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Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta -
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The following is David's professional opinion from a recent hotel inspection.

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Ambiance -Architect Javier Sordo Madaleno designed the hotel in a Mexican-minimalist style, and even if this one fails to match the drama of his Westin Regina in Cabo San Lucas, it still makes an impact. Like the Marriott 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 - Nikki Beach is the hotspot here. If you have been to Miami Beach or Cabo San Lucas, you might of heard of Nikki Beach. It is a very hip restaurant / bar on the beach that has even their own lounge beds to enjoy the sunset and water. They also have music at night in the lobby lounge.

Fitness Area - They have an excellent fitness area equipped with state of the art machines. For you runners and joggers, you have access to the 3-5 mile trail right from the resort.

Food - Along with Nikki Beach as mentioned above they have El Palmar that serves and international cuisine.

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

Internet Access -They have internet access in the business center and wireless access from the lobby, common areas and in rooms on the 10th floor and above.

Jackets and Ties - Keep them at home!

Kids - They have their well know Westin Kids Club for children 4-12 with a very spacious playground. But when the baby turtles are there, that is all the kids want to do!

Little Known Fact-Westin has always tried to be ahead of their time and once again trying things that others have not. When you check in you now can treat yourself to a refreshing elixir naturally flavored tea. They are also trying what they call their aroma atmosphere and playing music that is playing exactly at the same times at the other Westin's in Mexico.

Medical Services -On call medical services.

Negatives - Because of the way the property is designed, it is not easy to get from point A to B so people that might have trouble walking might find this resort challenging.

Nightlife - Nikki Beach Club is a happening cool place and plenty of nightlife in town.

Pool - Their pools are very unique in design and one of the largest swim up pool bars. Now why do I always gravitate to those???

Protection - In room safe at no additional charge .

Recreation - Between the beach, water sports, lighted tennis courts, running trails, pool and spa, I think you will have enough to keep you occupied. Oh yes, golf right across the street.

Rooms -All the of rooms have a nice view and they are famous for their Heavenly Beds (a first in the industry). The biggest complaint I hear about resorts in Mexico is the hard beds. You will not find that here.

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

Spa- They are members of the Starwood Spa Collection and have excellent facilities.

Terrain - Because of the unique design, not always a straight path walking from A to B.

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-Yes, that is my actual picture of the view from one of the rooms. I will let the picture speak for itself.

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.

WOW Factor-The Heavenly Beds, views and the Westin level of service.

X-Y-Z -You will not find a lot of hype here, just good old fashion high quality standards.

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location

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The Westin is located in one of the most exclusive Mexican resort complexes, only 5 minutes from the International Airport and 12 minutes from downtown.


Local Phone: 011-52-322-226-1100
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-WESTIN-1
Fax: 011-52-322-11121

Hotel Facilities

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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (1.5 miles)
Number of Pools: 4
Outdoor Pools: 4     
Swim-up Bar
The resort's four sparkling swimming pools meander through a grove of feathery palms,alternating with lawns, flower beds and sun decks trimmed with white lounge chairs.
Marina Vallarta Golf - 5 minutes (350m away)
The Marina Vallarta Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 71 course designed by Joe Finger. The course offers a total of 6,700 yards, and is located in the heart of Marina Vallarta, between the beach and marina. It is open daily from 7 am to 7 pm.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $60 to $95
Cart Fee: Included
Club Rental Fees: VARIES.
Lessons Available
Number of Courts: 3
Outdoor Courts: 3
Lighted Courts: 3
Court Fee: $15.00
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Paddle Boats: Additional Charge
Jet Ski / Wave runner: Additional Charge
Water skiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Additional Charge
Jacuzzi: Additional Charge
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Sauna: Additional Charge
Spa: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge

Hotel Details

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The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta is located on a 21-acre site with 879 feet of Pacific beachfront, offering a modern architectural style with fine Mexican touches of hand-made mosaic stone floors and bright vibrant colors.

Surrounded by palm trees and lush gardens, the hotel is located in the most exclusive area of Marina Vallarta. Guests will find a magnificent pool area built around a grove of palm trees, a full fitness center, and a wide variety of water sports.

Beach: The property borders 280 meters of beach, with water sports and a private dry beach available.

Check-in: 3:000 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 280
Year Opened: 1992

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


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There are 3 Restaurants at Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta:

Tenampa -
Nikki Beach Restaurant - This restaurant does not apply to 20% Food & Beverage Credit.
El Palmar - With a spacious, sunlit terrace and a view of the hotel gardens, El Palmar Restaurant offers a full international buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Activities & Entertainment

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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Wide Variety of Water Sports, Full Fitness Center, Excursions, Deep Sea Fishing, Aquaerobics, Volleyball.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Live Entertainment.

Children's Programs

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Westin Kids Club - This program is available for two hours each day, activities include mini-aerobics, board games, coloring time, movie time, theater time, etc.
Applicable Ages: 3 to 7 years old.
Program Fees: 2 free hours per day

Babysitting Fee: $Fee
Advance Notice for Babysitting: 24 hours

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