Hotel Overview

2019 Resort Added 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

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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 3053 reviews
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    The worst place I ever stay

    This hotel is very old and not well maintained. Smelly rooms, moulds, air conditioner very noisy and inefficient, rust everywhere, lots of plugs are not working, the beach chairs full of sand and birds pops, front desk completely unprofessional. Right now when I write this review (3am) my room temperature is 28 degrees with an almost 60 decibels noise level. I still have 11 days to spend here and the only positive thing is my daughter who's enjoying the weather, the water.... she's only 4 years old. Please be aware about this place that has an extra star and half on their rating. Dear manager, please don't answer to my review! I read the other ones you gave and is just a standard reply without any post-action.

    Jun 15, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    guacamole update

    One of the previous reviews complained that there was no guacamole available. When my wife and I were there last December, guacamole was available in both restaurants, but not the buffet. It was openly offered in the Mexican restaurant by the pool, and was available in the Italian restaurant if you asked for it. It may be that avocados are not always available year round but there was no problem in December. The prepared guacamole that you buy in British Columbia does not begin to hold a candle to the fresh guacamole that was available at the Samba.

    Jun 15, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Charming with great friendly service

    Samba wasn't our first choice but we booked really last minute and we're so glad at the outcome. Samba is sandwiched between two massive Riu hotels but after seeing the difference in the crowd at each of the hotels, I'm so glad we found Samba. It is a smaller, older facility but is kept super clean. The service was definitely the highlight. There was not one hour that we sat on the beach and not offered a drink. Salvador and Francisco were always on the ball. Mari Cruz was adorable and super helpful. And Cheek-boy was super entertaining. On our last night, we had just missed the Mexican night outdoor dinner. I was craving for some fresh pineapple before leaving for home and Jose ended up getting the kitchen to make a plateful just for me :) The location was great too. We took a bus that stopped right outside the hotel to downtown Puerto Vallarta one day and another bus to Sayulita. Bucerias was just an hour's walk away along the beach which we did in the evening, stopping at Fatboy for beers right at the beach and then for late night tacos in the market area. Other than the service, there are no bells and whistles to this place. Samba is just a low key, super friendly, non pretentious hotel, perfect for getting some R&R.

    Jun 10, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Excellent smaller resort in Nuevo Vallarta

    Looking for a smaller resort than the larger mega resorts that we had gone to the past few years we chose the Samba Vallarta this past February. We were very happy with the decision. Hotel - Smaller and only 3 stories which made for quick walks to the beach and pools for our elderly parents. Rooms - Basic but functional and clean. Grounds - Beautifully maintained with an excellent pool area Food - Buffet always had good options for us, a la carte were good but service took too long for our young kids Beach was perfect, lots of chairs and palapas, no rocks Staff - Excellent service from all WiFi - Best Free WiFi we've had in Mexico, reception even at the beach Hilights - Turtles hatching on our beach one night! 30minute walk to the local big grocery stores, 30 minute walk down the beach to Bucerias The Buffet without the endless elevator waits from years past and the footprint of the grounds . Great for our elderly parents to waht holiday.

    Jun 07, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Enjoyable holiday in a smaller hotel

    We loved this hotel as the staff was very helpful and friendly. The appearance outside is very Mexican, the gardens are beautifully maintained and the rooms are comfortable but very dated. There was more than enough at the buffet to choose from and the waiters were very attentive especially Manuel and Alexander. The halls were always full of maids mopping but for some reason the maids never left enough towels or bath mat in the room. The manager, José was very helpful as our flight with Sunwing was 13 hours after checkout with all those hours to put in. At the front desk Mari Cruz was a source of information. We would return to this hotel for sure.

    Jun 04, 2019
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