Las Palmas by the Sea
Travel Blogs from Puerto Vallarta
December 24, 2013
I look out my kitchen window on this cloudless sunlight Christmas Eve morning and notice that the last leaf left on my cherry tree is gone. Even though the temperatures have been in the low 70's recently with no rain (this is a problem), the signs of a California coastal winter are here. Flowering plants are all confused …
... a flying cow. Had to be good. We blended in with the crowd for a bit, and then were escorted to a crows-nest table overlooking the whole bar. It turned out Renee, the girl from our hostel, had gotten us a table up there, and had also ordered a margarita that would intoxicate a small village. Cool. We were all up the little ladder, sipping the massive margarita, dancing, doing Jaeger-bombs...and then Menna was gone. I looked around (which ...
... The trainer had her do a few different tricks and behaviors for us and we each got a cheek-kiss from her.
The trainer brought out another sea lion and asked "Ok, who is first to swim out to the deeper water with the sea lion?" We all kinda looked at each other unsure of what he was talking about or what was supposed to be happening. Someone raised his hand cautiously, and the trainer had him swim out to the center of the ...
... green and lots of butterflies landed on me thinking i was a tree of some sort. ha ha. fooled them! just a tree hugger..
Talking of flying south for the winter.. managed to race from there through guadelajara to Puerta Vallarta to meet my amazing uncle and aunt from Canada for rest and relaxation. they properly spoilt us and treated us to dinner all week. what an amazing week. proper vacation in ...
... br> After leaving the cathedral we proceeded to the city hall to see one of the famous Mexican painting which grace many of their municipal buildings. The Malecon was nearby and the breeze off the water was a welcome change from the heat contained in the narrow streets.
Our last stop was at one of the local restaurants where we were served the ingredients for a variety of Mexican dishes and given a ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Las Palmas by the Sea Puerto Vallarta
We've have stayed at Las Palmas three times and we will keep going back again and again. The food and booze are both great but the location and ambience are second to none. I have heard that the hotel was hit very hard during by Hurricane Kenna (worst in all of PV) and that the hotel will not be openuntil March 2003. I hope that the owners don't change things too much -- keep the beach bar (essentially) on the beach and don't construct a high sea wall like all of the other hotels. Looking forward to many returns to Las Palmas!!!
Simply the best Hotel ever!!
I have stayed at Las Palmas 3 times with my Mum, Step Dad and older sister. Each time we go it just get's better and better. The staff are so friendly and we made many friends with them who we have kept in touch with. The food is good and the entertainment is great, especially the comedy staff ones. Although we were there when the unfortunate Hurricane Kenna struck, the staff were amazing in making sure we were safe.
I would reccomend this hotel to anybody. It has a quiet pool for older guests and an activity pool for younger people with crazy activites such as "baloon war". There are jet ski's, kiaks and "Sun Buster" which is really cool.
I look forward to visiting this fantastic hotel in the future!
Action every where you go ( Guy Week in the old town)
Still got my key Room 201 and it the best veiwin the hotel very old but fresh look at what Las Palmas has to offer staff are the best and are their for ya if you need anything Say Hi to carlos and i hope he enjoying his blue flip flop (KENA)
Our best trip ever
A beautiful, quiet and calming resort! The food is wonderful, and the staff has always been the "Best"
We are looking forward to our 5th visit. Thank-you!
I have been to Las Palmas for the last 2 years and I am booked to go again in October. I know that there have been some changes since I last went as Omega are now not running the hotel. However I dearly hope that this will not change the hotel in any way.
During both my visits I have had a fantastic holiday and that's why I keep going back. We have always requested ocean view rooms and have always got them. We have never had any majour problems with our accomodations, and minor problems have been dealt with quickly and efficiently. The hotel is always very clean, the food and drink excellent,the entertainment fantastic and the scenery, beautiful. Every time I have been to Las Palmas there are always poeple there who like myself have visited before and the general oppinion is that it is a superb hotel, I can only assume then that these bad reviews I have read have been either to drastic changes since last October, or a couple of one-offs.
Truly Relaxing and enjoyable
My husband and I spent our 25th wedding anniversary at Las Palmas. This was our first trip to Puerta Vallarta and won't be the last. As far as we are concerned we loved the resort and the people that worked the different areas at the resort! The rooms are very basic, mexican style and really all you do in them is sleep and shower so they served their purpose wonderfully. Our room looked over the main pool and had a beatiful view of the ocean all from the balcony. The people working at the bar and eatery were wonderful and always remembered our drinks and even when we started walking up to the bar they were already for us. Of course tipping doesn't hurt. We are use to tipping quite a bit here in Calfornia and we felt that we should continue to do the same there. Well that gave us a reputation right off the start and we were treated like a King and Queen and boy did we love that!
This resort is RIGHT on the beach you couldn't ask for a more beatiful place to sit under an umbrella sipping Cabana's and watching the ocean. The free beer Sol is yucky so pick up a lime at the local market. The food we thought was very good. We ate at the special resturant 2 nights (they invited us back-we think cause we left a $10.00 tip) But maybe they just liked us. We met a wonderful English couple and hung out with them most of the time. Also you must go snorkling that was awesome and we will now plan our trips around beatiful snorking areas. Well I've said enough. WE WILL STAY HERE AGAIN AND AGAIN! The next time we will stay for 10 days and then 14 we loved it and it was very cheap!
The Real Review
THIS REVIEW IS ONLY INTENDED FOR YOUNGER FOLK LOOKING TO HAVE FUN. My Buddy and I (both male 24yrs) spent April 3-10, 2002 in Las Palmas Beach Resort. In this review I am going to outline the things that I wish I knew beforehand. It is best to get the two negative things out of the way, my only real complaint, though minor. The first being tipping. The first morning we left two dollars American for the Maids for tip, and we recieved a restock of fresh clean towels and two, one litre bottles of water, the next morning we tipped the same and only recieved towels and no water, the third day, we tipped 3 dollars Canadian and only recieved water, no towels. We were soooo confused... They shouldn't play those type of games with inebriated guests. We didn't mind when there was no water, because we'd simply steal some off of the maids carts as we walked by, but when you have to drip dry on the balconey nekkid, other guests tend to complain.
Second Complaint, Whenever we left anything unattended, we noticed they began to disappear, during our one week stay we lost one camera, about 5 packs of cigarretes and two Cd's. We are calling this LasPalmas Gate, believing that Security is behind it. When we asked security about the camera, we were taken through the security hierchy step by step (for show) until the top Security Dude finally said "No camera"
Rooms: When we first arrived we recieved a pretty hurtin room, with no great view or balconey, all the rooms are nice, but the view really makes the stay. The Porter that helped us with our bags simply shook his head, saying that we can do better and to simply speak (ahem $$) with Victor at the front desk in the morning when everyone checks out to change rooms. The next day we did so, and recieved the best room EVER. A Balconey facing the ocean, on the fourth floor right above the pool. Because all the pool activities start at 11am (aquasizing and other fun stuff) the music blared, we affectionaly liked to call it the "Las Palmas Alarm Clock", since our nights usually ended around 5 in the morning.
The Beach at the resort, is by far the best stretch in Puerta Vallerta, very clean, just perfect!!! My friend and I went skinny dipping the first night with two cougars we met on the airplane. Very cool.
Food: Due to our Late nights, and late mornings... we didn't get a chance to test drive breakfast once, but we heard it was good. I'm not going to talk about the food...... food is food, and it was alright, we're not picky.
Activities: As I mentioned Aquasizing in the morning, Pool Bingo, Water Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, and my favourite WATERPOLO, all the Canadians reading this will be pleased to know that I scored a double Hatrick in a Canada 12 England 9 game. It was a blast, and a good way to recruit the party people. It sounds dorky but we even had a Tquila-table tennis championship which was fun.
Another favourite was the free Kiaking, at first my buddy and I went double and cruised down the beach singing "Frara Jacques" Lotsa fun. Just don't go out when the waves are crashing, it's pretty easy to bail as we learned the hard way.
VERY IMPORTANT SUGGESTION if you're planning on cruising the bars, before you do so, buy a red wrist band from the guys on the beach selling them, you get a big discount on cover at the most popular bars, we only figured that out late into the vacation. Also, there is a young activities organizer at Las Palmas named Tony, who's good for planning bar excurtions. The more people you go with the better.
MIRAGE FOAM PARTY: Pretty cool, the whole Foam experience was a first for me, and I took advantage for sure. We had a blast, went with a crew of about 12 from Las Palmas. To get in you simply pay cover, about 20 dollars Canadian, and then drinks are free all night (with the mandatory tipping) I recommend the wristband, and then pack your pocket with 5 peso denominations)
CHRISTINES: PACKED AS HELL!!!! which is alright, but we noticed that it was damn near impossible to get drunk after paying the cover charge due to the lines. Good News: Isn't filled with Fat Sunburned American Tourists ..Bad News: it seemed to be mostly Mexicano High Rollers paying 2000 Pesos to get a table and their own Bottle of Vodka for the night. The night was pretty much a waste until we met a whole bunch of Mexican Girls. We stayed until 4:30am. ;)
The Zoo: Dank, Dark and Crowded
Carlos O'Briens: I finally got the swing of some basic Spanish Pickup lines and was rewarded with the shooter girl making-out with me. That was the only highlight. But we only visited this place for an earlier afternoon Carona, Next time we'll for sure make it a night.
SENIOR FROGS: THE highlight of my ENTIRE vacation. I have never had such a blast in my whole life. SO MUCH FUN. Wish we hadn't wasted time at some of those other places, but rather did SF's at least two night. The reason that this was so much fun is that ....we prepped at the Resort. taking advantage of the free drinks, we went with some new people we met from Las Palmas, and we danced all night!!! It just so hard to explain how much fun this place really is. Girls get in free: No cover : guys pay about 5 dollars. Drinks are average price. We simply had a couple caronas each, bought a couple for our new friends (and vice versa) and then basically bottled water for the rest of the night. We met sooooooooo many people, and everyone there was just into having fun. Mexican to Tourist ration was about 50/50 . Everyone was really friendly. We stayed all night, got back to Las Palmas at about 5:30am.
The whole vacation though, is not a success due to the quality of the bars, or the food. but simply by the people you meet and the experiences you have. Everyone who stayed at LasPalmas, young and old were very cool to us, no exceptions.
I'm sick of typing now but I will throw in some extra bonus tips.
Cabs are 40 Pesos anywhere you go.
Bus is Four.
Limes help save the Resort's beer, Sol.
Never buy from the vendors on the beach, the MArket downtown is a lot cheaper.
Exchange rate at the resort is aweful, simply walk two blocks North on the main street for better rate.
Stay away from Mexican Police.
Buy Disposable cameras, and use the in room safe.
A Satisfied Customer
Returned to UK yesterday following 2 glorious weeks at this resort. Our room as promised had a superb ocean view framed by swaying palm trees. Although the furniture in the room was old and tired looking everything functioned well, including the best shower we have had anywhere. The maid service was excellent and rooms were always spotless. Without exception the hotel staff were cheerful, friendly and helpful. The food was very good with plenty of choice. Our only complaint was not enough Mexican options. Pool areas were kept spotlessly clean and there were plenty of sunbeds and chairs. Unfortunately many of the sunbeds were cracked or broken but when you consider the abuse they are subjected to by many of the guests, it is not surprising. The beach is clean, safe and relatively quiet. Local vendors were polite and not at all pushy so pose no problems. Evening entertainment while very professional lacked variety. Location on the edge of the town superb, taxis always available, local buses plentiful and interesting! Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful town, cobbled streets, plenty of life for the youngsters, clean and safe for wandering around with some very good eating houses. Experienced several excursions through Vallarta Adventures which were most enjoyable but a little expensive. We are seasoned world-wide travellers and found this holiday a delight, would certainly not hesitate to return. The tequilla slipped down a treat! By the way if you want a good night's sleep avoid March when the Americans/Canadians have their Spring Break, the younsters arrive en masse, and have no volume control.
Not for the fussy
Having just returned from las palmas, the apartments were very basic, very suspect air conditioning, and having talked to alot of other english people we all had colds, although the maids and waiters do a good job in making us feel welcome. Outside the hotel you get constantly bombarded with people selling stuff boat trips fishing etc, there seems to be alot of trouble with the water system at the moment, the food was gross to me anyway, dont expect english fry up's, it's more american rubish syrup, pancakes, crap like that but they have fried eggs you can have and bran flakes, and fruit, but the dolphins make the holiday they are food of it so do swim with them if you go.
My husband and I just got back from Las Palmas last night. When we got booked we told the travel agent that we were celebrating our tenth anniversary and she would let them know we were requesting a ocean view.got in at about 10:30 pm and when we were given our room key I asked if it had a belcony was told no and said there was no rooms to move to... but to come back in the morning, the room we were given was at the back of the hotel overlooking a small walk-way and belconies of the next resort. The T.V. when the sub-titles came on made static noises, the toilet seat was broken, the lights over the bed did not work, the towels were on the floor in the bathroom because there was no towel rack. Also in the morning the light was shining right in our eyes because the blinds were missing a slat right where it needed to be. the parrots outside were squacking early in the morning. We moved the next morning. They put us in room #2. Bottom floor beside the pool ocean front, could not see it because of the trees and plants sheltering us from the pool, very nice view from our room , much better then the first room. The Beds were very hard, we did not have hot water in our sink at all, something was broke, I complained but nothing was done the week we were there. The air conditioner made noise all the time even when turned off. Room #2 is looking at the picture in the books is on the right wing, there is a snack bar at the end of the wing so in the morning it was quite noisey. The food was good, always 2 grills going for breakfast fruit was good, Lunch good at the buffet and at the snack bar would make burgers, nuggets,clubhouses, fries and had stuff for nochos, etc. Supper was good at buffet. We could book the snack bar once per week, was very good.
The drinks... not bad, the only beer was SOL. The beach was nice, lots of peddlers, not to pushy, were a lot of fun. Beach chairs sucked, very old the cloth and wood sling chairs, not bad to sit but to tan in horrible, had to lay on your towel in the sand to tan your back. There was the nice white loungers but you are not to take them on the beach only by the pool. We left the hotel at 7:30 pm so we had booked the hospitality suite. after about one half hour and four people they finally gave us a key, we opened the door and there was shoes, clothes, we assumed that this was where they changed for the nightly shows, well we found out we were wrong when there was a man in the bed...went to the desk and they gave us another room to "try". It was empty.. Room 117 is over the kitchen very noisey, not alot of nice rooms at this resort. Our rep from Signature Tours told us that the hotel used to be OMEGA but the owner took it over three weeks ago because OMEGA ran it to the ground. It is a nice hotel, good food great entertainment, Beer and beach chairs sucked. Needs lots of work... Security was fantastic, had some friends try to come and visit us and security would not let them in only to the lobby. There is a painter that comes in a couple times a week by the pool, he paints with spray cans, go take a look he does beautiful work . O.K. place to stay only for sell off or very cheap don't pay full price you will be dissapointed.