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Marriott Casa Magna Puerto Vallarta -
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The following is David's professional opinion from a recent hotel inspection.

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Ambiance -I have been wanting to see this property for a while and I was very pleased when I arrived. It has a very warm feel to it and the grounds are beautiful. Another novelty of this resort is they participate in the Sea Turtle Rescue Program where they take care of and release the baby turtles into the wild. Kids love this if you are there during June through November.

Beach - The beach is pretty typical for this area, better than closer to town.

Charges (extra) - Since this is not an all-inclusive resort, all meals and services would be extra much like any resort in the United States.

Distances - In the Marina area only 15 minutes from the airport and downtown. A great central location.

Entertainment on Property - They don't have shows like many of the all inclusive resorts and people tend to gravitate to the sports bar or the lobby lounge in the evening.

Fitness Area - They have a decent fitness center with machines, treadmills, free weights etc. Enough to keep the fitness buffs content.

Food - They have 4 restaurants, serving Japanese (Teppanyaki grills), International,and Mexican cuisine. They also have the best Sports Bar in Puerto Vallarta called Champions. I should know, the time I was here I had to watch my beloved Denver Broncos. Though not an all-inclusive, they do offer two packages, one called the Escape Inclusive plan that includes dinner and breakfast and the other is a Stay for Breakfast plan that includes breakfast only. They don't have a meal plan that includes all meals at this resort.

Getting Around - Taxi is the most convenient since you are so close to town.

Internet Access -They have internet access from the business center and wireless access from the rooms.

Jackets and Ties - Keep them at home, but long pants and a collared shirt is encouraged for dinner. They want to avoid people coming to dinner wearing bathing suits, tank tops, etc since outsiders come here for dinner too.

Kids - They have a great kids club for children 4-12. They do educational activities and age appropriate games. But when the baby turtles are there, that is all the kids want to do!

Little Known Fact-The General Manager of the resort is a tequila fanatic growing their own cactuses at the property and having a distillery make the tequila under its own private brand.

Medical Services -On call medical services.

Negatives - I don't consider it a negative since I like to dine at the local restaurants but so many families want an all-inclusive resort that includes everything.

Nightlife - If the sports bar is not your thing they have plenty of nightlife in town.

Pool - As you can see from some of my pictures, they have a great infinity pool and and nice pool area for the kids.

Protection - They have safety deposit boxes at the front desk.

Recreation - They have lighted tennis courts, water sports, volleyball and golf is so convenient to the resort being across the street. Puerto Vallarta also offers many activities outside of the resort.

Rooms -All the of rooms now have the new Marriott Revive pillow top beds. The biggest complaint I hear about resorts in Mexico is the hard beds. You will not find that here. Also, one of the few resorts that will allow a family of five in one room.

Shopping - Small gift shop on property. Plenty of shopping in Puerto Vallarta.

Spa- When I was there they had an adequate spa but were building what is to be the largest spa in all of Puerto Vallarta.

Terrain - This is not a large spread out property by any means. You can be on the beach from your room in minutes.

Tipping-I would say use the same rules of thumb as you would do staying at a resort in the United States. A dollar goes a long way here.

View-Nice view of the ocean and pool area. The gardens are very pretty.

Weather-Avoid August and September, monsoon season. But I have had families stay in this region during these months and they had great weather. Who knows anymore! December through April is just perfect. I always try to get there in December during the 12 days of the Guadalupe processions ending on December 12th.

WOW Factor-Their Revive beds of course and all the comforts of home.

X-Y-Z -I really liked this resort and for those people who want to travel to Mexico yet like the amenities that we have here in the United States, this is a great combination of everything.

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location


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The Marriott Casa Magna is located oceanfront in the prestigious Marina Vallarta complex, on the Bay of Banderas. It is five minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport and 10 minutes from downtown.

Address: AV. PASEO DE LA MARINA
PUERTO VALLARTA
JAL

MX
Local Phone: 011-52-322-221-0004
Toll Free Phone: 800-228-9290
Fax: 732-560-2729

Hotel Facilities


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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Concierge
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Parking
Physician on Call
Pools
Number of Pools: 1
Outdoor Pools: 1     
Swim-up Bar
There is an infinity pool with a swim-up bar and separate children`s pool.
Golf: NEARBY
Marina Vallarta Golf Club - walking distance
The Marina Vallarta Club de Golf's 18-hole (6,700 total yards) championship course was designed by Joe Finger, is located across the street from the resort, and is open to Marriott guests. Individual play or special group events can be arranged.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $100.00 (approx.)
Cart Fee: Included
Club Rental Fees: $25.00 (APPROX.)
Caddy: Yes
Lessons Available
Tennis
Number of Courts: 3
Outdoor Courts: 3
Lighted Courts: 3
Court Fee: $0 - Day;$10 - Night
Pro Onsite
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Jet Ski / Wave runner: Additional Charge
Water skiing: Additional Charge
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Additional Charge
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Sauna: Additional Charge
Spa: Complimentary
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge

Hotel Details


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Marriott Casa Magna combines open building construction with a light Mexican architectural style. Recognized by Conde Nast as one of the top 100 resorts in the world, this deluxe hotel offers 433 ocean and garden view rooms, each with its own balcony.

Property features include a swan pond, an infinity-shaped swimming pool with a swim-up bar, four restaurants, three bars, 24-hour room service, three lighted tennis courts, full health club facilities, nearby golf course and Children`s Program.

Beach: The beach is 200 yards long, and can be rocky.

Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 433
Year Opened: 1990

Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express

Dining

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There are 4 Restaurants at Marriott Casa Magna PVR Resort:

Mikado Restaurant - Japanese steak house and sushi bar serving exotic meals teppanyaki-style.
La Estancia Restaurant - An air-conditioned restaurant serving buffet and a la carte selections for breakfast, and American favorites and Mexican specialties for lunch and dinner. Features USDA beef, and outdoor patio seating is available.
Champions Restaurant & Bar - A sports bar televising national and international sporting events with an original menu serving some of the best food in Puerto Vallarta.
Las Casitas Restaurant - An open-air ocean view restaurant and bar adjacent to the pool and beach. Features include tropical drinks, snacks, seafood, sandwiches, and burgers.

Activities & Entertainment


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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Recreation staff, volleyball, catamarans, boat rides from the beach, pottery painting, and a variety of relays and games.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Entertainment Lounge.

 
Children's Programs

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Club De La Casa keeps children ages 5-12 entertained with a variety of activities.
Applicable Ages: 5 to 12 years old.
Program Fees: $12.50 per child

Children's Facilities
Game Room

Babysitting Fee: $10.00 per hour
Advance Notice for Babysitting: 24 hours

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