South Hotel Zone Hotels
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Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa

Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Open only to guests ages 16 and older, Villa Premiere offers the best of two Puerto Vallarta worlds: it’s both beachfront all-inclusive and urban boutique. One of the few beaches near town -- Playa Camarones -- is directly in front of the hotel, and downtown Puerto Vallarta is just seven blocks away. Even with its small size, the 89-room Villa has an attractive all-inclusive package -- a compact but still luxurious version of what you get at many of the mega-sized resorts several miles north, out of town. An added bonus: it’s a pretty little place with whimsical artwork throughout.
Secrets Vallarta Bay

Secrets Vallarta Bay Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Secrets Vallarta Bay is a luxurious, adult-only, all-inclusive resort right on the beach in tourist-friendly Puerto Vallarta. With 271 suites, it's not the biggest resort around -- the smaller size means less of a wait and better service. This property does a lot of things right: luxe rooms with butler service, unlimited premium alcohol, and gorgeous pools -- however, the vibe can get rowdy (blame the combination of all-inclusive booze and a swim-up bar). Guests should also note that some of the restaurants and daily entertainment are next door at the family-friendly Now Amber Puerto Vallarta. Still, Secrets is a quick drive to the airport and downtown, making it a convenient spot for an upscale couples getaway on the beach.
Costa Sur Resort & Spa

Costa Sur Resort & Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The 202-room Costa Sur Resort and Spa is a multi-story property that offers guests a lot of bang for their peso: a private beach, spacious suites with kitchens and ocean views, optional all-inclusive meal packages, and a fun kids' club. Located 10 minutes outside of Puerto Vallarta's main strip, this hotel is distanced from noise and pollution but still well placed for exploring with a car. Rooms could use a refresh, but there is a peaceful adults-only pool, a separate big pool for families, fitness center, and water sports all on-site.
Plaza Pelicanos Grand Beach Resort

Plaza Pelicanos Grand Beach Resort Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Most of the 100 rooms in this mid-range oceanfront hotel are drab and dated -- with the best-looking ones being the 15 on-site timeshares located in the tall tower. Of course, only a few of those are available at any given time, so you'll likely be stuck with the standard rooms -- and the on-site sales pitches to purchase a timeshare can feel invasive. But other features, such as the beachfront location with quick walking access to downtown; the beautifully groomed gardens; the spacious pool with infinity edge and swim-up bar; and an outdoor tennis court make this a great option for the price. Be warned, though, not all rooms have balconies, and some face the noisy street at the entrance of the property.
Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa

Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The spacious lobby and ocean views give this 234-room hotel the feel of an “out of town” resort; but no, the Buenaventura is so close to downtown that the bustling Malecon boardwalk -- lined with sculptures, shops, and restaurants -- is just a five-minute walk away. Although marketed as a luxury property, it is actually a 3.5-pearl hotel with typical mid-range amenities, including a tiny spa. Overlooking a narrow stretch of beach and just a stroll away from Puerto Vallarta's thriving nightlife scene, it's a great pick for those who want an oceanfront location close to the downtown action.
Hotel Portonovo Plaza

Hotel Portonovo Plaza Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This 45-room budget-friendly boutique hotel comes sharply dressed with some attitude and style, but little in the way of amenities (at least compared with the larger megaresorts that permeate Puerto Vallarta's more distant zones). There's a decent rooftop restaurant with outdoor seating and city views, a nice-size rooftop pool looking out toward the ocean, and a basic-use (read: tiny) fitness center. The rooms range from small to smaller, and their views are far from inspiring -- but it's what lies outside the hotel doors that counts. The beach, the Malecon, and the area's most popular dining, nightlife, and shopping are all within a short walk.
Plaza Pelicanos Club Beach Resort All-Inclusive

Plaza Pelicanos Club Beach Resort All-Inclusive Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This mid-range hotel offers small rooms with generic decor, older furnishings, and drab walls that provide little soundproofing, so noise complaints are common. Most rooms offer views of a small, well-maintained pool, since the hotel does not have an oceanfront location. It features several restaurants and a beach club that is a short walk away on Las Glorias Beach, with plenty of things to do and people to look at -- along with slightly grubby sand, somewhat murky water, and a lot of vendors crowding the shore.
Canto Del Sol Plaza Vallarta All-Inclusive Beach & Tennis Resort

Canto Del Sol Plaza Vallarta All-Inclusive Beach & Tennis Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Located in Puerto Vallarta's crowded Hotel Zone, this beachfront property is a typical all-inclusive with one stand-out feature -- its Tennis Club with indoor and outdoor courts. Despite being marketed as a luxury hotel, it is a mid-range property offering standard resort amenities, including a free-form pool that some guests may prefer to the small, rocky beach. It is a also a time-share property, so sales pitches are prevalent throughout the hotel. Rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and contemporary decor, but the furnishings look a bit cheap.
Las Palmas by the Sea

Las Palmas by the Sea Rating: 2.5 Pearls

The 225-room Las Palmas by the Sea is an all-inclusive hotel on the ocean in Puerto Vallarta's South Hotel Zone, but this isn't the type of place where you can relax in the sand and have staff bring you endless cocktails with little umbrellas in them. With the right expectations, this older two-and-a-half pearl property can be good value and a convenient home base. The no-frills rooms are clean, quiet, and spacious. There are two ocean-facing pools, an organized kids' club, and handful of decent restaurants. Though food and drinks are included, there are charges for in-room Wi-Fi, the electronic safe, and water sport rentals, plus annoying time-share pitches.


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