The area is very nice....located right on the beach. The hotel stuff was mixed...some were rude and se extremely nice. The room was a great 2 bdrm suite, however; the vents are connected to adjoining rooms. The kids room smelled of tobacco really bad. The food was alright. We utilized Vallarta Adventure Tours for our trips, guide, and entertainment. […] I will give Vallarta Adventure Tours an absolute 10. They were great on all 4 tours we booked while there! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
me and my family enjoyed a lot our time in Marival, very clean, great food, cool staff. we planning to return soonGenuine Expedia guest review
"A+ Beach, grounds, amenities, food & drinks"
The Marival goes above and beyond to create an excellent All-Inclusive experience. We have been several years in a row, and can't find another all-inclusive that offers 1 & 2-bedroom units in the same price category for families. So nice to have the space to spread out and enjoy your vacation; above and beyond the standard hotel room. Drinks: top shelf, […] fast service at bars, great non-alcoholic selections (kids luv*). Wine is subpar from US standards, too sweet for my taste (but I know this & don't order it). Great cocktails, beers, ... what more could you want.! Food: buffets have everything you could want for... remember you're in MEXICO, and enjoy the cultural flavors & nuances of the food items they have available. YES, the dairy products are different... etc. But we never went hungry. Go to the cooking stations on the buffet to get fresh tortillas warmed to order, fish, omelets, etc. Fine dining restaurants are a plenty, and fairly easy to book (depending on high/low season). We enjoy the Italian & Mexican the most. (order the flaming dessert at the Mexican) Room: basic Mexico beds (same at every AI I've ever been too... which is about 6 or 7). Nice bathrooms, bed linens, clean, cool. If you travel with a family, upgrade to a 1 or 2 bedroom suite.!!!!!!! Mini-fridge stocked with water daily (a blessing). If you want more water, tell the maid & TIP.!!!! BTW > I always tip hotel maids, and get the greatest room make-up every day ;-) a couple $$ go a long way.! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Very family friendly"
Marcos was kind enough to upgrade us to the Marival Residence which is very nice. The only downside is that you need to take a golf cart to get to the beach. We spent a lot of time at the Marival resort since it had the water slides for kids and the beach. I feel we got the best of both worlds going between these two resorts. The residence has the upscale […] rooms and decor and the suites has the beach and kids activities. The staff was very nice and friendly. My only complaint was by day three if you hadn't been tipping your service and wait times were much longer. Now I have a problem with paying all inclusive which is supposed to include tipping but feeling pressure to tip. I expect great service for the full seven days I am staying at the resort and although everyone was friendly the service went down everyday I was there. Things I ordered on day one that were brought were either forgotten by day 4 or brought ten minutes later. I think there needs to be some meeting about all inclusive tipping and expectations or else I need to bring one dollar bills and had them out every day. I guess that's ok as long I know what to expect. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice rooms and pools but tones of people & noise"
The room was very nice. The pools are great. The kids pool with slides is great. the staff are all great. The restaurants are pretty good too. The thing I didn't like was the fact that it is a huge property and so there were a tone of people and the noise level was bad at night. We went with our young kids so weren't in the partying crowed and were […] woken up by the drunks coming home to near by rooms. Annoying. But the saving grace was that they up graded us over to their "resorts" property which was just a golf cart drive away for the following nights. That was amazing! No charge! It was very luxurious! Ask if you are able to get an upgrade.. It was my understanding that it is standard practice that they do some kind of upgrade when they have space. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
THE ADVERTISING I SAW IN THE WEB IS COMPLETALY DIFFERENT THAT I EXPERIMENTED WHEN I ARRIVED AND FOUND THE WORST CUST SERVICE FROM RESTAURANTS AND OFFICE CLERKS, ALSO IN THE WEB THEY EXPLAIN ABOUT 6 RESTAURANTS AND DRESS CODE BUT WHEN I TRIED TO DO RESERVATIONS ON 2 OF THEM ONLY I BOOKED ON 1 AND THE EXPLANATION WAS THAT ONLY WE HAVE RIGHT TO BE IN ONE […] BECAUSE I ONLY BOOKED 3 NIGHTS AND IT WAS NEVER EXPLAINED ON WEB SITE AND ALSO FOR THE PEOPLE ON RECEPTION. IN GENERAL WAS A BAD EXPERIENCE AN I WILL NEVER RETURN TO THAT PLACE AND ALSO I WILL NEVER RECOMEND THIS PLACE TO MAY FAMILY AND FRIENDS NOTE: THE FOOD ON THE BUFFET RETAURANT THE WORST I EVER EATED ON DIFFERENT RESORTS I VISITED ON PAST YEARS IN NUEVO VALLARTA..... Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
I'm using a few words only: I'll come back next year.Genuine Expedia guest review
The hotel and its grounds were taken care of daily, pools and activities were entertaining. One negative is that you have to pay for wifi, besides that the stay was amazing and definitely a place I wanna come back to.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
On our vacation, we saw that the service was great, very clean, great food, and really enjoyed our stay there.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Think twice about booking at this place....."
Hotel should consider updating interior of rooms. Make them feel new and fresh. Mildew smell and old tv and furniture. Food is HORRIBLE.....! I don't think management or owners eat at all the restaurants. Very very dissapointed in food. Price to add a person to our party was ridiculous and even more ridiculous after we tried the food.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great family resort"
Great family resort. Beach is nice and sandy. Daily activities for kids and adults. Went with my husband and 4 & 3 year olds. Had lots of fun. Would go again. Food was great. Had one experience where chicken wasn't cooked all the way, but the rest of the food was good. One advice, NO NEED to book airport transportation through hotel. MUCH less expensive […] with a cab, besides they are friendly too. Each way would be +/- $30 USD. The transportation service through the hotel is $27 per person round trip. Bucerias is a good bargain shopping. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Wonderful family getaway"
The hotel and staff were fabulous! The food wasn't always great, or at least not always to my liking. I would give it 4 1/2 stars. The food in the restaurants was a bit slow in arriving, thus the kids got antsy. I did write to the hotel about a couple safety issues: no grab bars in showers and no railings on steps going to the beach. All in all, it […] is a great place for multigenerational families like ours. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Big Reunion, big fun."
We just returned from an 8 day 15 person reunion. We had a fabulous time and thought the hotel, while somewhat dated, was impressively clean and well staffed. We used the pools, boogie boards, beaches, kiddie pools and each of the bars and restaurants, night entertainment and found all of them to match our expectations. We had asked for all four of […] the families to be placed together but due to the size of the different rooms- that did not happen. However, they did accommodate us in that 2 and 2 were put by each other. I felt that the entire grounds were extremely clean and very safe. Food was good and in some restaurants was great. There are vendors on the beach but none were overly persistent. If you want to get braids in your hair- look for Maxi. We frequently left tips but I would say that would be my one complaint was that tips were not included in the price. No one ever indicated from the staff that they expected tips however, most guests seem to participate in the practice. I felt bad for the pool bartenders because they had many kids asking for fancy drinks and then everyone was in wet swimsuits. I would have rather been told upfront- you have the option of including a tip at the end of your stay. Overall, great vacation and I would return. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
A couple of the employees were rude and unhelpful but overall it was a great experience. Making reservations for the nicer resteraunts was a problem.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent Mexican Vacation Site"
Marival Residences: Beautiful, quiet location with easy & inexpensive access to other towns, restaurants, activities. Marival Residence Hotel is one of finest vacation sites we have traveled to: Excellent variety of food in 3, on site restaurants. Food & drinks around the pools and to your rooms. Large apartments are very clean, modern with great ocean […] views. Service is excellent from very polite, well trained staff. We plan to vacation again at the Marival Residences. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Overall enjoyable stay"
We had a nice resort experience at Marival for our family vacation (6 adults, one child). Our room was fine and clean, but on the first floor so people could see in. It's a humid place, so expect some dampness in the room--it didn't bother us. We liked the shower, beds, pillows--all comfortable. The pools were clean, the service was great, the bartenders […] and wait staff were all very friendly. Overall a good stay. Things I wouldn't have minded an improvement: 1. The beach is small, and there are not enough lounge chairs or shade for everyone. If you'd like a chair on the beach or by shade, expect to get up early, like 7am, throw a towel over it, and then go back to bed like you deserve to on a vacation... the pool chairs were easier to grab, but still by breakfast expect to save a chair if you want one... 2. The food at the buffet was just... mediocre. As a result, we ate every breakfast at the restaurant where you can order off the menu--that was great! And we had most dinners at the restaurants too, and the food was much better!!! As for the time share speech, just let them do their speech and politely refuse if you aren't interested and they aren't pushy. If you aren't married or are under 30 (or, like us, left your rings at home and have different last names), you might luck out and not be pitched to. I recommend bringing your own beach towels too, it was nice to have two. Also, visit the turtle refuge up the beach to release baby turtles into the ocean! Fun! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
They need to invest in maintaining the rooms, beach chairs, etcGenuine Expedia guest review
"We had a blast."
Like many have said, Marival is not the hottest, newest, most gourmet resort on the block, but for our family of 4 it was ideal. 5 pools of various action and depth. Playground. Well maintained beach. Numerous activities for all levels. Restaurants (that you book ahead) were delicious. We were never bored. Recommend getting a suite so you can have a […] "sleeping" and "waking" room. Also recommend eating the buffet for most meals but eating the "special" of the day. Mexican breakfast every day and fresh papaya were highlights. Our young kids were in heaven--we did not use the kids' club, every time we dropped by the kids were watching TV. They also loved the nightly shows, though incredibly cheesy. Also, the resort is mostly Mexican so much of the activities were in Spanish--but if its good enough for the locals, its good enough for us. Very laid back, felt like family run. Will definitely be back. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"I will never go back"
I have stayed in several all inclusive hotels in mexico and I can say this was one of the worst. The only good aspects of the hotel is the precious puerto Vallarta beach (which obviously does not depend on the hotel, the non motorized activities are fun an in excellent condition and the kids pool with the slides... Now I will write about the bad stuff: 1. […] I went to a wedding and the father of he groom needed a wheelchair.. They charged him a daily fee for using it! Unbelievable! 2. All the drinks were awful! Orange juice was from the worst concentrate ever being that in mexico you can get 1kg of oranges for 20 cents of a dollar. 3. Food in general was bad quality and low variety... There wasn't cream cheese at breakfast and fish tasted like plastic. 4. They cleaned the room until after 4pm. 5. Check in procedure was a torture. 6. There are no waiters in the pool and beach area, if you want some thing to drink, you have to get up and get it yourself. Even at the bar, if you don't tip the bartender big time, they won't pay attention to you. 7. In general, the hotel tries to get money out of you anyway they can, for example, they will charge 5usd if you lose your hotel key (plastic card). As you can see, they will not see me back, and I hope you can make a wise and informed decision before deciding on this hotel. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A Truly Restful Vacation"
It was a wonderfully relaxing vacation. But there are also lots of activities if you care to participate The all-inclusive part was very good. The room service was great, the staff was more than helpful at all times, and variety of food was good. The individual restaurants were very good; however, if you're interested in them, you probably need to make […] reservations for them as soon as you arrive. The time-share presentation was the only "pressuring" thing there. I don't think you HAVE to attend the presentation unless you sign up that way. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"not worth the money"
If you are looking for a cheap all inclusive you will get what you pay for. Cheap food, staff that dont care about you enjoying your vacation and really loud rooms no matter how many requests you make for a quiet location. They charge extra for room service, wont stock your fridge with anything but water and soda, wont allow you to eat at the pool or […] order food at the pool and charge for a room safe. The beach is great and pools are nice too, the lobby and pool area are much nicer than the rooms. the rooms are nothing special and adequate. i wouldnt go back or waste money there. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great family vacation"
The staff is very friendly and helpful. The suites are spacious and comfortable. Two bathrooms was great for the four of us and the cleaning service was very accomodating. The ocean view is beautiful, especially during sunset! It was great not having to give the kids money every time they wanted a snack or drink. The all-inclusive was worth it!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Average hotel for your family"
Overall food quality not great, cleanliness not great, quality of cocktails not great, I would say this with an average of resort.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Beware of Time Share Piranhas!"
Whoever calls this place a 4 star must think the Best Western is on par with the Four Seasons! Stupendously bad food (the steak and lobster was really hamburger and lobster for $30 more). You go to the lobby -- Timeshare piranhas swarm ya, go for breakfast -- timeshare zombies, go to the beach timeshare thumpers from OTHER hotels. We moved to the Hard […] Rock the next day. The evening entertainment at this hotel was awesome though Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"to loud ,for me"
very noyce ,to many games ,to much music to loud,you cannot have a rest in your room.the a/c actually is not a a/c it is a noyce fan. you want to rest watching the sea ,to relax ,you cannot ,because the stupid enterteiners,noyce. the food /hotel setup beautifullGenuine Expedia guest review
I would recomend this hotel for a good pleasant family vacation, my kids had a blast clean beaches, and pools.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Do not recommend to anyone"
The only one good thing about this place is nice and friendly staff. Food is very mediocre at best. They claim that place has been renovated in 2011, I think this is extreme exaggeration. A little better than Motel 6. One out of two elevators was out of service for all 10 days of my stay. Wilde parties well past 3am. A lot of kids. Myriads of very annoying […] beach vendors bothering you all the time. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Ok, could improve..."
The hotel was very nice, clean rooms, nice facilities, and the food was decent. The beach is nice other than the vendors constantly walking by trying to sell stuff. The drinks were ok, some better liquor but the mixes weren't very good. We stayed out of the pool but our friends went in the main and there were "non-native" pool life in there. The check […] in staff wasn't the greatest but the bell boys and concierge were pretty good. The time share presentation is like a CIA interrogation so if you can avoid that do!!! One night there was a wedding rigt outside our balcony and a party at the hotel next door, this went on till 11 and we were trying to sleep cause we like to enjoy the sun not the night, it was so LOUD couldnt get any sleep. The only real problem was we paid for an upgraded room that was supposed to include a safe, and it did, but you have to pay 2$ a day more to use it. We had a great time but honestly we wouldn't go back to this hotel. It has potential if they got rid of the time share deal, made a quite side for people to enjoy the vacation how they want, and and got rid of the "hawkers" on the beach... Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great hotel in Nuevo Vallarta."
Clean rooms, great location, nice pools. Great drinks and food.Genuine Expedia guest review
The kids club was excellent. My kids (ages 6 and 4) were at the kids club everyday. The staff had plenty of things for them to do and they loved it.Genuine Expedia guest review
"proximity to destination"
Very nice, comfortable, satisfied.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"All about the timeshare sell - stay away!"
The pools are nice, food is decent, rooms are clean and comfortable (though nothing fancy) but I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone, and would definitely not stay here again. Right from when you check in, they start pushing the timeshare on you. The person who shows you the hotel map, gives you the all-inclusive bracelet, etc., tries to sell you […] on a timeshare presentation. Even if you say you aren't interested, they offer you free massages, say "it's only 90 minutes and we'll do it during your breakfast, and you have to eat anyway," various guilt trips, etc. If you say no, for the duration of your trip, you will receive flyers under your door, and whenever passing through the main lobby or high-traffic areas, they will try to pressure you again. After finally giving in, the session took 3 hours instead of the promised 1.5, was very high-pressure sales, and impossible to leave. They pass you from one person to the next, each time promising it's the last person you'll talk to. I mentioned to one employee that I would be giving a bad review and he said, "But the timeshare staff isn't the hotel staff. That isn't fair." That may be true, but the timeshare staff is everywhere, permeating your entire hotel experience. I came on vacation to be relaxed and have fun, not to be annoyed and guilt-tripped. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We booked an "oceanfront suite with a kingsized bed". When we arrived they gave us a view of the pool with the ocean in front and two double beds. They considered this room ocean front.They said that a kingsized bed would not be available for a couple of days.We downgraded to regular room with a better ocean view. Cheaper can sometimes be better.Genuine Expedia guest review
We've stayed here two years in a row. The service is excellent; the atmosphere is fun. It can get loud and crazy in the pool area with "fun and games," but there is a quiet pool (no activities# and the ocean waves are right there as an alternative. The beach vendors are constant but not pushy--you can easily wave them away. Beware of weekend weddings...wherever […] they set up the poolside reception it will interrupt the slumber of pool view rooms until midnight #sometimes revelers go even later). We saw lots of Mexican families vacationing here, so it's not one that only caters to American & Canadian tourists. Be sure to make reservations ahead for the specialty restaurants! Special tip: a turtle conservation site is only a 1/2 mile up the beach. They let you release baby turtles at sunset for a small gov't fee. Don't miss that once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
""Great place for family reunions""
The view from my hotel room was superb. The food was great and very tasty. The only concern was that there was too many children running and making too much noise by the pool. The adult pool did not have a bar but a waiter would have helped with drinks. Thanks RoseGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great food, great place, but mildew smell"
Ocean is wonderful, beach is very good, food is outstanding, staff is courteous and accommodating. Unfortunately, the room smells of mildew.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Family Oriented Hotel but Great Fun for Adults."
Stayed at the hotel in mid September, it is low season so it was not crowded. They have themed nights for the menu. They have a nice variety of food, the food was good, did not care for the orange juice as it was from a machine and was very water down. The alcoholic drinks were good and plenty. They have activities for the kids in the pool and outside […] of the pool. There is plenty of things to do. They keep all areas of the hotel very clean, the rooms, pool, restaurants, gardens, etc. Overall we enjoyed our stay very much. It is a family oriented hotel but they have an adult only pool. The only negative is the sales pitch but once you say no they will leave you alone. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Dreadful stay, the rooms were full of humidity, the floors were therefore slippery, rooms were smelly of humidity. Food subpar. Staff was pleasant. I wouldn't rate this hotel more than 2-3 stars. Eventually we had to move to a different hotel from the same chain (Marival Residences) this was the real 5 stars Marival Hotel in town.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great kid friendly resort."
My ratings were mostly 4's and 5's except for one 3 becuase of an incident with security. I had local family come visit and pick me up to take me into town. They arrived and waited in the lobby area and then walked to my suite so I could get ready. Suddenly, I hear banging at my door. It was security telling me that my I was not allowed to have visitors […] and demanded that I follow him to management in a rude manner. When I got the front desk area and spoke with managment, she was pleasant and said my visitors could wait for me in the lobby. I asked why couldn't they simply have told me this over the phone instead of escorting me out of my suite in front of my visitors (embarrassing). She apologized for the security guard being rude. My wife was in fact pleased to learn that they take security seriously, but I still think it could have been handled a more professionally. But overall I will return. Caveate: This is a very kid friendly resort #we had our 2 1/2 year old with us) which you may not be your "cup of tea" if you don't have children. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Wonderful Memmories from Puerto Vallarta."
Marival Resort is situated on the beautiful North coast of Nuevo Puerto Vallarta. The architecture of the buildings compliments the natural beauty of this exotic site. Lush tropical trees,plants and flowers greeted us upon arrival. The many clean swimming pools, jaccuzzi and children attractive pools are surrounded by comfortable beach accessories and […] refreshing pool bars. The sandy beach is well maintained with easy access to the ocean. There is a wide variety of ammenities, day and night shows, games for children etc. All inclusive food and drinks are excelent and could be found at any time. There are three fancy restaurants and many bars. Our ocean view suite was spacious , well furnished, including a private jaccuzzi on the large terrace.Marival is a good place to vacation. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Family Summer Vacation"
The staff and events were great, this was the second time I visited this resort and will definitely come back.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice and clean but not exceptional"
Bed was hard as a rock. Food was ok not great, did get sick by the end of the week. Pool area and beach area nice almost too clean for shell searching. Ask for the premium alcohol or they will give you the cheap stuff. All over the hotel is nice and clean but not luxury. Staff was nice but not overly anxious to provide excellent customer service.Genuine Expedia guest review
"great all inclusive hotel for whole family"
food is great. beach is OK. very kids friendly hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great family vacation!"
This was our first time staying at an all inclusive resort. We stayed at Marival for 7 nights with our 3 kids (15, 13, 8). We had an excellent time! The staff is super friendly & attentive to the guests. The food was really good. Remember to make reservations at the three restaurants! The activity staff was very good with the kids & seemed like they […] worked very hard to keep all entertained. They had a lot of activities for the kids & adults too through out the day. They encouraged people to participate in some of the shows at 9 & 10:30. Our second night there, my daughter & I went to the activity they had at 10:30. The staff in charge came up to us and told us we should get up & dance with them. My daughter (15) was very shy to get up & go participate. One of them came over again and made my daughter go up there. The participants & staff did a type of couple dancing competition. She ended up having so much fun! I felt very safe with letting my kids go off on their own around the resort. The beach was very nice & very clean! We had a two bedroom suite & was very spacious for all of us. The housekeeping staff did a great job on keeping our room clean and were also very friendly. If you let them know you arent interested about the timeshare in the beginning, they will leave you alone. It was aweful reading some of the negative reviews. We honestly didn't experience most of that. We overall had a great time and would stay there again! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Excellent for families with children great food great beach you can walk for miles safely pools and ocean fun for family attentive staffGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hotel for your next vacation"
My whole family loved our vacation at Marival. The food,activities, and service was excellent. This was my second vacation at Marival and it was as great at the first one. I will come back.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Marival Resort Experience"
Staff was very friendly/helpful and always cleaning/grooming hotel. Food was very good - nice restaurants. Fitness room had very old/inferior/not working equipment. Bed was not very comfortable. Pillows had sour smell - took a while to find where the odor was coming from. Execellent view and pools.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Be ware of the time share vultures at check in"
Hotel stay was good. The check in was horrible. We were harnessed to attend a time share session before we could get our room keys and bracelets. The staff insisted un phased by our 1 year old crying, tired from the flight, and uncomfortable from the heat. We had one of our beach towels taken by mistake and were charged $30 for a replacement card for […] this, with the explanation that " unfortunately we are in a country were this happens " that seemed like a scam. Fortunately I found our towel... Much to the front desks dismay. The food was ok. Many of the waiters were very attentive. The check in and check out though would make me think twice about staying again Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great location for family!"
We really had a great time staying at Marival. It was our first time in Mexico and It was a wonderful experience.Genuine Expedia guest review
They gave use a breach front suite upgrade !!!!!!!! That was great. ThanksGenuine Expedia guest review
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