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January 25, 2005
Although everything worked, the furnishings lacked inspiration, and the general feel of the place was tired and dated. The décor was painted-white plaster with ochre accents and wooden doors with lattice inserts. These doors fronted everything because all the "furniture"--dressers, sofa, writing desk, and wardrobe--was built in. The "sofa" was decorated with foam cushions in a floral red, orange, yellow, and green. The room with the kitchenette had three straight-back wooden chairs with rattan seats in front of the counter for meals, a similarly styled stool for the "writing desk" and a double Murphy bed. There was a sink/makeup alcove and adjacent bathroom with shower, toilet, and retractable clothesline (a bathing suit did not dry overnight). A large surprise was the lack of hair dryer, especially as we had not brought our bulky one along.
The bedroom had another bathroom with a tub. There was a small round table with two straight-back chairs and a king-size bed with a bedspread to match the floral pattern on the couch next door.
You accessed the unit with a card, and then each half was accessed by a key, so presumably, each room could be rented out separately. Accessed from each half through sliding patio doors was a balcony with two green plastic patio chairs and a small table. If you did not know your neighbors, you surely would get to know them quickly with this arrangement. The balcony overlooked the pool area and beyond that the ocean, and we very much enjoyed sitting out there, sipping a drink. Our balcony had flower boxes, but they had not been tended in quite some time, and the dirt was littered with cigarette butts—-gross!
The maid did come daily to make the bed and do some housekeeping and also left towel animals (actually the same towel swan) and assorted flowers made out of toilet paper and pothos leaves (small wonder the plants along the corridors were looking a little sparse).
The complex is huge, with many different buildings, not all of which are timeshare. There are two large freeform pools, several bars and open-air restaurants, shops, a deli, and a gym. Daily activities--dance lessons, Spanish lessons, aerobics, etc.--are posted by the towel shack.
From journal Puerto Vallarta
Farmington Hills, Michigan
February 16, 2004
The staff was very accommodating and anything we needed was addressed immediately.
One thing that we had particularly enjoyed on our previous visit was the beach. Unfortunately, this suffered significant damage during the hurricane of 2002 and it will be a while before this is restored, if ever. The tennis courts were also damaged and only one is in service at this time. We never had a problem getting court time, though.
From journal We love Puerto Vallarta
Madison Heights, Michigan
March 21, 2006
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.
From journal Quick Holiday, Long weekend - Mexico
Quogue, New York
November 13, 2004
The smiles on our faces as we checked in were returned by staff, very happy to be working again after being closed for repairs for over one year after destruction by the hurricane. Everything is spruced up -- brand new pools, tiles, brick work, stone work, plantings, waterfalls, new paint, and soft goods in the rooms. We have a two-bedroom -- no lock off here – which has very large rooms, with two bathrooms, one king bed with a water view, one twin with no view, and a pull-out sofa with an ocean view. The balcony extends across the master suite and living room. The partial kitchen has a full refrigerator, microwave, two burners, and the usual coffeemaker, blender, etc. Although the furnishings are sparse -- cookware made of aluminum -- and the kitchen storage minimal, the unit is very comfortable. It has plenty of closets and drawers for the six guests that it accommodates. All units have either ocean or pool views in three buildings that range from three stories to a 25-story tower, and all have patios or balconies, with a couple of plastic chairs and a small snack table.
I love this pool, with its swim-up bar, jacuzzi hidden in the rocks with a waterfall and bridge, and an area only one foot deep for children or just lounging in shallow water. Lounge chairs and towels are all new, giving the area a feel of luxury.
A beautiful, very large palapa covers the oceanside, open-air restaurant that serves three meals daily. The floor is marble, the counters granite, the chairs rattan, and it has a great Polynesian feel, but it’s way too expensive -- $8 omelets, $13 fish, and $11 chicken for lunch – and not many were eating. Poolside drinks were in the $5 range. There is poolside service for food and beverages if you can't pull yourself away.
There are no umbrellas here, and there weren't any at the Westin Club Regina either (did they all blow away in the hurricane??). My daily challenge is to keep moving my chair to the shadows of the palms and buildings as the sun keeps changing.
A new foyer and entrance has been created away from the hotel for the timeshare section; there is no evidence of sales here for the time being (not the usual welcome package for an invitation to the "90-minute" presentation). Right now, this is a very peaceful and quiet environment just outside the bustling, fun area of Puerto Vallarta. Book it quickly when you see it if you want an exchange while it's available.
From journal Puerto Vallarta - Our favorite
by We love Puerto Vallarta!
January 1, 2004
From journal Our Puerto Vallarta Reviews (7 trips)
May 25, 2003
We had our two-month-old granddaughter with us and I can't believe how much attention we got from the locals! They bent over backwards to care for us and the baby! Men and women alike would come out of their way to see her, children would come up and give us roses (that they were selling) "free for the baby".
Very hospitable people. We never had one problem with having a baby that young. She was nursing, so the doctor said she would be fine. We took normal precautions like boiling water and running it through the Brita we brought for the "mom" to drink, but we all drank it too.
We still enjoyed many meals out, with drinks. We spent a day at the flea market, walked the waterfront at the marina, lots of quaint restaurants and shopping! We love Puerto Vallarta!
From journal Puerto Vallarta with a baby!
November 26, 2003
From journal Enchanting Puerto Vallarta
Salt Lake, for now, Utah
November 5, 2004
From journal Puerto Vallarta third wheel???
February 12, 2004
The grounds are beautiful and the people are wonderful. The Sunday brunch should not be missed (go listen to the timeshare presentation and it’s free).
From journal The Beautiful Puerto Vallarta
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
December 9, 2005
From journal Sheraton Puerto Vallarta