I have been to Puerto Vallarta many times, always staying on or near the beach, always in Old Town. This time we chose to stay in a condo located in a Mexican neighborhood, Unit 3 at 505 Aquiles Serdan. Steve is the owner so I call it Steve's Place.
Steve's Place is very cool. Clean, nice kitchen, good shower, towels, and well cared for. I loved it. All exterior walls have folding glass doors so when inside, you are also outside and enjoy the breezes which keep you cool. The balcony is large with lots of plants/flowers, we spent lots of time there reading, talking and playing games. WIFI was very dependable.
The neighborhood experience was fascinating. Venders here come in trucks or bicycle carts with loud speakers to announce themselves, throughout the day. Propane, water, avocados, strawberries, vegetables, ice cream, the list goes on. It is a neighborhood of Mexican people - friends and families chatting and laughing, children playing, dogs barking, roosters, burros, etc. then the garbage truck comes at night and kids run out from everywhere to throw their bags into the truck as it moves along.
We spent nine days here. Steve is a great host. The rooftop was cool, the nearby restaurants were excellent, the market two blocks away had amazing food, and a block away the swinging bridge took you to the Isle Cuale, many restaurants and of course the flea market.
If you want peace and quiet beside a pool, this place is not for you. If you want to experience Mexican culture in a great condo at a very affordable price, Steve's Place is a winner. You can walk anywhere and taxi home at night if you choose.
I would give this rental 5 stars if it weren't for climbing the steep stairs. I will give it five stars anyway, because I am 70. No problem for most people. Actually, I managed just fine, just wanted to find a con.
Did I mention Steve was a great manager? He went out of his way to make sure everything was good. I would like to stay here again sometime. Thank you, Steve.