Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa - Puerta Vallarta
Our LL package included:
3 nights in a deluxe ocean view room
full American breakfast
bottle of sparkling wine
We arrived at the hotel after our internal flight from Mexico City on AeroMexico around 11am - since check in is actually 3pm, we were told that our room would not be ready for about 1 hour but that we could use the hospitality suite, however, after our refreshing mimosa and 5-10 minute neck and shoulder massage (part of the check in process) our room was ready. We were shown to our room by one of the butler staff and our bags immediately followed. Check in was very nice and efficient and the massage was a nice little treat!
The deluxe ocean front rooms are nice with a king or 2 full size beds but nothing really spectacular. The room had a coffee maker, refrigerator (with a pricey mini bar) and a sink with plenty of cabinet space. The closets had ample clothing and suitcase storage space and a nice surprise - an ironing board and iron. Our balcony had 2 chairs and a table and great ocean views. Large bathroom with bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer, lighted makeup mirror and nice toliet articles. The towels and bathrobes were nice and fluffy. After this trip we have quite a collection of hotel bedroom slippers!
On the same floor as ours there were rooms that had a private jacuzzi on their balcony - I wish we had upgraded to one of these rooms!
The hotel also has a full spa, beauty salon, 2 pools, and an internet room with 3 full size computers for the use of guests (no charge for the internet & computers). The hotel also offers an all inclusive option if you are so inclined.
Lots of Americans at this hotel - unfortuantely this was our 1st glimpse of the "ugly American tourist" on this whole trip - loud, rude, drunk and obnoxious - our 1st night we were awakened at 2am by our next door neighbors coming home and screaming and cursing at each other - the hubby went over and knocked on their door and that put a stop to that. I was surprised there were so many from the US considering all the bad press Mexico has been getting lately. The hotel could use better sound proofing since you could hear the folks walking around in the rooms above you and hear the TVs in the rooms next door - rugs on the floors may help this problem.
We only had breakfast in the hotel and food and service were excellent - served in their outdoor eating area with nice ocean views. Overall, the hotel staff went our of their way to be helpful and if you had any special requests - they tried to accomadate you - we actually had a request - each night at dusk - all the lights on the balconys and around the hotel automatically go on and they use halogen bulbs (kudos for trying to be green) but they are very bright and it kind of spoiled the experience of sitting on your balcony at night - so we asked if they could turn their off and we were told no - but - within 2 minutes - the concierge called us back and said they were sending a maintenance guy up to unscrew the bulb - we had nice evenings on the balcony after that!
There are so many dining options in PV and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the offerings and great prices (I was expecting lots of Senor Frog types of restaurants). We really enjoyed Vitea Oceanfron Bistro on the Malecon which served "European Rivieria Cusine" Vitea Puerto Vallarta
We also really enjoyed Tomatillo which was traditional Mexican cusine and Mexican tapas with lots of steaks, chilies, sauces, etc. We had dinner on their 2nd floor oceanview terrace. La Esquina del Tomatillo, Puerto Vallarta and they are on Facebook and Trip Advisor.
Plenty of shopping with crafts from all different areas of Mexico and some local Huichicol indigenous beaded art which was very beautiful. Lots of combination Tequilla/time share seller shops - I think the idea is to get you in for free Tequilla and then they sell you a time share - quickly learn to say "no gracias" ;-)
This was our 1st trip to PV and we liked it much better than Cancun, although Cancun does have better beaches, PV is a nice blend of the old and new - if we had more time, we wuld have liked to go up into the hills and see some of the small villages. Since we were there in early March and it was still whale watching season, we booked the services of Vallarta Adventures for a day of whale watching and snorkling - for around $90US we had continental breakfast, lunch and full open bar and the tour lasted about 6 1/2 hours - saw mother and baby whales, lots of dolphins, went to the Marietas Island which are protected and saw lots of birds - even the blue footed Booby.
This was our 1st trip to PV and we would go back since there is still much to see in the area - the hotel was very nice and service was excellent - it lived up to its 5 star reputation, however, we prefer a hotel with a bit more international flavor. If you want a really nice beach resort hotel, then I recommend the Villa Premiere. Lots of options in PV and everyone has their own tastes and preferences.