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Hotel Suites la Siesta
Ranked #83 of 125 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“PV Gem”
Reviewed 27 May 2009

Our stay at La Siesta in March 2009 was a terrific experience. We rented a jr. suite on the 4th floor; it was a corner room with a balcony. Lovely living room/kitchen area, bedroom with 2 double beds, and a bathroom. Very clean, nicely furnished, and the most amazing views of Banderas Bay. The staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating. We were very happy with the location because it is within walking distance to so many areas. The pool is well kept and very clean. Internet service is available. (In the past we have stayed at two all inclusive and very expensive resorts in Nuevo Vallarta.) For our taste and a desire for a more authentic experience, this location/hotel was perfect. We enjoyed the experience so much we are planning a six-week stay there in 2010!

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2008

We recently spent a couple of nights at the La Siesta in a 2 bedroom suite with another couple. To keep things short this hotel does have some of the most outstanding views in Puerto Vallarta. The units are spacious and nicely decorated.

This hotel is not for anyone who is physically challenged as getting to it is somewhat difficult requiring one to walk up steep steps or up cobblestone roads.

Some other things to be aware of is that we experienced some beds that were rock hard. My wife and I woke up each morning sore and tired from all of the tossing and turning thorughout the night trying to find a comfortable position. I don't know if all of the other rooms were like this but I would be concerned if you need a bed a bit softer.

The only other thing to be aware of is that if your bedroom faces the hills there are what I assume are wild roosters who begin making noise early, early in the morning. Once one starts off a bunch of others join in. The first night we slept with the window open but the last night we had to keep them shut to minimize the noise from the roosters.

They advertise internet service there but when I asked about using it they said that I could go down below the hotel to find an internet cafe. So, if having an internet connection is vital during your stay this may not be a good choice.

In conclusion, the draw to this hotel is its absolutely stunning view. The other thing is the cost as you get a lot of space for the money.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — Getting to it.
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Glendale, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a week in July. We pre-paid for a Jr Suite, but when we arrived they gave us a master suite! The view is truly the BEST view in all of Puerto Vallarta! This hotel was perfect for us as it had everything we needed on a budget ... full kitchen and even a arrowhead style bottle of water which saved us a ton! I have stayed in an Americanized resort in the hotel zone before and I found this experience so much more enjoyable. We were only a couple blocks up from the Malecon and within walking distance to everything ... the old city (romantic zone), amazing restaurants, grocery store, bars and bus stops. You can really get a feel for the city and its people if you stay among them and not will all the fellow Americans.

My boyfriend and I are very active and walk everywhere so the 90 steps up to the hotel were not a problem for us, but would be difficult for some travelers. You can easily take a taxi up from the Malecon if need be. Please also be aware that it can be very noisy because of the nearby dance clubs, especially on the weekends. We had a 1 bedroom, so the noise didn't bother us back there, but I don't know how anyone could sleep in the living room area. The pool is pretty small, but we took the bus to Mismaloya Beach to lay out. The bus ride was $.60 and the beach is so beautiful.

If you need resort amenities, this is not the place for you, but if you are on a budget and enjoy being within the city itself and want an amazing view this is the place! I will stay here again the next time in PV.

Please see my other reviews on many close by restaurants and things to do. Have fun in PV!!

Stayed July 2008
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St Louis MO
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2008

The room was a 4th fl wrap around balcony. Rooms were old but very roomy, comfortable and clean. The views AMAZING!!!
The walk going down -no problem. The walk coming back - 1time a day was enough. Getting a taxi back to the hotel though was very easy and inexpensive (We always gave $5 USD).
We had a late snack one night at TACO REY. A must find for a great chimichanga!! The Malecon was a short walk from the hotel and a great people watching place. The flea maket was at the end of the Malecon and restaurants are every where. This is not however a beach goes paradise by any means. This is the place to experience the culture!! We loved and would recommend it to everyone. Oh....bring ear plugs!!! There are 2 nightclubs down the hill that stay open until 5 am and they are both VERY LOUD!. Since the rooms have no AC, we slept with all the windows and sliding doors open. Needless to say, we did not sleep well at all during our stay.

  • Liked — Views and roomy accomdations
  • Disliked — The noise from the night clubs.
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2008

Stayed at La Siesta las week - and loved it.
Admittedly it is not 5 star - and could do with a refit - but for $200 for a 2bed apartment with fantastic views it was well worth the money.

The first night we were on the 5th floor - and the noise was a shock as we arrived at 10pm on a Sat night. But the bedrooms are at the back where it is much quieter - and we didnt notice it when our heads hit the pillows! The thing that actually woke us up were the cockerels crowing at sunrise - but what a great alarm to see the bay at that time of the morning (about 0730)!

For the rest of the week we were on the 2nd floor. I was worried that the view would be limited - but my fears were unfounded. They were fantastic.

We like a firm mattress - but these are definately on the hard side of firm - so be warned if you dont like firm.....

Its actually 92 steps up to the hotel (we counted them!) - and literally at the bottom of them are 2 fantastic restaurants - Si Senor and Cafe des Artistes. Somehow it wasnt a problem climbing the steps after dinner there - might have had something to do with the margaritas......

The pool is small but nice - but it doesnt get the sun til after midday - which would be a disappointment if you were a sunworshipper. However we found that mornings would be spend wandering etc, then lunch, then a book by the pool was just perfect. The hotel has a policy of no glass at the pool area which was a surprise - so plastic cooler mugs would have been a good idea if we had thought about it.

Didnt try to eat at the restaurant - so many other fantastic one's to try within walking distance - but did meet people leaving the restaurant who raved about it (and who were jealous that we were staying there). They do offer room service to the apartments but the room menu was not inspiring so we were put off (ie std room service fare not mexican).

The maids were great - rooms very clean, new towels everyday - and good pool towels provided as well. The showers are very powerful - and the bath is unique!!

What more can I say? The huge bottle of water is a great touch - and the fridge freezer is great for keeping the drinks cold and making ice. There is an Oxxo mini mart almost on every street corner which was perfect for what we wanted - ie drinks, beers, nibbles etc.

I think the hotel has wifi - but does not have pc's that you can use - but there are internet cafe's just down the steps.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — Noise from the town
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Inland Empire
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2008

We stayed at the La Siesta for one night, and that was enough for us.

La Siesta is on a steep hillside overlooking the Old Town district of Puerto Vallarta . The views are great, but getting there is something else. Taking a taxi is a test of faith as they navigate the impossibly steep and narrow streets. Walking involves a strenous climb up a series of steps. It's not bad if you're in decent shape, but it reinforces the fact that Mexico is not ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.

We chose La Siesta since we were traveling with our step-daughter and her friend, both 18. La Siesta's two bedroom suite was much cheaper than renting two rooms in any decent hotel.

The rooms are nice, but dated. Everything was clean and worked - even the refrigerator, which looked 30 years old. At first we couldn't get hot water in the showers, so I turned a valve on the wall in the kitchen and let it run for a while. Eventually we had hot water and no problem. No idea if the valve was the issue or not.

The temperature was just right and cooled down after dark. The hotel gets a great breeze off of the bay that keeps things nice. The noise, however, is constant and all night. We didn't hear any discos blaring like some other reviewers noted, but we heard cars, alley cats, roosters, and loud voices at all hours. We're country folk, so city dwellers used to noise might fare better.

The hotel advises locking up when you leave, so it was curious to find that the large sliding glass doors overlooking the pool didn't lock. We were immediately above the pool, and it wouldn't have taken much for someone to hop up and come through these (unlocked) doors. I always travel with a length of high strength nylon cord which I used to secure the doors.

The biggest disappointment was the restaurant, the Panorama. One disclaimer for all that follows - we dined there on Valentine's Day so it was packed, especially with Americans. Eating at the Panorama is like taking a trip back to 1975; the decor is that dated and I'll bet the menu hasn't been changed since then, either. Service was sllloooowwww (they were swamped for Valentine's Day, I'll give them that) and the food was not worth the wait. Our shrimp appetizers were rubbery, the drinks were forgettable, and our Sonoran Beef filet mignons were basically flavorless. For this unique - and I guarantee one time - experience I parted with over $200 for four and got to listen to an arrogant, jack [--] American dress down the manager for his party's lengthy wait. I silently thanked my parents for teaching me discretion and chalked it up to a lesson learned - don't eat at the Panorama. Walking down to the Malecon after dinner we passed a restaurant called Si Senor which looked 100 times better. It's just down the stairs from La Siesta. Another option would be to take a taxi to Daquiri Dick's in the Zona Romantica. The prices were the same as the Panorama and the food and drinks were twice as good.

Recommendation - stay there for the price, but don't stay long and definitely don't eat at the restaurant!

  • Liked — Price for two bedroom suite and size of the room
  • Disliked — Costant and varied noises all night; the attached restaurant is a dump
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2008

The hotel was great, pool was good, room was super and clean. Unfortunately the noise from the nightclubs was unbelievable - until 4am. We were on the fourth floor and that may be why the sound was so bad. The first night there was also a party on a rooftop near the hotel and the bass was amazingly loud! If you are a light sleeper even with a room between you and the bedroom you may find this not worth the price.

  • Liked — Bathtub!
  • Disliked — NOISE!!!
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Suites la Siesta
Address: Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez y Miramar, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #83 of 125 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Suites la Siesta 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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