Casa Anita y Corona del Mar
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Anita y Corona del Mar Puerto Vallarta
Twice visited and returning
I stayed in Case Anita with my 74 year-old mother in 2001. It was in March and we very much enjoyed our stay, although it was only about 4 nights. The room, kithcen and seating area were all nice, clean and comfortable. The short walk to town was easy for my mom, as was the walk back up the hill.It was nice being near the old part of town and away from the cruise ship dock and newer areas. The owners were always pleasant and we took advantage of an area tour with Annette and some of the others staying at Casa Anita one day.
I went again, this time with my girlfriend, last month (August 2003).
It was wonderful to see an iguana just outside our door shortly after we arrived. I strongly discourage any harming of these animals due to the complaints of guests. They, as the bats were in March (they weren't in the room, but flew around eating insects after sundown), are part of the experience that makes it not just a get-away, but an adventure with discovery. We walked all over town from our "home base", bought groceries at the local supermarket to cook in the kitchen and had no problem carrying them up the hill in the summer heat (we like hot).
The room was one of the more private ones in Corona del Mar, with a great balcony and view. While the pools aren't for "doing laps", they are great for cooling off and "snorkel testing". We used one or both of the larger ones daily. We never heard a generator and the work being done here and there on buildings nearby was not a bother to us.
I don't understand why one would complain about things which are part of going to a tropical, foreign country. Perhaps people so sensitive should stick to the local resorts where all is as it would be in Palm Springs.
We plan to go back to the same room early in 2004 for another great experience in Mexico, swimming in the ocean, eating in restaurants and in our own place and walking, walking, walking.
We enjoyed our visit to Casa Anita. The accommodations were super. The two bedroom suite was spacious with two very large decks where we could enjoy the beautiful sunsets and the fireworks over the Bay. The road was noisy and somewhat busy, but what we had expected as it was a main road. After a few days we never noticed the noise. There were insects and lizards but we expected that as we were in a tropical climate and none of them bothered us. The staff was very helpful, attentive and friendly. The beach was about a five minute walk, along which you met friendly people. The staff at Mex Dev were helpful in recommending restaurants and tourist attractions. A very helpful guidbook was in our accommodation upon arrival. The refrigerator was stocked with food for the weekend. We often walked to town and back in the evening, which was only about a 15 minute walk. We found Puerto Vallarta very safe and with two teenage daughters this was a big plus. Puerto Vallarta is hilly and you will have to negotiate those hills during your trip. We highly recommend Casa Anita and intend to return there.
Very authentic..has soul
I have had wonderful times at Casa Anita. The owners are great hosts and the place is very nice and very affordable. I was shocked to read a very negative and rude reveiw about this property. Most people when they are on a non- honeymoon vacation do not spend most of the time at their hotel. I would advise if you are staying here to spend ample time doing activities away from the property instead of sitting around complaining about things. It is not a luxury hotel and that is why people stay there, it is very authentic and Mexican and has some soul (which some people appreciate). I loved seeing the iguanas as they are part of the ecosystem and please don't hurt them. It is located on a main road which takes you into old town Peurto Vallarta. It was fun to walk down the hill into town, go to the local supermarket and take a taxi back. Have some stiff drinks in the evening to put you to sleep if you are in the lower suites by the road and go to the beach! The pools are for decoration mostly.
I have stayed at Casa Anita a few times and it is always been Great.
The view from the blecony is beautiful both day and night. The room comes with all the things needed to make your own meals or your smoothies :). They will even deliver Corona by the case to your room at the same price as if you bought it from a store and you do not have to lug it up the stairs. The rooms are always kept very clean and if you tip the maid she will even do the dirty dishes for you. What more can you ask for and all for much less than the big hotels at the other end of town.
Home Away From Home
This is my favourite place to stay in PV. I try to get there once or twice each year. When I stay at Casa Anita I really feel as though I am in Mexico, not a Best Western in Pukatawagen, Ontario :-) lol
It has that old Mexican charm to it, an awesome staff from housekeeping to management, and if a problem should arise, it is taken care of quickly.
When I became ill one year an english speaking Doctor was called promptly to see me in my room, and I was back on my feet in no time.
Every room I have stayed in has had an exceptional view of the Bay of Banderias and beautifully tiled kitchens and bathrooms.
But I must say, my favourite are two resident parrots adjacent to the driveway *please bring them almonds - they'll love them!
Enjoy! Holly J. Wardrope
I have stayed at Casa Anita y Corona del Mar twice now. Both times I have been blown away by the great hospitality of the Semeyn family. My room has always been clean and supplied with fresh water and a hospitality basket. The staff are attentive, friendly and quick to offer advice about things to do while in P.V. The complex offers a spectacular view from the main balcony from which sunbathing is ideal.
The beach and "downtown" P.V. are within walking distance, pleasently off the beaten path. The hosts are more than happy to make recommendations for day trips or restaurants and respond to your every request. I would not hesitate to stay here again.
I have been traveling down to PV for quite some time now and have stayed at Casa Anita/Corona del Mar for the past several years. I usually head "down south" about three times a year. I have thoroughly enjoyed Bill and Anita's gracious hospitality, wonderful and spacious accomodations, close proximity to everything and, of course, views you usually just see on postcards at the airport. If you want great accomodations at a fantastic price and want to experience the real Vallarta, I wholeheartedly recommend that you book Casa Anita/Corona del Mar today. If you would like to email me or would like more information, I would be happy to provide additional information. Great job guys. Keep up the terrific work and I will see you in December!
You get what you pay for
Two other friends and I recently returned from Vallarta. We considered it a "summer experience" to have stayed at Casa Anita. If you consider their rates, they are above average. The proprietor was very cordial and attentive to our needs. The rooms are kept clean and they offer something off the beaten path. We could have stayed at a more expensive plush hotel and would have received less attention. I felt that homey experience which I liked. If you have a big family and are on a budget, I recommend Casa Anita. We got privacy and beautiful sunsets and we had the pool to ourselves, which was not cold to me and I did get plenty of sun. You have to consider, however, that you're staying at the edge of a jungle, so there are bugs galore, they do offer complimentary bug spray, which I thought was funny. Like I previously mentioned, this is for that at home experience.
Don't judge a book by it's cover...
First of all I will totally agree with the above reviews... the wedsite is wonderful and upon arriving you will know exactly what to expect. Two days into your stay you will begin to wonder why you are there and how you got there. A friend and I were spending one month there and thought we lucked out "in paradise". The suite we were staying in was nice- 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open air kitchen (which sounds nice but is really the worst thing in the world-bugs), a nice sitting area and best of all a huge patio (big enough to entertain up to 20 people easily) with a wet bar, table and chairs and the most amazing view I have ever seen. There were 3 pools all of which were totally useless. One on the main deck which was for sitting in only (very small), the second in the middle of the complex which never got any sun, was freezing cold the entire time and hardly ever clean (dead bugs and little creatures that sunk to the bottom), the third pool was on the far side and could only be used if the suite beside it wasn't rented out, even then, there was a generator beside it that was so loud you could hardly think straight let alone lounge and enjoy a book. On that note, you should find out before you arrive if the construction on the property next door is complete. Every single morning for a month we were woken up by banging, hammering and drilling. This was not appreciated considering we had planned on relaxing during the days and catching up on much needed sleep (lost from the night before). Once we finally got used to the idea of the construction, we had to deal with the 3 turkeys that took turns talking to each other and the stupid dog that thought he belonged in on their conversation, all night long. (I actually contemplated buying a sling shot at the local market).We also had a difficult time dealing with the "huge" iguanas and lizards. I don't mean tiny little gecos that you see in most places in Mexico. I mean creatures the size of small dogs. There were a couple times that we had the "house boy" on our balcony throwing pieces of tile at the creatures to scare them away. The owners also put fruit with poison on the roofs so that the creatures would eat it and die. I'll just add that the condo is on a side of a hill and therefore the suites are stacked on top of each other. So the roof of the people below us was in perfect view of our patio. So if you can picture it right, we saw a couple dead ones lying on the roofs waiting to be removed and taken to the garbage (not too nice to look at). I also saw the owner carrying a dead rat behind the building. (not my idea of luxury). Some people reading this will probably think "what do you expect". Right? Well, I will tell you. I expect to not only see what the place looks like, I expect to be told truthfully what type of accomodations I am renting for an entire month. I do believe we were mislead about having three wonderful pools, the extremeley friendly staff (only one lady was extremely rude) the rest were very nice, the type of cleaning service that will be provided (which for the first week was great) after that non-existant, even though we tipped every day. The fact that there was construction going on before we arrived and would be going on the entire length of our month long stay. Also, we were told that the condo was located "just a short walk" from downtown, which was accurate but, we were not told it was a hike up and down an enormous hill that was extremely overcrowed with traffic (typical Mexican drivers). All in all, I would say this property looks great to the eye and is owned by extremely nice Canadian people. However, I think it is over priced and really not worth the money or ones sanity over the noise level. Even the traffic was enough to drive someone crazy. I have been to Puerto Vallarta 6 times in 5 years and have stayed at different places each time. I would definitely advise someone to really investigate the property where you will be staying.You will be happy you did. P.S. Ask if there are roosters within a 10 block radius. If so, turn and run...really fast.
Beautiful setting but...
Casa Anita has a wonderful web site and when you get to the hotel you know what you are getting. Two questions I forgot to ask. Is it noisy are you doing any repairs/restorations. If you take a deluxe suite, you can hear the traffic go down the hill and gear down. You might as well have your bed on the side of the road. You would think cars are speeding without a muffler. Apparently the 1 and 2 bedrooms are alot quieter. They were restoring the roof on one of the terraces so they would be drilling into metal and hammering the terra cotta slates for the roof. It was difficult to relax at night. I must say that the place is scenic and well maintained
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