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Barcelo Puerto Vallarta
Ranked #32 of 121 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

Spacious rooms and excellent service. Restaurants and food okay---actually kind of bland, but the presentation was excellent at the "fine dining" choices (Los Arcos/Steak and the Italian place). Plenty of food and drink options. Pools fabulous although they need better music. Pool hosts lots of fun and offer plenty of activities like guessing games, water aerobics and tequila tastings! Other activities also available on site for a small fee (ceramic painting, snorkeling at Los Arcos, eg). Protected location of Mismaloya inlet made it easier to get into the ocean, but surf can be rough--check flag warnings. Tourist reps offer tons of activities at reasonable prices (zip lines, horseback riding). Internet available at a price. Nightly shows on site. A bit far from town. Taxi $10US or bus right out front. Be sure to visit town at least once...the artwork on the Malecon is amazing.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2010

This was a wonderful trip. Great accommodations, friendly staff, quiet beach and nice buffet (just get there early). Also - the zoo is a quick walk away - and the animals are oddly accessible - I held a young tiger/leopard for $10 after signing a short waiver. Great time!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 January 2010

My girlfriend and 2 other couples decided to go on vacation for a last hurrah for Summer months of 2009. We did a lot of searching around with price, all inclusive, and restaurants in mind. We searched for about 2-3 months prior until we finally found Barceloy La Jolla.

First off, it is amazing! It was about a 30 minute shuttle ride from the airport to the hotel (which was included and convenient considering all the cab drivers there are ruthless) When we arrived we started to check in with the very nice and polite front desk staff who all spoke English very well. We were all brought champagne as well while we were checking in.

It took some time to find our rooms, but once we did, we were all very impressed! The decor was very sharp and modernesque with blacks and reds and whites. The rooms were very clean as well. Looking back on it, I don't think I saw a time where there weren't housekeeping maids cleaning rooms on our floor.

Once we settled in, we went right into the pools. (The humidity is very very high) The pools were very clean and again, all the hotel staff was very nice and helpful in issuing towels, footballs, and volleyballs. The main large pool is where most of the kids stayed so we avoided that one only to go to the float up bar (who had the best bartender) we stayed to a smaller pool on the side which was deeper and had a volleyball net. We arrived on a Sunday and it seemed like there were maybe 30-40 guests in the entire hotel which was very nice and quiet.

The drinks were very good. Some of the staff didn't recognize some of the names of drinks (I don't blame them) but if you told them how to make it, they would make it perfect, well, usually heavy on the alcohol. Everything in the hotel is included. I can honestly say I spent more on tips than anything else the entire trip! The food at the main buffet was very good and very well stocked. All of the waiters were very helpful and very funny. It seemed like they too work from 7:00am to 11:00pm. The bar has a small buffet for afterhours which was nice. There were just some tacos but after a day of drinking, swimming, playing in the pool, they hit the spot. The other restaurants were very nice as well. I wasn't a fan of the food I ordered in both of them, but the rest of the people I was with liked it so it may just be me!

At the hotel, you can sign up for many activities. We were told to do the zip lining tour. Now I am deathly afraid of heights but I definitely do not regret going. It was veeeery fun. The staff there were very fun and very energetic and no one felt unsafe at any time. If anything, do the zip line tour!! I believe it cost around $84/person? But with everything paid for, it was well worth it.

The entertainment was very impressive too. They had a different show every night. There were the same dancers each night, but many different dances. I don't know if it was just the alcohol, but I was very impressed! The band there was probably my favorite. a couple of the nights, they played in the bar and it was a very cool atmosphere. On our last night there, they had a competition with some of the audience member. It was very funny and one person in our group actually won the competition and was deemed "Mr. Barcelo" and all the staff would address him as so when he walked by for the rest of the trip. He also won a hat and a very nice bottle of tequila.

All in all, for the price this is the best place I think I will ever stay at. I try to go on a vacation once a year and now when I look, I feel as though I was spoiled there when there are places that don't look nearly as nice, aren't all inclusive, and are much more expensive.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 January 2010

I didn't know what to expect from this hotel and the whole all-inclusive experience. I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel was gorgeous, the grounds were clean, the service staff friendly and helpful, the rooms immaculate, and the location on the beach, perfect. The food was average, but there was a great selection. I would highly recommend the calamari, tenderloin steak, and the creme brulee at the Spanish restaurant. Another recommendation I have is going to watch the live band at the cocktail bar who play every night at 11pm.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 January 2010

I spent nine nights here and didn't want to leave. The setting is beautiful, the staff are excellent, the pools are great, the room's nice and the buffet's good. I had never been to an all-inclusive before and I liked being able to get a drink or snack whenever I wanted. If I wanted to nitpick, I could say that there were some cracks in the drywall and bathroom tiles, but nothing too bad. There were days when the shampoo/conditioning/shower gel dispensers weren't refilled, but the staff were always quick to respond to a call. Los Arcos was a big disappointment -- tiny portions and a steak that wasn't as good as what I get at the supermarket -- so I skipped the other specialty restaurants. The buffet was very good, though, and had a great view just off the beach. Internet was an outrageous $9 an hour (if cheap chains can have free Wi-fi, why can't a high-end resort?). The nightly dance show was unimpressive, and they should show Night of the Iguana by the pool at least once a week, since it was filmed there. I could have also lived without the D.J. playing club music by one pool every afternoon.

As for the snorkeling, it was as good as anything I've seen in Hawaii or the Great Barrier reef the first day, with tons of fish and water that was as clear as a pool. After that? The tide took a drastic turn and you couldn't see a thing, with a dangerous undertow to boot.

Again, the positives far outweighed those minor negatives. I would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Barcelo Puerto Vallarta

Address: Carretera a Barra de Navidad Km. 11.5 | Zona Hotelera Sur, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#19 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#20 Spa Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#23 Family Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#24 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#27 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range: ₹ 11,212 - ₹ 35,126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Puerto Vallarta 4*
Number of rooms: 316
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Barceló Puerto Vallarta***** (formerly Barceló La Jolla de Mismaloya) in Puerto Vallarta, is an elegant, all-inclusive Mexican-style resort. It offers 316 completely renovated and comfortable suites with excellent service, leisure, history, beautiful scenery, exuberant flora and privacy.Relax after a hard day’s work in the hotel spa, catch some rays at one of the hotel pools or take time out to practice your favourite water sport. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
La Jolla Mismaloya
Barcelo La Jolla De Mismaloya Puerto Vallarta
La Jolla Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta La Jolla De Mismaloya
Barcelo De Mismaloya
Barcelo Mismaloya Puerto Vallarta
Barcelo La Jolla Mismaloya

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