A Tripadvisor Reviewer Left a Scathing One-Star Rating for a Marriott Resort After Witnessing a Crocodile Drag a Guest Into the Ocean
The reviewer said her friends had to save the guest and were left "traumatized."
A guest wrote a scathing one-star Tripadvisor review of a Marriott resort in Mexico after witnessing a crocodile drag a fellow guest into the ocean.
The reviewer praised the food and the staff at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa before describing how her "traumatized" friends had to save their fellow guest from the crocodile. She also criticized the hotel's response to the attack.
The resort later apologized for the "unpleasant experience," The Daily Beast first reported.
A Marriott spokesperson told in a statement Insider that its staff was trained in "safety matters" and that the hotel encouraged "all guests to be vigilant for their safety."
"The room was clean, although had a bit of a moldy smell," she wrote. "The food and staff were absolutely excellent, although I wish there were more dinner options available on site. Based on those items alone I would've highly recommended this hotel.
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"However and this is a HUGE however, the only deterring factor for my not recommending to others is the fact that my group of friends RESCUED a young girl from a 12 ft+ CROCODILE."
Fred Ruiz, a member of the staff at the hotel, responded to Natalie's review on Tripadvisor.
"While we are pleased to learn that our food and services were excellent, we apologize for the unpleasant experience you had during your stay with us," he said. "We are greatly concerned about this situation, and we review our plans and procedures often and work closely with the appropriate authorities on an ongoing basis."
18-year-old dragged to the ocean
Kiana Hummel, an 18-year-old from the Bay Area, told ABC7 News on Tuesday that she was sitting on the sand with a friend at the hotel's private beach, about to take a midnight swim, when she felt a crocodile bite her leg and drag her toward the ocean. She hit the crocodile, causing it to let go — but it then latched onto her other ankle, she said.
Natalie wrote in the review that "had my group not been sitting on the patio near the beach that poor girl would've DIED."
She said her group "pulled this girl and her friend from the crocodile's mouth" as it dragged the girl into the water.
Hummel didn't say in her ABC7 News interview whether her friend was also attacked.
Natalie said her friends "were spearheading the trauma to stop the bleeding with a tourniquet and demanding an ambulance." Staffers were slower to respond than she wanted, she said.
"My group is TRAUMATIZED by this experience," she added.
Natalie said the hotel had signs warning of crocodiles. She added that while staffers patrolled the beach, they weren't there during the attack.
"That crocodile is a monster and will be back on your beaches until he gets what he wants, do something about it before you kill one of your guests," she said.
The Marriott spokesperson said "appropriate signage, as well as night patrolling and red flags, were and are properly in place" at the hotel in Puerto Vallarta.
"A Marriott associate on patrol, who had warned Kiana prior to the attack about the dangers of swimming in the ocean after sunset, was present and able to help in the rescue," the spokesperson said. "He radioed for an ambulance immediately, which arrived within minutes."