This was my first experience with an all inclusive resort and my boyfriend's second. I had reasonable expectations going in, because I really didn't know what to expect. We chose the OCNV because of all the reviews in all the locations in Mexico that I read, this resort, hands down, had the BEST. I think that OCNV was an awesome "jumping off point" for our first adventure into Mexican All Inclusives. I read many many many reviews before we settled on this resort and I found a lot of people were a little over critical and perhaps had some skewed expectations going in. My Pros and Cons are meant to be more FYIs for people versus complaints, because we both really enjoyed our time. Here is my list:
- P: Gorgeous building, very modern, small and easy to navigate
C: The gal who was supposed to give us a tour of the grounds and introduce us on arrival was more interested in getting us to a sister hotel for a time share presentation (for "free" tickets to some random excursion) than actually showing us anything important. Roger from the concierge desk was WAY more helpful at telling us what to do and where to go than she was. It wasn't until our second to last day that we found out that there are snacks in the lounge bar (after the snack bar closes and before supper is served), we were kinda forced to figure things out as we went along, which isn't bad, but a pain when you only have one week.
- P: Check-in was a breeze! We were there at noon, left our bags at the front with the concierge, changed into our swimsuits and spent a couple hours in the pool until we could get into our room. Ana was especially awesome and we enjoyed joking and laughing!
- P: SO clean, there were people everywhere continuously cleaning everything from the floors, to the grounds, to the beach furniture
- P: Rooms were spacious and well appointed, minibar was stocked daily with a couple of beer, water and pop. We asked for more water and they kept it full.
C: As I mentioned above, our room was GREAT, loved being on the ground floor and having a little patio. Our only gripe (even though it wasn't a huge issue to us as a couple) was that the glass shower wall was right beside the bed. It was frosted out so that you couldn't see any important parts and you could slide the closet door over for a little more privacy, but it might be a little uncomfy for friends or relatives staying in the same room that don't want to see you naked. LOL!
- P: Relatively quiet noise wise during the week. We were on the south side of the hotel (#107) which is quite close to the outdoor theatre, but we only heard the outdoor show once, in our room. The hallway noise picked up a bit when more people arrived toward the weekend, but was not bad.
- P: Lots of choices in the buffet, to-go Styrofoam packages available if you wanted to pick it up and eat in your room, snacks available often, good quality. LOVED all the fresh fruit and the breakfast buffet was by far our favorite. The omelet station was yummy! The Mexican A La Carte was very good and a nice change. I would space the a la carte restaurants out over the week, if I were to do it again.
- P: Pool was clean, lots of chairs and umbrellas. Was not a day that we couldn't find a place to sit (and we were NOT early risers!!) There were lots of good activities for all, poolside and otherwise, from water aerobics to bingo to water polo to beach volleyball and Oceanside yoga. A huge shout out to Jorje and Jonny for tolerating us crazy Canadians during the water polo fiascos on a daily basis! They were great and made it a super fun experience!!
- P: Beach was clean, sand was soft, lots of spots to sit on the beach and watch the waves. Beach vendors were polite and when you said no, they left you alone.
- P: Drinks were ok, there is a drink menu with both slush drinks and poured drinks. We took insulated cups (double walled) ones with a straw. They held approx. 2+ small cups of whatever you are drinking and kept them cold. Less trips to the bar! :) The bartenders were willing to make anything you wanted and if they didn't know how to make it, they would do what you asked!
C: I am pretty sure this isn't a con to the OCNV, but ALL all-inclusives, but we found the drinks to be SOOOO sweet. I was sick one night and I am pretty sure it was from all the sugar (I wasn't intoxicated) and sun. Brutal combination and rookie mistake. LOL
- P: Bus stops are right outside of the resort. It was approx. 50 pesos return each ($4 American) to go to Puerto Vallarta, which is approx. 1 hour and 1 transfer away. People were taking cabs for approx. $20 American and 20 minutes. We went to the Malecon (boardwalk) in Puerto Vallarta. It is a great place to grab all your touristy things and stuff. PLUS there are $1 beers at the Cheeky Monkey with the MOST AMAZING few and delicious food. It is a cruise ship docking area, so if you are wanting more authentic souvenirs, don't waste your dollars here OR at the PV flea market. Head into Bucerias and see what they have to offer.
C: This resort isn't a huge social scene. We aren't 20 and weren't looking for techno raves until the wee hours of the night, only to get up and repeat it the next day, however, we do like to have a good time and enjoy having a few libations. This is more of a mature couple/parents looking to escape their small children sort of a locale. Most things were pretty much done by 11 and forsure done at 1. Nuevo Vallarta is at least a 20 min trip to anywhere else close, which means $$ to get somewhere and a big commitment of time. We are "stick to your resort" peoples anyway, but we did find that this was a little bit more of a slower pace than we expected.
- P: There is a mall 1 block away with a little grocery store, a few restaurants and some fast food places if you need a break.
- P: If you are wanting a couples massage, walk north up the beach about 10 minutes. Right behind the 'Skydive' tent is a little massage hut. $70 American for 2 60 minute massages. Divine!!!!
Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to anyone looking for a slower pace, relax by the pool kind of a vacation. We found the activity staff a blast and enjoyed how clean and maintained the entire resort is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The all-inclusive Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta is the ideal hotel for families, couples, and friends looking to enjoy a fun vacation on the Pacific shores of Mexico. Recently renovated, Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta has been updated with the latest modern amenities and technology to ensure a pleasant stay. The hotel is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Riviera Nayarit, minutes from the Nuevo Vallarta shopping center and the best stores and restaurants in the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Occidental Allegro Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Nuevo Vallarta Occidental Allegro Hotel