Casa de Piedra was a great way to explore Mexico while relaxing. A short 3-minute walk to the Boca beach, or longer 20-minute-to-40-minute hike to other beaches. Also, Boca is a small fishing village, so you get Mexican culture while be able to relax and read in the hammock or enjoy the in the pool. The local guy (Cesar) at the beach-front restaurant can give an affordable, great massage! There's also a restaurant that affords you a view of all of Boca. Plus! Bungee jumping if that's your thing, is closeby (Bob and Sue have a negotiated price for it). Jetskis are possible, too, I hear. Anyway - what more can you hope for this place?!
Do yourself a favor and stay here. Bob and Sue have created a tropical paradise for you to experience a part of Mexico that is an authentic and enriching experience. The rooms are beautiful, spacious and comfortable. They are warm, hospitable, and full of great recommendations for your stay.
My husband and I have not stayed at Casa de Peidra... yet. However many of our family members have enjoyed the comfort of Casa de Peidra's suites, the beauty of it's gardens and the humor and hospitality of Bob and Sue. Over the years we have had the privilege of attending birthday parties, barbeques and a "Night of 100 Candles". A "Night of 100 Candles" is truly magical with 100 candles twinkling throughout the gardens under the stars. After a delicious meal cooked and served by Bob, a guitar appeared and guests sang their favorite songs into the wee hours of the night. It is with great anticipation that we look forward to more magical times next January and February at Casa de Peidra.
We stayed at the Casa de Piedra for two weeks in February and had a Fantastic time. The hosts cook a terrific breakfast to start our day off perfectly. We spent the days exploring the surrounding areas, travelling on the 8 peso bus into Puerto Vallarta, and to the Botanical Gardens. The Casa de Piedra is a relaxing home away from home, lazing by the pool or in the hammock, and the hosts will help you arrange trips to zip-lining, cruises, and taxi rides along the coasts. Also if you are a hiker ask Bob about the treks in the area. The cleanliness of the Case shows the pride everyone involved in operating the Casa has. A Wonderful time.
Lovely spot next to a river and near a good swimming beach. Lots of variety and choices for breakfasts. An oasis to come home to after trips around the area the hosts help you find Booked my return already
My fiancée and I spent 4 wonderful days at the Casa de Piedra B&B in Boca Tomatlan south of Puerto Vallarta. Bob and Sue Berndt went way beyond and took really good care of us. We felt at ease right away. They helped us plan our stay and set up our outings, introduced us to neighbors and local vendors, showed us favorite spots, shared their life and times and because of that we enjoyed the true flavor of this charming fishing village. We had so much fun, sharing lots of laughs. We looked forward to seeing them each day. I had left a document in our room after checking out that I needed to leave the country and they made sure I got it in time. But the frosting on the cake was seeing how much the two interact and care about the town. In particular, one little boy who comes to Casa de Piedra where he receives breakfast, love, and attention. They've hired a young woman to tutor him on school days which has benefited him greatly.
We recently stayed at Casa Piedra, the rooms are clean and very spacious and the hosts are very welcoming. Bob makes a great breakfast. A relaxing place to call home and great location for all activities around Boca!
My friends and I stayed here for the week of Christmas this year and it was a great experience with warm hospitality of Bob and Sue. They helped us plan our visits and activities around boca and also Puerto Vallarta. From shopping tips to eating joints to beautiful places; Bob and Sue made sure that we make best out of our vacation there. The rooms are super comfortable and very well maintained. Breakfast is excellent and Bob's blueberry pancakes were too good. I will be back here for one more vacation and hopefully this time I can defeat Bob in a game of table tennis :)
My husband and I opened the gate to Casa de Peidra Bed and Breakfast, walked along the stone covered pathway, surveyed the beautiful jungle garden and the welcoming pool, dropped our bags and knew we were home. Casa de Peidra has that effect on you and it continues throughout the visit. Susan and Robert Berndt are masters at making you feel at home. The rooms are beautifully furnished in a sense of colonial past; the breakfasts at the gaily-painted tables in the courtyard are delicious; and, you linger and chat while Bob and Sue offer ideas of where to explore and how to settle into the Mexican lifestyle. The Bed and Breakfast rests on the banks of the Horcones River as it tumbles down from the Sierra Madres--its sounds assuring a tranquil atmosphere. Bob and Sue have mentioned other areas to experience along the coast and up in the mountains when we return, which will definitely be this coming year!
The architecture and the decor of this place transports you to a different time and place. My amazement and delight grew with every step I took as I entered the place for the first time, and then, over the next 7 days, as I continued to explore it and discover new joys. It's equally suitable for a honeymoon, a solo trip, and a family vacation - a great primer for the kids on various architectural styles, decor elements, eclectic approach, use of color, mixing old and new with great taste. And read to them the tales from 1001 Nights while you are there, for an unforgettable childhood experience. Turned me into a wide-eyed kid, too. Stayed 4 nights in Scarlet room and 3 in Green room. Scarlet has a large accordion door to the private balcony, if you push it to the side, the whole room becomes one huge balcony, overlooking the river. Green has direct access to outdoor pool and bar. Plenty of beautiful large windows in every suite. As other reviews noted, service and amenities are excellent. Location: PV Old Town, 4 blocks to the beach and the Malecon, endless choices for food and entertainment within steps. If driving or taking a taxi, get to the intersection of Jacarandas & Aquiles Serdan. (Make sure you give this direction to your driver, they don't know about this place as it is new). From there, it's a few steps to the unpaved Rivera del Rio where the #106 is located. It stands directly on the shore of Rio Cuale, with live iguanas sitting in the trees. Drinking water: I started with a few sips and progressed to several bottles a day directly from the tap, with absolutely no stomach events. Safety: as single female, had no problems walking to-from the hotel at night.
We rented Casa de Las Palapas to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday with friends. With five bedrooms, four floors and numerous bathrooms there was room to spread out for quiet/private time but also wonderful communal areas to hang out in together. The staff was friendly, helpful and accommodating. Manuel helpfully arranged activities and drove us where we needed to go. He even helped to arrange a visit to the doctor for one of our party with an ear infection. The meals were fantastic and Marisela was happy to accommodate our requests even if not on the published menu. She was also wonderful about ordering a cake for delivery for my husband's birthday. The house was kept clean and neat thanks to Luz Maria. It was not an issue for our group but I would caution potential guests that there are 96 stairs from the pool to the upper floor where the kitchen and eating area are. I would not recommend this home for elderly or handicapped individuals or for people with very young children. Overall, we had an amazing time at Casa de Las Palapas and would absolutely return again.
Prior to this trip I had never visited Mexico, nor had any desire to. I heard about this new place from a friend who said that I needed to check it out... I flew there on a Friday to spend the weekend, and ended up leaving on a Tuesday... it was MUCH too soon to leave! The hotel was amazing, on a tour of it, each room proved to be unique and the variety suited many different needs. Each room was beautiful, and the setup of the property was unique and fun. The location in Old Vallarta is short walking distance from gorgeous beaches, and many great restaurants and bars. You are able to escape the resort atmosphere and feel like you are tucked away in this little gem with the locals. The staff were excellent, great breakfast EVERY morning by Chayo, which they will also deliver to your room if you desire. And Monica, the staff masseuse, is extremely talented and highly recommended. In my opinion, this is the ONLY place to stay in Vallarta, I will be going back very soon!
I stayed at this property over the Christmas New Year holiday and was blown away. This is one of the most luxurious places I have ever stayed in.. you will not believe this place and WHAT A VALUE. Right in Old Town PV and breakfast cooked to order at whatever tim you choose. The beds and lines were the most comfortable beds I have ever had at a hotel and wait till you see the mother of pearl hot tub. The staff was amazing and so accomdating to all my needs. Never would I have guessed there was a property like this in Mexico.. it is a piece of ART!
GREAT trip to Boca! We visited Puerto Vallarta/Boca de Tomatlan in April and arrived to beautiful weather. We stayed a the charming and conveniently situated Casa de Piedra, from where we were able to take water taxis to many beautiful nearby beaches. We also spent a good amount of time relaxing on Boca’s very own beach. The heart of downtown Puerto Vallarta was a quick and easy 25-minute bus ride, making access to the wonderful restaurants, shops, and nightlife a breeze. Bob and Sue, the owner’s of Casa de Piedra, were wonderful hosts. They prepared delicious breakfasts daily and provided a comfortable, clean, and well-equipped apartment during our stay. We would HIGHLY recommend Casa de Piedra to anyone with even the teeniest sense of adventure seeking a comfortable and authentic Mexican refuge that is somewhat off the beaten path!
My wife and I decided that we were looking for more of an adventure during our most recent stay in Puerto Vallarta, so we opted to spend 10 days at Casa de Piedra in small fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan, just outside of the city. As soon as we arrived to “Boca”, it was immediately obvious to us that we had stumbled on to a special place. Boca just had such a buzz to it with the kids playing in the river, the lush jungle and mountains surrounding the village, the pelicans hanging out on a small boat on the beautiful bay, the amazing little beach with restaurants only distinguishable by their table cloths…simply awesome. Then we crossed over the river bridge to Casa de Piedra—wow, the pictures just don’t do it justice. The place is out of a fantasy world or something…when you walk through the gate, there is a beautiful Mexican villa made out of stone (apparently from the river that we just crossed over), a pool right in the front, a little grill to the side, a hammock tucked away in the shade, and a pingpong table ready for action. Our room was beautiful with its vibrant colors, gorgeous Mexican tile work (floors, kitchen counter top, bathroom), and extremely tasteful furnishings. To top it all off, the owners (Bob and Sue) of Casa de Piedra are wonderful people who made us feel extremely welcome and comfortable from beginning to end; we particularly enjoyed the fantastic breakfast served every morning (my favorite was Bob’s famous blueberry pancake breakfast). And then of course you have Puerto Vallarta just a 30 minute bus ride away—my wife and I loved the option of just hoping on the bus right in the village and going into town for some additional exploring. Thank you very much, Bob and Sue for SUCH an unforgettable time. We look forward to our next visit:) Max & Lily Washington, DC
Der Urlaub bei Bob und Sue war wunderbar!!! Wir haben uns so wohl und willkommen gefühlt! Sue und Bob sind wirklich in allen Dingen unglaublich hilfsbereit und haben es wirklich geschafft, dass wir mit Tränen in den Augen den Ort verlassen haben... DIe Zimmer sind sehr sauber und gemütlich eingerichtet! Die Küche ist super ausgestattet und man kann sich im Garten gemütlich niederlassen und die Ruhe genießen. Der Pool ist total schön und eigentlich will man gar nicht mehr an den Strand, weil es im Casa de Piedra wie im Paradies ist... Ein Ort zum Wohlfühlen und weiterempfehlen!!!! Danke Bob und Sue für diesen wunderschönen Urlaub bei euch!!!
We have traveled to Mexico many times and our trip to Boca de Tomatlan and stay at Casa de Piedra will be forever in our memory and hearts. We spent a wonderful week there over our son's recent Spring break. We delighted in the quaintness and authenticity of Boca and totally loved our home away from home at Casa de Piedra. Sue and Bob were fantastic hosts and through our online correspondence before arriving, we knew we would be treated like family and we were not disappointed. Sue and Bob welcomed us with open arms and instantly made us feel right at home. Casa de Piedra is a delightful B&B. The hand built stone architecture of the two buildings were surrounded by lush, tropical gardens and a lovely little pool, perfect for cooling off after a day of adventure or at the local beach. Our room was spacious, comfortable, clean and pleasantly furnished with all the amenities we could possibly need. Breakfast each morning with the other guests was always great, the freshly made food was tasty and plentiful and the morning gatherings were a great opportunity to meet and connect with the other vacationers staying there. Sue and Bob provided a wealth of information about the local people, best places to eat and explore and tips about getting around and unique things to do and see while we were there. Boca is a small and unspoiled village away from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area is filled with great beauty. Casa de Piedra sits alongside the Horcones River which feeds into beautiful Boca Bay. The beach is just a short stroll from the B&B over the little foot bridge and through town. We loved chilling at the local beach and being able to jump in a water taxi to take us to neighboring beaches or hop on the local bus to take us to other cool spots nearby. We simply loved the whole experience and appreciated the peace and quiet of staying in an authentic Mexican fishing village. Would we go back? Most definitely!
When my friend told me that she would come to visit me in Mexico (I am living in Mexico City), I tried to find a place off the usual touristic path. So when I read about Boca de Tomatlan and the reviews about the Casa de Piedra, I thought that this might be the place. The moment we arrived, we completely fell in love! There is only one word to describe our stay: perfect! Boca de Tomatlan is a quiet authentic village, without the big resorts of Puerto Vallarta. We spent our days with hiking to waterfalls or gorgeous beaches, which we mostly had for ourselves. The villagers are extremely nice and helpful. The offer is broad and you can find everything from cute little beaches to horseback riding and bungee jumping. But the highlights of our stay were the hosts themselves. Sue and Bob build this beautiful oasis and are happy to share it. The pool is clean and the patio invites you to relax in the hammock or the loungers around the pool. There are different games and you can play table tennis. Bob is an amazing player and we had tons of fun with him and Sue. The apartments are comfortable, clean and well equipped. Breakfasts were incredible broad and delicious. We especially enjoyed Bob’s hotcakes. They helped us to organize different trips, for example a trip to see whales, dolphins and sea turtles, and made sure that we got everything for a good price and came back safely. During our one week stay we had problems to get some money out of the ATM (our debit card didn’t work in Puerto Vallarta, make sure you call your bank before coming to Mexico) but Bob and Sue found a solution for every obstacle we found. All together we felt like visiting family and we were very sad to leave. It was an unforgettable experience and I am looking forward to come back soon! We loved every moment there!
We had an amazing time staying in the Selva apartment in February. Bob and Sue are generous, kind and tons of fun! Their breakfast service is unbelievable...french toast, blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon, personalized omlettes, granola, fresh coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice!!! The rooms are comfortable and roomy, we could not have asked for a better accommodation in Boca de Tomatlan! LOVE THIS PLACE!
This was our second stay at Casa de Piedra and we're looking forward to going back next year. We know we can be assured of a beautiful, comfortable and charming experience. Bob and Sue are superb hosts and will do anything they can to make your stay memorable. Our accomodations were clean, nicely furnished and very comfortable. The breakfasts were extraordinary--Bob's fried potatoes are a personal favorite! We loved spending time on the hammock or lounge chairs surrounded by Sue's lovely garden. The humminbirds enjoyed the garden too. Casa de Piedra is in the perfect location for coming and going--the bridge across the river is just a few steps away, it's near the start of a hiking path and there's always something to watch along the river. Bob and Sue seem like family, are lots of fun to be with and we look forward to next year's stay. Our relatives heard us rave about it so much, they came down and spent two weeks there also!
Definitely the best place to stay in Boca an oasis of hospitality . Bob and Sue are the most helpful hosts you could ever hope for , they helped organize outing with us and actually drove us to several events and to PV several times. The place is fantastic , beautiful , clean, off the beaten track , private and you will get a real true taste of this area in Mexico. Bob and Sue have done so much for this fishing village. Our sister and brother in-law have been going to Boca for several years and we are so glad and fortunate that they recommended Casa de Piedra to us we stayed with Bob and Sue for 2 weeks and wish we could have stayed much longer they are such great hosts and now friends. Breakfasts were fantastic every morning in the E room. We enjoyed every minute of our stay and there is so much you can do from this wonderful home base .Once you have a chance to try them out you will want to keep coming back. Please give them a try and by the way they really should be at the top of the B&B list . If traveling with your cell phone make sure you get a travel pack and it works just as good in Mexico as it does at home also Bob has excellent WiFi for your internet needs. Also the bus system is very easy to use and regular sea taxis to remote towns south of Boca
We stayed for 10 nights and had a fabulous time. Our apartment was clean and well-furnished, and once you get used to the roosters and dogs (a part of every Mexican village), it's nice and quiet. There is plenty to do! Come with some great walking shoes as you'll want to walk everywhere. We took the hike to Los Anamos, and it was fabulous. A word to the novice hikers - this is not an "easy" hike, but well worth it. The views are amazing. We had friends staying in the adjoining apartment, and we stayed in and cooked for most of evening meals which were delicious. You can get some great shrimp in PV. It's a really short (20 minutes) and inexpensive bus ride to PV. Be sure to catch the market on Saturday morning! Insect repellent for the hikes and the beach is helpful. The breakfasts that Bob and Sue provided were awesome! Our favorite was blueberry pancakes! Bob does the cooking, and the food was great! They were absolutely wonderful hosts and have great information about area attractions both locally and in PV. We'd go back in a heartbeat!
When I decided to stay here I never expected the 5 Star accommodations that awaited me. If you're the type of person who needs a Concierge to tell you where to eat or what to do this isn't the place for you. If you want a gracious host who is unobtrusive and who will kindly offer up helpful suggestions... if you stop him and ask... then this is the place. Virgil is simply put, a Master Host, who speaks perfect English and Spanish and made my stay one that I will remember for a long time. He and his team prepare a breakfast that is superb. The rooms are kept clean and orderly and rival any hotel I have ever stayed in. Everyone working for Virgil was friendly, cheerful and the very best at what they do, whether it was the Gardener/Handy Man, or the maids/Kitchen Assistants. The Casa is set in the middle of a lush tropical garden, kept that way by the Gardener and there is a pool to lounge in and even a hot tub like whirlpool. I love the architecture and the 1st class materials that went into the construction of the Casa. Restaurants and an Oxxo Store are within walking distance as is the beautiful Beach. All about 10 minutes away. If you have a rental car there are unlimited places to visit for recreation or dining up and down the coast-line. Walmart is not too far for shopping and if you're lucky you can catch a ride with Virgil when he does his weekly shopping there. Taxis, while a little on the expensive side, could still be used for going to Walmart or for further excursions to Puerto Vallarta. I personally didn't need to go over to that side of Banderas Bay...I've been there many times before. This was my first trip to Nuevo Vallarta and Casa Virgilios, but it won't be my last. God Bless All of You at Casa Virgilios. I miss you already.
This is a wonderful place for those who enjoy to venture a bit off the usual tourist path. The property is a beautiful oasis which is more verdant than photos reveal, but it’s the owners that makes this a truly special place. We learned how Bob and Sue transformed their place from ramshackle to haven and their pride is palpable. Their kindness is also incredible. We arrived late due to flight delays and rushed to drive their before dark without realizing we hadn’t stopped to at an ATM, to get pesos. My wife and I showed up at sunset broke with our 3 hungry and tired kids. Bob and Sue we so kind that they took us out to dinner! Their kindness didn’t stop there either. They made us and our kids feel like we were visiting with family…from offering us food for picnics, to playing with our kids, recommending activities, and setting us up to be treated as VIPs with local businesses on the beach and with negotiate transportation to other beaches with local fishermen. Their kindness and generosity has also impacted the local community. They have informally adopted two local youth in need and helped get them enrolled in school as well as adopting a few lucky local dogs. They also hire local folks who help cleanup rooms every day and they source much of their food from locals. We had a great time at Casa de Piedra and wholeheartedly recommend it to friends, family, and to you!
This was our second stay at Casa Virgilios and we were not disappointed. The warmth of Virgilio makes us feel like home. Clean, quiet, comfortable and secure, Casa Virgilios is a good starting point to access the Nuevo Vallarta beach (10minutes walk), a bus station (5 minutes walk) that will take you, for a very small fee, to downtown Puerto Vallarta or villages to the north. Virgilio will surprised you, with his ingeniousity, making a great breakfast from 9:00 to 11:00am. At breakfast you will meet other guess and share experiences, we always make friends during our stay. If you feel like staying on site, enjoy the clean pool and spa, the vegetation and birds, the manicured garden is magical. A special note, filtered water, bacteria free is available. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
A beautiful home shared with travellers to P.V. . Virgilios is a humorous man , has been there and done that..seems to belong , just like a piece of the furniture. He cooks a mean breakfast every morning and you will be anticipating the next days offering. Friendly customers enjoy chatting and cocktails around the pool. Beautiful yards, cool pool, equals an awesome place to stay. Awesome place to stay.
This art retreat was all I hoped for and more! The House of Wind and Water is the perfect setting to explore your art and where you want to go with it. Kathleen is an enthusiastic and inspirational guide as well as a wonderful artist. Andy is a charming host and cook and together they made me feel totally welcome and at home. The views from the rooms and studio are splendid and the weather was perfect. I would highly recommend this retreat for any artist who wants a comfortable place for contemplation, inspiration and fun!
There are the all inclusive vacations that you pay big bucks for, where you can cocoon yourself in a sterile environment, and say you've been to Mexico. Then there are the all inclusive vacations, where you become part of the populace and learn about the hard- working people that call Mexico home. Casa de Piedra is a quaint bed and breakfast located in Boca de Tomatlan, a small fishing village situated at the end of Banderas Bay. Our visit at Christmas provided us with a comfortable apartment for the 4 of us, a kitchen complete with all the amenities for a stay in meal, a pool for cooling off and a terrace on which to enjoy a nightly glass of wine or a good book. It is located on a river that flows into Banderas Bay, so traffic is limited to pedestrians that live in the area. A short walk takes you to the beach where you can while away the day or where you can hop on a water taxi for whale watching or a trip to Yelapa or Los Animos. These taxis are a fraction of the cost that excursions from PV are! A 20 minute, 7 peso bus ride will take you to the busy, noisy tourist meca of Puerto Vallarta if you so desire. The most positive aspect of staying in a small resort, is that you get to know your hosts, Bob and Sue, and they ensure that your stay is nothing short of perfect. Five star treatment for us included them shopping for groceries and wine for our own meals, extending an invitation for us to attend a neighborhood pot-luck Christmas Eve celebration upon our arrival, and Bob waiting for us to arrive back after an evening of frivolity to escort us personally over what had amounted to a washed out bridge after a heavy rain. Bob and Sue have invested themselves in the village and give a new meaning to community service. All in all, we were reluctant to leave the friends we had made and the comforts of what had become our home for 11 days.