After 5 days in our studio apartment, 'Safari 9', I can heartily recommend it to travelers who are seeking an alternative to upscale hotels. Here, you have a complete studio, about 600 square feet. King bed, sofa and chair area with 32 " flat screen satellite TV. Beyond french doors is a small dining area with seating for 4 and an efficiency kitchen with 2 burner cooktop, sink, microwave, full fridge and table top broiler/oven and a small island. The kitchen can be opened to the outside with louvered folding doors. We found the studio immaculate and well equipped including laundry detergent (free use of washer/dryer), paper products, utensils, cookware and purified drinking water. Our landlords had a 5lb bag of ice in the freezer. Our laptop was able to find a good unsecured wireless connection. The main attraction for us was the infinity pool and hot tub overlooking the entire city, and they were as spectacular as advertised. Pool water was not heated, and during our stay, PV was around 5 degrees cooler than usual, so few guests used the pool. We did not have maid service, and I don't know f it's an option in other apartments. Each unit is individually owned and priced. Some units have spectacular views, others much less so. Apartments facing south are quieter but lack the city/fireworks view. Our unit had 3 ceiling fans with lights. Our bathroom was compact but hot water was plentiful. We paid slightly less than $100/day, but prices fluctuate widely according to season and demand. A few caveats: If you're a senior and are fussy about mattresses, be aware that the mattress in Safari 9 is very firm. We never slept well in it, but we're nearly 60 years old with sensitive backs. We loved the location, near the beach and the heart of the Zona. But, be advised that walking back up from the rear entrance, is well over 100 steps (more depending on where you're staying) . Walking around to the front entrance from the beach you have to climb the equivalent height, but more gradually. We actually enjoyed the exercise, but if you're out of shape, don't forget anything because you may not want to go back.
- Also Known As:
- Selva Romantica Hotel Puerto Vallarta