Hotel Overview

2019 Exceptional Values
Honeymoon: Bottle of domestic sparkling wine, room upgrade (based on availability), and one Free night on first anniversary return trip (minimum 5 night stay; restrictions apply).

The all-inclusive Samba Vallarta is located in Flamingos in Riviera Nayarit, about eight miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta International Airport resting upon a 12-mile stretch of beach. The resort is 25 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta and 15 minutes from the international airport, close to major shopping areas and entertainment.

This all-inclusive playground consists of hacienda-style architecture nestled amid coconut trees, palms, and bougainvillea, set upon a gorgeous stretch of white sand. Enjoy unlimited food and drink at three restaurants and three bars, and a variety of non-motorized water sports. The resort is privileged with three interconnecting pools, which form one of the largest swimming pools in the region.

Guests will enjoy a variety of activities including boogie boards, beach volleyball, aqua aerobics, water polo, soccer, and more. There is a supervised mini-club for ages 5-12. Nightly adult entertainment includes shows, theme nights, live music, and interactive activities.


Riviera Nayarit - Beach
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - Gustavo Diaz Ordaz (PVR) : 15 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1994
Last Renovation: 2006
Accessible rooms: 2
Floors: 4
Total rooms: 183


Hotel Details

Onsite Dining

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General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 21
General Policies:

Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy:
While this hotel strongly discourages spring breakers, it cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

Transfer Policy:
A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information:
Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 star tripadvisor rating Based on 2994 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beautiful beach, amazing service!

    Rooms are clean but nothing special. The staff, food and beach are amazing.its only at 25 min taxi ride to old town PV Our outdoor server is the BEST!! Salvador is friendly and always offering to get us a new drink. Would definitely return! Picture is Salvador our pool/beachside server.

    May 19, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    A Diamond in the Rough!

    We chose the Samba based on other helpful reviews and for the most part, they are all spot on! The Samba is a small all inclusive hotel on probably one of the best beaches in the area (miles of uninterrupted beach for walking, solid hard packed flat sand in the water which was great for children and body surfing - no rocks or surprising dips)! We are "beach" people so the Samba delivered...natural palapas, bar service, polite, non intrusive beach vendors, etc. all added to our fantastic beach experience! On the hotel side, there were definitely some positives and also some areas for improvement. We had to wait 3 hours until they'd give us a room - they blamed it on housekeeping, but we noted that EVERYONE had to at 3pm, there was a line up at the "two person" desk to check in all new guests. Probably not the best process, given that everyone at this point everyone is tired, hot and frustrated and just want to check in. We had paid for a room with a balcony, however we were told "our room" wasn't ready until 3:30pm, so they gave us a "similar" room, however, our balcony wall (room 405) was too high to see anything if you were sitting down, so our balcony was useless with no view to be had. The rooms were adequate (we asked for an extra bedside lamp and a mattress topper - promptly delivered). Given that there's not much to do in the evenings after dinner and the resort show, it would have been nice to have more English speaking TV channels or SMART tv's to watch Netflix, etc. The air conditioning tempered the room appropriately during the day (when you are never in the room), but at night the room became too warm (we believe the temperature is controlled from a main switch, not room by room). The food was palatable - they had fantastic soups, Mexican food, baked goods and breakfast. The Italian al a carte was very good - we went twice during our 10 day stay (did not try the Mexican). One thing that is very surprising is that there is NO GUACAMOLE anywhere. I did manage to get it twice, but had to "order" it from our waiter. The staff at the hotel was top notch. Everyone was friendly, always ready to help and were quick to respond. It's a small resort so it's very easy and quick to navigate from one end to the other. Overall, our stay was pretty good. With some small changes this hotel could easily be a solid 4 Star.

    May 13, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    This is a great 3.5 star

    This is a wonderful little resort filled with mainly Canadians, but it is NOT a 5 star. The beach is beautiful and you can walk to Bucerías on the beach in 40 minutes or take the walking path. Lots of straw huts on the beach for shade. The pool area is great as it has different pools for kids, babies, and adults. Rooms could use some work, but they were more than sufficient for sleeping and showering. Towels were a nice size. Water temperature in shower changed quickly from scalding to freezing. Having wifi all over the resort was great, and no charge. The shows that we saw were fantastic- Michael Jackson (do not miss this show), the fire show and the rock and roll show were also excellent. Staff were excellent all around the resort. Staff in the Italian restaurant were superb. Best food was in the Italian. It was hot and serving sizes were great. Ample food to chose from in the buffet. Our biggest complaint would be the food needs to be hotter in the buffet and Mexican restaurants. The food in the Mexican was obviously cooked during the day and brought over the the Mexican restaurant (near the beach) and tried to be reheated. The food was cold, not even warm. Something needs to be done to come up with a better solution for the Mexican restaurant. The food at the outdoor BBQ’s was also cold and not well layed out. If a health inspector came, the food temperature would be an issue ( and we have seen them come to resorts). But there is no shortage of choices. Activities around the pool are good, but inconsistent. Easy resort to find your way around, therefore a great resort for families. I cannot give the resort a 5 star, because it is not a 5 star resort and therefore unfair to rate it as such. It is older and needs some work and the food would have to be stepped up a couple notches as well to give it a higher rating. However, it is a wonderful resort and we would return as we enjoy the small resorts over the massive resorts.

    May 08, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not really impressed

    I didn’t find the place to be that good. The food was not that good I found. Found it to be an older facility, it was clean but in need of some serious repair in areas. The staff were friendly and did their jobs well.

    May 03, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Fantastic People, Great Food, Relaxing Vacation

    Room staff were attentive and very consistent. Great location with nice, small accessible design from pool area to beach to restaurants. Extremely friendly staff and service was top notch. Would like to especially thank Salvador, Augustin, Carlos, Jose ,Cheek-Boy, Gilberto and Francisco for there gracious hospitality and friendliness. We will definitely be back soon! - Alex and Julie (Alejandro and Hulia)

    Apr 29, 2019
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