We arrived at the GM at 12:30 p.m. on the the day we checked in. We expected to have to wait until 5:00 to get our room but were pleasantly surprised when they told us that a room would be available in about an hour. We then went to get our wristbands at the Time Share desk. We were never pressured to take a tour. We told them that we had another couple coming in that evening and were staying with us and that we would consider a tour once we talked to them. We received one call the next day asking if we wanted to tour the place but we told them no and they never bothered us again.
We had lunch at Ole Mulata on the ocean at the resort and had an average meal. The food was priced at about what I would expect at a resort of this caliber but the drinks were expensive.
We picked up our keys about an hour later and went up to our room where we were met by the bellman with our luggage. He gave us a tour of our condo and checked to make sure everythng was working. He was very friendly. He told us where the WalMart was and told us what the cost of a cab would be. We went there and stocked up on breakfast food and drinks.
Our room overlooked the area near the parking garage and was on the 1st floor which was above the time share sales area...not a very good view or location but based on several reviews that we had read, it is what we expected. The room was fantastic and we enjoyed our plunge pool on the lanai.
We tried the Italian restaurant for dinner but it was just average. We had lunch at Samba, the restaurant by the pool on several occassions and were very pleased. Again, the prices were about what you would expect for this resort.
One morning we went to the brunch buffet at the Sea Garden (part of the Mayan properties within easy walking distance) and were very pleased. It overlooked the pool and the ocean...and it was about $15.00 usd, much more affordable than the brunch at GM ($25) They had an omelette station and a Belgian waffle station as well as the typical breakfast items. They also had many entrees to choose from that were very good. We had so much to eat that we did not eat again until 8:00 that evening. Our only regret was that we did not find this place earlier in our trip so we could have gone more than once. It was mush quieter than GM and was very relaxing.
The entire staff of these resorts were excellent...we do not have one negative thing to say about anyone.
We would like to have been able to take a cooler to the pool so that we could have had a few more beers but they are not allowed. We did notice that they had a special of four cans of beer in a bucket . Unfortunately we did not think to buy one of these specials and then keep the bucket throughout the week and just keep it filled with our own beer. They had a drink special every day and two happy hours each day too. You got a large drink for the price of a small one.
We enjoyed the activity pool area and won free drinks when we played the games. It was really fun and when we got tired we relaxed in the lazy river. There were many chairs and there were plenty of palapas on the beach too. Unfortunately, chairs were often saved very early and you had to get out there pretty early to get a prime spot.
Several days we had tours scheduled early and then went to the pool after lunch. We were able to get a couple of chairs together and then had to find a couple more and move them together but it was no big deal. Very typical at the resorts that we have visited.
Overall, this was an excellent hotel and experience and we would definitely stay here again. It was top notch!
- Also Known As:
- Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Wyndham Nuevo Vallarta
- Grand Mayan Resort Nuevo Vallarta
- Grand Mayan Puerto Vallarta