resort area near the theater.
ENTERTAINMENT: There are activities all day at the family pool: dancing, bingo, competitions, sports, etc. I cannot comment on the quality as I did not participate. There are nightly shows in the theater. Of the two I saw, I would not recommend them. Poorly done and often made no sense.
TRAVEL: This hotel is NOT IN PEURTO VALLARTA as advertised. It is north in a different state called Punta de Mita. This is not the best resort to stay at if you like doing many excursions or plan on going to town to shop everyday. Peurto Vallarta proper is over 45 mins away. $1.50 by bus or $35USD by Taxi each way. The closet town, Bucerias, is small and dirty. Not as good shopping experience as the boardwalk in PV. In addition, you must pay extra transportation costs for many of the excursions because the hotel is so far away from the meeting points.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you think I left anything out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Suites Punta Mita is a newly constructed VIP section within the Palladium Vallarta Resort featuring 100 rooms and first class facilities and services such as a private restaurant with a la carte service, two private bars serving premium beverages, 24-hour room service, a private swimming pool heated during the winter season, unlimited dinner reservations at the theme restaurants, concierge service, and free Internet connection. Adults only during high season. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Suites Punta Mita By Palladium Hotel Punta De Mita
- Royal Hotel Punta De Mita