Charming, rustic and quirky
Posted 09-Feb-2016 on Hotels
This property is the opposite of the American style hotel/timeshare experience which dominates much of other parts of the city. It was started in 1968 by a Canadian expat pilot and his wife. They still run the property and live on the premises, helped by some very able and friendly local staff.
We stayed in one of the smallest units, which had a small patio but no view (Corona del Mar #4.) Would have given a higher mark for cleanliness if not for a lingering smell of dampness, toward the back of the unit where the kitchen and bath are located. There seemed to have been a window in the bath which had been replaced by glass block. Being able to open a window at the back of the unit so air could pass front the front and out the back might help to clear out humidity from the shower.
The pool was quite cool, which I found refreshing after lying in the sun. Staff told me they were working on the heater and that it usually was warmer. The water seemed clear and clean.
There is a higher terrace on the Casa Anita side, with a small pool which was slightly warmer. There are lounge chairs which look toward the reception area and pool, which I found odd considering the beautiful view over the railing in the other direction. I just turned mine around and enjoyed the panoramic view of Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas.
There was absolutely no noise or disturbance of any kind while we stayed at the property.