Puerto Vallarta – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: May 24, 2017

The Best Family Hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Rivera Del Rio – Old Town

Stunning, boutique hacienda in Puerto Vallarta’s old town area with true Mexican ambience, offering plush, whimsical suites (up to 5 people) with eclectic decor, gorgeous artwork, high ceilings, full kitchens, Victorian sunken tubs, marbled patios and fireplaces. Has many quirky stairways, so ask for room recommendations from the staff if stairs are an issue. Amenities include an outdoor rooftop pool, outdoor whirpool tub (for 10) and an indoor lap pool. Great location beside the Cuale River/park close to the flea market and walking distance to many excellent restaurants, bars, the beach, and the Malecon (the lively walking path along the sea). Hotel Phone: +52 1 322 205 6093

Los Arcos Suites – Old Town

Great central location with dozens of restaurants nearby. Suites are large and sleep a family of 4 – but there is not a separate bedroom. There’s a small pool and you can also use the facilities at the sister hotel across the street (and on the beach) that has 3 connected pools and a fitness gym. Hotel phone: +52 322-226-7100

Hotel Posada de Roger Puerto Vallarta – Old Town

A great inexpensive hote for families on a budget. 3 blocks from the beach, it has a small pool and is attached to a very kid friendly restaurant. The larger rooms need to be booked well in advance for high season. Hotel phone: +52 322-222-0639

Resorts by Pinnacle 220 – Old Town

Modern hotel offering sleek 2 storey townhouses (up to 4 people) and 3-bedroom suites (up to 6 people) with private terraces, fully equipped kitchens with blenders, washer/dryers etc. and a gas barbecue on the balcony. Has a spectacular infinity rooftop pool and a sky bar with a swim up area. Avoid the noisy streetside rooms and opt for ocean view rooms. While the building is located up a hill there’s a free funicular ride available. Also offers a shopping service. Great location that’s within walking distance of restaurants, bars, shops and the beach. Caveats: Hotel is situated in a gay area, guests are required to wear wristbands and hotel enforces a strict no guest policy post 11 pm. The nearest airport is 20 minutes away. Hotel Phone: +52 322 222 3556

Fiesta Americana Hotel Puerto Vallarta – Hotel Zone

Kid-friendly, all-inclusive, sprawling resort set right on the beach that offers bright family rooms (up to 6 people) with a double sofabed and ocean views (ask for rooms on the 4th floor or higher). Features contemporary Mexican architecture, a large pool, 11 different dining options (including 3 bars – a lounge bar, swim-up bar and a terrace bar) and a spa. Also offers a fiesta kids activities program, kids club and kids’ playground. Beach has strong currents; swimming with kids is not recommended. Great location close to the airport with the Malecon and the Marina a short taxi ride away. Also has 2 malls within 5-10 minute walking distance. Hotel Phone: +52 322 22621

Sheraton Buganvillas Resort & Convention Center – Hotel Zone

The closest resort to downtown Puerto Vallarta and a 10 to 15 minute walk to the shops and restaurants along the malecon. The beach is rocky but the pool is great. This is not our favorite hotel in PV but great online deals often make it a good compromise especially given its location. Hotel phone: 800 326 4600

Plaza Santa Maria – Hotel Zone

Simple, clean, well-maintained older property with large double rooms (up to 4 people) featuring kitchenettes – excellent value for long-term stays. (The 4 storey building has no elevator). Opt for rooms with balconies overlooking the pool. Also offers 3-bedroom villas with their own parking. Hotel is 1 block away from the beach and the boardwalk is a 15 minute walk away. There’s a grocery store, shops & restaurants nearby. Has a pool, gym, a kids’ play area and is close to the airport. Hotel Phone: 01 322 225 0827

Villa del Mar – Hotel Zone

All-suite property set in Puerto Vallarta’s hotel zone, offering cozy 2-bedroom suites (up to 6 people) with kitchenettes, balconies and ocean/garden views. Offers an optional all-inclusive plan and is minutes from downtown. Has 4 dining options and one sports bar, pool, tennis court and spa. Hotel Phone: +52 322 226 1400

Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa – Hotel Zone

Pretty, all-suite beach resort with Spanish colonial touches, offering colorful 2-bedroom suites (up to 6 people ) with kitchens and balconies sporting pool, garden or partial-ocean views. Also offers an optional all-inclusive plan. Has 3 swimming pools, a 12 person spa tub, kids’ club, picnic area, volleyball and basketball courts. Lots of activities such as aqua aerobics, cooking classes, beach volleyball and evening enterntainment. Resort is close to downtown and within walking distance of numerous shops and restaurants. Hotel Phone: +52 322 226 1400

Costa Club – Hotel Zone

Old resort offering clean, basic, good value 2-bedroom family suites (up to 6 people) with kitchenettes. Has 2 dining options and 3 pools. Opt for rooms in towers with balconies/patios closer to the pool for better views. Offers nightly entertainment, activities like aqua aerobics, beach volleyball and more. Kids can enjoy Spanish lessons, arts & crafts and games. There’s a long, quiet beach in front and a grocery store a block away. By cab – Malecon (5 minutes), Puerto Vallarta International Airport (12 minutes). Hotel Phone: +52 322 226 9654

Westin Resort & Spa – Marina Vallarta

A great beach, super-friendly service, a kids club, and a fantastic pool make the Westin a top choice for families. 2 restaurants, beach bar, golf privileges at Marina Vallarta Golf Club, state-of-the-art health club, sauna, and steam room, lighted grass tennis courts. There’s an all-inclusive option but personally I would not recommend it as half the fun of Puerto Vallarta is eating out. Hotel phone: +52 322 226-1100

Flamingo Vallarta Resort & Marina – Marina Vallarta

Comfortable large rooms sleep family of 6 with private terraces, hotel benefits from a great location right on the Marina waterfront. Has 1 restaurant, a pool, gym, spa and garden. Many good restaurants & shops nearby and downtown/old town is a short bus/taxi ride away. There’s an interesting artisan-type market nearby (only on Thursdays). Hotel Phone: +52 322 22 10880

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta – South Vallarta

Beautiful, all-inclusive resort with a lovely private beach surrounded by mountains and a variety of suites (sleep family of 4) with private plunge pools and balconies with hot tubs. (Guests don’t need wristbands). Choose rooms with balconies or swim-up suites. Plenty of entertainment and activities with beachfront shows, cooking demos, whalew atching, parasailing, jungle/kayak tours, zip lines, ATV tours and free kayaking. Has 6 pools (multiple infinity pools, adult-only pool, kid-friendly pools), 6 restaurants, 5 bars & lounges, an infinity hot tub, and cabana day beds. Old town Puerto Vallarta is a short cab ride away. Hotel Phone: +52 322 226 5000

Vallarta Shores International Hotel – South Vallarta

Gorgeous beachfront hotel on Los Muertos beach, that blends modern elements with old style Vallarta. Luxurious, large 3-bedroom sky suites (up to 6 people) with private infinity pool and a complimentary private chef sleep families of 4 to 6. Also offers one 4-bedroom penthouses (up to 8 people), exclusive (6-bedroom) villas, and (4-bedroom) condo rentals. Has exquisite rooms in brick & honey-earth tones, with stunning panoramic ocean views, expansive arched windows, fully equipped kitchens, outdoor jacuzzis and smart tvs with Netflix. Easy walking distance to downtown, numerous beach clubs, nightlife options, watersports and restaurants. Hotel Phone: +52 322 222 3939

Quinta Maria Cortez – South Vallarta

Amazing boutique hotel offering 7 uniquely decorated oceanfront suites (up to 4 people) with old world charm and architectural flair with spectacular 360 degree views of the whole bay, private terraces overlooking the ocean, and full kitchens. Some suites have an open plan where the entire frontside is open to the ocean. Has excellent cooked-to-order breakfasts, classic furnishings, original art & antiques. (Also offers very spacious private villas with heated jacuzzis and pools at Casa Tres Vidas, that can be combined to accommodate up to 24 people). It is a 20 minute beach walk to the Old Town and its restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries. Caveats: Has no tv (which I consider a plus), pool is smallish, the beach in front is too rough for swimming and getting to the room involves walking up stairways. Hotel Phone: +52 322 221 5317

Family Hotels Near Puerto Vallarta

There are some wonderful towns north and south of Puerto Vallarta. Punta de Mita is home to several five star resorts. Bucerias is relaxed and family friendly. Sayulita (my favorite) has a hippy vibe and good surf. Mismaloya is a small fishing village popular with Mexican tourists. Yelapa is accessible only by boat – secluded and beautiful but still plenty of restaurants and a few markets.

Four Seasons Punta Mita – Punta de Mita

Awesome luxury hotel that is still very kid-friendly. One-bedroom suites are wonderful and perfect for families. There are also huge 4 and 5 bedroom villas that will sleep from 8 to 12 people. The hotel is located 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. 3 restaurants; beachfront bar; horseback riding; children’s programs; cooking classes, Spanish classes, dance classes; fitness center; yoga; Jacuzzi; oceanfront pool; lazy river kids’ pool; spa; tennis center w/10 courts of various surfaces; various watersports. Hotel phone: +52 329 291-6000

Aventura Pacifico – Bucerias

Great hotel in the laid-back town of Bucerias, 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. All suites have kitchens – some are one-bedroom, some two-bedroom. Medium sized pool with lots of sun and a few deck chairs. No restaurant but 2 blocks to the beach and a short walk to many places to eat. Bucerias is a friendly town with a nice beach, highly recommended if you want a quiet stay away from the crowds of PV. Hotel phone: 52 329 298-2797

Hotel Vogue – Sayulita

Great place with super friendly owners. 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with small kitchens. Steps from the lively and very fun town square. 2 blocks from a beautiful beach that is great for learning to surf (and take surf lesson). Sayulita is a wonderful town with dozens of great restaurants in a compact and walkable center. It’s a place that once you arrive you spend the rest of your visit figuring out how to never leave. Hotel phone: 329-29-13111

Bungalows Jaqueline – Sayulita

Just around the corner from Hotel Vogue the Jacqueline has a similar feel. The rooms are perhaps a little smaller but the hotel has a small swimming pool that the Vogue doesn’t. You can’t lose with either hotel. Hotel phone: 329-29-13027

Hotel Casa Iguana – Mismaloya

Wonderful budget hotel with a great pool. In-suite kitchens are very basic but useful for breakfast, lunch, or snacks. It’s a 5 minute walk to a small charming beach. Puerto Vallarta is 15 minutes away by bus (that comes by every 10 minutes). The hotel restaurant is surprisingly good and there’s a great fish taco restaurant 2 minutes away (walk in the opposite direction of the beach). Hotel phone: +52 322-228-0186

Casas Garcia – Yelapa

Situated right on the beach this is an open-air style apartment (and probably my favorite hotel in the PV area). There are 2 and 3 bed layouts that sleep 4 to 6. Some bedrooms are walled-off from the rest of the apartment but not completely enclosed. The waves slamming on the beach can be loud at night but it’s something I’m happy to contend with. Full kitchens are great for cooking. Hotel phone: +52 322-209-5149

More Kid-Friendly Hotels in Puerto Vallarta Area

If the above are fully booked (which often happens) here are a few more kid-friendly resorts that are good for families.

2 questions and comments

  1. Best Pastor Tacos in Puerto Vallarta

    Visiting PV with my wife and 2 teens and looking for the best pastor tacos in town. What do you recommend?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Pepe’s (just north of the malecon area and inland a bit) has awesome pastor tacos. Only open for dinner (and late into the morning). Popular with locals. Pesos only.

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