Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit

Royal Decameron Complex

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The Royal Decameron Complex is composed of three hotel units: Flamingos, Tropical and Royal, and is located 20 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport on an extensive stretch of beach overlooking the beautiful Bay of Banderas in the town of Bucerias in Riviera Nayarit.

The all-inclusive package includes all meals and snacks, unlimited domestic alcoholic beverages, a daily activities program, non-motorized watersports, and more. The colorful architecture of the Royal Decameron Complex offers five swimming pools, four of which are suitable for children, and a long stretch of beach where you can enjoy different activities, non-motorized watersports, and bar services. The Royal Decameron Complex also offers the Vallarta disco, three tennis courts, one soccer pitch, and fun activities for kids.

You can also enjoy a large number of buffet and a la carte options with specialized restaurants including: JAP JAP, Wok, Mexicano Fusión, Piccolo, and Steak House. Enjoy tropical libations at the six bars along the beach and beside the swimming pools.
14 miles (20 minute drive) from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, this property is on Flamingos Beach on Banderas Bay in Nuevo Vallarta. Downtown Puerto Vallarta is 30 minutes away.

Local Phone: 011-52-322-298-0
Fax: 011-52-329-298-0322
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Meeting Rooms
Shopping Mall Nearby (10 minutes.)
Number of Pools: 4
Outdoor Pools: 4     
There is one activities pool, one quiet adults only pool, two regular pools and children's pools.
Los Flamingos Golf Course - 2 miles away
Los Flamingos is a par 72, 18-hole course designed by Percy Clifford. This beautiful golf course is just 2 miles away from the hotel.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $
Cart Fee: $
Club Rental Fees: $
Number of Courts: 3
Outdoor Courts: 3
Raquet Rental Fees: $
Water Sports on Site
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Hobie Cats: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
Other Sports Available
Other Sports: Basketball
Health Club / Spa
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
The Royal Decameron is a rustic and secluded Mexican-style complex with 620 air-conditioned rooms, each with a balcony or terrace. The buildings are decorated in bright, vibrant colors, creating an active, friendly Mexican atmosphere. This is a complete All-Inclusive resort where guests have access to a wide range of facilities and services. Drinks inside and admission to the disco are included, and the property offers six restaurants, six bars, and three tennis courts. Beach: The property is situated on 275 yards of pristine beach on Banderas Bay. Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.
Total Rooms: 620
Year Opened: 1995 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
No handicap access. No Spring Breakers.
All rooms have a balcony or patio with a view of a garden, pool or the ocean, Two double beds or one king size, Bathroom with shower, Air-conditioning, Satellite television, Telephone, In room safe (extra charge).
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Room Safe

There is a charge for Room Safes
Royal Decameron Complex features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 8 Restaurants at Royal Decameron Complex:
Piccolo - Mediterranean specialty restaurant
Buffet Flamingos - Buffet breakfast and lunch restaurant.
Jap Jap - Japanese specialty restaurant
Wok - Thai specialty restaurant
Rodizio - Brazilian specialty restaurant
Buffet Royal - Buffet breakfast and lunch.
Mexicano - Mexican Fusion Caribbean specialty restaurant
Buffet Tropical - Buffet breakfast and lunch.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Daily Activities Program.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Live Entertainment, Disco.
The hotel offers supervised activities for kids (there must be a minimum of 10 children).
Applicable Ages: 3 to 12 years old

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
692 Recommend
692 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Royal Decameron Complex to their friends and family

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TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Royal Decameron 2018
Feb 24 2018
This was our third stay at the Royal Decameron. Although we did not get the building we requested our stay was very good. We live the location on the beach and within easy walking distance to Bucerius. We would recommend this hotel and would definitely go back.
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Nice time, good value
Feb 07 2018
Not fancy, but is sprawling and never feels crowded. Always had hot water for a shower, which has not been the case at some of the more upscale resorts we have stayed at. Shows are the same as last year. If you want to go to sleep early, it's not possible in some blocks due to the music at the theater being so loud. Need some activities available after 6 p.m., such as billiards, ping pong, darts or board games. The disco bar, the only place that has a pool table, and football does not open until 9 p.m. Food and drinks are plentiful and good. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. We had a very nice time and the price was right too.
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Royal Decameron PVR
Dec 13 2017
Hotel needs updating, not a 4 apple resort, on it's best day it's a 3 apple.
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Incredible Experience
Nov 27 2017
My sister and I went for a few days before Thanksgiving; we were amazed by the facility. Not only are the staff incredibly friendly, but the breadth of all-inclusivity is really something to tell everyone about. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
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The Royal DeCameron PV is an older unit that is well kept and the staff is friendly.
Jun 23 2017
This was my 2nd stay here and I enjoyed them both. A lot of value for the money. They have a lot of activities throughout the day to keep you busy. Definitely recommend this resort for the value.
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Very Relaxing Vacation
Jun 23 2017
Four of us stayed at the Royal DeCameron for a week in two rooms. I had called the hotel a couple of days before arrival and asked for rooms in block 4. When we arrived at check-in we were given rooms right next to each other in block 4. The rooms had a nice view of one of the pools and the bay. Their was always food choices to suit everyone's taste. Never went away hungry. The cocktails were always good. The staff was always pleasant and helpful. We did run into a language barrier a few times but it was not a big deal. The grounds of the complex were impeccable, the beach was fantastic. The entertainment was really enjoyable. We would definitely go back. Thank you for a wonderful vacation.
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Excellent Value
May 31 2017
The room was nothing special, but was clean and maintained well. We did have a problem with noise one night (dogs outside the complex) but certainly was not the fault of the resort. We were just located close to a residential area just outside the grounds. The trek up to the third floor where our room was located was a bit of a strain for 2 seniors, but by the end of the week we were feeling better for it. The staff at this resort were extremely friendly, respectful and accommodating (and some of the most hard-working people I've seen). The grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained around the clock. My only complaint is that the lounge chairs were extremelly uncomfortable. Many of the vacationers had bought blow-up beach mattresses to "soften the blow". We did not, but wish we had. Our Apple Vacations rep, Cesar, was wonderful but we only saw him once after we arrived, I think because the Royal DeCameron was more the "budget" resort and his time was required elsewhere. On the whole, an excellent value and a fun time.
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Great beach, pools, food and drinks.
May 03 2017
We've stayed at Royal Decameron 8 times now and have always had a great time. The people are fantastic! Always a wide variety of food choices in the buffet restaurants. I'd suggest two improvement opportunities; One, new mattresses and pillows. The mattresses are rock hard, the pillows lumpy, hard and kinda smell like the foam inside them. Two, enforce the "towels don't reserve a beach chair all day" rule. It's posted plainly at the beach, but still when you get there at 9:00AM there are towels draped across all the prime, front row chairs. And most of those people don't show up until noon or after. It would be as simple as having two employees cruising the beach and saying, "please don't leave your towel on the chair".
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Gorgeous resort with great staff!
Apr 20 2017
Our biggest complaint was not being able to peacefully enjoy our time on the beautiful beach. The vendors are non stop bothersome, they even sit on your lounge chair sometimes despite you telling them no thank you! Literally couldn't go 5 fill minutes without being approached to buy stuff, super annoying, so we ended up spending most of our time at the pool. Otherwise, it was amazing and we'll definitely return!! Delicious food at the buffets (not a fan of the other restaurants that require reservations) and the bar service was awesome!
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Apr 15 2017
Needs mini fridge no tissues no mint for mojitos
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Mar 10 2017
More than I hoped for at the price. Bars are available with good alcohol and restaurants with great food anytime I wanted them. Rooms were slightly dated but clean. Staff was so nice. Beach is rocky but the pools were wonderful with plenty of seating.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
A good solid 4/5 rating
Mark F, Dallas, Texas
Tue Mar 20 13:11:18 EDT 2018
This was a good solid 3* all inclusive. We previously stayed at the Riu Jalasco, so I use that for comparison. I would say the Riu was more like a 4* resort. The pros: Nice Grounds Nice pools, but not as nice as the Riu Rooms were comfortable, but smallish and dated. They are currently remodeling Nice beach; the Riu had very coarse sand. This was at least walkable. Don't expect the beautiful waters of the Caribbean. Staff was friendly, but often slow (by american standards) Most evening shows were decent (but loud) Beautiful sunsets Plenty of activities, but not a crazy amount Plenty of beach chairs and shaded areas on the beach The cons: Customer service is a bit slow Food was just ok. There were some real hits (like chicken in the rodizio), but even though the food looked appetizing, it was often bland. Including desserts. Many of the juices tasted watered down or sugared (as opposed to freshly blended juice at the Riu) Not as many kids activities Invariably, they left 2 or 3 bath towels for the 4 of us, so it was daily phone calls to the lobby Neither good nor bad: We were there with kids. There weren't alot of other kids there. Mostly older canadians and local mexicans from Guadalajara. Our room in block 4 was quiet, but heard others complain of noise closer to the entertainment. We didn't really do any water sports. We noticed sailboats, kayaks, parasailing and jet skis (power stuff extra) They do allow people to sell stuff on the beach, but it wasn't too bothersome Although not as secluded as the Riu, we felt safe. There are shops and pharmacies, etc, right outside the entrance and a flea market about a 20 minute walk. My daughter got an ear infection and there was a clinic off the main road that cost 2 whole dollars (40 pesos). We got antibiotic next door and off she went.

A lot disapointment, room flooded
NataleeDarrickBouman, Medicine Hat, Canada
Fri Mar 16 06:47:10 EDT 2018
I take my trip advisor ratings seriously and struggled this time on if this experience deserved even 2 stars. Because the service staff were helpful and kind, I can confidently leave a 3 star. If it was for overall experience, 2 stars at max. This is our second time at this resort. We got married here and wanted to come back for an anniversary celebration. I had exchanged emails prior to arrival stating so and was told that it could all be handled at resort when we arrived. With these emails, since we paid extra for a beach front room, I requested a cot for our son. We were told this would happen. Upon arrival we were put in a room with 2 double beds. I went back to desk and requested a change. They moved us to a king room with a cot without trouble. The room itself was nothing special. Very old but did the trick. We had friends that lived a block away from resort and for 3 days we tried to arrange a vow renewal celebration that included our friends. This was impossible to get an answer out of anyone and were basically told it is not possible. That was upsetting because it was possible when we got married at resort. The quotes for a dinner for 6 people and vow renewal averaged $2000 - $4000 Canadian dollars depending on who we asked. We gave up and found someone off resort that was able to help us. The resort charges Amercian dollars for everything which is disapointing because we are in Mexico and we are Canadian. There is no way to get any cash on resort and you have to walk to bank 3 blocks away to get pecos. Everything is always quoted in amercian dollars which is annoying cause we are Canadian. When they convert to pecos they convert it from American prices at 16%. For the amount of Canadian travelling to the resort I find it disrespectful to cater to American. I don't think I met an American in al of Bucerias this trip. The cashier could never give us enough change to tip serving staff but was quick to accept a tip. (Only exchange 100 pecos to 5 x 20 pecos at a time). The absolutle worst part of the trip was our second to last night. We came back to our room to find water pouring out of the ceiling and all over the room, including our luggage. We called the desk 7 times and my husband went down there 2 times and it took 1.5 hours before anyone came to the room to help! We had all of our items packed up as we expected we would be moved to another room. Nope. The workers came in and worked on the broken pipes till 1130 pm and left. Leaving us to clean up all the water mess. We were so tired and figured someone would help finish in morning so we put all the towels down we had, and went to bed. The next morning we called numerous times asking for towels. They refused to bring us some. My husband went to desk again and they told him no because they gave us towels the day before. We told them what happened and no one understood what we were talking about. After about 2 more hours of fighting for towels we finally received 2. I don't think there is much communication going on at resort between workers and management...or anyone really. Shortly after we went down to desk to make our dinner reservation and was told reservations are closed for day. I tried to explain what happened and was told too bad. At this point I demanded to speak to a manger and when I met with him, Alberto, he apologized and sent people to our room to see what happened. He got us a reservation for the evening and said if there is anything he could do to ask him. He did offer to have all our clothes washes but by this time most was all dried out. Otherwise no compensation was offered for the horrible night we had. I am Definately not happy about having to pay for a safe in our room. Further more, we had a lot of items stolen from us during our stay. Shoes when we went in pool, t shirts..anything they could get. We didn't know who was doing it but security was of no help. I wonder if they are Involved. Of course nothing was turned into lost and found. One day we were sitting with our towels and a lady walked up and took one of our towels right in front of us and walked away quickly . I had to chase her to get it but she gave it back without any hassle. She knew exactly why I was running after her. There is no way of locking everything in a safe so it feels like a trap. What I did really like seeing was the staff would often eat at the buffets when done work. I hope they all get to because there was always a lot of wasted food and it shows they care about their staff. Afterall, their serving staff was the highlight of our stay. They were the only people that seemed to want to know your name and make your trip enjoyable. Food was super random, and hit and miss. There was a huge selection so you could always find something. But often the good stuff was gone and not replaced. The first 2 days they had beat juice and beat salad and beats available everywhere. Then by day 7, I couldn't find a single beat anywhere. I like beats a lot so I noticed;) I had my papaya and granola every morning and can't say I was ever hungry. If you are not picky. If you expect 5 star food this is not the place for you. Jessica from Air transit was the only person that went out of her way to help and answer questions as far as guest services staff. All other guest service staff was not accomadating or even kind. The maids were good and nice. Nothing went missing from room. The very first day we were there my son noticed my bracelet was not on. I called desk right away and they said i had to find it or I have to pay $580 pecos. Very rudely. I asked if someone turned it in he said no fast and angrily. FIrst of all, no one said that when they strapped the cheap ugly bracelet on my arm. Second, it fell off cause it was flimsy. I spent most of my second day looking for it. I eventually found it. I think. I found a bracelet and brought it to desk. They gave me a new one right away no charge. While I wasn't wearing the bracelet nobody said anything or didn't serve me. So that was good that they didn't hassle me. In the end we didn't spend a lot of time at resort because we spent a lot of time looking for a condo to buy. The time we did spend on resort was OK. Disapointed to see they closed the back pool that my son loved playing at without warning bit resort was so dead that it was not hard to find another spot to hang out by another pool. Had they closed that pool on a busier day it was have been a disaster. In the end it wasn't the worst trip I have been on. Weather was beautiful. Servers and bartenders were so awesome. Wine and bottom shelf brand booze is all that is offered but whatever. We probably won't go back again because the quality of food and drinks and over all resort quality is nothing like it was but I got a nice tan ;)

Good adult area
Patti N,
Wed Mar 14 19:53:15 EDT 2018
This resort is older but grounds are nice. If you are expecting top notch for $1200/week you need to adjust your expectations. For the money, its good value. Great adult pool and area. Quiet and the buffet in that area also usually does not have children. For younger adults it might be too low key, depends what you want. There isn't partying going on so head to Bucerias or Vallarta for that at night. A short walk to Bucerias for the Art Walk and restaurants. Food is okay, we always found something to eat. Alot of mexican families arrive for the weekend but if you're at the adult pool, not too noticeable. Check out all of the buffets as they offer different things. You need a pool air mattress for the lounge chairs as they are hard. You can buy there or pick up at the dollar store before you go. Ask for a foamy for the bed as they are hard. Wifi only available in a couple lounge areas but no big deal. Overall we liked it and would return. For the cost it is good value.

Second visit same excellent value
Pete H,
Tue Mar 13 04:49:20 EDT 2018
This was our return visit to the royal Decameron. We were here exactly a year ago and I am glad that I can say it has only got better. It is only a 4 star as far as accommodation is concerned but how long do you stay in your room. The service and cleanliness deserve a 6 star rating. The reception and bar staff are brilliant. The choices of food in the buffet-and a la carte restaurants is excellent. It’s not a typical “made for English” place but why go to Mexico and eat KFC and MacDonalds. The Brits only make up about 5% of the guests(not a bad thing) the rest are made up of Canadians and USA and Mexico and everybody gets along fantastically. It’s like a social club (0% Russians ) In the main restaurant be sure to seek out Manuel as he will make your dining experience an absolute pleasure. We tipped a small amount most days although they NEVER frowned or gave you an inferior service if you didn’t. Free Boogie boards Catamaran rides and Kayaks are available everyday on what has to be one of the best beaches in the world. Our highlights included seeing whales,dolphins and turtles from the beach. We went with First choice for two weeks and paid about £1000 AI. It is undoubtably the best value holiday I have ever had. Don’t expect 5 star luxury but just enjoy the atmosphere and ambience of the place. Walk into or Taxi to Bucerias for cheap fish restaurants and the flea market and go to the Malecon at Puerto Vallarta in a Sunday nights as all the locals have a family night on the streets. We will definitely return soon

Heads up re medical issue.
Joan E,
Mon Mar 12 19:42:52 EDT 2018
Just back from our first visit to puerto Vallarta area and stayed one week at the Royal Decameron hotel. There are six blocks of rooms and we stayed in block 4. Our room was close to one of the restaurants and were woken up early to delivery trucks loading and unloading their goods to the kitchen ( loud banging). Every night there was loud music either from karaoke near building 1 which is closest to the beach or the disco but all was quiet after 11 pm, so not a problem for us. Our friends stayed in building 6 which was quieter and their pool area was great. Note the pool at building five is kid free. The grounds are well maintained and lovely, beach is very clean as are the rooms. Staff are pleasant and eager to serve. Guests not pressed to tip but we did for drinks at beach bar, restaurants and housekeeping. Vendors on the beach were fun to talk to and didn’t pressure to buy if you said no thank you. There is a fee for safety deposit box which we didn’t use. We placed our passports in locked suitcase and placed the luggage in wardrobe. Wifi in the lobby of building 4 was fast early in the morning but slowed down as more people came down to use it. So get there early or later in morning if this is important for you. We were tired of the food after a few days so I am glad we stayed only a week. As for the al a carte restaurants we went to the Grill first. The beef was awful, very tough, the pork greasy but the chicken was good, salad bar so so. We all agreed the restaurant was terrible. The Italian restaurant was next and had the best food and service. Lastly we went to the Japanese restaurant. Presentation of the sushi and salad bar was a visual feast. The meal that was served to us not so much. Over cooked veggies and teriyaki beef as in the Grill restaurant was too tough to even chew. What a waste of food as all four of us left it on our plates. We spoke to the waiter and he was aware of the problem but it seems the chef wasn’t willing to change. And here is my heads up: dinner at Japanese restaurant was the final ala carte we tried. Our reservation was for 8:30 pm. No indication when I went to bed at midnight that anything was wrong. At 1:45 am I woke up to extreme vomiting and diarrhea that lasted until the morning. The Decameron doctor was called shortly after 8am. For two IVs that contained antibiotics and vitamins plus one shot the next day came to $700 Canadian. They do not take credit cards and there are no atms on the Decameron property. We had to take a 20 min walk to an atm nearby. There are also banks close by as well. I feel ripped off and feel the bill was excessive. The doctor asked if we had eaten off the hotel property and we said we hadn’t we had dinner at the Japanese ala carte. She said I must have caught a bug, inferring that their restaurant wasnt responsible. Ya right!

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