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Checking In To The Westin, Puerto Vallarta

View from our hotel room, of the coconut trees

Opening it’s doors in 1992, The Westin Puerto Vallarta was one of the first hotels to open in the popular Marina Zone. Very popular with golfers due to the golf courses in the area, the hotel draws lots of families and couples.

The Rooms

Looking into the hotel room from the door

Two double beds

TV stand and desk

Bathroom sink and mirror

The shower

View of rooms and the balcony

There are 277 rooms spread out over 14 floors. The theme of the rooms are wood furniture and earth tones.

Each room has air conditioning, an in room safe, and comes with two bottles of water a day. There is wi-fi for a fee.

All rooms come with a private balcony, and some even have a private Jacuzzi.

Our room had two double beds, a flat screen tv, and a bathtub and shower in the bathroom. I will say though, our room had bugs all over it. Thankfully we checked the beds and those were fine, but I bought us bagels from the market to have for breakfasts, and even though I hid them away in one of our bags, the bugs got in and we had to throw them out.

One night there were fireworks outside our hotel room. Those were really cool to see so close.

Fireworks outside our hotel room at the Westin, and coconut trees

Fireworks outside our hotel room at the Westin, and coconut trees


The Food

The Westin hosts several restaurants on site, giving you plenty of options if you decide to stay in to eat.

El Palmar is the main restaurant. Here there is a buffet inside, but you can also order off the A La Carte menu. The food choices? Traditional Mexican and international.

You can either sit inside in the air conditioned dining room, or outside with views of the pool area.

Open from 7 am until 11 pm, this is the only restaurant that is open all day.

Arrecifes Seafood & Steakhouse. As the name suggests, here you can have a steak and some seafood as you eat at the open air restaurant located on the beach.

Open from 6pm to 10 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 

La Cascada Tequila Bar. This bar is located on the third floor, and is where we spent a great evening playing pool and drinking beers. They have music playing the whole time, and various sports events on the tv.

Open from 5 pm until midnight, every day. 

To Do

Pool view from our room

View of pool area

The pools were wonderful. We went around 7 pm one night and had the one pool to ourselves. We played volleyball in one of the pool areas, and they had towels out for us to grab.

You can also access the ocean if you walk just past the pool area.

There is a wonderful spa downstairs by the pool area and El Palmar restaurant.

If you want to be active, there is a fitness studio, tennis courts, and even basketball nets.


The hotel is quite dated. That was evident throughout the whole hotel. It did not feel like a 4 star hotel. There were bugs everywhere, the shower glass separating the shower and toilet in our room was filthy, and the staff at the front desk seemed to dislike being there. The staff at the concierge and doing the taxi’s were wonderful though.

I think this is a hotel to come to if you are only there to sleep, and not somewhere to want to spend your whole time there.

There are sculptures all around the hotel, which we loved looking at!

Small bicycle sculpture

The ocean at the Westin

The ocean at the Westin

The ocean at the Westin

A sculpture of a big cat in the sand

Sculptures of a lion, leopard, and giraffe

Animal sculptures in the sand

Need To Know

There is a daily resort fee you need to pay when you arrive. This is $20 USD per day, and include your two bottles of water per day, two free drinks to have at the bar, and you in room wi-fi.

Check in – 3 pm

Check out – 12 pm

There are a few cats roaming around the hotel. They’re adorable, but if you want to bring your pets, only dogs are allowed.

Cancellation Policy – 72 hours in low season, 7 days in high season.

Rooms start around $129 USD.

Interested in the Marriott? I stayed there too!

I was gifted a stay at The Westin Puerto Vallarta, but all opinions are my own!


4 Responses

  1. I appreciate the total honest review. It sounds like the area is gorgeous but somebody just needs to spend a little bit of money in a hotel

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