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Casa de los Arcos
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

This place is perfect. It is perfectly clean, the beds are comfortable, the kitchen is well stocked, the decor is tasteful, the bathroom.... oh, I dream of having a bathroom like this.

The location is quiet with amazing views. It is up a hill and through a peaceful and safe neighborhood. The walk up the hill is the perfect little exercise after eating tacos all day or if you don't want to walk, take a cab which are easy and inexpensive. If you need a taxi from the house, they are there in seconds.

Susan and David were amazing. So helpful, but not at all overbearing. When you want, you feel like it is your place alone, but when you need help, they are there for you.

Susan and David--- thank you so much. We will be back. Hopefully in time to see your new botanical garden.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

From the beginning Casa de los Arcos has been my doorway to Mexico. Through it I have encountered endless adventure, natural beauty and enduring friendships.
Susan and David are not just welcoming hosts, although they are indeed that, but even more, they are cultural historians, wxuberant explorers generous with their time and knowledge. There is never a time of year when visiting the Casa does not hold something special to see and do. And that holds true for my most recent stay. I arrived during the festival of Our Lady of Guadaloupe. Running over many days and nights, it is a religious pilgrimage that brings the faithful from near and far, to the old cathedral in the the heart of old Vallarta,. Illuminated by the light of handheld candles, pushed along to the beat of their choral hymns, thousands share their joy in song. The scene is timeless and endless.
In David’s words; “ On nights like this you can see what this town is made of, Vallarta’s pueblo roots are rising to the surface’.
Back at the casa, new roots are being dug in! Susan and David have nearly completed their embrace of the jungle garden that surrounds the property along its north. What an amazing idea this is – replanting the indigenous flora, clearing out the view-blocking scruff and creating secluded viewing terraces. . I can hardly wait to return to it.
On this trip there was also a marvellous day spent boating across the bay to explore the mariettas. Here among the rocks that connect Vallarta to its techtonic ripped core, live protected species – the blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and ... other stuff that David told me, but I forget. It is a raw blue wonder.

All ‘roots’ lead to home. These are special memories and rare moments. Each one would be worth the trip, but none of it would hold me. so fast were it not for the comfort and beauty of staying at Casa de los Arcos. It feels like my second home. I know it well, I think of it often and I will always return.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Casa de Los Arcos is a ten minute walk from the old (nicer) section of Puerto Villarta. I stayed in the lowest room, so not much of a view, but the room itself was incredibly spacious, well-decorated and very clean. Susan and David are very friendly, and go out of their way to help. They offered to drive me to the supermarket (which I declined) and offered me drinks on their deck (which I accepted). David showed me photos he took of whales, and offered to take me whale watching (declined, sadly). Both David and Susan have great stories to tell and seem to genuinely enjoy company. But, they also did not impose. All in all, this is a great place to stay in a good location.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We have fallen in love with Puerto Vallarta and Susan/David's Casa de los Arcos! This boutique hotel is nestled into the side of a hillside, offering a quite place to "get away" and a restful retreat from all the great fun down the hill in Zona Romantica. We could not have asked for more. We highly recommend you experience this kind of rare hospitality AND visit and enjoy Puerto Vallarta. Spread the word, PV is safe, clean, extremely friendly and welcoming. We are planning our next trip immediately!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

My wife and I were looking for romance, adventure, interaction, dining experiences, peaceful strolls on the beach, inspiration and a feeling of well being. Look no further as Casa de los Arcos and most importantly it's proprietors, Susan and David deliver in spades. Each year we look forward to the Holiday season as our launch to get away for ten days together. While we have enjoyed many trips that had a unique twist, we have rarely found an oasis for the soul and are already planning our return in 2013.

Room Tip: Palapa invites the incredible weather as part of your living environment
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful and charming location, central, near the old town and a walk away from the best that Puerto Vallarta has to offer, great food and friendly people. It a place that we like come back, over and over...

  • Stayed: December 2012
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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.

Room Tip: Apartment la Palapa
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Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 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 95 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range: $100 - $675 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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