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OverviewA unique all inclusive hotel set in one of the most appealing areas of Puerto Vallarta, the beautiful Marina district. Its ideal location affords a spectacular view of the Bahia de Banderas - the largest bay on Mexico's Pacific coast. Discover the rustic charm of Vamar Vallarta's 250 rooms decorated in a uniquely Mexican style, and take advantage of a host of activities and nearby facilities, which include a golf course, an open-air theatre, shopping centres, restaurants and discos.
Location: In the Marina district across the road from the beach, 15 minutes drive from downtown and 5 minutes from the airport.
This resort is for locals. Me and my wife stayed at this resort from Oct. 6 thru October 13. My check in went smooth. But! I get to my room, it was the size of my closet. There was no trash cans,most of the lights were out,the hair dryer did not work. If you need to iron your clothes bring your own iron and ironing board with you. The safe was hanging of the wall ,it was like someone was trying to hack it off the wall. Complained to Expedia about issues and was transferred to a better room with a nice view of marina. Room seem pretty clean.Food! Let me tell you! Food at buffet was very repetitive. Selection was very limited. If you are a picky eater stay away!!! The only meal that is good is breakfast! At the buffet for lunch and dinner we had to sit down on dirty tables and had to chase down some silverware to eat our meal . Waiters nowhere in site, had to get my own drinks. They ran out soda two days. One day at the specialty seafood restaurant by the beach they took 45min to serve our meal . Drinks that were ordered before the meals arrived 10 min later. At the Italian restaurant I was denied entry because I was wearing dressy shorts and leather sandals. You need semi formal attire. Hello I am on vacation on a tropical resort. Why semi formal! Waiter pay more attention to the locals and the foreigners are thrown to the gutter. The staff is friendly. Special thanks to Ricardo at the breakfast buffet. Also thanks to Karen,Paula,Janet Quintero very hardworking employees.The Vamar caters more to locals than foreigners. So my friends stay away! Take your hard earned money and go elsewhere or you ll be sorry!
The people that work there are the Best, Lucy who took care of the room, Ali the Bell Boy, Victor at the desk, Ricardo in the buffet area and Francisco Sr at the lobby bar and Manuel always joking. They work hard and are the future of this place. Sorry to say we were disappointed when we checked in and was met with a join the "club'' timeshare in disguise talk. Then daily for the first 2-3 days we had to continue to say no to tour offers.Smoking was rampant everywhere.Main pool was down for maint and still down after 8 days. Requested 2 beds got one king, sewer smell in room, Loud music in the lobby nightly till midnight and music at the pool on the oceanside till 9am when it supposedly closes. Hand washed plastic glasses reused at the bar with minimal soap and unclean water. Not a place to relax or chill, its mainly for tour bus locals and geared toward them. Food was ok but repetitive and repurposed from each meal. Not a place for gringos who like quite and quality. Off season is no excuse
The wedding party, including family and friends who came from several different countries, booked around 50 rooms for our event. It was considered off-season (end of September/first of October) and it was very, very hot and humid, with lots of rain. My room was a 6th floor suite, which was very nice and clean and had a great view. (Note: even though our room had a kitchen, there was no stove, microwave, refrigerator, or dishes of any kind, so it wouldn't have been helpful at all if we'd come with the intention of doing our own cooking. When we found this out, we requested some help, since our gluten-free daughter needed to do her own cooking.The staff graciously switched her to a suite at the villas across the street near the beach, where she had a fully equipped kitchen.) The balcony was flooded for the first couple of days due to the heavy rain, so we never used it, but under different circumstances, it would've been a great, large balcony. The A/C was overworked, and didn't always run at peak performance, but when my niece's A/C stopped working around 10:30 one night, a maintenance man came immediately and fixed it.The staff at the Vamar Vallarta was the best! Javiar, in the front lobby (I believe he was the concierge), was outstanding! He made sure we were happy at all times, and told us several times, that if there was ANYTHING we needed, we shouldn't hesitate to ask him, and he would personally take care of it. Ricardo, one of the waiters at the poolside buffet restaurant, also went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience every single time we ate there. He was also on duty at my daughter's wedding reception, and served us tirelessly. Not everyone on staff could speak English, but they were always quick to find someone who could. The one exception, sadly, was Paty, the resort wedding coordinator. I had difficulty getting her to understand me. My daughter, who speaks Spanish fluently, also had problems communicating her wishes to Paty, which resulted in lots of unnecessary stress for the bride.The food was good, with a big variety daily. We didn't eat at the specialty seafood restaurant because it was closed during the days we were available, but my sister-in-law said the food was very good there. The reservation-only Italian restaurant was excellent! Delicious food, and my daughter was able to order a gluten-free meal there that she loved. We had no problems with the food or water during our week-long stay.After dark the bugs do come out, so bring repellent for when you're outside after dark.The pools and pool areas were kept very clean. They were large and never over-crowded. There were some activities we would've enjoyed if we hadn't had so many wedding activities to attend, such as karaoke, Bingo, and marksmanship contests.
I booked my trip through Air Canada site. Unfortunately, with this site I went to go back a click on the site and it automatically booked the trip from leaving from Toronto which is not where I was leaving from. On contacting customer support, the lady was very helpful in getting me on the trip without delay. Flights went smooth and when I arrived in Puerto Vallarta, the cab trip from the airport was free and the hotel only 10 minutes drive away. When I arrived at the hotel, I was greeted with a free Kiwi drink, check-in was quick and no lineup at 4 pm at the front desk. My Rm was 7021 overlooking the main pool. To get to my room off the elevator, it was to the right and keep following which the walkway lead right to my room. The room was nice, air conditioning worked fine, had a balcony but the down side was no mini fridge but later I did get ice from the bar when it opened which was easy to get the ice was free. My bathroom had really tiny ants around the sink but once I sprayed woods bug spray, the ants eventually disappeared but I did kill a few to help speed up the process. There is a couple stores near the hotel but if buying items, buy them from the store near the bar (this outside bar not free) as things are cheaper. These stores are less than a minute walk from the lobby. The hotel store sells corona, bud light in six packs for 7 bucks US dollars. There is a big pool to the back of the building, a smaller pool, then the marina where the restaurant is plus two more pools and a restaurant when you walk about 5 minutes from the lobby which also leads to a small beach. There were only a couple locals selling items on this beach when I was there so no heckling you to buy something. Not all workers on the resort speak English but a person can get a free app on their phone which would help. One day I got drunk and as it rained, I forgot my expensive sunglasses by the main pool. Lucky, I was talking to a local and he returned my sunglasses the next day, I gave him a reward and even hung out with him, his common law gf and their son. FYI: If you feel you going to have a few drinks and get a bit buzzed, wear a cheap pair of sunglasses as if you lose them, one would not care. If you do buy off the beach, always bargain. I did a few tours bought off Air Canada Rep, Pirate Ship was great for a 2nd time there, City Tour was good as I went to the Tequila Factory, got charged for a free bottle of Tequila that I was supposed to get free, I realized it after I left so do the math when buying things lol and the city tour did not include lunch and should have. Las Calletas tour visiting an island was great which included snorkling, kids zone, paddle boarding, water jet skis which launch you in the air powered by a jet ski and I bought a Coconut for 70 pesos and added rum to it then laid on the beach and relaxed after a great day of snorkling off the beach where tropical fish can be seen easily. Never tried no special restaurants at my resort. Had no issues with the security of my belongings, just locked up my baggage when I left the room but I did leave a tip each day for the maid which I always found helped. As weekend arrived more locals show up which I have seen at any resort I have been too but there is never any issues with them knock on wood. The shows are in Spanish and not bad. They started in the lobby with a small crowd and toward the weekend, I could watch them from the walkway on the7th floor as it faced the stage where the show was then performed which was great as if I didn't want to watch them, I could just go back to my room. Lobby bar opened at 6 pm but was free also and there are two swim up bars. When eating at the Marina restaurant, there are birds around and eat off the plates when they can, the workers do their best to swoosh them away and I never got sick anytime while eating at this restaurant as everything is washed. It was very dry hot there even though it rained a few days at night. I enjoyed my stay at this hotel. When I left and arrived back at the airport to return home, there is there to buy flavoured tequila - coconut, strawberry. Ride back home went smooth also.
We had an issue without reservation in which only 1 guest was book for the room. Upon check in we discovered this and front desk staff were very unaccommodating in terms of adding on my bf, wanting to charge day pass prices. We asked if they could simply charge the different for double occupancy and he would not budge at all. I had to spend an hour calling hotels.com and they were able to fix the issue and charge the difference. It doesn't make sense to me why the hotel could not have made the experience way more pleasant for us just by offering the same courtesy. Instead we were made to feel unwelcome and "on our own". After the issue was fixed, for some reason Mario up front could not just verify the updated reservation on the computer he kept having to go to the back to see if it was ok to issue us the extra wristband. As if WE were the ones trying to scam the hotel or something??On top of that they did not give us my original room just another random (unknown) room. Originally my room was all set up with a nice envelope and welcome package. Makes me wonder if they put us in a worse room because I didn't want to pay to price hike??Instead he told us to wait for our keys. Then ignored us until we asked about them then they just handed us 2 keys. Didn't tell us what room until we asked. Then we had to ask for our towel keys. Was not given the welcome package or any info. Then turns out the room number was wrong. Javier was helpful in helping us get introduced to the hotel amenities and finally get a map of the place! But here's the kicker, even Javier said the way we were treated was not right. And this would not happen if we were "vacation club members" aka timeshare. Tell me this: why would I want to spend my $ on their time share if THIS is how we are treated? Management really needs to take note. This is not how you want to present yourself at check in.Also at the end of our stay we saw other people get a tour of the hotel/amenities by upper management staff. While we were left to figure it out by ourselves. But otherwise restaurant staff, Javier, even the Manuel the bellman were nice. They saw what happened to us and offered us drinks to help the situation. Too bad front desk gives this place a really BAD name.FOOD:Buffet was alright had similar offerings except dinner which are themed. We got to try Mexican and Texas BBQ dinner. Bring your bug spray!! Outdoor dining. Birds, iguanas, crocodiles, bees, mosquitos, and flies await. Also had a great time at the Italian and Seafood restaurants. They require same Day reservation (6am to 8am) they have limited slots. The beef carpaccio at Magallanes is a must try! Karen and Rodrigo were very friendly and took great care of us during meals. We didn't take full advantage of the open bars but had a few. Super generous with the alcohol and always attentive. They even had a special set up with different flavored martinis in the lobby one evening. We tried the espresso martini, strong and good!ROOM:Nice tiled room and separate sink/bathroom area which was nice to get ready. But bathroom needs improvement. The shower curtain is set up too high and the water get allll over the bathroom floor when you shower. Also leaves a mildew/mold smell in there. Water drains slowly. Windows don't full close you can hear your neighbors and people walking by, can get loud. AC had issues. Leaked a lot leaving a huge puddle in our doorway. When the "fixed" it they didn't clean up the puddle. We had to do it ourselves. ACTIVITIES:Activities board is set up at the towel area with the schedule for the week. Make sure you let the activity coordinator know if you're interested a little ahead of time otherwise it might get cancelled if nobody wants to participate. We got to do rifle shooting the last day since they cancelled a previous one for low attendance. It was really fun!! Bring bug spray and maybe a hat because iguana poop were raining from the trees above lol. Minerva was really nice and we had a great time learning to shoot rifles with her!Check out:The bellman can hold your luggage if you're not ready to leave yet but have to check out. No more food and drinks after they cut your wristband.
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Snacks daily
- Theme parties weekly
- A la carte dinners
- Unlimited Domestic beer and drinks 10am-12am
- Selected non-motorized watersports
- Day & night tennis
- Pool scuba clinic
- Spanish lessons
- Dance lessons
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 253 rooms in one 9-storey building on the marina and several 3-storey villas on the beach
- 1 a la carte restaurant, dress code & reservations required
- Snack bar
- 3 pools
- Children's pool
- 3 bars including a swim-up pool bar
- Lounge chair & towels
- Gift shop
- Jewelry shop
- Internet (fee)
- 2 (lit) tennis courts
- Car rental
- Laundry service (fee)
- Golf nearby
- Located on the Marina side
- 1 king or 2 single beds
- Ceiling fan
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Bathroom with shower only
- Balcony or terrace (on request - fee)
- Max occupancy 4 persons no more than 3 adults
For the Kids - Kids 5-12 enjoy supervised children's activities from 9:30am-4pm at the Kids' Club. Babysitting upon availability (fee).
Single Parents - No single supplement when traveling with 1 or 2 children.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel offers 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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Vamar VallartaPuerto Vallarta,Mexico
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Av. Paseo de la Marina Sur S/N esquina Vela Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta 48335 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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