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Barcelo Puerto Vallarta
Ranked #34 of 121 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were 8 family members (6 adults, 2 teens) who travelled there for Christmas and our patriarchs birthday. Rooms were great (very comfortable beds which is rare in my experience esp in Mexico). Our room was kept spotless by Josephina, who also added an amazing and sentimental touch to our Christmas decor) Pools were great and well maintained. Food at the buffet was quite good but could have been a bit warmer. We always had fun at the cantina at the end of the night and had great service from Fatima...and her sister but I can't think of her name. Los arcos is def the best restaurant and make sure you go there for lunch (and get Giovanni to serve you...he is a gift to the resort and we always looked forward to see him). The gentleman who run the swim up bar always took excellent care of us. There are excellent excursions available at the resort. 4 of our group went to Las caletas and has the time of their lives. If you want to arrange sea doos, snorkeling or fishing trips just walk down the stairs to the beach and talk to Alejandro or Suzy... they can also make arrangements for amazing massages 5 min walk down the beach for $20 US for an hour...we went every day. I get massages regularly and all over the world and these were very near thetop. This was an excllent location for our family trip.if I had to come up with one down fall I would say that the beach isn't very large or excellent for swimming but don't let this stop you... take a snorkeling excursion out to Los across (15 US per person for an hour) if you want to snorkel and enjoy the pools at the resort.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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PachecoR, Director General at Barcelo Puerto Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Victoria

Thank you very much for sharing this great review of your recent stay at Barceló Puerto Vallarta. We are thrilled that you have enjoyed your stay and certainly agree that our dedicated staff plays a key role to our guests' overall experience. The entire team works very hard to ensure that we deliver a high standard of service and a warm, memorable experience. Again we thank you for this wonderful review, it has been a pleasure for us to read and we look forward to serving you again soon.

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Rodolfo Pacheco
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time at Barcelo. The staff was friendly, the resort was beautiful and very well kept. Our room, although it wasn't the room that we were supposed to get, was nice and very spacious. The food in La Fuente was always very good as was the service. We visited the snack bar on multiple occasions and always enjoyed the food there too. Our experience at Don Quixote was alright. It felt slightly rushed and the food serving size was very small. Had to hit up the buffet after because we were still hungry. The pools were nice, clean and never crowded. The best thing about this resort is it's location. Although it's quite a ways from Puerto Vallarta, it is away from the hustle of all of the tourism there. Because of this, the beach was always very quiet and not a lot of people trying to sell things like the bigger beaches closer to PV. We will definitely stay at Barcelo in the future if we return to PV.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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PachecoR, Director General at Barcelo Puerto Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear alalalala231

Thank you very much for sharing this great review of your recent stay at Barceló Puerto Vallarta. We are thrilled that you have enjoyed your stay and certainly agree that our dedicated staff plays a key role to our guests' overall experience. The entire team works very hard to ensure that we deliver a high standard of service and a warm, memorable experience. We are thrilled you enjoyed your recent stay with us. Thank you for making us your choice hotel when visiting the area. We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we got to airport a little confused about how we got to our hotel. Ask a Air Transat person and she put us in a Cab. Loved it. Didnt have to wait for anyone else. Was at resort by 1215pm. Check in was easy only us. :) Well the room was huge all it was missing was a kitchen. The view from the 3rd floor was great. We where in tower 2. Well the food was great. Anyone who says its not good doesnt know what they are talking about. The buffet always had something different and you can order from a lunch menu with club sandwiches/tuna and ham wrap with fries. Pizza hand made and cooked in a pizza oven. The tacos where great too. They pool staff to entertainment to serving you drinks are top notch. The young fellow I think his names was adrian in catina bar was a great bartender and was nice to talk too. All the staff at this resort deserve a big hug. They work hard. My husband lost his baseball hat and 2 days later we asked about it and they had found it. The maid service was great. Always a clean room.

The only downfall was the GYM Hafe the equipment didnt work. I like to have a workout for a hour a day when I,m on vacation. Something I like to do.

Was at the Barcelo in Hualtoca mexico and they had the most beautiful lobby bar. This resort needs a upgrade for sure in this area. The cantina bar was nice but the chairs where old and wobbly it was a very unattractive bar. It made for the night life to be a little slow. So dont go here for night life. Cause you are far from town. But the local bus during the day is 8 pecos. Its a roller coaster ride. So if your scared of this winding road dont take the bus. Mind you cab drivers can be almost as bad. lol

I would go back forsure. But I like to try different places. Please update your bar. It would make it more attractive.

Also pick tower 2 for the sun. Get cool at night so bring a light sweater. Tower 1 is totally shaded almost all day long. And like I said gets cool at night.

Room Tip: Tower 2 for quietness and Sun. Get cool in the afternoon and the other tower 1 is all shaded.
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  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
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PachecoR, Director General at Barcelo Puerto Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Amber

Thank you very much for sharing this great review of your recent stay at Barceló Puerto Vallarta. We are thrilled that you have enjoyed your stay and certainly agree that our dedicated staff plays a key role to our guests' overall experience. The entire team works very hard to ensure that we deliver a high standard of service and a warm, memorable experience. Thank you again for this heartwarming review of your stay with us, we look forward to your next visit.

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Rodolfo Pacheco
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

first hotel rooms are all the same except suits I would not go VIP. waste of money..rooms were nice but a little outdated. buffet food a little to cold sometimes. not enough service around the pools..it is a very secluded resort not much of a beach. .nightly entertainment was so so lack of another bar at night.. we did have a good vacation but was ready to go home after a week

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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PachecoR, Director General at Barcelo Puerto Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear lolo1955

Thank you for your insights following your recent visit. We always look for ways to improve and your comments are crucial to our future success. Once again, many thanks for your help to get to know the points where we can still improve the experiences of the ones that come to visit us and we truly hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back on your next visit to Puerto Vallarta.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for a week over New Years Eve. The grounds are exceptional. Lush and perfectly maintained. There are several house iguanas that are fun to watch while in the (heated) pools and around. The small public beach is free of seaweed. Nice to walk down to iguana point, past fabulous massage vendors ($20/hr -Suzy will set you up). Plenty of boats avail to take you snorkeling at Los Arcos (see Suzy on the beach - $10pp). Note: tip Suzy’s people - they do a great job. Daytime pool entertainment staff does a great job, too - Nice touch when they offer free temple massages and cool eye towel/cucumbers. Good for families for basic all inclusive vacation. 4 choices for breakfast...premium lounge, room service, buffet and Los Arcos. No room service charge for premium guests. Room spacious and clean and amazing view, nice patio with table, chairs. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Bring plenty of tip cash - they work hard. But...Sunset cannot be seen from resort. All pool chairs were reserved by 7am. The moon was still out and people were reserving their chairs. Premium lounge would be much nicer if staff got up and maintained the lounge by restocking and having wine opener, water bottles available without asking. Waited long time before being greeted upon check in. Guests must wear plastic wristbands - color coded by (under)age and also premium guest. WiFi very spotty. We had to have reset several times, even though we were not over our (4) device limit. We had a family room on 9th floor - zero connection in 2nd bedroom. In our opinion, food was just ok for dinner at specialty restaurants. Our favorite dinner restaurant was Los Arcos. We had one sick family member - down for 2 entire days. Many other vacationers were sick, we learned. Bring your own medicine, just in case. Shows just ok (Michael Jackson show was great and kids enjoyed Decades). Shows take place in banquet rooms. 3 of 4 in our party didn’t love their massage. ATM fee extremely high - $35 usd service fee per transaction. Although it was a nice vacation, we’ve preferred other resorts, especially in Nuevo Vallarta.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
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PachecoR, Director General at Barcelo Puerto Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear LexxxyB

Thank you very much for sharing this great review of your recent stay at Barceló Puerto Vallarta. We are thrilled that you have enjoyed your stay and certainly agree that our dedicated staff plays a key role to our guests' overall experience. The entire team works very hard to ensure that we deliver a high standard of service and a warm, memorable experience. Once more we thank you for sharing your experience with us and look forward to serving you again soon.

Sincerely

Rodolfo Pacheco
General Manager

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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
Amenities:
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:
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#19 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#21 Spa Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#23 Family Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
#27 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range: ₹ 11,632 - ₹ 35,990 (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
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