A February 2006 trip
to Puerto Vallarta by MJB1103
Quote: We needed a little R and R to get us through the winter blahs so we headed to the 85ºF sun in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. We swam, ate, and lounged about, and enjoyed every minute of it.
Hotel | "Sheraton Bougainvilleas Resort and Towers"
The room was modern, clean, and without excess. It had a gorgeous ocean view, with a window that opened wide. We sat listening to the ocean and watching the sun set every night. The butler service includes turn-down service with a chocolate on your pillow, complimentary buffet continental breakfast in the lounge down the hall every morning, and afternoon snacks with wine or beer, and they are happy to serve you coffee or tea until 11pm. You must book a tower room to get butler service, which is worth the charge.
It saved us from buying breakfast every morning at $20+ a person from the restaurant downstairs. The buffet in the lounge has all you need: meats, cheeses, fruits, juices, cereals, pastries, coffee, tea, milk, yogurt, etc. If you really want eggs, you'll have to go elsewhere. For us it was perfect. We love the fresh tropical fruit every morning. Butler service also included other things, like shoeshine, bathrobes, garment press, and the like. These things we did not use.
The Sheraton itself was beautiful. The open-air lobby with beautiful marble and stone work in the floors, and many shops for your needs and the pool were just what the doctor ordered, with water the temperature of a cool bath. Not freezing like most, it was easy to get in and want to stay there all day. The swim-up bar is always fun, as most resorts in Mexico have them. The poolside service was great for lunch and drinks. The beach is not as soft as the Caribbean beaches, as most people report, but beautiful nonetheless. When you live in the Midwest, any tropical location can be heaven. They have a business center if you need to check email, as well as activities for the kids. They put on a Mexican fiesta every Thursday night, complete with fireworks, which we got a front row seat for from our room, way cool!! The hotel is a 7-minute walk to the mega-market and probably a 20-minute walk from downtown. It's in a great location for anything and everything.
All in all, I would happily stay at the Sheraton again. It was lovely, relaxing, and all vacation all the time.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2006
Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center
Blvd Medina Ascencio 999
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48330
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2006
Pino Suarez 321
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48300
+ 52 322 231 31
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2006
Isla Río Cuale #4, Colonia Centro
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48300
+52 (322) 2230788
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2006
La Dolce Vita
Paseo Diaz Ordaz 674
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48380
+52 322 22 238 52
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 24, 2006
Puerto Vallarta Beaches
On the Bay
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
You will find time share sales everywhere you go in Mexico. In PV they tend to be in the hotels as soon as you arrive. Most first timers are surprised and then irritated to find the nice person who greeted them upon arrival, dressed in Hotel attire, not only was not part of check-in but also was keeping them from the start of their vacation by trying to sell them a time share. Beware!! When you first get into the hotel, go straight for the front desk. Don't stop for anyone.
Check out your hotel online to familiarize yourself with their lobby area, if you can, if there are pictures. Google your hotel, if need be, to see reviews and pictures from other travelers. Once you check-in and can relax then you can properly fend-off these pesky time share folks. They will try to get you to sit in for a breakfast sales-pitch that includes a free gift, bottle of champagne, or Mexican fiesta night dinner/buffet/show. Understand that by agreeing to this "breakfast" means sitting with a time share guy/gal who will then give you a tour of the room types, and then introduce you to their peers and boss who will try to press you to sign on the dotted line. This will take a good half of your day. Don't let them fool you in saying it will only take a couple hours... it never does. The gifts aren't worth it unless you really want to buy a time share, would rather spend time than money on possible souvenirs, or you are really just curious about the whole deal.
If you have the time and don't care that's fine, but I will say at the end of the whole deal they don't like not to make the sale. The one my husband and I got sucked into a few years ago was brutal when we said we needed to think more about it and hadn't ever considered a time share until then. Mind you we still have not bought one nor found a reason, we needed to have one at this time in our lives. Having said all of the above - If someone approaches you simply say "no thank you," and keep going about your business. You should be fine.
Madison Heights, Michigan