Hotel Torre De Oro
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Historical Traveler Reviews Peninsula B&B Dunedin
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.
Another gay rip off joint.
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 year, January 2007, I decided to come for two weeks. I was really pleased to see the hotel was now catering to the gay community and had changed its name. The posted rate is $150US per night. I was on a package deal from Toronto, air, hotel and transfers. Allowing a reasonabel amount for the air fare I estimate the nightly room rate was double that of last year.
So, what did I get for double the rate. A shaving mirror and a few toiletries, none of which were replaced during the two weeks, no food or beverage, the same old tired dingy furnishings and sporadic hot water. Not once during my first week was the water hot enough to require cold water be added to the mix in the shower. The water situation improved slightly during my second week when the occupancy was about 20%.
Puerto Vallarta is a very gay friendly town. There is no reason to stay at a gay hotel. If you plan to stay in the old town, Zona Romantica, all the hotels are gay friendly and at much better rates than a comparible "Gay" establishment.
This place is nothing more than another situation where gays are grossly overcharged for the privilage of frequenting a gay establishment.
I'm looking forward to my next visit to Puerto Vallarta dn staying in the Zona Romantica, but it certainly will not be at the Abbey.
In fairness, the staff were as friendly as ever.
With a few minor changes this hotel will do well.
This was my second stay at this hotel (previously the Torre de Oro). Now that they are targeting the gay market, I thought I'd give it a second look.
Some improvements: beach towel service; hotel toiletries (although not replenished daily); in-room safe; turn-down service (sporadic).
Misleading web details: complementary drink upon arrival (bottle of water in room!); reserved beach area with bar service (nowhere near the gay Blue Chairs area).
Needed improvements: new towels, pillows and bedding, including pillows and mattresses. More attention to regular maintenance (bathroom sink leaked).
For the price paid in peak season (CDN$ 195/night for a standard room), these improvements need to be made. As a mid-range hotel priced accordingly, it is a good stay. Would like to see them respond to the critiques here and make this a desired destination for gay men.
One other thing they need to do is put bar fidges in the rooms, especially the suites with dining tables. What's the point of this amenity if you can't use it!
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.
Needs a LOT of work
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.
If they really upgrade the place and manage it more professionally it really has potential, but if it remains being managed the way it is now it will not become nearly as poplular as the Blue Chairs or other Gay condos.
Beware! This place is a ripoff!
The hotel is now under new ownership when it became a gay hotel in August 06. Here's what this place is like now...
I did my research online and decided to book a suite (bestday.com) because it offered a kitchen & sitting area for a reasonable price and the reviews & pictures made it look like a nice place to stay. Since the hotel is between the gay beach and clubs, I thought it would be a good central place for my friends and I to meet since we were in town for a week to "observe" Latin Fever and were staying in different hotels. Well, upon checking in, the room was definitely no suite. Unless you consider the single wooden chair the sitting area and the toilet a kitchen sink. I explained my situation at the front desk only to be met by blank stares. Upon talking to one of the owners (who spoke plenty English), he explained that the only difference between a suite and a regular room was that suites had a king bed and the others had a queen. Certainly NOT as described on all the reservation sites nor as pictured. "What pictures? We don't have any pictures. We don't have a website up because we're still working on it." Realizing I wasn't getting anywhere, I decided to drop the case, eat the couple hundred dollars I spent on the upgrade, and resort back to my room to sprawl out on my fabulous wooden chair and write off the situation as another classic "let's squeeze every penny out of the [gay] american tourist" PV moment.
The next day, I peeked into one of the rooms that the maid was cleaning and sure enough... a room with a living room area and kitchenette. wtf? Now, if they were fully booked and out of suites, I would have understood--it happens. Had there been a reservation mix-up, fine! But there was hardly anyone else staying there (for good reason) so I didn't understand why the shaft by the owner who flat out lied to me... shady!
So the only thing I got out of my upgrade was a king size bed... how was it? MISERABLE. The mattress was hard as a rock and pillows like a sack of potatos. I tossed and turned all night the entire week. But on a good note, the television worked (but was missing the remote) so I could at least stare at the television since I couldn't sleep anyway. Let's see... more positives.. The toilet flushed. I had curtains. No problems with hot water and shower pressure. And kudos to the maids who did a wonderful job of keeping the room and lobby very clean.
When it was finally time to check out, they were ready to charge me again because they had no record of me pre-paying. Surprise? Hardly.
With peak season coming up and the gays descending on PV for the holidays, don't bother with this hotel even if it's the only thing available. You may get the room you reserve, but you're still going to have to endure their aweful bed and lousy service.
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!!!
Clean and comfortable centrally located in the gay district
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.
A wonderful hotel located in the heart of P.V.
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.
We enjoy the lower rates for staying at this hotel each year as well as now the Toro is like a "home away from home". It is difficult for me to give this hotel a "top rating" as each year more and more tourists find out about this magnificent little hotel and each year it becomes more difficult to find a vacancy for the dates we travel. We probably would not go to P.V. if we could not stay at this wonderful hotel each year.
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