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“I LOVE CASA DULCE VIDA”
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Casa Dulce Vida
Ranked #21 of 70 Puerto Vallarta B&B and Inns
Calgary, Canada
1 review
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“I LOVE CASA DULCE VIDA”
Reviewed 31 March 2011

My family and I have been vacationing here for over 12 years. Chawnalee and the staff are amazing, very professional and always go above and beyond. We have been to mexico numerous times over the years, but we keep coming back to Casa Dulce Vida for the one-of-a-kind experience it offers. The architecture and high ceilings are breathtaking. The rooms are very spacious and have a unique mexican 'feel' (as opposed to a small plain hotel room). The location is right in the heart of downtown so you can stay in and enjoy the mosaic pool and amazing view, or you can step out the front door to explore all the wonderful shops and restaurants PV has to offer. I would definitely recommend staying here. The pricing is very reasonable and the privacy of having only 7 units makes Casa Dulce Vida exclusive, private and very relaxing! !

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 12 March 2011

Beautiful grounds , awesome location, clean ,beautifully decorated Casa and the Warks made us feel like family. I would not stay anywhere else in Puerto Vallarta. Hope to be back again in 2012.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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801 Cuesta del Norte, Santa Fe, NM
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Reviewed 18 February 2011

Our 4th stay here after trying another place in downtown area. We'll never stay any other place in PV. Everything that you want is right here: peacefulness, cleanliness, friendliness, proximity to everything important and on and on.
Owners/operators (Lee, Audrey & daughter Chawnalee) are the perfect hosts looking after your every need and very familiar with everything Puerto Vallarta.
We particularly like the proximity to the main plaza and the fact that everything is within walking distance downtown. The fact that we could cook ourselves and not have to be tied to a B&B type schedule of eating is to our liking. We've already signed up for next year!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Valdosta, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 February 2011

This inn is a real gem, tucked away in the heart of old town Puerto Vallarta. It's a short walk to Davanna yoga (a MUST for anyone- sunset yoga classes!), the beach, the malecon, and close to many restaurants and art galleries. You feel like you are staying at a friend's house when staying at Casa Dulce Vida. It's an intimate, authentic retreat.

  • Stayed January 2011
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kingston
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Reviewed 23 January 2011

A totally charming spot, family run with care and attention to detail. This casa (historical home turned hotel) is ideally situated, within walking distance to the beach but far enough away that you feel you are in Puerto Vallarta proper and not the tourist zone. The hotel owners make everything easy by providing guests with a binder full of where to eat, visit and go during your stay. Plus they are always available for questions and support. The staff are quiet and respectful. The premises are immaculate, the surroundings beautiful, and everywhere you look is tucked away original art, tile, or unusual decorations. The view from the roof top garden is lovely, especially during sunset. In all, this is a quiet getaway you could happily stay for weeks and still find something new. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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new york
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

Our impression of the property was favorable. First of all the grounds and rooms are very nice and the rooms are as well. We enjoyed sunbathing by the pool. We were given an upgrade based on availability to Casa 3. However, when guests travel and need to get up early for a morning flight, make sure you bring your own alarm clock as there is no clocks in any room. If you ask Chawnalee (property manager) you will be condescendingly told "most travelers use cell phones as alarm clocks". She gave absolutely no effort towards a solution and seemed rather unconcerned that we had a 6am flight. On the bright side we found out if you need a cab at 4am there are several cabs patrolling the Malecon at all times of the night. Another issue was the location. Although it was close to the Malecon (the boardwalk) we found at night the residents of the neighborhood were quite loud i.e: loud music, shouting and enough noise that even the use of earplugs did not allow us to fall asleep, not to mention that the neighborhood in general just didn't feel all that safe. If you value the property amenities over poor service and noisy nights than you should stay here because the property is beautiful and the rates are reasonable. We all have priority's when we travel and overall even though we would like to give this property a higher rating we place a very high value on customer service and sleeping soundly.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2010

Just back from a four-day stay in Casita 4. Wow! Incredibly spacious, beautiful furnishings throughout (two bedrooms, and an extra small sleeping area; large living room, dining room, and kitchen; two well-functioning bathrooms), windows and doors aplenty opening out onto gorgeous gardens, and an enormous terrace area overlooking the pool with views down to the ocean. I think two other apartments were occupied while we were there, but it seems you always feel you have the place to yourself. And it's perfect walking distance from everything in town -- a few blocks from the Malecon (be warned, though -- they're steep uphill on the way home...), from Barcelona Tapas and Cafe des Artistes, River Cafe, Vitea, Trio, and a lovely walk to the Zona Romantica. John Huston's former house is right next door -- and the gardener started out working for Richard Burton! My only caveats are that it's incredibly hot in summer, despite an excellent fan system, and the geckos which keep you insect-free are very noisy at night, so bring ear-plugs. Other than that: Dulce Vida is stunning. Look no further.
PS The website really doesn't do the place justice; look at traveler photos instead.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Dulce Vida

Property: Casa Dulce Vida
Address: Calle Aldama (El Centro) 295, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 70 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautiful large property has great views and is centrally located to Pv's best restaurants, shopping and 4 blocks to the beach. Enjoy many of the casas as a group or select one individually. There are many gardens, patios and entrances that provide privacy. The swimming pool is large and there are many lounges and gardens. Maid service is Monday to Saturday. There are on site massages and beauty services. All casas have complete kitchens. The free wifi is throughout. We so appreciate our new solar system. Don't just visit .... Live it! ... more   less 
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