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Historical Traveler Reviews El Pescador Puerto Vallarta
Elpescador was ok, but papagayo's next door was Awesome!!!
El Pescador hotel was ok, service wasnt nearly as good as the bar/restaurant next door called Papagayo's. We spent 5 out of 6 night there and felt welcomed and appreciated at all times. Jeff, Richard and staff do an awesome job at keeping you coming back for more. If your staying at the el pescador hotel be sure to go check it out, the food, drinks and atmosphere are top rated. Thanks again to the crew at the HUTT
i just spent a week in PV with my mom and a friend, in el pescador hotel. i must say that for a 2.5* hotel, it exceeded our expectations. it was clean, friendly, well laid out with an excellent location. the only aspect that was less than perfect was the restaurant where the staff, though relatively friendly, was rather slow and disorganized, and the food was below average. a buffet would have made things much more efficient and hopefully increased breakfast options.
we got a lovely ocean-view room, which was kept immaculate by the maids. the location was perfect, just a couple blocks off the malecon, and we three girls felt safe throughout our stay there. overall, i would recommend this hotel to anyone who is not a multi-star snob.
A Great Holiday at El Pescador!
A group of 5 friends and myself just got back from spending Easter week in PV at the El Pescador and we could not have asked for a better holiday. Upon arrival at the hotel we were greeted by a very friendly staff and all three rooms were upgraded from Street View rooms to Ocean View rooms. Our bell boy, Jimmy, was the absolute best. He gave us directions on where to go for the best seafood. He even gave us directions to a beautiful little village where he grew up and happily answered any other questions we had during the week. He has offered to take a day off and show us around another small village next time we come to Puerto Vallarta. Most of the staff spoke quite good english and even helped our group of six Canadian women with our spanish. The rooms were kept very clean as was the rest of the hotel that we saw, even the public bathrooms. We felt very safe the whole time that we were there.
There was always security on the grounds. One night my mom and I came back before the other girls and security actually called to make sure that we were in the room and that someone hadn't gotten in. (They tend to notice 6 loud Canadian girls coming in so they were surprised when 2 of us came in quietly). We did eat breakfast in the restaurant every morning (it was included in our package) and it was always good. We had a choice of several items and the service was always fast. When we left, we left friends. I will definitely stay there again if I ever get back to Puerto Vallarta. If you are looking for a five star, everything included hotel, this is not the hotel for you. But if you are looking for a friendly, clean place to stay with a great location, this is definitely the place to be. Also, a lot of the Mexican's stay at this hotel (probably because the prices are not too high) so you do get a lot of that Mexican flavour. In fact I think we were among the few non-mexican people staying there. We had a lot of fun with the staff. I think if you went in there being even a little rude you would not get the same service that we did. We all found that a smile and a friendly, "Hola" will take you a long way, not just in the hotel, but everywhere we went. (It also doesn't hurt to tip!)
Stayed at the El Pescador in Feb,2004. the rooms are typical of an older Mexican hotel and as such may be disappointing to first time visitors to Mexico. We didn't spend much time in our room as the hotel is located within walking distance of the downtown and old town districts. there was no TV or refrigerator in the room which is normal.
there was an in wall air conditioner but it was only needed a bit in the evening to cool the room down. With the hurricane 2 years ago the beach in front of the hotel has been eroded and is very narrow. at night when the tide comes in the waves break VERY loadly about 35 feet away from the hotel. it takes some getting used to. it sounds like a winter storm on the prairies. The restaurant and bar at the hotel is not recommend due to poor service and can be pricey compared to other PV restaurants. Ice is not readily available at the hotel, during the day the bar is open and you can ask for a small amount of ice. Purified water is provided on each floor from a dispensor, pitchers are provided in each room. the beds were comfortable. the neighborhood around the hotel is very run down with deserted buildings and remnants of buildings destroyed by the hurricane. the beach in front of the hotel does not reach very far north and does not allow for long walks on the beach.
Good rate for the location
This hotel is located downtown....2 blks north of the malecon....friendly staff....especially the bartender and the bellmen...not all speak english....staff should consider less palm trees around the pool... only half the oceanside room have a good view... restaurant was average....but great restaurants like la bodeguita del medio(cuban) nearby...stir up a little fuss and they will comp you breakfast...uh huh
No doubt cheap
El Pescador cetainly doesn't offer culinary excellence, nor would I rely on it's bar to supply me my booze, but for US$40 a night, I got 2 beds as average as I'd expect, a shower big enough for 4 people, and out the window, a nice view of a beach that looks like it stretches all the to the Marina Zone. We asked for a non-ocean view room (we drove from Guadalajara while visiting family) because our plan was to be out and about all day, but we got the corner room and with it what we considered an excellent ocean view. Granted we were told we'd have no a/c, but a big fan was there and temps at night dropped to a cool comfortable 70 (or less). We showed up before 11AM and were accomodated with a room right away... very welcome after a 5 hour drive. Some of the bathroom roof tiles were warped, the shower stall wall had a crack in the plexiglass, a door from within the shower stall opened freely to a basement structure under the hotel (wierd... maybe an easy entry for thieves?), but hey, I'd stayed here before and was treated well (5 years ago we stayed a week in an ocean-view room) and we were definately looking for cheap, cause with 2 kids, our money was for food, fun and other stuff. I spent 3 times on highway tolls from GDL to PV than what I did on two nights stay at El Pescador! That ain't no joke. I don't like the reviews citing crime. It's a reminder to never leave anything of real value in a hotel room. I had a laptop that was untouched... everything else I carry. As a matter of fact, I have traveled extensively over my years and have never had that type of luck. Th staff speaks no english, I think... I am a gringo with good spanish, and I always use it when in Mexico. If you want room service, or can't walk across the cobblestone street to a fine fine array of local fare, then you're better off spending your cash in the Marina Zone. But if you're looking for a central spot where you can easily visit the true city, Mismaloya, Le Kliff, or trip up into the jungle, and if all rooms look the same to you eyes closed, as they do to me, then maybe you'll enjoy the away-from-the-crowd feeling of El Pescador.
El Pescador? Never again!
Built in 1948, El Pescador ("the fisherman") was the second hotel built in Puerto Vallarta. On the waterfront, the street in front of it looks like a movie set of third-world alleys. We saw an ad on the Internet, visited the website, and bit. Bad choice. Showed up about 3 p.m. They had our reservation, but the room hadn't been cleaned yet. They said, "Come back later," so we went out and walked around, watched drunk Americans making fools of themselves all over town. The room had a balcony overlooking the bay, but was small by today's standards, and hadn't been renovated or even freshened up in many, many years. It was grubby. The door knob was falling off. A sign said, "Keep door locked and chained even when you are in the room." Comforting. Beds were like wood slabs. Pillows were ancient and about as comfortable as sandbags. No washcloths or handtowel. Shower produced a trickle of water alternating scalding and freezing. They DID provide a tiny bar of soap and toilet paper at least. It does have a nice patio and pool overlooking the beach. Staff was pleasant, but short on English. Dinner at the restaurant wasn't bad and was less expensive than Puerta Vallarta standards. We checked out the next day. Don't recommend it unless you are on a VERY tight budget and don't care about your accomodation.
Hight amount of theft at the hotel El pescador
There is a disgusting high amount of theft occuring at this hotel. The staff finds it funny and do not offer assistance in any kind to the poor client that has just had their hotel room ripped off. Most of the thefts occur during the day by cleaning staff. The staff itself at the hotel are rude, unhelpful, and extremely inefficient in doing their duties. This hotel is not safe at all for anyone. Please do not stay here! Extremely unsafe and dangerous hotel to stay in. There are much better in Puerto Vallarta, but do not stay at EL PESCADOR it is dirty, and dangerous, and very badly run.
Great little Mexican Hotel
We spent the Christmas Holiday at the El Pescador. If you like staying at a fancy hotel (Marriott etc) this is not the place for you. However, if you enjoy staying at a smaller Mexican hotel, this is perfect. Our room was clean with a lovely view of the pool and beach. The beach is not great. No palapa's or chairs. However, plenty of other beachs within walking distance. Very close to town and Malecon. Only had one meal at the restaurant, and it was just okay. Again, so close to town you have a variety of places to eat. The staff was very friendly and helpful....I would stay here again.
Puerto Vallarta 2001
Last year I visited the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. After much driving around and getting lost as a first time tourist, we asked a taxi driver a nice hotel to stay at. He recommended "El Pescador", "esta muy bonito tienen buen servicio y esta cerca de la playa". It's very nice, they have good service, and it's near the beach. We headed back to the downtown area and we found it just one block away from the downtown area and right off the beach. We got off our car and invited us to come in. We looked around small but nice. They took us on a tour of the hotel and should us the different rooms available. They have their own pool and just a few feet away is the ocean. They will set you up with boat tours, and give you maps to places to visit in Puerto Vallarta. Wonderfull service.
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... it was full of all inclusive hotels and exclusive condo developments. This town did not feel like Mexico at all! Bucerais was different. This was a friendly Mexican town with a busy beach and town "centro". We bought an interesting bead art "salamander" from some Huichol aboriginal mexican folk artists.
We were ready to move on from the big city but glad we made the stop. On to Lo de Marcos, only an hour north of Puerto Vallarta!
... made more sense though. We didn't stay long. Instead, Menna and I walked to a different side of town where there was some live rock going on. The band was great, and I believe the whole thing was sponsored by Jack Daniels. Either that, or the owner really really really liked Jack. The band finished around midnight and so did we. It was for the best since we had another 6hr drive to Guadalajara tomorrow.
7672km / 4767mi
... time, otherwise packed with celluliute and speedos that are probably older than me) bay called Yelapa – only accessible by boat. Hadn’t stopped people shipping quad bikes over there though… but otherwise, it was a pretty authentic and off the beaten track little village… oh and it had an awesome looking waterfall.
Started to walk there, but given it was a week to the day I went to see another secluded waterfall and got attacked, decided ...
... to the ground. I never considered that thieves were in need of bed frames - even in Mexico.
Ready to explore, we wandered down our rainbow coloured windows in the lovely gay district to _____. (couldnt remember the name then, cant remember it now, had blue walls, and no one else in there, was 2 weeks into their business, or 2 months?) We were the only ones there and were given attentive and individualize service as the owner/server made a jug of sugarless lemonade upon ...
... of life. We see one door open and a Canadian lady invites us in but says she knows everybody and hasn't seen anyone that fits that description. After exhausting all avenues there we go back to the guard station and the guard offers us a seat and calls for our taxi home. So, that was the misadventures of April and Ruth.
Home for lunch and the bosom of our friends. We nap and ...