My family and I took a vacation to the Rio Vallarta this past February for a week, and it has been one of my favourite trips ever, second only to the Omni Cancun. When you arrive, you are immediately wowed by the ornate, regal lobby, with marble floors, high ceilings, and plush furnishings. That first impression continues out into the "courtyard" where a grand staircase leads into a cobblestone walk with slightly odd fountain-pool-decorative-water-things. Another stair case leads you to the water. However, this gorgeous first impression was short lived. After arriving late at night and skipping dinner, the kids were impatient and hungry; the adults too. The only meal option open at night was the Sports Bar. There are only a few meal options, and they are as follows; stale nachos, cold hotdogs with rock hard buns, and refrigerated hamburgers you are expected to heat yourself. Disappointed, we headed up to our room, and after unlocking our door (which stuck) we found ... two beds. Not two queens or doubles, however. A king and a "double", more like a single. We are a family of four. This was the "family room". We opened our mini fridge to find mould. This may sound discouraging, but the staff came to our aid immediately, cleaning the fridge for us. Alas, the sleeping situation could not be resolved, any other room would be worse. The beds, I might add, are hard as rock, but its Mexico, that's expected. After the first night, however, the trip went smoothly. The location is fantastic, a little secluded but only a half hour drive from the Malecon, and all the hustle and bustle of downtown, if that's your thing. The beach is fantastic; plenty of seating, rentable water activities like boogie boards and sailboats, and best of all, the water is protected, so the kids can actually swim. There are many food options, and the buffets have an abundance of dishes each (there are two). The staff are friendly and helpful, and the two pools (adult and child) are clean and large. Possibly the best feature is the access to the Jalisco, the Rio next door. It's decoration is much more modern if that's your style, newly renovated, and the buffet food is delicious. I highly recommend this resort, its only flaws being its late night food options, its lack of room service, and the beds (not good for families more than four).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * In Riviera Nayarit, overlooking the Pacific Ocean * Located on Playa de Flamingos beach, 2 km / 1.5 miles from Nuevo Vallarta * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 9-story building * 3 km / 1.86 miles from various shops * 13 km / 8 miles from the airport * 1 km / 0.62 miles from Flamingos Golf Club * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Vallarta Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Riu Vallarta Nuevo