Barcelo Puerto Vallarta

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A spectacular property located in a secluded area south of Puerto Vallarta. Being awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award speaks for itself. The family and couple oriented Barcelo Puerto Vallarta offers excellent restaurants, great service and a nice pool area. When the tide is in there is no beach. A nice quiet, alternative location from the popular Riviera Nayarit and Hotel Zone. Formerly the Barcelo La Jolla de Mismaloya.


Overview

This superior all suite hotel sits on Mismaloya Bay amidst a backdrop of tropical mountain rainforests. On a small secluded beach, the Barcelo Puerto Vallarta is an elegant, all-inclusive Mexican-style resort. It offers 316 comfortable suites with excellent service, leisure, history, beautiful scenery, exuberant flora and privacy. Relax on your vacation and pamper yourself in the hotel spa, catch some rays at one of the hotel pools or take time out to practice your favourite water sport. Hotel Barcelo Puerto Vallarta was awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award in 2009.

Location: Nested between the Pacific Ocean and it's own tranquil secluded beach, 20 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta and 35 minutes from the airport.


tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • lolo1955 : Vancouver, Canada
avarage vacation

first hotel rooms are all the same except suits I would not go VIP. waste of money..rooms were nice but a little outdated. buffet food a little to cold sometimes. not enough service around the pools..it is a very secluded resort not much of a beach. .nightly entertainment was so so lack of another bar at night.. we did have a good vacation but was ready to go home after a week

  • LexxxyB :
Beautiful resort

We visited for a week over New Years Eve. The grounds are exceptional. Lush and perfectly maintained. There are several house iguanas that are fun to watch while in the (heated) pools and around. The small public beach is free of seaweed. Nice to walk down to iguana point, past fabulous massage vendors ($20/hr -Suzy will set you up). Plenty of boats avail to take you snorkeling at Los Arcos (see Suzy on the beach - $10pp). Note: tip Suzy’s people - they do a great job. Daytime pool entertainment staff does a great job, too - Nice touch when they offer free temple massages and cool eye towel/cucumbers. Good for families for basic all inclusive vacation. 4 choices for breakfast...premium lounge, room service, buffet and Los Arcos. No room service charge for premium guests. Room spacious and clean and amazing view, nice patio with table, chairs. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Bring plenty of tip cash - they work hard. But...Sunset cannot be seen from resort. All pool chairs were reserved by 7am. The moon was still out and people were reserving their chairs. Premium lounge would be much nicer if staff got up and maintained the lounge by restocking and having wine opener, water bottles available without asking. Waited long time before being greeted upon check in. Guests must wear plastic wristbands - color coded by (under)age and also premium guest. WiFi very spotty. We had to have reset several times, even though we were not over our (4) device limit. We had a family room on 9th floor - zero connection in 2nd bedroom. In our opinion, food was just ok for dinner at specialty restaurants. Our favorite dinner restaurant was Los Arcos. We had one sick family member - down for 2 entire days. Many other vacationers were sick, we learned. Bring your own medicine, just in case. Shows just ok (Michael Jackson show was great and kids enjoyed Decades). Shows take place in banquet rooms. 3 of 4 in our party didn’t love their massage. ATM fee extremely high - $35 usd service fee per transaction. Although it was a nice vacation, we’ve preferred other resorts, especially in Nuevo Vallarta.

  • Kathy B : San Jose
Good value

The cons: slow check in process, very noisy at night in building 1, not enough staff at breakfast buffet.The pros: excellent specialty restaurants (always have dinner at one of these), clean and well maintained pools and public areas, very spacious rooms and comfortable beds, fun bar (but only one) with live bands most nights (people will dance but not really set up for it, so if you are looking for a dance club, this may not be the hotel for you), fun swim up bar, great pools, two hot tubs, easy swimming beach in the beautiful cove of Mismaloya. Note this hotel is fairly south of town (20-30 minutes by cab), but the location is a gem. Maybe spend a couple of nights in town at hotel Rio and then the rest of your stay at this all inclusive.

  • Syuzanna A : Pasadena, California
Below average

Bad concierge service, the food was denny's quality. The beach was blocked in by two walls, not much to do, the pool was cold. The gym was a joke, and the spa is not a spa, it only had a fill in tub that they consider a Jacuzzi. I asked the front desk for the wifi password and they wouldn't give it to me because I was considered a premium guest and I had to go to a different desk to get that info. Their night shows were also a joke,most were below average, only 2 from the 5 nights were good.

  • gunnergoo : Michigan
Our Second Stay at this BEAUTIFUL resort!

My family (husband and adult son) visited the Barcello over the Christmas holidays and was our second stay at this facility.The Barcello is about a 40 minute ride from the airport. Hotel check in greeted us with a glass of champagne. There were a few problems to work out about our rooms, but were resolved to our satisfaction. FOOD: We did not eat at any of the speciality restaurants, but preferred the La Fuente restaurant, where buffet-style meals are served, including breakfast, lunch and dinner (each night has a specialty-themed night like Mexican, Italian, Seafood, etc.) If you prefer you can custom order something...the staff is all too eager to prepare you an awesome meal. In fact on New Years Eve, my husband wanted lobster. It wasn't on the buffet, so they prepared him two lobster tails! DELICIOUS! Also, my husband went on an early morning fishing trip and caught fish that CHEF ZAPATA prepared and turned it into a feast!!! Thanks, CHEF ZAPATA!!! The waitstaff is exceptional, including our server many times JUAN CARLOS RUIZ. Juan always accommodated our requests. There is also a nice smaller restaurant by the pool area.ROOMS: Very spacious and nice, I believe we were in Tower 1, where recption area is. All rooms have a view of the ocean. If you have any complaint about the room, staff is quick to respond.THINGS TO DO: A must is the Puerto Vallarta Zoo!!! So fun to get up close to the animals. Just wear comfortable shoes as some pathways are steep. Also be sure you hook up with Suzy Q on the beach. She arranged an awesome snorkeling trip and morning fishing for my husband. There is also a place called "Eden" where the movie "Predator" with Arnold Schwarzenegger was filmed. You can swing on a rope across a river and places to eat. Zoo is about a five minute drive from hotel...would not recommend walking to it. The "Eden" is not much further.The resort itself is clean. Several pools are available...from adult to small children.Around noon, the staff begin some "pool games" with guests. Music is not too loud before 12 p.m. but gets louder to about 3 p.m. then quiet. Our room was above the pool area (eighth floor) and we did not experience any disturbances at night. Would recommend securing pool chairs with towels early morning as the "good" spots by the beach go fast. There are people on the beach selling wares, but are respectful if you do not want to buy from them. Finally, my son got sick on our flight to Puerto Vallarta...he progressively got worse and had to fly home early. Initially we had difficulty in securing Tylenol from the hotel mini market and unfortunately had to ask other guests for the medication. The mini market ran out of Tylenol, so had to order it from a pharmacy outside the Barcello. There was a long delay before its arrival to the hotel, but eventually arrived. So always double think the medications you may need while packing your suitcase! The hotel manager, Rodolfo Pacheco, came to our hotel room and sincerely apologized for all the confusion. He offered to refund us our son's room charge for one night as compensation over the Tylenol fiasco. Thank you, Rodolfo!!! We also have to thank Ofelia Islas, who was especially helpful and gracious about our son's dilemma. Finally, a BIG thank you to Adelina Romero Mireles, She answered and resolved our questions about transportation and our son's illness in a very professional manner. In fact she helped us immensely BEFORE our visit to the Barcello, helping us secure our rooms and transportation from the airport. You can find her smiling face at the hotel concierge desk.In all, despite some problems during our visit, the Barcello staff ALWAYS was concerned and willing to resolve our issues. We will return to this lovely resort!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • A la carte dining w/reservations (lobster, shrimp and bottled water not included)
  • All drinks (International brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 9am-1am)
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Hobie cats
  • Tennis (reservations required)
  • Use of bicycles
  • Beach volleyball
  • Gym
  • Daily activities
  • Theme nights

Note: This hotel is also available on an air and hotel basis - please inquire.






  • 303 suites divided in two 8-storey towers with elevators
  • 1 Buffet restaurant
  • 4 a la carte restaurants: Mexican, Grill/BBQ, Seafood, and Italian, dress code & reservations required
  • Snack bar
  • Room service (fee)
  • 4 Bars including Swim-up bar
  • Pools
  • Tennis courts
  • Fitness centre
  • Boutiques
  • Fitness centre
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Laundry & dry-cleaning services (fee)
  • Medical services (fee)
  • Horseback riding (fee)
  • Jet-skiing (fee)

1 or 2 Bedroom Suites include:

  • King bed
  • Air-conditioning
  • Living area w/sofa bed
  • Satellite TV
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Mini-bar (fee)
  • In-room safe
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy 4 persons

1 or 2 Bedroom Royal Suites include:

  • Same as above but on higher floors with upgraded amenities, bathrobe and full oceanview.

    Note: Suites in each category are assigned according to the hotel's discretion based on availability.

Kids Deals - Kids pricing available, please inquire for full details.

For the Kids - Kids 5-12 can enjoy the Jollamigo's Kids' Club. Babysitting services subject to availability (fee).

Family of 5 or More - Today's families come in all shapes and sizes, Barcelo features rooms that accommodate more than 2 kids in a room or offer special rates for children's rooms. Please inquire for details.

Honeymooners - Honeymoon bonus available, please inquire for details.

Wedding packages - Wedding packages are available for a fee, please inquire for details.

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  • Barcelo Puerto Vallarta
    Puerto Vallarta,Mexico

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Barcelo Puerto Vallarta
Zona Hotelera Sur Km. 11.5, Puerto Vallarta 48294 Mexico

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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