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“Absolutely Fabulous!” 5 of 5 stars
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Calle Iturbide #309 at Calle Matamoros, Puerto Vallarta CP48300, Mexico   |  
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“Absolutely Fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2005

Casa Amorita couldn't have been more wonderful. Rita couldn't have been a more gracious hostess. The facility is beautifu and impeccably kept with gorgeous views from everywhere on the property. The location is perfect, within walking distance of anywhere you'd want to be. And the breakfast, not the usual buffet style that you get at most B&B's. This was gourmet Mexican at its finest, freshly prepared from scratch every day and served by the staff! I highly recommend this guesthouse!!! It was fabulous!! I definitely will be returning!

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Astoria,OR
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2005

We celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary at Rita's Casa Amorita. We have been to PV many times but wanted to expereince something different from our usual resort for a few days before moving on to a typical beach front resort. We were immensely impressed with the Casa, we had a room on the main floor which provided us with a roomy terrace that adjoined the pool. We had two loungers on the terrace (with thick pads that we brought out from under the bed and put back at night since it was still the rainy season) The Casa is immaculate, all the bottled water you can drink is provided, our bathroom was in excellent order and there were no plumbing problems. The sheets were of premium quality and the bed was very comfortable. There was no noise from any other rooms and felt like we had much privacy in our room. Rita the owner suggested restaurants to us, which we tried, and were the best meals we have had in PV. You are within easy wallking distance to the central area and romantic zone of PV. Mia the dog of the house was quite amusing and we enjoyed her antics very much. The Casa is beautiful, in a typcial Mexican neighborhood which added to the ambiance of our stay. When we would return from dinner to the Casa, candles would be lighted and it was like walking into a beautiful comfortable home. There were other guests, but we really just saw them in passing. The breakfast was delicious and you really felt like you were staying in a home rather than a resort. Beer, sodas and liquor were available and "bottled water ice" was available from the refrigerator (which you just helped yourself to) and all you needed to do was write on a little card what you had used. Her prices for these refreshments were more than reasonable. There is no air conditioning which could pose a problem when it is still the "summer season" leaving your doors open is an option, we never experienced any bugs but the bells are quite loud.

We were at the Casa for three nights and enjoyed the accomodations and tranquility.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wisconsin
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6 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2005

i stayed at the casa amorita in early october 2005.
overall, i would agree with the statements made by previous guests.

the casa is a small (4 or 5 rooms) bed and breakfast in the downtown section (el centro) of puerto vallarta. the are various areas of the city, from the hotel zone where all the huge hotels are, to the marina vallarta where many condos are, and the downtown section. this is the older, more residential section. many of the restuarants of the city are also in this section.

the city itself is wonderful. it is on the pacific, carved into the side of the mountain. all the structures are white stucco with red spanish tile roofs. the streets are cobblestone, and you always have a chance to see a burro walking down the street. along the oceanfront is the malecon, which is a broad sidewalk lined with most tourist of hotels/shops. this is where the owners will beckon youin, especially american couples, who will call out"hey honeymooners, i have the best deals". there are a few clubs on the malecon for those into that kind of thing. the real treat are the local restaurants tucked in the side streets or up higher on the mountain.
the hotel itself is about two blocks from the ocean, but a little farther from an actual beach. swimming in the ocean doesn't seem to be a very popular activity here, i've heard the water is polluted, and the beaches tend to be rough and rocky. there are some areas where you can swim, they are just not as prevalent as they are on the caribbean side. if you want to spend your vacation on the beach, this might not be the place for you, the bigger hotels tend to be closer to the nice beaches. there is plenty to do at this b&b though, more than at the big hotels, because just about everything is in walking distance, whereas you have to take a bus or cab to everything from the big hotels.

the common areas of the casa are very nice. there is a kitchen and dining area where meals are served, plus a lounge area with comfy chairs and terra cotta floors. there is a small pool on the terrace with a nice view of the ocean and mountains. on the roof is another lounge are with a fridge that wasn't plugged in and chairs (the cushions were in storage when we were there, so we didn't go up much).

the rooms were pretty basic but nice. there is no tv, phone or clock in the room. the bed was queen size and pretty comfy, especially for mexican standards (the beds tend to be pretty hard), and the sheets were in good shape. the towels were a little worn and ould be replaced. each room has a terrace, and all but one of the rooms overlooks the ocean and the church. the bathrooms were in good shape, though our toilet seat was about to fall off and we got lots of ants in the bathroom. each day rosa does a nice job of cleaning up the room and filling a plastic jug with bottled water. the biggest problem with the rooms, and the only real problem with the casa, is the lack of air conditioning and the problems that causes. First, it gets pretty hot there, and can stay hot at night (wasn't too bad when we were there in october, but i would be its still pretty hot and sticky in july). this causes you to have to leave the terrace doors open, which allows the bugs in and makes it very noisy. there were cars honking, people shouting, dogs barking all night long, and the bells. we just never had a good nights sleep there because of the noise. we live in the country, so maybe we're used to a little quieter night than that.

the breakfasts that rosa cooks are amazing. my wife and i love to go out to eat, and these breakfasts were as good or better than anything you'd find in a restaurant. they were one of the highlights of the trip.

the owner, rita, was very friendly and informative about the area. communication before our stay wasn't easy. there is no 800 number, and it would sometimes take several days to a week to get a response to an email, if at all.

but these are small complaints.
if you are a beach-worshiper or a light sleeper, i would try somewhere else. for everyone else, i would highly recommend the casa amorita.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2005

My boyfriend and I were at Casa Amorita in August. I was so glad I had done my research before going. This is the perfect place to stay if you want to get the feel of Mexico, but also indulge with great food, great views, and a great place to stay. The location is perfect and the views are magnificent. Now, we weren't there for the beach...we live on the coast in Florida. We still enjoyed the beach..you can spend .45 and catch a bus to the marina area and get off at the Westin Resort. Nikki Beach is there and it is completely hedonistic. It has HUGE beds on the beach, wonderful food, and massages to die for. If you stay at the marina or the hotel areas there really isn't much to do and you will miss Mexico. It was so convenient walking three blocks to the Malecon and being surrounded by terrific restaurants and shops. Take the bus to the beach and say here. The owner and her staff are great too. They are very accomodating to your every need. It's nice to stay in a place where the owner knows trustworthy people to take you on tours, to the airport, and also great restaurants. It is also a very safe area. We were out late at night, and at times I was by myself, and I never felt threatened. We will be going back and definately staying here. They will do a load of clothes for you for $4. It cost $4 for one shirt in a hotel. THere is also a great pool and roof top honors bar. Here you can get beers for $1.50. I'm not a cheap person, but I like to get a lot for my dollar. You do at Casa Amorita. This is a B&B, and the breakfast are scrumptous. She cooks with fresh ingredients, and the portions are huge. Also, Rosa makes wonderful coffee. I'm 35 years old and have never liked coffee..my boyfriend tasted his and said" this is different, I think you might like it"..I did, and drank 2 cups every morning. I definately recomend Casa Amorita to those that want to get away and relax, get a lot for you money, "feel" Mexico, and be in a location where everything is right outside your door.

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Denver, Colorado
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2005

My wife and I spent three days at Casa Amorita at the tail end of our Honeymoon in May. It is a beautiful B&B in the middle of old town Puerto Vallarta. We stayed in the honeymoon suite (we didn't find the walls to be paper-thin) and had a great view of the cathederal. The house only has a few units, so most of the time you feel like you have the place to your self. We spent part of every night on the roof top patio enjoying the stars, great view of town and the ocen breeze.

Rita Love, the owner and a native of New Jersey, is a great host and a wealth of information. We visited some really cool places that we would have never known about if we stayed the whole time at a resort.

One recomendation I would have for any visitors to Puerto Vallarta, would be to stay part of your time at a large resort (we loved the Marriott Casa Magna) and the rest at a B&B in town. Casa Amorita is several blocks from the ocean and the beach area in town isn't very nice. Another thing to keep in mind if you're visting in May, is that everything is very brown and dusty (the rainy season begins in June). Don't expect the lush green that you see in guide books.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2005

My son had a "destination wedding" in Puerto Vallarta and Casa Amorita served as the home base for my 3 sisters and myself, along with my spouse and 2 children. Casa Amorita is a perfect spot for a family reunion...individual privacy in your room with spacious common areas for socializing and the pool and terrace to enjoy the views and the sunsets. Well located in town for restaurants, shopping, etc with a warm latin ambience.
Rita is a wonderful hostess who was concerned about our every need. Delicious breakfasts!
One caution: Rita does not encourage bringing children and for good reason... the house is not childproof. Need to keep an eye on them at all times for safety.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Iturbide #309 at Calle Matamoros, Puerto Vallarta CP48300, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 60 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Casa Amorita Hotel Puerto Vallarta

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