- Reviews: 215
vista del sol 509: spectacular views from stunning 5th-floor condo!
i can hardly believe i was so fortunate in 2015 as to be able to stay for three weeks in vista del sol 509 -- a spacious and beautifully furnished condo at the north end of los muertos beach in the romantic zone (also called "old town," or the "south side"). the vista del sol condos are in the next-to-last building before the pedestrian bridge (on the malecon) to the central downtown area.
without a doubt, the most wonderful part of this 1,450-square-foot condo is the balcony, which is large and faces directly west, making the view over the water seemingly infinite and the sunsets absolutely breathtaking. folding glass doors open from the living room onto the balcony, so that the combined open space from the living room and the balcony is huge. in addition, if you leave both the front wrought iron door and the living room folding glass doors open, there is a very nice cross-breeze thruout the entire condo.
the living room has two fairly large couches, several comfortable chairs, a glass coffee table, a TV (which i assume is HD because it is a flat-screen and relatively big; however, i never turned it on!), and a CD/DVD player, along with a good selection of "beach-read" books. between the living room and the kitchen is an expansive dining area with a glass table and eight large wooden chairs around it.
the kitchen is very well appointed, and altho it is possible to buy an enormous jug of purified water (maybe five gallons? it was too big for me to handle by myself) for 30pp (approx $2) from the reception desk, the water from the tap gave me no problems whatsoever. (puerto vallarta has one of the cleanest, if not THE cleanest, municipal water systems in mexico.) the kitchen includes a full-size stove, a full-size oven, a microwave, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, and lots of counter space. i didn't have to buy any kitchen supplies, not even spices.
the condo has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. the master bedroom has a sliding glass door that opens onto the balcony, making afternoon naps in the king-size bed a truly soothing experience, with the sound of the waves lulling you to sleep. there is ample storage space in dressers and closets, plus a small writing table and chair and a flat-screen TV and a CD/DVD player. the master bathroom has an oval tub made of small, dark blue tiles. there is a shower at one end of the tub; both the tub and the shower are big enough for two people. instead of a shower curtain, there is a sheet of clear glass that extends about halfway along the side of the tub.
the second bedroom has two twin beds that can be combined to make a king-size one; there is also plenty of storage space, a small writing desk, a flat-screen TV, and a CD/DVD player. a window along the east wall of the bedroom offers fresh air. the second bathroom, which can be entered thru either the second bedroom or an offset space adjacent to the dining room, has a large shower with clear glass doors.
thruout the condo, there are beautiful and intriguing paintings, sculptures, and other items that have obviously been collected with care by the owner on his travels around the world. for a riotous recounting of his journeys, take a look at
there are ceiling fans in the living room, the kitchen, both bedrooms, and both bathrooms. there is AC in both bedrooms; however, i never used it except when the atmosphere was muggy at night. an internet connection in the condo is available as well as one thruout the building; neither costs anything extra.
depending on the season, the prices for 2015-2016 ranged from $100-$195/night, except for christmas and new year's weeks, which were $225/night.
in addition to the website listed below, you can see this condo at http://www.andrewscondos.com/puertovallarta.html.
i recommend this condo without reservation.
first of all, the view, especially the sunsets, cannot be beat!
second of all, the rooftop pool area is extremely nice. the large salt-water pool provides a very comfortable swim -- much nicer and more buoyant than a chlorinated pool. it has the shape of a cross with the two arms offset slightly, so that even if someone is swimming laps, other people have plenty of space to congregate in the water.
there are many lounge chairs (all with sturdy cloth) and tables, some in the open and some under a thatched shaded area. from the wall around the pool area, you have an incredible view of the water, the south side, the mountains, and the central downtown area of puerto vallarta. the pool area also has bathrooms and an outdoor shower.
you reach the pool area from the elevators that go to the tenth floor (the roof); these are accessible from every floor of the building but not obvious when entering the building. in fact, the elevator closest to the reception desk goes only to the ninth floor, so there is very little chance of people wandering into the pool area if they are not staying in one of the condos in the building.
the building has 24-hour security, and there is always someone at the reception desk. all of the staff are extremely gracious and even recognized me after i had been there for a few days. someone always helped me without hesitation whenever i had too much luggage, shopping, etc., to carry by myself. there is maid service six days/week (for which tipping is appreciated).
two of my women friends came and stayed with me for almost a week. we never felt crowded, and there was always plenty of space for all three of us to spread out our various clothes, reading materials, electronic devices, shopping treasures, and other vacation accoutrements.
finally, this was one of the easiest rental transactions i have ever done. the owner answers his e-mails quickly and is straightforward and trustworthy in his communications. plus he has a terrific sense of humor!
- Reviews: 4558
Hotel Bernal: Clean and cheap place
I stayed there one night. The room was on the ground fllor, basic but enough for me. I paid 200 Pesos. Breakfast was not included.
Clean and cheap.
- Reviews: 215
casa beverly: a gorgeous condo right on the beach!
this is going to sound like a real estate ad, but i was crazy about this place. i was there for two weeks in 2014 and loved every minute of it. i’ve been going to puerto vallarta for more than 30 years, and i don’t think i’ve ever stayed in a place that i liked so much or that was so easy to live in. i would absolutely recommend this condo to anyone.
casa beverly is a beautiful one-bedroom, one-bath condo on los muertos beach on the south side of puerto vallarta (also called the “romantic zone,” or “old town”). the condo is on the third floor, but not to worry -- the building (called the plaza dorada condos) has an elevator.
the condo has a small but quite usable kitchen with a microwave, stove, refrigerator, and washer/dryer set that is behind louvered wooden doors. the bathroom has a large tub/shower that is made of ceramic tiles (white with blue birds painted on them). the tub/shower also has a stained-glass window that lets light thru to the bedroom, which is adjacent.
the bedroom is nicely arranged, with a closet and two chests of drawers plus folding wooden doors that open onto a very pleasant living room, which itself has glass doors that open onto the balcony. there is a ceiling fan in the bedroom and air conditioners in the kitchen and the living room. there are TVs in the bedroom and the living room, along with a DVD/CD player and a collection of good “beach-read” books.
this is not one of those vacation condos where you still have to buy a bunch of things when you get there. the owners provide a very generous supply of everything you could possibly need -- kitchen utensils, pots/pans, dishes, glasses, dishwashing liquid, laundry soap, paper towels, bath soap, toilet paper, and kitchen towels, bath towels, bed linens, and even beach towels and beach chairs! the only thing i ended up buying was shampoo.
interesting and unique mexican decorations are scattered thruout, but the condo doesn’t feel cluttered. in fact, it feels much larger than its 800 square feet because of the way the space opens up from the bedroom to the living room to the balcony. it is obvious that the owners have given a lot of thought to maximizing both open space and storage space, and it is also obvious that the owners have put a lot of care into furnishing this condo.
depending on the season, 2014-2015 prices ranged from $79-$185/night, except for christmas and new year's weeks, which were $214/night.
first of all, you get spectacular sunsets from the balcony!
second of all, since the balcony overlooks the beach, you can hear the waves when the balcony doors are open. it is incredibly soothing to go to sleep to the sound of the waves.
third of all, the pool area is extremely nice. the pool itself has a graduated bottom and is large enough to swim in but is not huge. the lounge chairs are very comfortable; they are made with some kind of porous fabric-type material rather than that scratchy plastic webbing. there are also tables with umbrellas for shade. the pool area has a locked gate to the beach that condo renters can use to go in and out.
in my opinion, the plaza dorada condos are in the most convenient part of los muertos beach -- about halfway between the pedestrian bridge (on the malecon) to the central downtown area and the part of the south side where the streets start to go uphill, and on each side within one or two blocks of the most popular streets for shopping and restaurants.
there is a small internet café next door with shaded tables outside, and there are several small shops, a bank, an ATM, and a couple of larger restaurants on the same block. half a block away is lazaro cardenas park, where lots of activities take place (the park is actually a kind of open plaza with trees and a shaded seating area).
this was the simplest rental transaction that i have ever done. the owners are really easy to work with, they respond to their e-mails, they answer their phone, etc., and they are just all-around nice people. they even called me at the condo to make sure that everything was all right and to see if i had any questions.
- Reviews: 445
villas vallarta and ana liz: cheap hotel or nice hotel?
oh, and a puerto vallarta page.
one time, i stayed at villas vallarta
it's an actual hotel with a pool and the facilities you need. there are places to shop just downstairs, but it's not close to the water and you have to take a bus to be anywhere interesting, imo.
there is also hotel ana liz in a great centrally located part of zona romantica, if you're on any budget (why not, since you're only spending three days there?)
it's super cheap and right in the middle of everything. clean, simple.
- Reviews: 6
Dreams VillaMagna Nuevo Vallarta: Great Bargin
This was my second trip to an all-inclusive resort. The first trip was to Breeze's in Montego Bay. The only thing good I have to say about that place is thay had a nice beach. Dreams Villa Magna was off the chart compared to Breeze's. The bars served real liquor, and there was wait service on the beach. The food was great - including 24hr room service. Mini bar was restocked every day. The place was clean. Pools were fantastic. Security kept children out of the adult pool. There were a lot of children there. Witnessed many weddings. The hotel did a great job with the weddings. Dolphins and manta rays were visible from the beach. Body surfing and boogie boarding was outstanding.
The staff was incredible. Most putting in long days, but still they maintaned a cheerful, and attentive attitude. What a bargin too! $1100 for 2 for 8 days and 7 nights.
- Reviews: 485
Hotel Las Palomas: Great hotel in Tepic
I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by Hotel Las Palomas. The hotel is very well run, it is very clean and the rooms are big. There is also free parking which was a big plus! The hotel has a very nice and very clean pool where you can relax and watch the mountains. Internet is free to hotel guests, so you can stay in touch with family and friends if you want to.
They have a very nice restaurant (we did not eat here, but we talk to other couples that were staying in the hotel and they did recommend eating at the restaurant) that seemed to be well run. Breakfast is included in the room price and it is good.
The location is perfect too. It is very close to the town center but far away to be quiet. It takes about 5 minutes to walk downtown from the hotel.
The price was more than decent considering all that you get. We paid 745 pesos (all taxes and breakfast included), which comes to about 70 US dollars per night.
The hotel personnel does speak a little bit of English (not all of them do, though), but you may also have to use your hands a lot and point out at the things you want (as we did when we exhausted all the Spanish words and phrases in our vocabulary).
I really enjoyed our stay at this hotel and I would highly recommend it to anybody who wants to go to Tepic and spend a night in town.
Unfortunately, I broke my digital camera on the way to Tepic and could not take any pictures...
big rooms, clean, great pool and friendly staff
- Reviews: 2
Casa la Ventana: Great community 15 miles south of Puerta Vallarta
It is nice to travel to a place like Casa la Ventana that meets one’s expectations for lodging and location while providing a couple of nice surprises that were not anticipated.
I was staying at Casa la Ventana during November and December because I was going to start writing a screenplay. I wanted a modern and quite place that provided good Internet access. I was not disappointed with theses demands. The owners and the local staff provided great service and support. The property is gorgeous with all of its plants and vegetation. The room had a comfortable bed with great lighting, climate control, storage and fantastic bathrooms with a very nice shower. The top floor of Casa la Ventana is unique because one can view the whole village, the steep Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. I had a couple meals that were cooked by one of the owners, which were outstanding because she gets the fish, tamales, cheese and other food from local vendors.
The surprises of the trip were the following: 1. The local soccer field provided a great area to do my daily jogging – it was almost like a college track for softness of ground.. 2. There is a private beach that is a thirty-minute walk through the mountains, which is good for swimming and snorkeling. 3. The zoo at Mismaloya provided the necessary animal accommodation while maintaining a great environment to observe the animals, which the majority is indigenous to Mexico, according to the zoo brochure. 4. The Botanical Gardens, couple miles south of Boca, with its orchids and other flowers and plants, especially the vanilla plants were something that I didn’t think that I would like; I was wrong. The zoon and gardens offer some unusual settings for photographs. Especially nice was that I didn’t get sick for two months, always felt safe, and the accommodations, food, drink, attractions were well within my budget.
Casa la Ventana is located in Boca de Tomatlan, which provides an authentic atmosphere of a small working community with its commerce, schools, churches and people. The town has some grocery stores that provide fresh fruit and vegetables and other items at reasonable prices. Wanting more variety is a twenty- minute public bus ride for sixty-five cents into Puerto Vallarta; affording an opportunity to practice one’s Spanish with local riders. There are numerous restaurants that cater to local residents and people from Puerto Vallarta spending a day on the beach for the weekend. Ramon’s beach restaurant is excellent example of place that a person brags about after the vacation to others, with great seafood dishes, friendly and funny staff and a great jukebox with Mexican songs. It is also the local hangout for the non-Mexican residents that live in Boca de Tomatlan.. Both non-locals and locals provide good conversation and stories. The weekday ritual of the school children in their uniforms going to school and playing conjures nice images of one’s earlier schooling years. While the ritual of firing the cannon to announce the commencement of Sunday services is something most people may have not had while growing-up, it is an event that will always be remembered. The people of Boca de Tomatlan – Mexican and non-Mexican are a delight that enhances the emotions of traveling. These are people truly love living in this community, which, without sounding trite, makes a person appreciate the communal aspect of life.
- Reviews: 1
Casa Viridiana: Beautiful, Romantic Puerto Vallarta Penthouse
In January 2009, I planned a surprise trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for my girlfriend. Coming from Vancouver, Canada, where an especially harsh and lasting winter was wrecking havoc, the sand and sun of a beautiful beach getaway, coupled with relatively inexpensive flights (thank you, Global Financial Crisis), was a truly irresistible combination.
This wasn't, however, just any spontaneous vacation. Sometime during the trip I planned to propose to my girlfriend, Jodie, the love of my life.
Now, I've never done anything the simple way, and staying in some standard fare, cookie-cutter beach resort just isn't me. Sure, the swim-up bar is nice, but there is nothing authentic about it and the food is usually mediocre at best.
Besides, I had an ulterior motive. I love traveling to different places around the world, and my girlfriend has not had the same opportunities to do this. While I was riding on a ferry to middle of nowhere Indonesia, Jodie was working her way through nursing school. Having not had these experiences, she is just a little apprehensive about traveling outside the regular tourist zones and, as her potential long term partner, it's important to me that she has the chance to see if she shares my love of exploring.
So, with all of this in mind, I set out to find a romantic, authentic, reasonably priced place to stay while in Puerto Vallarta. It was not an easy task. Focusing on condos, I found that some were nice but nothing special. Many were too far away from the city centre. Other seemed appropriate, but turned about to be prohibitively expensive.
Finally, one night at about 4 am, I stumbled across a craigslist ad for Casa Viridiana (www.casaviridiana.com). The pictures were striking, and the description was lucid and well written. After I contacted Louis the owner, everything seemed to fall into place.
As it turned out, the photos that had captured my attention did not nearly do justice to the real thing. The views from the patio and roof are truly stunning, and I could have spent the entire time outside in the hammock, gazing onto the bay and the mountains. The suite itself was clean, comfortable and simply but beautifully decorated.
The neighbourhood was perfect. The area is home to local Mexicans and long-time expats. When it wasn't quiet (which was a lot of the time) my girlfriend and I could hear the sounds of birds and, on the Friday morning, children playing at the nearby elementary school. The Malecon (the main boardwalk with all the nightlife and pricey restaurants), is close enough to walk-to, but far enough away to feel like you are secluded from the regular tourist happenings.
Needless to say, my girlfriend fell in love with the place. She liked it so much that she was silly enough to say yes when I proposed to her on the rooftop, open air bed, just after the nightly fireworks had begun.
I have no doubt that this trip has ignited in her a desire to keep exploring the world with me - and I can say for sure that she wants to return to the suite and to Puerto Vallarta (perhaps in that order of importance!).
It was an all-around amazing five days, thanks in large part to my decision to stay at Casa Viridiana.
The suite's owner, Louis and property manager, Brad were both extremely helpful. Louis let me in on the very best local restaurants, and Brad's advice sent Jodie and I on an adventure to a secluded beach paradise.
For all these reasons, it's without any reservation that I will recommend this suite to anyone looking for a unique, memorable experience in Puerto Vallarta.
- Reviews: 16
Bahia Bonita: SouthSide's Bahia Bonita in Alta Vista
DSL Internet, Cable TV, purified water, weekly maid service, onsite property manager, garden, pool, restaurants, buses and taxis closeby. Quiet and friendly group. Only 24 units in 3 towers and many speak English. Mainly Canadian, American and Mexican.
*Jul 16, 2008 - Jul 28, 2008 $390 1355
Jul 28, 2008 - Aug 14, 2008 $390 1355 occupied
*Aug 14, 2008 - Oct 20, 2008 $390 1355
Oct 20, 2008 - Nov 21, 2008 $615 1970 occupied
*Nov 21, 2008 - Jan 19, 2009 $615 1970
Jan 19, 2009 - Feb 18, 2009 $615 1970 occupied
*Feb 18, 2998 - Mar 1, 2009 Total $800
Mar 1, 2009 - Jun 2, 2009 $615 1970 occupied
*Jun 2, 2009 - Oct 19, 2009 $390 1355
For distant rentals is 25% deposit on booking, 25% 6 months after and then 50% 90 days before arrival. If it is soon, all 100% is due upon reservation. Methods of payment are bank check, cashier's check, money order [all sent directly to me] or PayPal to my email address. The latter method must include a 5% fee since this is what PayPal charges deposits to my account. Payments up to 90 days prior are refundable if place becomes rented; within 90 days, cancellation results in all money paid becoming a credit for a future rental, nonrefundable. Please reserve very early as my place books far in advance during high season. Rates vary by number of weeks and month and time of the year. Discounts may be arranged for length of stay. Ask me for pix or try:
Street Parking (ample)
Coffee Maker and Grinder
Ceiling and Floor Fans
Pets allowed if well-behaved and on leash in common areas
Housekeeping Friday, once/week. Before you visit if one week only. Extra laundry services available for costs.
Buses within 1 Min. Walk one block: north to Mega, Soriana, Hotel Zone, El Pitillal, Sam's and WalMart 5 pesos; or across Highway 200 [Barra de Navidad] past Pemex south to Boca, Mismaloya and El Tuito.
- Reviews: 175
Starbay boutique resort: Nice small hotel
+ I loved this hotel, it has good service, clean facilities, ocean view, small hotel with only 30 rooms, so it's never crowded and free parking available.
-The only problem with this hotel is that a vehicle is necessary, because is located 15-20 min. drive to Puerto vallarta. Also all the rooms have ocean view, but only half have the bedrrom toward the ocean and the other half toward the road, so ask that the bedroom is located toward the ocean in order to avoid noise from the road.
Kitchennete with refrigerator, coffe maker, toaster, microwave and dishes. nice view, very peaceful and private, pool, children's pool, an a little restaurant in site.
- Reviews: 1
firstname.lastname@example.org: La Palapa Rental Agency Review
Do not make the same mistake – After having booked online with many reputable agencies we unfortunately had the bad luck to find John Dea, Maria Reynalda Macias Candelaria AKA Reyna, and John Dommanschet. All representing Condominiums La Palapa. An additional person who receives the money and has an address at 150 Col. Independencia, PVR is Silvia C. Gutierrez. She is also said to have addresses in California and Texas.
Our booking and confirmation-
- Luxurious, oversized 3BR/3BA ocean-front condo with large FULL ocean view terrace, offering dramatic, unobstructed views of the entire Banderas Bay, Pacific Ocean and surrounding jungle clad mountains, for US $395 per night for the condo, for 6 people max
Apparently, the three work in collusion to book condominiums online and request full payment before completion of booking. That’s not so unusual however, their confirmation of the booking for a 3BR/3BA in a building that does NOT have a 3BR/3BA is. Prior to our arrival email inquiries were made as to the specific amenities of the “luxury” condo. Confirmation was less than forthcoming. Actually, no email was received until the evening preceding our departure for PVR.
We were only to find out that there was NO internet, No DVD, No washer and dryer, No Dining room table, No luxury beds, No 3BR/3BA, No Beach Towels, ….. the list does go on and on. What we did find in our dismal 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA was worn out sheets – sheets without a thread count, desperate furniture invoking a 1980’s trailer house, and a a few broken deck chairs along with a rusted out table. The rusted table reminding us all to verify our most recent tetanus vaccinations.
Perhaps our story wouldn’t be quite so SAD had it not been for the news we were to learn upon our bringing the above failures to the attention of Reyna. Upon receiving an email from John Dea, Reyna replied that her husband and boss John Dommanschet had been in an unfortunate automobile accident and would be unable to reply. She also added that due to our unhappiness with our condominium she felt we were being quite aggressive.
NOT once did any of these individuals apologize for their dishonest misrepresentation of the “luxury” 3BR/3BA condominium.
Great View from the 6th floor.
Avoid the Pool level as the noise from the Air Conditioning system on the next building is overwhelming at times.
- Reviews: 13
Plaza Las Glorias: Plaza Las Glorias is exactly that!
Extremely clean and well managed, this hotel is a best-kept sectret.
It is on the beach, and if you set up on the edge of the wall near the beach, vendors will come carrying thier wares for you to buy. It is luxurious with the sea behind them and palm trees overhead. Don't get in a hurry. No point! But tip your drink waiters well, and you'll never go dry! Real Mexican style, great food and fun.
- Reviews: 2
PVRPV Puerto Vallarta Rentals Premier Vacations: PVRPV Rentals are the only way to go!
If you're looking for a rental in the puerto vallarta area, I have to recommend PVRPV (Puerto Vallarta Rentals Premier Vacations) owned by Tim Longpre. After staying at Playa del Sol regularly for years, I decided to try a nonresort condominium in the trendy Zona Romantica of Puerto Vallarta. I came across PVRPV through a friend and from the moment I walked into their office, I was given the royal treatment. I perused over 200 condos, villas, and haciendas before choosing a beautiful condo in a very quiet complex with a beautiful pool, and the most charming maid that visited with me daily. The condo was lovely- there were even parrots chirping away in the tree just off my balcony- we don't have those in Manhattan so I was quite entertained to sit and watch them for hours while the sun set over Los Muertos Beach every night. After my initial experience with them, I of course used them again when I returned 2 months later. Their concierge service was a welcome feature, saving me the haggling with taxi drivers and timeshare salesman on more than one occasion. If you are looking for a rental in Puerto Vallarta, you can't go wrong with this team.
Beautiful pool, very quiet, about a 2 minute walk to the beach, landscaped shady grounds with lots of tropical flowers, condo was exquisitely decorated and meticulously clean. Maid service. Concierge service. 24 hour security. Unreal views and sunsets. Absolutely no hassle and everything was very upfront and professional, service with a smile.
- Reviews: 30
Villa Ventura: Breathtaking
We stayed in one of the villas offered by Applegate Realtors (see link below). I would highly recommend Villa Ventura for the location and the comfort, and also the air-conditioned bedrooms.
Pool, great view, semi-private beach access. Just from the patio we saw dolphins, stingrays, various tropical fish and about a million crabs. Full baths in each bedroom, as well as TVs, VCR's and DVD players. Each bathroom also equiped with blow dryers.
The best part of the villa is the professional house staff. Senor Beto is a world class chef and makes perhaps the best meals I have ever eaten. The rest of the staff caters to your every need and keeps the house very clean.
- Reviews: 7
Los Flamingos Villa's
Great place to stay! This is a 3 bedroom that sleeps 8. Has a full kitchen, daily complete maid service, great pool, golf course and wonderful staff. This is our favorite place to stay in PV! It is just north of the airport and about 25-30 min from downtown. Staying here gives you the feel of living in Mexico. E-mail me with any questions at email@example.com.
All villas are completely furnished and even have beer & pop stocked in the fridge. We have really enjoyed having community BQ’s and even big fish cook outs when we go deep sea fishing. What a blast! I would highly recommend this to any one wishing to enjoy PV.
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