Casa Isabel

Casa Isabel

Privada Del Bosque 483 Col. Alta Vista, Puerto Vallarta 48380 Mexico
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Luxury accommodations at affordable prices. Stay with us and see why our guests return year after year. We offer twelve different units in a variety of styles and budgets, from a hotel room, spectacular romantic suites, studios and one bedroom suites, most have full kitchens, plus our fabulous two bedroom two bath casita. Incredible views of the mountains and ocean, fireworks and sunsets, plus enjoy two Jacuzzis and a pretty pool with a B.Y.O.B Palapa Bar and professional grills.
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johnpV4713TS wrote a review Feb 2020
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the place to visit if you are in PV. Make sure you get a reservation in busy season. Well worth the trek up the hill. The food is great and the service is very good. The view is to die for and worth it all. Sunset is amazing.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Pioneer17422 wrote a review Jul 2004
Chicago
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been to Puerto Vallarta three other times, but always stayed on the beach. This trip, I was alone and wanted to relax, so someone suggested Casa Isabbel.

Best suggestion I ever had! I rented a studio, but they upograded me to an available one bedroom. It had everything, full kitchen, coffee maker and a view to die for! I could lay in bed and watch the ocean, see the sunset...everything! I loved the dining table under the palapa in my room, so I could drink coffee, then spend time at the pool, which has a fridge for drinks.

It was so easy to walk down the hill to the stores, restaurants, beach. In five minutes I was right there, but I could escape back to Casa Isabel..... Juan the houseman was awesome! So nice and helpful. And the place is gorgeous, best view in Vallarta and inexpensive for everything you get....relaxation and luxury...priceless!
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Trip10947 wrote a review Jan 2005
San Francisco, CA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for a hotel for a spectacular, romantic escape - this is it. If you're looking for a place for a group of friends to gather and have a terrific time - this is it. If you're looking for a great family vacation - keep looking, this isn't it. Casa Isabel is a wonderful, adult only inn that caters to the grown-up traveler. Whether you want to hang out at the small but lovely pool terrace chatting with fellow guests or laze around your well-equipped, comfortable room admiring the views of PV and Bandaras Bay with your sweetie, you would be hardpressed to find a more lovely location or a more helpful staff. Ah, the staff. Truly what makes this inn special. Always smiling, always gracious, and the most gracious and helpful of all is the manager, Brenda. Want your refrigerator stocked before you come - no problem. Looking for the best beaches - she'll draw you a map. Wondering where to go to eat - she has a book of restaurant recommendations (and not just the ones everyone has heard of) and will gladly make reservations for you. Want to get pampered with a massage, facial, pedicure - she's checked them out personally and will send you to the ones she uses for herself. Looking for the best shopping - she knows where to go and where to avoid. The wealth of information she has (as well as her infectious enthusiasm for PV) alone would make this inn a standout, even if it weren't as lovely as it is. I've been at 5-star resorts whose staff could learn a lot from her.

Southside (aka Zona Romantica) with all the clubs, restaurants and shops is only a 5 minute walk away and the beach is less than 10. The only downside is that hotel is up a steep (but short) hill and does have a lot of stairs (which is why every room has such incredible views), but we just took a cab back (less than $3US) when we didn't want to walk up the hill. All in all, this is a wonderful small inn and you get a much more personal experience of PV then you would at one of the larger hotels for a much better price.
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Jenn T wrote a review Feb 2022
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been to Casa Isabel before and just adored it … I. The past the scenery and food were amazing. But this time, we were extremely disappointed in everything that happened.

We had a reservation but our reservation table along the front railing was bit available despite a confirmation of such. Second, a group who came after us were seated along the railing and then a second group were moved from the side to the front railing… both groups who came after us and as it turns out had made reservations after us also (we had made a reservation 10 days in advance) and the reason they got that table was because they bought a drink at the bar. This was just the start of our experience.

From there, it went downhill. The bottle of wine we ordered had very clearly turned and was horrible. The meals were cold and the some vegetables such as the asparagus were burnt and extremely tiny (something that never should have been served).

Over the course of the evening the wait staff basically ignored us and only responded when flagged down.

Overall, this was a very disappointing experience and I would not recommend it to anyone.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Marcos Moraes wrote a review Jan 2020
Boston, Massachusetts
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed there for NYE. The place itself is amazing! perched on top of a hill, Casa Isabel has great amenities: swimming pool, pool bar, jacuzzi, a good restaurant, and a view no money can buy. Our room was spacious with a cool local Mexican decor/vibe. The balcony was big and fully integrated with the room with a fantastic view!
Now to the the service... NYE is very busy in Puerto Vallarta, but it felt like the place was dead. You can't always see staff around and the bar pool was not operational/staffed. We had an issue with our toilet (it overflowed and started leaking), and the manager's response was a casual "ah yes, it's a bit loose at the base". Long story short the leakage was fixed but the toilet would not refill the water. I came up with a "method" to jiggle the handle thing to make it work and told the manager that a toilet part needed to be replaced as it was not working properly. He said he would look into it the next day (casually again) as it was a Sunday and hardware stores were closed. He never again addressed the issue. So long story short, it's unfortunate that such a beautiful place with so much potential as Casa Isabel is run by people that just don't care about the place.
Note: the place is owned by a Canadian business and your credit card will be charged under "Madison Pub Ave".
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Janthetraveler wrote a review Jan 2023
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This has traditionally been one of my favorite places to stay but things have changed somewhat. Because of economics I’m guessing, staffing is very minimal. During the day it’s very difficult to find anyone if you need something. The staff that’s there is great-it’s just that there’s only a couple of them. Because they no longer open the on-site restaurant until 4 pm (and not at all on Sundays) they put out a continental breakfast for guests which is nice. But don’t expect to have any access to other food or beverages until after 4:00. The TV’s in the rooms no longer work and the wifi is spotty and slow. The main pool is very cold but the small infinity pools are warm and nice. The very steep road up to the Casa has fallen into greater disrepair and it’s a treacherous walk down to the Romantic Zone. At the time of our stay they didn’t have any ability to accept credit cards anywhere on property. I’m not sure how long that will be the case. Several other buildings are going up/have gone up in the area so bit by bit the expansive views are being eroded.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mr.HollyBrowne wrote a review May 2005
Watertown, MA
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We very much enjoyed our stay at Casa Isabel in Puerto Vallarta. We were recommended to the place by good friends; so we had high expectations of our accomodations and they were pretty much met. Since this was our first visit to this fine city, the hotel manager, Brenda, was very helpful in getting us situated not only in our apartment but also with loads of information of places to see, eat and do, especially restaurants. Sometimes we forget we're on vacation and start stressing about making reservations and who we should contact...Brenda made this all very easy..like your own personal assistant. Another on site resident is Juanito. He pretty much makes sure the hotel grounds are in perfect working condition. He is also able to make taxi calls for you and anything else that you might need. And not to forget Isabel the cleaning person. She makes sure your room is spotless, and it was!

Casa Isabel is situated right in the heart of PV center. There is very easy access right to the city's attractions, restaurants, eateries, galleries and beaches. Since we were in a 1 bedroom apartment, we stocked up on breakfast foods like coffee, bread and snacks. The are a couple of grocery stores located within short walking distance to C.I. Speaking of food and drink, you can also stock your refrigerator with a case of beer (Dos XX's) and purchase it directly from C.I. For only $150 pesos, you get 20 beers in bottles. Why do I write this in the review? Remember, you are up a steep hill and there really is no need to lug up a case of beer up a hill and deal with the deposit when C.I. takes care of it all for you!

The rooms are very comfortable and spacious...at least the 1 bedroom is. Since you are situated on a hill, you have these wonderful views of the city and the bay. It was so relaxing watching the sunset over the Pacific; seeing huge cruise ships sail into the marina; watch people parasailing seemingly above the high rise hotels--all this from your veranda! If it gets too hot or you're ready to settle in for the night, the veranda has these huge, folding sliders that you can close. Our bed faced toward the bay; so when you wake up, you are greeted with these wonderful views of the city. If you're just simply way to hot and the humid is getting to you, the room also includes a very strong and quiet a/c unit! You may also opt to use the many ceiling fans in the rooms.

The rooms are supplied with basic essentials...coffee pot, cookware, utensils and plates. Don't plan to cook too much because there are many great restaurants in the city. But it is nice to simply wake up, make a pot of coffee and simply laze around on the veranda before starting your tourist day. C.I. also includes huge 3 gallon jugs (like what you get from water delivery service) of filtered water in each room. So you don't have to worry about drinking the tap. They also include this special soap to wash fruits and veggies that you have purchased locally. This will kill any parasites and such and prevent unhappy G.I. problems! The rooms also have cable television. Sometimes you get starved for American news or simply want to watch a movie.

C.I. also has a 2 whirlpool baths and rooftop sitting areas. On those days where you simply don't want to do anything, simply walk up a few steps and enjoy your day by the pool -- again with great views of the city and bay. They even have stainless steel grills where you can make your own BBQ!

The only gripes I have...the bed in our room was very hard. Of course, this is a risk we take when traveling anywhere and you can never really plan for that. Lastly, near the end of our stay, construction workers started work on a new, spiral staircase right at the pool. Needless to say, you couldn't use the pool area due to the noise and work equipment. Luckily, it was toward the end of our stay and we had occupied ourselves with other activites. Lesson learned here: Maybe before making a reservation; ask about work projects that might be ongoing during your stay.

Now about that hill...on our last day, we had totally gotten accustomed to the hike up a set of steep stairs and steep roadway. But be prepared to make this journey once or twice a day. It's gets hard after touring all day or after just having dinner. However, the effort is worth it since you are rewarded with this stunning view of the city. Also...you can simply hail one of many available taxis which will zip you right up or down the hill. We opted to walk and climb in an effort to burn off those restaurant calories!
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Date of stay: April 2005
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MBERQUIST wrote a review Sept 2006
Pittsburgh, PA
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I decided quite some time ago to make a trip out of the country and we decided on Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, after my wife spoke with another person on the internet who sang Vallarta’s praises. Here are some of my thoughts on the places that we went to there:

Casa Isabel: To start, we booked ourselves at Casa Isabel, a charming hotel located in Puerto Vallarta that my wife discovered after talking with her ‘net buddy. We selected a studio apartment at Casa Isabel that had a kitchen for roughly $570 for the week. Casa Isabel sits atop a hill in the southern area of the city and overlooks the Banderas Bay with a gorgeous view. When the sun is shining you can see for miles and miles across the bay.

The rooms themselves have ceramic tile on the floor and on the counter-tops and I generally thought that the rooms were well-decorated and looked very nice. But the view is the reason to come. Opening up your windows and your balcony and you can easily lose yourself sitting there with the warm breezes and lovely views. I’d go back in a heart-beat.

Only complaint: the beds are hard. Very hard. You can’t sleep more than a few hours hard. Your back starts killing itself hard … Did I mention that the beds are a little hard?

Restaurants:

-Café de Olla: Located on Basilio Badillo in the Romantic Zone of the city, my wife and I ate there one night and thought that the food was good but not great. I enjoyed the salsa, some of which was made with cactus

-La Chata: Sitting on the Malecon, La Chata is a good restaurant that my wife and I had lunch in. The portions were outstanding and their Margaritas … well, they were very, very good. We both had the flautas, which were good and almost too much to eat. The best part about La Chata was sitting on a balcony over-looking the Malecon on a day with a bright blue sky and the roar of the ocean in our ears.

-Las Palomas: Another of the restaurants sitting on the Malecon, my wife ate here and had a decent dining experience. The food is good and the portions are outstanding, but my wife and I had a bad experience with one of the staff trying to get us to go to a time-share thing. On the plus side, it has a terrific view of the Malecon. That particular evening my wife and I watched a Pirate Ship sail up the Malecon shooting fireworks over our heads.

-Andale: One of the better meals that my wife and I ate while we were in Vallarta. Located in the Romantic Zone a block or so from the beach, Andale has a nice open floor plan. My wife and I ate on a balcony overlooking a bustling street full of people. The staff is very friendly and gave us complimentary shots after dinner. They also had an excellent two-for-one happy hour. The food was outstanding. I had a Chili Enogada, which was a poblano chili stuffed with meat and topped with a creamy sauce and pomegranate seeds. It was delicious and I was thoroughly stuffed.

-River Café: Probably my favorite place to eat in Puerto Vallarta. The River Café is located in the middle of the Rio Caule, the river that cuts through the middle of the downtown area. My wife and I decided to eat there for our anniversary dinner. The ambiance is very impressive. The river flows by the restaurant, which is shielded by trees and vines. In the early evening it is a very romantic scene, with the water trickling by and the tables in the restaurant lit by candlelight. The food is quite excellent. I had the Thai Crab soup as an appetizer, which was exquisite. My wife had the Farmer Soup, a mix of squash blossoms and chilis topped with a puff pastry. I had the tuna and pappaya for my entrée, which was delicious. My favorite meal in Puerto Vallarta. You are cheating yourself if you do not go.

-Agave Grill: An absolute jewel. My wife and I stumbled on the restaurant while we were walking on the Malecon. It is a block off the main road that runs along the beach, so I suspect that many tourists miss it. Don’t. After the River Café, this was the best meal we ate in Puerto Vallarta. The restaurant itself is an open-style building that is very comfortable. They have an excellent selection of Mexican wines.

Our dinners were very interesting. My meal had a chocolate sauce that gave the chicken a terrific flavor. We finished off dinner with a chocolate tamale that was delicious. I highly recommend.

-Vista Grill: Our final dinner in Puerto Vallarta was at the Vista Grill, just a short walk from our hotel. The showcase for the restaurant are the magnificent views of the city. If you aren’t staying at a hotel with a good view of the city, try going to the Vista Grill and soak in the view. As for the food, I found it to be delicious though I found the meal to be pricey in comparison with the quantity of food. That said, I had the tuna and was greatly impressed by the flavor and presentation. Otherwise, no complaints.

Trips:

-We signed up for Vallarta Adventures trip to Las Caletas. The crystal blue waters and white sands in the brochure impressed us greatly. Vallarta Adventures transports you out to Las Caletas by sailing down the Malecon past the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta.

We arrived at Las Caletas after an approximately forty-five minute voyage. Las Caletas is accessible only my sea and is a very remote place, a deserted tropical island fantasy come to life. Once at Las Caletas Vallarta Adventures took everyone snorkeling, which was a tremendous adventure. The water is crystal clear and teeming with fish. My wife & I snorkeled in Hawaii and I found the quantity of fish and their coloring to be pretty comparable.

After you snorkel everyone has the option of participating in Yoga, doing pottery, taking a nature walk, etc. We chose to swim in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the beach. Aside from the … oh, two hundred people milling about, it was idyllic and serene.

The trip was enormously enjoyable and I’d highly recommend taking it. Vallarta Adventures does an excellent job.

-My wife and I also took a trip to Yelapa, which we did not quite as enjoy as much. The tour group was not Vallarta Adventures and they did not do nearly as good a job. The quality of the snorkeling, the quality of their food were all not on par with Vallarta Adventures. After a brief snorkeling excursion we were taken to Yelapa, a pleasant little Mexican fishing village a little further south of Las Caletas. Yelapa is located in a bay at the mouth of a river, accessible only by boat. We arrived at Yelapa and elected to do the waterfall tour, which they charged us extra for. (Activities are not extra on the Vallarta Adventures tour.)

Yelapa itself is very picturesque and pretty. Utterly cut off from the world, it was very tranquil, aside from the merchants hawking their wares as soon as you stepped off the boat. You can swim at the beach, but one feature I discovered about many of the beaches in the Puerto Vallarta area is that they sit at the mouth of rivers, and thus the water is oftentimes colder than usual. On the plus side, many of these beaches sit in protected bays, so the water is gentle and calm, with no waves.

The trip to the waterfall is worth it – you go across the bay and travel up a winding path to the waterfall, which is about a mile inland. I myself waded into the pool and stood in the freezing cold downpour, which I rather enjoyed: when can you say that you’ve stood in a waterfall?

Generally, speaking, I’d say that Yelapa is very pretty, but in terms of relaxation, I’d highly advise taking the trip to Las Caletas.

-Misc.: The flight into Vallarta was very interesting – thankfully the skies were clear and we got lovely vistas of the lush, green forests and soaring mountains that ring Puerto Vallarta and the Bandaras Bay. The outlying areas are beautiful and reminded my wife and I of Hawaii, the place we went to for our honeymoon in 2004.

The airport itself was very nice and we were greatly impressed by the speed that our bags were brought to us.

Most tourists are from the West Coast of the U.S. Lots of people from California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington State, which is a shame that more people from the Eastern U.S. don’t make the trip. Puerto Vallarta is closer to “real” Mexico than the tourist bubble of Cancun.

Other than that, there is nothing more to report. Take the trip if you can, I highly recommend it!
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kathywebb wrote a review Apr 2005
Toronto, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the place to stay in Puerto Vallarta, just beautiful.
Casa Isabel is a ten minute walk into town and the beach. Every room has a spectacular view over looking the old town of Puerto Vallarta and the Pacific ocean. Watch the cruise ships come and go in the bay and view an amazing fireworks display every night.
The town is alive with great restaurants, fun bars and the best shopping you'll find anywhere.
Casa Isabel is situated in the old part of Puerto Vallarta, cobblestone streets and no high rise buildings, this is Mexico!
This adult only resort is a perfect place for a romantic get-away or visit with a bunch of friends. If you don't want to go to restaurants every night walk ten minutes to the local butcher and fresh fish market, at Casa Isabel you can have your own private party, cook some shrimp on one of the out-door grills, each deck has one, then enjoy a cocktail in one of the hot-tubs over looking the bay. the sunsets are spectacular. This is the best!
The staff are like a family, nothing is too much trouble.
Brenda the manager is there for all your needs whether it's a dinner reservation, a day trip or a round of golf, she knows it all.
The owners David and Isabel are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, all their guests are treated as friends.
Make your next trip a visit to Casa Isabel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and I know you'll want to go back again and again!
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Date of stay: March 2005
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DayTrip27861 wrote a review May 2005
Calgary
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed at Casa Isabel for three weeks (from Dec 14, 2004 through Jan 4, 2005) and then again for another week (April 16-23, 2005).

Casa Isabel is a perfect fit for our style of vacation. It's just far enough from the action that we can get peace and quiet at night and during the odd day around the pool but close enough (~5 minute walk) to Basilio Badillo (restaurant row), the Olas Altas area (more restaurants and coffee shops) and Los Muertos beach (the most popular beach in PV).

We were in a beautiful 1 bedroom suite (see photos) for our first stay (#402 - on the top floor). It had a fully functional kitchen, cosy livingroom with satelite TV, huge bedroom with a king bed (the kind that is two smaller beds pushed together - but they strap them around so there's no falling through the middle). I will say the bed was much more comfortable than we're used to encountering on Mexico (what is it with the rock hard slabs in most places down there?). The shower was large and always had good pressure and ample hot water. The water stopped working one day but a quick chat with Juanito (the houseman) and he had it going in no time (something about a flapper valve).

That's a good segue into the staff/service. These folks really give Casa Isabel that something extra that sets it apart. Brenda, the manager, is from Minnesota but lives in PV full time now. She can get you good tables at just about any restaurant and can often get deals on tours and golf to boot. She is extremely friendly and engaging and you can tell it's as important to her that you love your stay as it is to you. She is also very knowledgeable about the area and always happy to share her wisdom. Juanito (and his assistants Joel and Javier) keep the place ticking. Juan's English is about as good as my Spanish (which isn't saying much) but we were always able to communicate. The maid service was advertised as being three times a week but our room was serviced very well every day but Sunday. We left 20 pesos on the pillow case for the maids each day as a propina (gratuity). Our maid also did a couple loads of laundry for us and we left a little extra $$ for her those days as well. Brenda is a qualified chef and she helped me with advanced preparations for a New year's Eve meal I cooked for my wife and two of our friends on one of the two professional grills available to guests on site. We tipped Brenda and Juanito (and team) on our last day... they worked so hard to ensure our stay was great that we wanted to say a special thanks.

The view from the palapa-covered breakfast nook in our room was nothing short of spectacular day and night. The unobstructed panorama view (again, see photos) is the biggest selling point of a room full of selling points.

The property is built in to the side of a hill and is architecturally married to it perfectly. That said - it does offer some mobility challenges. There are no elevators so you move among the various levels of the property on steps. The property is very well maintained so there's no hazzards per se but this property is not totally appropriate for those with significant mobility impairments. Likewise - walking to and from the property can be a challenge as to attain that amazing view, you have to gain significant elevation. The stretch of Pulpito that ultimately leads up hill to to Del Bosque (the little road from where you enter Casa Isabel is quite steep and paved unevenly with cobblestones. That said - we stayed there at the same time as my parents-in-law who are in their early 60s and walked to and from Casa Isabel all the time as did we. The odd evening when we'd had one too many... a taxi from the Olas Altas area was between 25 ad 30 pesos (cheap!) depending on the cabbie's mood. We began to think of the climb as the exercise necessary to burn off the excesses of the day.

One pointer I would give is to bring along a small flashlight (just the kind that you can attach to a key ring). There are several different sets of stairs you can use to get up to the highway from the Olas Altas area and they are not always well lit at night.

When I say highway - I mean just that. Yes, this is a busy artery BUT, if you are patient, there are lots of intervals when you can cross safely. Just remember - the vehicles aren't really looking for you and you don't have the right of way at this crossing. Be absolutely cautious and you'll be aboslutely safe. If you see a car flasing their lights at you - that means they see you and are giving you the okay to cross infront of them.

Each room has a/c and several fans. We didn't use the a/c on either trip. The rooms can also be sealed off from outside noise by folding glass doors. Are room had a set both on the nook and to close the bedroom off from the rest of the unit. In terms of noise - we didn't hear the highway traffic at all (is quite a ways down the hill). We did find some "party" noise filtering up from the clubs in the south side but closing the folding doors shut it out very well.

There is a pretty pool on the third level - it's small but refreshing and the staff kept it clean. There are also two jacuzzi tubs - one on the third level and one on the top deck. We didn't take advantage of them and only saw them in use on a couple occaisions. The grounds are landscaped beautifully with different plants in flowers in bloom.

Brenda or Juan will provide you with large, fluffy towels tou use on the loungers by the pool during your stay. I think there's a small, fully refundable deposit.

We got to know the owners on our first stay. David and Isable own and operate a pub and boutique hotel in downtown Toronto as well but spend six months of the year in PV. Casa Isabel is their home and the various rental units are built around it. They are very welcoming and had us and other guests up to their private patio for breakfast and drinks a couple of times and even took us out for a day on the bay on their personal boat... a great treat!

It's these personal touches that make the Casa Isabel experience one to not be missed. From a price perspective, some may consider it on the expensive end of the spectrum. There are definitiely less costly and more centrally located properties. What Casa Isabel offers is outstanding value and we've already booked out next stay in Dec 2005.

One last little bit of knowledge. Get your taxi at the exit from the airport. There is a booth that says TAXI on it in huge letters. They charge flat rates by zone. Casa Isable is in zone #2 as I recall but they keep wanting to prentend it's in zone #3. On our first trip - zone #2 cost 174 pesos and it was 200 pesos in April. It's not customary to tip the cabbies unless they provide extra service.

Have a great trip!
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Date of stay: April 2005
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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blrossi asked a question May 2016
Kansas City, Missouri
What is the dress code?
Answer from SenorBill
Walnut Creek, California97 contributions25 helpful votes
Casual which is the case for most PV restaurants. Enjoy
Chris H asked a question Nov 2015
Detroit, Michigan15 contributions1 helpful vote
does the hotel have parking?
Answer from Polly G
Federal Way, Washington1 contribution3 helpful votes
Hi Chris, I don't believe so. The street is pretty steep, so cabbing it is your best bet.
Answer from winnipegbelle
Winnipeg, Canada30 contributions19 helpful votes
I would email them. It's a lovely place. I just had dinner there, and it was good, not great, but service was fine. You are a cab ride away from the city $5-10 US; I prefer to stay in town. The condos I have rented are Signature and the Residences, both by developer Pinnacle. Beautifully equipped and decorated, and great service. Both these buildings are next-door to each other and have infinity pools. These buildings are located 100 steps up from the main street in the Zona Romantica, a lovely part of the city that includes Los Muertos.
travelSanDiego081 wrote a tip Jun 2022
4 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"ask for an upgrade"
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veronicavanwyk wrote a tip Feb 2019
Vancouver, Canada43 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"My focus here was the restaurant. Visited friends in their suite. Room well decorated, spacious and had a great view."
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reereerockette wrote a tip Dec 2018
17 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 300 has a panoramic view, but its a small double. Worth it for the view!"
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Hardy L wrote a tip Mar 2017
11 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We did not stay here but it looks fantastic-see photo"
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maclab wrote a tip Mar 2017
Toronto, Canada51 contributions49 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We prefer a room on the 3rd or 4th floor. Outstanding view."
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PRICE RANGE
R 2,975 - R 3,210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
casa isabel hotel puerto vallarta
LOCATION
MexicoJaliscoPuerto Vallarta
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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CASA ISABEL - B&B Reviews & Price Comparison (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Frequently Asked Questions about Casa Isabel
Which popular attractions are close to Casa Isabel?
Nearby attractions include The Palm Cabaret and Bar (0.3 km), Act2pv Theater & Cabaret & Lounge (0.3 km), and Chictini by Pinnacle (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Casa Isabel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Casa Isabel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Casa Isabel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Casa Isabel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tuna Azul, Bean and Brick, and Noroc.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Casa Isabel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Casa Isabel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Casa Isabel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel Church (6.0 km).
Does Casa Isabel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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