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San Marino Hotel
Ranked #96 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Canada
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Not Sure What To Say”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

Location - great. Steps from the beach. Steps from downtown.

Rooms - simple, clean, hot water, beds are firm. Ask for a cushion.

Food - pretty good. Each meal had a mix of Mexican and American.

Service - excellent. Waiters were very courteous. Same with towel/chair staff.

Frills - none. No nightly entertainment. Bars close at 10. I believe you could sign up to join groups going out to nearby restaurants for parties. That's fun for kids but not seniors.

Gays - probably 50% of the guests were gay. Accross the street is a gay massage parlour and the beach to the left is 100% gay, offering gay cruises. Some travellers might be bothered by that. I personally found it quite humourous listening to two guys in speedos talk about how fabulous their cruise was. LOL.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Burnaby, Canada
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

LOVE IT !!! will be going there again, Location Location and the beach is nice and calm by the pier, lots of interesting people and great food on the beach. with in walking distance of everything the food is good the drinks are good and the view from the restaurant is just breath taking. The rooms a really nice for a 2 star but the beds are a bit hard thats the only negative comment , don't get sucked in by the time share women in the lobby nothing is for free if you want to book a tour see the women in the office, have a great vacation, also the silver sold by the vendors on the beach is most likely plated junk be careful !!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Victoria
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Our 3rd stay at the San Marino,hotel.Great location,Quiet on 5th t0 8th floors.The beach is beautiful,right at the end of the Malecon.The staff are amazing.Breakfast great,Lunch and Dinner,need improvement,but what can one expect for such good price,We will return.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Page, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2014

We stayed here for a few days over the Local Mardi Gras festivities. It is a very nice place, but bring your own soap, and shampoo. Great location, eat at the Bohemio just to the left outside the main door and at Coco's just one street to the south. The beach is beautiful and the locals are Fabulous.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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North Plains, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2014

Very Quaint hotel / Rustic hotel
excellent Location / Romantic zone "predominately gay area "
Close to Restaurants and shops on cobble stone roads
Request a room 4th floor or higher
Hotel right on the beach and boardwalk that leads to the Melican for night life and fine dining
Pool Marginal.
Staff was very courteous and helpful .
The restaurant in the hotel is a buffet style and has much to be desired .
There is a picture in the lobby with then President Nixon shaking hands with the President of Mexico .
it was the hotel in the DAY.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2014

I visited this hotel 4 years ago and it was completely terrible. I would have rated it a 2 star. Now, I would rate it a 3 star. They painted the outside and cleaned it up a little. The food is still below average. The all inclusive booze is the lowest of the low.It's a VERY basic hotel. The people are extremely friendly and will always do their best to assist. The loud BOOM-SST, BOOM-SST, BOOM-SST, music by the pool at 10am could be toned down a few notches....Breakfast is good if you like made to order omelettes. Lunch is really bad hamburgers and bacon wrapped wieners and cold fries and soup.... plan to eat out a lot. Over all, I guess it's worth the money. Just don't expect any frills. Awesome location.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Prince Albert
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Jan/2014 - The hotel is older and needs to be updated but was very clean. The staff very friendly & helpful. Has 3 pools 1 for kids, 1 large pool that unfortunately was not heated, and 1 adult pool that had all the chairs saved with beach towels by 10 a.m. I do not think that is fair. On the flip side, the ocean is only a few steps away. Beautiful beach & right beside the Los Muertos Pier. The south end of the Malecon was about 1 1/2 blocks away. The food at the hotel was not very good. 2 small bars that were open off & on. You need to rent a lock for the safe in your room. Lots of interesting shops & restaurants within walking distance. Was never by out myself but was never afraid either. The hotel got busy by Thurs. for the weekend with lots of kids at our hotel.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: San Marino Hotel
Address: Rodolfo Gomez 111 | Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta 48380, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#32 Spa Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#52 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — San Marino Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Puerto Vallarta, one of the most beautiful and romantic cities on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The hotel is nestled on the beautiful beach of Playa los Muertos, with a wonderful atmosphere and tradition surrounded by hand craft shops, discotheques, and just a short walk from town. San Marino Hotel features 165 light and airy guestrooms including 25 spacious Junior Suites with all the amenities you need to relax and enjoy in a peaceful ambience.Come to San Marino Hotel where you will be greeted by our friendly staff and enjoy sunshine days and a vacation experience to treasure forever! ... more   less 
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