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First Timers to Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta

Discussion in 'Mexico Timesharing' started by KDP1, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. MoPops

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    There are first floor rooms right next to the pick up point for the trams. There will generally be people hanging around right next to your patio. They put us there for one night. If you get a first floor room, at least try to get it away from the entryways. There are two in each GL building in RM one for guests and one for staff. Just my 2 cents. We arrived late all other rooms were full. (We were told) We moved next day to 3rd floor (of three) and were much happier. I enjoy sitting outside early in the morning and after dinner.
     
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    I guess the process of room assignments is a bit different fr owners vs exchangers. For owners, you are assigned your room several days in advance of your stay. The assignment is based, at least I am told, on your level of investment in the company. I have heretofore, been successful in getting room assignments both for myself and also renters that are staying through my contract. I would imagine that rooms are allotted to the exchange programs and then are controlled by sales. For owners, I do not believe it is the sales team that handles the assignments. RM is a bit interesting as the buildings are only three stories, virtually all without views of the ocean (there are a couple third floor units where you can see some blue water. The four bedroom residences are all ground floor (which makes no sense). I can see MoPops point. Ground floor at the end of the building can be quite loud. We have been ground floor in the middle of the buildings and they are actually not too bad as you feel like you are living in the jungle.
     
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  3. zentraveler

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    Sorry late to the game on this reply. When we went last November (2018) we had been assigned a 2 BR suite (no longer remember what particular designation but also $11/pp) through II, turned down the presentation offer (which, amazingly, was not difficult) and were assigned a beautiful 2 BR suite with one of the "extra fancy" studios attached to it. Seemed like a fluke in so many ways I can't begin to explain it. We were in Tower II on the 2nd floor; great views of water and foliage. We left generous tips for the housekeepers all week we are are 2 neat people); it was lovely and we loved it.

    This trip March 1-8, 2019 we finally decided to go to the presentation on March 2 and I posted a separate post, as factually as I could make it, with a clear title. Lots more info in responses there. Our deposit fee was $50 and they gave it back to us before breakfast even started. (And the prelude to breakfast was meeting at Santuario and getting coffee and assigned to a sales agent, then taken to breakfast.)

    Eric B. has posted a lot of fabulous room info and I agree with T-Dot-Traveller in her post; you will not be able to get into a room without going through at least one layer of sales person (we always get two). But we are always polite (this really is their job and it is my strong contention that they are on strict quotas like any sales person hence the aggressive selling, and the Vidanta jobs are in high demand), clear and unapologetic. Vidanta could make it a condition of trading into the property but they don't; it is optional and firmly and politely demurring has been our best strategy. If it is your first visit to this property you may get hit hard for this.
     
  4. calberry

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    Hmmm, I would like to learn more about that. I'd happily forego a $20 deposit by saying yes to the presentation, and then not going!
     
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    I just gave them the $20, set the appointment as far out as I could, then 2-3 days later went up to the same rep at her stand in the PM, told her my wife was refusing to go, and got my $20 back. Took about 15 minutes.
     
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    It was $50 this week at GL NV but I happy to know the strategy (and in this case it would have been true!). $50 would be a bargain to avoid the aggravation. My husband's idea was to tell them at check-in that yes, we are married, just not to each other :).
     
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    Thanks for all the great tips on this thread everyone. Heading to GL NV tomorrow.
     
  8. HenryT

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    I am having a family reunion at the Grand Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta this summer (I have 5 units which I acquired through II and RCI). I created the attached table to provide information on the different unit types for my relatives in case they wanted to request a specific unit type and/or floor. Note that I did not include any studio or 1 bedroom units as all my units have 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms:
    Grand Luxxe Unit Comparison.png

    Others may find it useful. Let me know if you find any errors so I can update my spreadsheet.
     
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  9. GW2

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    Henry,
    There are 5 towers now. I'm in tower 5 this week, a 2 BR "MSUITE".
     
  10. Eric B

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    Tower 5B has 2&3 BR lofts on the 9th floor, suites and villas on the lower floors.
     
  11. HenryT

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    Thanks Eric and GW. I will make these updates and wait to see if there are others before uploading a new chart.
     
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    Very interesting HenryT. Curious about where you found information like this....or did you compile it?
     
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    I compiled it from various sources including google searches, the Vidanta website and www.aimfair.com.
     
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  14. HenryT

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    I updated my original post with the changes provided so far.
     
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    Following up on your post...

    Today we followed the previously suggested Vindanta "escape route" (shuttle to Grand Mayan, then walking on beach past the Sea Garden) to check out the marina area. From there we took the ATM Riu bus (14 pesos/person) to Mega Soriano. Total time to Mega was about an hour from the time we left our room. You cannot see the Mega from the bus because of the highway overpass. Tell the bus driver and he will stop and let you off about 2 blocks away. The new store "la Comer" (across the street from Mega on same side of the highway) is as large as, if not larger than, Mega. The la Comer produce, meats, hot deli, bakery items are all beautiful and reasonably priced. So we purchased all our "stuff" at la Comer and caught a la Comer taxi waiting at the front door back to the Vindanta check-in area (200 pesos...$10±)…and from there a quick shuttle ride to our unit in Tower 5.
     
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    La Comer just opened in November. It is basically what Mega was before Soriano bought most of the Mrga stores. I always liked the Mega better when it was owned by Commercial. So the new one would be my preference. Glad to hear that it is nice.
     
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    I have this unit reserved in October any idea which building and floor we may get?
     

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    No oven, no washer/dryer & 3 BR means it’s a spa unit. If it’s in NV, it’s in tower 4 floor 4-9. Likely fairly high since October is a low month. Our favorite concierge, Gricelda, is usually in that tower on 8 or 9.

    If it’s RM, it’s in tower 3.
     
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    It’s in NV. Reservation says 3 whirlpool tubs. When I check Vidanta.com the spa unit says 2 jacuzzi tubs. Does whirlpool = jacuzzi? Would this be a presidential suite ? Any way to confirm what I’m getting?
    Any idea which is better?
    Thank you.
     
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    I contacted the resort, here is their response
    Thank you for your email and for choosing a Vidanta Resort destination through your exchange company for your next amazing vacation. Please be advised that according to our records your reservation is confirmed at the Grand Luxxe Presidential.

    This unit features three bedrooms with two king-size beds and two double beds, three and a half baths with three Jacuzzi tubs, a private terrace with two plunge pools, two gourmet kitchens, two living rooms with sleeper sofas, two dining rooms.

    Kindly bear in mind that all units are subject to availability and will be assigned at the time of check-in. Therefore, we will not know which room will be assigned to you.

    Wishing you a wonderful vacation and looking forward to seeing you soon!

    After receiving this some of our vacationers might possibly cancel. Anyone ever barter for a better smaller unit?
     
  21. pittle

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    I do not think there is a better smaller unit. :) Most of us would be absolutely delighted with that unit! We own a regular 2-bedroom Grand Luxxe and love it, but this one sounds amazing!
     
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    The Presidential ones are all in Punta, the building closest to the beach. The 3 BR ones there are lock offs with a full kitchen on both the 1 & 2 BR sides, though it’s a bit smaller on the 1 BR side. Not as nice as the lofts, but in a great location.

    Since it’s a lock off, if enough folks drop out you could always post the 1 BR half as an availability on TUG in the sightings/distress forum or something like that (that one is members only). Whether you can rent the week depends on the rules for whatever exchange you got it through, assuming it’s an exchange. Vidanta would set up separate accounts for separate groups in the same suite and would key it however you ask them to.
     
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