The studio is a self-contained space of 25 sq. mts. that includes a complete kitchen, shower bathroom and a sleeping area with a double bed. It also has cable TV, a cooler and WIFI connection. The studio has a cozy atmosphere with harmonious decor.
The decor is a nice mixture of Mexican and Mediterranean style and it fits two people at the most. It is located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, with an comfortable old house feeling that evokes the atmosphere of old town Vallarta, close to the main attractions such as the Río Cuale Island, the Malecón and the various town beaches. Right on the emblematic street Aquiles Serdán, embracing the Cuale river and its exotic island that keeps intact various animal species such as the famous 'iguanas'. The street is fairly quiet, with barely no traffic, but holds the lively aspects of Mexican culture such as children playing and the surrounding sounds of nature. Two blocks away, the local market offers fresh and great quality vegetables, fruits, etc. with excellent prices and often locally grown. There is easy access to buses and taxi cabs that can take you north and south of town. If you are looking for a comfortable place that doesn't lose touch with the local culture this is your best choice.
You will have access to a cable TV, WIFI connection and a cooler, as well as heated water. The studio is completely private and has its own door with a key.
Interaction with Guests
I play it by ear. Some people are more chatty and like to engage in conversations, others like to mostly keep to themselves. I try to be sensitive to their needs and communication style and adapt to it. The main point is that they feel comfortable to express what they need to make their stay the best possible. I am always present when they arrive, to greet the guests and explain everything they need to know.
I love that it maintains the traditional aspects of Mexican life in a typical village. The fact that it runs parallel to the river improves its charm, giving it fresh air and a closer contact with nature, along with trees and plants from different species. During the day you can hear the street vendors offering locally grown products, children playing, birds singing and the changing aspects of daily life at a peaceful and harmonious pace. It is a must to taste the food at some of the best taco stands in town.
There are bus stops from one to four blocks away (small blocks) going in all directions, including of course the airport and the main bus station, as well as all the beaches and touristy area. Parking is not included, not even I have a parking space, sorry. The cheapest way to get there from the airport is to catch a bus at the airport to 'centro' and from downtown take a taxi that costs 40 Pesos. You can also take a taxi directly from the airport that approximately costs 250 Pesos.
Other Things to Note
Please note there is not air conditioning, just a cooler. This is not a problem over the winter, when even the fan and cooler are often not needed. The months when people might complain about the heat are May, June, July, August, September and October. Although most of the locals don't use AC during those months, people from other countries might find the humidity difficult to bear. Also, please note that the minimum rent is two nights.
I don't allow people to smoke for security reasons. Also, I expect people to be respectful in every sense, specially in terms of the noise made during the night. In general I would expect the basic aspects of mutual neighbor respect. I allow pets sometimes, as long as they behave and with the responsibility to fix whatever is damaged, is so.
Ana was very sweet, warm and inviting. The space was perfect, simple yet beautiful and clean. Loved the neighborhood. Only heads up if you stay on the first night of Samana Santa you might be listening to wild live music and kids screaming into the wee hours of the night! But all in all I loved my stay there, would stay again and am grateful for Ana's generosity & kindness!
Ana is kind, considerate and a lovely person. Her studio is clean, location is great and has everything you need. I definitely recommend staying here when in Puerto Vallarta.
I spent the month of February with Ana in the hideaway studio. She is a great host making certain I knew where everything was in the neighborhood and making recommendations for whatever I needed. Also, she provided items for a first breakfast just in case I arrived and didn't have time to forage for food. She thought and acted before I could ask for things such as a second set of sheets since I was going to be there for a longer period. The neighborhood is a real neighborhood, not a tourist destination What that means is that here, people still sit out on the sidewalk talking with each other, the children play in the street under the street lamps at night, and it appears to be a long-term resident neighborhood rather than filled with hotels and transient people. It is a quiet street since it is not on one of the many bus routes that pass through the city. Restaurants are close by, laundry is about a blok away, and the general market is about one block away so finding food and activities is easy. The description is accurate and the studio works perfectly for one person and is good for two. It is an easy walk to the beach and the bed is comfortable
Thanks so much Barry! it was a real pleasure you meet you too and I am very happy to have left such a good impresion. I love that you loved my neighborhood since I enjoy it everyday and know the quality of life and people that surrounds me. That makes you a sensitive and appreciative person. Best wishes to you and you are welcome to come back when you wish, best wishes to you.
Ana was lovely and very helpful. The units description and photos are accurate. The neighborhood is quiet and safe and off the bus line. The unit is functional.
Ana is the most caring Host I have experienced so far on Airbnb.
The studio was perfect for me, it was exactly what I wanted in Vallarta - to be amongst the locals and away from the Zona Hoteleira.
The local markets just 2 blocks away is a must.
You can walk to where everything is (about 10 minutes) and you are on the right side of town (south side)
I had a car which made the exploring to the south beaches much easier.
But there are buses that you can take everywhere.
I will be definitely be back in Vallarta.
It was lovely to stay at Ana's studio in the Colonia Emiliano Zapata in Puerto Vallarta. Ana is a great host. We arrived later than expected on the first night and she made sure we were able to get in easily and had everything we needed. The studio is very clean, comfortable, and located right in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, just a few minutes walking to a great marketplace with fresh fruit and veggies, and everything you need for cooking. We cooked almost all our meals at the studio even though there are lots of great places to eat within very short walking distance. What I loved about the location was that its right near a beautiful river, its walking distance from the beach and touristy areas, but its on a block that is not touristy so you can get away from it all, and feel very much at home.
My fiancé and I stayed in Ana's apartment during New Years. Lots of parties and fiestas going on in the neighborhood which was fun and entertaining. We really enjoyed being in the barrio Mexicano with the locals and far removed from "la zone hotelera."The apartment is small but perfect for 2 people and very centrally located in Old Town. I would have liked to have a more furnished kitchen to do more cooking at the apartment. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend it!
I am originally from the Basque region in Spain and have lived in Mexico for 18 + years and in Puerto Vallarta for the last 10, I fell in love with the town after spending several vacations here and the longer I live here the more I like it. I enjoy the nature, the atmosphere, the people and the relaxed way of lilfe. I work part time as an academic at the local university and teach sociology to psychology students, so i am aware of the social issues that affect the town and Mexico as a whole. I spend a lot of my free time at different beaches and by the river, so I can recommend good unspoiled areas to enjoy. I like to meet new people and love to make my guests feel welcome, so I hipe that if you decide to stay at my studio you have a wonderful time and an experience to share!