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Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

3 stars
Olas Altas 380, Puerto Vallarta, 48380
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
245 reviews
Mexico 2013

Stayed here before & pleased again. Like the convenience of money exchange in the lobby. Walking... See full review

  • SooZee Cue
  • Apr 25, 2014
Great location and sweet place

This is an old colonial hotel, we loved the feel and charm of this place, the location cant be... See full review

  • super hymey
  • Feb 3, 2014
Highlights
  • 171 renovated Mexican Colonial-inspired rooms
  • Themed dinner shows three nights a week
  • Three freshwater pools
  • Daily activities program and children's club
  • Spa treatments
Tropical resort hosts daily activities, themed dinners and kids' club
Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa enjoys a perfect location: Playa Del Sol, a five-minute walk to Downtown Vallarta. The 171-room resort is steeped in luxury, boasting Mexican Colonial-inspired rooms filled with artisan furniture and tile, and three freshwater pools that fuel the road to bliss. Parents take full advantage of the supervised kids' club and all the other on-site amenities, from scuba diving to spa services. Themed entertainment three nights a week puts guests in the Mexican vacation mood.
Rooms
Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa rooms capture Mexican Colonial style. Filled with hand-carved wood furniture by local artisans and bright Mexican tile, the 171 renovated rooms might feel like guests' own private apartments. Standard amenities include cable TV, air-conditioning, safes, hair-dryers and direct-dial telephones. Master suites have a welcome bonus: a large terrace with an ocean view, living room, dining room and kitchenette.
Features
Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa is rich in recreational activities, starting with three freshwater pools and Jacuzzis that overlook the Bay of Banderas. A daily activities roster caters to fitness buffs of all types, from the scuba diver to the beach volleyball lover. The spa beckons with pampering facials, massages and nail and body treatments. Parents can relax while kids make arts and crafts during the supervised children's program.
Dining
The Bay of Banderas serves as a stunning backdrop for dining outside at Mi Pueblito, whose roomy terrace is prime space for visitors craving international cuisine. At Kaiser Maximilian Cafe, patrons feast on the finest European fare. The hotel also hosts live entertainment three nights a week. While savoring the Mexican buffet, for example, diners might watch the troupes of Mexican dancers twirling on the floor.
Transportation
  • Puerto Vallarta Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (5.6 mi/9 km)
Attractions
  • Malecon (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Marina Vallarta (4.4 mi/7.1 km)
  • Downtown Vallarta (5.6 mi/9 km)
  • Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (1.6 mi/2.7 km)
  • Bay of Banderas (0.4 mi/0.6 km)

Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa Rooms

Superior Room
Rooms with one king bed or two double beds, private balcony or patio, marble bath room with shower, hair dryer, air-conditioned, in room safe, cable TV, direct dial telephone, ironing board on request. Superior Ocean View and Superior Ocean front are available at extra charge (based on request)

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Outdoor pool
Spa
Solarium
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Doctor on call
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking

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Hotel Map

20.6014 -105.2377
Area served
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Nearby airports
PVR - Puerta Vallarta International, six miles
Area description
Located on the best beach "Playa del Sol" a gorgeous stretch of beach on south downtown hotel zone. Just 5 minutes walking distance from downtown Vallarta.

Dining

Tlaloc Palapa Bar
With live music nightly for your listening and dancing pleasure.
Mi Pueblito
In Mi Pueblito restaurant, you will enjoy our exquisite Mexican and international cousine. Enjoy our food on our terrace at the edge of the ocean with a precious view of the bay and a romantic yet friendly atmosphere that allows you to admire the beautiful "puestas del sol" (sunsets) of Puerto Vallarta.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (245)

Ratings and reviews for Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
245 out of 245
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
3.3
Location:
4.6
Value:
4

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
SSDLKjlaskdkkd
San Francisco, CA
Aug 20, 2014

No AC For Two Days

It took two days to get one of our rooms switched because the air conditioner didn't work. Towels were frayed and stained. The location is on the beach. The floors were not cleaned or not cleaned very well every day because sand was always on the floor. To be fair, all the hotels in this area are kind of dumpy. Other hotels I've stayed in nearby were better maintained and cleaned.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
1
Review of Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Postcard Heart
Boise, Idaho
Jul 30, 2014

Location, Location, Location

The location of this hotel is what makes it so great. It is right in El Centro. It's got the beach, pool, markets, and bus stops nearby. It does have the all-inclusive option, but with so many restaurants nearby, branch out! We had the ocean-view room and it did have a nice view. The rooms are a little below average though. They need some repairing (leaky faucet, no water pressure). But if you want authentic Mexico and a hotel that is a great deal and right in the middle of town, this one is perfect. The staff was wonderful. Like the majority of people we met in Mexico, they are super nice and helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

About 5 blocks from the hotel is the best restaurant. El Brujo! Check it out! Check the map a block north of the hotel for a map with all the restaurants listed.

Review of Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Keeping Calm
Seattle, WA
May 26, 2014

Authentic family Mexican hotel

This was my second stay at this authentic family Mexican hotel having a perfect location. The first thing to note is that this is a "family" hotel so expect a lot of kids. Definitely a worth while experience however if your single or a couple looking to chill out you would probably want to find a quieter place to relax. As a security measure the guests have to wear a wrist band, it's like painting a target on your back for all the cruise excursion vendors.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Traveler 9
portland, oregon
May 22, 2014

One of many

Good times The air conditioning was weak, kids in the ADULT ONLY POOL & the buffet was pretty much the same everyday but lots of choices. We will be back. ;-)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
SooZee Cue
Central California
Apr 25, 2014

Mexico 2013

Stayed here before & pleased again. Like the convenience of money exchange in the lobby. Walking distance to several stores but a bit away from our favorite downtown spots.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
4
Review of Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Nublette
Seattle, Washington
Apr 22, 2014

Excellent pool area

This hotel has a great location near the beach and an excellent pool area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mexican Traveler
Plymouth, MN, USA
Apr 8, 2014

Los Arcos PV Mexico

Always a great stay. Was disappointed in our 1st room. the next day, they moved us right next door to our friends and provided a refrig for our room. We love this place with how centralally located it is and right on the beach! Very nice staff and clean rooms - our maid did a great job!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Recommended restaurants: Derby City Burgers (right next door) Old Sweeney's

Review of Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Wendia
Minnesota
Mar 20, 2014

location location location

We have stayed here many times. We keep coming back because you can't beat the price and location. If you like downtown PV this place is great. Rooms are average but clean. Everything you need is right out your back door so to speak. Beaches are great. New pier is awesome especially at night. If you don't like your room just ask to change. They also own Los Arcos suites and Cassa Donna Suzanne across the street so you can use their pools also.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Entertainment tip: Not Applicable

"Rythums of the night" was a great addition to our trip this year. Dont pay full price!

Review of Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
seniora
MN
Mar 19, 2014

Flavor of Old Puerto Vallarta

Takes you back to when the resorts were all close to downtown right on the beach. Step out your door for a drink, panaderia, shop dinner swim or whatever. A different type of trip than the big resorts of today.. Good for the person who enbraces old Mexico and the culture.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Be adventurous. Love the food from the street venders.

Review of Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
garthw
Dryden, Ontario
Feb 28, 2014

Great vacation

When we booked this trip I had read reviews of the hotel and wondered if maybe we had made a mistake. In the end it was a great place and location. Sure the place is a little dated and the beds are not pillow soft but they were no different than the ones we had in a 4.5 star place either. If you look beyond those small things it was perfect. WE got an "all inclusive" package for a couple hundred dollars extra and it turned out to be great value. There is only the one buffet restaurant but they have great food. The bar was available all day. The beach is a little crowded and you have to get there early (before noon) if you want to get a good spot and a full set of chairs, umbrella and table. There are A LOT of vendors who sell daily on the beach, but they are not persistent and a slight head shake tells them no. We were familiar with the Caribbean side and were leery of swimming in the big blue pacific but as with other things, it turned out to be a non issue. The beach is not the white flour like sand but the water was warm and clear and we wam daily. The Malecon (or sea wall) is a large sidewalk that goes right in front of the hotel and you can walk it for a couple km and there is all sorts of activities and entertainment going on on it throughout the day and evening. We ran the Malecon and then the city sidewalks up for about 3 km daily and felt safe and at ease. The whole area around the hotel is dotted with cafes, restaurants and bistros. We had a great time sampling them all. A couple of note are Cafe Olla, Pancho's Tacos, Mr Pulpo, and go for the red snapper and 3 beer deal at the Burros Bar on the Malecon. Best 250 pesos you will spend. Would I go again? Absolutely, we spent the past day inquiring about long tern rentals at Laos Arcos. Would I recommend to a friend? Absolutely.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

A couple of note are Cafe Olla, Pancho's Tacos, Mr Pulpo, and go for the red snapper and 3 beer deal at the Burros Bar on the Malecon. Best 250 pesos you will spend.

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