Andi's Vallarta Palace Review- with pics
Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:19 PM
I have to start by saying that our expectations were really high for the Vallarta Palace. I should also note that when DH and I decided on a DW we pretty much knew we wanted to stay at a palace resort. We had vacationed at the Cancun Palace a couple of years ago (just after it had re-opened after remodeling) and it was AMAZING. so because of that experience we really wanted to stay at a Palace resort.
Overall the Vallarta Palace was really nice. We had no problems checking in...DH couldn't wait for them to bring us the cold towels and champagne upon arrival...he was very concerned that each of our guests got the champagne!
The room was really nice...a bit on the small side, but really we weren't in there much. The pull out liquor dispenser was a hit with all of our guests! full size bottles of jose, jack, bacardi and some kind of vodka...put a glass up and dispense it right out! that is something that all Palace hotels have I think and it was great (even though we only used it a couple of times)
The pool is really big! we had no problems getting a chair, even for our large group of about 25...we always seemed to find chairs very close to one another. One thing to note on the pool...there is not a swim up bar...that was kind of a bummer (I did know this prior to arrival) but it really was a bummer....
The restaurants are nice and overall the food very good...my favorite was always the guacamole and eggs at breakfast! also be sure to go to the Japanese restaurante for dinner. I think that was the best dinner we had. They do require that men wear slacks at that restaurant and we did have to send a couple of our guys up to change out of their shorts. no biggie though.
At the bars...they tend to keep the name brands Crown, Jack, absolut, etc. under the bar and you have to ask for the good stuff just ask though...it is no biggie!
they say that tips are included in the room price, however we found if you just tip (a dollar for every couple ofdrinks or so) the staff is very appreciative. Also too we just felt weird eating and leaving and not tipping for service!
We did work with the wedding coordinator Lorena for our welcome dinner that we had the night before the wedding. I didn't have too much correspondence with her before because it was just a simple dinner we had booked. I must say that girl is BUSY! we saw her running around the hotel showing people around and such a lot! the welcome dinner we had was set up at the Triton Pool Terrace....it was nice. So if Lorena doesn't respond to an email right away...she is probably literally running around the hotel! she was very nice and easy to work with overall.
We did have 6 guests that we had to pay extra for (because they were staying at other hotels) at the welcome dinner. No big deal...I knew going into it that they would be very strict with the outside guests and the times that they were actually allowed in...they were allowed in from 6:45 -9:00. well our guests showed up at about 6:35, they wouldn't let them in. Actually we laughed about it (with our guests too) later and how they were banned. then come 9:00...boy, the guards were ready to kick the outsiders out! we had planned on leaving right at 9:00 and heading downtown with some of our guests (including all of the outsiders). come 9:05 I could see the guards getting antsy...I just walked up to them and told them we were actively working on getting everyone together to leave and we would be gone shortly. they seemed fine with that and it really wasn't a big deal at all...like I said I knew they were pretty strict with the outside guests.
Overall I think I would book the Palace again for our group. It was nice and most of our guests had never been to an all inclusive...so for them especially they were blown away! The staff overall was very nice and really we had no complaints (other than no swim up bar )
Any questions...just ask!
DH standing on our balcony...great view!
our room...yes he was working the first day we got there...ugh!
the pools, oh and just to the right of the pool where the small round tables are...that is where our welcome dinner was set up!
it really is so pretty
the wedding chapel - as looked at from the beach
The spa -as looked at from the beach
Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:47 AM
Thanks for the review. We too have stayed at the Cancun Palace as well & loved it!! We want so badly to go to Puerto Vallarta, so maybe we will consider another Palace resort. Thanks again & congrats on becoming a Mrs!!!
Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:58 AM
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:07 PM
Did you have a reception following the ceremony with dancing and music?
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