Sunset Plaza Beach Resort and Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
North Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Pros

Cons

  • Beach is narrow and usually crowded with vendors
  • Suite kitchens don't have dishwashers or ovens

Bottom Line

Curvaceous and bright, this upscale sister of the two older Pelican resorts nearby features fabulous views, as this 15-story hotel looms modern and colorful over the low-rise properties around it. Guest rooms and suites are contemporary, stylish, and comfortably spacious -- and all have balconies that overlook the beach below. The hot tub decks and poolside lounge areas also offer spectacular ocean views, with some guests preferring these serene spaces to the narrow beach that is often crowded with vendors.

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 Scene

Beachside resort with modern decor and a posh ambience

Modern and bold, this upscale resort is housed in a vibrant, 15-story tower overlooking a narrow strip of Las Glorias beach in this zone just north of downtown Vallarta. It's a great location if you want to be near the Vallarta action -- but not exactly a hideaway, what with the busy road into town nearby.

The hotel grounds, pools, suites, and decks are decidedly serene, engaging spaces, with the contemporary style and vibrant color balanced and enhanced with lush plantings, lawns, and plenty of lounging space. They are striving for a posh and exclusive ambience here, and seemingly have attained it.

 Location

Beachside location in the Northern Hotel Zone, but a bit of a walk from downtown's restaurants and bars

This resort overlooks a small stretch of narrow beach and towers above several smaller, older hotels -- including sister properties Plaza Pelicanos Club Beach Resort All-Inclusive and Plaza Pelicanos Grand Beach Resort. Located at the end of a short cobbled street a block off the main highway in the Northern Hotel Zone, the Sunset Plaza is a bit of a walk from bustling downtown and the lively Malecon boardwalk, so many guests opt for a 10-minute cab ride instead.

Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico's most picturesque beach destinations, with historic white-washed buildings, and cerulean seas set against a rugged mountain skyline. The massive Banderas Bay alone offers over 25 miles of seashore. With all this ocean comes a variety of water sports, like scuba diving with manta rays off Islas Marietas, boating around Los Arcos' reefs, and parasailing off of the popular Playa Los Muertos.

Other popular daytime activities include shopping -- not just the annoying beach vendor kind -- at Puerto Vallarta's mazelike markets. One of the best, Rio Cuale Flea Market, has multiple vendors selling wood carvings, handmade jewelry, and glass and beadwork (among many other items). But be prepared to haggle down those prices!

Puerto Vallarta stays awake when the sun dips below the horizon. Steamy salsa clubs light up the streets, and rowdy local bars supply a steady stream of cerveza for the thirsty traveler. Downtown Puerto Vallarta is the most happening and diverse area.

  • 5- to 10-minute drive from Licenciado Diaz Ordaz International Airport
  • 5- to 10-minute drive to Marina Vallarta, which has shops and restaurants
  • 5- to 10-minute drive to Marina Vallarta Golf Club
  • 5- to 10-minute drive to downtown Puerto Vallarta/Malecon boardwalk

 Rooms

Modern, spacious rooms with high-tech amenities and private balconies

Rooms and suites are spacious --- and all feature private balconies with ocean views. A modern and minimalist style pervades, with pale walls, tile floors, wooden furniture, and high-tech amenities like flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and iPod docks. Homey touches like brightly colored accents and pillow menus keep the sleek surroundings from feeling overly sterile.

 Features

Three free-form pools with gorgeous ocean views, adults-only sundeck featuring three Jacuzzis

 Food

Two restaurants offer a choice between casual and gourmet dining, while the lobby bar features drinks and live music.

In addition to its two restaurants and two separate bars, a small deli sells snacks, wine, and sandwiches. All-inclusive meal plans are available.

  • Mirador Bistro & Grill serves three meals (buffet and/or a la carte) in a casual indoor/outdoor setting, with an open kitchen
  • La Trattoria di Luciano serves dinner only, features a gourmet Italian menu (This restaurant, under another name and with a separate entrance, is also part of the all-inclusive package at the adjacent Plaza Pelicanos Club Beach Resort sister property)
  • La Canela Deli has sandwiches, wines, snacks, minimal groceries, not part of the all-inclusive meal plan
  • Poolside Aqua Bar offers drinks and spectacular ocean views.
  • Sunset Lobby Bar features live music on Fridays and karaoke on Saturdays.

 Bottom Line

Curvaceous and bright, this upscale sister of the two older Pelican resorts nearby features fabulous views, as this 15-story hotel looms modern and colorful over the low-rise properties around it. Guest rooms and suites are contemporary, stylish, and comfortably spacious -- and all have balconies that overlook the beach below. The hot tub decks and poolside lounge areas also offer spectacular ocean views, with some guests preferring these serene spaces to the narrow beach that is often crowded with vendors.

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Address

  • Diego Rivera 121, Puerto Vallarta, JAL 48330

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room Ocean Front
  • Master Suite Ocean Front
  • One Bedroom Suite Ocean Front

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 106
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: North Hotel Zone, Puerto Vallarta
Address: Diego Rivera 121, Puerto Vallarta, JAL 48330
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