don't just take our word for it...
from 2 May 2010 on VRBO
Sadly we just arrived home here in Canada on May 1st from Casa D'arte, and had a REALLY hard time sleeping last night. Not waking up to the fresh ocean air blowing in our room all night, and the comforting sound of the waves breaking down at Playa La Ropa makes living back here in the city a tough thing to do. Casa D'Arte is hands down the nicest place we have stayed at before. We have stayed at some other nice condos in Puerta Vallarta before (we were even upgraded to a penthouse before) and none of them compared to this place.
The owner was right in that the pictures do not do it justice. You have to be there in person to take in the full experience with the warmth, the smells, the sounds, and of course the sights. Every morning I would wake up, walk out into the veranda area (where we spent most of our time when in the casa), and just laugh to myself every day. The condo itself is so incredibly beautiful, that my girlfriend joked that she wanted to pay the owners to fly up here to decorate our place for us. The craftsmanship, decorating, and all the beautiful art in this unit, make it a place that truly inspires. The little details in the place make it truly incredible and strangely, it seems that you grow a little more attached to this place every new day that you spend there.
We used the air conditioning our first night that we arrived as we were fresh off of the plane and not aclimatized. We never used it again for the rest of the trip. We just opened the bedroom doors to the veranda and let the ocean breeze come in, and the sound of the waves. It was very very comfortable. I have never had such good sleeps in my life.
The location is perfect in my opinion. Its a bit of a hike into town, or you can just grab a cab ($3) or bus (.50 cents). The walk is nice, and takes about 15-20 mins depending on where you are going. There is a nice boardwalk along the beaches you can take about half way as well that takes you rigth into town, if you dont want to walk along the road (it's a much nicer walk going this way). The staff at the building, and all the people staying there, both full timers and visitors were all great people.
The town of Zihu is a quant little sleepy and friendly town, and Casa D'arte is a perfect base location to stay at to explore all the surroundings (although even just staying in the Casa is all you really need for a little R&R). Cindy and Harriet were very friendly and accomodating, and Harriet's guide is top notch - very helpfull!!"
from 20 April 2010 on VRBO
Just wanted to let you know that our stay as Casa d'Arte certainly exceeded our expectations. The weather was outstanding, the beach was incredible, the community was delightful and the condo was simply the best. We spent most of our time on the spacious deck lounging in the hammocks enjoying a good book.
We were up early every morning (unusual for my wife) to enjoy the magnificent view. When we did drag ourselves away, we found your recommended restaurants at the beach were certainly excellent for lunch. Just a short inexpensive taxi ride to town & we enjoyed more delightful restaurants for the evening.
Your instruction manual/guide was extremely helpful and made our stay that much more enjoyable. We ate out much more that we usually do - selected places from your guide and were never disappointed.
The condo staff were great and a special thanks to Sergio at the security gate. What a pleasant, helpful gentleman!
We plan to come back soon.
from 21 March 2010 on Trip Advisor
Casa D'Arte was exactly what we two busy professional couples needed for a thoroughly relaxing getaway. Their website gave us a very good idea of what to expect, but despite all the photos we weren't prepared for how beautiful a place it and Zihuatanejo. We received a great price and above-and-beyond-excellent service from Harriet in preparing for our trip; thanks to her detailed guides we had no worries and could fully relax both before and during the trip.
We strongly recommend this lovely rental and hope to return soon. If you're like us, you don't need to do anything special. Just enjoy the condo, its amazing terrace, and the infinity pools in the complex. Or stroll down the hill 5 minutes, plant your toes in the sand under a palapa, and enjoy another great, inexpensive meal at Paty's. We did go out for one fancy meal we would strongly recommend at La Casa Que Canta. We also had good dinners at the Tides and Kau Can.
from 14 March 2010 on Trip Advisor
We walked in the door and our first reaction was a "jaw-dropping wow"! The unit is beautifully decorated with bright colors and as we walked through the unit to the large, shaded terrace the vew was stunningly magnificent. We could hardly drag our eyes away.
from 7 March 2010 on Trip Advisor
This condo is a work of art, from the floor tiles with embedded mosaics to art on the walls. The air conditioner won't be needed, although it works well, because you will spend all your time on the deck enjoying the gorgeous views!
We have stayed in this complex before, and loved seeing this particular unit. This was the first time it was available for us and we were not disappointed.
This is a perfect unit for a honeymoon couple or a couple with an extra guest(s). I would not stay here with small children, because of the deck railings, which are not appropriate for them.
from 5 March 2010 on Trip Advisor
My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Zihua at the amazing Casa d'Arte. This was not only our first Mexico experience; but the first time we ventured away from a hotel/resort. We will never stay anywhere else! From the moment we arrived at the condo we new we had found the perfect spot. Casa d'Arte had everything we needed. Lots of space, a well stocked kitchen, beautiful decor and the most amazing view ever! We spent the week relaxing by the beautiful pools, napping on the expansive terrace, taking long walks on Playa la Ropa, and enjoying the delicious eats from many nearby restaurants. We had originally planned on some kayaking and hiking, but had trouble leaving our little slice of paradise and so became professional 'loungers!' The staff at the complex was friendly and very helpful with everything from directions and taxis, to assisting us with our spanish! If you are looking for a beautiful place to relax and unwind.....this is it. We are already planning a trip back!
from 23 January 2010 on VRBO
I had intended on emailing you both upon our return to tell you what a wonderful time we had at Casa d'Arte! Yes, we are happy visitors! What a fabulous place you have there in wonderful Zihuat. We had a great time last year which is why we returned. We met Al and Sue and Connie last year, among others, and it was great to reconnect with them this year. We also got to know Doug and Sandy. We got snoopy and checked out other condos there. We came to the conclusion that Casa d 'Arte is definitely the gold standard. The terrace and view are spectacular and the art is amazing. We are already looking into returning next year.