Villa Varadero February 2010
Our arrival at Villa Varadero found us in a quaint Mexican style hotel with a tile roof and stucco walls on a quiet street. The one bedroom was very musty and dark inside. It was furnished with the typical hard Mexican two double beds in the bedroom and three large twin colorful sofa beds in the living room. The furniture was heavy and dark wood. The room was painted yellow, orange and white with blue accents. The kitchen had a 2 burner stove and a 5 cubic foot refrigerator with a small freezer that kept ice cream, sink, coffeemaker, toaster, microwave and adequate dishes and utensils for 6 people. We asked for a spaghetti strainer and they brought us a newer pot that had a strainer with it. We had a balcony overlooking the pool area.
The resort is wired for internet. If you bring your own laptop you can sit by the pool and browse away. For those who left their keyboards at home, there are several computers set up at the indoor bar, near the front desk. Costs are 35 pesos for one hour session and 25 pesos for one-half session. The time is not carried over to the next session.
The desk staff was very friendly and helpful. Speaking English was not a problem. They sold us a 6 gallon water jug for 25 pesos ($2.75) and delivered it to our room. One of the girls at the front desk even brought from her home a reading lamp for use in our dark room.
Many of the locals with their families stay at the resort for two or three days at a time then they leave. The locals bring children and babies that can cry at the most inopportune times. Locals will also congregate in the stairwells on rainy days and lounges at night and talk away or play games until late into the night. You’ll also find a number of Canadian and Northwestern US people staying at their timeshares at the resort. Some stay as long as seven weeks at a time and they have been coming for 15 and 20 years.
The resort is recently under new management. We saw signs of fresh painting and newer air conditioners going in. The elevator was upgraded in 2007. It appears that the studios/ hotel rooms have been remodeled. They have a window that overlooks the beach and pool area. Things are looking up for the resort. For the all inclusive folks there is an outdoor bar, a cafeteria and a day long buffet by the water. The hamburgers looked big with all sorts of toppings available and the kids said they were good. I heard that breakfast was adequate. No one raved about the dinners. Kayaks sat by the beach and bicycles were out front.
Kayaks sat by the beach and bicycles were out front. The activities director held, or should I say tried to encourage, walking and biking tours, aqua aerobics, Mexican bingo, karaoke, volleyball and water polo activities, though there wasn’t much interest from the tourists. The bike tour for 4 pesos brought you around to see lions, dolphins, monkeys and sea lions. The aqua aerobics left something to be desired. We had to search for the activities director if we wanted to partake in an activity. We never found the arts and crafts and painting that were advertised. Everyone looked like they were having fun playing volley ball. Then there was always jenga or dominoes to play in the outside bar area.
The bus into Puerto Vallarta stops right outside the hotel and it costs 13 pesos ($1.50) to get into downtown. The bus downtown stops at Walmart, where you have to switch to a centro bus to get downtown. Downtown vehicle traffic is very busy. The Malecon waterfront walkway next to the ocean with statues was easy enough to find. The downtown flea market near the Isla Rio Cuale was a bit harder to find. It had a wooden and chain bridge that was interesting to cross over.
We did rent a car, but there really isn’t a need to rent one. Taxis are cheap and the busses run frequently. The Paradise Plaza is across the marina/ jetty that is near the hotel and has a grocery store and McDonalds and Subway along with indoor shops. We drove north along the coast to Punta de Mita and Sayulita and stopped at Bucerias on our way back where we went to the flea market and walked along the small waterfront.
We ate at Claudio’s which has an all you can eat fish & shrimp on Tuesdays for 180 pesos. Then we ate at Guido’s, an Italian restaurant, on the sidewalk down the street from our hotel.
Best part of Villa Varadero is THE BEACH and the peacefulness. There are numerous chairs and shaded areas to relax and the beach is big. You can walk to the jetty and watch people fishing, or you can bring your boogie board and try your luck at wave jumping.
If you are looking for a top notch resort that is bustling with activity, this is NOT the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Is an all-inclusive hotel at one of the best beaches in Nuevo Vallarta. It is the ideal hotel for a family vacation. Hotel Villa Varadero is located in beautifully serene Nuevo Vallarta on Mexico's west coast known as the Riviera Nayarit. Nuevo Vallarta is only 25 minutes from the nightlife, cultural spots, and shopping of Puerto Vallarta. It is an ideal destination for a vacation where you and your family can enjoy the beach, nature, and many other activities, such as swimming with dolphins, canopy tours, toboggan water parks, slides, sightseeing tours, and more. When booking at Hotel Villa Varadero you can choose from three types of rooms. Most have beautiful ocean views of the gorgeous sunsets over the Bay of Banderas. At Hotel Villa Varadero you'll enjoy our beautiful view of the Nuevo Vallarta beach. You will be attended to by our friendly staff and great service aimed at making your stay a wonderful experience. We offer many activities for children, teens, and adults in our guided tours of Nuevo Vallarta. One is the "Family Walk", organized by our staff for guests who want to get to know the local Nuevo Vallarta area and the marina plus access to the wonderful world of Vallarta Adventures. Another option is our guided "Bike Ride Tour" that meanders through the streets of Nuevo Vallarta. Also, from our beach you can go kayaking, play volleyball or beach soccer - all enhancing your fun at the Villa Varadero beach. For those who prefer the shade, you can enjoy a good game of billiards with friends, or some fun board games in our game room. To relax, enjoy a sublime massage at the edge of the beach - the best way to start a holiday! During the day our restaurants offer a varied and tasty buffet style menu, and at night our specialty restaurant will delight you with its cuisine and ambiance. Explore Nuevo Vallarta and its surroundings. They are sure to make you fall in love with our beautiful destination! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Varadero Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Villa Varadero Hotel And Suites
- Hotel Varadero