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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Puerto Vallarta

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Dane F
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“PV escape”
Reviewed 1 October 2016 for a stay in August 2016

This most recent visit was our second and while the house has three bedrooms, it was only my wife and I who stayed. We have been to PV too many times to count and HATE hotels. Casa hortensias is secluded, in a quiet part of the romantic zone. It has a delightful infinity pool with an adjacent palapa patio. An outdoor kitchen and cabana for changing or showering coupled with a terrific view of part of the city and much of banderas bay make casa hortensias our go to place.

Walkable to the beaches and many great restaurants, there is not much more to ask for. The staff are responsive to every need. Jeffrey Hill has numerous rental props in PV and been in this biz a long time. He gets it right.

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 16 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

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Liked best: The rooftop pool area
Liked least: Having to go home!!!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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lizzy429
Connecticut
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124 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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“Good apartment with outdoor space and pool to spread out. Short walk to town”
Reviewed 15 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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We stayed here for 10 days in July. The apartment was exactly as illustrated. Very well equipped kitchen - lots of appliances and nice that there was enough paper towel, toilet paper etc to last our stay (we did replace some). The three bedrooms worked well for us - two parents, teenage daughter (17) and boyfriend (18). We were al able to spread out enough with the upstairs area with pool. The chaise lounges were very comfy. The A/C worked well (thank goodness) as it was VERY hot and muggy. Pool is smallish, comparable to others in PV, and was exposed to sun all day. We used the grill by the pool to make delicious steak arrachera.

A couple of small items: the apartment is a bit worn in places - a few tiles coming up in the pool. Musty smell coming from sink in 2nd bedroom. Some of the upholstery coming off the dining room chairs and cushions. The ceiling leaked when it rained (3 times). This seems to be a normal thing since there are towels by the area and the ceiling has been well patched (but not enough to stop the leak). It was not a big deal and outside the rainy season you would not notice it. Master Bed was comfortable. I found the light in the MB to be too much at night - light shines through the drapes from outside buildings. I eventually put on eye-shades. The maid showed up regularly was very nice, and was done in 2-3 hours. We saw the mozo (maintenance man) a couple of times at most. One other thing - many decorative items in the house. Almost too many. Every surface has several things on it, which means you need to move the stuff to put down your stuff. Very nice decorating, but less objects on tables would be better.

The house is up at the very top of Calle Hortencias. This means it is a scary drive for non-natives. Our local friend tried to drive up twice but lost her courage and stopped part way! Local taxis- no problem. 50 pesos to nearby town locations on south side of Malecon (boardwalk). I think if you are driving, just have gumption enough to get up those STEEP hills! We did walk DOWN the tire track. This homemade track (with tires embedded to prevent erosion) is very DOWN and steep. (Go out the door, turn left, and it is to the left of the bridge. (Yes that is really the trail down there!) First time a bit scary. My husband is 59 with a knee brace but did it several times. We never did go up, but the teenagers did, panting and sweating all the way. We were always able to grab a taxi easily so had no problem getting back home

Jeffrey Hill and his associates provided very thorough information beforehand. Lots of information in email about local restaurants, neighbors, contact info. Probably the BEST info I have seen in all the rentals we have done (lots).

I looked closely at 3-4 properties in PV and chose this one eventually due to the pool and upper patio. It was further away from the Spanish School my daughter was attending north of the Malecon. However we walked it daily - 34 minutes from the house. It was hot and sweaty in July but the walk is flat and boardwalk very pleasant. We felt very safe the whole time. Great house! Wifi worked fine, and they have good TV access with satellite. We were able to get soccer matches from US. They also had some DVDs and some extra paperback books in Engish which was good.

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Liked best: Upstairs patio with pool and kitchen, view of town and ocean
Liked least: Steep street, leaky ceiling
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Supernova...
Green Brook, New Jersey
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25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“A property not cared for”
Reviewed 10 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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I visited this property last week and was shocked to see that the place has not been maintained in quite some time. The pool is missing many tile as well as the palapa on the roof. There is a basket in the living room that holds bath mats as the roof is leaking even when it has not rained in months. One of the pieces of furniture in the living room was so thread bare that there was a 10 rip. It looks nothing like the photos on the internet, I would imagine that they were taken years ago. This property is supposedly owned by an interior decorator in town. Shameful at best. I wish I would have taken some photos

Travelling group: Other
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Cynful
Issaquah, Washington
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great Place”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

The villa is exactly as it appears on line. The pool is a wonderful addition. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to cook or bake. It was a great place for our multi-generational family to stay and we would consider staying here again.

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Liked best: The view and location to town.
Liked least: That the third bathroom was not near a bedroom.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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DCZ-6
San Francisco, California
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34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Hillside P.V. Retreat”
Reviewed 27 February 2014 for a stay in February 2014

Just got back from a wonderful stay at Casa Hortencias in PV. When you are renting based on pictures from the internet, there is always a touch of trepidation regarding what you will actually get. I have got to say that Casa Hortencias exceeded our expectations. The decor was top notch, lovely designer touches and yet very comfortable. The house was very clean. The towels were thick and numerous. The bedding crisp.

I would recommend the pick-up from the airport...Ricardo was extremely helpful.

The layout was terrific for a group of 3 couples. The different levels allowed people to spread out and relax. The decks are mostly in shade so it was perfect for relaxing with a book. Our Sun worshiper was able to float in the pool between 11 - 2 and get the sun that they wanted.

The building next door that people have mentioned is currently empty, we did not have any issues with party's or other people noise. We did have some issues with the dogs barking in the night but they eventually settled down. You also have to realize that you are in a rural area. The sounds of the birds in the canopy during the day was quite wonderful.

The iguanas in the tree next to the house were quite entertaining as well.

The "tire trail" to Old Town is not for the faint of heart and should not be attempted in the dark. We would walk down the hill via the road and take a cab back after dinner.

The ability to walk to "Vista Grill" for dinner was quite the bonus.

All in all it was a perfect escape

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Liked best: Being in the Jungle
Liked least: Getting down the hill
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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San Francisco
Reviewed 18 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013
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