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... 20 at one time from our cabin. If you were not doing an excursion or water sports then it was either drink Tequila or buy T shirts and hats. A real water playground. The ATM machine was called Cashola. The ladies in the cabin next to us must have gone to the beach as one was shaking the sand out of her gear on her balcony. She leaned over the balcony railing and shook her towel over the side but forgot her bathers were wrapped inside and over board ...
Puerto Vallarta, a Mexican "balneario resort city," is the second largest city in Jalisco State, Mexico. Proximity to the Bay of Banderas, an agricultural valley of the Ameca River and an important mining center gives this place more history than other nearby Mexican locales. Today, tourism is the main industry. Named as the "Absolute Best Pacific Coast Retirement Spot" in 2013 by The Huffington Post, this is also a major spring break site for the collegiate set. ...
... idiots as every one was staring at us killing ourselves laughing we set up camp again. When 4:30 am rolls around and we are finally drifting off to sleep the hoards of people start arriving, bashing on the doors like there was an after Christmas sale going on inside. Great! 2 hours of sleep. We checked in ASAP and got breakfast. Jumped on the plane to find we were most definitely the youngest people on the flight. The plane was full of typical old American tourists heading ...
... before 11am so I should have just enough time to finish it before my 12.10 flight boards. Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta is 90 minutes by plane and they've pulled my flight forward by 45 minutes – less time in transit and more time in PV!!
A taxi from the airport to downtown PV costs about 260 pesos – once again a flat fee - and takes about 30 minutes. Arrived at the hotel about 2.30. I’d asked for a large room with a balcony but got ...
... The other has purified water. My favorite sells shrimp stored in picnic coolers - "fresquecitos, por cien pesitos" (super fresh, for 100 tiny little pesos)!
In the beginning it's entertaining. Then it becomes annoying. And after a while your brain learns to ignore it... just like these cocks that crow all day and all night.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Dona Susana Puerto Vallarta
The hotel was not fancy but the open court yard with the huge tree in it following you up the stairs was nice. I also liked the roof-top pool, lovely, with nice views and lots of flowers. Our bed was pretty comfortable, clean room, kind of blaa decor. It took forever to check in and out (especially because they have to check your room to see how many water bottles you used, how cheap, I think they should provide a few for free.) The price on Feb. 3rd 2005 was 64.00 usd. pretty high but I guess it's usually a lot lower. Very friendly and helpful staff. It's hard to find on a map, we got lost, taxi would be better, but it's a great location. I might stay here again if the price is really cheap. Comparable to Posada Roger.
Mixed feelings, depends on your expectations!
Playa los Arcos was a good value. We booked the deal through FunJet. Every transfer went smoothly for the most part. Everyone I spoke to and everything I read about it prior spoke about how great the location was. This I definitely agree with. Few steps from our hotel room to the beach, and a the hotel was surrounded by blocks and blocks of incredible restaurants! If you like to consume alcohol the all-inclusive still maybe the way to go, but otherwise the food at the resort was below average and we were sick of it after 2 days. When checking in definitely ask for a good room or you won't get one for sure. The rooms are clean but older, lighting was very dim. Everyone was very friendly and mostly helpful. Don't get bottled water from the room $.90 or the bar $1.40. Walk two doors down to the convenience store for $.50. One thing I would definitely do next time is bring $100 in singles. Tipping here, tipping there. Taxi cabs a relatively in-expensive, but ask, "how much to....?" before getting in. The beach was great except for the multitude of vendors passing through constantly while you are trying to relax - very annoying. The other thing I was disappointed about was the bar for the all-inclusive was available from 10am-10pm. So after 10pm you had to out and pay anyways. The real time exchange is 11-1 the resort was 10.70-1 but when you pay with American dollars with any vendor it's 10-1 so I found it was worth it converting a $100 to have 70 extra pesos which is $7 for me. Anytime I needed to make a local phone call I just went down to the desk and paid the $.50 rather than use the room phone because they charged a lot more. Never made an international one, but I would definitely use a calling card. Great restaurants we discovered: Oscar's, Nikki Beach, Ayi Corrumba!, Pacifica Grill and Fajita Republic.
Be careful on this one... big time...
I arrived in Puerto Vallarta without a room and the taxi driver recommended Los Arcos Hotel in Playa de los Muertos. I checked out several rooms before putting my credit card down. To my disappointment, all the rooms had a heavy mildew spell and the furniture was beat up and from the 60s. The smell is so bad that I almost vomited. Stay clear of this place. I left Los Arcos and found a diamond in the rough.... La Tropicana. This is a clean, luxury hotel for the same price as Los Arcos. Tropicana is only a few blocks from Los Arcos, directly on the beach. Service and food was excellent. I plan to come back to this hotel again. You will not be disappointed.. trust me!
Me and my teenage son stayed at Los Arcos in July 2004,We had a very good experience very clean, and friendly Hotel employees.I will certainly stay there the next time I visit Puerto Vallarta.
Anti Gay In A Gay Friendly Neiborhood
I own a Gay/Straightfriendly Bar in PV. Me and my lover stayed at Los Arcos a few years ago, and was very dipleased with the attitude toward us as a Gay couple. Since then we have had many gay clients tell us stories of Anti Gay acts, like not alowing anyone to your room of the same sex. I also have been asked to leave the beach, which they do not own, because I was not staying there. They are very Homophobic.
Great Location/Clean Room/Friendly Staff
I was a little hesitant when I read other reviews of this hotel...so my expectations were low...but I was pleasantly surprised. This hotel is very small...located basically across the street from the "main hotel" Playa Los Arcos, the much larger beachfront resort with restaurant and pool. It is true that the Los Arcos Vallarta hotel has no services...but it is literally just steps away from the main hotel -- so if you don't mind not having an oceanfront room you can save $100.00 per room! The rooms at Los Arcos Vallarta were very small...they are all different...some have 1 king - some have 2 doubles and some have one double and one single. Our room was small but totally clean. There was plenty of hot water which is a big concern for me. They have satellite tv with about 60 channels - only about 5-10 in English. You can order room service from the main hotel if you'd like...though we did not. The location of this hotel is great - downtown "old Vallarta" - tons of shopping restaurants and beach activities are steps away. Our room did not have a balcony, so it was not noisy...though if it was noisy we had the air conditioner on and didn't hear any of it. I never felt the hotel was unsafe, and we found the staff to be very friendly and very helpful. It's definately not a luxury hotel, but it was a clean room (no frills) in a great location at an affordable rate.
Nice & Clean - Great Staff
We have stayed at Los Arcos several times during our visits to PV. We have found the hotel to be clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. It can be noisy but that is because it is located downtown. We enjoyed it because it is right by the beach and shopping. I would definitely stay there again.
It Is Terrible at Los Arcos Vallarta Hotel
This Hotel is not only the dirtyest place in the world it has no activeties and when the cleaning staff came to clean my room they stole my belongings this hotel is a good hotel if you want to be robbed and be bored to death.
Noisy and Dirty
We stayed at the Los Arcos Suites for two weeks about two years ago and would not recommend it. The "kitchettes" are barely adequate for making a cup of coffee. The rooms were only superficially clean. The upholstry on the couches was very dirty and dusty. Our pillows were FILTHY under the pillow cases (we went out and bought our own). The area is very noisy at night because of nearby bars and nightclubs, although that may be an advantage if you want to be in the thick of things (we did not). The pool is very, very small and inside a courtyard, so is shaded most of the day. To their credit, the staff were very friendly and tried to be helpful. If you do go, make sure you get one of the rooms with the balcony overlooking the pool rather than the street, as it is quieter, although the balconies are smaller.
I visited the Los Arcos Vallarta 2 years ago. The brochure looks nice, the hotel is not. I was so disappointed when we pulled up to this dirty little hotel. There are no windows that look outside in most of the rooms. Most look onto a "courtyard" (read dirty, non-functioning fountain). The rooms are very small. The sister resort has a pool which is too small. The beachfront is littered with cigarette butts. It's dusty and dirty. I could make impressions in the beach chairs out of dust.
The photos in the Alba Tours Brochure did not depict the Los Arcos Vallarta. They stuck in a photo of the Los Arcos Suites. Even after writing a letter of complaint, the photo has not been corrected.
Before you think that I don't know what to expect in Mexico, think again. I've been many times to Puerto Vallarta. Most of the hotels are cleaner than those here at home. Most hotels even wash the pavement, something you never see here. I'm returning this year to the Continental Plaza. Other good hotels were the Blue Bay Club,
and the Las Palmas.