It is minus thirty degrees here in Calgary today and we are counting the days until our third stay at the Hotel Rio Malecón. Last year we were there for six weeks starting mid January, 2011. Again our stay was as pleasant as the first. What had not changed was the cleanliness of the facility and the friendly, attentive staff. The rooms were spotlessly cleaned every day including fully changed linen and towels and freshly cleaned floors and windows. In fact, the cleaning staff never seemed to rest and were always seen somewhere mopping and wiping. The Co-exist café was as pleasant as the previous year, delicious and well priced. Wifi was fast and reliable in the common areas but not in the room. Of course the location in Viejo Vallarta was unbeatable. There had been some changes though. The town is continuing to update surrounding infrastructure, replacing old sidewalks and updating building facades. Renovations were also underway in the hotel updating the rooms. We watched the cement bed pedestals being removed and replaced with modern box springs and mattresses. The dated but quaint headboards were replaced and modern faux finishing applied to the walls. Glass shower enclosures were installed as well as funky, industrial-looking faucets and new wash basins in the bathrooms. An interesting surprise was that the privacy walls on the balconies between the rooms had been demolished. The down side of this was that the balcony was no longer private. The up-side was that there was alternate access to the rooms where we had friends and/or family visiting us. My Mother, sister-in-law and a couple of friends from Calgary did come at different times and all stayed at the Rio. All loved the hotel. Sis-in law (her second visit) and our friends will definitely stay there again some time during our visit this year. My mum did find the street noise to be a little much and will explore the possibility of a more modern, quietly located hotel, probably in Nuevo Vallarta. She will take a bus or a taxi to visit us. As well, unfortunately, her room smelled musty during her stay and the smell didn't go away. She did not request another room though. Every other concern we had was immediately addressed including replacing the fridge, which iced up too quickly, a softer mattress and the TV which was flaky. This year we will not get the room we wanted, 223, with queen bed, couch, sitting area and kitchenette. Unfortunately we booked too late. We will be in a newly renovated room with king bed and kitchenette. At the time of our booking, the room did not have a cook top however we have been assured that it will be installed for our arrival. This is an indication of the staff's commitment to its guests. Hopefully we can convince Victor to spring for some additional furniture, maybe table and chairs for our lengthy stay. Get ready guys! Here we come!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An affordable boutique style hotel located in the heart of downtown Puerto Vallarta. Only 5 miles away from the international airport and walking distance from the main attractions in the area, such as the traditional and recently restored Malecon, Los Muertos Beach, the Flea Market, the Romantic Zone, Restaurant Row, as well as Puerto Vallarta’s exciting night life. Our facilities include 47 comfortable rooms (featuring plasma TV with cable, private bathroom with shower, double glass windows, balcony and some with kitchenette), COEXISTbistro and International Bar (open daily 8am – 2am), outdoor chlorine-free swimming pool, complementary Wi-Fi, private club room for special events, and 24 hour in-house concierge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rio Puerto Vallarta