Golden Crown Paradise Resort Puerto Vallarta
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Historical Traveler Reviews Peppers on the Point - Lake Rotorua
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My husband and I just got back from Mexico and were a little disappointed with the Crown Paradise. We were lead to believe that it would be a nice 5 star adults only resort by our travel agent. This resort had some qualities of a 5 star hotel, but still needs some improvements. FOOD: The 3 a la carte restaurants were good for the most part,; however, we did have a few bad meals at Salvadore's (their finest restaurant). The lunch food needs some major improvement -- they mostly had hot dogs, burgers, french fries, nachos chips and cheese sauce, a sandwich station, and authentic Mexican tacos that are only pork. One day they made a seafood Pealla which was very good. The lady at the Plapa Bar makes awesome hot sandwiches -- try the #5 it's a winner! We had room service on two separate occassions: 1. breakfast and 2. a late night snack. The service was very fast and be sure to tip or they won't leave your room until you do so. We found that the adjoining property, Playa de Oro, had a wonderful oceanfront restaurant that changed it's menu daily. Crown Paradise guests have the option to use all of the facilities of the other resort; however, guests staying at Playa de Oro may not utilize the benefits of the Crown Paradise. POOL AND RESORT GROUNDS: The pool area was very substandard for a tropical resort and only included one rectangular shaped pool with a jacuzzi area. There is no swin up bar, but their wait staff was fairly attentive and took and delivered deliver tasty beverages to the guests both at the pool and on the beach. The beach vendors were not allowed to enter the resort property, but they do stand right next to the pool and hope to get your attention to buy some of their items. Never pay more than half of the price they first quote for you. They are pretty willing to lower their price after they hear you stay that you aren't interested in buying anything. ACTIVIITIES: The activities staff had a very structured activity routine that the strictly followed each day. If you want to play pool ill have to wait until they say so. They always had daily activities planned such as water exercises, wind-surfing lessons, both beach and pool volleyball, bingo, water polo, water basketball, and the "ever not so popular Sun Dance" at 4:00 p.m. daily. Other resort activities include: tennis, a day spa, non-motorized boats, ping-pong and pool at the outdoor "Pub." Everyone on the activities staff are very nice and accommodating. They are all very talented and all participate in the nightly shows. Even though the Crown Paradise is an "adults only" resort, the hotel does share Caesars with the Playa de Oro. You will find children at the evening shows on some occassions. SERVICE: We were a little disappointed when we arrived to find that our room was not ready. If you have an early flight, be prepared to wait till 3:00 to get into your room, as your luggage sits in the dark unattended in the lobby. The rooms are pretty nice; however, both the bed and pillows are rock hard. The service at the resort is very good! The bartenders are awalys very attentive and will make you whatever you heart desires. The bell boys were very eager to help you with your bags, are greatly appreciate a tip. This resort makes planning a daily outing easy. They have a respresentative that can make reservations for you to take any outing that the city offers. LOCATION: This resort is reasonably close to town ($3 by taxi). The street in front of the resort is nothing to brag about! There are run down buildings and lots of bags of garbage. The hotel is a quick walk to the marina and is a great spot to watch the cruise ships come into dock. If you want to buy some souvenirs and don't want to go into town, there is a great flea market area in the marina. You can get the same stuff there with out having to waste time riding into town. There are few sightseeing opportunities in downtown Puerto Vallarta. If you are looking on the map and it says "Elizabeth Talyor's House" most likely you won't know if you founs or any handouts in English. There are some museums, but we never stayed long enough in downtown to see them.All in all, this resort was pretty nice and worth the money for the off-peak rate. I don't think that we would pay much more money to go during the peak times of the year. I would rate this adults only resort a 4-4.5 star on a 5 star scale.
All-Inclusive Motel 6 (with balcony)
I think the main reason we were so disappointed with this resort was we were lead to believe that it would be a nice 5 star resort by our travel agent. This resort is ok if you are expecting no more than a 3 star. If you have never vacationed much before, you will probably think it is a nice place. Let me tell you there are scores of hotels in the Puerto/Nuevo area that are FAR better. Try not to settle for the Crown Paradise. 1. All-Inclusive not automatically mean quality. The liquors used in drinks are bottom of the rail, unknown types. The food here was often very questionable---beef tripe soup for the breakfast buffet????? 2. The pool area was very substandard for a tropical resort. Included was ONE rectangular shaped pool with a jacuzzi area. The lounge chairs were blandly arranged around the pool. There was no pool-side service (lots of trash), and NO swim up bar. There wasn't any shady areas, just randomly placed skinny palm trees. 3. The beach in this part of town isn't much to look at. The water is very mucky, and peculiarly itchy. Roving bands of solicitors watch your every move, waiting to prey upon gullible tourists. Never pay more than half of the price they first quote for you. 4. The lobby is particularly dark and tunnel-like, not at all bright and airy like most resort lobbies. If you have an early flight, be prepared to wait till 3:00 to get into your room, as your luggage sits unattended in the lobby. 5. Now that you have been eagerly awaiting your room, you will be greeted with what resembles a Motel 6 room with a balcony. Better scavenge for some extra towels if you see any!! And who wouldn't enjoy a rock hard bed complete with strange lumps. 6. The pull-out vanity mirror in the bathroom is a quaint touch, but somehow doesn't compensate for the extremely poor lighting in the bathroom. Better just skip the makeup, you're on vacation, right?! 7. The service was hit-or-miss. Some bartenders were very attentive and always anticipati than stellar. The bell boys were EXTREMELY eager to help you with your bags, surely the tip had nothing to do with it. 8. The disco featured nightly variety shows. But for some reason we just weren't enticed to see a second-rate homage to Walt Disney movies....Isn't this an Adults only resort???? We did got there to dance there one night. The disco seems to be very large, even more so since it was largely unoccupied. We felt a little out of place being the only Americans there, but were welcomed by the locals, who showed us how to participate in the dances that were being played. 9. An always important factor to a resort is location. This resort is indeed reasonably close to town ($3 taxi or a 40 cent bus ride). However it is sandwiched in between two other resorts, separated by a wooden fence. Upon leaving the lobby and walking out to the street you are confronted with aesthetic pleasers such as: a torn down building, run-down lots, and bags of garbage. Lessons to be learned: 1. When viewing hotel ratings, check with more discriminating critics such as Conde Nast or Frommers. Some vacation companies will give anybody a "5 Apple" 2. The hotel zone in Puerto Vallerta is not much to write home about. Try nuevo vallerta, which is newer and better laid out. 3. You will find that most vacationers start drinking ridiculously early and continue to do so all day in the hot sun--- This equals sunburn, dehydration, headaches, and a very scant nightlife. 4. For a fun evening/day trip go into town--there are plenty of fun little shops and bars. Don't get "leaving the resort" phobia.
It was awsome
my husband and i went for our honeymoon it was great. we had the time of our lifes, everyone at the hotel was so friendly and helpfull. The food was great they have such a yummy mexican food, they even have 3 different resturants you could choose from. there is no kids that was he last thing we wanted to deal with it was great having a hotel were there is NO KIDS. The entertamient was fun we had a club right next door and it all inclusive ALL YOU DRINK AND PARTY. We had an excellent room service, everyday our room was clean and neat.I LOVE OUR VACATIONS AT CROWN PARADISE!
Had a Very Nice Time
We were at the resort from 3-15 through 3-22 and had a very nice time. The resort is very clean and our room was wondeful with a spectacular view. The food was "ok", but I wouldn't recommend planning on eating it all week long. The buffet next door has "ok" food as well, and did provide some variety. Salvadore's, one of the restaraunts, is by far the best choice for pretty decent food. we ate outside the resort several nights and had phenomenal food at both The Blue Shrimp and Le Kliffe... I would highly recommend both of these. There are many activities to participate in at the resort, but the activities staff is not the friendliest in the world. The disco they say is included across the street we did not use because each time we popped in it was either closed or almost dead. The only show we went to that the resort offers nightly was the Mexican night and it was ok, but nothing spectacular. BEWARE of the people at the information desk, they are really time share sales reps in disguise.... They will try to get you to go to Paradise Village for a visit... We did not go, but our friends got sucked in and ended up being there for Four hours, when they were told it would be 1 1/2 hours.... The pool was beautiful, and we always were able to find a chair...weather absolutely gorgeous! Definitely a mix of ages here, not solidly twenty somethings with perfect bodies... thank God, but a very nice mix. I would recommend this resort, as long as you do not expect perfection.
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
The Good: Nice location and rooms. The Bad: It is not what you would expect for the top price we paid. We paid less and got more at the Maui outrigger last summer. The Ugly: The overall food quality is the worst I have ever seen or paid for. The Salvador restaurant is the only place where you can get above average service and food at dinner time only. Other restaurants serve sub standard food and service even by Mexican standards. Drinks are limited to few cheap choices and no they do not offer Corona! If I knew the above, I would have made a different choice and got my money worth.
My boyfriend and I just returned from a stay at the Crown Paradise in Puerto Vallarta. If you are looking to be close to downtown, close to the marina, and get amazing service, then this is the place! There is 24-hour room service at the Crown Paradise, which includes any meals, snacks, or drinks delivered to your room whenever you want them. You will never go hungry or thirsty at this resort! The menus at most of the restaurants are pretty limited, however, I am very picky when it comes to eating and I could always find something at every restaurant for every meal. There is always something to eat while you're on the beach or by the pool. The food isn't necessarily the best in the world, but you will definitely find something! The Breeze Bar right on the beach has excellent sandwiches for lunch and they always have chips and salsa to munch on. The staff at the Crown Paradise is very friendly. The bartenders and wait staff will treat you extra good if you tip them. Front desk staff is very helpful and there is always a travel agent in the lobby if you want to do anything extra during your stay. We swam with the dolphins and took an all-day cruise out to Marietas Island, both of which were booked through the hotel travel agent. The Crown Paradise is within walking distance of 2 nightclubs, one of which is part of the all-inclusive package. And there are always cabs out front should you decide to go downtown to walk along the boardwalk (which I would highly recommend). All in all, we were very satisfied with the Crown Paradise. But it definitely depends on what you're looking for while you're in Puerto Vallarta. If you want to be at a secluded resort, this is not the place to go. The Crown Paradise is crowded in between 2 other resorts, both of which are just a few feet away. We are both in our mid-20's and most of the crowd at the Crown Paradise while we were there was quite a bit older than us. So if you're on College Spring Break, this may not be where you want to be, however it could be different at different times of the year. It is pretty hard to get a chair at the pool, people get up at 7am and put towels on the chairs to 'save' them, then they don't show up at the pool til 5pm, which was very irritating. The pool always looks empty but almost all of the chairs were 'saved'. We were only able to find chairs at the pool once while we were there. We were always able to find chairs on the beach, but there are TONS of vendors. There's really not much to complain about at the Crown Paradise, but again, it depends what you're looking for. If you want to be somewhere that's a little more secluded and spread out, and you're not planning on going downtown very often, try Nuevo Vallarta. But if you want to take full advantage of the all-inclusive option, check out the Crown Paradise. Another thing we would highly recommend is checking out the Le Kliff Restaurant which is located in Mismaloya. It's about 45 minutes by cab (and the cabs drive VERY fast along the cliff of the mountain which is a little scary!!) but the restaurant was definitely worth the drive. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous and completely outdoors with a giant thatched roof, right on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. This was the best food we had while we were in Puerto Vallarta. Highly recommend checking this out!!
Had the Most Fun Ever!
Hi i am Bradi. All i can say is i had the most fun i have ever had in my whole life. I was 14 when i went, which was last summer, and my mom was like u know its more of a college crowd or w/e. But it wasn't like that at all. In Cancun i met the most awesome people ever. Especially in the resort. I met friends that i will never forget from all over the U.S and other countries. The Crown Paradise Resort was awesome. They were always entertaining you in the pool in the lounge and everywhere else. The staff was all awesome i met a lot of them that memorized my name and always talked to me whenever i saw them. The food was awesome too. My sister ate like every 2 hours she liked it sooo much!! lol....The room was also very comfortable much like home...i was calling it home by the end of my trip. I think the Crown is different from most resorts. It has such a good vibe, and there are sooo many different ages and differnent people. It is also located in a good place not to far away from the airport but not far from the clubs and shopping either. I had the best time ever in Cancun and in the Crown all i can do is brag about it and i know this coming summer i will be back bringing a couple a friends along for a great exprience.
Loved every minute!
My husband and I went to Crown Paradise for our Honeymoon in January of 2002. It was a wonderful experience! We stayed for ten days and had a great time. The staff was excellent, the food was great, and the drinks were not watered down. They have three different restaurants and two bars. It's nice to have variety, when you're away from home for so long and you have an all-inclusive deal. We were never bored with the food or activities. The beach was nice, although you have to go get your beach chair early in the morning - same for the pool area. Their disco was so-so, because most of the music was in spanish, but otherwise fun. Everyone was so nice and we will certainly be back in the near future!!!
This is a good one!
This was our fourth time to Puerto Vallarta, and each time we stay at an all inclusive. Each time we try new places but it would be hard to find a better place than this.
There were nine in out group, and considering the age ranges and tastes were varied it was no small task to meet everyone's requirements...and these people did it so very well. Was it perfect? No, but darn close! This is mostly because the staff was very accomodating and willing to try to make sure everyone's stay was pleasurable. All the guest has to do is be pleasant and respectful and the staff will bend over backwards to please!
Upon arrival we were greeted with refreshing drinks while checking in. The fellows who took our baggage to our room were informative, eager and absolutely pleasant! Our group had three types of rooms, regular doubles, three singles sharing, and a honeymoon couple. The rooms werelovely, appropriate,not a bad view in the place, and free in room safes!
The beach is in excellent shape...very clean. There were always plenty of chairs available around the pool and on the beach, with numerous shady spots for cooling off!
Everything listed in the brochures was accurate, and the heated pool was marvellous. Drinks at all the bars were well prepared, certainly not skimpy on alchohol, served in clean glasses(a very clean hotel in general!), and served by attentive and happy staff. Room service was available at all times. There is food available (no buffets!!!!!) all day at the cafe, a poolside grill and a beach palapa...and you can get almost everything! If you don't like sauces then say so, they will accomodate you! If you want something not on the menu, ask politely and they will try to get it for you! The specialty restaurants were classy, the food was excellent(in two weeks we only had one tough steak), and service is great. Then you also have access to the hotel next door(Playa Vista de Oro) which has a buffet and 2 specialty restaurants...one is a "Stirfry and Sushi "place which is very good!
The daytime activities are numerous, but they will not bug you if you don't want to join in...it is fairly laid back yet as active as the guests want it to be. We seemed to have one week of high energy guests and one of the more laid back type! The nighttime entertainment is in the disco and serves both hotels...the shows vary from Karaoke to Vegas style reviews..there is a lot of talent there!
My only criticism was that for those of us staying two weeks, there was only one week's variety of shows...wondered why the staff at the Crown Paradise (who did all the night entertainment) didn't do one week and let the Playa Vista de Oro staff do one week also, so that there were two full weeks of different entertainment!
The price of this place is extremely reasonable for its high quality. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed!
The Very Best There Is
If anyone is looking for the best place to stay in Puerto Vallarta is has to be Crown Paradise. I would never even consider another hotel. From the moment we arrived off the plane we were whisked away to our hotel and taken to the most beautiful room with a balcony overlooking the ocean. The staff were just excellent and the food was awesome. We never went hungry because they had 24-hour room service and we ordered whatever we wanted off their menu and our food and drinks were in our room within the half hour. The staff were so nice and they were always so accommodating. I can't even say one bad thing about this hotel because it is simply the best!
We have friends that have gone there as well, and they agree. They tried other hotels too, but they just don't measure up to the Crown Paradise. This is an "adults only" hotel which is really nice because there are no kids splashing around in the pools and crying everywhere. Rooms and restaurants were extremely clean, bartenders very friendly, and overall just a great place to stay. Believe me, you just have to try this once, and you won't stay anywhere else!!
TripAdvisor Reviews Peppers on the Point - Lake Rotorua
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