Nothing puts a damper on high-season business like a
Puerto Vallarta was cleaning up at press time after a visit Oct.
25 by Hurricane Kenna, which actually hit Mexico’s West Coast 100
miles north of the resort at the fishing village of San Blas.
While sand, rocks, roofs and vegetation were strewn around,
Puerto Vallarta’s major resorts reported mostly cosmetic, or as one
resort said, “aesthetic” damage.
Dennis Whitelaw, president of the Puerto Vallarta Hotel
Association, initially said that five properties representing 1,600
hotel rooms were closed. Upon further investigation, however, that
list expanded to at least 11 properties that are closed temporarily
Ken Phillips, spokesman for Pleasant Mexico Holidays, said five
of the wholesaler’s properties would be closed until the middle of
November the Continental Plaza (Nov. 10), Plaza Las Glorias (Nov.
10), Fiesta Americana (Nov. 11), Premiere Hotel (Nov. 15) and
Sheraton Buganvilias (Nov. 15).
Carlos de Leon, director of the Puerto Vallarta Convention and
Visitors Bureau, said the Buenaventura, Las Palmas, Sun Resort,
Pescador and Rosita hotels would be closed indefinitely.
De Leon said the properties in the downtown section of Puerto
Vallarta fronting the seaside Malecon promenade were the most
heavily damaged, with mud, sand and water taking over the first
floor lobbies. He added that the beach restaurants along the
Malecon were also devastated by high winds and high tides (up to
four-and-a-half feet high), including the popular El Dorado and La
Conversely, the Playa de Los Muertos Beach along the Malecon
“lost some sand,” de Leon said.
The Club Viva Vallarta and La Jolla de Mismaloya resorts
reported operations were back to normal last week. The Crowne
Paradise Resort said that only six rooms were damaged and that
management plans to turn these rooms into suites during the
repairs. The Marriott CasaMagna had some damage to its pool and
pool area, as well as some minor beach erosion, but is fully
operational. And the Westin Regina was closed temporarily, but
expected to reopen soon.
Mexico Boutique Hotels reported all was well with its Puerto
Vallarta area properties, which include the Majahuitas Resort, Casa
Las Brisas, Meson Dona Paz, El Tamarindo, El Careyes, Casas de
Careyes and Las Alamandas.
Phillips said Pleasant clients departing last week and this week
were being reaccommodated in Los Cabos or Cancun.
Last week, Mexico President Vicente Fox and Secretary of Tourism
Leticia Navarro visited Puerto Vallarta to tour the damaged
“We received some water and general cosmetic damage, some trees
were blown about, and swimming pools soon became infinity pools,
but overall Puerto Vallarta weathered the storm pretty well,”
Whitelaw said last week. “From an overall resort opinion, in seven
to 10 days the destination will look good to visitors.”