Through an RCI exchange, we stayed at Los Tules from May 1st- 8th, 2010. The complex is huge, but uncrowded and impeccably maintained. The grounds are gorgeous, lush and beautifully planted.
We stayed in 6-316, which is on the third floor. Even my brother, who wears a leg brace and walks with a cane, was able to handle the stairs. There are no elevators, but the stairs weren't bad at all. The condo is one of the three bedroom (one king, two doubles, one double), four bath units. Five of us were very comfortable, but it's listed as sleeping ten. I think that would be very crowded, unless some of the occupants were small children. For a group of five adults, it was quite spacious. The kitchen was small, but the living room was nice and large. The master bedroom was great!
Some reviews have mentioned that the condos are dated and worn. Ours looked freshly painted and the furniture was in very good shape. It wasn't a five star unit, but it was spotlessly clean and nicely decorated. It was furnished in traditional Mexican style, not Four Seasons decor. We enjoyed it very much. The decks had lovely views of Banderas Bay. This condo is oceanview, not oceanfront. The beds were comfortable, bathrooms nicely done, but nothing fancy.
We were always able to find a lounger on the beach or around one of the pools. With seven pools, it's easy to find a quiet spot. The grounds are gorgeous to walk around and explore.
The onsite restaurant, Cafe Chapultepec, had excellent service and the food was quite tasty. The menu isn't huge and it's slightly pricey. However, we spent time there everyday. We ate a few breakfasts and lunches there. I loved the three hearts salad (hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, asparagus and spring greens) and my DH thought the chilaquiles were the best he's ever had. Two of our group ate the avocado and turkey sandwich every day.
I'm puzzled by the negative reviews posted here. Every staff member we dealt with was courteous and professional. In my opinion, it's up to RCI Gold Crown standards. We didn't notice bugs or any other vermin in our condo. I read each and every one of the reviews prior to our visit. I was getting somewhat concerned, but didn't have any problems at all. To each his own, I guess.
Would I stay at Los Tules again? Perhaps. I loved Los Tules, but didn't like staying in the hotel zone. I prefer the smaller complexes south of the Cuale River.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Los Tules Park Royal is located within Los Tules right in the hotel zone in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. An oceanfront condominium-style resort located 2 miles from the airport and 3 mile from downtown Vallarta. Los Tules is nestled on a twenty-acre plantation of coconut palms fronting a half-mile of beautiful sandy Bandera's Bay beach. Stroll along the brick-tile footpaths, through lush tropical gardens to your private colonial Mediterranean style condo. All rooms are designed to be used as separate units with individual entrances but can be combined into a full condominium with interconnecting doors, should the same party book more than one room. You can also enjoy our 7 swimming pools, 4 children pools, poolside restaurant-bar, 5 lighted Tennis courts and if you like golf, Puerto Vallarta's most challenging golf courses are just minutes away! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Los Tules Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Puerto Vallarta Los Tules
- Los Tules Puerto Vallarta