Puerto Vallarta

  • Regina_Guy

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    Jun 10, 2010 8:22 PM GMT
    Hi Guys,

    Me and my boy are planning on heading to PV this February. Has anyone here stayed at any of the gay hotels in the old city? If so, what ones, and would you recommend it?

    Thanks for your help!
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    Jun 10, 2010 8:39 PM GMT
    All the gay hotels in the zona romantica are either really tacky or really expensive. You and your friends should look into renting a villa or condo. You'll want to find something as close to Los Muertos beach, the gay beach, and not too high in the hills so you don't have to take cabs or rent a car. Have fun!
  • aznmtl

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    Jun 10, 2010 8:54 PM GMT
    If you're looking for a terrific all inclusive then I recommend the 'Dreams' even though it's a ten minute ride to DT PV. On the Cancun side the best all inclusive ever is Le Blanc! Happy travels!
  • Regina_Guy

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    Jun 10, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    sluggo_la saidAll the gay hotels in the zona romantica are either really tacky or really expensive. You and your friends should look into renting a villa or condo. You'll want to find something as close to Los Muertos beach, the gay beach, and not too high in the hills so you don't have to take cabs or rent a car. Have fun!


    Thanks for the tip Sluggo_la. Do you happen to know of any companies that rent out villas close to the gay beach?
  • shirty

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    Jun 10, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    I realize you asked specifically about gay hotels, but I didn't stay at one when I went. I was there for a week at the end of March and had an absolute blast.

    Hopefully someone can give you some advice! I stayed at Buenaventura... it was beautiful and cheap for an all inclusive icon_smile.gif
  • Regina_Guy

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    Jun 10, 2010 9:39 PM GMT
    The reason I specifically asked about gay resorts, is because we've never really had a "gay" vacation before. We've always preferred a quieter pace, as we usually tend to get to bed early so we have more sightseeing time.

    However, after 10 years of travelling extensively, we're ready to "let our hair down" and experience a week of laying on the beach and partying. icon_razz.gif

  • musclefun8

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    Jun 11, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    Puerto Vallarta is great! We go every year and love it. There are only a couple gay hotels. I wouldn't consider them "resorts". The most popular being Blue Chairs. Right in front of the Blue Chairs is the gay beach. You can stay at Blue Chairs or anywhere else and hang out at the gay beach all day. We have always rented a villa. They tend to be nicer. Just stay in the Zona Romantica so you are within walking distance to all the restaurants, gay beach and gay clubs. Check out VRBO.com
  • Regina_Guy

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    Jun 11, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    musclefun8 saidPuerto Vallarta is great! We go every year and love it. There are only a couple gay hotels. I wouldn't consider them "resorts". The most popular being Blue Chairs. Right in front of the Blue Chairs is the gay beach. You can stay at Blue Chairs or anywhere else and hang out at the gay beach all day. We have always rented a villa. They tend to be nicer. Just stay in the Zona Romantica so you are within walking distance to all the restaurants, gay beach and gay clubs. Check out VRBO.com


    Great website, thanks for the help!
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    Jun 11, 2010 1:39 PM GMT
    I've actually been contemplating the same thing, and am glad to have read this. So, no gay hotels.... villa.

    Now, who wants to go with me?
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    Jun 11, 2010 1:55 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidI've actually been contemplating the same thing, and am glad to have read this. So, no gay hotels.... villa.

    Now, who wants to go with me?


    I'm going in November! A week at an all-inclusive with Atlantis and week downtown in a condo. My third time back there, and a 2-week vaca to boot!



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    Jun 11, 2010 2:04 PM GMT
    My partner and I JUST returned from PV and had a fantastic time. We stayed at Casa Cupula and give it our highest recommendation. It's definitely gay but not seedy or tacky. The gym is just right for vacation workouts; the staff is extremely attentive; and the decor is impeccable. It's a very short walk--about eight minutes to the gay beach and clubs. While the walk is alongside a busy road at one point and uphill on the return, cabs are quite to catch and cost only 40-50 pesos for the trip. I wouldn't stay anywhere else. Have fun. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 13, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    We were there in May and had a great time. A few things:

    Stay in the Zona Romantica. It is central and where you want to be. There are very nice places in the hotel zone, but it is just tooo far away.

    We stayed at Vallarta Cora for a few nights and it was um, busy. If you're looking to let loose, that's the place to be. But we got a bit tired of it and moved to the Tropicana, a very nice hotel right on the beach and not far from Blue Chairs, but much nicer. We found a large, oceanfront room there with private balcony and kitchenette for ca. $79. But book it online and not at the hotel. We left the patio door open at night and fell asleep to the sound of the surf. It is not gay, but highly recommended.

    Nearby are two excellent restaurants, la Palapa and Amapas. Amapas has world class food for a fraction of the price you'd pay in New York or Washington, though Palapas is great, too. Also try Red Cabbage, a cab ride away. Also very good.

    Swede's, another popular restaurant in the Zona Romantica, is much over rated and unless you're A List gym bunnies, don't expect good service.

    Have a great time!
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    Jun 14, 2010 3:01 AM GMT
    I agree with Sluggo - rent a condo in the Zona Romantica and look for one below the main highway. There are spectacular places to rent in Amapas and Conshas Chinas but you'll need a car or rely on taxis (cheap but hard to get when you're going from the hills into town).

    We own a condo that is within walking distance to all of the bars/beaches/restaurants in the Zona Romantica that we rent out - send me an e-mail if you're interested.

    There are lots of decent (but not spectacular) places to eat and drink in the Zona Romantica. I disagree with the poster about the Swedes - we are not A list gym bunnies (look at my profile) and we've found the staff there most accommodating and friendly. Again, if you want more info, send me an e-mail and I'll send you our favorites.

    All in all, we love PV - it's got issues, that's for sure - but we always have a good time when we go.

    Keith
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    Jun 14, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    kmusselman saidI disagree with the poster about the Swedes - we are not A list gym bunnies (look at my profile) and we've found the staff there most accommodating and friendly.

    Keith


    We had heard good things about Swede's and the owner saw us on the beach and personally invited us. When we got there, the the service was cordial if a bit indifferent. The food was fair. As we were finishing our entrees, perhaps eight young guys who seemed marginally acquainted with the owner arrived and were seated. The owner passed by our table and asked if we wanted dessert, then he and his partner/bf sat down and chatted with the newly arrived guests for about thirty minutes. Had we been inclined to order dessert - we were not - it would have been difficult to do so. Finally, we gave up and had to stand and make to leave before being asked if we'd like the check.

    Mediocre food, indifferent service. There are lots of dining choices in PV. We won't be going back to Swede's.