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“Great apartments just above Zona Rosa”
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Casa de los Arcos
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amsterdam
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“Great apartments just above Zona Rosa”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

Just returned from a great stay at Casa de los Arcos! Hosts Susan and David made our stay at La Palapa great!!! The apartment is unique and nicely decorated with extended outdoor balcony and open air-livingroom! The view is great, all over Zona Rosa out to the sea! The other apartments are great too, all with a different nice atmosphere.

Susan and David helped us to arrange lots of things and also showed us around town. Our clothes could be washed, they arranged a cook and the apartments are cleaned daily. The building is situated on the mountain in a safe and quiet neighborhood and a 10 minutes-steps-walk will bring you right to the beach or the old town. One day Susan and David took us on a nice boat tour to Yelapa: we snorkeled in the sea and saw dolphins!
I could really recommend this place for a nice holiday in Puerto Vallarta.

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Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

My husband and i stayed here over Thanksgiving and we had such a fabulous experience.
Susan was in touch with me via email through the whole booking process and even offered me the two bedroom villa for the price of the one bedroom just because that was all they had left.
This was about how the whole stay played out with her and her lovely husband David just being wonderful hosts.
They invited us to their top floor home for Margarita s on night one and gave us all the information on the town over (nice strong) drinks.
They even invited us out on their boat later that week and David literally took us all over the coastline. It felt so special to be welcomed so warmly.
As for the accommodations they were stunning...seriously i took video that first day and posted on my fb and all my friends couldn't believe how gorgeous it was. I think our villa was called the casa grande. Two bedrooms..two bathrooms..kitchen..dining room..lounge and the most amazing balcony allto ourselves. The villa was also decorated superbly with Susans Art and artifacts from their travels.
From the room it was a steep but short walk into town. Cabs were plentiful but we walked up and down each days. If you are older or not too fit you will at least want a cab one way. :-)
It was also very easy to get a bus from close by to head south towards boca and such
I also want to add that casa de los arcos is in a really safe area where the locals live. We never once felt unsafe anywhere around Puerto Vallarta
My husband and i rarely return to the same spot on vacation as there are just so many places to go in the world but it's a testament to casa de los arcos that we are already planning our return.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We just checked out of Casa de los Arcos and regret it almost instantly. The Casa is run by Susan and David and they go out of their way to make your stay special and interesting.
Every appartment in the house is nicely decorated with a personal touch.
Our favorite is thé Palapa appartment that gives you a real taste of Puerto Vallarta. If you are looking for a great Vallarta experience then this is definatly the place to stay.
Guy and Oelf from Amsterdam

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

I have now stayed in all four of the CASAS comprising CASA des LOS ARCOS. Each has a special charm. My personal favorite is THE MUSEO. Just a flight of stairs up form the street level entry it is very livable in it's simple arrangement. The long galley kitchen is at entry level. Two steps down to a laptop desk, with a long row of windows looking out to the trees across the street, is the living area.. The dining table (for 6), tucked between two book cases, and the seating area comprise this area. The large bedroom and separate bath are separate from the living space The tree top location is perfect for the work-station It is peaceful with only the greenery outside the windows for distraction.

One flight up and on the same level as the pool-side terrace is the largest, two bedroom LA CASA GRANDE. The view from the very large terrace of the Bay of Banderas is just cut by the tree line across the street. My big canvas LATE SUMMER SUNSET OVER THE BAY OF BANDERAS was inspired by this view. Also, the view from the shower in the first bedroom is spectacular. One of my friends seeing a photo taken from there wrote-"Move over. I'm coming." The kitchen, dinning and living are well appointed But, it is the deep and spacious terraces that are the attraction of this space.

Our personal favorite is LA PALAPA. Accessed from the pool-side terrace by a spiral staircase it is the most romantic. HUGE bed with a head-board that was conceived, for among other pleasures, coffee in bed. Just sitting there and watching the ships and boats move about the bay with the early morning light is shere pleasure. The kitchen, dinning and terrace are roomy and well appointed. But, here, the bed wins hands down.

At the top of the house on the left is LA CASITA. The smallest of the three Casas it has the most spectacular views of the Bay. From here you can see the sun setting over Tahiti. The views of the Bay here are panoramic and completely disengaged for over 240 degrees from the headlands to the South across the Bay to Neuvo Navrit to the North. Then, back around to the East looking over the bell tower and yellow dome of The Cathedral of Puerto Vallarta. We were also able to see the nearly completed Botanical Garden on the same level. This will carry the experience of LOS ARCOS to the next level.

At the very top of the house resides your host. Susan's office is just below the level of LA CASITA. She and David host a welcoming libation to the setting sun to new visitors. AND. David has a boat for visits to the beaches, coves, islands, (snorkling off Los Arcos, the three small island namesakes, is great), and the villages otherwise accessible only by foot-truly the best of hosts

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Plano, Texas
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Casa de los Arcos over Thanksgiving. Casa de los Arcos is on the side of a hill in the Romantic Zone overlooking the bay and the city. Absolutely fantastic views.

We stayed in the Casa Grande. What a fantastic location. The Casa Grande is an open air living kinda place. There is a small AC available for each of the bedrooms (2) but the idea is to throw the double doors (5 of them) wide open (to the huge private patio) and enjoy the view and weather, which is what we did. Casa Grande is 2 bedroom (with king sized beds), 2 bath (with showers only), 1 living, 1 dining, 1 kitchen (fully equipped including coffee maker) and 1 huge patio, right next to a nice cooling dipping pool. Nice fountain (used often), old school TV (we did not turn it on), nice decor. Book case full of books if you need one. View of the bay and the city from the huge patio.

Fair warning: Casa de los Arcos is up several steep hills (and Casa Grande is up some stairs). If you are unable or unwilling to do some walking (or use taxis to drop you off) this might not be your place. We enjoyed the walk up and down the hill twice a day. Tons of great restaurants within walking distance. Malacon (boardwalk) within walking distance. Beaches within walking distance. Bus stop (to go south to Boca or north) within walking distance.

The main reason we loved this place was Susan and David, the proprietors. They live on property and are two very interesting and friendly people, full of life and full of stories. If they offer to spend some time with you, I would advise you to accept. You will be richer for it.

Bring or buy shampoo. Soap is provided. Stock up the kitchen with food and booze. You can eat some meals in to save time and money. Bring sunscreen and deet. Bring books to enjoy while relaxing on the patio. Wifi available.

Room Tip: The Casa Grande apartment is typically for families with kids or 2 couples since it is 2 bed, 2 bath...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We spent two nights at Casa de los Arcos with our 3 kids - I cant think of anything to add to the reviews before mine - they are all accurate - it was truly a great experience, taking us to the grocery store, out on the boat, snorkeling, the dogs, the wise, friendly company. We will be going back, probably with friends or family in tow as its the perfect set up for getting a group together yet affording great privacy at the same time.
If David has the time and offers you the boat trip - take him up on the offer!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed at Casa de los Arcos for four nights in early October. It was our first time to Puerto Vallarta, and we cannot say enough great things about our stay. We stayed in the Casa Palapa, which had an amazing outdoor living space with a spectacular view (I saw one other casa while also there, and that one was equally amazing). We watched the sunset every night and enjoyed long breakfasts while gazing out at the ocean. The views were well worth the walk up the hill from town, and the solitude of not being directly within the city made it so much more peaceful and relaxing.

Susan and David were warm, welcoming hosts. They invited us for margaritas and appetizers the evening we arrived and brought us out on their boat to go snorkeling and tour some of the surrounding coastline. Susan organized for a cook to prepare dinner in our casa and for private massages. She also brought us to the grocery store upon arrival so that we could stock up on any items we wanted for our kitchen. We greatly enjoyed our stay and would recommend a visit to anyone! We don't tend to repeat visit places very often, but we had such a great, relaxing time on this stay that we've already mentioned we'd love to go back again.

The dogs, also, were pretty awesome and made for great boating companions!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 #1 of 94 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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