Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta
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Not what I expected
Mayan palace was not what I had expected. After changing hotels 2x already, we had to stay at the Mayan place for our last night which I thought would be great. Because it was our last night it was very important to have early check in. I didn't want to wait all day for a room and waste our last day there. The manager gave us a good deal on the room ( I suppose compared to our first quote which was double). He also promised us early check in by noon. We arrived at about 1145am and realized we were 15 minutes early. However the rude lady at the front desk told us it would not be ready until 2pm unless we wanted to take a room across the street which was nowhere near their main hotel. The manager was less than cooperative at this time as well. We already paid for the room and had nowhere else to go. We were at their mercy. When we got to our room it didn't have a pleasant order. I think it came from the air conditioner. We also did not have a safety deposit box in our room which they told us they would get us one and of course never did. Ours was out for repair. The one lady at the desk was extremely unfriendly. I felt sorry for the other girl that was trying to be friendly to us. It was a lost cause because the initial women put a sour taste in our mouth. The other thing that really bothered me was that someone came into our room during the evening while we were out to unfold our sheets. This is a nice touch, but it was unexpected. We were not told this would happen and because we had no safety deposit box I was quite uncomfortable with this. Since we only stayed on night I did not complain, but I would never stay there again.
My wife and I have been to the Mayan Palace for 8 staight years. We usually go in July or August, but this year we went in June. Let me start with check-in. This can be a nightmare. Our room was not ready for our first night so we had to improvise and not unpack our luggage the first night. We were given a room for 1 night and then given a suite for the next 6. The check-in staff is not that friendly, but who cares because you only deal with them at check-in and check-out. Other then the lobby staff, everyone else is great. The activities director and assistants are awesome. Be sure to play tequila volleyball. The bartenders at the pool bar are awesome. One bit of advice is to tip great the first day, believe me they will remember you. A must is the Mexican fiesta night: great food and even better drinks, be prepared to drink a lot of tequila. Every night the activities group will be for transpotation to a different club. Clubs worth going to are: The Zoo, Senor Frogs, Christine's (dress code enforce) and the Collage (walking distance). There are great places to eat on the Marina. Magallanes is a great place to eat breakfast, it is very inexpensive, don't be threatened with the expensive looking staircase. Victor's (Tacuba) Place is by far the best value on the Marina. Great food for cheap prices. Beers are 1 dollar and you get a free shot of tequila with each beer. Fajita Banana is also a great place to eat. The ribs are cooked in frint of you. The twice baked potato is to die for. Suzie Wong's is a great alternnative for Chinese food. Tours worth taking are the free Porfidio's tequila tour. You get 3 free samples. There are plenty of booze cruises. The best is the SantaMaria led by Carlos Camacho. Take the bus during the day, it is definitely cheaper. For good shopping, take the bus to the open air mercado, be prepared to bargain. I hope this review was helpful.
Beware of Mayan Palace/Mayan Escape
BEWARE - My experience was in the Riveria Maya but I'm assuming this is going on with all Mayan Palaces. They are luring people in with timeshare presentations. If you keep declining they are offering a too good to be true Mayan Escape vacation package. Dirty business tactics are used to collect all of your money upfront and once they have your money they will not cooperate. Trust me....do yourself a favor avoid the Mayan Palace like the plague.
Lived up to expectations!
The Mayan Palace in the Marina section of Puerto Vallarta lived up to its reputation. We stayed in a one-bedroom unit that had beautiful views of the bay from every window. The beach isn't as nice as those outside of Puerto Vallarta, but the Mayan's seemed to be one of the nicer "hotel" beaches in town. If a beautiful sandy beach is important to you, I'd recommend staying at the Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta. What the Mayan in the Marina offers is close proximaty to downtown and the beautiful Marina just behind the property. We enoyed marvelling at the huge multi-million dollar yachts and the relaxed atmosphere the Marnia offered. For a great Italian restaurant, visit Puerto Bello. For good inexpensive food and GREAT service go to Victor's Place (A.K.A.
Tacuba). The restaurant at the Mayan was good but overpriced. The Mayan's Mexican Fiesta featured excellent food and drinks and top-notch entertainment.
We definitely recommend Vallarta-Adventures for your activities. Their Sierra Madre tour shows you the small towns of San Jose and San Francisco, and takes you on a short hike in the jungle. Our guide was VERY knowledgeable about the culture, plant-life, and wildlife of the area. Their Rhythms of the Night activity takes you south to Calletas Beach where you're served a great meal and are treated to a outstanding modern dance performance. We received a free Tropical Tour with Fun & Sun (or Sea & Sun) and were not very impressed. Vallarta-Adventures was a tough act to follow.
We loved Puerto Vallarta and the Mayan Palace in the Marina. We may try out the Mayan in Nuevo next time.
Mayan Palace, Marina - Awesome
My husband and I just got back yesteday from staying a week at the Mayan Palace, wow, what a great time we had. We had an ocean view suite which was fantastic. The bedroom was huge with a big TV, and I loved the two separate vanity sinks, no more looking over each other's shoulders, we each had our own area. There were also two closets. The living room was great and also had a TV. The dining room was a good size with a nice glass table and chairs and the kitchenette was adequate since we did not do any cooking. Our housekeeper, Angeles, was wonderful and kept the room spotless. She also did towel art every day - making animals from towels - and that reminded me of the cruises we took, they did the same thing. We also received an activity sheet every night, along with Hersey kisses, so we knew what was going on at the hotel every day. The bus stop was conveniently across the street from the hotel and we used it every day. It took us everywhere we wanted to go, and it was very inexpensive. My only complaint was the size of the balcony which ran from the bedroom to the living room. It was very narrow with room only for you to stand on, while the balconys on the rooms facing the road were big enough to hold several chairs, go figure.
Carmen and Ron
Enjoyed the Mayan Palace for several visists
We visited the Mayan several times now and have purchased 4 weeks. We love the Marina Vallarta and its proximity to the downtown and the restaurants and shops in the Marina. Every time we stayed at the Mayan Palace, we had exactly what we purchased in a one bedroom. Lovely views, cleanliness of the many pools and their restaurants make it certainly a Royal Crown property with RCI.
Visiting puerta vallarta
This was our first time in puerta vallarta, the good points were, Excellant food everywhere we went, top of the list was in the marina area, Fajta Banana, Suzie Wongs chinese, Morgans, it was beautifully tropical so green and lush, we stayed in the Mayan Palace , our view was magnificent, the grounds were kept in maticulous condition, The main problem we had was we didnt go into town at night to party as the taxi or buses that drove you there was to me a frightening experience everytime, They dont seem to have any driving rules at all, and we just didnt want to risk coming back late in that situation so we hung out around the Marina which was great anyway, Still we had a good Vacation.
Loved Puerto Vallarta
I spent the week of 4/4-4/11 at the Mayan Palace in Puerto Vallarta. It was a week that I will never forget. The people in Puerto Vallarta need to come to the U.S. and teach some of our people who work in customer service type jobs how to treat people. Everyone that we came in contact with was willing to do whatever it took to make our stay enjoyable. The Mayan Palace, with the exception of the timeshare presentation, was fantastic. They had plenty of events going on for those who didn't want to leave the premises, although I can't imagine why you wouldn't. The food was excellent. We ate in many different places and each one was good. The Rythym of the Nights Tour was very fun and romantic. I will definitely be returning to PV.
Stayed at the Mayan Palace in Puerto Vallarta for two weeks in February. It is a very wonderful resort with a semi private beach and a spectacular swimming pool, the Sea Garden is across the street from Mayan and you can walk under the road the two resorts are connected an you can go over to the Sea Garden it is part of Mayan. There are water slides on the Sea Garden side. To get to downtown the bus stops in front of the resort, it cost 4 pesos or .40 cents. Great restaurants in the downtown area or you can walk across the street and about two blocks down you can get to the Marina which have and abundance of restaurants and shops also a laundry mat and internet café which is cheaper than the resorts. The Mayan resort is an upscale place and you dont have to worry about drunks and loud people around the pool.
Our trip to the Mayan Palace was FANTASTIC!! We had an exchange with our timeshare. We had a really nice two bedroom Villa. They kept it clean and even had night time turn down. The place is kept clean and everyone is really nice. The burgers at poolside are great and the breakfast buffet is well worth the money. We were even there for the after shocks from the earthquake. the place is great. The beach was nice and they don't allow the peddlers up past the steps. but if you haggle with them you can get some good prices. But one of the best parts was the Marina shops themself. You will have to ask someone how to get there but once you go there you just keep going back. It's only a couple of blocks away. If your not in a hurry for a meal then you have got to go to Victor's Place. They are always busy , but is worth the wait. Depending on what you order you get a shot of Tequila. Order the Chicken Nachos. They are out of this world. My sister-in-law and I had to go over one more time before we left just for that. All in all I'd give The Mayan Palace and the Marina an A+. I hope this helps some else because we could only find one review about The Mayan Palace before we left and it was a good review also. Trust Me , you'll like it. We would all good back and plan on another trip in the furture.
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... breakfast, Martin and I went to the desk to check on my new room. It was ready on the 4th floor. We grabbed my suitcase from the tomb I stayed in last night and the bellman took us to the new room. It has a balcony with lounge chairs, nice big bedroom, ocean view and no smells. Ah, perfect. The safe even worked. Now I can relax. Off to the beach. With the room out of the way, I'm feeling pretty good. We grab towels and the family ...
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... tequila a chocolate and an almond. We found that the chocolate and almond were not that great. Dave bought a bottle of the smoothest one.
We then went to a village that was divided by the highway. The locals could not decide on a name after the highway was put through so the village has two names; one for each side of the highway, Las Juntas or los Veranos. The restaurant for lunch had all of the fish out on display with the prices so that we could choose what we ...
... called it the Mexican Walmart even though they have two Walmarts here if not more.
We had a super strict 1 hour to shop for groceries. We spent almost 1000 pesos on a bunch of stuff, mostly snack foods, a loaf of bread and peanut butter, bananas, apples, a pineapple, mango, limes, cookies, chips, pop, WATER, Vienetta ice cream (OMG! we don't have that at home anymore) so I bought two).
Jorge met us outside the store and loaded ...
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