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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Quogue, New York
October 8, 2004
From journal Marina Area of Puerto Vallarta
by vacation girl
Greenfield, New York
July 10, 2002
From journal 1st Trip to Mexico
brooklyn, New York
September 19, 2003
The food at the resort was a bit pricey and but the food and atmosphere are nice. The lobby and the resort itself is amazing the colors of fuchsia and marigold yellows made it look very tropical. At night when it is all light up, it looked like a cruise ship itself.
The sunsets every morning and evening was a moment you don't want to miss. We went during September and it only rained at 4 or 5pm and 9pm at night. The lighting in the middle of the ocean was something that is amazing. Its really funny how the weather is in September you will have rain and shine the same day. One day, we saw a rainbow from the marina side. We saw where it started and ended that was beautiful to. But one thing is that the weather is very humid during that time so that was not so pleasant. If you want to shed some pounds, it would be good for you to go during that time. The pools were awesome. There are 7 pools how much more can you ask more. There is a fitness room, sauna massage if you like them for only $30 an hour (at the marina in the resort, it will cost you $40, which is not bad). A travel agency for tours if you need them, mini market many more can't finish. This resort has more to brag about.
From journal PV fun in th sun
July 30, 2001
From journal Puerto Vallarta
March 10, 2001
Our room was on the eleventh floor and we could see all the way across the bay. Sunsets were spectacular from our balcony and we opted to host a daily margarita happy hour on our balcony to watch it. One afternoon, we watched whales breaching in the bay from our balcony as well.
The hotel grounds are impressive, with an intricate network of swimming pools spreading across the meticulously groomed landscape. Literally hundreds of palm trees provide ample shade and several actually have their own islands in the middle of the pools. The beach, however, is unimpressive.
The hotel has several restaurants and, though we opted to eat in town most nights, we found the daily breakfast buffet to be very good--and very filling. The featured restaurant is in a separate building along the waterfront and is known for its quality seafood. I can''t speak for the food personally, but the margaritas we enjoyed while sitting on the second floor deck overlooking the bay were quite tasty.
The rooms are luxurious but simple with Mexican tiled bathrooms and a large open shower. We were visiting in January and opted to turn off the a.c. and keep the balcony doors open, letting the ocean breezes and sound of the waves eleven stories below lull us to sleep each night.
While I tend to prefer a small, intimate hotel with real local flavor, the Westin Regina was a first rate hotel experience and I would most certainly stay there again.
From journal Vallarta Adventure
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
November 11, 2003
Dining was very good with a nightly outdoor buffet with different themes. Also an upscale dining room in separate building near waterfront. Grounds and pools were beautiful and well kept. Poolside bar, restaurants, and recreation directors staffed daily.
From journal Time to Share
by Melissa Lou
July 19, 2003
From journal Mother/Daughter Get-A-Way
March 29, 2003
From journal Puerto Vallarta Dream Vacation
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