My wife and I stayed at Vallarta Palace for a week. This was our first all inclusive trip, and we had a great time. Overall we felt that this resort was nicer than most, as we met people staying at other resorts who had told us about their resort, and did not sound as nice. Overall the resort and rooms were very clean, and throughout the day we always saw staff cleaning. On a whole the only drawback is that the nightlife is very limited. We are not party animals by did want to have something going on where there was music and some dancing. If you wanted to go dancing you we had to head downtown.
Overall the food options were very good. In other reviews I read people were not able to find something to eat, or that there were shortages of food. We did not find that to be the case. We were always able to find something to eat if we wanted, and drinks were easy go get whenever you wanted.
Hotel pool, GYM, beach
The pool area was always very clean. We were there during the off season, so there were always chairs available. We met a few other couples from other resorts, and heard that their resorts were very crowded, nearly overcrowded, where it was difficult to get a chair near the pool. That was not the case at Vallarta Palace. Also the service for drinks around the pool was ok. There were a few bars which were right there to, and getting drinks right away there, was not an issue at all.
The Gym was ok. If you are looking for a huge GYM with tons of machines, then you will be out of luck. They did have the basic’s and the equipment was in good shape. Also the GYM was very clean, having their own showers inside. Also the GYM is VERY cold, so when you start working out, you are not dying from heat stroke, from the warm weather outside.
The beach was very nice. My wife and I ran along the beach in the morning a few days, and there were beaches in front of other resorts, which were not as nice. We saw some beaches eroded away a bit, but the beach in front of the Vallarta Palace was nice. If you are a good swimmer, the surf is not overpowering. The water was however a bit murky, and a fair amount of kelp. Every so often you would also see a few pieces of garbage in the ocean, however for the most part, was very swimmable, and clean.
This is a straight negotiation. The “legal or registered” taxi’s are required to carry a card, which shows you what they can legally charge you. If you speak little Spanish, asking to see the card first would make sure you get the going rate. We were able to get a taxi one night from downtown to the hotel, for about $12.00.
Hotel based excursions:
We had credit available and took a few excursions through the hotel. They were ok, but before going we also heard of Vallarta Adventures. These excursions were much better run, and felt we got more for what we paid for. This too is a short taxi ride from the hotel, or about a 20-25 minute brisk walk.
Hotel non water activities:
I am not exactly sure all the water activities that the hotel offers. I can say that I went sea kayaking a few times, and the gear, (kayak, oars, and lifejackets) were in good condition. I didn’t have to wait, as they require you to sign a form, and you are allowed a specific time frame that you can use it. We went during the off season, so I never had to wait to use the equipment. I am not sure that during the height of the season how that may be different.
Both my wife and I have traveled to many places around the world, and we felt comfortable taking the bus from the hotel area to downtown Puerto Vallarta. It’s a good 45 minutes (depending on traffic). You do have to switch busses, but we asked and people pointed us in the right direction. We stayed downtown a few days pretty late so we never took a bus back to the hotel, so I can not honestly say how easy or difficult it would be.
Any issues or questions you had the hotel staff was very helpful, and could give you specific information regarding transportation costs, and which busses we needed to get to downtown. They also would provide you with the estimate on taxi’s and were helpful in explaining where we needed to go to the taxi drivers.
Overall everything was very good. The only true drawback was that there was no real nightlife for young adults without kids. If you are looking for a party resort, where there are parties all night long, with dancing and party music, then this would not be the resort for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta is a gorgeous, 348-room beachfront property ideally situated between mountains and the Pacific Ocean, featuring unmatched, all-inclusive luxury accommodations including in-room double hydro spa tubs, fine dining, top-shelf drinks, 24-hour room service, live entertainment and more. One of only three AAA Four-Diamond hotels in the area, this stylish property boasts six restaurants offering tantalizing specialty cuisines, four bars and lounges with top shelf drinks, two large outdoor swimming pools, children's pool, beach volleyball court, Body Rock Fitness Center, unmatched music memorabilia, signature Rock Spa(R), a Rock Shop and much more. The property additionally features 6,300 square feet of meeting facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vallarta Palace Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Vallarta Palace Nuevo