Travel Blogs from Puerto Vallarta
Happy Anniversary. Slept in again after losing another hour's sleep. Second time in two days we have had to turn clocks forward. Looks like we will be travelling through many time zones.
Today we have been on a bus tour throughout this city. First stop was an estate where they make Tequila, and Johnny had many tastings. The locals were also trying to sell their wares, and when I stopped to look at a bracelet, they told ...
Seconds and minutes slip by,
and after the sunset, we decided to hurry back to the ship. There
was no pink bridge linking the ships gangplank to our cabin. But you
bet, we are happy we got that mouth wash.....
I told Bert that a Mexican band was playing mariachi at the Terrace Grill on deck 8th.
He didn't seem to hear!
... nice. We got changed and then went to explore the resort. They were having a Mexican Fiesta on the beach complete with meal and entertainment so that is what we decided to do for supper. The food was excellent and the entertainment not too bad. It started with some dancers in costume of the Mayan’s I would guess. After a bit that got boring, it was all the same, and then one started playing with fire. Not bad but not that great either. ...
... the airport in Mexico all the workers there were very helpful and generous. They helped me find my way through the airport and help find the family I had been waiting for. In a few days we will be celebrating when two hearts become one, a wedding. While the worker and I waited for my family she recieved a call on her cell phone. She quick answered it and hung up soon after. I asked what language she ...
... called Mario, a charismatic and chatty American-Mexican. At first I thought that "duende" meant "ocean" given that's what we have views of. That made perfect sense at the time! Weeks later we discovered that it's Mario's nickname. It's the Mexican equivalent of a leprechaun. What other Spanish words have been erroneously translated???
Here we have an array of surrogate pets, most in your face are the 4 chihuahuas. Did I hear ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mercurio Puerto Vallarta
Great location/good value
Stayed here for 2 weeks in February. Was my fourth time in PV, but first in Mercurio or indeed in a PV gay hotel.
This hotel is really centrally located, but as another reviewer has noted manages somehow to feel quiet and calm. Staff were really helpful, and I can only repeat the praises of other reviewers of the two wonderful room maids. Laundry service also very efficient. Free internet access also a good plus.
It's a great deal for the price - room was simple but fine. Breakfast simple but ok - with good timing you could get a seat at one of the very few poolside tables and start the day in a very sociable way with other guests - great bunch of guys. Only thing I missed compared with staying in a larger property was a bigger pool, poolside bar etc (stayed in Molino de Agua previous time).
I would recommend the Mercurio if you are looking for friendly, simple, gay hotel in a super location. I'd certainly return.
Comfortable, Quiet, Convenient, and Cheap
I really can't imagine people complaining about this place as "premium priced" and not as promised. It was exactly as I expected, and a great deal considering everything. You couldn't ask for a better location. Restaurants, shops, and ATMs are all close by. I opted for one of their multi-day packages that included daily lunch at the green chairs (WAY more comfortable than the blue chairs, by the way...), and a free massage (which was good, by the way). It was an even better deal.
There's not a lot to gush on about here...it's basic, but freshly painted, bright, and clean. Three stories of cinderblock rooms with tile floors, and outside walkways, around a small clean pool. Yes, it's a lot like a Motel 6, and that's about all it costs, too. The A/C worked well, and the front desk staff was REALLY helpful and friendly. Are you looking for a 4-star full service hotel with phones, room service, and concierge? This isn't it. It's a comfy way to relax in Puerto Vallarta, and a quick walk to the gay beach and nightspots. It's not a resort but it's definitely not a dump, either. It's a nice, well-kept gay motel/hotel that's not a gouging ripoff (like so may others are). I'd definitly recommend it and I'd stay there again.
Mercurio - Humming Along...
We stayed here again this past holiday season Dec 30-Jan 16. As anyone who travels anywhere knows - location is everything and in this regards the Mercurio has the BEST location relative to distance from beach, bars and of course Gay bars - shopping etc etc.
Carlos the Manager was kind enough to give us the same room on pool level that we enjoyed in previous years. Basically little in the hotel has changed from the last review - no improvements were made to the rooms or hotel that we noted - although we saw new mattresses being placed in some rooms when we were there, but not in our room - and we needed a new one!!. It squeaked terribly. Toilet did not flush properly - same issue as last year - they need the whole drainage system power pressured to remove backlogs in the pipes.
Breakfast included scrambled eggs this year - but most days we had breakfast out or just coffee. There is simply not enough chairs and tables poolside to accomodate everyone for breakfast - so we rarely sat out there.
The pool has a leak that required it to be filled constantly - the good thing about this is the water was clean all the time!!. Bad thing is water bills likely high - resulting in increases in price!! :) no thats not funny!
Many front desk staff changes - some need lessons in PR - while maids remain an absolute treasure - Vicky and Savina - please hug them both! They make the place special. Management were quite aloof to most guests this last visit - a comment made by some returning and new guests - yet it is billed as a "boutique" hotel - and the "personal touch" was missing.
While the Hotel Mercurio is clean, simple, secure & safe - it also provides good value and location. No need for an "all inclusive hotel" when you can walk out the door and a 100 places to eat cheaply are within a few blocks of this place. One last point - no hills to climb at this location - there are hotels on the hills for mountain goats.
Enjoy PV -
Edmonton Canada Boys
Think Twice, then decide
We have just returned from a week in PV. We had booked a Deluxe King at the Mercurio for a week. In our opinion, the hotel was ok as a 'basic Motel 6' but not the deluxe property that they promote on their website. We have stayed at various properties in PV and in all other cases have found exactly what was promoted (either basic or superior).
The room was small, with a window (no balcony) overlooking a small pool, only 2 tables and 2 lounge chairs that are visible from all the apartments that line the property. The room had a 12" TV (no remote) high on the wall-mounted stand. The hotel location is great, central location with a 5-10 minute walk to the gay beach. With some serious renovations it could possibly be the gay hotel they advertise.
If you are looking for premium priced, basic gay-flavoured accommodation, with a mixed crowd, you will have a good time. Otherwise save yourself the hassles and book elsewhere.
The staff seems nice and obviously works hard to please. To the credit of the Manager, he did let us check out after the first day without any problem, so we could enjoy our vacation at another hotel.
Wonderful gay hotel
Spent five nights at the Mercurio, late January to early February, 2005.
The staff are wonderful! They are sweet, helpful, friendly, and attentive. The room was fine - everything worked, and the mattresses are very good - they were all replaced recently. Housekeeping is excellent. On the third floor the water pressure could be a bit better, but it was certainly adequate.
The free morning breakfast was basic but filling, and it's served in the courtyard beside the pool, which is a very agreeable place to sit and chat with new acquaintances. Also, my room was quiet, which is sort of marvelous for a place located so close to one of the busiest neighborhoods.
I would recommend this hotel to people who don't expect to stay in something that looks like a Sheraton or feels like it could be in Florida. It's a place that is comfortable, cordial, and feels like it's in Mexico. I will definitely stay there again.
Perfect Location for Gay Vallarta
Found this place on the internet, and just "went for it" because it seemed like a good location and the room was at a very low summer rate.
I would definitely stay here again. Front desk staff were always friendly and have pretty good, but not excellent, English. The hotel has a small intimate feel, the swimming pool is small but clean, and the rooms are basic (no phone, but mine had air conditioning, cable TV with a few english channels, small fridge, decent sized bathroom, and a safe you could rent for about $1/day). My shower drain didn't work very well at all but it really didn't bother me, maybe it would have been a big deal to someone else.
The maid was very friendly and she did an immaculate job every day! As a bonus they will do your laundry for very cheap, like 40 cents a pound folded and back the same day.
Continental breakfast was mediocre, but they serve it late (until 10:30) because most people sleep in. On the plus side, you are a very pleasant 5 minutes walk to the gay beach, there are lots of restaurants and shops within a block, and the area felt very safe to me. All of the gay bars are literally within 10 (small) blocks.
This is nothing super fancy or even elegant, but a nice place with an American owner and you cannot beat the location and service. The area is charming and very colonial and safe.
The roof leaks!!! and DISCRIMINATION?
Last summer (August 2003), my wife, my 6 year old daughter and I stayed at "Hotel Alegre" which now is called Hotel Mercurio. The first night rained, as usual in Puerto Vallarta. The roof started to leak, so we asked the manager to move us to a different room. The new room was smaller, but OK.
We had reserved the hotel for a week, but we asked them for our money back for the last four days. They were very nice and polite. We told ourselves that we would go back the following year, because, overall, the place was nice, quiet and the people working there were very nice.
This summer, I just called them on the phone on July 31st 2004 at 10:00 AM, San Francisco, CA time. The person that answered the phone said that kids were not allowed (?). WHICH I REALLY DON'T APPRECIATE, SPECIALLY WHEN WE STAYED THERE LAST YEAR. FOR AMERICAN STANDARDS, THAT SOUNDS LIKE DISCRIMINATION. I WILL LEAVE THAT TO OTHER PEOPLE THAT WANTS TO REVIEW CALLING THEM. TO CALL FROM USA, YOU CAN DIAL 011-52-322-222-4793. GOOD LUCK.
We did implement a no-children policy...not to discriminate... but it is an adult, gay hotel. We love kids, but many of our guests complained about kids in the pool before we changed the policy. And many of the straight families complained about the gay guests... so we decided to be adults only, and our clientele is 99.5% gay. The straight people who visit are welcome, as long as they are comfortable in our environment.
Just exactly as advertised
We just returned from a 4 night stay at the Hotel Mercurio and it was just exactly what we wanted and expected. The room was basic but had everything you would need. The bathroom was small but had plenty of hot water and good water pressure in the shower. Air conditioning couldn't have been any better. Everything was very clean and extremely comfortable.
All of the staff were pleasant and always had a smile on their face. The location is really great and within walking distance to anything you could want to do.
All in all, they advertise just exactly what they are. It's not 5 star but they don't claim to be. Would definitely stay again and will recommend them to anyone we know who is heading to Puerto Vallarta.
Great Old Town Location with Ambience
My partner and I stayed here 3 weeks over Christmas/News Years 03/04. The Hotel Mercurio has a great location just off Olas Altas and close to the beach and glbt club scene. Rooms are basic, some learger with more ammenities, all very clean, with private bathroom/showers. There is a small pool and breakfast area where most guests meet in the am and pm. We met our new friends from London UK and Santa Rosa CA there (hi guys)and enjoyed many evenings and days on the beach and out on the town together. In a large hotel this is just not possible - but in a smaller boutique hotel like the Mercurio - people get to know one another - have the opportunity to get to know one another. That is great. The hotel is planning to be renovated in spring/summer 2004 - with many changes. That will be good -because we enjoyed ourselves so much we are staying here again this next Xmas and New Years! We felt like family at the hotel - and of course are!Staff at the hotel are very service oriented, in particular the Manager, Carlos Escalante. The fornt desk is constantly maintained, and a keen eye is given to personal safety and security.
Clean & basic but no air
The rooms were clean and basic but we had to change rooms because the toilet didn't flush good, the ceiling fan only worked on one setting(high). I kept dreaming of helicopters. The water pressure was low and the air conditioner never worked in any of the rooms. An American just bought the place in October 2002 and apologized to us and is working on improvements. But, at $50/night, the price was right.