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TravelPod Member ReviewsRosita Hotel Puerto Vallarta
We stayed for one night before departing internationally from the airport.
The hotel was basic, clean and offered a good price, as well as complimentary breakfast in the morning. We were lucky to get a room with an amazing view over the main drag and the water front.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rosita Hotel Puerto Vallarta
Great Vacation @ The Rosita P.V.
We stayed@ the Rosita for the 1st week of March and had a wonderful time. The hotel is older, but all the staff were very friendly & always eager to help us with Spanish translations. Although we only ate in the restaurant a couple of times(only had a week, so wanted to try several places), the food was excellent. Our room was on the side facing the Malecon, so even though the balcony was small, we could still watch the activities going on and still had a good view of the ocean. I would have no problem staying there again and thanks again to all the friendly staff.
Perfect for a single person!!
I have traveled to Mexico MANY times. This was my first time alone. I chose Hotel Rosita because I got a great deal and I remembered where it was located - on the Malecon, downtown.
The hotel was perfect for me. My room was spotless, and the housekeeping was fabulous!! My room was very tiny, I had paid for a street view and received a great side room that offered an ocean view to the right and the city view to the left - absolutely perfect. The balcony was very small, only about 2 feet in depth and about 5-6 feet long, you couldn't fit a chair on it, but you could stand on it or pull a chair to the doorway if you wanted. The pool/ocean view upgraded rooms all looked as if they had decent size balconies.
The lobby and restaurant were pretty plain, but the small pool area was nice and gated (to prevent anyone from entering the area who didn't belong there). There isn't a beach directly in front of the hotel, but the beach is very close and the hotel is located on the ocean.
The clientele, while I was there (Jan 27- Jan 31, 2004) was mainly retirement age and a couple families and younger couples. It was very nice and peaceful. The pool area was quiet, without the blaring hip-hop music that most of the hotels have, which was very nice. The restaurant played lighter, Frank Sinatra-y type music, which I also loved. I am single and 32 - FYI.
The entertainment was a one man band guy who was very good. Again, they taylored to the older generation, very romantic and he had a fabulous voice.
I only ate at the hotel for breakfast, the continental breakfast was included. Very basic, bread, pastries, fruit, yogurt, juice, milk and coffee, for $3 ($35 pesos) more, you could have the entire buffet which included refried beans, scrambled eggs, hash browns and a couple Mexican dishes. It was good, nothing fancy. I did hear that the food at the restaurant was good though (for dinner and lunch). Since it was located where it was though, I didn't even look at the menu - too many other places to go.
The hotel is located just at the start of the Malecon and it's walking distance to absolutely EVERYTHING!! Shopping, night life, restaurants, everything just out the front door. It was a perfect location especially if you planned on walking around town and doing things. You definately need to expect noise, being downtown, and you need to want to be around the hustle and bustle of the city, which I wanted so I loved it.
I would definately stay at Hotel Rosita again, especially if I were to go back alone. I only rated it a 3 because it is a basic hotel and meant to be basic. There aren't any frills, but the location and cleanliness was great.
I would recommend an upgraded, larger room only for 2 or more people or if a "sittable" balcony is important to you. The street view still offers great views of the beautiful city and rolling foothills beyond it.
I have stayed also at the Holiday Inn (very nice) and the Sun Getaway (nice for Americans/Canadians...but not a great Mexican feel). Contact me if you have any questions.
Great for Kids
We stayed at the Rosita with 2 kids under 5, 2 seniors and two other relatives and a teenager. The rooms were clean, the staff friendly and the view out of this world. It is a no frills hotel, but we did not desire anything that was not provided. Some rooms are noisy, but requesting a room change was not a problem. The rooms facing the ocean were very quiet, fell asleep to the waves crashing every night.....lovely. The beds were extremely comfortable. Thank you Hotel Rosita!! PS we were also a 3 minute walk from a grocery/department store where the locals shopped, which is VERY handy when you have children! (buy a cooler for drinks, yogurt, whatever)
We were welcomed by a beautiful, open-air lobby with the warm ocean breeze caressing our rain-worn, northwest skin. Scattered throughout the lobby area and restuarant beyond was traditional mexican styled furniture done in wood and pig hyde. After checking-in with the friendly desk staff, a belboy took our bags to our ocean front room with a balcony overlooking the pool and pacific ocean from the 4th floor. The room was a bit rustic, but very adequate. We had no fan in our room, which we later learned was supposed to be there. But is was alright, because the shuttered doors to the balcony remained wide open during the length of our 9-day stay, with the constant sound of waves breaking on the rocks below and gentle breeze lulling us to sleep. We also had to make a special request for wash-cloths. You can watch the 4 channels availabe on the T.V. providing you understand spanish, and there was no radio; all fine with me, as I was looking to escape the noise anyway. The occasional moths that flew into our room were no match for the gravity-defying, ceiling-walking gekkos who took up permanent residence in the room, and were waiting to eat them up. The Rosita's convenient location right on the Malecon was ideal for easy nights out at the many night-clubs that line the ocean front walk. One of my favorites was the cuban bar and restaurant which had live Cuban music every night and a delicious drink made of soda water, Cuban rum, sugar, lime and fresh basil leaves. The breakfasts at the hotel were very good, with a choice of all-you-can-eat buffet or menu items, all served Mexican style with beans. We paid $70 U.S. per night for the ocean view room, which included the basic breakfast for two every morning. It was a very satisfying stay for my first visit to Vallarta, and I will stay there again. email me if you want pics of the trip firstname.lastname@example.org. Hasta la vista, Steve.
A view to die for!!
For the past two Christmas breaks we have stayed at this hotel and would not consider staying anywhere else! The SECRET is to book early, REALLY EARLY, like JUNE, and get an ocean view room. It is brilliant.
The hotel staff are very competent and helpful and the breakfasts are super. We sometimes had luch on our balcony and then would relax by the pool. Happy Hour produced fantastic Margueritas at reasonable prices.We love the location and at New Years could see the fireworks across the bay from our balcony. We are going back in seven weeks time and can't wait. M.Lyons
Great traveler's hotel
We have stayed at the Rosita since the early 70's. It captures the romance of Puerto Vallarta better than any other downtown hotel we can think of. Great location! More of a hotel for travelers than tourists.
Guests include a lot of Canadians, New Zealanders and Mexicans on holiday. Avoid rooms on the street side. Rooms overlooking the ocean are the best with nice balconies and great views. Nice pool, good bar and restaurant. Everyone is friendly without the phony smiles at the upscale hotels. Prices have gone up a bit so best to book online with a discounter and save approx. 33% below rack rate. The Rosita fills quickly at Easter and Christmas. Not all rooms have air cond. so it may not be the best choice in June, July or August.
Perfect for me!
I was travelling on my own and I really liked this place. It's plain.......no frills. But it's extremely clean and the staff are superb. Breakfast overlooking the ocean was beautiful, really peaceful. One of the best breakfasts I have had in Mexico. You can't swim in the ocean here, but it's a great spot to explore PV (this hotel is in walking distance of all the good places to eat and you can take a bus/taxi further South for the nice beaches). It is noisy if you take a side room facing the Malecon, but I slept right through that. I booked through Expedia, but the hotel didn't have the reservation, so I would recommend booking direct with the hotel. The rooms are nothing special, but clean and comfortable. The shower took a while to hot up on the first night, but I had no complaints after that. I would definitely stay here again, it's a short hop from the airport and a good place to base yourself in this area. It's fairly priced for PV. If you want to be right on the beach then I would recommend Casa Iguana in Mismaloya which is the only other place I would stay near PV. By the way, the cheaper-priced sea view rooms have a view, but you can't stand on the balcony.......there isn't one, the door opens to a wall which you can look out over. I would either save money and get an inward facing room (probably quieter anyway) or go the whole hog and get a full on sea view if you want something more romantic.
Low budget but very friendly and clean
Some people are right, the rooms can be noisy, however I would definitely go back to the Hotel Rosita. The staff was so friendly and helpful as well. (Hi front desk boys, can we make a collect call?? haha) The rooms were clean and the pool was great. We had a room facing the street and it was noisy a lot of nights when we first went to sleep but once we were asleep we weren't woken up in the middle of the night by the noise. Also we never heard the kitchen staff like I read in a different review. I'd say if you are going on a budget stay there, if you want a posh 5 star hotel then it's not for you. But I would recommend it.
Some rooms are OK, but
I wouldn't pay in advance UNLESS I knew for sure where the room is located. All the rooms that "overlook the pool" also overlook over the restaurant AND those guys come in at 5:00A make a bunch of noise! Also Carlos Obrien will keep you awake until 4:00A if you face South. The only descent rooms are the few that face the ocean - on the North side of the Hotel.
This is the place to stay!
First time going to Puerto Vallarta? Don't have a lot to spend and don't like the resorts anyway? Then this is the place for you. It's clean, the service is friendly, it's right downtown, and you can still catch a quite moment if you want to. The rooms range from super-cheap with no A\C or balcony and a view of the street to vaulted ceilings, balcony, A/C, and a fabulous view of the ocean (and those aren't even expensive!). Their breakfast was a favorite of mine. There's a pool and it's only a short walk to several beaches (including one right off their back steps). I've been to P.V. three times now and stayed at the Rosita everytime! I may start exploring further down the coast next time but this is the best place to start!
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