My wife and I spent 4 days here. Our room was clean (however very out-dated). I read the reviews before arriving so I knew to have low expectations. We found the room and entire property pretty much the way other reviewers commented on. This property is 2 star at best but you can't beat it for the price. We loved the fact that it had mostly Mexicans staying there as they are warm and friendly.
We got the all inclusive option. There was plenty of food during the meal times but the quality was average. We never ate the snacks they offered between meals -they didn't look appealing at all.
We went to the beach club twice. We liked it. They had music, drinks, snacks, bathrooms, shower, beach chairs and umbrellas -all free to use.
There is a very large grocery store around the corner from the hotel. We went there to buy sunblock and other incidentals.
If you are planning on taking a taxi from the airport to the hotel, don't use the taxis inside the airport. They will charge you 250 pesos or more. when you exit the airport head to the left. If you walk around the building there is a foot bridge that will take you to the other side of the road. Taxis over there will take you to the airport for 100-150 pesos less. Before you get your taxi, make sure you buy lunch from Pollo Feliz (Happy Chicken). They are located at the bottom of the stairs next to the taxis. We got ours to go and ate it at the hotel while they got our room ready. If you do this get ready to be confronted by angry taxi drivers. They don't want you walking across the bridge because they earn their living by overcharging tourists. They will tell you it is not safe, the cars don't have air conditioning or anything else they can think of so you won't find your bargain.
Another note about the airport in Vallarta: after you get your luggage you will walk through the "shark tank". This is a large room where time-share reps, excursion vendors and taxi drivers lurk waiting to pounce on unsuspecting tourists. If you get stuck in their web you will be stung with over-priced services. These people are highly trained and will pull every trick in the trade to suck your money out of your wallet.
My advice is to have a talk with everyone traveling with you so you are all on the same page and you know what to do when you get in the shark tank: pretend you don't hear them and walk without stopping. Don't stop. Don't make eye contact. Don't look to the left or right. Keep your gaze straight ahead. Just keep walking and you might make it out without getting ripped off. Some people find this hard because they don't want to be rude or mean but it is the only way to protect your hard-earned vacation money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the unique charm of a real Mexican Hacienda surronded by beautiful gardens, traditional decor and perfect facilities for an unforgetable vacation. Hacienda Buenaventura Hotel & Mexican Charm represents a poignant aspect of Mexican culture and tradition and is strategically located at the center of the Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone. We are located just 10 min. from the International Airport , the Bus Station, Convention Center and Downtown area. We are the perfect choice whether you want to relax and enjoy our facilities and beach club or enjoy everything Puerto Vallarta has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Hacienda Puerto Vallarta
- Hacienda Hotel And Spa
- Hacienda Hotel Spa Puerto Vallarta