Ratings based on 66 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.0 out of 5
89% of guests recommend
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.4 Service & staff
3.7 Room comfort
4.2 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Cheap and worth it

Posted Jun 12, 2014
I paid $30 US and was happy with my stay. It did not have air conditioning, but a powerful ceiling fan that adequately did the job, and I typically have a hard time sleeping when it's hot. This is a good hotel for one or two people/room at most. It was basic, clean, and comfortable.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Laurie from Victoria, BC, Canada

A friendly place to stay

Posted May 19, 2014
Pros: It was so clean.
Cons: Excellent as it is.
Location: Four blocks from the beach. Located in a neighborhood that offers excellent food, shopping, entertainment, art galleries and laundry.
Good service. Owner on site everyday. A well run hotel.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Thomas from Ellsworth, Wisconsin, USA

Just the Basics for the Seasoned Traveler

Posted Mar 21, 2014
Pros: Location, price, simplicity of everything, colorful rooms, balconies, air conditioning available.
Cons: The beds. Mattresses too hard and the pillows were useless. Very uncomfortable to sleep in. But again, if all you need is a place to crash, this is it
Location: Located on a main street, there is plenty to do, see, eat, drink and walk to the beach. All you have to do is get out and walk around.
The hotel is located about 6 blocks or so from the beach, and is right in the center of everything both touristy and non-touristy. If you're looking to take a bus, eat at local restaurants, check out local shops, walk down to the Malecon, do the bars, the street vendors, etc., then this hotel is located in one of the best spots possible. For that reason, this hotel is an excellent choice if you have never been to Puerto Vallarta for the simple ease and convenience of getting around and about. So the location was absolutely perfect. There are no elevators, and my room was on the top floor, which was the 4th floor. It's a lot of climbing steps, which can be a pain when you're tired or if you've been out late partying, not to mention hauling your luggage up and back down. But this really is a minor inconvenience. Bottled water was offered for free in the hallways. My room was two double beds, a sink, a bathroom and stand-alone shower -- simple and basic. The walls were very art-deco and colorful. Room was very clean and always had fresh towels and beds made daily. But. . . the beds and pillows themselves were horrible. The mattresses were like bricks and the pillows were useless. I did not get a comfortable night sleep at all. But then again, who goes on a vacation to sleep? Staff were OK; not rude but hardly said hello. I asked them to make change for a $200 peso bill I had and the staff said they had no change. Other than that, I didn't interact with them at all.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Daniel from Trail BC Canada

very nice Mexican Hotel

Posted Mar 5, 2014
This is the second year i stayed at Hotel Belmar and both times a very positive experience .The cleaning staff are very good at what they do and very friendly .The front desk people are very helpful and friendly exp. Oscar in the afternoon shift .a very economical hotel will be staying again next year and is close to everything you need Daniel V
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Single guy from Canada

Cheap hotel on bus route

Posted Feb 24, 2014
Pros: Staff is friendly, and always willing to help. Good location close to everything but a few streets from the main drag.
Cons: If they could figure out how to block out the noise from the rooms, that would help enormously.
Location: Located near the beach, there are the usual beach things like parasailing, riding the "hot dog" which is pulled by a boat, day trips, etc.
This trip was from Jan 18 to Feb 13 so the weather was quite nice. Warm during the day but cool at night. The hotel is right on the bus route so if you're comfortable taking the local bus (not the newest vehicles in the world) then this hotel location is ideal. The bus costs $7.50 (that's pesos even though it's written like dollars) one way. There are a number of different routes but they all seem to stop on this block. The food is mexican food and american food. Nothing to see here. Tourist police are all over the place (white uniforms) and if you need some help, just ask. It's a tourist town so you are always going to be besieged by hucksters. Whether they're selling tours, merchandise or just trying to get you into the restaurant you're walking by, they are everywhere. I did not buy any of the wares so I can't tell you anything about the pricing.
3 out of 5
for Everyone
by jen from las vegas

Very close to beach

Posted Feb 16, 2014
Cons: Air conditioning on the inside rooms would be nice.
All in all a decent hotel for the price. It's by no means a hotel with amenties but for a place to sleep and the price it does the job. Staff was very friendly.
3 out of 5
by Arthur from Burlington, Iowa

Noise, Noise, Noise.

Posted Feb 9, 2014
Pros: see my first entry.
Cons: I don't know what they could have done about the noisy vehicles.
Location: The beach is only a short walk from the hotel. Many cafes and restaurants are within an easy talk.
The Bel Mar was excellent except for one fatal flaw. The Hotel is located in the Zona Romantica which is ideal for walking around. But the hotel fronts on Mexican route 200 which is heavily traveled all day and all night. The uproar from buses, large trucks, and macho motorcycles (no muffler) continuously disrupted any semblance of quiet. I loved the staff and their willingness to be helpful was wonderful. Ear plugs did help some to keep the uproar at bay. We were there for 11 nights.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Richard from Palm Coast, Florida

Excellent value, well-run hotel

Posted Feb 6, 2014
Pros: Helpful staff, clean, attractive functional room. Nice shower. Balcony with a view of the neighborhood. I liked my very firm mattress.
Cons: There was no bedside table or chest of drawers.
Location: Busy city area about four blocks to the beach. Walkable to everything. Ideal location for taxis and buses. Plenty of street noise on front side.
At my request we first had an interior room which was very small and extremely basic. When I asked about a move to a larger room, we were allowed to go to a much nicer room on the top floor. The new room was on the north side of the building away from the traffic on Insurgentes and had a private balcony. We were not charged more for the larger room. Both rooms were spotlessly clean and were kept that way by cheerful housekeeping staff for our week's stay. The front desk staff is professional, very helpful, and bilingual. There was no clock in the room but the night clerk came all the way upstairs exactly on time to knock for my requested 4:00 AM wake-up for our departure to the airport. The other hotel guests were friendly, easy-going, a mix of U.S., Canadians, Mexicans, and one Brit.
3 out of 5
for Everyone
by Anne from Boulder, Colorado

Really enjoyed the original artwork

Posted Jan 30, 2014
Cons: Consider some remodeling to open up the original building. Air conditioning. Nicer mattress and pillows. Complimentary shampoo and conditioner.
Location: Being so close to the river was great. The glass factory is a block away. The beach was close enough.
The price was very reasonable. The locally created contemporary artwork that filled the lobbies, halls and rooms were a real treat. The place smelled and looked sparkling clean. The front desk receptionist was very attentive and efficient. They didn't hesitate in giving us a room at 12:00 pm. Upon our arrival, I realized the hotel was on a major bus route over cobblestone. I asked for an interior room. We were willing to compromise a view for a much needed good night's sleep. The drawbacks to our interior room was that it faced a very tiny open courtyard. The view was into the room across us twenty feet away. There is no air conditioning, only a fan. If the small sliding glass door to the courtyard was open for air, there wasn't much privacy. So it will only be tolerable Jan. and Feb.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Jon from Los Angeles

Nice place close to everything

Posted Jan 21, 2014
The only bad thing is a lot of noise doing the Day autob├║s between 7am to 11:00pm not quite doing the day.