San Marino Hotel

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Our Opinion

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.


Overview

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
  • 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.

  • Tuffs_mom : Chicago
The hotel could be better, but the location is great.

My family stayed from 5/15 - 5/22. We booked 2 rooms, a double and a king. The double was beautiful, overlooking the beach and recently updated, but the king room needed a lot of work. The good thing is it was clean and the water presssure was great. The bad is you may as well be sleeping on a slab, the mattresses were that hard...both rooms! But, I'm not staying at this hotel to spend my time in the room. I want to be out on the beach. Unfortunately, even though the palapas say they are for guests only, there is nobody taking care of the beach. We had to shag our own loungers and it didn't look like anybody cleaned up the garbage left behind each night. Also, a pop up beach restaurant set up next to and in front of the beach area, especially on he weekend. Yes, the grilled shrimp was tasty, but why do they set up table and chairs in front of the hotel? Another problem was the number of children! It must have been holiday time because every room was overfilled with children. I don't think the hotel limits the number of people allowed to stay in each room.Finally, I booked the all inclusive for drinks and breakfast and lunch. I'm sure we got our money's worth in drinks...but the food could use some work. The eggs were tasteless, and the pancakes dry. That's ok...Dee's coffee was right next door for breakfast and Cafe de Olla , La Palapa and Si Senor Beach were nearby as well. For lunch you can't beat Joe Jack's Fish Shack ( 2 for 1 mojitos from noon to 5) or Langostino's. And a couple of nearby dinner spots are Pancho's Takos and 116 Pulpito Gastro Bar. I have stayed at bot San Marino and Los Arcos. The rooms were better at San Marino, but the beach is definitely better at Los Arcos.

  • huskerland1 : Lincoln, Nebraska
Great for the cost!

In the range of less expensive all-inclusive this is a wonderful option. The staff, like most of the properties we have stayed at in PV, are very eager to make your stay enjoyable. The location as many others commented on is 10+, literally off the scale. You cannot find a better choice right at the entrance to the city pier and in the center of wonderful restaurants and night scene. This is not a high end property but in it's class very good.The food was much better than anticipated especially after reading some other reviews. Every night the entrees included, fish, beef, pork, chicken, etc... so no excuse on selection. A high five because it was not prepared the same or as best we can tell not even a weekly rotation (we were there for ten days).The room could use some upgrading however, the shower was fine. House cleaning did a good job and yes the beds were firm, a plus for us.I would recommend this establishment to anyone looking for center PV especially all-inclusive.Alcohol was Tecate Light or Indio beer. Hard alcohol was mostly Oso which is a major lower end distiller but for the occasion fine with us.If you want to spend $300. plus a night go else where but in it's price range a great job!

  • L1008 : Victoria, Canada
Good Budget Hotel in a Great Location

This hotel offers a great location and friendly service for budget conscience travellers. We were pleasantly surprised after having read some negative reviews. The rooms were clean and the staff were always friendly and helpful. The food was okay. There was always a wide variety though quite similar from day to day. However, we would agree with other travellers that the beds were extremely uncomfortable and that the rooms could use updating. All said and done, it was an enjoyable trip.

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
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • 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.

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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.

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