Hello, I'm looking for some help for my 40th birthday. The reviews of both hotels are mixed 75% are exel - good for Playa and 85% Exec - Good for Nuevo Vallarta. 10% does not seem like much but I'm tossed. I have been to Playa twice once in 08 and again in 09 both times I stayed at the Riu (gave reviews both times). I really enjoyed myself but my husband was not that big of a fan of the Riu. We have a time share and can do a trade thought IIA getting us a 2 bedroom suite at either Playa or Nuevo Vallarta so I'm hoping my fellow TripAdvisors can help me narrow down to 1 location.
I've never been to PV before. The beaches seem nicer than the PDC location but on the flip the water in PV seems dark compared to the lush aqua that is in PDC. I also love being so close to Cozumel while in PDC, it's always a fun get away; however, I don't know if there is anything fun to do while in PV?
Also does anybody know how far Grand Luxxe is from downtown? I know at the Riu we were within walking distance which was wonderful. We've never rented a car before but being we'd be there a week we might decide to rent ... any pointers there are also helpful for either or both locations. I've heard Mexico horror stories about renting cars!!!! Does the hotel charge a daily parking fee, etc.
Thanks for all your help!!!!