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#1 tvt

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    Posted 03 May 2007 - 04:56 PM

    Anyone been there? Getting married there?

    #2 amyh

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      Posted 03 May 2007 - 07:49 PM

      I've never been there nor am I getting married there but it looks beautiful. I've come across it online several times. Obviously its part of the Palace resorts and they are known for luxory. But FYI, VP is in Nuevo Vallarta not Puerto Vallarta so its a little for from everything. If we decide to have a HM in Vallarta, this is a hotel we've considered.

      #3 diozec

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        Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:37 PM

        Hi
        I am getting married at VP in December! When my fiance and I went to PV and visited the resort, we fell in love - it is so beautiful! The wedding coordinator is VERY SLOW to respond and it can be very frustrating, but I know it will be worth it. We plan on having 60 guests and will have the reception on the pool terrace. They only serve buffet style outside, if you want a reception with a plated dinner it has to be in the ballroom. Also, you cannot bring in any outside vendors ie. photographers, hair stylist, flowers; it all has to be provided throught VP. Good luck!

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        #4 tvt

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          Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:46 PM

          That's so great! It looks so nice! And we've stayed at a Palace resort before and LOVED it! So we're tempted to check out this place as well. Especially since Dreams doesn't appear to want our business just yet.

          How has the planning been going?

          #5 diozec

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            Posted 22 May 2007 - 12:59 PM

            Dreams was so difficult to get in touch with, I actually had to get in touch with the supervisor. I think it is just the Mexican culture, they just don't work as fast as we do (and not in a bad way). It usually takes a few weeks for me to get a response. Keep that in mind when you need a question answered. Good Luck!

            #6 amyh

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              Posted 22 May 2007 - 01:25 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by diozec
              Dreams was so difficult to get in touch with, I actually had to get in touch with the supervisor. I think it is just the Mexican culture, they just don't work as fast as we do (and not in a bad way). It usually takes a few weeks for me to get a response. Keep that in mind when you need a question answered. Good Luck!
              I have to add. It is a little slower in Mexico but Marilu at Dreams is not the standard. She takes weeks to reply! My WC at the Mayan resonds w/ in 24 hours! He's great! Most of the vendors I've contacted respond w/in 1 week however there are a couple of photogs I contacted who never responded.

              #7 KARALANE

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                Posted 23 May 2007 - 09:53 AM

                Hi, On our scouting trip Vallarta Palace was our first choice. We did not choose it because they would not allow outside photogs (and that was not OK with me!). Here is our review on PV;

                Puerto Vallarta Scouting Trip

                Hotel Riu Vallarta (Nuevo Vallarta):
                We showed our selves around this hotel and it was beautiful. The hotel opened 1 week ago and has lovely grounds and open air lounge and eateries. There are 2 pools and a nice beach with private chairs and umbrellas. There seemed to be a lot of space and people weren’t jam-packed into the pool area. After viewing this property we headed over to the other Riu to meet the wedding coordinator. Both Riu’s had Mexican influence in their d©cor and architecture.

                Riu Jalisco (Nuevo Vallarta):
                This hotel is right next to Hotel Riu Vallarta and it 4 years old. It was a beautiful property as well. It has a gazebo for weddings that is a replica of the church in downtown Puerto Vallarta. We met with the wedding coordinator, Tina; at this hotel (she does both hotels). Best of all there is no additional charge for the reception! Tina offered us a cocktail and we were shown the entire property and she explained all the options for the wedding. The only downside of this hotel was the “musty” smell in the hotel room we viewed. I have allergies so I am very sensitive, but it was bothersome. The feel at both Riu’s was relaxed and fun. There is a movie theater and disco, kid’s club, gym. Etc. I left there with a good feeling.

                Vallarta Palace (Nuevo Vallarta):
                From the Riu’s we went to Vallarta Palace Resort about 5 minutes south. Palace was beautiful as well, but in a different way. It was very modern and had clean lines. There wasn’t much Mexican influence in my opinion. The wedding coordinator there was very nice as well. The grounds and hotel are very well maintained. The rooms are beautiful and modern. There is a wedding gazebo and they offer beach weddings as well. The spa was lovely and the pedicure stations faced the ocean with a beautiful view. The palace also has a ballroom indoors. The beach was beautiful.

                Golden Crown Paradise Resort: (Puerto Vallarta):
                When we pulled up to this resort we were unimpressed, the streets out front were dirty and there was construction going on. The place looked nice enough, however it was much crowed and there were vendors on the beach, walking up to people lying out in the sun. Once we sat down with the wedding coordinator, we discovered that the resort was adults only, the sister hotel next door (Crown Paradise Club) was all ages. We left there and were heading to the other hotel we both decided; this area wasn’t the place for us.

                Dreams: (Puerto Vallarta):
                This was a HORRIBLE experience. We had a confirmation from the wedding coordinator to do a site inspection on our own since the she was busy that day. We took at taxi across town and when we got to the gate we were told to leave by security!!! I spoke with the concierge and he would not let us in. I explained the situation and that the wedding coordinator approved a site inspection and he still told us to leave. We were so disrespected and disappointed in Dreams. We wasted almost $30 getting there to be treated like scum. I have sent a complaint to the hotel and wedding coordinator and she responded saying she was “sorry” this happened to us and she will speak to security. Unfortunately it is too little, too late.

                Melia: (Puerto Vallarta):
                Nice place, older (14 years). The wedding coordinator here was very nice as well. He showed us around the hotel and grounds looked nice. There was a very pretty terrace area for weddings and receptions and a garden area as well. The beach was disappointing; it was a small strip of sand compared to what we had seen. The pool area was very crowded as well. The room was nice; a little tattered on close inspection. Overall a nice resort and there was 3 weddings going on that weekend.




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