Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center Rating: 4.0 Pearls
North Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Cons

  • Most rooms don’t have balconies
  • Somewhat dated decor and furnishings
  • In-town beach is narrow and rocky, and ocean is murky
  • Myriad of vendors and hawkers on the beach

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

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.

 Location

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
  • 30-minute drive to Nuevo Vallarta

 Rooms

On older propert, some rooms remain dated

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.

  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Small bathrooms with single vanity, shower/tub combos, and hotel-brand toiletries
  • Windows that open, but no balconies in most rooms
  • Not all rooms have minibars or mini-fridges
  • Coffeemakers
  • Air-conditioning
  • AM/FM radio alarm clocks

 Features

Solid list of amenities includes large pool, spa, and extensive meeting space

 Food

Nice assortment of restaurants and bars, plus 24-hour room service

Most hotel guests pay for food as they go, though all-inclusive options are available.

  • Gaviotas: Gourmet restaurant with views of Banderas Bay and terrace seating, serving dinner; no children under 11 allowed.
  • Trattoria Alfresco: Casual elegant Italian served in an open-air pergola poolside; dinner only. Open only November through April.
  • La Villita: Breakfast buffet and a la carte menu three meals a day, plus champagne brunch on Sundays with live music.
  • La Pergola: Poolside snack bar
  • Bar Embarcadero: A tequila bar with karaoke
  • Lobby bar has live music and happy hour.
  • La Palapa: Swim-up pool bar open until the evening.
  • La Carreta Bar is a quieter bar in the Vacation Club.
  • 24-hour room service

 Bottom Line

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.

Things You Should Know About Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center

Address

  • Francisco Medina Ascencio 999, Las Glorias, 48330 Puerto Vallarta, JAL, Mexico

Room Types

  • Club Level
  • Junior Suite
  • Master Suite
  • Resort Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 475
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: North Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta
Address: Francisco Medina Ascencio 999, Las Glorias, 48330 Puerto Vallarta, JAL, Mexico
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