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by Tom1
Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Restaurants, Cafés & Food in General
Topic: Coco's Kitchen plus Cheeky Monkey, Casa Isabel & Nacho d
Replies: 0
Views: 3383

Coco's Kitchen plus Cheeky Monkey, Casa Isabel & Nacho d

10 days when we were in PV, we tried several restaurants – some new for us and a couple we’d tried just once before, a while back. One we really enjoyed was Coco’s Kitchen (on Pulpito 122 in the Southside, near Amapas) that friends took me to once in the past. This time around we ate there for lunch...
by Tom1
Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Puerto Vallarta Reports & Reviews
Topic: Great stay in a Sea Rivers condo at the Holiday Inn
Replies: 0
Views: 4822

Great stay in a Sea Rivers condo at the Holiday Inn

Hi all – A week ago we got back a week trip to PV. We stayed for the first time in the Holiday Inn complex, but renting a large studio condo from an owner in the Sea Rivers building there. We really liked it – the HI is a pleasant well-run maybe 3.5 star place and we were able to use all their facil...
by Tom1
Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:08 pm
Forum: Hotels, Resorts and other lodging tips
Topic: Which hotel in PV is fun lik Club Med for 17 year old sons?
Replies: 1
Views: 12043

There is nothing like the Club Med - no other resorts compare. Your best bet might be the Melia, but if you expect the CM you'll be real disappointed. There are alot of reasons to come to PV - great food, great places to wander about, decent beaches, great atmosphere, but if you want an AI resort wi...
by Tom1
Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:53 pm
Forum: Restaurants, Cafés & Food in General
Topic: SORRY TO KEEP YOU WAITING
Replies: 10
Views: 5522

I can’t find the article I was looking for, but found the name of the chef and his restaurant (Alain Passard at the “L'Arpège” - apparently still rated 3-stars by Michelin, the highest they give and rarely). An article that treats the same topic, with the bottom half about Alain Passard, is below. B...
by Tom1
Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: Restaurants, Cafés & Food in General
Topic: SORRY TO KEEP YOU WAITING
Replies: 10
Views: 5522

Thanks, Bruce – we may well get back in touch with you whenever we make it back to PV. I wasn’t kidding though that a trip back is not in the cards right now – with full-time work and limited vacation time, a wife from a large family living in Europe who wants to see them as much as possible, and a ...
by Tom1
Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:41 am
Forum: Restaurants, Cafés & Food in General
Topic: SORRY TO KEEP YOU WAITING
Replies: 10
Views: 5522

Bruce – I understand you – you must be real annoyed/angry – spending hours preparing a special feast, spending money on it, and then having no shows (who further kept you from filling your seats with paying customers). In your place I would feel inclined to say the same thing – anyone making special...
by Tom1
Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: Restaurants, Cafés & Food in General
Topic: SORRY TO KEEP YOU WAITING
Replies: 10
Views: 5522

Please don't write off all vegetarians (or for that matter special requests) just because you were burned by one group. I've been dreaming of coming to your place if we ever find our way back to PV (it will take some time given other commitments and a lack of time and money), and we are all ovo-lact...
by Tom1
Fri Jun 27, 2008 4:15 pm
Forum: General Travel Tips
Topic: minor traveling w/one parent
Replies: 7
Views: 4694

I travelled with my 12-year old daughter a month ago to Mexico and had to provide an official notarized letter from my wife three times, as I recall - at the airport check-in, to Mexican officials when we were leaving Mexico (they carefully read the letter twice and asked for the advice of a superie...
by Tom1
Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:12 pm
Forum: General Ramblings
Topic: Need to know where to stay in PV
Replies: 3
Views: 1767

If you are looking for an all-inclusive place, check out Dreams (southside, not too far from downtown by taxi, most expensive of them all but real nice), Fiesta Americana (old hotel zone, not too isolated either, 4.5 star), Melia (in the marina area - getting farther out but still somewhat close, ma...
by Tom1
Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:39 pm
Forum: General Ramblings
Topic: Mid-Life Crisis
Replies: 1
Views: 1365

Wishes...

John and Martha had been married for 40 years and were enjoying their first vacation for several years in Puerto Vallarta. Walking along los Muertos Beach, they came upon a strange old bottle. Martha picked it up, carefully looked it over and then pulled out an ancient cork from the top. Suddenly, a...
by Tom1
Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: Hotels, Resorts and other lodging tips
Topic: PVR with my family
Replies: 2
Views: 2378

Dreams is also family-friendly (though with less things for kids to do I think than the Melia), and would be a very good option.
by Tom1
Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: Puerto Vallarta Transportation
Topic: Air Canada Nonsense
Replies: 19
Views: 16934

We’re flying to Mexico in May and my travel agent strongly recommended that we go by Air Transat (a Canadian charter company) rather than Air Canada, for the same price – according to her, their planes are more modern, they have a better on time record, they lose less baggage and they give you some ...
by Tom1
Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:30 pm
Forum: Hotels, Resorts and other lodging tips
Topic: Where to Stay?
Replies: 13
Views: 7422

Dreams seems to get consistently good ratings - it is on a secluded beach south of town, but with easy access by quick taxi downtown. It, like several of the others mentionned, can be pretty pricy though - depends on your budget. For a cheaper place way out in Nuevo, the Decameron is good, esp as it...
by Tom1
Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: General Travel Tips
Topic: Hep A
Replies: 19
Views: 8173

The risks of getting Hep A or B are real small, but not zero, in PV and elsewhere - US, Canada, France, wherever. In the past, hep A protection was painful (LARGE gamma gobulin shot in your butt every 5-6 months - I had that twice when living in Bangladesh), now 3 relatively painless boosters will g...
by Tom1
Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: Hotels, Resorts and other lodging tips
Topic: Marival Resort in Nuevo Vallarta.....good or no?
Replies: 7
Views: 3430

Marival

It's an excellent choice, although pretty isolated way out in Nuevo (like most other Nuevo resorts for that matter). There are two pool sides to the resort - the quieter adult pool in the older (but renovated) section to the south, and the noisier kiddie/activity pool in the newer section (the Grand...
by Tom1
Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: General Travel Tips
Topic: DVD bought overseas doesn’t work at home
Replies: 1
Views: 1908

As I recall, you can alter your DVD region on your computer - it is possible to see them that way even if your TV cannot play them. That said, I also believe that there is a limited number of times that you can change the region on your computer (the number 6 somes to mind...) - afterwards you are s...
by Tom1
Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:38 pm
Forum: Hotels, Resorts and other lodging tips
Topic: Riu Jalisco
Replies: 26
Views: 12914

If you are travelling on you own with minors, remember that it is extremely important to get a formal notorized statement (signed by your spouse or ex-spouse...) saying that you are authorized to travel to Mexico with your kids (to a given hotel, exact dates, etc.). Otherwise, you may not be allowed...
by Tom1
Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:13 pm
Forum: Hotels, Resorts and other lodging tips
Topic: Which resorts are in Nuevo Vallarta?
Replies: 3
Views: 2711

Nuevo

We spent a week at the Marival a couple years ago - nice place, long beach, for the most part very good food and drinks. Cheaper (and you get what you pay for) is the Royal Decameron - a 3.5 star resort on the same type of beach but within walking distance of Bucerias - nice small Mexican beach-fron...
by Tom1
Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:20 pm
Forum: Hotels, Resorts and other lodging tips
Topic: Staying at Los Cocos in Rincon any advise?
Replies: 1
Views: 2418

Your hotel

You should realize that you are not going to Puerto Vallarta but to a smaller town located maybe 90 minutes by car north of town. It is a 3-star resort but one I'd like to try - beside a real Mexican beach town, worth walking around and visiting. But it will be very very different from the huge made...
by Tom1
Fri Mar 17, 2006 8:02 pm
Forum: Hotels, Resorts and other lodging tips
Topic: Hotel Zone vs. Marina
Replies: 6
Views: 3881

Fiesta Americana

We stayed at the Fiesta Americana last summer - very nice place. I agree, don't go the AI route; however, you can pay more for a 9th floor room (apparently nicer) that gives you breakfast, I believe access to internet, a consierge, and drinks. If instead you get a regular room, try to get one at the...