Velas Vallarta Suite Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVelas Vallarta Suite Resort Puerto Vallarta
We keep going back to this same resort because of the friendliness of the staff, the cozy setting and the wonderful service. We love the beach restaurant - beautiful view and great food!
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This was our fourth stay at the resort. We have the option to not take the all-inclusive so we chose not to this trip. We like to try local restaurants as well as enjoying the beach restaurant at the resort. Our friend Rigoberta at the beach restaurant is our favorite waiter but all the staff is excellent. The units are clean and very comfortable, the grounds are gorgeous and the drinks are reasonable compared to Nuevo Vallarta.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Velas Vallarta Suite Resort Puerto Vallarta
Brand new resort just opened in December 2002, not even quite finished when we stayed there. This resort is in Nuevo Vallarta directly on the beach. The place is incredible, awesome open air lobby and check in centre, 3 large pools (one heated), swim up bar, 3 restaurants, large suites with balconies all overlooking the ocean and the pool, lots of really comfortable beach chairs, free internet access by the front desk. The food was outstanding, if eating in the buffet be sure to request them to cook your food fresh, garlic shrimp were fantastic along with basically everything else. I have been sick 2 of 2 visits to Mexico before this trip and this time not even a hint of sickness. Beautiful beach for walking, and nice waves for body surfing. The best thing about this hotel however, is the service - the best I have ever experienced at any resort. Everyone was very eager to please. I would say this is as close to perfect a resort as I can imagine.
Be Carefull, there are TWO OF THEM!
Be careful, there are two resorts, owned by the same group with confusing names. There is Velas Vallarta Grand; and Grand Velas Vallarta. Grand Velas Vallarta is the newest, just opening in Dec 2002. It is also mandatory "all inclusive" ; and there are NO kitchens in the suites at all. There ARE many sales people there, but just get past them because the resort is GEORGOUS! I only say no thanks once to them w hen I arrive. I never acknowledge them again or they will attempt to engage you. Velas Vallarta Grand is older, but still georgous. Most units have kitchens and all inclusive is optional. Its a little closer to town (right next to the airport, YUK) and lots of grown up vegatation. Love them both. They have separate things to offer.
Excellent Resort but too may salespeople
We have been to Velas Vallart, Puerto Vallarta last year and we fell in love with place. Our first trip we ended up buying an ownership at the resort and last November 2002 we upgraded our membership to Villa Plus. I guess it is too late now to change our mind in buying the membership but hopefully we can sell it back to them. The sales people are quite nice but not very honest on what they tell you.....something to watch. If you are there listening to the salestalk (more than 1 1/2 hour) do not sign anything until you are quite clear. WATCH FOR SOME OF THE LIES FROM THE SALESPEOPLE. I do not think that they have any conscience at all.
Did not lke Velas Vallarta Grand Suites Resort
Just got back from one week, all-inclusive at the Velas Vallarta Grand suites Resort. I would not go there again, nor would I recommend it to anyone. As soon as we entered the lobby and after we got our room key, the "vultures" decended on us. The horrible Time Share Salespeople. They are rude, arrogant and will not take NO for an answer. After a long flight, all we wanted to do was go to our room and hang up our clothes and change. We had to become very abrupt with the salesperson and all she said was "why don't you want a time share?". It is a totally money-driven hotel. We talked to a lot of people who had bought a timeshare there and they all regretted it. They continually receive a lot of pressure to upgrade their timeshare for more $ and less privileges than their original contract. The contracts keep changeing every year and hot to the benegit of the buyers. The hotel itself is very nice looking with lovely pools and grounds but the jr. suites are not nice, no balcony or patio. DO NOT GO WITH ALL-INCLUSIVE, the menu us terrible and all the food is tasteless, lots of beans and tacos, YUK!!! Go to another hotel instead, or you will regret it.
In love the Velas!!
Hello...just returned from Puerto Vallarta and cannot stop talling about it. We stayed in a one bedroom...room 3167. Large with full kitchen, dining table with 6 chairs, tv's in both bedroom and living room. Double sized patio with perfect view of nightly sunset...awesome!! Not one complaint about room. Hotel is beautiful..pools are amazing with canal that connects the main pools which you can swim through. Gardens are stunning with bridges etc. I thought the beach was fine...did boogie boarding, played some beach soccer and volleyball when there were enough people. Staff were excellent...no problem with service. Two restaurants which were good...buffet in both for breaky. Beach restaurant sooo nice in morning for breaky...eat and stare at the water. Due to the hurricane they had a while ago, it was quite slow all over Puerto Vallarta so we had no waits for anything. Dowtown is about a 10-15 minute taxi and costs about $4.20 US plus tip. There is abus right outside but for the 4 of us would have been $3.60 or so so we always jumped in a cab. Quicker too. The Malecon downtown (boardwalk where you walk along the beach) was closed due to the hurricane but most stores/restaurants open. Some hotels closed though...Sheraton/Holiday Inn. They got hit hard I guess.
We would defintiely go back to the Velas...no question. Next time, though we will hit the grocery store more and make some meals in our room, then venture to other restaurants downtown etc. We had a meal plan that included all breaky's and 3 lunches/dinners. Would not do that option again, nor would I do the all-inclusive. Restaurants are good, but get boring. The studio room which offers the all inclusive is small with no patio or deck. There is an all-inclusive option that you can purchase when you get there - $45.00 US per person per day. Good idea on days you plan on staying at the resort...all drinks/meals all day.
Otherwise I wouldn't suggest it.
Please email with any questions...I would love to answer them for you.
Nice but watch out for the time share sharks!
We made Velas Vallarta Grand Suites Resort our honeymoon destination. Early July was a great time to go, it was in the down season so it was less crowded.
The staff and accomodations were wonderful and we were just a short cab ride to the downtown.
We got some good prices on silver right on the beach at the resort. Make sure to haggle.
The only thing you should watch out for are the time share (or the "fractional ownership") sharks that are everywhere, even at the resort you choose to stay at.
They suck you in with gifts/discounts and then proceed to agressively try and sell you on time shares. They say it is for an hour and a half but the presentation lasts a full morning and you will leave being very annoyed with the salesperson. My advice would be to pass on this aggrivation... it's not worth it unless you are seriously interested in time sharing!
Comfortable and scenic, but....
it is about twenty minute ride in taxi to downtown area. There is a bus that stops in front of the hotel that will take you downtown, which I recommend you taking versus a taxi. It is cheaper and quite the experience if you haven't taken a bus ride in Mexico.
The Hotel is very clean, decorative and inviting. The pools are great, but the beach itself isn't very appealing. It's nice to look at, though.
Our bedroom was on the southside of the hotel and didn't get much of a view of the beach front.
We had to wait till 2:00pm to check in, but they provided a temporary habitacion to quickly change and relax by the pool.
One thing I did not like was that if you are in need of bottled water at 1:00am. You have three choices...drink the potable water from the sink, take a ride downtown, or wait till morning. There are no vending machines in the hotel.
I just figured that something as simple as bottle water should be accesible to you at any hour.
In closing, I would try a couple other hotels before returning to Velas Vallarta Grand Suite Hotel. It was very nice, but not Great.
The larger accomodations were fairly nice, but the small studios were quite undesirable! I was suprised and disappointed in the quality. Also, watch out for the timeshare presentation they offer, it isn't completely on the up and up.
A very nice hotel
Velas Vallarta is an impressive hotel -- no doubt about it. The front lobby area is expansive and inviting, but just beyond it is the wonderful, lushly landscaped courtyard with three interconnected swimming pools and winding paths throughout the property.
Of the two restaurants on the property, I much preferred the open-air beachfront restaurant, which offered an excellent breakfast buffet for about $7. (The hotel offers all-inclusive packages, but I recommend against these since downtown Puerto Vallarta offers some wonderful restaurants and it would be a shame to constrain yourself to the limited imagination of a single hotel kitchen...)
The hotel is arranged in a horseshoe shape, so most inside suites have good ocean views. The suites are very spacious and inviting. The hotel also has "junior suites" for the budget minded, and while these get you into this first-class hotel and let you use the amenities, they are decidedly below first-class accomodations. They are small and utilitarian with no views.
Velas Vallarta is in the upscale Marina Vallarta area, which is comfortable and pleasant, but it's a bit of a ride to downtown.
Overall, Velas Vallarta is an excellent hotel and a good choice for Americans who want comfort and lush surroundings.
Great hotel, but don't go in June
A group of us went to Velas VAllarta in June of 2001. It is a beautiful hotel with a lush pool area and huge pools. If you go here opt for the all inclusive plan because the food is much better than at other resorts and makes a much more relaxing vacation. Our room was quite dark, but was good overall.
The biggest problem we encountered was the hotel was filled with hundreds of high/drunk high school grads. They took over the pool area and would barge ahead of other guests in order to get their drinks. The bartenders did nothing because they knew that the all inclusive people would not be giving tips. The grads would run up and down the halls yelling until the early morning. If you go to mexico in May/June and would like to have a relaxing vacaion make sure there isn't any grad groups at your hotel.
I would definately reccomend this hotel for the great pool area and food.
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