This hotel is very well situated in the heart of downtown Puerto Vallarta, 2 blocks from the Malecon (beach boardwalk) and walking distance to many shops, restaurants and the swimmable beaches. When you head directly towards the water from the hotel, you’ll need to go left at the Malecon to reach the beach since you can’t swim right there (too many rocks and undertow). There is also another excellent beach to the right of the Malecon but that one’s a longer walk, about half a mile.
The hotel itself looks very nice from the outside as it’s build in typical Mexican architecture and colors. There’s a nice courtyard in the middle with a lovely rock wall fountain but unfortunately, it’s been broken for a while so no water flows from it. The staff at the hotel is very nice and helpful and the maids do a very good job of cleaning your room (they actually wash the floor every day). The rooms are not all the same, the corner ones are nice and big with a king bed while most others are smaller with 2 single beds. As mentioned by others, the beds are fairly hard, so if this is a problem for you, be warned. The AC worked well although it was hard to set the temperature. A few nights, we had to put the extra blanket on as it was cold! The hotel is next to a busy street so lots of traffic and can be noisy, bring earplugs!
If you’re looking for luxury, this place is not for you. This is clearly a budget hotel with excellent rates and it’s quite old. There’s a nice pool on the roof with some loungers but not a lot of shade. We enjoyed our 2 weeks there and would go back as we felt the location and price outweighed the age of the hotel and its contents. Note they also have a sister hotel next door with 1 and 2 bedroom suites for a longer stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Encino Hotel Puerto Vallarta