Travel Blogs from Puerto Vallarta
Got a pretty late start this morning but slept great. This is the cheapest hotel we stayed at so far but the best for the price. Clean and no frills I guess, the shower did not even have a curtain so we showered right in front of the sink and next to the toilet! Riding out of San Blas we saw people setting up shop everywhere and cleaning up the …
Hi All, Sorry its been a while since we last wrote anything to anybody. But its been rather hectic this last week or so. Not sure where we left off, so I'll pick it up with Ajijic.
We arrived in Ajijic in order to find a place to spend the month of Feb. When we left TO we had only one place to look at and by the time we arrived we had 6. All ...
... when our dearest friends - Glen & Joe, ex-pats from Ohio who moved here permanently a few years ago and befriended my parents, well, our whole family - invited me to meet them for dinner and drinks on Friday. Or drinks and then dinner, I suppose. That's how it works when you get older (and no, I'm not calling the boys old!!). You do it in reverse order. You end up eating at the same time as the 20-somethings. But you go to bed right after, so you have to meet around 4pm or ...
... is basically straight down Hidalgo and about 20 minutes by foot. Bought stamps and posted my cards then walked back on Morelos. I stopped at a little stall on the footpath selling food. There were a few locals standing around eating and two of them recommended the tacos so I asked for one of those. The guy had sold out but assured me the chicken tortilla with hot sauce. Tasty and for just 15 pesos a really cheap breakfast.
I took a few photos of the statues on the ...
... market here. Good thing we've come to like them (see our final U.S. blog entry - http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-e ntries/thelees/1/1314214312/tpod.html). One negative effect though is that absolutely everyone seems to expect a tip, even people with food stands on the street. I even spotted a tip glass at the till in the little supermarket the other day!
The town has a good balance of local and foreign-owned ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Andrea Puerto Vallarta
What a find! We stayed at Casa Andrea the same time period as the previous reviewer (Jan. 16 - 22, 2004) who is way off base with their review. The grounds cannot be matched in the old section of Vallarta with lush tropical plants and flowers. The pool is not olympic size but fits the grounds perfectly and is great for jumping into after 15 minutes in the hot tub. The staff does understand English even though they may not speak it so well ....but lets face it, how many of us speak fluent Spanish. Understand a little...speak even less most likely. The bugs....not in our room but you're in the tropics and the rooms are wonderful open air. These were some of the most delightful rooms with hand painted murials that have been treated with tender loving care. Andrea's husband, Ted is a mechanical engineer from Michigan and he makes sure everything is up to standards. No power outages or power surges at this hotel. No need to go to an internet cafe as two pc's are available 24/7 and they're broadband fast. There are no phones or tv's in the rooms and we loved it. You can find them in the public area just off from the pool to catch the news or phone home (direct line to the states). The linens were all top grade....better in fact than the ones you would find in my own home. The beds are something else though....I can say its been a long time that I've slept that soundly (its quiet). The yogart is not "left out". It's consumed too fast for it to be out more than 15/20 minutes. The pastries, granola, vogurt, coffee and "best fruit salad ever" make for a delightful breakfast. So note, if you want to put on the pounds, go down the street to the qaint little coffee shop on the corner and order the eggs, sausage and bacon. That approach is not for me but you can do it if you wish. My wife and I eat light in the morning to enjoy the wonderful restaurants at night. And they are all there, the best restaurants in Vallarta are within two to three blocks. In addition, just down the block from the Casa Andrea is the wonderful beach of old Vallarta where you can catch some rays on a delightful beach and swim till your hearts content. We took a water taxi from "the pier" to Yelapa and spent a gorgeous day there. The only other water transportation is miles and miles away at the Marina....a place you don't want to be. Nice hotels yes but Mexican flavor...no...you could be anywhere. So if you want a truly delightful experience in PV, go see Andrea and stay at her house. She is the most delightful host of any we have had in Mexico and this is our 6th trip in 3 years. We could not give higher recommendations to any place we have stayed ...including the Fiesta Americana, Hilton, Sheraton, and a couple smaller boutique hotels as well. One small warning....if you'r a loud, obnoxious, drunken fool...you'll not be welcome here...Andrea guarantees that her guest will have a wonderfully unique experience....and ours was.
Our room has a kichen on the balcony overlooking the central courtyard, which is filled with trees and plants, and an elevated terrace where guest gather for drinks in the evening. Andrea rescues animals, so there are several animals with much personality roaming around. All the conveniences are here - microwaves, washer, dryer, iron, computers (I'm sitting at one now), hot tub, pool, etc. It's so enclosed it feels like its own little world. Not a place for people who like megaresorts, but couldn't be more delightful and enjoyable for those who like places with individuality, flair, charm and character. The neighborhood ("zona romantica") is also a big plus - my favorite part of PV, with a jumble of restaurants, boutiques, and palapas on the beach. I can't imagine a better place to stay.
We just recently returned from Puerto Vallarta where we stayed at Casa Andrea - a tranquil oasis right in the heart of the old town, 1 block away from the beach and the busy shopping/restaurant district. A few steps away from the hustle/bustle of the heart of the town, we could settle in to the quiet peace of our small, authentically Mexican inn. With only 11 apartments, (which included kitchenettes) there were always super comfortable lounge chairs available around the small pool on which to read or nap without disturbance. Breakfasts were included in the price and were fabulous - fresh tropical fruit, granola, yogurt and sweet buns. Meeting at the quiet outdoor bar where guests gathered at happy hour was a lovely daily tradition.
We had been to Mexico on several occassions- They were typically good vacations. Going to Casa Andreas was special. She has created something very special in the heart of Puerta Vallarta. An oasis of calm and serenity. She is a very unique hostess as she makes everyone feel special. Her place is clean and inviting from the moment you step through the lovely wrought iron gates to the time you're leaving and she walks you to the gate with a hug good-bye. She of course speaks Spanish and knows all the great places to go. A l ovely breakfast of fresh fruit. granola. yogurt.and coffee was served in a gorgeous courtyard filled with flowers and singing birds every morning.Our afternoons were spent around the pool with the fountain running reading one of the novels from her library. We are looking forward to returning to see her again. Thank you Andrea
beautifull place beautiful people all around to please you they have new airconditioning a block and a half form beach and pier also C Y C for your friday meetings also ask about thier new RV park that will be done soon
Casa Andrea is the diamond of Puerto Vallarta!
Casa Andrea is incredible! My in-laws stay there for the entire month of November and have done so for several years with no end in site. SO, if you're there in Nov make sure to say hello to Bev and Andy! We, the kids, come down for 2 weeks over the Thanksgiving holiday and just have a great time. Andrea and her staff is wonderful and accomodating. Don't miss a pedicure from Mica! Andrea is very knowledgable and helpful with arranging activities and sight-seeing! Staying at Casa Andrea is a great experience due to the atmosphere and tranquility. The plants that fill the property are just beautiful and create a tropical feel. I have and continue to recommend it to everyone I know who mentions a trip to PV. We're leaving for our annual trip in 27 days!
Great value, lovely staff
agree with the last review. great value for money and very helpful staff. we paid $95 us for 2 nights, and had a queen bed and small day bed, cute mexican tile bathroom.very clean. this is one of the few places where it looks better than on the web site. it is a great location, up a hill so you have no noise and near the beach and lots of resturant. free cofee and cakes in the morning and internet. would recommend this place. stay there!
Absolutely loved Casa Andrea. The Casa or Inn is like being in your own home. The grounds are beautiful - reminded me so much of Spanish villas and hostels we encountered in Spain - with the central courtyard and bougeanvilla (sp?), lime trees, palm trees, etc. The decor and relaxed feeling of the Casa is amazing. Our apartment was very cute and quaint - there were two of us girls and we needed two beds - but the extra large King size worked fine. The bedrooms are more enclosed - and then there is a door that walks out to your open air kitchen (fridge, stove, sink) and balcony with small dining table. Dishes are provided. There are ceiling fans in the bedroom and above the dining table. The bathroom had a tile surround shower with stone floor (very cool). All windows are open to the outside (no screens) but there are shutters to keep the heat or bugs out). You are given a huge bottle of purified water upon check-in (think Hinckley Schmitt size). Excellent maid service every day. Air conditioning is an extra $5.00 US per day - and only comes on at night for sleeping. They are in the process of remodeling rooms - ours was "next" to be remodeled (room #8), but the room across from us was soooo adorable as they were putting in a new floor. With your stay you get free coffee and continental breakfast every day. There is also a "guest amenity center" (don't know what else to call it) - with two computers with free internet service, a phone to direct dial home at 5 pesos per minute, a coin washer and dryer to use, and a tv/stereo system with plenty of movies, books, and games to use. She has a stand with local menus to peruse and a bulletin board in the amenity center. Andrea is a very gracious hostess. It truly is a "family run" type of business, and little Jose was so kind - like having your own butler. He even carried our case of cerveza up to our room. You are about a 2 block walk to Playa de los Muertos (at the pier), one block from Olas Altas street - and just down the road from the popular calle Basilio Badillo - with it's many restaurants, bars, and shops. If you like solitude and feeling like you "live" somewhere - Casa Andrea would be perfect for you. It's quiet, quaint, peaceful, and in a great location. She has many repeat guests - which is always a testament to a business.
This place is even prettier than the web site suggests. The apartments are great--very romantic and bohemian and the pool courtyard with the palapa bar is lush and colorful and a treat for the senses. I loved reading in the big comfy chair in our room and having tea on our balcony. My then boyfriend (now fiance) and I stayed there in November 2002--right after a big hurricane so the beaches weren't that nice but we were happy to hang out by the pool and wander around Olas Altas, the charming old town neighborhood near the hotel. The owners and staff are really kind--I took a nasty fall down the stairs after a rain (watch those sharp cement edges while wearing flip-flops) and Andrea rushed me to a local medical clinic, and was so nice the whole time. There are a lot of return guests (a slightly older crowd) who kind of take the place over, which is cozy, and if you like, you can be part of the fun, and go to the beach bar with the owners and their friends. Not really the place to be if you want an anonymous super-private retreat, but if you like getting to know your fellow guests, this spot is for you. All around a lovely, comfortable spot. Would stay there again.
If you're looking for an authentic, lovely, gracious, and charming place to stay in Old Town Vallarta - this is it! I didn't want to leave!!! Andrea, the owner, makes sure your stay is pleasant and comfortable. She took a group of us to an out-of-the-way restaurant one Sunday to see talented mariachi's and eat great food along the river where it's mostly known only to locals. Her "apartments" are extremely clean with all the comforts of home (refrigerator, microwave, dishes).
I'll definitely return to Casa Andrea - no more hotels for me!