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.


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
  • smirandaMEX : Chihuahua, Mexico
REAL REVIEW - 2 or 2.5 star hotel

I stayed here in Sept 2016 for 4 days with my wife and 4 year old boy.I'll will start by saying that this is a regular 2-3 stars hotel.When first arriving we had a hard time finding parking space, there's no parking other than the normal street sides parking, the bell boys had 2 spaces for dropping baggage and then you will need to move somewhere else for the next guests, not a big deal.Checking was fast and nice, we had a room upgrade to a suite with ocean view because hotel was all full, great surprise. They hand you out your regular type of key with a blue cheap string, card towels and the huge universal remote for tv. The suite was nice, it had 2 normal beds, mirror, tv, love seat, reading table and balcony with a nice 2 chair and table set.The room itself feels somewhat old, with all the furniture painted dark brown (not original color) closet and every furniture was painted brown.The bathroom was nice it looked newer style with tempered glass shower, marble walls, tiles, etc, looked good.The pools were very very small, they have 2 regulars and one kids.Kids pool it's just a circular pool imagine a 5" tall person laying flat on the floor with hands up and it will reach from one end to the other, hope you get the point. There's a pool right next to kids pool which is the main pool and it's about 3x the size of the kids pool. There's a third pool next to the buffet restaurant, 3 steps out the door and you already in the water literally. The size is the same as the main pool.Buffet is not good at all, they will only have 2 or 3 choices for main dish such as meat/fish, Soups and complements (beans, rice, potatoes, etc) cereal, bread, tortillas, etc. Food is average but after 2nd day you will get bored of same food and flavor. They have 2 bars in hotel that serve drinks both opens in different schedule so there's only one open during day and one during evening but not both, and there's no bar at all it's just a stop to get drinks then you go somewhere else, drinks are regular/poor, they only have Oso Negro for vodka and gin, presidente for rum/brandy, no whisky and Tecate beer. Tried ordering drinks such as mojito and said they don't have that.The one by the pool is not really pool side, it's like 20 steps from pool and it's open from 11-6pm after 6 they open the one in the buffet room next to the adult pool, again it's not really a bar with chairs it's just a small isle they open from 6-10pm.Town location is great, bars, restaurants, galleries, sport bars within few steps/blocks.There's a convenient store right in from of hotel for snacks, cold beers, etc. We actually bought a cooler there and take it to the room with water, juices and beers since they don't have minibar. Beach location is bad, it's the main entrance to Playa Los Muertos. The hotel is between the los Muertos pier street (pedestrian only) and the hotel street where people park to go to beach. So it's full of vendors selling you everything with their tables on the beach and huge umbrellas. We went to the beach once and got very crowded the next day we decided to go to Las Animas for beach fun. Overall it's hard to clasify this hotel because it does have all the good features from a good hotel but not as good as it should be. (Small pools, drink station instead of full bar, crowded beach, etc)It's a budget friendly hotel and mainly local families. I don't think I'll be coming back to this hotel.

  • colin f : Portland, Oregon
Poor quality for price

A/c was terrible. Poor water pressure so bad showers. Slow and complicated check in. Generally well below par. Plusses were great view and location. There was sand on the floor which didn't after cleaning. This hotel seems to be focused on low cost family all inclusive deals and not on the individual. This was a last minute walk in after showing up to be told my previously booked hotel was full so I didn't get to do my usual research.

  • Beamer_59 : Winnipeg, Canada
Worst ever

We booked this place because of the location , it's close proximity to the restaurants and bars . If you can get past the pigeons flying around the eating areas and off the tables then you'll be fine. This is probably the dirtiest hotel I've ever stayed at , the 3 stars in Cuba put this place to shame . From the front desk to the guy trying to sell you time shares in the lobby to the pool boy that wanted a tip in order to get a cushion for the loungers. The only thing this place has going for it is the location how anyone could say this place is good have got to try another hotel .

  • skt54 : AR
Enjoyed my stay

I was at San Marino for five days in Sept. 2015. The standard room we had had a great view of the city and a great view of the bay. The rooms were clean, sparse and exactly what we expected. Maid service was excellent. We were AI since it was only $6 more each for the 5 days, and had no problems with the food. Breakfast was great, we ate burgers, etc. by the pool for lunch and dinner was typical Mexico budget hotel food. We had no problems finding something to eat and/or there are many restaurants/taco carts nearby. Drinks were fine (mas tequila, por favor and an occasional tip) and as strong or light as one wanted. Yes, there were many children about, and especially around the pool, but they were only doing what children do....enjoying a vacation, laughing, chattering, yelling, jumping, running, etc. There is also an "adult" pool, and often children are in it, but I found that one of the security guards came by every hour or so and made them leave and go to the courtyard pool. Yes the 15 or so palapas were often taken, but not with people who weren't staying at the hotel as others have stated...with paying National guests. Many of whom were not AI and had brought food, soft drinks, beer, etc. to enjoy their vacation. There is at least one large observation area above the beach where one can go to sit/enjoy the view and soak up the happenings. There were maybe 15-20 Americans at the hotel...the two of us and one large group from Minnesota. Just the way I like it. The tv only had 3 U.S. channels, but then most budget hotels I've been to in Mexico only have 3-4 U.S. stations. The beds were hard, but then most budget hotels I've been to in Mexico have hard beds. I found everyone at San Marino to be friendly, welcoming, and courteous. I plan to stay there again in August 2016.

  • lia729 : Edmonton, Canada

Ok, this is an mazing all inclusive hotel. We were there March 5-19, 2 couples and we all had a great time. Looking forward to our return next year probably around the same time. Bed was a little stiff but we asked for a foamy at the front desk and it solved the problem. The shower was nice and big and loved our 4th floor room. All meals were excellent and there was plenty of choice for everyone. Drinks at the bar were always cold and awesome. Nothing to complain about......really!!! Cannot believe how many negative reviews we saw and was a little worried about booking there......but nope no complaints. Loved it!!!

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.

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.