I am finishing up a 2 week stay at Vallarta Shores. I had not heard of the place before visiting, but after seeing it from the beach, stopping by and viewing a few of the units I decided to change check out of my hotel and switch to Vallarta Shores. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday I had to change rooms a few times but I didn't mind as it allowed me to view different rooms (1 bedroom) including the penthouse.
The best feature to me is the location, literally right on Playa Los Muertos, but in a slightly more secluded area with less noise and traffic. It is a 5-10 minute walk to tons of great cafes, bars and restaurants. I found it very convenient to run out to the ocean for a quick swim whenever I felt like it.
Each unit is somewhat different with unique artwork and furnishings. Most units have very large balconies with unbelievable views. The bathrooms are quite large and each unit I saw had a full kitchen, as well as more storage/closets than you would ever need.
The beds are comfortable and if you like to listen to the waves at night, you can sleep with doors or windows open. I was surprised there were hardly any bugs or mosquitos at all.
The final night I was upgraded for free to one of the penthouse units. It had 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a full kitchen, a private pool, and an open floorplan under the stars, facing the beach. I think it would be best for a small group of 4-6 friends. You could have an amazing time celebrating a special occasion here, as the space is ideal for entertaining and parties. It would also be suitable for a family who wants a large single unit and prefers to cook at home.
I also found the price to be truly remarkable for what was provided!! I am not sure if my rate was the standard but I would advise emailing the hotel to ask about specials. Other hotels on the beach were more expensive and didn't offer nearly as much. I would strongly advise against staying at one of the many chains in Puerto Vallarta as I found the value proposition was far better at a boutique hotel like Vallarta Shores.
There is an average sized pool area that didn't seem to be used very much, but there's little reason to spend time at the pool when the ocean is at your doorstep.
All of the staff went well out of their way to help with various issues and requests. They will be happy to welcome you and make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. Everyone seemed fluent in English and Spanish.
The only thing that wasn't ideal was the WiFi seemed a little flaky but it considering it was free I didn't consider it an issue. I noticed they were installing new equipment so this may already be resolved.
To summarize, for my needs as a single traveler the hotel was close to perfect and earns my highest rating. I would also recommend it for a couple who would like a romantic vacation, or a family would also likely be happy in a larger unit.
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- Also Known As:
- Vallarta Shores International Puerto
- Hotel Vallarta Shores International