I love this place. I've been to Puerto Vallarta many times and stayed in several different condos in this part of town (Los Muertos Beach). I've always been fascinated by this place because it looks so charming from the beach. I spent 6 nights in Suite 2 - a two bedroom, 2 bath on the second floor. The only thing I found on the down-side was a street light on the corner just outside that shown on the balcony at night. Otherwise, this place is perfect. Since this unit is on the corner and only on the second floor, I don't think the other units are as affected by this light. Both bedrooms have king-size beds, although they're "Mexican kings" which are very wide but short - at 6'2", my feet hang off the end of the bed, but this doesn't bother me. Mexican beds tend to be notoriously hard, but these are very comfortable. One of the bedrooms is sort of an alcove off the living room, so with a group, this room wouldn't have much privacy (although it does have shuttered folding doors that can close it off from the living room). I think this is the only unit in the building that is configured this way.
Yes, there are waves just outside the wide-open terrace doors that make noise all night long. Hello? You're living on the beach! Any of the buildings within a block of the beach will have this amenity - it's one of the thing I love about being on the beach. I'm a sound sleeper and I love the sound of the waves. If that's not for you, better consider something further back from the beach or up on a hill.
This is also a small (10 condos) hotel, so if you're the type who likes room service, a staff of hundreds, restaurants, a gym, business center and someone to entertain the kids, this is not the place. There's only your condo, the office and a small pool here - the attraction is the location and the beach. There are only two housekeepers and three or four staff people in the office. I love this kind of place - it's very quiet and private.
And, yes, the Blue Chairs (the gay beach club) is just 100 yards up the beach and on a busy weekend there can be hundreds of gay men in skimpy bikinis parading on the beach (and partying at the roof-top night club at the associated hotel, although I don't think that ever went past 10 PM, and usually ended earlier than that). You have to walk past the beach club and hotel to get to and from town so if you're offended by gay men, this may not be the place for you. Since I'm gay, this is one of the main reasons I stayed here.
But this place is absolutely lovely. It's like having your own home right on the beach, with the added benefit of having daily maid service. The housekeepers kept the place spotless, including mopping all of the tile floors every day. The kitchen had everything you could ever need to prepare a full-course meal (including a blender for Margaritas), although I only used it for breakfast and snacks, preferring to eat lunch on the beach (at the Blue Chairs) and dinners either at the charming restaurants in the Zona Romantica, which as others have said is only about a 10 minute walk away, or at any of the many beach-front restaurants just up the beach on Los Muertos. I want to recommend Cafe de Olla (on Basillo Badillo, two or three doors east of Olas Altas) - a great place for "Mexican specialties" - some of the best Tortilla Soup and Chiles Rellenos I've ever had.
Overall, this is the best condo hotel I've ever stayed at in Puerto Vallarta. The staff is friendly and helpful, although I didn't have much need for their services since I know PV pretty well and can find my own way around. I will definitely stay here again (and again and again, hopefully).
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