Upon check-in, we tipped the reservationist and requested a high floor close to the bay. It was worth the two-hour delay in checking in. We had units 1089/1090/1091. The middle unit (a studio) was the common area -- living room, dining room, and kitchen – with no balcony. Both lock-off hotel units had a large foyer, bathroom with double sinks and shower/tub combo, a large bedroom with king bed, and a jacuzzi tub on the balcony, along with a table and two chairs -- very private feeling, very romantic. This particular floor, in the building closest to the ocean, was special in that there were plantings on the balcony and a palapas-type overhang for the roof, providing shade. It gave the room a very tropical feeling. The rooms seem due for renovations -- pine cabinets, fuschia ceilings and headboards -- a little dated, and the heavenly beds (remember, this is a Westin) are not here yet. The marble floors feel great when barefoot, the units are spacious, and there is complimentary daily maid service.
The four beautiful shallow pools meander along the property. There is a swim-up bar, poolside waiter service, use of hotel facilities, and vendors on the beach, but it’s too much of an American feeling for me. Beware: you are charged for floaties in the pool ($10/day) and umbrellas on the beach ($10/day). There are no palapas, but you can find shady spots around the pools under palm trees.
This is a full-service hotel with restaurants, bars, health club, and a spa. There were a few conventions booked at the hotel; therefore, many of the areas around the pools were often set up for luncheons and outdoor dining in the evening. We did not eat at the restaurants, but reports were good.
Transportation from here is convenient -- cabs to town cost $4, the bus across the street is 40 cents, and you can walk to the marina shops, bars, and restaurants. Evenings are quiet; the only live music we heard was during Sunday brunch. The marina is quiet, and to me, it is a better option than spending the evening at the hotel; it's less expensive and more stimulating. Please don't miss venturing into town. Lots of activity there -- restaurants, bars, shops, mariachis, discos, and very pleasant people.
Definitely one of the better exchanges in Puerto Vallarta, but venture into town for the flavor of Mexico.
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March 1, 2005
The beach wasn't the greatest, although we did try some snorkeling right off it, and saw quite a few happy fish. The best thing is the beds by the pool were the very comfortable foam mattresses with lots of pillows in teak pagodas with white curtains, very nice-looking.
The resort had an 'activities' director; however, most of the activities either didn't occur or started late. The best was a rousing game of pool volleyball, which was fun.
Puerto Vallarta's old town is a big party destination with lots of bars and restaurants in a compact area.
From journal Sun and Fun in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
February 6, 2005
We loved the private Jacuzzi hot tubs on the bedroom patios. I had never seen that type before. You fill it when you want to use it. The water temperature and pressure was fabulous!
From journal 10 Days in Paradise
Calgary, Alberta, Afghanistan
January 8, 2005
From journal Westin at PVR
by Sith Knight
October 11, 2004
From journal A break in Vallarta
Quogue, New York
October 8, 2004
From journal Marina Area of Puerto Vallarta
June 15, 2004
From journal Mexico 2003
Port Alberni, British Columbia
May 8, 2004
The resort itself is beautiful and the pools are spectacular. The new beach cabanas are very nice, as is NIKKIS BEACH CLUB, but be warned that to use their facilities, you must drop at least US$20 on food and drink per person. This is not our favorite PV resort, but it's in the top three.
From journal We keep going back to PV. . .
April 21, 2004
The staff was friendly and helpful. The resort pools were nice and the pool bars great. The restaurant was good for relaxed dining and even cooked up some fish we'd caught.
From journal Romantic Getaway to Puerto Vallarta
Farmington Hills, Michigan
February 16, 2004
The rooms are spacious and each bedroom has its own king size bed and balcony with a hot tub. Many people we spoke with (my husband included) feel the hot tub on the balcony is the best thing about the rooms.
Resort Experience:We have been here three times and it gets better each time. It is a beautiful resort. All the views are good, but try to get the ocean view if you can -- at least close enough to hear the surf at night. What a way to go to sleep!
The tennis is free and the fitness center (also free to RCI guests) is one of the finest I have seen anywhere. They have totally changed the beach. This was one of the shortcomings of the resort because it was full of rocks before. They have brought in sand and rebuilt the beach. They have also added numerous lattice-covered platforms for lounges on the beach, which are extremely popular, so popular that there were very few people at the pool. We had no problem getting lounge chairs at this resort.
From journal We love Puerto Vallarta
Toms River, New Jersey
January 17, 2004
The property has beautiful palm trees and is maintained well. The pool area is really nice. The pools have meandering shapes with lots of lounge chairs and there are many more chairs on sand, both near the beach and on the beach. There is a beach-volleyball net and a pool-volleyball one. The resort also has a really nice gym, which is included for free if you opt for the $40 maid service of daily bed linen change and towel change.
From journal Club Regina in January