Our stay at Casa Marfil was wonderful. The actual house is beautiful. Laura and Oscar (the caretakers) are wonderful people. We had a lovely time in Puerto Vallarta and in the house. The neighborhood is beautiful- we got to know the owners of the abarrotes (corner store) and several of the neighbors on the street. There is a great little farmers market a few blocks away where we got to know the butcher and several of the vendors. Puerto Vallarta is a magical place. The palapa on the roof of Casa Marfil housed us for many hours as we drew pictures, painted, played games and chased lizards. The porch off the kitchen was another favorite place to sit and watch the crazy gorgeous thunderstorms. The kitchen is awesome- especially because our budget didn't allow for much eating out. The bedrooms are nice- each with their own bathroom. We felt very secure and comfortable there.
Like another reviewer mentioned, we did have a checkout issue. My husband requested that the owner return our complete deposit. There were some house issues that the owner never took care of during our stay- and we thought it would be fair if she returned the complete deposit. To which she responded by accusing my husband of being sexist and eventually digressed to telling us we must have marital problems. At no point was it about the money and if she would have said, "hey, I don't think your troubles are worth $100.00 so meet me in the middle"- or even, "I hear you but I can't afford to give you back the money" we would have been fine with that. But the fact that she resorted to insults and really strange accusations (including an accusation that we broke a really old water pump)- increased my desire to get the money back based on principle. Kudos to her, she did the right thing in the end and returned the full deposit but only after several strange emails. Oh well.
Like I said, the caretakers could not have been better. Definitely shining stars of the trip. I could see how people who were staying for just a week would have a more seamless exit and would give it 5 stars. There was a little headache at the end but it in no way overshadowed our month there.