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Charming Mexican House with River, Jungle, Ocean & City Views

Lupita Hernandez, Manager

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Charming Mexican House with River, Jungle, Ocean & City Views

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Special Offer! May Discounts! Buy 5 nights get 2 Free for stay in May!!! May 1 - May 31

Puerto Vallarta House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + 4.5+ Baths (Sleeps 10)

Casa Marfil is one of the first homes built on the Rio Cuale and has substantial and beautiful remodeling upgrades to make this one of the most charmingly authentic Mexican homes with all of the convenience and comfort that make for a great vacation.

Casa Marfil overlooks the Rio Cuale, bringing the sound of a babbling brook with night time tree frogs singing and daytime flocks of wild parrots and song birds outside the multiple verandas and terraces found in this three story town home. The rooftop terrace makes for even more glorious views of the river, jungle, mountains and city and ocean views. Here you can sunbath privately on quality chaise lounge chairs or relax in the hammock with the wet bar and palapa near, there is no reason to go anywhere unless you want to venture out.

Within walking distance to the beaches and restaurants, including the Malecon, a three mile stretch of beach front walkway with restaurants, clubs, cantinas and souvenir shopping. Any time during the day or night there is plenty of opportunities to catch a free evening concert here, watch street performers, Aztec Sun-Worshipper Dance and ritual and elaborate sand castle art competition and displays.

Also within walking distances are fresh fruit and vegetable outdoor Farmers Market's and Fish Markets for the chef who would prefer to grill or cook a meal at home, there is professional grade appliances and equipment to create a private evening at home to enjoy a candlelit dinner at home. There is a Professional catering and private chef services available upon request for that special dinner at home.

For those who need to stay in touch with work or home, Casa Marfil has wireless functionality for computers, an office, desk and printer for work.

An iPod cradle for music and movies, in addition to an extensive DVD library, player, Satellite TV and Cable makes staying in to relax and staying in touch with those at home easy and carefree.

The Puerto Vallarta Marina is 15 minute drive away where sail boats and fishing excursions can be booked and enjoyed. Zip lines and day excursions to neighboring towns are listed on the Google map provided for day trips north to Sayulita and San Pancho for great Horse Polo evenings or surfing, lessons available or south to Mismaloya and beyond to the Botanical Gardens of Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta airport is easily accessible, only 20 minutes away northbound.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lupita Hernandez, Manager (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2015

About Lupita Hernandez, Manager

This charming Mexican villa built in typical Vallarta style offers dramatic stone and brick archways. Casa Marfil is a beautiful 4,300 sq ft, 4 story villa nestled on the hillside with spectacular views of the Bay of Banderas. Conveniently located in Gringo Gulch within walking distance to all the fine restaurants, shopping, open air markets,beach and popular nightlife. Relax on the terrace sipping margaritas while enjoying the many spectacular sunsets or the nightly fireworks display.

The views of the Rio Cuale allow for great wildlife viewing of large yellow and black striped iguana, egret fishing, and wild parrot flying above the river. At times you can catch views of the otters playing in the river and each night frog’s song and cricket are the sounds of the night. The open air concept on the 3rd floor kitchen and salon make for wonderful bay breezes to flow through the villa. This villa is very charming and dramatic. All the beds are new and very comfortable. There is maid service three times a week. A chef is available upon request.

Ideal for a honeymoon, small celebration, or spending time with family and friends.

The villa can normally sleep up to 8 guests, but there is an Aerobed available for an additional fee if there is a 9th or a 10th guest.

Additional amenities include: media library, free wifi, coffee maker, ac central, views, 4th floor wetbar and palapa roof terrace, hair dryer, shower, ipod dock, iron/ironing board, selection of games and books, ice maker.

Check-In: 3 PM

Check-out 12:00 PM

We came to Puerto Vallarta in 2005 and were enchanted by the laid back and relaxed atmosphere. Great communities and people, easy to relocate and feel comfortable. We currently split our time between the U.K. and Puerto Vallarta.

Lupita Hernandez, Manager purchased this house in 2006

Why Lupita Hernandez, Manager chose Puerto Vallarta

Casa Marfil is centrally located right in front of the Rio Cuale Island which is truly the only green space in the city of Puerto Vallarta. We are minutes walk from the Malecon, restaurants and beaches. The Rio Cuale and the nature that live around the river, the iguana, the parrot, the frogs all combine to make Casa Marfil and the area where we are located a veritable oasis in the middle of the city.

What makes this house unique

Casa Marfil was built and is one of the most unique homes in Puerto Vallarta, the street we are on has some of the most unique and authentically Mexican homes in the city. With an eye to detail and convenience, we've kept the authentic Mexican casa feel and combined it with the convenience of modern living, appliances like dishwasher and kitchen appliances that are new all work to feel like First World convenience with Old World Charm.

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.7
based on 23 traveler reviews

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Charming Mexican House with River, Jungle, Ocean & City Views
average rating of 4.652174 based on 23 reviews
4

Charming, Spacious House in Gringo Gulch

  • 4 of 5

We were excited about Casa Marfil from the beautiful pictures on the website. When we arrived, we noticed the beautiful gated door that welcomed us. We quickly found the rooms exactly as they appeared from the description. The house was clean and we were further welcomed by the housekeeper, Laura. She had prepared a delicious melon drink that was so refreshing. We also had asked her ahead of time to prepare dinner for our first night since we would be tired from flying. The house was perfect for our family of 10. We had ample room to spread out, the ability to cook our own meals, and enough space to relax and enjoy the views and wildlife of the River Cuale after each days' adventures. We even took one day just to stay at the house and rest. Some of us took naps while others read and listened to music. We especially liked the location which was close enough to all the buzz of the beaches and activities but yet far enough away to enjoy the quiet streets and day to day life of the locals. We utilized the walking bridge down to Isla Cuale everyday and enjoyed strolling in the shade past the market vendors on our 10 minute walk to the beach. Our favorite places were the Malecon for strolling, Fredy's Tucan for Sunday brunch, Adobe's restaurant for an evening dinner, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Mass, and the flea markets for souvenirs. We also requested a transfer to and from the airport which was arranged by Lupita through Superior Tours. The driver was excellent and made a grocery stop so we could pick up supplies for the week. We also booked two additional excursions through Puerta Vallarta tours for a trip to San Sebastian and the Pirate Adventure/Mahahuitas beach day. Because of the location of the house, we were able to walk to the pick up point for the trip to San Sebastian. The house was also close to a bus stop where we caught a city bus to the Maritime Terminal for the Pirate Adventure. We also took a city bus back and walked the short distance to the house at the end of the day. We will definitely recommend Casa Marfil to our friends who regularly vacation in PV and hope to visit again. It's nice to know what to expect and what worked for us. It will make our next stay even more enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the very detailed description of Casa Marfil and the description of how close the casa is to walk to things to do and enjoy but yet far enough away to feel the tranquil location. Some of the best things about our location is being able to see and and feel the authentic sense of mellow Mexico and the pueblo, the comings and goings of the regular folk walking their children to school near the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, taking in real Mexico at its most friendly and best. Thank you for your kind words and please do come back to visit, we love to see our guests return year after year to create a sense of family in Mexico and Home away from Home. Sincerely, Lupita
4

Great house/Great location

  • 4 of 5

Casa Marfil is in a great location for vacationing in Puerto Vallarta. It is in walking distance to the romantic zone restaurants, markets, and to the beach via the malecon. The house offers 4 floors of quiet, private living. It was perfect for 3 couples. The kitchen is well stocked with any item you may need to cook or make a snack. The only issue that may cause problems for some people is the multiple stairs in the house. Overall, my stay at Casa Marfil was very enjoyable and the property manager Lupita was very helpful with rental arrangements.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
4

Old world charm was amazing!

  • 4 of 5

The house was perfect for a family vacation. We loved the gourmet kitchen and used it everyday for breakfast and dinner. The house had everything we needed including all cooking utensils linens for the whole family and washer/ dryer. We did not have to worry about a thing. The housekeeper Laura was fantastic, the house was immaculate upon arrival! The location was perfect walking distance to all markets and malecon. Overall the stay was amazing and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The pictures on VRBO are accurate. Thank you Casa Marfil staff for an amazing vacation!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Great Vacation in Puerto Vallarta!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our time in Puerto Vallarta and staying at Casa Marfil was lovely, low key, and delightful. From the time we arrived and were greeted by the transfer company and brought straight to the house and were greeted by Laura and the staff, we had every care or need taken care of. The house is gorgeous and the photos show the house as it truly is, very beautiful, Mexican casa built in the style of Puerto Vallarta, lots of open air construction, red tile roof, terraces and roof tops gardens to enjoy and relax.

Casa Marfil is located centrally so we enjoyed our walks to the Rio Cualé Island and from there walked to the beaches, open air markets and souvenir shops and restaurants. Plenty of things to do and explore. We visited Yelapa on a beautiful sailboat and on another day with went to the Marietas Island for snorkeling on a huge catamaran. Both days were booked and reserved through Casa Marfil and we also enjoyed a small discount for booking through Casa Marfil.

Laura is wonderful! She made us Mexican styled breakfasts and is so sweet. She is definitely a plus for Casa Marfil as she keeps everything in order and clean. We will definitely be back to visit Puerto Vallarta and to stay at Casa Marfil where we feel like its home away from home.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Bay Area, California
4

Casa Marfil for a month!

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The staff at Casa Marfil are a great group of people who work hard to make our guests feel welcome and happy during their stay with us. There is a booking contract that describes the procedure for the Security Deposit and during the summer months, there is a deposit that is taken for electric usage for ONE MONTH + rentals. The electric usage information is determined by CFE, the electric company. This is done in order to be fair to individual guests so that those who use less or not unduly asked to pay more than those guests who use more electricity. Upon their arrival, the guest offered less than the prescribed security deposit amount. Casa Marfil staff chose to accept the security deposit in good faith, reminding the guest that the electric usage would be deducted from the deposit, to which they agreed. Their are many children's books and toys at Casa Marfil that the house provides it's guest to use and enjoy. This guest allowed their children to play with decor and items in the house not considered typical children's toys, much of which can not be recovered or located as the children are quite small and those items have not been found. Decor such as a basket of sea shells, semi-precious stones, fossils, geodes were seen to be strewn about that had been taken from a basket on a high shelf in the kitchen and used by Casa Marfil for decor purposes only. Casa Marfil does not consider it fair to unduly force a guest to pay for a six year old water pump that serves to make water stream strong for showers and washing. This is considered part of maintenance and Casa Marfil would never ask a guest to pay for something requiring maintenance to be paid by a guest. However, in the course of an individual's stay, it is considered normal procedure to be informed of any equipment that is no longer working well or making undue noise in the strain of its efforts during the time of the rental, so that we might immediately address the concern. At the end of the month's stay this guest requested their full security deposit back and chose not to pay for their electric usage. After attempting to remind the guest that the booking contract stipulates their acquiescence to honor their part in the agreement, they insisted that they receive their security deposit in whole. Casa Marfil returned the remaining security deposit via Paypal to the guest in order to avoid further unpleasantness and made efforts to salvage the business relationship.
Niagara Falls Ontario Canada
5

Making great memories!!

  • 5 of 5

This was my first trip to PV and Casa Marfil. The villa was very beautiful! The decor had a Spanish flair complimented by the amazing views from either the kitchen balcony or upper terrace. I would have to say the best part was definitely reuniting with old friends and making some new ones, this was certainly the highlight for me, but the surroundings really helped to make it an all-round wonderful trip! There is nothing like going away and finding the comforts of home with long hot showers, comfortable furniture, and an amazing kitchen for home cooked meals when you felt like it! I also really liked the fact that the villa was so roomy, with four floors to choose from you could easily escape for some alone time if you felt like it. A party of eight could feel very comfortable there. I also, really liked how easy it was to get around in PV. After a few days you picked up on the surrounding areas easily and walking to the markets, restaurants, shops and night life was a breeze. I would highly recommend Casa Marfil for your next PV rental!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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Car: not necessary

Located in the area known as 'Gringo Gulch', nearby the famous 'Kimberly House', Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's house they owned when she was filming John Huston's 'Night of the Iguana' in the 1960's.

Casa Marfil is one of the first homes built on the Rio Cuale and has substantial remodeling upgrades to make this one of the most charmingly authentic Mexican homes with all of the convenience and comfort that make for a great vacation.

Casa Marfil overlooks the Rio Cuale, bringing the sound of a babbling brook with night time tree frogs singing and daytime flocks of wild parrots and song birds outside the multiple verandas and terraces found in this three story town home. The rooftop terrace makes for even more glorious views of the river, jungle, mountains and city and ocean views. Here you can sunbath privately on chaise lounge chairs or relax in the hammock with the wet bar and palapa near, there is no reason to go anywhere unless you want to venture out.

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Rates & Availability

From $260 Per night

Puerto Vallarta House Rental Rates

Special Offer! May Discounts! Buy 5 nights get 2 Free for stay in May!!!

Special Offer From:
Dates May 1, 2015 to May 31, 2015

Deep discounts for Spring and Summer in Puerto Vallarta at beautiful Casa Marfil, sleeps up to 12 people. Call now and take advantage of this sale now!

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Winter 2015-2016
Dec 8 2015 - Jan 15 2016
7 night minimum stay
$2,261
 
 
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3 night minimum stay
$260
$7,280
 

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Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 16.0%
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Amenities

Puerto Vallarta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
    Full 3 - toilet , shower
    Half 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • Bathrooms are all decorated and constructed with traditional Mexican tile.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , accessed from the lanai, within the stonewalled perimeter.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , located on the 3rd level salon.
  • All three bedrooms have new Queen sized new mattresses with 'pillow top' for comfort. One bedroom with Matrimonial sized which is 6'inches wider than standard double. One new sofa bed located on 3rd level salon.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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