My husband and I returned recently from Puerto Vallarta where we stayed for a week at the San Marino Hotel. We read other reviews about this hotel on Trip Advisor before making our decision to stay there. We must agree with several things: first, we read that others thought the soup was excellent and it certainly is. Five stars go to the chef--it was always delicious and compelling enough for the occasional second helping. Second, we read that the beds are hard and uncomfortable and we must agree wholeheartedly with these comments. They are quite uncomfortable and it would be worth the hotel management's consideration of some new mattresses. Third, we read that the staff were great and we agree! We found that all staff were unfailingly helpful and pleasant, going out of their way to be of assistance. The staff are a definite asset to this hotel and our time at the hotel was made better for their efforts and cheerfulness. Fourth, we read that the food was adequate and we'd agree--it's adequate. Other than the soup, it's unremarkable and rather pedestrian. We usually had breakfast and lunch at the hotel and then found somewhere else in town for dinner. We're glad we had the heads up on this and so weren't disappointed by the quality. We also read that it's a good thing to upgrade to an ocean-front room, which we were able to do after our first night at the hotel. The first room we were in we'd give maybe one out of five stars. Cleanliness in this room was an issue as was the state of the ceiling in the bathroom. However, as soon as the hotel had a new room available for us, we were notified and we were given a master suite on the seventh floor for the upgrade cost of a junior suite. The view of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean was worth a million dollars! The beach was great. We had no trouble getting chairs on the beach because one of us is an early riser. The pools were clean and well-maintained. Our housekeeper created the most inventive and fun decorations using clean towels--two swans one day, an elephant on another and she kept our room sparkling. It's nice to stay in the old town because we were able to walk almost everywhere we needed to go and there are so many delightful shops and restaurants closeby. We enjoyed our time at the San Marino and, except for the beds, would recommend it. We did not go expecting five-star accomodations/food, etc. and appreciated the Trip Advisor reviews we read that enabled us to know what to expect of a mid-range hotel. We were satisfied with what we experienced for what we paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Puerto Vallarta, one of the most beautiful and romantic cities on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The hotel is nestled on the beautiful beach of Playa los Muertos, with a wonderful atmosphere and tradition surrounded by hand craft shops, discotheques, and just a short walk from town. San Marino Hotel features 165 light and airy guestrooms including 25 spacious Junior Suites with all the amenities you need to relax and enjoy in a peaceful ambience.Come to San Marino Hotel where you will be greeted by our friendly staff and enjoy sunshine days and a vacation experience to treasure forever! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Marino Puerto Vallarta