The InterContinental Presidente Puerto Vallarta is the perfect oasis in the off season. We stayed there for five nights in late August / early September 2008.
It was perfect. Yes, it was the rainy season and yes, it rained every day. But only for a few hours in the late afternoon. The rest of the time it was mostly sunny and not too humid. Evenings were lovely.
This hotel is located 8 km outside of Puerto Vallarta on the way to Mismaloya Beach. It has wonderful jungle surrounding it and is set right on the beach. All the rooms have ocean views, but the lower floor views may be hindered by the roof lines or trees. We stayed on the 8th floor (via a free upgrade!) and the view was perfect. We took the bus (6 pesos) into Puerto Vallarta and caught a taxi home at night (80 pesos). It was nice (for us) to be outside of town but I guess its a matter of personal preference.
Timing of Trip
We loved being here in the off season. There were very few guests at the resort so you never had a problem getting the perfect palapa with a beach view or deck chair by the pool. There were rarely more than a dozen people in the restaurant or by the pool. Again, this may be too quiet for some tastes, but was the perfect retreat for us. The staff (for the most part) were very attentive. See more below
The hotel looks like it was built in the 1970's and their website indicates renovation in 2004. The upside to the age of the building is the rooms are very large with huge bathrooms. The downside is some things are dated. We found the bed and bed linens to be very good. Lovely clean white sheets and duvet and (regardless of some reviews) very comfortable king sized bed. We enjoyed listening to the sound of the ocean was we drifted off to sleep. The towels & amenities are ok - not great, but ok. The rest of the furnishings - couch and table/chairs are in need of replacement. We didn't mind as the free upgrade and off-season rate more than made up for it, but if I'd paid full high season rates I might be a little disappointed.
Rest of Hotel
The lobby is amazing. You enter into the 5th floor of the hotel and are greeted by sweeping ocean views. The lobby bar is nice with pretty good margaritas. The 1st floor pool is huge with swim up bar and ocean front restaurant. We only ate breakfast there and the food was good. A lot of the "mexican" style breakfasts were quite similar, but no complaints.
We checked in late (past 9pm) the receptionist wasn't overly friendly. But we got a room upgrade, so no complaints. The rest of the staff were really great - especially in the restaurant, pool side, at the kayak rentals and the room staff. Very accomodating. We had one small problem with our mini-bar which was quickly resolved. Everyone we spoke to was very helpful and the service was good. It may have helped that we were one of only a handful of guests but I think the staff would strive to give good service regardless.
Book at the Presidente InterContinental Puerto Vallarta if you're looking for a relaxing, get away from it all type trip. Its far from the "hotel zone" and close to old "romantic zone" with its charming cobble stone streets. Stay in the off season, save some money on the room and splurge on a meal at the beach side La Palapa restaurant in Puerto Vallarta - wonderful, romantic meal you won't soon forget. All in all - I would recommend this hotel!
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