Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa
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The photo on the cover of this travelogue was taken to illustrate what a pool looks like when children are not running a muck while their parents sleep in. The Villa Premiere Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful escape. You'll be pleasantly surprised with all that this hotel has to offer, from the welcome massage and glass of champagne …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa Puerto Vallarta
Very few words can do justice for how my wife and I feel about the Premiere Hotel & Spa, we are completely satisfied! My wife and I stayed in Puerto Vallarta from May 13 through May 16, 2003 and stayed at the Premiere Hotel & Spa with the all inclusive option. Upon arriving the pampering and spoiling began and it didn't stop. The hotel sits on the beach in the older area of Puerto Vallarta, which is nice if you want to walk and shop at the flea markets. The restaurants served very well presented and appetizing food. The staff was very professional and served every request, not all staff spoke the best of English but it all came through in the end. The room was very nice and clean, all rooms overlook the ocean. Our room had a hot tub on the balcony outside, very romantic at night. The whole experience was amazing, we will go back again and again. Email me if you want anymore information.
Pre-Hurricane just Wonderful!
My wife and I stayed here in Oct. 2002 and the service was excellent. We were probably the only people who didn't have the all-inclusive. We opted not to go since we wanted to explore new local restaurants in PV and the concierge did not disappoint us -- she gave us fabulous restaurant recommondations! The room overlooked the ocean and it had a balcony. The room was exceptionally clean, had a safe to keep your belongings, marble floors and a cool, working AC unit. The pool was small but it included an upbeat bartender and waiter that came to your every call. I would recommend this hotel to everyone. It was close to the Malecon (walking distance) and service was top notch!
We were in Puerto Vallart from 4/27-5/2 for our honeymoon. We had a deluxe jr. suite and it was great! We had a jacuzzi on our balcony and it overlooked the ocean, as all rooms do at the Premiere. It would not be a 5 star room in America, but for Mexico it was great, very clean! The rooms you see on the website are what you get. The hotel is very small, with only 88 rooms and the average age is about 55.. so this is not the place to go if you want to have a wild and crazy time in Vallarta. If you want to relax and enjoy the sun in a hotel with great service, this is the place. Everyone could understand and speak some English. The service was definitely first rate. The beach around the resort wasn't that great, but the pool overlooks the ocean, so you could relax and tan in the sun while the bartenders and waiters bring you margaritas and cerveza. There are 3 restaurants at the Premiere, but you also can eat at its sister resort :The Buenaventura next door...but the food there wasn't as good! The food at the Premiere was good, but the menu doesn't change...so after a week, it lacks variety. The location couldn't be better, you are within walking distance to the main boardwalk and every bar/restaurant in town. The other major hotels we saw were all a taxi drive away. We had looked into hotels before going, and everyone warned us about the people trying to sell timeshares for the Mayan Palace. We didn't have to worry about this at all while we were in the hotel, but they were around on the Malecon. They offer you free maps, sighseeing tours etc...Just IGNORE them. We talked to a local that said they claim the tour is only 2 hours, but it ends up taking the whole day. The hotel is great, and I would stay there again. I guess the only drawback to this place would be the lack of activities. We had the all inclusive package which was great and ended up paying for itself when you figure in all the food and drinks we had...the only drawback with the premiere was the lack of activities. Tt. The restaurants and bars closed at 10 everynight..which is probably fine for the crowd there, but I was expecting more of a festive atmosphere at night. You can Kayak at the buenaventure....and that is about it. Everything else has to be booked through your travel agent or concierge. For about $100 we took a snorkeling trip to Los Arcos. The boat ride was fun, with lots of drinks and music...we snorkeled for about 45 minutes, but after about 30 minutes, the small jellyfish came out...and we got back into the boat...I got stung, but as it turns out, the cure for a jellyfish sting is applying ice for 3 minutes. Then you go to los animas beach about 20 minutes away for fun in the sun. Just FYI, the ads for the cruise claim to be all inclusive and they are as long as you are on the boat.....anything you want to eat/drink on the beach will cost you. I am rambling now, so just to summarize, the hotel is nice. The service is great. Just as long as you want to relax, not party!
EXCELLENT VACATION IN EVERY WAY
Recently spent a week at the Premiere in Puerta Vallarta. It was by far perfect in every way. The staff was friendly and courteous and by the time we left felt like family. The food was excellent and plentyful. The Premiere sits a half block off the main road through town (which is cobblestone and noisy) so road noise was not a problem. The Premiere rooms were excellent and the cleaning staff did an outstanding job. The Premiere is smaller than most resorts so noise was less, pool always had room, and all staff much more personable and helpful. Would not hesitate to stay at the Premiere the next time we come. Premiere is within walking distance of downtown so a car rental was unneccessary. My thanks to the Premiere for an unforgetable and perfect vacation.
Premiere Was Perfect!
I can't say it enough. The Premiere Hotel was perfect. VERY CLEAN (almost new). PERFECT SERVICE. BEAUTIFUL POOL and BEACH. GREAT FOOD. VERY NICE SPA. My wife and I stayed from 3/04-3/08 with the all-inclusive Junior Suite Room. They even let us choose our room once we checked in. Service was ALWAYS top notch. Concierge service was very out going. Waiters and Bartenders WERE AWESOME. It was her birthday weekend, and she said it was the best birthday yet. They are in a perfect location for shopping and traveling around. I know you won't find ANYTIHNG better.THANKS PREMIERE! JOSH, Houston, TX.
Went to Puerto Vallarta from 4/3/03 to 4/6/03 for the first time. The hotel location was perfect, it was very nice and quiet and we walked all over downtown to eat and shop. Many of the other hotels were too far away to walk or if they were closer to downtown it was very noisy. The hotel was nice, our room had a jacuzzi in it and the shutters over the jacuzzi were off the hinges so we could not move them. For the nightly price compared to US hotels I did not think the room was worth it (167. a night) Buenaventurre hotel next door had bad rating so we did not stay there. I also did not think the food at the hotel was good at all. Had pancakes for breakfast and they had no flavor, a club sandwich for lunch, the chicken was all gray and the ham was gross, ribeye steak for dinner for only 15.00 was good but not awesome. None of the hotel staff spoke very good english but they were very helpfull once you they figured out what you were talking about. Has a freezer on each floor with ice which was nice, we went to the liquor store for a 6 pack of beer for 3.60 usd and kept it in the room. Not a swimable beach anywhere that we saw, all rocks. Pool was nice and warm. Vacant lot off to the right had homeless people living there which was not impressive to look at from your balcony. Buenaventurre Hotel next door had daytime activites by the pool at the Premiere there are no activites. Go to Freddy Tucan for Breakfast, great OJ. Shrimp Factory for supper and No Name Cafe for pizza. McDonalds tastes just like american Mcdonalds. Puerto Vallarta is a nice quaint town but I prefer the Gulf side of Mexico for their beaches.
We just returned from our stay at the Premiere Hotel and Spa on 3/4/03. We had a suite and it was fabulous. We had a large jacuzzi in our bedroom, a large separate livingroom and kitchen, and a dining room area. The resort is very upscale for Mexico. Very comfortable, very modern and very clean. They paid attention to every detail when they decorated and designed these rooms. Everything to the closet doors to the bathroom hardware was expensive, nothing cheap or cheesy here! So if you appreciate the details you will definitely appreciate this resort. We weren't exactly sure what to expect, but every surprise was a nice one. The food was excellent. We always ate outside, all 3 restaurants have outdoor seating with a really nice ambiance. If we didn't want to eat dinner until late, we would order room service to tide us over. We did the all inclusive package and it was definitely the only way to go. The food and drinks were great. We were pleasantly surprised. We were also one of the youngest couples there. The age range seemed to be mid-30's (and that's probably stretching it) and up. Very quiet and low key. Not a party atmosphere. Stay next door at the Buenaventura if that's what you are looking for. The resort location is perfect too. Right at the north end of Downtown, so walking around town was great. If you are looking for something fun to do, try the canopy tour in Los Veranos. It's definitely a "do not miss" excursion. You travel by harness & pulleys along cables strung through the trees above canyons and rivers...very cool, very invigorating and worth every penny. It just started operation 7 months ago. We heard Vallarta Adventures also has something similiar going North of town, but it's not half as nice. So, if you like great food, great service, a great hotel room, great location, and lots of quiet, don't miss the Premiere. The beach may not be fabulous but in my opinion none of the hotels have a great beach in less you stay somewhere at Los Muertos beach which is on the very south side of town. A cab ride there is $3, but very walkable too. That's a much more Hawiian type beach.We can't wait to return to Puerto Vallarta again, and when we do, we'll definitely be staying at the Premiere Hotel and Spa. Maybe next time I'll even make it to the Spa!
Dec 15-22nd 2002 we were at the Premiere in PV.
We had 3 couples that went to the Premiere Hotel and Spa from 10/14/02 to 10/19/02. I only wish we could have stayed longer. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the hotel itself was spotless. The pools were sparkly clean and the food and drinks were great. Two small glitches. They did not tell us that there was a restaurant closed during the rainy season. (There was no rain while we were there and didn't know it was the rainy season) And the one that was closed was the spanish themed restaurant. We were really looking forward to some mexican food. Since we had never been to Mexico and we had paid for the all inclusive feature, we did not want to eat off the property. So therefore, we did not get any mexican food while in Mexico. We had a little trouble with the bar running out of things and had to wait until the next day for restocking. But as I said before, everything was extremely clean and all food was expertly prepared and served. The two little things I just mentioned would not keep me from returning. The old town of Puerto Vallarta was a lot of fun. Lots of restaurants and places to shop. The people were all friendly and helpful. We used taxis, not buses, only because it was more convenient and inexpensive.
Great downtown resort
My wife and I visited the Premiere for a short getaway in December 2000. The hotel was newly opened at the time, and we were very impressed with the hotel. It's quite a distance from the resort area, and is at the entrance to downtown Puerto Vallarta. The room was well-appointed and luxurious enough to surprise us, the staff was helpful and the location was great. All rooms are ocean-view, and it has 2 pools, 1 with a swim-up bar. We didn't try the restaurant or room service, so I can't comment on them. My wife and I plan to return to PV in winter 2002 if possible, and we'd like to stay at the Premiere again. Make sure you book at the Premiere - the next-door Buenaventura isn't nearly as nice!