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Canto Del Sol

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Canto Del Sol

Hi,

How is Canto Del Sol for a solo traveler?.....I like that it is fairly close to town and the Malecon

Is it a lively resort or more on the quiet side ?....How is the pool ?....any music ?.

Mostly younger or older people or mix ?

I am considering staying there from April 11 - April 16 and I know that this is when many local nationals travel to PV so I am not sure what to expect in general

Thanks,

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1. Re: Canto Del Sol

It's definitely going to be very busy with nationals then. I'll just let you know my experience, traveling by myself to Canto for two weeks a couple of years back.

I was there for 2 weeks in mid-October to early November. It was a very nice mix of younger people (families and young couples) and some older folks. It was mostly vacationing Mexicans and a few people from the US and Canada. Got that impression from going to the evening performances where the Activities Director did a shout-out and asked us to yell or raise our hands as to where we were from. Mostly younger nationals.

I didn't spend much time at the pool but it's fairly lively. The poolside bartenders were so friendly. I think they've worked there for years and have their own fans.

Personally, I loved Canto del Sol. Being a long time PV traveler and being there by myself for two weeks, I found the staff to be very friendly and the security was OK (wristbands and until they recognize you, they will ask for your room number). I love the area as you walk out of Canto del Sol and you're on cobblestones. It's almost like being in a village, in a way.

The downside for me was the Wi-Fi was erratic. This was 2 years ago though -- I hope they fixed it. There is a small business center though. The upside, besides the great staff, was that I always felt comfortable there. The rooms are a little small. I had a double-lock-off, with a King room and a studio with kitchen, etc. Two bathrooms. Two TVs. One tiny balcony with a pool/partial bay view.

So, as far as expectations you mentioned ---- I don't know how old you are and what your solo travel experience is but, when I was there, I thought it was one of the best places I've ever stayed where almost anyone would fit in and enjoy as a single traveler.

I would stay there again any time. It's clean, welcoming and has a great activities staff. If you're younger and like nightlife, they do an escorted trip down to the clubs on the Malecón most nights. I did not do AI, and you probably wouldn't want to either, with plenty of places to explore.

Hope you have fun. For when I was there, I would give Canto del Sol an *A* for a solo traveler. At least for me.

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2. Re: Canto Del Sol

I don't consider that location "fairly close" to downtown or the Malecon. -suze

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3. Re: Canto Del Sol

We (younger seniors then, but still seniors) stayed there our first trip to Vallarta together (late-March '03). A good while ago, and too far back to comment on too much of what we experienced, as I'm sure many changes have taken place since then, and Marly has provided a good description of a much more recent stay.

But the location certainly has not changed, and we would definitely describe it as "failrly close to town and the Malecon" -- we walked into town and the Malecon, and back, almost daily, and often farther, to the city's south side and back. Did the same to the north of the hotel as well, and many times across the street, to and into the areas near and around the Stadium.

For us, it was a very noisy, and lively place when we stayed there. We actually hated it ... guess that's why we were out & about so much!! But if it's still that way, and that's what you are looking for ... it could well-fit the bill.

We did like the food there ... just didn't like the rooms (which I'm sure have been well-renovated since then), the terribly loud "music" and other noise around the pool all day, and lack of 'real' beach.

Good luck with your researching!

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4. Re: Canto Del Sol

I guess we'd have to define and agree on "fairly close". To me that means a 5-15 minute walk. And it's further than that.

Edited: 11 March 2014, 20:32
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Hi,

I am not really concerned about the location because I know where the Canto Del Sol is located and would have no problem walking into the downtown from there as I have stayed at the Sunset Plaza before and walked into town with no problem

I am more concerned about what the resort will be like and what type of an atmosphere to expect from April 11 - April 16 .....which will be during the week before Easter.....

Should I expect mostly families with kids ?....or a mix or families and singles and couples ?

Just want to make sure that not a quiet quiet laid back resort

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6. Re: Canto Del Sol

It's definitely NOT a quiet, laid-back resort. Johnny brings up a good point (but you might already know having stayed almost next door), the beach is definitely lacking. Sometimes there is almost no beach.

Glad you know where it is so you know that you can easily take the bus after a short walk East to the main drag. I've walked downtown from there before but it's not too scenic. As you know, you can get downtown and southside within 12-15 minutes or so, on the bus. Bus shelter right on the street. Blake's and a few other restaurants nearby.

Unfortunately, it might be difficult to find out exactly what it's like (in atmosphere) during that period of time. Could be wild and crazy, what with being near Easter. Like I said, my two weeks there were in October and November. Quite active, but it wasn't fully-occupied at the time. Might be full and very noisy while you're there.

The rooms have been renovated -- about three years ago or so. Still not perfect. Not new, like Sunset Plaza. Much smaller.

With your questions, are you trying to get to the difference between Sunset Plaza and Canto del Sol? If so, even though my visit was a couple of years back (we stayed at the Sunset Plaza the week after I spent two weeks at Canto), Canto is definitely less formal and more fun. We found the Sunset Plaza a little boring (and much more upscale and "proper") than Canto. I personally wouldn't stay at Sunset Plaza traveling sola. That's more for couples. But, I felt quite comfortable at Canto del Sol alone. My maid really took care of me --- one of the best ever. Depends on people's traveling styles, in a way?

Hope someone who has stayed there more recently (or maybe last year around Easter time) will chime in.

Have fun. Expectations are everything, as you mentioned.

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7. Re: Canto Del Sol

Look at the Reviews for that hotel at the same time for the last several years. I am sure reviewers would mention the activity level. You can also contact the reviewer, it is listed on their review.

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8. Re: Canto Del Sol

The Buenaventura would be the closest to town, nice accommodations and pool (no swimup bar) and a popular pool/beach bar that is open late; and a much nicer beach than Canto. A good mix of younger, older, singles and couples; entertainment on some nights and an all-inclusive option that is mostly buffet.

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9. Re: Canto Del Sol

We were just there in the beginning of February and it was very very laid back I would not call this resort lively! However when we were there it was a lot of older folk there I am 40 and the average age were older seniors. The staff was amazing after the first night they had our drink order memorized at the buffet and same with the waiter at the pool. We were happy enough as my kids kept my husband busy but thankfully we only went for one week not two!

The internet was good, not sunset plaza good but all around the pool and my kids were able to Skype with their friends back home.

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10. Re: Canto Del Sol

Certainly shows the drastic difference between going during "snowbird season" and other times. Doesn't even sound like the same place I stayed. Seasons can make a huge difference. Since I was there over the Day of the Dead timeframe, it was plenty festive and full of younger people. Lots of 20-somethings, virtually all nationals.

Seems like buckey's suggestion about checking reviews for that timeframe is a good one, if there are any.