Los Tules Resort
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Los Tules, in Puerto Vallarta, provided our holiday hideout as we took advantage of the comfortable accommodation (complete with hot showers at any time of the day or night!), pools, beach and …
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... dark and murky. I met some people by the pool, who were the first non-Spanish speaking people I'd met in Mexico in just over a week. After a quick downpour I went out for food with a pair of ...
... would pick us up outside the gates of our resort and not to tell anyone about it. We got out of the airport and noticed how hot it was, boy did that feel nice. We found the WestJet person and got our ride to the resort.
Arriving at the resort we got our first drink and checked in. Here we were met by a lady who wanted us to see a Travel Club presentation. Again we were offered a number of freebees and discounts at the spa or for use ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Los Tules Resort Puerto Vallarta
I just came back from spending 7 nights at Los Tules. Not a bad place. The major problem is that the check-in desk is good for calling for a cab, changing money, and buying stamps, but not for much else. Some weird thing about the people staying at their as hotel guests have to call a different number to get wake-up calls and they are only there from 9-5. Luckily, there was a 24 hour pharmacy across the street that sold alarm clocks. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch and the woman at the tour counter by the main pool has very sporadic hours.Also, if you want to relax by the pool, good luck. It's hit and miss. A lot of families with their children screaming their heads off in the pool or deciding to violently spash each other while you're having a late breakfast. Cute, like watching otters play, but not so cute if you don't like the taste of chlorinated scrambled eggs. Sometimes, it was very relaxed with people just sunbathing.All in all, not bad. Always had bottled water in the room, had a patio, good air conditioning, t.v. Had to remind them several times about more toilet paper, soap and clean towels, though. Often had to chase people away from watching Mexican game shows to get a taxi.
Just returned from a week in Puerta Vallarta, staying at Los Tules Condominium Resort (April 19-26, 2003). We had a wonderful time, each day seemed more enjoyable than the next. Almost all of the resort guests were wealthy young Mexican families - very few Americans. I read a few reviews before our trip and would like to add a few of my own comments:1) Although the resort is 17+ years old, our two bedroom unit was very spacious - with a two tiled decks - one overlooked the beautiful green lawns and garden areas, the other overlooked one of the eight swimming pools and had a sweeping view of the beach/ocean and downtown Puerta Vallarta. 3 air conditioners, refrig, stove/oven, sink, micro, blender, toaster, coffee. Take your own plastic pitcher and glasses - blend your favorite drinks and take them out on the patio or down to the pool.2) Our kids loved the pools and beach. Great shallow kiddie pools! Great poolside restaurant/bar - we had breakfast there every day around 10:00 am. Also great for lunches and dinner. My boys liked to go out at night and try to catch the many small crabs that burrow in the lush green lawns at the resort.There are many great restaurants in downtown - especially at the southern end of downtown - with narrow cobblestone streets and an open-air atmosphere. Great Lobster!We caught small fish every day (yellowtail, rays and mullet) fishing from small rock jetties that are constructed every 500-600 yards along the beach.3) There is a small store on-site, and a huge shopping mall across the street - it's called Gigante - but is very similar to a Wal Mart. You can buy everything you need and more - anything! There are dozens of smaller shops incorporated into the indoor mall that surrounds the Gigante store. We also bought things from the vendors that walk the beach (baskets, swim wraps, temporary tatoos for the kids, etc.)4) Don't travel to this place and waste your time sitting through time-share presentations - we were approached many times and our only rept have had good results with time-shares and others who have lost the entire amount on a bankrupt operation. Instead, we rented jet skis on the beach ($40/30 minutes), parasailed ($40). We also went sport fishing ($150/half-day) on a super panga called "Katy's Boat II". The boat anchored right off the beach and the skipper (Fredie) came ashore to introduce himself and look for clients. All the hotel resort security staff new him and said he was a good guy. We caught 3 Albacore (Skip Jack) and had a blast - even though April is the poorest month for fishing.5) Taxis are cheap ($3/$4 to downtown)- I've found its easier to carry 100-200 single US dollar bills with me on vacations to pay for taxis and to tip porters and service providers. The Mexican equivalent of a US dollar is a heavy 10 peso coin and is difficult to carry in large numbers.6) We shopped at two giant mercados downtown for the usual tourist goods - had great nachos at the restaurant associated with the Rio Hotel in downtown adjacent to one of the mercados.7) The town is still recovering from the hurricane last fall - but almost all of the Los Tules rooms have been restored from the flooding that occured. Los Tules has a great video tape for sale ($12) that actually shows the hurricane coming ashore and flooding the lower units, filling the pools with salt water and sand. The tidal surge during the one hour peak of the hurricane sent a 5-8 foot wall of water through the most of the low lying ocean front properties.All in all - the best of my four Mexican vacations - and by far the most square footage for the price!
We arrived at Los Tules Resort for a Time Sharepresentation. After sitting in on approx 2 hours of a presentation it was terminated extremely abruptly by a Mr. Cardenas (the closer). Mr. Cardenas reviewed our information sheet in approx 60 seconds and then he became abussive and angry and acquised us of being there just for the gifts.We were promplty escorted off the grounds without any of the promises that were made on paper. Mr. Cardenas' treatment made my wife ill for the rest of the day. We had only two days in PV and thanks to Mr Cardenas we had a miserable time. Mr. Cooper
I just got back from a week stay at the Los Tules Resort in PV, Mexico. I will say that the grounds are beautiful and we had a great time. A few things: I went with a group of 6 people, and though we asked to be close to each other, we were quite far away. The telephones would not work with some of the rooms, so we did bring walkie talkies to communicate, which worked out rather well! Next: CONSTRUCTION! There was quite a bit of damage from Hurricane Kenna and as a result many of the rooms were being worked on. One couple were given a room directly across from another room that was being gutted. They woke up daily to the sounds of hammering, it was very loud. When we asked if they could move, we were treated quite rudely by Carlos, our Funjet representative at the hotel. He kept asking us to come back the next day; eventually, after our 4th day, they were moved to another room. My room had a great view of the ocean and I thought overall they were clean. On one website said we could use the facilities at the Fiesta Americana and the Qualton - this was not so! We were promptly kicked out of their pool. The bar at the Los Tules was pretty much just the restaurant, so there was not a swim up bar that I had imagined. There were no activities to speak of at all. If you are wanting a party atmosphere, this hotel is not the place to stay. The atmosphere is very relaxing, which was great for us. The food at the restaurant was really good, and very reasonable. The rudeness of some of the staff and lack of amenities were the only disappointment.
Not as good as last year!
This year as returnees we hoped we would enjoy the same amentities as we had last year. The first room we were
in did not have a terrace as was promised. It was poorly
maintained so we opted for a move to a room with a terrace but not with an ocean view. Management seemed to care less whether we were satisfied or not. We booked our hotel thru Expedia so maybe management did not care for our discounted rate. Next year we will be back to PV for a longer period of time as we really enjoy the area, but unfortunately we will not be staying at Los Tules! There are plenty of other area hotels that would be happy to accomodate our needs. Pay a little more and stay next door at the Fiesta Americana!
Los Tules Is so beautiful and i Want to LIve There!
In love with Los Tules!
We visited in Feb, 2002 - my husband, myself, my mother and her husband, and my two children, aged 6 & 12. We stayed in a spectacular two level 2 BR - in the building closest to Fiesta Americana. The terraces are the thing. They are huge! We spent 90% of our time on the terrace. Coffee in the morning, wathcing the sun rise... Oh! It was just spectacular! The pools were clean and uncrowded. We used Fiesta Americanan pools a few times too, but they were croweded and the staff were less plesant.
The staff at Los Tules are all so nice and helpful. And the restaurant is soooo good! We ate out in fancy expensive places a few times, but always decieded the restaurant right on the grounds was the best!
A Private Oasis!!!
My family and I visited Los Tules in the Spring. We love Puerto Vallarta, and this 'hotel' is SO very lovely! Because it's been in PV for a while, it's located on sprawling acres, with beautiful flowers and coconut trees everywhere! There's also MANY different pools to choose from - we'd go to a different one about every day.
Our condo was RIGHT on the beach, so we always heard the waves crashing on the shore, and what GREAT sunsets! It had a kitchen so that we were able to keep food and beverages handy. There's a big grocery store across the street, Gigante, where you can buy just about anything.
This is a wonderful, traditional Mexican style hotel - we hope to return again in the near future. Do be prepared to do a lot of walking!
Nice and Quiet
My wife and I stayed at the Los Tules at the beginning of May, 2002. We found the grounds around the resort breathtaking. The staff kept the grounds and room very clean. The rooms need some up-dating and the restaurant was only open two evenings. Aside from that, we had a great time. There was nobody there so we almost had the resort to ourselves. If someone (i.e. small children) disturbed us, we simply moved on to the next pool. Los Tules is central to everything too. We took the bus when we wanted to go somewhere. There is a mall and grocery store right across the street. Be aware that the small store on Los Tules grounds is cheaper for booze than the grocery store.
All in all a great time!
We spent a week here last year, a dream come true. If you are looking for a real fancy place, this is old Mexico. The units are large and colorful. Not plush but really nice. As for the grounds it is like a dream. They have the best gardens in Mexico. Lovely-lovely. The staff is kind and well informed. Everyone was helpful,the food and drinks are real good(drinks strong and cheap-check out happy hour) In walking distance of everything. Real good grocery store across the street(Gianta)Most units have kitchens, it also has a small store right there. The pools are everywhere as are everykind of flowers. And how can we forget the tame peacocks. Walk the gardens over to the Fiesta Americana-but you will want to return to Los Tules. You can walk downtown or taxis are cheap-or take the buses with the locals. Have Fun