Playa Conchas Chinas Hotel
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Playa Conchas Chinas Hotel Puerto Vallarta
Longing to Return
I stayed at this quaint hotel in 2000. It was absolutely wonderful. The staff took excellent care of me. I was travelling alone and they actually had one of their staff shuttle me around town the first couple of days. I would highly recommend it and look forward to returning there with my husband in the near future.
Ok place to stay, but beware
The hotel was pretty and a good location. Though, I was surprised at how run down it looked from the outside. I do agree with others about the air conditioning-it was very loud and didn't work all that well. It was better just to leave it off. I did have one very large problem, though-someone stole some clothes out of my bag. They had let me keep my bag behind the counter before I checked into another hotel and when I unpacked, I had several things missing! They were not helpful after several calls and asking them to look into the matter. It is a bargain, but make sure to lock all your things up!
Beam us back there, por favor
My wife, Jenifer, and I spent the first week in March 2004 in Puerto Vallarta at the hotel Conchas Chinas. The staff is simply wonderful. The hotel has an original character about it as it cascades down the face of the "cliff". All rooms look out at the sea and we were lulled to sleep by the surf. Our room was well cleaned and tiled and had a Jacuzzi on the balcony (that we didn't use). Seeing the fullmoon setting one morning was truly unforgetable.The hotel has a great pool and was rarely used by others.In the morning, a stroll down 2 easy flights put us at the excellent food and value, Playulita Restaurant, terraced on the beach and run by the Lindo Mar resort.The frequent and cheap buses and cabs are nearby. We rode both everywhere. Greatest meal was at the "Red Cabbage Caf?" and their chiles en Nogada. Wow.
Can't beat the Presidential Suite
Four of us ladies spent a "Girls Week Out" in PVR in early July 2000 and rented the Presidential Suite. This is a large, beautifully decorated unit with a private beach entrance and private infinity pool.
While we had some initial air conditioning problems (remedied by 2 ladies spending one night in two other units and then a quick resolution), the rooms were large and the entire unit spacious. The kitchen was large and pretty well equipped. We felt it was a great value and split the $275 per night by 4 - less than $500 each for the week. The staff was extremely helpful, accomodating and kind. Super to have a private pool and quick entrance to a great beach with plenty of snorkeling areas. We took the bus into town and taxis as well. We even walked it without much of a problem. We often talk about the wonderful stay in the Presidential Suite at the Hotel Conchas Chinas! For us, it was pure luxury and a trip we will never forget.
One of the best!!
Have stayed at the hotel 8 times and have been to PV 18 times and this is one of my favorites! The rooms are all little different all tile with beautiful colors. Service is great Salvador, Franco and Miguel are excellent!! The restaurant (which belongs to Lindo Mar) is very good and the prices are reasonable! The snorkling at the beach is also good. If you need some pictures or have questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A wonderful get away
I have stayed at a few hotels in Puerto Vallarta. The first time that I stayed at the Hotel Conchas Chinas, I knew I would not be looking any further for someplace to stay. The rooms are a good size, the tub was a delight for someone who enjoys baths. The jacuzzi on the balcony was especially wonderful in the evening while listening to waves just a few feet away. It is the only place that I will stay in Puerto Vallarta. The service was as good as any 5+ star hotel, and it was far away from town to enjoy the peace and quiet that we were looking for. I would reccomend it for anyone looking to get away from hustle and bustle, but want to be close enough to it to get there within a few minutes. The hotel restaurants and the sunsets were something to remember. Anyone going to PV should check this wonderful place out.
Perhaps we are fussier
Maybe I am fussier than the others, but I do not
think this hotel deserves such good reviews as previously given (one of the reasons for staying there). First, the good points:
1) location - great. Close enough to town that cost and time
involved to get there is very low (30 pesos). Also very pretty setting with the rocks and the jungle behind.
2) room size - good with kitchenette and jacuzzi bath on the
3) general appearance as viewed from sea - very good, with large suites looking great.
Bad points:1) air conditioning unit - like a truck in the room. Just
impossible to have on while in the room.
2) kitchenette - all the items were horrible. Frying pan that needed throwing out years ago and one huge pot.
3) service - I do not like being in a hotel where the staff tell me that taxis are a price about 10% higher than quoted on their own list - we were told that this list was 3 years old and prices had gone up. Going back from the Westin, their porters told me that the prices still applied and the taxi driver only asked for that amount. A hotel should be supporting its guests not taxi drivers. The senior staff member then replied on our questioning of this, that the lower price was sometimes still available.
4) bathroom - stinks, generally pretty yuck with exception of pretty sink. Wardrobe in bathroom is a recipe for smelly clothes.
5) breakfast - at Lindo Mar resor next door, the awful experience of listening to crap from time share salesmen all around you.
Summary of value($79 per night + taxes) -the hotel is not
expensive. We checked out Casa Iguana and the Intercontinental.
Casa Iguana has a less convenient location and certainly not as pretty, but being newer its condition is better. Same make of air con unit (York) - must be the worst in the world, newer, so not as loud but still quiet is not the word. Casa Iguana is cheaper ($50) and better value for room but probably equates if you prefer closer location which Conchas Chinas offers. The Intercontinental ($225) has a lovely beach - available to public but get to it through the condo block next door, really quiet -
no hawkers! But what a rip off this hotel is- we checked the
room. Much better air con than Conchas Chinas but pool and
restaurant out of order care of hurricane and lamp shade had 5 burns in it compared to 1 at CC.
Overall CC needs renovating (not touched for 20 years with
Ownership changed 10 years ago.)
A Charming Hotel
I stayed in this hotel back in 1990. The service was warm and very personal. The rooms were very charming...especially nice with the jacuzzi tub in the room itself. It was an excellent stay, especially for the reasonable cost.
I stayed at Conchas Chinas hotel the summer of 2001 and for the price, well you just cant beat it. It was a beautiful kitchenette with two beds under 100 bucks! You also get a beutiful view out of your balcony which by the way I got a picture of and made it poster size! If you are looking for a place to stay and dont want to pay much, Conchas Chinas sure is beautiful and is located not far from the "mercados".
Real Mexico in Puerto Vallarta
I stayed at the Hotel Conchas Chinas in February 2001. The room was a Mexican tiled delight. The hotel is built into the side of a cliff with its own small picturesque (but rocky) beach. Casual dining breakfast bar above the beach and fine dining restaruant on the rooftop at night. Famous for its sunsets--and rightfully so. Just a quick 15-cent bus ride to town--but out of the city in a world all its own. The staff is always helpful and friendly. This is the real deal for budget accomodations!