Welcome to the Sun Hostel of Puerto Vallarta. I booked my stay here on HostelBookers. At the time I booked my stay, both Hostelbookers and the hostel’s website stated they were ‘sister’ hostel to The Amazing Hostel Sayulita which is where I booked my stay for Sayulita. I figured it would make the most sense. It did until I got there and discovered the family drama. Luckily, it did not affect my reservation or stay at either hostel. I was lucky because the Sun Hostel accommodated the changes I made to my reservation without the notification I expected would happen from their ‘sister’ hostel. I had decided to stay longer in Sayulita, asked them to notify Sun Hostel and didn’t think another thing of it until I got to Sun Hostel and they had canceled my reservation as a ‘no call, no show.’ Marco, the hostel manager, hooked me up and honored my reservation and the original amount quoted. Yay!
Outside view of hostel located underneath Sun Motel. View looking towards ocean from outside hostel. Look how freaking close this hostel is to the Beach!!!
These two pictures show some of the common areas. It is a large space with wonderful murals. The front where the light is coming from faces the street; however, there are no windows. There also isn’t any outdoor seating area. Since it was a cave-like dwelling, I liked that the common areas were decorated and airy feeling. A flat screen tv is directly across from the wall of pillows below. Opposite the picnic tables is the kitchen, also a large space with plenty of counters, cooking areas, and appliances. The refrigerator is typical “put your name on it and shove it somewhere” style.
Below is the 6 bed female dorm with private bathroom I stayed in. Beds were ok. Each came with private lighting. I was fortunate to share with only one other person, albeit she was a crazy lady that turned the lights on at all hours of the night and didn’t talk to me but at least she was the only other roommate. Key item: air conditioning and fans! Since all spaces were completely enclosed with no outside breeze, air conditioning was key! Puerto Vallarta was freaking hot and humid! I found it extremely odd that the room cleaning time was 10pm every night I was there. Isn’t that an odd time for staff to clean dorm rooms? Hello! I was sleeping one night.
Security wasn’t a problem. Each dorm room and bathroom was individually locked. Each guest had access to a lockable locker. The facility was gated.
Best Features: friendly staff, large common area, air conditioning, close to beach and restaurants, safe neighborhood, cheap
Needs Improvement: small dorm rooms, no outdoor seating
Recommendation: Would stay here again due to proximity to beach
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