For 1000/person for 7 days, I can't complain too much. But the food SUCKED!! The bartenders barely spoke English, so unless you speak Spanish good luck getting anything other than a margarita. The room was nice, but there were tiny bugs crawling all over the walls. By the end of the trip i couldn't wait to leave. Puerto Vallarta is an awesome place to visit. However I highly recommend staying away from all 3 Riu hotels. Their location in the bay has a lot of sediment runoff from the mountains to the east, so the water is dirty. If you want crystal clear water the southern part of the bay is more for you. It seems that this hotel is a popular weekend getaway for many locals as well. From Friday to Sunday the buffets were picked clean, longs lines at the swim up bar with nobody getting out to use the bathroom. The excursions into town really saved the vacation. Puerto Vallarta has wonderful food, shopping, and nite life. When I go back I'm staying downtown. There were a few nice hotels for around 350 pesos a night( around 30 dollars). To sum up, the resort was terrible, but Puerto Vallarta is wonderful.
Ok let me start with saying that this was my first all-inclusive vacation. I'm not sure if it this is the way all inclusive resorts are or if it was because this a lower end resort. So let me start, first of all the resort is very family friendly. The time of year we went it was populated with mostly people vacationing from Mexico. We didn't have a problem with that but if you don't know spanish it might be a little difficult to communicate with people. Also If you were like my family which consist of my husband, mysefl and my 11 year old son, we were hoping my son would meet a play buddy of sorts. Needless to say that really didn't happen because most of the kids there were spanish speaking, There are 3 Riu resorts with in this vacinity and this is the cheapest one. The food was blah... I really hated that the food was a watered down Americanized version of mexican food, I really wasn't impressed. We stayed for 7 days and out of those 7days we took a cab out to town to eat. The food was salty, and it pretty much consisted of all buffets, so there were really no made to oder resturants, Even the nicer resturants were buffets. I got the impression that the mixed drinks were very watered down, It wasn't that bad, but like I said it was my first all-inclusive so I really don't have much to compare it to. Also for some reason I totally was not impressed with the beaches in Puerto Vallarta what so ever. The water was not as clean as I would have thought. Then again I've been to Brazil and Hawaii and have been to some of the best beaches in the world.
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