$51 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jul 31, 2014 Check-out: Aug 3, 2014

Casa Iguana Hotel

2 stars
Ave. 5 de Mayo, Mismaloya, 48394
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
41 reviews
Quiet, clean, safe & friendly--not fancy, still a great vacation

I have to admit when we checked in we were a little worried. We had chosen CI for the kitchenette &... See full review

  • gardengirlmn
  • Apr 10, 2014
Great suites, out of town.

Great place to visit the zoo (better than expected-go early), botanical gardens, mismaloya area.... See full review

  • Gringo Robert
  • Feb 4, 2013
Puerto Vallarta hotel equipped with kitchenettes, spa and outdoor bar
Casa Iguana maintains the intimacy and charm of Mismaloya, the beach town it calls home. The all-suite property attracts extended-stay travelers with two-bedroom rooms, equipped with kitchenettes, overlooking manicured grounds and a lovely pool. La Enreradara, a quiet place for eats and drinks, charms with patio tables and a thatched-roof bar, while a full-service spa addresses tired muscles and complexions in need of help. Area attractions such as the Vallarta Zoo and a former set for the movie "Predator" are within walking distance.
Highlights
  • Two-bedroom suites equipped with kitchenettes
  • Walking distance to the Vallarta Zoo, Mismayola Beach and El Eden River, the "Predator" movie set
  • Full-service spa
  • Alfresco dining and cocktails at La Enreradara
Location
Casa Iguana guests can stroll off-site to find some of Puerto Vallarta's best attractions. Located in the Mismayola, the property is within walking distance to the beach, Vallarta Zoo and El Eden River, which was the set for the "Predator."
Rooms
Casa Iguana creates rustic charm via two-bedroom suites overlooking lush gardens and a sparkling pool. Air-conditioned rooms utilize warm woods, earth toned-walls and iron scroll lamps to create a comfortable vibe. A few other amenities cater to the needs of extended-stay travelers, including a fully equipped kitchenette, a living room and satellite TVs. At the end of a busy day, guests rest atop queen beds or two twin beds.
Features
Casa Iguana aims for casual, intimate dining at La Enreradara, an outdoor a la carte and buffet restaurant that doubles as a bar. A grassy roof and open-air tables signal that vacation time has truly arrived, especially when the plate and margarita glass are full.
Recreation
Guests at Casa Iguana eliminate stress at the resident spa, a haven for massages and facials.
Transportation
  • Puerto Vallarta Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (2.1 mi/3.4 km)
Attractions
  • Malecon (4.4 mi/7.1 km)
  • Marina Vallarta (1.6 mi/2.6 km)
  • Downtown Vallarta (3.5 mi/5.6 km)
  • Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (2.6 mi/4.2 km)
  • Bay of Banderas (3.8 mi/6.2 km)
Business
  • High-speed Internet access (fees apply)

Casa Iguana Hotel Rooms

2 Bedroom Suites
Spacious two-bedroom suite with one queen size bed and two twin size beds. Each air-conditioned suite offers 25" satellite TVs, fully equipped kitchenette, living room, ceiling fans, and balcony overlooking lush gardens, sparkling pool, a fish & turtle pond and Jacuzzi.

Amenities

  • Free internet in room
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Doctor on call
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Internet
Free internet in room
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Ramp access to buildings

Hotel Map

20.5325 -105.2878
Area served
Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Nearby airports
Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Airport, Casa Iguana is located 45 minutes away from the PVR airport
Area description
Casa Iguana Hotel is located on a quaint cobblestone street in the picturesque village of Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta. The hotel's lush garden setting is only 15 minutes from the many discos, bars, restaurants, and entertainment, shopping and city streets of Puerto Vallarta. When you tire of the busyness in town, unwind with a relaxing stroll along the river, or take a moonlit walk along the beach. When you are ready for adventure, explore the beautiful jungle on horseback or take a jeep safari. Whether you prefer the beach and a boat, or mountain biking and nature walks, we can assist you.

Dining

Bocabento
Bocabento is an open air restaurant serving an exotic mix of Asian & Mexican fusion cuisine; voted best PVR's restaurant in 2005. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner you won't want to miss this experience!

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
N/A

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (41)

Ratings and reviews for Casa Iguana Hotel

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
41 out of 41
Amenities:
3.8
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.8
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.1
Value:
4.4

98% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Casa Iguana Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
gardengirlmn
st paul, mn
Apr 10, 2014

Quiet, clean, safe & friendly--not fancy, still a great vacation

I have to admit when we checked in we were a little worried. We had chosen CI for the kitchenette & real beds for each of the 3 of us. Once we settled in everything was just fine. We went to Mexico to explore, walk, read, relax and get a tan in a safe environment--CI delivered. -Think small older boutique hotel, maybe 30 rooms & appear to be renovating them 1 by 1. -The same caring, friendly people worked every day & took care of us like family. -Our room, though not renovated, was spotlessly clean & had great air conditioning, shower pressure & very comfy beds. A little dark, but we weren't in Mexico to sit inside. -The location is quite far away from DT PV so was blessedly quiet except for the birds--it IS in a jungle!20 minutes and 75 cents by bus to town, 1 minute to the bus stop. -The bar/cafe opens early and closes early evening as well. If you need beer/cocktails late stock up at the the hotel's convenience store or town supermarkets--that's why you have a kitchen! -The pool is small, but plenty of room and lounge options for sun lovers. -Note: no room safe, small deposit boxes are available in the office -If you require an elevator or room service or plan to spend your vacation online or on the phone, this is NOT your hotel. Our stay was very relaxing and I would do it again for the price. Say hi to the hotel mascot cats for us!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: In Hotel

-Go to one of the big grocery stores downtown to get your breakfast and lunch supplies. The best feature of this hotel is the kitchen (fridge, cooktop, dining and cooking utensils). Bus into town for under 75 cents and splurge on dinner.

Review of Casa Iguana Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gringo Robert
Oregon
Feb 4, 2013

Great suites, out of town.

Great place to visit the zoo (better than expected-go early), botanical gardens, mismaloya area. Loved the 2 room suite with the kids, gave us privacy compared to hotel rooms. walk to beach ( get the $20 massage). restaurant was good, breakfast especially. Pool was too cold to use. Quiet and peaceful probably because hardly any guests that week. Very clean. Got bitten by bugs a bit, bring spray.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

El Eden was gorgeous, you can go visit and just get lunch on the river. zip lines not for us.

Review of Casa Iguana Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Spacetraveler
Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
Dec 3, 2012

OUt in the sticks

I have two complaints. One is out of management's control. The Internet was not working the whole two weeks I was there. It was an antenna issue rather than the service itself. This is a problem throughout the Bay. I stayed at another hotel in another area that had the same problem. The second one is the jacuzzi. Some of the old-timers like myself remember the previous management and how the jacuzzi worked then. It was always hot, always full, always bubbling. When It overflowed due to water displacement due to many people, a gorgeous waterfall fell down the rocks. There was also a policy of no children in the jacuzzi. Current management still has the sign saying no children in the jacuzzi. However, they are allowed. Also, for some reason, management does not want to restore it to its original, gorgeous condition. Seeing this decline, this hotel, while a jungle paradise, has kind of a Motel 6 feeling about it. If you don't use jacuzzis and can work around bad Internet connections, then go for it. I plan to return next year.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

If you need phone service, be prepared. The hotel blocks all calls except local Vallarta numbers. This keeps costs down. Verizon's coverage, according to the map, stops at the southern city limits of Puerto Vallarta. I have heard numerous comments that US cell phones do not work in Mismaloya, which is south. I carry a rented phone, which works through Telcel. The problem here is that Telcel blocks all toll free numbers, including those to the US. While cellulars charge even for toll free numbers, if you do not have an alternative, pay number, you have to go to a land line on the beach and hope you find one that works. There are two in Mismaloya that work fine. With the spotty or nonexistent Internet at the hotel, Skype may not be an option. I am trying to figure out how I can get a SIM card that bypasses Telcel and goes directly into the Internet, bypassing the unreliable wifi that seems chronic throughout the Bay of Banderas

Review of Casa Iguana Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Vlad99
San Jose, CA, USA
Dec 7, 2011

Nice and quiet budget hotel in Mimaloya

A very good hub to explore the area South of PUerto Vallarta

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Gemelas beach, condominius Girazol. The best beach in the area.

Review of Casa Iguana Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Spacetraveler
Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
Nov 27, 2011

Serious decline under new management

I experienced serious decline of an exquisite jungle oasis. This is due to management. All the staff are the best I have seen anywhere, coping valiantly with a variety of difficult situations, which this program will now allow me to describe here.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
3
Review of Casa Iguana Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
fotonick
Red Deer, Alberta
Jul 13, 2011

Nice quiet hideaway

I happened to go during the rainiest time, but the hotel was cute and roomy. There weren't a lot of people there at the time, but I was looked after well. There is very good security there and I never worried about anything. It's on a quiet street in Mismaloya that is really nice. The hotel has a little store which is very handy, and a pool and a nice restaurant. [...]in the restaurant is very nice and welcoming. And he makes fabulous Margaritas, and the food is good too.The room had two bedrooms, one queen and one with two doubles, perfect for a family. There was a kitchen and living room and bathroom - just a cute place. It was nice to sit out on the deck on rainy nights and just watch the rain falling. The hotel is close to the Vallarta Zoo, which is interesting, because you can get right up close to the animals, pet the giraffe, and touch a lot of them. They sell food in the store at the beginning so you can feed the animals and birds along the way. El Eden and the Ziplines are right up the hill too. I hear that the ziplines are great - very fast. El Eden was a nice little waterfall that you could slide down or swing on a rope into the pool. There was food and drinks there. It was a nice little place too.The beach is just a quick walk away, and although it's small, you can sit under a palapa and eat or drink there. There are lots of interesting Mexican people working and hanging out there - they're a lot of fun. The guys with boats will take you snorkeling or fishing or to Yelapa or wherever you like. You can always find something to do there. Everyone there is wonderful and a lot of fun. I love the beach vendors there, they are a lot of fun to talk with. If you need to catch a cab, just walk up toward the Barcelo and you can catch a cab or the bus into town. There is an ATM there as well. Mismaloya has some interesting places down the street, such as the Tequileria, a grocery store and places to eat.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Nightlife tip: Not Applicable

If you are looking for night life, this is not the place. It's quite a long drive to Puerto Vallarta. It's very quiet out here and more of a laid back relaxing place to visit.

Review of Casa Iguana Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
fotonick
Red Deer, Alberta
Jul 13, 2011

Nice quiet hideaway

I happened to go during the rainiest time, but the hotel was cute and roomy. There weren't a lot of people there at the time, but I was looked after well. There is very good security there and I never worried about anything. It's on a quiet street in Mismaloya that is really nice. The hotel has a little store which is very handy, and a pool and a nice restaurant. [...]in the restaurant is very nice and welcoming. And he makes fabulous Margaritas, and the food is good too.The room had two bedrooms, one queen and one with two doubles, perfect for a family. There was a kitchen and living room and bathroom - just a cute place. It was nice to sit out on the deck on rainy nights and just watch the rain falling. The hotel is close to the Vallarta Zoo, which is interesting, because you can get right up close to the animals, pet the giraffe, and touch a lot of them. They sell food in the store at the beginning so you can feed the animals and birds along the way. El Eden and the Ziplines are right up the hill too. I hear that the ziplines are great - very fast. El Eden was a nice little waterfall that you could slide down or swing on a rope into the pool. There was food and drinks there. It was a nice little place too.The beach is just a quick walk away, and although it's small, you can sit under a palapa and eat or drink there. There are lots of interesting Mexican people working and hanging out there - they're a lot of fun. The guys with boats will take you snorkeling or fishing or to Yelapa or wherever you like. You can always find something to do there. Everyone there is wonderful and a lot of fun. I love the beach vendors there, they are a lot of fun to talk with. If you need to catch a cab, just walk up toward the Barcelo and you can catch a cab or the bus into town. There is an ATM there as well. Mismaloya has some interesting places down the street, such as the Tequileria, a grocery store and places to eat.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Nightlife tip: Not Applicable

If you are looking for night life, this is not the place. It's quite a long drive to Puerto Vallarta. It's very quiet out here and more of a laid back relaxing place to visit.

Review of Casa Iguana Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Spacetraveler
New York City
May 10, 2011

My hidden paradise

For me it is a paradise. The only two problems I found were weak wifi internet connection and noise from the adjacent playground in one wing and noise from the restaurant in the other wing. When I told the new owner that the internet connection did not reach all the rooms, she was surprised and would take action. The next day she called the company. This is a major operation, as it was obvious they would have to install another router. As the hotel does everything to keep prices low, the hotel many not choose this extra expense. Therefore, you may have to settle for dragging your computer poolsize after sundown to avoid glare. As for the restaurant noise, it is a separate concession and management has no say. However, it is not loud and stops promptly at 10:00PM. I asked the manager to turn the volume down on occasion and he was most accommodating. All in all the management and staff are exceedingly friendly and eager to accommodate whenever possible, which is most of the time. They are eager for people to return and have repeat business. The last week in January, ending February 2, however, is a big, noisy religious festival in town. If you are in the wing that backs up to town, plan on not getting any sleep the last two nights of the festival. If you are in the other wing, bring earplugs.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Go to the beach restaurant, Las Gaviotas. It is great food for the best prices anywhere. Don't let the manager at the hotel tell you otherwise. He is a great, honest guy, but he wants your business

Review of Casa Iguana Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Spacetraveler
New York City
May 10, 2011

My hidden paradise

For me it is a paradise. The only two problems I found were weak wifi internet connection and noise from the adjacent playground in one wing and noise from the restaurant in the other wing. When I told the new owner that the internet connection did not reach all the rooms, she was surprised and would take action. The next day she called the company. This is a major operation, as it was obvious they would have to install another router. As the hotel does everything to keep prices low, the hotel many not choose this extra expense. Therefore, you may have to settle for dragging your computer poolsize after sundown to avoid glare. As for the restaurant noise, it is a separate concession and management has no say. However, it is not loud and stops promptly at 10:00PM. I asked the manager to turn the volume down on occasion and he was most accommodating. All in all the management and staff are exceedingly friendly and eager to accommodate whenever possible, which is most of the time. They are eager for people to return and have repeat business. The last week in January, ending February 2, however, is a big, noisy religious festival in town. If you are in the wing that backs up to town, plan on not getting any sleep the last two nights of the festival. If you are in the other wing, bring earplugs.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Go to the beach restaurant, Las Gaviotas. It is great food for the best prices anywhere. Don't let the manager at the hotel tell you otherwise. He is a great, honest guy, but he wants your business

Review of Casa Iguana Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
mexico 4ever
Seattle, Wa
Mar 25, 2011

relaxing, quiet and close to pv

It is a quick walk to the beach which is small but very cute and has some nice restaurants and a cool fort to walk up to. There is a bus stop right outside the hotel on the street corner and it takes you right into town in under 20 minutes. It was much less busy than staying in puerto vallarta, it is definitely for a more muted and relaxing trip (not great if you want to party a lot its a 150 peso cab ride from the center of town about) but the center of town is still easily accessible by bus. The staff was very nice and friendly and the rooms were clean and large. The stove didn't work very well but the refrigerator was handy. There is a little store which has everything but produce and cheese. All and all it was a great and relaxing place.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

Cheeky monkey! It is cheesy and full of tourists but it's fun to see the sunburnt tourists and if you go at sunset they play an opera song as it sets. Also 1 dollar beers and margaritas!

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