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Review of Casa de los Arcos

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Casa de los Arcos
Certificate of Excellence
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
1 review
“Fabulous vacation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2012

Casa de los Arcos is private and secure. The ocean view is really awesome! I love the sunsets. This was the best place I have been to relax!! David & Susan are the best hosts! The beach and downtown is a short walk down the hill. Susan was so helpful in recommending places to go, restaurants, groceries, etc. I really enjoyed cooking us up a small meal in the open air kitchen. The casa was open but private. David took us out on his boat and showed us around the Bay. It was pretty exciting seeing crocadiles in their habitat, not secured in any way! Also, with Susan's recommendation I painted my first oil painting. This was something I could never imagine my doing. They both have many idea's of activities, should you get bored. Myself, I enjoyed the peace and quiet.
We hope to get back there next year. I loved it.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bainbridge Island, WA
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

I am delinquent in writing how special Susan and David made our five nights in PV. Without their interaction with us, we would not have had gone whale-watching (thank you David for the photos), taken the local bus to the Bontanical Garden, had a couple of wonderful restaurant meals or found the gigantic grocery store for stocking up on food staples. As all others have mentioned, these two go wayyyyy beyond the typical requirements or expectations of a host. We had more interaction with them than if we have had at B&B's where it is normal to spend a lot of time with the owners.

The villas are wonderfully "mexican" with all the charm and beautiful views. The small pool was just perfect for dipping in and cooling off.

Since we love to walk and get exercise, we were not intimidated by the steep walk up and down from the villa location and actually preferred it so we could get our daily exercise. However, if walking hills is not your thing, please know that taxis are more than happy to whisk you up or down, so don't let the location be a deterrent. The view from above is far better than at sea level. It took us about 10-15 minutes to walk down to town, so it is not a huge commitment.

We stayed in the smaller unit without a balcony so the pool area was our respite and it worked out fine. The other villa/apartments have their own. This would be a great location for groups wanting to travel together yet have separate quarters..

I understand why many of their guests return year after year after year to Casa de los Arcos!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank BIDawn
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Toronto
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40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

We loved our stay at Casa de los Arcos. Susan and David, as everyone says, were extraordinary hosts. They could not have been more welcoming, generous and gracious. David took us out for a wonderful ride on his boat, Susan drove us around town to get groceries and such. The house itself is open and airy with absolutely glorious views. We, too, walked into town and took a taxi home, which worked perfectly. Susan was a font of information and having the cook come in one evening was a great idea. We stayed in the Cassita, but we thought that each of the apartments had their own charm, so it is a difficult choice! It is not a five star hotel, so don't go and expect over the top luxury, but I can't imagine a nicer place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CuriosityCat
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Monroe, Oregon
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81 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2012

We just returned from a five day stay at Casa de los Arcos. It was everything we could have wanted. Susan and David were wonderful hosts. Susan was available to answer all of my questions during the planning stages of our trip which helped take a lot of the stress out of travelling. She arranged to have us picked up at the airport and when we were delayed in immigration she went to the store and picked up our groceries. Very, very thoughtful. Rosi, the cook, made dinner for us twice and both times it was delicious. Make sure you try the chicken enchiladas! We also went out whale watching with David, Susan and two other guests. We saw many, many whales and were awestruck by the show they put on.

We stayed in the Casita which was truly lovely with an amazing view from the wonderful terrace. Everything was spotless and very comfortable. Because I have a bad knee we took a taxi up and down the hill which was easy and cheap! We enjoyed our stay tremendously.

If you are planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta I highly recommend Casa de los Arcos. It will be your home away from home.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank OregonDallice
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San Diego
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

It was a very nice experience staying at Casa de los Arcos. This is said after spending two nights at the very exclusive and expensive Hacienda San Angel. Although we enjoyed our two nights there, it was much more comfortable staying with David and Susan at Casa de los Arcos.
We wish we could have spent more than two nights at Casa de los Arcos, but time did not permit. On our first day, Susan gave us a little tour of the area and took us to buy groceries. On our second night we enjoyed guacamole and margaritas with Susan and her husband David in their villa. Susan's margaritas and guacamole were great and we enjoyed our conversation over a beautiful sunset.
Much to our surprise, David offered to drive us to a remote beach to continue on our journey to another resort. A taxi would have been quite expensive and it was far more enjoyable to have David drive us. During the journey, he shared with us the different activities that he offers his guests that are able to stay with him longer. We missed out on the trips that he offers his guests with his boat such as whale watching. Perhaps next time...
One cautious note...Be careful not to lock the outer door to the villa and inadvertently close the door to your bedroom with the keys inside. We were locked into our villa, but did not have access to our bedroom due to it automatically locking. Hence, we faced a night locked out in the open part of the villa! I have never heard my wife scream so loudly "Susan". Within minutes David answered and both Susan and David came to our rescue at after 10:00 pm. They brought an extra set of keys to ensure that this would not happen again.
All and all we highly recommend staying at Casa de los Arcos. Thank You, David and Susan.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Warkworth, Ontario
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2012

We spent a wonderful two weeks at Casa de los Arcos in PV. Our villa was everything we had expected and more. The flavour of Mexico surrounds you in this quaint, quiet, out of the way villa. We enjoyed the "hikes" into town and were happy collecting our ingredients at the local stores to prepare our meals in the terrace kitchen. On our first night we had the pleasure of enjoying the best margaritas in PV! We begged Susan to give us the recipe and made many more with wonderful Mexican limes from the Central Market. On our first night, after Susan took us for a quick tour and a trip to the grocery store, we opted for the cook and had a great meal under the palapa.

As you can see from all of the other reviews one of the most special things about Casa de los Arcos are the wonderful hosts. Both David and Susan were always available if not in person at least by email, yes, we could use the computer everywhere in the villa. We spent a fantastic day with David out on the bay whale watching. OMG did we see whales! We could also listen to them with David's underwater microphone, it was truly amazing. Another fabulous day was spent venturing into the rural area south of PV and into neat little Mexican villages where we purchased fresh cheese. Along the way the landscape was very different and the changes from tropical to evergreen forest were very interesting. When you are there make sure to visit the Botanical Gardens which are an easy bus ride from town... although we had chaffeurs!

The villa felt like home, David and Susan made sure of that and so did their animals, especially Punchinella, who stayed the night on the terrace a few times. We spent many hours enjoying the incredible view of Banderas Bay and bird and whale watching from the expansive terrace. The weather was perfect and the dipping pool came in handy in the heat of the afternoon or after the uphill trek back from town. Isabel, the maid, kept our villa tidy and Carlos was especially helpful for anything we asked and gave us lots of information on the flora and fauna of Mexico, thanks Carlos!

This was by far the best vacation we have ever had and we can't wait to go back next year!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank hortartist
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

Can't wait 'til we go back! Susan and David went above and beyond the call of hosts. On the day of arrival, we had a short but informative greeting with Susan. She had a pitcher of margaritas for us while telling us all about what PV has to offer. We were there as a big family, all 12 of us, 2 of which were toddlers. The view was amazing. It’s a good walk down the hill but not hard. We did it with a 2 year old every other day. It’s a great location as it’s away from all the noise downtown without being too far. It is totally walkable. Susan was extremely helpful with whatever we needed. She helped me make an appointment for a facial as well as restaurants recommendations. The staff was also very helpful, as soon as we commented that the pool was a little cold, Carols turned up the heat for us. All the units were very clean.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bilbocin
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Property: Casa de los Arcos
Address: Calle Hortencias 168 | Colonia Alta Vista, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 90 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa de Los Arcos is a luxurious villa nestled into the hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean,with incredible unobstructed views of Los Muertos Beach, the jungle and old town Puerto Vallarta. The villa has 4 spacious suites. Rent the suites individually, or rent the whole villa, and it can sleep 10 people. There are 5 bedrooms with en-suite baths. There is lots of privacy, and large entertaining and dining areas. We will gladly arrange all your airport transfers, and once settled at the villa, we head off to the grocery store to stock your fridge. Margaritas, to follow! We are happy to arrange activities, tours and car rentals for you. Treat yourself to home spa day, with a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. We can arrange this for you upon arrival or set it up in advance. For the nights that you do not wish to dine out, have a private cook brought in to create a wonderful Mexican meal. Our high speed internet and telephone guarantee that you can stay in touch (bring your laptops). ... more   less 

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