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Couldn't be happier!!!
I was very happy with this hotel. The best part --it was VERY clean! The people were all very friendly and helpful. I went with my 4 year old daughter, we 2 girls felt safe at all times. It was such a great get-a-way. It was the best! Thanks.
Go! Go! Go!
We just returned from Puerto Vallarta (Aug 18th-25th)...we stayed three nights at Casa Iguana, then 4 nights at La Jolla de Mismaloya (see my review). I have not one bad thing to say about La Casa Iguana. It's a smaller hotel with a great pool. The rooms are cute, comfortable and spotless! All the workers there were so very nice. They really go out of their way to make you happy. Jose the bartender is the best! He makes the best margarita...also the poolside restaurant is great and very well priced. If you go, order the tiger prawn's. HUGE prawns in a crispy "papas frietas" (potato) crust.....very unique and so, so good!The hotel is not on the beach. But easily reachable by crossing the road and going through the big La Jolla de Mismaloya resort. An easy 3 or 4 minute walk. But, I must say the beachs right now are not the greatest anyway. The hurricane of last year really gobbled up the shore in most places.Right out the door of Casa Iguana you can rent horses and go up into the jungle/waterfalls. Also an amazing adventure is to just walk up the road and enter the village of Mismaloya. A small authenic Mexican village...... with a raoming donkey, pig, goat and dogs. You can walk along the dirt road and stop at all the tiny little markets to get drinks (cold Caronas 60 cents!). Casa Iguana also has a market so you can get the basics (water, soda, beer, cereal, sacks ect...) resonably priced.The bus stops right near the hotel and it totally safe and an event in its self. My kids loved it! And the ride into town is beautiful. The bus comes every 10 minutes....and cost .40 cents per person. The driver will take pesos or dollars and also will make change. We always took the bus to town and usually a taxi back ($8.00). One day we took the bus all the way from Mismaloya to Nueveo Vallarta where our son swam with the dolphins. We had to switch buses three times but it was pretty easy...just ask the drivers.Speaking of swimming with the dolphins.....I would highly recommend it if you have kids (adults too!). It's pricey ($125) but you get to swim around with the dolphins for a good amount of time. The doplhins will even kiss you (a cute photo opp). The swim is highlighted by everyone getting a fast swim holding onto the dolphin fins. Go to theAdventuresVallarta website for details.The Go-Karts were really fun too. They are right off the highway on the way to Nuevo Vallarta. If you have any daredevils in the family, these Karts go fast!... My husband and kids are Motocross riders and were stoaked on this place. It's pricey too (all the activiteis are). I think we spent about $80 US for approx and hour of ridng.A few other basic tips: -bring lots on $1 and $5 dollar bills for tipping/buses/taxi's. We brought $120 in $1's and $150 in $5's and used them all. -speaking of tipping. You really should tip here just like you would back home (although not the taxi's). Most of the workers make so little wages. -bring a couple of items to just give away. American candies for the local village kids....they just loved corn-nuts too! Our teenage bus boy at a restuarant just love my husband Spy sunglasses. He just thought they were so cool.....on our last day we stopped by and gave them to him. He was so happy!!!! It's fun to be generous! -American dollars were accepted (and preferred) as payment EVERYWHERE. We did not even bother doing a dollar/peso exchange. Although Im sure we would have saved a little......but not much. If you pay with dollars you get pesos back. We bought stuff at the airport with our leftover pesos. -two good restaurants are Pipi's in town.... guacamole is made at your table and they have great steak/chicken/prawn frajits. Our family of four shared just two orders of frajitas and it was more than enough. They have great, MASSIVE margaritas too (made with purified water). We loved Pipi's so much we ate ther twice...the second time for lobster ($21 US). If you go say "hi to our favorite bus boy in the world ...Alberto! Another good place to eat when you get tired of Mexican food (you most likely will at some point) is El Toritos Sports bar. They have excellent BBQ rib's and chicken severd with frys. We did some serious, messy, mindless eating here one day all while watching a SF Giants baseball game!So, all in all Puerto Vallarta was wonderfull! The south of town (where Casa Iguana is) is the most beautiful part of town and you will get the most authenic feel there. It's in the jungle! (yes, there are gekos and Iguanas!) The north of town (Marina and Nuevo Vallarta did not impress us in the least, it felt and looked like Miami).Besides all I have already said...Casa Iguana was only $40 US per night (AAA rate) for a two bedroom with a little kitchen.. I just called their 800 number listed on thier web site and they penciled my reservation in....no problem! We were quite sad the day we checked out and moved to across the street to the huge La Jolla de Mismaloya. We had pre-booked it that way. La Jolla was nice too. Just totally different. We are already planning a big extended family vacation for Christmas 2004! Cant wait......
Casa Iguana was a great deal for the money. Stayed in a two bedroom - very clean and tastefully decorated. I booked through their website directly with no problem. The hotel is right across the street from La Jolla de Mismaloya which has a nice beach front area. Casa Iguana is small - only three stories, but there is no elevator, so if stairs are a problem try to get a room on the main floor. Staff was really friendly, let us check out 3 hrs late with no charge. On site internet access and small convenice store. Also, small restaurant on site had good food and drinks for the price! Cab to the city is spendy (about $7-$10 each way), but the bus comes by about every half hour - only costs 40 Cents!! Plus, everyone should ride a city bus in Mexico, it is an experience in and of itself!!!
Wonderful, friendly place
We stayed here in Feb 2003 and really enjoyed it. The rooms are nice, the setting is beautiful and peaceful, and the restaurant was nice as well. We did wind up taking taxis into the downtown most days we were there, but it was always nice to return home. The staff was uniformly friendly and nice; they are obviously quite proud of their hotel.
Thanks for the fun
I love this hotel...as they say, it is not the Ritz, but it is new, clean and nicely decorated. They staff was great and spoke great English. The courtyard was cool with the turtles and pool. We ate at the restaurant everyday. We've already made reservations for our next trip.
A Very Happy and Restful Vacation!!
This hotel is in the perfect place! A short walk to the beach..just across the street, and at the same time just a short bus ride (6-10 mins?) to town. I was looking for a place where I could rest in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. I found the perfect hotel..La Casa Iguana! I liked the option of going to where the rest of the tourist were, the beach or town, or staying beside the pool and relaxing with a good book. This hotel really caters to families, couples, and anyone else looking for a great deal($40 a night) at a new hotel. The rooms are nice, two bedroom suites with a kitchenette. The restaurant and mini store on site have reasonable prices. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for value and a place to really relax..it is your vacation after all! Enjoy! Thanks to Enrique..anything you need, just ask him. Gracias Enrique!! Everyone on site speaks English and is eager to assist and serve you. I will definately come back here next time I visit Puerto Vallarta. ***Don't come here if you are looking for rowdy bunches..it is too peaceful** "La Casa Iguana..Donde Todo Comenzo"
Pretty Cool Place
I like La Casa Iguana Hotel very much. Anotonio was really nice and helpful. The courtyard area and the pool area are some of the best features of the hotel--take a look at their website, it really does look like that. The on-site grocery store made it nice as we cold get great snacks for the kids, and most of the staff spoke English which took some of the preasure off. It is a few miles out of downtown PV, but we actually preferred that...Have fun on your stay there.
Pardise Found, Indeed!
We saw an ad for Casa Iguana in an airline in-flight magazine with the headline "Paradise Found." I thought is was a rather bold statement, given the number of hotels to choose from for our upcoming vacation. After looking at the website, shopping the rate vs. other hotels, we decided on this gem of a hotel. It's not a Four Season-type of hotel, but the service it gracious, the setting is wonderful, the room was comfortable, and the restaurant and bar surpassed our needs. I liked that the hotel was close to the beaches...and we were able to hire a guided horseback riding tour right across the street from the hotel. Although we only get to Mexico every couple of years, I am certain we will return to Casa Iguana Hotel.
We loved it!
This hotel had everything we needed and wanted during our 4 days away from the kids. The restaurant was good, the pool was great, the location was perfect for us. We wanted to be away from the downtown area (although we did take the 15 minute drive in one night) and in a relaxed setting--this was the place. The mountains and jungle made for a perfect backdrop, and the beach was only about a 4 minute walk from our guest room door...this was our best Mexico vacation so far.
Excellent value in Mismaloya
An excellent value. We stayed here at about $40/night and were extremely happy. Perhaps because it was right after hurricane Kenna, the place was nearly empty which was a pity, because the staff was friendly, the price was great, everything was spotless and we only wished they had more business. The location is roughly across the road from La Jolla de Mismaloya, so it's about a solid 10 minute drive from downtown. The beach is about a 5 minute walk. The pool is decent (not deep, so no diving), but the jacuzzi was unheated and actually cooler than the pool (one of the few negatives). The rooms are good sized and the kitchens simple but very adequate. The only other slight complaint is that although the suite was air conditioned, the powerful air conditioner is in the kitchen/living room area, so that was freezing while the bedrooms were not cooled as well. In order to keep the whole place cool, you'd have to leave the A/C running most of the time and leave all doors open. Still, all in all, one of the great value hotels.
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... drinks at the bar, went to the roof top pool. For a nice change, they converted the pool from fresh water to salt water. Met some very nice Mexican girls, Alejandra, Maria, and birthday girl Sue. Floated in the pool getting to know each other's culture until we got mic ked out of the pool at closing time!
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Weather: Partly cloudy skies
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... It seemed strange. The restaurant was dark where they sat us so Ann was given a flashlight so she could read the menu. Ann had bruschetta, farfalle and a veal dish; for dessert had a chocolate volcano cake. Dave had calamari dish, a sea food linguini and a chicken stuffed with shrimp. The food was not the best that we have had.
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... is what gives it such heat. We were shown what an Agave "Pineapple" looks like, how they cook it in a huge hot fire, when its done cooking, they pull it all apart and put it in this ring where they have a mule pull a big stone that crushes the juices out of the agave pineapple. The juice is then drained in a small hole where they have a holding reservoir. The juices and the mulch then sit in huge barrels for upwards of 8 days and they naturally ferment. Pretty ...
... Margaritas and sunbathing had become our morning way of life. The beach and pool servers from the resort were depending on their tips from rich vacationers, and had established some kind of loyalty claim to their customers. Whenever the coast was clear, a different server would approach and try to steal the business away from their cohorts. Valerie had pointed out early on in our vacation that our server, Coronado, was the same gentleman who served her and her family ...