With 475 guest rooms distributed across 15 stories on a beachfront near downtown, the Sheraton Buganvilias is a big, busy operation -- yet it's invitingly tranquil in places as well. There is ample lounge seating dotting the lush grounds, and a nice spa offers a relaxing reprieve. With an attractive free-form pool, multiple restaurants, expansive meeting space, and easy access to the charms of Vallarta, this is a great spot for those who like the action close at hand, but also feel the need to escape the hustle. Just don't expect to escape the hustle with a serene beachfront -- the beach here is rocky, public, and teeming with vendors.
Large and busy, but plenty of tranquil relaxation spots dotting the property
The 15-story Sheraton is a bit of a hulk when viewed from street-side, though the blossoming bougainvillea do soften the somewhat featureless facade. Once you’re inside, however, it’s an attractive environment -- tranquil, lushly planted, and offering plentiful poolside lounging space, as well as a bit of (rocky) beach. The location is the real plus, though, just a short walk from the north end of Puerto Vallarta’s wonderful waterfront promenade, the Malecon. Strolling the Malecon down to the city’s central plaza at sunset is an inspiring experience -- the whole town is seemingly on promenade, the lovely artworks and sand sculptures glow in the soft light of sunset, and the air temperature (in high season at least) is just about perfect.
On the other hand, if you don’t want to leave the hotel you can see the same sunset from one of the several on-site restaurants or bars, the beach, a poolside lounge chair, or from the elevated perch of your guest room. Though most of the rooms lack balconies, they do have windows that open facing the beach and the tranquil waters of Bahia Banderas.
The Bugambilias Vacation Club, a time-share property next door, shares the facilities, and has another large, free-form pool available for hotel guests. And for guests looking to stay active, there are golf courses not far away and tennis courts on-site, as well as plenty of resort-organized games and activities.
This in-town hotel has a great beachfront site just a five- to 10-minute walk from Vallarta’s attractive promenade, the Malecon
The area north of downtown Puerto Vallarta is known as the North Hotel Zone, and hotels were first built here with the intention of making Puerto Vallarta a resort destination. The Sheraton occupies the prime spot at the south end of this venerable strip, putting it within easy walking distance of town, and a short cab ride (or a pleasant 15-minute stroll) away from Old Town. Golf, nightclubs, water sports, fine dining, and all the attractions of this charming city are at your fingertips here.
15-minute drive to Puerto Vallarta Airport
5- to 10-minute walk to the Malecon promenade and downtown Vallarta
5-minute drive to Old Town Vallarta
5- to 10-minute drive to golf courses at Marina Vallarta
The property is a few decades old and some of the interiors feel worn and dated. Aside from the SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) rooms on floors two, three, and four, there are no exterior balconies in any of the rooms.