ntil the Grand Velas came along, this was the most upscale choice among the all-inclusives on Banderas Bay.
It's on uncluttered beachfront next to the smaller Occidental. It has gone through several names and management companies since opening in 2002. Previously the Vallarta Palace, it became the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in August 2012 and is making a positive impression with guests seeking out the pop culture Hard Rock brand and a sprawling resort with high-end amenities.
As with all Ha...