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“Loved the getaway”
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Casa Iguana Hotel
Ranked #87 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Des Moines, IA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Loved the getaway”
Reviewed March 25, 2011

We stayed at Casa Iguana for only two nights arriving late the first night. The hotel is about 20 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta and an interesting taxi ride. When we arrived it was dark and we were greeted by the front desk who were waiting for us. We checked into our rooms and walked up the streets of Mismaloya to a small market to get some water, pop and other items. The town is very small and the hotel is all 2 br units with 2 singles in one room and a queen size bed in the other room. Kitchenette with sink and a living area with tv were extremely modest. We paid $100/night for 4 adults so we weren't expecting the Ritz Carlton.

We ate breakfast twice (less than $30 usd for 4 adults) at the onsite restaurant where we met Jorge and his daughter Libby. There is a nice pool wiht a hot tub (didn't use) which is starting to show some age. The hotel is smallish - 4 floors and maybe 50 units total but it was very slow and we basically had the run of the place. We took a couple walks (down to the Mismaloya beach - maybe a quarter mile - interesting walk and a great way to take a small boat out to snorkel los arcos or see it up close. We also walked up the hill thru town past the PV zoo.

We ate at the onsite restauraunt for dinner - our group had the seafood platter with crab, lobster, snapper, etc and i had the filet mignon. Wonderful relaxing meal. Jorge is a gracious host and he even offered to drive us to our next hotel. He makes a mean margarita also - try the mango.

We only stayed two nights which was enough for us considering the room size - any longer and i would have probably wanted our own 2 br to sort of stretch out - great for a couple nights.

We loved the remoteness and no one messed with us and vice versa.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 20, 2011

This was our second stay at the beautiful Casa Iguana, a lovely spot carved out of the surrounding jungle. We stayed for the whole month of February. The hotel has changed ownership but the quality of service was better than last year. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The grounds and our suite were well maintained and the addition of fresh flowers in our room each day gave it a special touch. I cannot praise Marta and the other cleaning staff enough for the pride they take in their job.
Our only disappointment this year was the restaurant which, although it is located in the grounds of the hotel, is not managed by them. The quality and the service was sadly lacking this year. However, since there are many other places to eat in the area,, this was not a problem. We recommend Juan and Only's in Mismaloya village for breakfast, and lunch and dinner for that matter.
It was such a delight to be remembered and welcomed back by the villagers and those in the surrounding community. We look forward to returning next year.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ellensburg, Washington
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Reviewed February 25, 2011

This was our fourth stay at Casa Iguana "Our Little Hidden Gem of a Hotel in the Jungle" since 2003. Although still very clean, quiet, and comfortable, it is in desperate need of some TLC and updateing. It was sad to see that they are letting everything get so old and worn out! Before I explain the negative, let me share our positves: Check-in was quick, friendly, and professional. Both of the office attendants (sorry I don't remember names) could speak fairly good english and were always polite and helpfull throughout our stay. The 2 bd room guest rooms are nice size with plenty of closet space. Housekeeping did a great job! Not only did they keep our room spotless, they even went out of their way to put fresh flowers in our room every day. They also left mateing "towel" swans, and LOVE written in fresh flower pettals on our bed for Valentines day. The grounds and pool area were also keep very clean. The little store is a very nice conveniance and the attendant was always polite and friendly. For us, it is wonderfull to wake up in the beautiful jungle suroundings, listnening to the sounds of the roosters crowing, the birds singing, and soft mexican music playing from the hotels restaurant (more about it later). There are birds and butterflies everywhere. It is a very beautiful, peacfull and quiet location! The small village of Mismaloya, the Zoo, some very good restaurants ("My Tony's" is my favorite), horseback riding, Mismaloya beach, and the bus stop are all a very short walk away.
Now for the down side: The laundry, computer, and excersize rooms were no longer in working order. And, although the guest rooms, pool, and grounds are all still kept very clean and well groomed; the pool has broken tiles and cracked cement around the outside, the "hot tub" was a cold tub (even though I think they were trying to fix it the whole time we were there), the waterfall flowing from the hot tub into the pool was not flowing anymore either. The guest rooms, (mini apartments really) just need plain old updating, not just painting! Updated appliances (including a microwave), new hardware, and fresh new linens and sofa covers would do the trick. The other thing that was a big dissapointment to us was the hotels restuarant. In the past it was reasonably priced, had very good food, plus pleasant efficient service. Without being rude, sadly no longer :(
So overall: If you like budget friendly, quiet, peaceful, out of the way places, with good service. (except the restuarant) But, don't mind clean, old, and worn out accomadations, this place may be ok for you. We sure hope the new owners update. If so, we will surely be back!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Puyallup, Washington
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

When we booked this trip we used AAA and were given a large selection of packages to choose from. Being budget minded we chose the least expensive. This left some doubt as to how great the accomodations would be. Well we were not disappointed in the least.
The hotel and surrounding grounds are very beautiful. The office staff were friendly and always very helpful. We had the pleasure of meeting "Jorge Sinatra" , the host at the hotel restaurant. He was charming, full of stories and information. He entertained his guests nightly with his guitar and song. He even went as far as to prepare our fish we caught that afternoon for our supper, fish has never tasted so good!
The hotel had a very few guests the week we were there, making it seem as though it was all for us and very quiet. We sat relaxing with a magarita poolside, playing cribbage, talking with the other guests. We were very happy to have met the other people staying there. We made fast friends with a couple from Texas and we spent the last 3 days of our trip fishing and site seeing with them, it was very unexpected and great fun.
My TOP 3 Fun Things : Mahi Mahi Fishing, Visiting Yelapa & Relaxing Poolside

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Grass Valley, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2010

My husband and I stayed 3 weeks at the Casa Iguana Hotel.
This was our 4th stay. We love the ambiance and staff.
Serano Resturant (located at the hotel) is EXCELLENT. The Manager Jorge Joya was a delight. We rarely ordered from the menu. Jorge would surprise us with a sumptious dinner each night we dined at the resturant.
The hotel is quiet and very clean.
We sometimes felt as though we were spending time at our own villa in Mexico.
The staff were all very accommodating and helpful.
We plan on a return trip next year.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed December 14, 2010

My top priority for the first 3 nights of my solo vacation In Mexico was to relax, unwind and shift gears into a slower pace. I knew that could not happen in Puerto Vallarta, so chose to come here, 45 minutes' (7 miles) from the Puerto Vallarta Airport. I paid $25 for a taxi here and enjoyed the ride. The place is quiet, clean with a friendly, low-key staff. It's a 5-min. walk to the Playa Mismaloya, which is dominated by the massive Barcelo hotel. The best part of staying at Casa Iguana is a homier feeling - more personal and smaller (50 suites). And the highlight is dining at Casa Iguana's Serrano Restaurant because the manager Jorge is wonderful! Diners from other areas come to eat here as well. Two meals so far - fantastic! This is not the place to come if you want top notch luxury service or want to be right at the beach. Instead, you will find a welcoming staff and repeat visitors - many from Canada!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2010

I can't recommend this place enough. If you want to get away from the tourist traps, the all-inclusive party pads, the timeshare pitches, the touts, the hustle and bustle (and still be near all of that in Puerto Vallarta) this is the place. My girlfriend and I did, and for a week, we were not disappointed. The property is spotless, inside and out. Each suite has plenty of room to spread out -- two bedrooms, one with a full size bed and one with two twins. There's a small living room with satellite TV, a pleasant bath and a simple kitchenette. Free wifi.

Not the lap of luxury, but clean and whisper-quiet, and a sense you're part of the Mexican culture. This is the place where Mexican tourists stay.

You become part of a real Mexican village, where chickens strut the streets and children play as they walk home from school. The church bell ring behind you, and there's often a soccer game going on. It's right off the bus line, so for 50 cents, you can travel north to Puerto Vallarta or south to Boca de Tomatlan and catch a water taxi to a deserted beach.

Back at the hotel, there's a cool pool and (not) hot tub, a minor downside. But perhaps I'm saving the best for last -- the hotel restaurant was simply fantastic, the best of anywhere we went. It's run by a kind man named Jorge, and when he's waiting on you, it's as if you're the only table in the place. On our last night there, we had a huge seafood dinner for two-- lobster, shrimp, red snapper, mahi mahi. All for the equivalent of $40! Jorge surprised us with dishes we never ordered, on the house! Throughout the long evening, we sampled chips with guacamole, ice cream with strawberries, dessert liquers and a round of fine tequila -- gratis.

I simply can't say enough good things about this fine establishment.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Casa Iguana Hotel
Address: Ave. 5 de Mayo #455, Puerto Vallarta 48394, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #87 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Iguana Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the adventure, tranquility and natural beauty of authentic Mexico in the picturesque village of Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta. Casa Iguana Hotel offers personalized service and modern amenities in a relaxed garden setting. Water sports, jungle tours, horseback riding, shopping and dining are all just moments from your door. Escape to Casa Iguana! ... more   less 
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