San Marino Hotel

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San Marino is extremely basic, with one buffet restaurant and small pools. The rooms are simple, but beautiful and clean. The staff is lively and upbeat, as are the activities and the music at the pool however the hotel can get full on weekends causing the service to suffer a bit. The beach and pool at this property are so-so but there is an impressive pier just in front of the hotel. The best thing about this hotel is the location. It's located right downtown, just minutes from restaurants, shopping and nightlife. No taxi needed! This hotel is gay-friendly, and offers both all-inclusive and European plan (no meals) packages.


This hotel offers wonderful atmosphere and tradition, and is surrounded by many lovely restaurants, shops, nightclubs & discos.

Locations: On the beach set in downtown Puerto Vallarta, 20 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • HiramNovelo : Mexico City
You get what you pay gor

The location is perfect, but the hotel is just ok. Not terrible, not great. Even though we were there last week (off season) there were LOTS of families with kids. They tell you one pool is adults only when you arrive, but there were kids in both. So you had the activities and games organized by the hotel on the main pool, and then you had the kids playing and splashing in the "adults" one so forget about just lounging and relaxing at the pools. The food was good, I was actually surprised. I thought it would be terrible but it was actually good. Drinks were ok. Bottom shelf liquors of course but the bartenders did the best they could with them. If you come to the hotel please tip them! Most people would just come and ask for drinks over and over without leaving a dime. Same for the servers at the restaurant, they bring drinks and pick up after you and people just would leave nothing. AC at the room would barely work the first day but later it was acceptable, I guess you just have to leave it on for so long. The bed was ok, not hard like I see in some comments. The shower had great pressure but the toilet had barely any so you had to flush at least twice. The beach is terrible. Full of locals that bring food, coolers and speakers, and they won't clean after themselves. We would always walk further past mantamar for a clean, not crowded beach. I wouldn't rule out this hotel next time I go to PV but I would definitely look at other options as well.

  • Rick_Lpz : San Diego, CA
Disappointing hotel, good location but very bad facilities and comfort...

The location is good, you can walk to many nearby restaurants and clubs, also you can start your walk in the "malecon" from the hotel. The staff in the restaurants is very helpful, and the diversity of the buffet is also good.A lot of things are really bad in this hotel. 1) The rooms are filthy and old, you can see a lot of cracks, and stains. I change room 3 times when I arrived because the first one smells really bad, the second was leaking water from the roof, and finally the 3rd one in the 7th floor was kind of "acceptable" 2) There are no electric plugs in the room, only one in the bathroom, so if you need to connect cell phones or any other device it has to be put in the bathroom, or disconnect the TV and use that one. 3) The beds are solid rock, literally, the base in made of concrete and has a mattress on the top, but you can feel the springs and this was not only in my room, was also in my friend's room. 4) The bathroom has no light in the shower area, and the shower door is dark, so at night or even during the day because I closed the restroom door, I was showering in complete darkness or left the shower door open and allow the water to splash on the bathroom floor.5) All the bathroom faucets were old, and the tile was cracked in many places.6) All the room furniture is old, the chair and nightstand had "bubbles" on the wood, and were in less than acceptable condition, even though I have an "upgraded" room7) The glasses and plates used on the restaurant buffet are old and with a lot of use, they need to be renewed. 8) The swimming pool was dirty, they put a lot of chemicals at night and during the day you can smell the chemicals, the water looked not clear. Instead of cleaning and renewing they just "kill" the dirt with chemicals.

  • Dave A :
Located in the famous trendy area of Puerto Vallarta

Excellent location. Right on the beach. Next to the newly built Pier. Close to lots of restaurants, which is a good thing because the lunch and dinner buffet at The San Marino is not too good. But they serve up an excellent breakfast.

  • BillinHouston : Houston, Texas
A 1 star hotel with a 5 star location

Directly on the beach and very well located. A/C works great. Rooms are big. Hotel is pretty dumpy. Bedding/Towels are old. The Bathroom has great water pressure and is largely clean (other than the shower curtain), but its old, old, and worn. Hotel has entertainment during the day. Loud entertainment that will prevent a nap from happening even if you're a heavy sleeper. At night, some of the rooms back up to a busy pedestrian street that also has significant noise. But that usually dies down around 11pm or so. Hotel caters to families with children. Its the kind of place where you'll live if you end up there, but you'd probably rather be somewhere else if you're staying for more than 1 night.

  • Pila M : Coquitlam, Canada
Taken are of in my time of need

I couldn't put a date because trip advisor only has certain dates to enter,but it was 3 years ago and I felt the need to thank you all fro San Marino. I am not really sure what to say except that this hotel took complete care of me.I was in a different Hotel, Canto Del Sol and got robbed and beaten, basically left for dead. I had a bleeding-severe concussion, in which I could not travel back home for almost month. I could not walk alone being so afraid and dizziness overwhelmed me.Canto Del Sol, kicked me out, being I would cause negative attention to the hotel.In all my vacation ended up costing me over 15,000$, 5000$ in cell phone bills, lost my money at Canto which they would not refund me, I still have a lawyer working on my case.Now San Marino, welcomed me with open arms, came to my room everytime I called, delivered my food, water anything I needed. Keep in mind I think I left my room 3 times in almost a month, which was really hard..but they always checked up on me.I love this hotel so much, they basically saved my life. Every one was so wonderful to me, they took care of me, they checked in on me...I will forever love this hotel and family feel forever. It may not be beautiful but it has the best location in PV. The staff, impeccable. They even informed and kept in touch with my insurance Company and provided everything I needed to make a claim when I finally arrived home a month later....Thank you Staff, Management... I will love you all forever.

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

Air & Hotel or Almost All-Inclusive Option available

All-Inclusive Option includes:

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks Noon-6pm
  • Domestic drinks 11am-10pm
  • Non-motorized watersports including kayaks, snorkeling & boogie boards
  • Daily activities

  • 163 rooms
  • Buffet restaurant
  • Main Cafe breakfast restaurant (7am-1pm)
  • 2 bars
  • 3 pools - 1 main pool, 1 adults only, 1 kid's pool
  • Towel service and lounge chairs (pool/beach)
  • Laundry service (fee)

Standard Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • In-room safe
  • Bathroom with shower only
  • Pool view
  • Max occupancy 4 persons

Superior Rooms: Same as above with balcony.

Oceanview Junior Suites: Same as above but larger unit with balcony, oceanfront.

Kids Deals - Kids under 13 Stay, Play & Eat Free! Pay a special rate including airfare & transfers when sharing a room with an adult. Maximum 2 children.

Free Breakfast - For Air & Hotel only packages, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast daily.

Honeymooners - Receive a room upgrade (subject to availability), a bottle of wine & fruit. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage certificate required at check-in.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • San Marino Hotel
    Puerto Vallarta,Mexico

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San Marino Hotel
Rodolfo Gomez 111 Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta 48380 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. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.