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Prices at the Hotel Marsol

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 6:57 pm
by rosanne
Does anyone know what the current rental rates are at the Hotel Marsol??

If there are any 'locals' reading this... would it be too much for me to ask if perhaps you might call and ask them??

Marsol Hotel *** 222-1365 Should be much cheaper (?) for someone in PV to call than it would be for me in British Columbia, Canada.

I'm looking for an ocean view room, single occupancy, with a kitchen area - during the month of November 2003.

Any help is VERY appreciated.


Re:Hotel Marsol

Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2003 5:04 pm
by susana
Just curious, if you don't mind my asking.. Why are you so set on this particular hotel?? My impression is there are many much nicer hotels in similar price range and location. I've read a couple terrible reviews of Marsol online. I think there may be a reason you never hear it mentioned on this, or several other travel BB's for PV and/or Mexico.

Re:Prices at the Hotel Marsol

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 12:14 am
by rosanne
Hi Susana,

You ask why THIS hotel when there are many 'much nicer hotels' in similar price range and location. This could very well be true - and that's what I'm trying to find out. I am currently researching other hotels in the area and have their pricing but unfortunately I haven't been able to find out about Hotel Marsol's pricing yet so I am unable to compare. However, if memory serves me... this hotel was quite a bit cheaper than other hotels that are RIGHT ON the beach.

I stayed in this hotel about 6 years ago and REALLY enjoyed my time there.

The staff was friendly and helpful. My room overlooked the beach, I could step straight from the hotel onto the beach. The room was clean and minimal which is what I like. The hotel is next to the pier and right in the heart of 'old' PV. Although I enjoy taking the bus, in PV, I don't like staying in a place where I HAVE to take the bus or a taxi in order to get anywhere.
The location and the 'rustic' nature of this hotel just seemed to get into my blood. I can't really explain it but I felt like I was 'experiencing' Mexico.

I don't enjoy the upscale hotels with their self-contained facilities and (in the case of inclusives) specific times when I have to eat - I prefer to have stuff on hand to eat when I feel like it, during the day, and try different restaurants at night. I could go on and on... but won't.

I do understand that this hotel is definitely NOT to most people's liking but my experience was great and frankly it's better to go with the devil you know......

Do appreciate your feedback tho Susana, regarding my query and the many others that I have read on these boards.. keep up the 'great work'!! Rosanne

Re:Prices at the Hotel Marsol

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 4:00 pm
by susana
Hi! Thanks for such a nice answer. I also like only the more basic hotels, always stay in the neighborhood near Playa Los Muertos, and prefer to be walking distance to everything. My usual favorite in the area cost $27USD last December! So I'm not questioning your preferences or suggesting an expensive resort instead, believe me...

If you have another good experience with this hotel, this trip, please *do* post about it. I love to keep up to date with what the different places have to offer in that part of town.

I read both this and the All Vallarta board, which are very active with lots of 'southside' PV-lovers. That's why I was a bit curious that Marsol was coming up here, when I've never heard it recommended or even mentioned elsewhere in recent years.

Re:Prices at the Hotel Marsol

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 5:36 pm
by rosanne
Hi Susana,

I reread my post, after reading yours, and realized that my wording sounded a little self-righteous and indignant. REALLY didn't mean it that way - sounded better in my head!.

Perhaps you SHOULD question my preferences.!!! :P

I finally got the pricing for the Hotel Marsol (called them myself) and they are WAY more expensive than I recall. Now I know it was 6 years ago... but the price has more than doubled.

So um... *she sheepishly asks* what's the name of the place you stayed at??

Re:Prices at the Hotel Marsol

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 5:41 pm
by pvdeb
I'm going to beat Susana to the punch only because I wanted to comment on your post also. Susana is a devotee of Posada Roger on Basillio Badillo and I am looking closely at that for my fall trip. I'll let her tell you more about it, but I was going to comment on the Marsol. I'd be curious as to their prices also. During my stays next door at Playa Los Arcos, I could see in the rooms, which looked basic but okay. I'd heard the bathrooms and some areas were very rundown and it did look so from the beach, although the location is superb. Maybe they're trying to capitalize on their location with the higher rates, but I think they'll need to do some sprucing up.

Re:Prices at the Hotel Marsol

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 6:22 pm
by rosanne
Hi Deb,

When I stayed there I paid the equivalent of approx. $35 US per night. I remember it was between 300 and 350 pesos. This was for ocean side, double occupancy and included a kitchen area.

I just spoke to the owner, last night, and was quoted $72. US per night for same type room and single occupancy. Boy talk about inflation.

Now I don't think that the price, for a beach front hotel, is expensive... but the Marsol is a bit rundown and I think Susana is right - I could certainly find a nicer hotel (with more amenities) for a similar price.

Will have to do some more research. Darn... more reading about PV, more sites to visit..... oh well *grin*

Re:my PV hotel list

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 11:30 pm
by susana
I noticed when looking for prices that on the vallartaonline website, Marsol is listed as an "AI". Maybe that's why the price jumped so much? If in fact they offer only an All Inclusive package now?

I won't bore you to death (in this post!) with why I love Posada de Roger so much but rather here's my best list of places in the area. I have looked at them all in person. Most I've seen rooms, all I've seen lobbies and common areas and talked with the front desk people. I've filled in prices where I have fairly current ones, and I doubt any are above that $70 you're hearing form Marsol, and all are probably as nice if not nicer, in their own way:

Actually on the beach:
Tropicana- www.htropicanapv.com
Hotel Playa Los Arcos- www.playalosarcos.com
Suites Emperadora

Southside, near the beach, with pools:
Hotel Alegre- www.alegre-pv.com (~50USD)
Posada de Roger- www.puerto-vallarta.com/posada (27-40USD)
Posada Rio Cuale- tel: 2-04-50 (48USD)
Hotel Eloisa- www.hoteleloisa.com (53-120USD, depends on fan, A/C, TV, kitchenette and number of people in room)

Just over the bridge into El Centro with pools:
Hotel Rio- hotelrio.com.mx (35-45USD)
Hotel Encino- www.hotelencino.com (49-55USD)

On Basilo Badillo but no pool:
Posada Lily (25-40USD)
Yasmine (270-310 peso)
Hotel Frankfurt

Insurgentes No. 322:
Posada Don Miguel (with pool 25-40USD)

On Madero: Hotel Gaviota Vallarta- www.hotelgaviota.com (380-730 peso, pool, range depends on fan only, AC, TV, frig, and number of people)

True basic budget hotels along Madero in the 200-300 peso range: Hotel Azteca, Villa del Mar, Cartegena, Ana Liz, Bernal, Lina, Hortencia, Castillo.

Re:Prices at the Hotel Marsol

Posted: Sun Jul 27, 2003 10:05 pm
by susana
I asked the question on another board and someone currently in PV replied re MarSol:

"The prices they had posted yesterday started at US$33, but I notice they were valid through May 2003. They have some GREAT prices on suites by the month."

Appreciate your Help

Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2003 1:40 am
by rosanne

WOW... a wealth of information in your previous post, I'll be busy this evening checking them all out. THANK YOU.!!

As for the pricing of $33.00 - unfortunately that's just the price for a single room with a fan - street or pool view. The price for the room I wanted - ocean view and with a kitchen is $72.00 per night. However... I spoke to the owner again and was offered three free nights if I pay for 9 (cuz I'm there for 12 nights).

Sounds a bit more attractive now! BUT... I also located a website for a place called the Emperador Suites where I can get ocean view with kitchenette for 640.00 pesos per night AND they also offer the fourth night free. Waiting to hear from them if it's only ONE night or can I pay for 9 and get three free like the Marsol. Haven't heard back yet but it doesn't hurt to ask.

I'm going to put in a separate post for feedback on the Emperador. Thanks again, Susana, for all your feedback (and extra effort by using the other board too) I appreciate it more than you know - come to PV in November and I'll treat you to lunch... deal?

Re:de nada

Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2003 2:22 am
by susana
You're very welcome. PV southside hotels are a little hobby of mine. I may very well be down in November, but not sure dates yet. I never plan too far ahead, just hop a plane!!

Wherever you stay, please post when you get back and let us know how things turned out.

A co-worker and her husband stayed at Suites Emperador for their 1st trip to PV a year ago Christmas-time, and liked it fine.

Re:Prices at the Hotel Marsol

Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2003 2:16 pm
by rosanne
To finish off this thread,

I checked in to the Emperador a bit more - very negative feedback from past guests and no pool. So... I'm not staying there.

Looked at the hotels on your list and found great prices and nice places but most don't have kitchens or are away from the ocean.... I really would prefer a kitchen -also want to be closer to the ocean. I like to fall asleep at night listening to the waves.

So after much ado, I emailed the Marsol one more time - they confirmed better pricing (had given me summer rates in error) and advised me that they had recently renovated the pool area and the elevator. I ended up with an oceanfront room including a kitchen for approx. $560.00 US$ (including taxes) for 12 nights accommodation. Works for me.!!

Thank you again, Susana, and you too Deb - I appreciated all your help.

With the hotel out of the way, now on to my spanish lessons.....

Re:Prices at the Hotel Marsol

Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2003 3:49 pm
by pvdeb
Rosanne, one favor. Though hopefully I will have been in PV and probably gone by the time of your stay, would you please come back to the board and give a report of your findings at the Marsol. This board spends a lot of time talking about hotels in the hotel zone, marina and Nuevo, but not as much on the older or smaller hotels on the southside. It's always best to hear honest, firsthand information on a place. Hope you have a great time.

Re:Prices at the Hotel Marsol

Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2003 11:51 pm
by rosanne

Hopefully they will have upgraded the place a bit so the BB members will have a new alternative place to stay in the old part of PV.

Can't believe how excited I am.. and it's still 3 months away!!

Hope you enjoy your trip, Deb, as much as I'm enjoying the anticipation of mine.


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