All-inclusive dinners are limited to buffet style (with one free dinner at the specialty restaurants)
By most megaresort standards this all-inclusive is small, with just 155 rooms, and is short on amenities and facilities. But it's a comfy, budget-friendly place near downtown Puerto Vallarta and two blocks from the beach. The resort feels authentic, with terracotta tiling, and Mexican-style decor surrounded by lush landscaping and palm trees. The location directly off the highway can be a bit loud -- as can the music poolside. But for the price it's an excellent option -- the rooms are clean and comfortable, the on-site dining options are plentiful, and the hotel-run beach club offers free non-motorized water sports for guests.
Quaint, authentic-feeling resort surrounded by lush grounds
Although tucked alongside the noisy highway, the majority of the resort feels more like a peaceful hacienda hideaway -- especially in the open-air central courtyard, with seating surrounding a tiered fountain. The grounds are nicely landscaped (in most areas) with plenty of ferns, palm trees, and local plantings. The decor both in the common areas and the guest rooms feels authentic Mexican without breaching into cheesy-resort territory. Terracotta tiling, winding palm-tree-shaded walkways, and hacienda-style architectural elements are a far cry from most larger Mexican-beach mega resorts.
Located off a noisy highway, a short walk to the beach
The hotel is located right on Highway 200 (also called Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio) as it passes through this northern side of Puerto Vallarta, between the airport and downtown. The location is convenient -- except that Highway 200 can be a busy boulevard, day and night. With an open-air lobby and much of the hotel within 50 yards of the highway, it can get noisy. That said, all area attractions -- the airport, golf, downtown, and Old Town -- are all a quick drive away. The beach is a short walk from the hotel -- but there's also a free shuttle for guests.
Limited all-inclusive plan; property is better suited for European-plan guests
The hotel offers either all-inclusive or European plans. The all-inclusive plan, however, only includes buffet dinners at Los Portales, with guests limited to one free dinner at either Sabores de Mexico or La Troje per stay.
Sabores de Mexico: Mexican and Prehispanic food, dinner only, reservations required the morning of
La Troje: International grill and seafood menu, dinner only, reservations required the morning of
Los Portales: breakfast, lunch and dinner, eclectic Mexican/international menu served buffet or a la carte, no reservations