Barcelo Puerto Vallarta Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Mismaloya, Mexico

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Pros

  • Impressively spacious, groomed jungle grounds
  • Good selection of stores, including beachwear and art shops
  • Multiple swimming pools surrounded by palm trees and bay views
  • Stylish, spacious suites with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Clean, colorful kids’ center offers supervised activities
  • Range of restaurants serve Mexican and international cuisine
  • Great beachside location, 15-minute drive from Old Town

Cons

  • Massive buildings crowded onto a fairly small beach
  • Long and winding road to Puerto Vallarta
  • Internet fees

Bottom Line

Featuring gorgeously groomed jungle grounds and blue-tiled pools with beautiful bay views, this all-inclusive resort towers above the secluded Mismaloya Beach, which was made famous as the location for the Elizabeth Taylor movie, "Night of the Iguana." Packed with spacious suites and numerous amenities, the sheer massiveness of this upscale Barcelo property may make its beachside location feel a bit crowded. (Some may feel its presence ruins what made Mismaloya Beach special in the first place.)

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 Scene

A pristine, upscale resort offering numerous activities and amenities in a secluded beachfront location

With its secluded beachside location surrounded by steep, jungle-covered hillsides, this all-inclusive resort feels a world away from Old Town Puerto Vallarta's bustling boardwalk. Massive buildings sprawl across the immaculate grounds, with numerous signs pointing guests in the direction of top-notch amenities, including great pools, a myriad of shops and restaurants, an excellent fitness center with modern equipment, and an elegant spa offering an inspired menu of treatments.

The resort's clean, colorful Barcy Club with plenty of kid-friendly activities and its proximity to Puerto Vallarta's zoo make this upscale hotel a great pick for families.

 Location

Tucked away in a bayside location surrounded by jungle-covered hillsides

At kilometer 11.5 heading south on the winding, often potholed highway to Barra de Navidad and Manzanillo, the Barcelo Puerto Vallarta seems far removed from Old Town, which is a 15-minute drive away.

The resort stands on Mismaloya Beach, which was the original “location” for the film version of Tennessee Williams’ play, “Night of the Iguana,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Half a century after the movie was made, there is still remnants to be found of the film’s sets, which you can see from many of the hotel suites. With its somewhat remote location, the resort is not an ideal spot if you’re the spontaneous sort who wants to pop out for a drink somewhere in downtown Puerto Vallarta on the spur of the moment. But it is very close to the zoo, the ruins of the movie set, gorgeous jungle-draped hills, and the snorkeling area around Los Arcos. Also, lovely Mismaloya Bay is right out front.

  • 45-minute drive to airport
  • 2-minute drive to Zoologico de Vallarta (Puerto Vallarta Zoo)
  • 15-minute drive to Old Town and downtown Puerto Vallarta

 Rooms

Spacious and stylish, with modern amenities and marble bathrooms

The 316 suites at the Barcelo are uniformly comfortable, contemporary spaces fully loaded with up-to-date amenities like flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Even the smallest suites encompass more than 650 square feet, so there is plenty of space, along with luxe touches like marble bathrooms, pillow menus, and minibars stocked with free beer.

Some suites offer balconies, ocean views, and Jacuzzi tubs.

 Features

Beautiful, blue-tiled pools with bay views, a solid fitness center, and elegant spa

  • Four pools (including kids’ pool), surrounded by palm trees and bay views
  • Two adults-only Jacuzzis
  • Good variety of shops selling beachwear, jewelry, art, and other wares
  • Ocean swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and other water sports available
  • Numerous organized activities, including a seasonal turtle release program
  • Elegant U Spa with dozens of treatment options
  • Decent-sized fitness center features modern equipment and free weights
  • Barcy Club offers programs for kids 5 to 12; activities may include arts and crafts projects and treasure hunts
  • Multiple event spaces and meeting rooms, including a conference center with 800-person capacity
  • On-site medical services
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 Food

Four restaurants and a Mexican-style cantina serve up a wide array of international cuisine and drinks

The restaurants at this all-inclusive strive to beat the rap of bland, tired, and/or boring food by offering a variety of cuisine in settings that range from casual and colorful to elegant and understated.

  • Don Quijote, the Barcelo group’s signature restaurant (there’s one in every Barcelo), with Don Quijote and Sancho Panza on the walls and Spanish food on the menu
  • The casual, colorful El Patio features an international buffet and ocean views
  • Capri offers Italian food in an elegant dining room adorned with hanging lanterns and black-and-white photos
  • Meat and seafood dishes are served up on stone tables that dot the red-tiled floors at Los Arcos; also has a snack bar
  • There is also a Mexican-style cantina with snacks and two other bars; open late

 Bottom Line

Featuring gorgeously groomed jungle grounds and blue-tiled pools with beautiful bay views, this all-inclusive resort towers above the secluded Mismaloya Beach, which was made famous as the location for the Elizabeth Taylor movie, "Night of the Iguana." Packed with spacious suites and numerous amenities, the sheer massiveness of this upscale Barcelo property may make its beachside location feel a bit crowded. (Some may feel its presence ruins what made Mismaloya Beach special in the first place.)

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Address

  • Km 11.5 Zona Hotelera Sur Puerto Vallarta, JAL 48300 Mexico

Room Types

  • Club Premium Family Suite
  • Club Premium Junior Suite
  • Family Two Bedroom Suite
  • Junior Suite Deluxe
  • Junior Suite Ocean View

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 316
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Mismaloya, Mexico
Address: Km 11.5 Zona Hotelera Sur Puerto Vallarta, JAL 48300 Mexico
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