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Casa Isabel Puerto Vallarta - Worth the steep climb up the hill
We very much enjoyed our stay at Casa Isabel in Puerto Vallarta. We were recommended to the place by good friends; so we had high expectations of our accomodations and they were pretty much met. Since this was our first visit to this fine city, the hotel manager, Brenda, was very helpful in getting us situated not only in our apartment but also with loads of information of places to see, eat and do, especially restaurants. Sometimes we forget we're on vacation and start stressing about making reservations and who we should contact...Brenda made this all very easy..like your own personal assistant. Another on site resident is Juanito. He pretty much makes sure the hotel grounds are in perfect working condition. He is also able to make taxi calls for you and anything else that you might need. And not to forget Isabel the cleaning person. She makes sure your room is spotless, and it was!
Casa Isabel is situated right in the heart of PV center. There is very easy access right to the city's attractions, restaurants, eateries, galleries and beaches. Since we were in a 1 bedroom apartment, we stocked up on breakfast foods like coffee, bread and snacks. The are a couple of grocery stores located within short walking distance to C.I. Speaking of food and drink, you can also stock your refrigerator with a case of beer (Dos XX's) and purchase it directly from C.I. For only $150 pesos, you get 20 beers in bottles. Why do I write this in the review? Remember, you are up a steep hill and there really is no need to lug up a case of beer up a hill and deal with the deposit when C.I. takes care of it all for you!
The rooms are very comfortable and spacious...at least the 1 bedroom is. Since you are situated on a hill, you have these wonderful views of the city and the bay. It was so relaxing watching the sunset over the Pacific; seeing huge cruise ships sail into the marina; watch people parasailing seemingly above the high rise hotels--all this from your veranda! If it gets too hot or you're ready to settle in for the night, the veranda has these huge, folding sliders that you can close. Our bed faced toward the bay; so when you wake up, you are greeted with these wonderful views of the city. If you're just simply way to hot and the humid is getting to you, the room also includes a very strong and quiet a/c unit! You may also opt to use the many ceiling fans in the rooms.
The rooms are supplied with basic essentials...coffee pot, cookware, utensils and plates. Don't plan to cook too much because there are many great restaurants in the city. But it is nice to simply wake up, make a pot of coffee and simply laze around on the veranda before starting your tourist day. C.I. also includes huge 3 gallon jugs (like what you get from water delivery service) of filtered water in each room. So you don't have to worry about drinking the tap. They also include this special soap to wash fruits and veggies that you have purchased locally. This will kill any parasites and such and prevent unhappy G.I. problems! The rooms also have cable television. Sometimes you get starved for American news or simply want to watch a movie.
C.I. also has a 2 whirlpool baths and rooftop sitting areas. On those days where you simply don't want to do anything, simply walk up a few steps and enjoy your day by the pool -- again with great views of the city and bay. They even have stainless steel grills where you can make your own BBQ!
The only gripes I have...the bed in our room was very hard. Of course, this is a risk we take when traveling anywhere and you can never really plan for that. Lastly, near the end of our stay, construction workers started work on a new, spiral staircase right at the pool. Needless to say, you couldn't use the pool area due to the noise and work equipment. Luckily, it was toward the end of our stay and we had occupied ourselves with other activites. Lesson learned here: Maybe before making a reservation; ask about work projects that might be ongoing during your stay.
Now about that hill...on our last day, we had totally gotten accustomed to the hike up a set of steep stairs and steep roadway. But be prepared to make this journey once or twice a day. It's gets hard after touring all day or after just having dinner. However, the effort is worth it since you are rewarded with this stunning view of the city. Also...you can simply hail one of many available taxis which will zip you right up or down the hill. We opted to walk and climb in an effort to burn off those restaurant calories!
You will love Casa Isabel
Our beautiful apartment style room had an amazing view of the Bay and downtown. The pool area is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Very conveniently located to old town Vallarta - just a quick walk down the hill. Staff is very accomodating and helpful - they will truly make you feel comfortable, relaxed and at home during your stay.
Loved the Casa Isabel
This stylish, brand new boutique hotel is a must. Set within a hillside that offers an unbelievable panaramic view of Banderos Bay, these large, fully-furnished suites reflect a modern-design and are pristine clean. Image having a coffee or a meal from your room and watching the sun rise or set, or the city's nightly fireworks. This yellow-colored hotel feautres a lovely pool area with also a hot tub, bar, cooking grills, lounge chairs and red umbrellas -- all set within an abundance of exotic flowers and plants. A 5-minute walk down the hill, and you are in the best shopping and dinning area of Puerto Vallarata. The staff are like family! Brenda, the hotel and marketing director, is the residential expert on Puerta Vallarata, while the owners, Isabel and David, are the most graciously kind, generous and fun-loving hosts. Casa Isable is the best kept secret: Contemporary design, bright, colorful, super-clean, wonderful staff and nicely-priced. Shhhh! Don't tell too many people!
Casa Isabel - best in Puerto Vallarta
A wonderful place to stay. The rooms are exquisitely appointed and charming. The view of the Bay is spectacular and the hotel is wonderful in all respects. Brenda, Juan and the owners will just do anything they can to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. We loved our stay here in February 2005.
This is the place to stay in Puerto Vallarta, just beautiful.
Casa Isabel is a ten minute walk into town and the beach. Every room has a spectacular view over looking the old town of Puerto Vallarta and the Pacific ocean. Watch the cruise ships come and go in the bay and view an amazing fireworks display every night.
The town is alive with great restaurants, fun bars and the best shopping you'll find anywhere.
Casa Isabel is situated in the old part of Puerto Vallarta, cobblestone streets and no high rise buildings, this is Mexico!
This adult only resort is a perfect place for a romantic get-away or visit with a bunch of friends. If you don't want to go to restaurants every night walk ten minutes to the local butcher and fresh fish market, at Casa Isabel you can have your own private party, cook some shrimp on one of the out-door grills, each deck has one, then enjoy a cocktail in one of the hot-tubs over looking the bay. the sunsets are spectacular. This is the best!
The staff are like a family, nothing is too much trouble.
Brenda the manager is there for all your needs whether it's a dinner reservation, a day trip or a round of golf, she knows it all.
The owners David and Isabel are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, all their guests are treated as friends.
Make your next trip a visit to Casa Isabel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and I know you'll want to go back again and again!
Can't wait to go back
We've just returned from a week at Casa Isabel. We know the Owner's, from Toronto, and although we've known that they had a place in Puerto Vallarta we never had the chance to go there, we've always done the Florida and Jamaica thing.
However, that's all ended now, and we're going to try and include Casa Isabel in our winter getaways from now on.
Frankly, we consider Casa Isabel to be 'superior accommodation' and we didn't expect anything different, knowing the Owner's, and their reputation for building 'class' facilities in all of their commercial ventures.
The suites are spacious, nicely furnished, and with stunning views of the old town, both day and night, from the suite balconies and the common area decks. The staff were very helpfull and friendly.
This was our first trip to Puerto Vallarta, and our slight misgivings about buying foodstuffs to prepare meals quickly evaporated when we were introduced to the local grocery outlets. The little supermarket not far from the hotel (an easy walk there, but take a taxi back, they're cheap enough) is well stocked and the prices were below what we're used to paying in Toronto.
The local restaurants and bars are plentifull and within easy access, though, so when you leave for your daily 'walkabout' you have your choice of good fare when you want to stop for some nourishment. Check out the 'daily specials' and the 'happy hour' deals, both in the in-town, and the beach bars and restaurants.
We 'loved' it there, and we're definately looking forward to going back to Casa Isabel.
A fabulous retreat into Paradise
Not only is one given,all the amenities,one expects in a Premier Hotel,but also one receives ALL the esthetics which makes for a VERY memorable and enjoyable stay,whether it is for 1 week,2 weeks or longer..The owners,Dave and Isabel Manore,ENSURE that your visit with THEM,is firstly,friendly, but also efficient,in that every need is made available,through the accommodating staff;Juanito et all...It resembles being in a friend's home and HAVING FUN....What more can one say;what more would one want...We are very happy that there IS such a place, in this fast-pace world.......
The best for quality, view and host. Must see.
Better than the Beach
If you are looking for a hotel for a spectacular, romantic escape - this is it. If you're looking for a place for a group of friends to gather and have a terrific time - this is it. If you're looking for a great family vacation - keep looking, this isn't it. Casa Isabel is a wonderful, adult only inn that caters to the grown-up traveler. Whether you want to hang out at the small but lovely pool terrace chatting with fellow guests or laze around your well-equipped, comfortable room admiring the views of PV and Bandaras Bay with your sweetie, you would be hardpressed to find a more lovely location or a more helpful staff. Ah, the staff. Truly what makes this inn special. Always smiling, always gracious, and the most gracious and helpful of all is the manager, Brenda. Want your refrigerator stocked before you come - no problem. Looking for the best beaches - she'll draw you a map. Wondering where to go to eat - she has a book of restaurant recommendations (and not just the ones everyone has heard of) and will gladly make reservations for you. Want to get pampered with a massage, facial, pedicure - she's checked them out personally and will send you to the ones she uses for herself. Looking for the best shopping - she knows where to go and where to avoid. The wealth of information she has (as well as her infectious enthusiasm for PV) alone would make this inn a standout, even if it weren't as lovely as it is. I've been at 5-star resorts whose staff could learn a lot from her.
Southside (aka Zona Romantica) with all the clubs, restaurants and shops is only a 5 minute walk away and the beach is less than 10. The only downside is that hotel is up a steep (but short) hill and does have a lot of stairs (which is why every room has such incredible views), but we just took a cab back (less than $3US) when we didn't want to walk up the hill. All in all, this is a wonderful small inn and you get a much more personal experience of PV then you would at one of the larger hotels for a much better price.
Wow! Now this is some place!
I have been to Puerto Vallarta three other times, but always stayed on the beach. This trip, I was alone and wanted to relax, so someone suggested Casa Isabbel.
Best suggestion I ever had! I rented a studio, but they upograded me to an available one bedroom. It had everything, full kitchen, coffee maker and a view to die for! I could lay in bed and watch the ocean, see the sunset...everything! I loved the dining table under the palapa in my room, so I could drink coffee, then spend time at the pool, which has a fridge for drinks.
It was so easy to walk down the hill to the stores, restaurants, beach. In five minutes I was right there, but I could escape back to Casa Isabel..... Juan the houseman was awesome! So nice and helpful. And the place is gorgeous, best view in Vallarta and inexpensive for everything you get....relaxation and luxury...priceless!
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