Casa Anita and Corona Del Mar Rating: 3.0 Pearls
South Side, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Pros

  • Light-filled, spacious suites with city and bay views
  • Well-equipped kitchens in every suite
  • Most suites have balconies
  • Small pools and shared patios with cooking grills
  • Free Wi-Fi and self-parking
  • Walking distance from, downtown, Old Town, and Los Muertos Beach
  • Trilingual manager (Spanish, English, French)
  • Free food and beverage package (minimum weeklong booking)

Cons

  • No on-site restaurant
  • No elevators, steep stairs, no disabled access
  • Smoking allowed throughout the property
  • In-room phone fees
  • Some suites have tube TVs and no air conditioning

Bottom Line

This ruggedly charming boutique hotel offers sweeping views of Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay, and the enticements of Old Town Puerto Vallarta are close at hand. Rugged is meant literally here: With two multistoried buildings climbing a steep hillside, labyrinthine stairways, and no elevators, it's a bit of work getting around -- especially if you add in the hike up from the beach. Ultimately, the place seduces with space. The 28 suites are generously scaled, with large decks, and the wonderful views place the city in the foreground against a background of sea and sky.

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 Scene

Housed in a pair of distinctive buildings with labyrinthine stairways, this 28-suite hotel offers gorgeous views and eclectic charm.

The suites-only hotel is built into and against a cliff, and the myriad stone and plaster stairways and walls that organize and connect the structure’s multiple levels infuse the property with unique character. While slightly confusing on first take, the labyrinth draws you in and leads you up to suites and decks with amazing panoramas of the city and bay. Striking vistas can also be viewed from the three shared patios -- two with pools and all with grills.

Housed in two buildings -- ranging from four to eight stories -- this distinctive hotel is comprised of 28 suites, with no two alike, and no pretension. The furniture is fine but nothing fancy, the finishes and fixtures are utilitarian, and you can smoke anywhere. The property is a bit worn, with smudges in the paint, a few cracked tiles, and mismatched pieces here and there. But the daylight pours in, the views beckon, and all the suites feature fully-equipped kitchens.

 Location

Located on the main southbound road out of town, within walking distance of Los Muertos Beach, Old Town, and downtown's bustling boardwalk.

Rising up from the main southbound road out of town, in a district called Colonia Las Amapas, the hotel is a five-to-ten minute walk --albeit a steep one -- from Old Town Puerto Vallarta, the adjacent downtown district, and Playa Los Muertos (Beach of the Dead), the only sandy stretch of beach in Puerto Vallarta proper.

Home to a lively boardwalk lined with beachfront cafes and bars, a number of fine restaurants and galleries, and a festive after-dark scene, downtown is an appealing district for many. It is known as the most happening and diverse area.

Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico's most picturesque beach destinations, with historic white-washed buildings, and cerulean seas set against a rugged mountain skyline. The massive Banderas Bay alone offers over 25 miles of seashore. With all this ocean comes a variety of water sports, like scuba diving with manta rays off Islas Marietas, boating around Los Arcos' reefs, and parasailing off of the popular Playa Los Muertos.

Other popular daytime activities include shopping -- not just the annoying beach vendor kind -- at Puerto Vallarta's mazelike markets. One of the best, Rio Cuale Flea Market, has multiple vendors selling wood carvings, handmade jewelry, and glass and beadwork (among many other items). But be prepared to haggle down those prices!

Puerto Vallarta stays awake when the sun dips below the horizon. Steamy salsa clubs light up the streets, and rowdy local bars supply a steady stream of cerveza for the thirsty traveler.

  • 30-minute taxi ride from Licenciado Diaz Ordaz International Airport ($12 per-person transfers from airport and $20 round-trip transfers available at airport on arrival)
  • 5- to 10-minute walk from Old Town and Playa Los Muertos (Beach of the Dead)
  • 15-minute walk from downtown plaza and cathedral
  • 15-minute walk to the south end of the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta’s promenade

 Rooms

Spacious suites with stunning views, fully-equipped kitchens, and an assorted mix of decor that ranges from worn to nearly new.

While the 28 suites contained in the hotel’s two buildings fit into six different categories, they share many qualities: generous amounts of space, fully-equipped kitchens, good-sized decks with panoramic bay and city views (one suite has no view), and no-frills utilitarian finishes. The pale tile floors, white stucco walls, and stone details are counterpointed by an eclectic mix of colorful furnishings and decorations that range from worn to nearly new.

Smoking is permitted anywhere on the property and there are no smoke-free rooms. While the absence of carpeting -- all the floors are tile -- diminishes the problem of lingering smoke odors and toxins, it remains a significant issue for some.

Half of the suites are air conditioned (bedrooms only), while all have ceiling fans in the living rooms. Air conditioning is not a critical component in Puerto Vallarta in high season—evenings are cool, especially in higher altitude properties like this one. While every suite has its own look, the larger ones also have larger decks, bigger bathrooms with tiled tubs, and flat-screen TVs.

  • Large, private balconies with comfortable lounge furniture and great views of the city and bay
  • Phones (fees apply), Wi-Fi (accessible from room balconies), and a mix of tube and flat-screen TVs with cable channels
  • Fully equipped kitchens and free bottled drinking water
  • King beds and sofa beds in most suites
  • Attractively tiled tubs in the larger suites
  • All of the two-bedroom suites have air conditioning, one has a private pool

 Features

Three small pools, including one with swim-up bar

  • Three pools -- smallest one has swim-up bar
  • Free Wi-Fi (accessible from room balconies)
  • Babysitters available (for a fee)
  • BBQ nights with free margaritas (winter season only)
  • Free food and beverage package for weeklong bookings
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 Bottom Line

This ruggedly charming boutique hotel offers sweeping views of Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay, and the enticements of Old Town Puerto Vallarta are close at hand. Rugged is meant literally here: With two multistoried buildings climbing a steep hillside, labyrinthine stairways, and no elevators, it's a bit of work getting around -- especially if you add in the hike up from the beach. Ultimately, the place seduces with space. The 28 suites are generously scaled, with large decks, and the wonderful views place the city in the foreground against a background of sea and sky.

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Address

  • Carretera Barra de Navidad # 601 Col. Las Amapas Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco C.P. 48399 Mexico

Room Types

  • Bachelor Suite
  • Deluxe Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • One Bedroom Apartment
  • Three Bedroom Apartment
  • Two Bedroom Apartment

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 28
Pool: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: South Side, Puerto Vallarta
Address: Carretera Barra de Navidad # 601 Col. Las Amapas Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco C.P. 48399 Mexico
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