Hotel Yasmin, 168 Basilio Badillo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Hotel Yasmin is adorable, starts out like young Shirley Temple in The Good Ship Lollipop. At first look you see the bright colors, the frida prints, the plants, the Botero prints, the cool funky aged hippie eclecticness. Then you start to notice Shirley Temple Black, the age, the wrinkles, the extra weight, the signs of disrepair and use being covered by the shabby chicness and faux paint. But still cute.
The courtyard, and small pool are cute too, lots of plants, birds coming in to the bird feeders, lots of furniture all mix matched and colorful. Lots of outdoor sitting available, on each level of the hotel there are seating spaces.
There are signs indicating the hotel, and all its spaces are smoking free, unfortunately people still smoked whilst there.
Our room (15) was on the second floor, at the end of the balcony with a view of the courtyard, it was a small room with one double bed and one twin. These are your options in all rooms I believe. There are lots of pillows, offering a wide variety of options. The beds are soft enough, which gives me hope for restful sleep. update: the beds were nice, and we slept well, I would suggest they rotate them because sides away from the wall, where everyone sits, are starting to sag a bit.
Room Downsides: there is no place to sit the luggage, and very little space to store clothes. we identified 3 single plug outlets, one behind the small table between the beds, the lamp is plugged in to it, one beside the tv, that we can use if the tv is off, and one under the small table that is available to put your stuff. bring a power strip for charging all your gadgets. There were lots of hangers, but accessing the closet is difficult.
The bathroom is small, in fact I don’t think you could comfortably use it if the door were closed. The sink base is not connected and teeters perilously with every bump. The shower is ok sized, has both hot and cold water, however regulating the temperature was tricky. The advertising mentions amenities, if that means 2 teeny tiny bars of Rosa Venus soap, then you’re set. Bring your own! Towels are large and fluffy, but nowhere to hang them once you,ve used them. No room to keep toiletries in the bathroom, well, under the sink.
There is a tv, but no way to change language on movies and such so every English made movie is dubbed is Spanish, and no subtitles.
There is a wind-tunnel fan that goes from storm velocity, to tornado, to hurricane force winds! If the fan had had lower settings we’d have not used the ac at all. The ac unit works, but is noisy.
Upsides: Very friendly and casual, many of the tenants left their doors open whilst in the courtyard or lobby. Seems many of the guests were repeat visitors over many years.
Very convenient to lots of stuff – 1 block from the beach, restaurants, bakeries, convenience stores really close by. easy to get a cab, buses close by.
Our room was pretty quiet, not too much noise from the next door restaurant or the patio. Staff was very friendly. English is not the common language.
The advertising mentions a restaurant, there are many restaurants, however not ‘in’ the hotel, but right next door.
wifi signal in our room was quite weak, we frequently had to open the door or stand on the balcony outside our room.
At 800 pesos per night, this was the 2 person fee, 1 person is 700 pesos, it was a pretty good deal.
I was unable to find a way to book directly with Yasmin so ended up using booking.com.
Yasmin has lots of good reviews on Travelocity, I would come back again, it is a pretty good deal if you want to be close to the beach and in viejo vallarta.