Looking for a relaxing vacation at an affordable beachfront hotel in Mexico? The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa should be your first choice.
The hotel offers something for everyone from couples, honeymooners, families, to girls getaways.
Disclosure: As is common in the travel industry my stay was provided as a courtesy to cover the recently renovated Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. All opinions are 100% mine.
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa formerly known as CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is a beachfront resort that’s close to shopping, restaurants, and more!
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, with family, friends or solo, the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa offers something for everyone.
The resort offers 433 rooms (29 suites) divided into two towers. The main tower has five floors while the other tower has nine floors. Rooms have a balcony and a view of the garden, Banderas Bay, or ocean.
Imagine lounging on your private balcony, taking in the view of the ocean while enjoying the sunset.
The rooms have overlapping balconies like a cruise ship or layer cake. The doors in the main tower to these rooms face the entrance to the resort. Doors in other tower face an atrium with a waterfall.
The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa charges a daily resort fee of $15 a day. This policy went into effect on November 15, 2017.
The resort fee includes:
- Two welcome drinks (beer, margarita, or mojito)
- Free Wi-Fi in guest rooms
- Two bottles of water and two coffee packages in the room
- Free use of bicycles for two people
- Tequila Tasting for two people
- Use of kayaks and paddle boards
- Free access to the Spa wellness areas for two people
- Use of tennis courts and tennis racquets
- Recreation activities such as volleyball, ping pong, giant Jenga, giant chess, aqua aerobics, and more
- Use of basketball court and balls
Category 7 Hotel
The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is a Category 7 hotel and costs 35,000 points a night.
Pro-tip: Short on points? Marriott has a Cash and Points program. A Category 7 hotel costs $90 + 21,000 points a night.
The beachfront Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort is about six minutes from the airport.
You can take a taxi or use Uber. If you Uber, they can’t pick up from the airport. You’ll have to walk out of the airport and cross the pedestrian bridge
If you’re traveling with more than four people and/or have a lot of luggage, consider booking a shuttle in advance with a company like Incentive Related Services.
Renting a car? Parking at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is free.
Consider bringing your golf clubs. Because the Marina Vallarta Golf Club is across the street.
The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa has a security gate. A security guard crosschecks your name on the guest list before allowing vehicles (including taxis and shuttles) on the grounds.
The lobby was recently renovated and lends an airy resort feel. Where walls once stood, now you’re welcomed with pool and ocean views.
One look at the sparkling pool and the tension leaves your body and you begin to relax.
Rooms will undergo renovation next year. Renovations will have limited impact on guests.
Because I visited in December holiday decor including a Christmas tree decorated the lobby.
Pro-tip: The benches in the lobby include charging stations and USB ports.
The reception area has four stations with the desk on the far left set aside for Marriott Reward elite members.
Banderas Bay Balcony Room
My third-floor room in the main tower overlooked the Herb Garden, kids activity area, pool, and the ocean.
My room was large and spacious. More than enough room for me and generously portioned if you were traveling with family.
The furnishings gave a subtle nod to Mexico and embodied the colors of the Mexican flag. There was a red duvet, green sofa, and a white comforter. Two colorful beach-themed watercolor paintings hang over the sofa.
Pro-tip: The sofa converts to a bed. If you’re bringing the kids they can sleep on the sofa instead of getting a double bedroom.
A fruit basket and pitcher of cucumber water was a refreshing treat after my flight.
There’s plenty of storage in the closet and generously sized dressers. Want to secure your laptop and other valuables? There’s a laptop-sized safe in the closet.
Should you be too relaxed to leave your room, beer, soda, and water, are within arm’s reach in your in-room fridge.
There’s also a small snack basket in the bar. You can find the listed prices for these items on the rate sheet.
Soft silky sheets welcome you after a long day in the hot sun.
Fluffy pillows and a firm but soft mattress provide gentle support for your weary bones. One of my pillows had my name on it. 🙂
Whether you were relaxing at the pool, snorkeling in the ocean, or getting pampered at the spa, you’ll get a good night’s rest.
You can easily share the bathroom. The tub/shower is on one side. The showerhead is fixed but the pressure was perfect.
Families with small children will appreciate having a tub.
The sink is in the middle. The anti-fog mirror means your hot shower won’t steam up the mirror.
And the toilet on the other side. A door separates the toilet so you can use the facilities while someone else is showering.
The granite bathroom countertop provides ample room for your toiletries. Forgot your toiletries? Enjoy the provided Thann shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, and soap. There is also a sewing kit and toothbrush set.
Bottles of water for drinking or brushing your teeth are replenished daily.
La Estancia Restaurant
Foodies will delight in the breakfast buffet at La Estancia Restaurant. The buffet features traditional breakfast staples like scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage.
You can also find dishes like cactus, egg rolls, grilled cheese, and more. Made to order omelets, waffles, tortillas, and other tasty treats are available.
Nursing a hangover? Indulge in a freshly made plate of chilaquiles in a red or green sauce.
All this food for only $22 per person (adult) and $11 per child.
If bringing small kids, be sure to have the clown make them a balloon puppet. Yep, there’s a clown in the restaurant who makes the most amazing balloon puppets.
Pro-tip: Feel free to sleep in because the buffet is open until 12:30 pm.
La Estancia also serves dinner.
Ceviche & Tequila Bar
Relax and enjoy fresh ceviche in the Ceviche & Tequila Bar.
Off the lobby and overlooking the pool, this is a great spot to enjoy a pre or post-dinner drink.
There’s live music on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 6:30 pm.
Need to charge your electronics? Wall outlets include USB ports.
Pro-tip: 2 for 1 house drinks during Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm.
La Casitas Restaurant
Dine on delicious seafood and Mexican cuisine al fresco with views of Banderas Bay at La Casitas Restaurant.
Pro-tip: Get your Taco Tuesday fix with 3 tacos and a margarita for $10 on Tuesdays during lunch.
Champions is your sports bar in paradise. Watch your favorite game on one of the many 65″ High Definition screens while enjoying a burger and beer. Karaoke your heart out on Fridays at 10:30 pm.
Pro-tip: Save 30% on food Monday to Friday from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Pro-tip: 2 for 1 house drinks during Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 8 pm to 9 pm.
If you’re craving sushi, teppanyaki, or other Asian cuisines, Mikado has you covered. Mikado is open for dinner daily from 6 pm to 11 pm. Can’t wait until dinner, stop by on Sunday for lunch from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Pro-tip: Get a 30% discount on food Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 7 pm.
Los Mangos Deli
Stop by Los Mangos Deli for freshly brewed coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and more.
Blue Bell Ice Cream
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop or two of Blue Bell ice cream. A single scoop costs $3.93 and a double scoop costs $5.50. Toppings are available for an additional $1. You can also order crepes stuffed with chocolate or fruit for $4.20.
The resort fee includes Tequila Tasting for two people held in the Herb Garden. This is a not to be missed event. You’ll learn all about tequila and what foods it pairs with while sampling three different styles.
Dine Around Mexico
Embark on a culinary journey around Mexico with a six-course Dine Around Mexico dinner. Created by Marriott employee Jorge Rodriguez for a college service project, each course features a culinary delight from a different region in Mexico.
The Ohtli Spa at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is the largest spa in Puerto Vallarta. Huichol and Aztec healing methods form the basis of spa treatments.
The spa is open to guests, locals, and other visitors. Prices are very reasonable. An 80-minute hot stone massage was $131.
Pro-tip: Come early to enjoy all features of the spa including the saunas and plunge baths.
Take a dip in the infinity pool while enjoying stunning views of Banderas Bay. The swim-up bar and pool attendants will ensure that you stay hydrated.
Make a reservation for one of several cabanas scattered throughout the pool area.
Pro-tip: You don’t have to reserve the pods overlooking the pool. Because most people will assume you do, you can always find an empty pod or two.
Sea Turtle Conservation Program
The “biggest turtle nursery” in Puerto Vallarta is at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. Through the hotel’s sea turtle conservation program guests can release a baby sea turtle from June to December. Turtle releases are supervised by marine biologists and trained volunteers.
Holding a baby sea turtle in a coconut shell for their protection, releasing it onto the sand and watching it make its way to the ocean was incredible. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
Paseo La Marina Norte 435
Marina Vallarta Puerto Vallarta Jalisco 48354
Your vacation to Mexico can get started sooner when you stay at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. A short taxi ride from the airport and you’ll be relaxing at this affordable oceanfront hotel.
The hotel is perfect for everyone from honeymooners, families, to girls getaways. Close to shopping and golf and a variety of onsite restaurants make the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa your one-stop destination.
Be sure to ask about the Dine Around Mexico dinner. It’s a culinary experience you won’t forget.
Staying at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa won’t break your budget. With generous and friendly staff who go out of your way to make you feel like family, you’ll never want to leave.
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