We are happy that many of our guests drop a line to share their penthouse vacation experience with us. We present here just a few. Some helpful, and welcome, suggestions and alerts to minor problems which we have since rectified have been edited and most testimonials have been reduced in length.
 

...We had a fantastic time and the penthouse made it a great trip, we met new friends from LA and they came over and were also able to enjoy your lovely space. You are absolutely accurate when you said I would love it, I did!!!!

Rudy M., San Francisco CA
10/05/13

 
 
It was a grand and wonderful vacation. As for your condo, I wouldn't change a thing! From the fabulous views to your elegant, fun decor and plush comfortable ambiance, it was all we could want. The beach was so pretty and the neighborhood was so festive and loads of fun. .... I would love to rent your place again if I ever return to P.V. It was the perfect accommodation, located in the perfect vacation spot.

Katherine R., Santa Fe, NM
03/20/11
 
Thanks Ray...It's been sooo nice hanging out here at the penthouse. We love the location. Only 5 of us made it here and it's perfect with the blow-up bed. Alisia, the house keeper is so friendly and nice. We had a really nice catered dinner here at the penthouse. My partner hired someone to come cook for 5 of us. Great time! We are sad to leave tomorrow morning.

Raymond L., Sacramento, CA
01/16/10
 
...What can I say about your place? Magnificent!! Floyd and I both agree that on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best, your place was an easy 12!!! ... penthouse had absolutely everything in it from music to books to a few things left over from others in the cupboards; ie: spices, crackers, oils, coffee etc., oh yeah, and booze!!! We found Rizzos and bought fresh supplies in addition to getting sea bass from the fish monger. WOW!! Amazing!! We had a few meals in, which were delicious. Went to Back Yard Alley, numero uno!! Owner is Canadian which of course we enjoyed. Had a dinner at La Palapa, El Set, Chico's Paradise, the Pirate Dinner Cruise ... Walked to town several times and enjoyed the 'Ritas and shrimp on the skewers. ...The fireworks were amazing!!! Most times we saw them toward the Maleçon from your dining room balcony. Incredible!! I can't say we took a lot of those pictures as we were too busy making our own fireworks - LOL ... What can I say? The place was so darned romantic!!! Alicia was the BEST!! Cute, social, beautiful, hard working; a real gem. ... Ray, honestly, every thing was outstanding!!! I have no idea how you can make it better as this was sheer perfection!!

Diane S., Ontario, Canada
05/02/09
 
...PV was GLORIOUS! Your welcoming space allowed all of us to relax and enjoy the beauty and sights. Teenage Humpbacks were playing right in Banderas Bay, and since we chose not to go on our friends' Whale Watch, it was fantastic to watch them [from the balcony] struggle to figure it all out! We are checking our calendars for next year! Thank you again for the use of such a great, welcoming, beautiful space!

Paul D, Concord, CA
02/21/09
 
...we had an awesome time in PV, as always.....the Penthouse continued to be our oasis away from home complete with all the amenities needed. We will definitely make our way back yet again!

Eric and Paul, Long Island NY
01/27/09
 
....walking into the penthouse for the first time, through the arch and into that huge room, it's like a real life IMAX experience ... just breathless!

CL, Sacramento, CA
01/02/09
 
Oh My Gosh! Your penthouse is to die for! After we picked up our jaws ... and discovered the whole thing ... it was just a perfect spot – we had a great vacation. I think we either spent our time in the bedroom or on the balcony with either coffee or drinks! (FYI – we only used the air conditioner in the master bedroom at night – so if you get a big electric bill – it wasn’t us!) Alicia [the maid] was a delight. I taught her some English and she taught me some Spanish. I think we finally figured out all the lighting system on the last day!! Everything was so nicely furnished in detail – live plants, books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles. They kitchen was wonderful down to the cloth napkins! You have something for everyone!

Thank you so much for everything ... you will be hearing from us.


Jerry and Lynette P. AR
05/26/08


We had such a nice time in the Penthouse and I must say it really changed the way we look at Vallarta. For the past 10 years we have eaten nearly every meal 'out' at a restaurant but after moving to the penthouse we found ourselves not wanting to leave but rather stay home, cook and entertain. Our whole experience was positive; can't think of any negatives or even anything to improve. Alicia, the housekeeper, was particularily charming and we are already looking at dates for next season to book the penthouse for a full week. We'll be in touch soon to check on dates.
.... many thanks for your help in making our vacation great!

Steven and Glen, San Diego, CA
04/28/08

 


Wow - what can I say - the penthouse is spectacular in every way - the pics on the website don't do it true justice! This is the first vacation I can remember where I was completely reluctant to come home ... if I had to rate the overall experience it would be at least a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10! ... Alicia the maid is a total sweetheart in every way.

... Like you, Cafe Ollas was our favorite - in fact we had dinner there 3 out of the 9 nights! During the days we would usually go down to Blue Chairs late morning ... we loved eating/drinking on the beach and people-watching. The one time we had breakfast out we went to Andales - which is near Apache - great Machaca con Huevos and very reasonable and good service (excellent ramos fizzes!) However... we get a little tired of the foo-foo places - we can do that up here! One of the best dinners, after an afternoon at Frida's and getting semi-borracho - was from the street vendors right out front - adjacent to the Guadalajara Farmacia - I could have done that every day and been perfectly happy.

We are thinking of next year already - maybe twice - late April and October again - depending on availability of the penthouse. ....thanks for everything ... working with you has been a total pleasure throughout the process.

Muchas Gracias - your property is truly Cielito Lindo!

Charles R. San Diego, CA
11/03/07

 


.... Your place is fabulous!! I didn't need to bring half of the stuff I brought because you had almost everything there ... There are a very few things I would have liked ... A potato masher is one but I used a fork. [One potato masher now available! Ray] It was the most beautiful and comfortable and well stocked place we have ever stayed in. I can't believe there was a television in every room. You can tell you must be a great host. We didn't even play any of our CD's, just enjoyed what was there. ... We just loved the maid, Alicia. She was so sweet and efficient and helpful. ... I could go on forever about all the good places to go but the one thing I loved was just sitting in the living room with my puzzle listening to good music and the sound of the ocean. You even had a puzzle. We are already looking forward to our next get away there. I know we have shown our movies and pictures to so many people here that we may have trouble booking with you.

Nancy and Joseph G. Denver, CO
07/17/07

 


.... Airlines managed to cancel out my return flight ... Spent the night at the San Marino Hotel which made me appreciate the penthouse even more - if that were possible!! I had a great time as always in PV. I just like the energy there, the people, the art, the food etc etc etc. It is always hard to leave and the penthouse just makes it that much more difficult.!!

Tom B. Washington, DC
06/07/07

 


What can I say, Ray? The condo was fantastic. There is nothing else you could offer, except for a cook, a driver and a masseuse :)

Dave B. Severna Park, MD
05/27/07

 


We're just back, but simply had to rebook for next year.....thank you for the wonderful accommodations - we were truly swept away [by] our first introduction to the penthouse and the ocean breezes wafting in to greet us ..... the pictures don't adequately convey the size or quality of the suite. The wrap around windows and balconies give the whole suite such an openness and lightness, and the quite audible surf made us feel right at the beach all day and night. ... We'll eat out occasionally, and your location was ideal for restaurant access. ... Generally though, we prefer to cook for ourselves, so we were particularly impressed with the well equipped kitchen! .... Other rental condos tend to provide second hand quality cookware, but your suite was very well equipped .... a decent knife set .... a range of utensils that included a whisk and a lettuce spinner. I never hesitated to attempt anything in the kitchen! .... Our housekeeper/maid, Alicia, was charming and hardworking. She spent hours in the suite every few days, and left everything sparkling in her wake!

We really appreciated the magazines and paperbacks we found in the suite, .... the brochures about [the] town .... the selection of CDs .... and while small, the DVD library was also welcome .... the suite towels and the beach towels were large and fluffy, and the beach club couldn't have been more friendly or accommodating.

Really Ray, you've done a wonderful job anticipating your guests' needs .... thank you .... We truly enjoyed our stay and felt especially pampered ....

Mark P. Toronto, Canada
03/19/07

 


You were right - we loved it! Plain and simple. ... the location is perfect. Right on THE beach and a short walk to many of our favorite places. (If you haven't tried it, La Palapa is a must for dinner. It's on the same street as Kit Kat and Garbo's -- just turn left down to the beach. A bit expensive, but perfect for our last night in town (for this trip). It's been there over 50 years and their photo gallery of PV, years ago, is worth seeing.)

[The Penthouse] really was a perfect place for our group; gave each couple enough privacy. And if any one questions the pictures on your website, we can confirm: Yes! The sunsets really do look just like that!!!

We're already thinking about next year.

Jim
B. Louisville, KY
12/03/2006

 
 
Puerto Vallerta offre certaines des plus belles plages du Mexique ; la ville elle-même est charmante et la playa los muertos est l'une des plus recherchées ; La vue sur cette plage depuis l'appartement est absolument fabuleuse, mais non moins que l'appartement lui-même : il est extrêmement confortable, spacieux, climatisé, et l'on pourrait passer des heures sur la terrasse, rien que pour cette vue sublime. J'y retourne dès que je peux !

Benoit C.
Paris, France, 09/14/06
 
 
 
We had a really great time. What was the best part of our trip? That is the place where we stayed .... Penthouse was really impressive and wanted to stay longer. Great view, great space, everything well equipped, clean (cleaning lady does a real good job) etc.,etc.

Hurricane [John] approached PV on Thursday and condo staff put tapes on all the glass... but it was just a little rain. Cleaning lady took all tapes out next day.

Thank you very much for letting us stay. ... also thank you very much for your kind and quick correspondence. Your courtesy made my trip planning more comfortable. We will definitely contact you [for] our next visit to PV.

Joe

Newark, NJ, 09/03/06
 
 
We are all back in NYC and truly miss PV already. We fell in love with the penthouse, PV, and it's wonderful location to everything. We were the envy of the neighborhood :)

We met lots of people, some from NY who we will remain in touch with. We kept your place in great condition and probably cleaned more than the maid :) ... everyone there was so friendly. We are definitely interested in returning and hopefully stay at your place again. We have been spoiled now.

Tom & Roger, NYC, NY
08/28/06
 
 

(Just returned)...
It has been a rough return to reality this week and I leave early tomorrow morning for a week in China (business). Could not stop dreaming of the penthouse.

I have never planned quite this far ahead for my Xmas travel. I absolutely want it (again) from Dec 25, 2007 to Jan 6, 2008 Hope this is OK. I absolutely love the condo. As I said earlier, it is my dream!! I could move in tomorrow.

Best regards:
Tom B., Washington, DC
08/23/06
 
 
 
.... The penthouse was FANTASTIC!!! We both loved it and the people working there and at the little restaurant bar were so friendly and wonderful.

The penthouse is so beautifully furnished; we were especially grateful for the big beach towels and the books. ....it was just so relaxing to hang out at the beach and after doing that all day, we were a bit tired by the evening. La Palapa restaurant is great and I highly recommend it to any guests you have. We went there on our last night and sat out on the beach with a perfect sunset, good food, good wine, great music....a perfect ending to a perfect vacation. One late afternoon we even saw, from the balcony, dolphins jumping [in the Bay]. It was awesome. Everything you said about it was true. I took the guest suite and loved being able to lie in bed and actually see the waves upon the shore since it had the iron raiiling.

The first thing my husband asked me [on my return] was "Is it like the pictures?" I told him it was exactly like the pictures only better in person because you can't take in the expansive view with a picture. Now he wants to go, too.

I have given your web site address to many people even some on the plane ride home... I'm going to talk to a couple Bill and I are good friends with and see if they might want to go with us next year as it is the perfect setup for two couples.

Thank you so much Ray for sharing your lovely PV home with us. I only wish we could have met you, it's been so fun emailing with you.

Tan and relaxed,
Cheryl W., Seattle, WA
05/22/2006

 
 


Just to let you know we had a blast! Your place is beautiful, very comfortable, and fantastic location. We look forward to going back again, as soon as possible!!!!

Jeff M.
05/15/2006


 


During our stay: 05/01/2006
The penthouse is beautiful and what an amazing view. We are having an amazing time. Friends are watching some movies right now and the sound of the waves is just amazing. They put us to sleep last night and I haven't slept this well in months!

After our stay: 05/12/2006
Puerto Vallarta is magical. We had the most amazing time there and, frankly, I want to go back...now! Anyways, thank you for making a part of our stay all that much more memorable. My many thanks to you.

Mike G.
05/12/2006

 
 
We celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary at the Aurora Del Sol at the end of February of this year. ....perfectly located in the heart of Zona Romantica along Playa Muertos...an easy, breezy walk into old town PV... The penthouse is gorgeous and elegant... perfect mesh of old world charm with modern amenities...2 huge bedrooms and 3 baths... We never shut a window or door the entire week we were there as the weather was perfect.

We love to cook, even on vacation, and the kitchen we found to be well equipped and modern...an array of cutlery and dishes for all our needs...a super Mercado within walking distance and a smaller Mercado very near by for quick items like coffee, vegetables, fruits, paper products and other sundries. A wide variety of fresh, daily caught seafood awaited us too. We bought and prepared various mariscos, pollo, asada and puerco. As PV boasts one of the best water purification systems in all of Mexico we ate the local food and drank tap water and used the ice without incident.

The beds were comfortable and adorned with quality linens...plenty of fluffy towels for the bath and for the beach too...the modern washer and dryer added an entire dimension to our overall experience and used almost daily....staff of the Penthouse is gracious and professional. They called us to make sure all was well and gave proper answers and instructions to our few questions.

We are on our way back in October to share this with our family. We loved this place for all the reasons listed above and many more and happily recommend anyone to treat themselves to this gem along Puerto Vallarta’s Pacific Riviera.

John & Nardos E., San Francisco, CA
04/06/2006

 


Wow! That's a stunning pad you've got there, a little slice of heaven.

Jonathan [NY 12-26-2005]

 
We had a fantastic time. The unit is fabulous. The view, the size, the ocean, hot tub, kitchen, everything is great. I would not hesitate to stay there again and our travel agent .... already says he wants to stay there.

There really is not much to improve upon as it’s close to perfection. Thank you for the bottle of wine and everything. ....We loved that there are kitchen supplies, paper towels, laundry detergent, etc. in the unit so that we didn’t have to worry about the small things. We all tended to overpack and given we were able to do laundry we really only needed a third of the clothes that we brought. The DVD player and stereo were fantastic quality. We also loved the view of the blue and green chairs. One night we had fun watching the “night time beach activities” and seeing who hooked up with whom. It was quite fun. The design of the unit and the décor was very nice. Overall, it was exactly what we needed to relax, have fun, and do everything we wanted to do. The weather was perfect and we were at the Green or Blue Chairs every day.

Thanks again and I am sure we will stay at the penthouse in the future. The hardest part was leaving.


David, Vancouver, BC, Canada
11-18-2005