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“Amazing, couldnt ask for any better”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Villa Franchesca

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Villa Franchesca
Lethbridge
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Amazing, couldnt ask for any better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2009

Incredible stay in Villa Kikeya. The villa is even more beautiful than it looks on the photos. Robert the owner greated us when we arrived on our 8am flight, and provided us with a tour of both villas, took us for breakfast, then to the market to buy delicious fresh shrimp and tortillas and then dropped us off at the Mega to buy our supplies for a week. If you are staying here, the best thing to do is buy some groceries and alcohol on arrival so you have stuff available, the kitchen is fully stocked and thanks to us there is now salt and pepper :) Make margaritas or sangria in the late afternoon as well as some salsa and guacamole and enjoy an afternoon snack and bevies on the terrace while watching the sunset over the bay. The villa is completely private and you have two decks for sunning so you can even get a tanline free tan! There are two bedrooms, and two baths both with decks off of the rooms, there is ac but we didnt use it and simply stuck to the fans. if you want you can take advantage of the laundry facilities available to make sure you have plenty of clean clothes.
I highly recommend taking breakfast at el patio de mi casa which is just a couple of doors down and enjoy the organic breakfast, jazz music and the charming staff all for about $5. Tapas is another wonderful resto in the area where we enjoyed sangria and tapas one evening. If you are looking for a truly mexican experience there is a litros place near the malecon and distillery restaurant that will mix you up a liter of your favorite mixed drinks for 40 pesos, I recommend a paloma or extra spicy michelada.
All in all this was a fabulous place to stay, there is no need for a car because you can walk everywhere, there are wonderful restaurants nearby, and you can also cater to yourself!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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Toronto ON Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2009

Villa Kikeya was an absolutlely incredible place to stay over the May long weekend! A friend and I recently went to Puerto Vallarta and Robert proved to be far more than a property owner, he was a great host! He went above and beyond to make our stay as memorable and as comfortable as possible. The Villa itself has an amazing view of the city and the beach, is a short walk to EVERYTHING, incredible restaurants are nearby, as are gorgeous shops, galleries, nightclubs, etc. The villa is just as advertised on the website, if not better! the rooms are spacious and clean and the patio / pool off of the lower level bedroom is fantastic! I would very highly recommend this villa (and Villa Franchesca nextdoor - same owner) to anyone looking for a memorable vacation in Vallarta! :)

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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Norwich, Norfolk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2009

The villa is amazing, it has everything you need. I would go back in a heartbeat. Not only that, Robert is the most helpful man. He made our trip easy and advised us what were the hotspots, took us on a tour and if we couldn't work the appliances he was there in a flash to help us.
The villa is roomy and beautifully done, with a maid service and a pool man. We spent a very happy week there and would reccomend it to anyone. It's also close to the centre with all the shops and beaches but far enough away to make you feel it's your own haven away from the hustle and bustle. It was a real home away from home for us which was brilliant, especially since we took our 7 month old daughter.
We all loved it.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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3 Thank Cr0fty
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Oakland, CA
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2007

It always seems a bit dicey, trying to book a place sight unseen that doesn't have much of a history of reviews...so we were very pleased with our experience of this villa. In a great location, four blocks from the boardwalk (I wouldn't have wanted to be closer, it's just outside the streets with shops, etc.). This villa and the one next door are almost identical, both 2 plus bedrooms, two stories, with a nice refeshing mini pool in the back. Villa Kikeya next door has a little better view, and more open upstairs floor plan, Villa Franchesca has a little office and the less open floor plan which worked better for us with a baby (Robert owns both). The two bedrooms also were nicely distanced from each other which gave us and the couple we stayed with nice privacy. What puts this place over the top though, like any place, was the owner. Robert was accommodating to our every request (we seemed to have quite a few) and went out of his way to do things to improve our time in the villa, all of which made our stay much more enjoyable. He also gave as a bit of a discount for staying a full week in the low season. I'd recommend this place to anyone, and would come back here without hesitation when returning to PV...such a rare recommendation for me that I actually signed up to Trip Advisor to make it after many years of taking advantage of other peoples' reviews!

  • Stayed June 2007
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2006

The house was lovely, it was very open and spacious and has a great ambience about it.
They had just finshed builiding waterfall at the back of the property, we turned it on everynight, its was lit up and the sound sent us to sleep.
There were 4 of us, the upstairs bedrrom has a four poster and a balcony and the downstairs opens up to the courtyard and pool, both at opposite ends of the house, we really enjoyed the privacy.
We particulary loved Maria Elena the maid, she could not talk much English but went out of her way to make us feel comfortable, shes a gem, everything was spic and span.
The villa provides a chef on call, wow, try the shrimp, it was our best meal we ate in Vallarta.
All in all, the location is excellent, great service, well maintained, I am coming back next year.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Plano, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2005

I just finished my stay at Villa Francesca in Puerto Vallarta. I was disappointed. The house is cute and the location is nice, but there are were many things that I didn't like, so I wouldn't stay there again. The pictures and descriptions from the website are not accurate. You don't have a clear view of the Guadalupe Church from the terrace since it is obstructed by two taller buildings. There is only a limited view of the ocean. The dipping pool is actually a jacuzzi that wasn't functioning until our 7th night. The upstairs bedroom gets very warm in the late afternoons and early evenings. There is no air conditioning in the upstairs bedroom. The upstairs bedroom is not blocked off either since there is a art niche that is open, allowing you to hear everything going on downstairs (and others to see your bed) even when the bedroom door is closed. Both bathrooms are downstairs, so if you sleep upstairs, you must go down/up a steep flight of stairs to use the restroom in the middle of the night. The maid does not really clean like you would expect. There was a lot of mold & mildew in the shower. There was hair in the shower, sinks and beds. We ran out of toilet paper twice since the maid does not replenish the supply.

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Property: Villa Franchesca
Address: 360 Miramar Street, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
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Ranked #44 of 92 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Vallarta
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Number of rooms: 1

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