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Well worth it. So much fun!
We had the best time at this hotel. We went all inclusive superior ocean view room and had all the food we could eat and all the drinks we could drink (including alcohol). Every night there was a...
We had the best time at this hotel. We went all inclusive superior ocean view room and had all the food we could eat and all the drinks we could drink (including alcohol). Every night there was a show in the dinning hall. We enjoyed the traditional Mexican dancers and singers. We loved the food! There was so much to try and choose from, and something different everyday. I read reviews that said the food was mediocre or not covered up, THATS a LIE! The food is well cared for and very decent. There is a lady making fresh eggs and omelets every morning. The dining staff is fantastic and very accommodating. Sergio and Betulio are the best servers, they gave us a warm greeting and made us feel so good every day. My cup was always full and the table was always clean.
There are two huge pools, a kiddie pool and a small hot tub. There's always a lot of people in them tho. Also, this is beach front property and the beach is always crowed, but that didn't bother me too much because the hotel has designated lounge chairs ONLY for residents. I was surprised to see a lifeguard on duty. The street vendors are really annoying too, but you just keep saying "no" and they move on. But if you are the type of person that likes to spend money on hand-made items this is the spot for you.
You can basically say this hotel is located on Malecon Boardwalk. Just a short stroll and you are engulfed in taco stands, souvenir vendors, food carts, clubs, restaurants, street entertainment, stores, and so much more.
The pier is right next door too. This will provide you with some great opportunities for beautiful pictures. This hotel also has a coffee shop, ice cream parlor and mini-market (Oxxo) attached to it, with a couple of different restaurants that are reasonably priced.
No laundry facilities on site, but the ladies across the street will dry clean for cheap. No tub, but the shower works fine. Blow dryer and iron available in the room. Wifi is okay but kinda slow. And there is a flat screen television attached to the wall. Be advised that the majority of the TV channels are in Spanish, so remember to bring your Roku or Google Chromecast (I forgot mine).
We traveled the last week of July, which is considered the rainy season. It was very, very humid in this city. But the rain was not too bad, mostly at night.
All in all, we had the best time at this hotel. NO this is not a five star hotel and you do get what you pay for. But if you are like me and you like to travel for a cultural experience full of tradition with an intimate personal atmosphere, then you MUST stay here!
playa los arcos 7/22 - 7/29
From Laguna Beach, Ca.
Have visited Vallarta many times before - first time at Los Arcos. Biggest difference being is that the other Hotels we've stayed at were primarily American / European guests...
From Laguna Beach, Ca.
Have visited Vallarta many times before - first time at Los Arcos. Biggest difference being is that the other Hotels we've stayed at were primarily American / European guests (read people on their cells by the pool, on the beach) - Los Arcos is primarily Mexico visitors. Lot's of kids in the pool, very active beach scene (vendors), a little noisy, but a lot more fun and certainly more authentic if your goal is to get away from the usual. Stayed in Room 401 which has a great beach view, room was kept impeccably clean. Did not do the all-inclusive so can't comment on the food. If you want to use the sister facility across the street, Casa Dona Susana, they have a very quiet rooftop pool, no kids, nice breeze on a hot day! To us it was the best of both; Beach time if we wanted it with a bar, or some quiet time on a beautiful Terrace - and you can bring your drinks with!
Special compliments to the Front Desk, especially Martha and Magda the Concierge. Our Flight was delayed a Day, they extended our stay the extra day as we didn't want to give up our full 7 days, and didn't charge us for the "no-show" on the original booked day although we gave them far less than 24 hrs. notice - won't find a Resort in the States doing that!
A suggestion. Go through all the rabid Transpo hustlers at the gate, get your own Taxi outside. We booked through the Hotel prior to arrival and it was over double. (we paid 350 pesos to get to the Hotel, got our own on the way back and paid 150 pesos (about $10.50 US).
The Bartender at the Pool Bar is efficient, friendly and English speaking. All Management Staff speak great English, but it doesn't hurt to work on your Spanish while your there either - makes for a better experience. My wife is from England and speaks no Spanish at all, but she acquired some "Spanglish" before we left with the help of the local Bartenders...
If you don't mind kid's having fun at the pool (you probably won't sit poolside anyway), cannot recommend this Hotel higher.
The Front Bell staff was great, with excellent local tips.
Change your Dollars at Bancomer (a Bank a few doors down), no commission - great exchange rate. It's far easier to go through PV with Pesos instead of Dollars; the locals like it, you'll be less confused, and you will find on a restaurant bill if you pay with Dollars instead of Pesos (a lot will give you the option) you end up paying 25-30% more - no exaggeration!
Definitely are coming back.
Fun in the Sun
Had a great time & love Playa Los Arcos and all the people that work there. The food was great and the massages on the beach were great. Cannot say enough about our stay cause it was so perfect. Will...
Had a great time & love Playa Los Arcos and all the people that work there. The food was great and the massages on the beach were great. Cannot say enough about our stay cause it was so perfect. Will return in Dec 2015
For my first vacation to Mexico, this place was nice. I loved how Mexican culture was a part of every aspect of this hotel. Also, the hotel was located directly on the beach, which was a plus. My...
For my first vacation to Mexico, this place was nice. I loved how Mexican culture was a part of every aspect of this hotel. Also, the hotel was located directly on the beach, which was a plus. My only issue was that the hotel smelled of mold, and our toilet had a leak and needed repaired at least every other day of our trip. Our entire bathroom would flood and the repair man would come hours after the call. Other than that the stay was great.
As always we have an awesome time at Playa Los Arcos. The service is fantastic! The staff is very polite and quick! We are always treated as V.I.P. I would highly recommend coming here. We have...
As always we have an awesome time at Playa Los Arcos. The service is fantastic! The staff is very polite and quick! We are always treated as V.I.P. I would highly recommend coming here. We have been coming here for 6 years & sometimes twice a year. This year my husband and I will be returning with our little ones. Also, at the restaurant Mi Pueblo, Bertulio is awesome, he's quick, accurate and very polite. He always tends to us in a very professional manner. The food is very delicious and the drinks, awesome! We feel like we are coming home each time we return to Playa Los arcos, we are very excited to return in 30 days! Thank you Bertulio!
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