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We are spending ten days here in a small Mexican village called Lo de Marcos. The zocolo (town plaza) is about 4 blocks off the Pacific ocean. There are only small stores around the zocolo and up the road to the highway. The roads are all made of cobblestone. There is no bank and we have only seen two ATM's so far. One ATM is in our campground. On the road along the ocean there are many RV parks and bungalows to rent. There is a bus that comes into town every hour that will take you to ...
We celebrated the end of 2013 and start of 2014 with two friends from Newcastle, Cristina, the majority of the Mexican gay community (rainbow flags are said to fly high over Vallarta) and the Pacific Ocean. Arriving in Puerto Vallarta, I knew it would be raining but I didn't appreciate how hot it would be, so much so that the rain was almost a welcome addition, though getting dripped on while we had a reunion Italian meal wasn't quite so appreciated. On the first night we also met ...
Morning again started in the usual way, Dave getting coffee and a pastry and holding a spot on the beach. Slept in later this morning so our spot is farther back but close to the bar and lunch spot. We went for breakfast and decide to walk along the beach back to our room. That was a good decision as there was some excitement on the beach.
The waves were higher that they had been, making lots of noise and crashing onto the beach. ...
After our yummy lunch and little visit with our American friends, we headed up the road to a place where we could see waterfalls and some unbelievable landscape. We watched a bunch of people zip line and we walked on what felt like death defying sketchy bridges. On top of one of the rocks in the river you could see a cross etched into it. A natural anomaly. And we could see a couple of small waterfalls and kids diving in the water. There was also a ...
... on the roof or the beach, or lounging in the pool on our POPS. Sorry, just ****in with ya.
About 5 mornings a week Ford and I venture down to the market to pick up fresh fruits, veges from the stands. This market supplies many of the restaurants and small stands around the city, and has always a fresh supply. The fish mongers bring thru tons of different varieties, we buy the shrimp, lobster, Red Snapper and this week Mahi Mahi.
Its all good
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Abbey Hotel Puerto Vallarta
Good value, friendly staff
I found the hotel rooms very clean, quiet, staff friendly and helpful. The rooms could use some updating with furniture and such, but all in all the room was comfortable and pleaseant. The location was great, within 2 blocks of gay and gay friendly restaurants, bars and beach.
The Romantic zone and Old Town are great, a good mix of locals and tourists, very safe and walkable area.
Personale gentile e buon rapporto qualità-prezzo
Le camere dell'hotel erano pulitissime e silenziose e il personale era gentile e disponibile. Certo, gli arredi erano un po' antiquati ma, tutto sommato, la camera era confortevole e graziosa. La posizione era ottima, a due isolati da tutti i ristoranti, bar e spiagge gay e gay friendly di Puerto Vallarta. La Romantic Zone e la Città Vecchia erano favolose e frequentate in ugual misura da gente del posto e turisti. Potrete girarle a piedi in tutta tranquillità.
I stayed at the Abbey last year, January 2006, for a week when it was the Toro de Oro. I was very pleased. My travel agent told me to expect a very basic standard of accomodation. I was not disappointed. Although the rate was all inclusive, I really enjoyed the few meals I had there, I opted to dine at the many local restaurants, most of which are very good and excellent value. Not on the beach the location of this hotel is excellent.
This was my second stay at this hotel (previously the Torre de Oro). Now that they are targeting the gay market, I thought I'd give it a second look.
Great Location--friendly and Clean
What a fabulous new addition to gay PV and the Zona Romantica!
Great location just off the beach and within walking distance to bars, restaurants, and shopping. The staff is friendly and attractive, and the rooms are very clean. The restaurant is open, bright, and cheerful, and the breakfast menu is filled with my favorite Mexican dishes + wonderful fresh fruit. My room had 2 balconies with perfect views of the ocean, and the sunsets, DON'T ASK! I have been coming to PV for many years because I love it, and now I love it even more. I would not hesitate to recommend THE ABBEY to all my demanding gay amigos in NYC.
This a really well located property....but it really needs some major upgrading. Staff is nice and pleasant, but there's apparently no uniform, which makes it seem very lowbrow--also makes you question the safety of place. While the rooms are efficient, they are nothing spectacular and need major upgrading. Furnishings are at least 20 years old and very minimum Our King size room had no chairs other than those on the balcon, old and very worn. Bathroom was adequate in size, but no shelving for toiletries. Towels were old, worn, thin and very rough, in major need of replacing. Bedding was also old and in need of replacing. Housekeeping was sporadic..sometimes we go tit, sometimes we didn't...same with turndown service, although that was not a big deal. Considering the price they get for the rooms, there are much better deals in many other condos with larger, better accommodations.
The hotel is now under new ownership when it became a gay hotel in August 06. Here's what this place is like now...
Stayed at the Abbey Thanksgiving weekend. Not right on the beach, but only a block away. The room was huge (room 506) with 2 beds and lots of space, and a great view of the mountains and pool area.
The staff was friendly and very helpful in everything. Also got 2 massages with Omar, he was great too, really made my vacation complete.
The hotel is located in the old town and close to all the restaurants and bars! Would definitely stay there again!!!
We happened to just stumble upon this hotel after checking into another nearby hotel which we were very unhappy with. The staff at this hotel is very friendly and helpful.. top notch. I would rate the hotel as 3 stars. The rooms are quite large, very clean, and have great tiled floors. They also have large balconies and the shower was huge with a view of the pool. Room service was quick and helpful. Furniture was basic, but new and immaculately clean. Location was perfect in the south part of Vallarta in the romantic zone... one block from the beach and surrounded by the quaint streets of the area. We absolutely loved the area restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and all the lounges and clubs. The area is perfect for the gay scene, as most of the clubs are right in the area and the gay beach is two blocks away. Of all the hotels in this area, I will definitely be back to the Abbey Hotel. I definitely felt like I was at home at this place.. a rare but wonderful feeling from a hotel.
We have stayed at this hotel for 6 years now and have enjoyed our stay every year. The staff are friendly, couteous, and professional. The hotel itself is immaculate in cleanliness. If a problem results with the plumbing in the room the problem is fixed the same day and if not then the hotel will transfer us to another room without charge, if available. The menu has many different selections each day however after 6 years it would be nice to have a change to the menu. The security is adequate and the steel gate doors are locked in the evenings for safety purposes. This hotel also has a safe at the front desk for the use of the guests free of charge. The air conditioning is adequate, and although this hotel is an older hotel it has been kept up and should be rated higher than it is.