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Barcelo La Jolla de Mismaloya (rooms)
(Puerto Vallarta)
 
30 Minutes South of Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Web Site: http://www.barcelo.com
Rooms: 371 Year Built: 1990
Floors: 9 Last Renovated: 2008
Pools: 4 Restaurants: 5
Room Service: Yes    
Kids Club: YES
Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, domestic beverages, 24 hour room service (delivery fees apply), Mini-bar (imported drinks with extra charge), Nightly entertaiment. Use of tennis courts and racquets-1 hour per day, per room, reservations required. Gym, Kids club, All taxes and gratuities Non-motorized water sports included: kayaks, snorkeling equipment
 

The English translation for the name of this resort is "Barcelo the Jewel of Mismaloya" and it lives up to that name. So much so, that I had to make two pages for this resort. The first page will have photos of the grounds and common areas. The second page will be the rooms. The text for each page will be the same so don't bother reading it twice.

This is actually a four and a half star resort. It says 4 above because my site won't let me do half stars. This resort is located in Mismaloya which can be found on the map on the Puerto Vallarta page. This was my sixth Bareclo Resort that I have visited and I have to say I was impressed. I would not rank it higher than Barcelo Maya Palace but I would put it higher than all their other resorts in the Riviera Maya.

When I did my site inspection of this resort I found a lot of things that I liked. The layout of the resort is a common one but here is it done well. The resort is shaped like a horse shoe that opens up to the beach with the pools in the middle and the rooms and other facilities making up the "U". This is a family resort done right. I have seen a lot of family resorts and a lot of them allow 5 people to a room but few do it where there is enough room to fit five people in a room, all their luggage for a week, and still have elbow room. This resort features one, two, and three bedroom suites. The décor of the rooms is not your standard hotel room with white paint and a picture of flowers hanging on the wall. A lot of thought was put into the designing, layout and décor of these rooms. Each room comes with a separate living room with a sleeper sofa and a master bedroom featuring a king sized bed. Additional bedrooms will consist of different bedding. When looking at my photos remember that the master bedroom always looks the same and it is the other rooms that are different.

I was given a real treat when I was shown the Penthouse Ambassador Suite. They have four Ambassador Suites. Two that are on the second floor and two that are on the ninth floor. The difference between them is the ones on the 2nd floor do not have a theatre but they do have a bigger balcony featuring a fountain. When you walk in this room you are greeted with a huge living/sitting room area in front of you. To your right is a bar. After the bar rounding out the room is another living room with a big screen plasma or LCD TV, and DVD player, and 5.1 speaker surround sound. Filling out the rest of the room is a very impressive Dining room with décor that made me jealous it was not in my house. This is a must see picture. Then you have two bedrooms. The fist one has two twin beds. The second one is master bedroom featuring a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, a separate shower and his and her sinks. The balcony is a huge wrap around balcony that includes a wide assortment of furniture. There is a four person table, a living room set that will seat 6, and a single spa treatment table. On the other side of the balcony is a table for two. Once you see this room or perhaps any of the rooms at this resort you will be thinking Ok, give me a car, internet, full satellite TV and I could move in. One important and often over looked part of a vacation is the room. Many people say it is not that important because you only sleep in it. Granted for a lot of people this is true but if you had a nicer room you may do more in it other than sleep. Odd's are that you are going to have a rainy day once out of 7 nights while on vacation. Sure would be nice if your room was nice enough to hang out in and still enjoy your vacation. That is the reason why this resort gets that extra half a star.

The pools at this resort impressed me a lot as well. I am use to Barcelo having huge pools that the only impressive thing is their size. They have four pools and each one has a purpose. First you have your relaxing pool where you will not have any organized activities. Then you have your activities pool where the main activity is going to the swim up bar. Then you have your sports pool that is for volleyball and other pool sports. Then of course you have your shallow kids pool. Be sure to look closely at my pictures on this one. They have bridges, Jacuzzis, waterfalls and many other features that make it more interesting and better looking than just your average pool.

I have to admit that the beach at this resort was not 100% impressive. Then again I am spoiled by the beaches in the Riviera Maya. However this resort does have a good beach. It is just not as wide as other resorts. One thing to keep in mind is there is a better beach right next to the property that is public. The restaurants are what you can expect from a Barcelo Resort. They have a couple of specialty restaurants. They have a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also have a snack bar that is there for continental breakfast, day time snack and at night time it turns into a steak house.

Reasons why you would book this resort: You are looking for a really nice family resort at an affordable price. You are looking for a resort that will fit more than 4 people to a room. You are looking for a resort that is a little bit out of the way from city traffic.

Reason why you would not book this resort: You are looking for an adult only resort. You are looking for a resort that is closer to shopping.

 
 
     

 
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