Guest Reviews

I use VRBO and airbnb often in the US and many other countries. I have to say that this is one of, if not the best place I’ve ever stayed when it comes to what your looking for, in comparison to price, for it’s location! And we were the first renters, who owners usually learn their mistakes from and there were none! There are many beautiful places in Durango one can stay, but any other locations of “equal value” this just can’t be beat. Every square foot of the is condo has been given it’s utmost attention and love. The owners are VERY polite and helpful and easy to reach. Bar none, they are the best communicators and most polite of any VRBO or airbnb i’ve rented. And I’ve rented a lot!


The decor, space, and feeling of the southwest couldn’t be done better. I had to pick a place that was an ideal setting for after my proposal and for future in-laws first time experience to CO. So the bar to find a place was set high, and this far exceeded it!


I grew up a local of southwest CO and still a landlord and manager of properties their. So I’m aware of what the “southwest decor” and what the feel should be. Renting this place made me feel very at home; The wood fireplace, the southwest vibe, the scenic view from the porch and bedroom, the artist taste in to decor, even down to the grill. I couldn’t have done a better job myself, and I’m a perfectionist!


Outside the scope of what the owners can’t control which is location and the complex – The complex has many amenities for kids and adults alike. Don’t expect Disney land, but if you did your not getting the taste of CO anyways. In Durango it’s a double edged sword – Either stay near town and drive 30-60 min to the mountain to ski or hike (season permitting) or stay here were your next to Purgatory but 30 minutes from town. So when searching know what your daily and outdoor activities will be. This is the PERFECT location if you are going to ski (which by the way the complex offers free shuttle rides to Purgatory, big plus) its a perfect location. Same goes with if you are going to play in the mountains or spend time in Silverton or Ouray. If your goal is to enjoy the town every day, possibly stay closer to Durango, but I will tell you the scenery won’t be as majestic as here!


I’m very picky on giving 5 star ratings, because there is many facets to consider than just the place. Yet I give this condo a 5 without hesitation!

- Levi

The property is very comfortable, clean, modern and well equipped. It is situated in a beautiful mountain setting that is very accessible. We would definitely plan a return visit. The information provided by the owners was great; they were a pleasure to communicate with. They added to an excellent overall experience. The Durango, CO area is a unique vacation destination for all parts of the year.


Staff: 10.0
Facilities: 10.0
Cleanliness: 10.0
Comfort: 10.0
Location: 10.0
Value for money: 10.0

- Kenneth

We had a wonderful time. My mother in law said to say thank you for the snow! Your home was the perfect location for what we needed, right between Durango and Silverton. If we hadn’t booked your place we never would have been able to enjoy the snow or the herds of elk we were able to see each day on our way back to the condo! Was a wonderful site. Made us think of all the wildlife we miss living in the valley. Your place is really nice and all our accommodations were met. Perfect size for us and the few stairs were not that bad for my mother in law. Would love to visit again in the near future! Thank you so much for a great time and place!

- Linda

Beautiful place! So worth going to! Great hosts, and great contact! We will definitely return to these folks! Felt like living at home, without all my daily worries. Room was so easy to access. Clear details in book in room on things to do and how to take care of place. great ability to watch TV an movies off of laptop. and used the Bluetooth to listen to Christmas music. I want to live there! Beds and couches so comfortable. Not a single thing uncomfortable about this place.

We thought we couldn’t get in the door downstairs in the garage. It had a card slot to unlock. Didn’t realize it was not locked. Asked a guy how to get in and he told us it is not locked.

- Denise E.


The condo was as perfect for our family. Tom was very accommodating and was very quick to respond to any questions we had. Thank you for an awesome week!

- Jason A.

This condo offered everything we were looking for and more for this family of 5.

Casa de la Pura Vida was perfect for us! We wanted something with space, a view, and a place to cook some meals. We got that and a whole lot more. The owners were so friendly, accommodating, and were great to answer any and all questions we had about the area. We stayed 4 nights, and wished we could have stayed one more! Everyday, we did 2 “excursions” and got to come back each night to cook our own delicious meal, play games (inside and outside) with the kids and/or watch a movie. This was our first VRBO experience. This beautiful, comfortable home is 10 times better than staying in a hotel! What a special place!

- Kate D.

Amazing experience

Wonderful condo, beautiful views, and very accommodating owner. I would recommend this to all of my family and friends.

- Braedan M.

Restful Vacation

We loved our trip to Colorado and staying at Casa de Pura Vida. The condo has a very at home feeling to it. We enjoyed playing a few of the board/ card games with our kids. The kids loved it so much they hardly wanted to leave. There is a fully equipped kitchen. I was also able to leave with most of our clothes clean due to the washer and dryer. There is covered parking. It is about 25 miles to Durango but the drive is enjoyable. Purgatory Resort is 1 mile away with many summer activities going on. I really loved shopping in downtown Durango and each evening there were activities going on on town.

- Wanda M.

Wonderful condo in a beautiful setting. Would stay here again.

- Chris V.

A leisurely place to stay

We truly enjoyed our stay at the Casa Pura Vida. Our granddaughter and her friend loved the balcony and especially being able to make s’mores in the fireplace. The condo was conveniently located for all our side trips. We’d stay there again if we head that way.

- Carole V.

Great overall experience!

The condo was very comfortable and nicely appointed. The owners were a pleasure to work with. Great location allowing access to outdoor activities!

- Regis C.

Excellent stay

Requested to stay in the cabin the day prior to check in and Mr. Brunner was more than amendable. Heard back from him within the hour relaying that the contract would be on its way via email.. The room was impeccable and filled with more than a few suggestions for how to experience the Durango/Silverton area at its best for the naïve. Would stay there again in the future.

- David B.

We had a great time. Loved the unit, the view, and all the surrounding activities.

This is a well maintained property. The owners are very organized and provided detailed instructions on what they provide, what to bring and what there is to do in the area. The kitchen was well stocked with all the essentials plus a nice stock of spices and things you hate buy for a short stay. Very comfortable king size master bed, plus bunks beds and a queen in the guest room if you are traveling with a group. This area is beautiful. There is nothing in walking distance so plan day trips. We visited Ouray, Silverton, Mesa Verde, and spent a day in Durango. Would love to stay in winter and ski Purgatory!!

- Jenni D.

This was a last minute rental over a holiday weekend when we saw Durango was getting snow! Owners were immediately responsive with needed information and acceptance of the rental. Location convenient to the ski area and we used both private car and shuttle (which runs 3 times in am and 3 times in pm). Unit was very clean, comfortable and extremely well equipped for cooking and extracurricular activities including…lots of games for children which they loved since they had never played some of them…even beach towels for the pool. Had to walk outside about a block to get to the pool which was not a big deal. Huge indoor pool and hot tub. We had a very nice surprise to find that one of my son’s best friends and skiing buddy in crime when skipping high school days to ski was at the same location with his family and stays often. Ski locker was a very nice amenity. Lots of extra blankets to use to curl up on the couch in front of the fire. Very good mattresses…even my son who has back problems from competitive sports injury and sleeps on a special order mattress found the master comfortable. Firewood was already stacked for use. Kids loved the bunkbeds like they have at home. The view was spectacular from the deck and that comes from people who already live in the mountains and are used to beautiful views. Loading and unloading right outside the side entrance door of the unit with only a short walk was extremely convenient and parking was ample..even accommodated our enclosed trailer. Directions and local information beforehand and at the unit were exceptional even for us who know the area well. The shopping list was extremely convenient and a very big asset even though we are old hands at this type of travel and packing…assured nothing was missed!. Pictures of the unit are accurate..unit not spacious but very very nice and has everything you need. We would definitely return again and highly recommend.

- Janet R.

Great home! Comfy home away from home. Convenient for ohv riding! Kids loved bunk beds and the pool area!

- Amy G

Great condo, great location, great hosts. We had a great stay in this condo. it was clean, well maintained and had all the comforts of home. Great location: close access to several great towns visit; right off arguably the best drive in Colorado (million dollar highway); countless different hikes and other outdoor activities. The resort amenities were nice as well…pool and hot tub were an added bonus for us. Everything you’d want in a trip to Colorado. Hosts were excellent. They were very communicative and reached out on a couple of occasions to see if there was anything we needed. They have done a lot to condo to make it an easy stay…a lot of info about local activities, where to get food, and other things to do. If we return to the area in the future we would certainly consider staying here again.

- Blake S

Amazing accommodations in a beautiful setting! This was the perfect “base” for our summer hiking trip! Everything was very comfortable. The only regret is that we didn’t have a little more time at the condo between activities, lol!

- Cheryl S

Very Nice Unit. Located in a nice community and well stocked from spices to firewood. The owner is awesome to work with. I will rent this unit again.

- Lance M

Met and exceeded all expectations. Very inviting home with all the essentials and more. Very clean and beds were extremely comfortable.

- Andrew J

Lovely home. Perfect place for our Durango vacation. The drive to and from Durango is breathtaking. Nice being away from the town a little. We loved the condo. Two level bedrooms was great for us.

- Kristi B

Very homey! Beautiful condo which met all our needs. Stocked with everything that you could possibly need. Comfortable beds!

- Michelle H

The Aspen were beautiful! We had a wonderful time at Casa de Pura Vida, the view was magnificent, we had most of our meals at the condo and had no problem with the spacious kitchen.  We ate at the dining table, so for 3 people it was very comfortable as was the living area with couch and easy chairs.  If we come back to Cascade we will definitely stay at your condo.

- Ron K

Casa de Pura Vida II
Super cute condo!
The place was very clean and super close to the ski resort

- Avis P.

Clean and well-kept.
We had a great time here. The place was clean and well-kept and the host was available for questions.

- Bradeigh G.

Great Location and Easy Access
Our family ski trip was so much fun along with our stay in the well equipped townhome. Loading, storage and parking very easy. We used the shuttle service once and it was convenient. The pool, hot tub and lodge facilities were also a plus, so was the onsite ski rental facility, VERY convenient! Thank you for providing a nice stay.

- Larry M.

Perfect Colorado get away. Amazing owners!

We stayed in this beautiful condo the first week of January and it was better than expected. It has a really well stocked kitchen with everything you would ever need for cooking, including spices! Its only 5 minutes away from Purgatory ski resort and has shuttles that will take you. The owner Tom was very helpful, friendly and extremely accommodating. Loved this place as well and will definitely be staying here again in the future!!

- Ryan W.

Had an amazing time at this property.

The condo was clean, well-stocked and decorated.  We had a blast while staying here.  One weekend we will remember for years.  Will stay here again.

- Larry T.

Fantastic Vacation Spot!

Beautiful condo in a great location for skiing!  You are minutes from the mountain and lifts; the roads are well-maintained getting in and out of condo complex.  The interior amenities were just a described – well appointed and comfortable.  Kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need.  This condo was perfectly comfortable for our family of 5.  The owners have gone above and beyond to provide info about the condo and how to arrive, unload, store ski stuff, etc. as well as where to go and what to do.  WE had an amazing vacation!  Hopefully the snow is as good next year for our return visit!

- Becky R.

Wonderful place to stay!

Our family had a great stay.  The open layout of the kitchen and living area is great for talking while  cooking and enjoying time together.  The finishes in the unit are top notch – you can tell everything is well cared for.  The bunk beds and queen bed downstairs were perfect for our family while grandpa was upstairs – we all had enough space.  We loved the fireplace and porch overlooking the beautiful view.  The owner was super helpful with text reminders and tips – I felt like he genuinely cared that we had a good time.  We will be back!

- Anonymous


Very cozy and well-appointed condo, very comfortable furniture and beds, being an end unit really is a bonus.  We enjoyed our ski trip and everything was perfect.  Than you for being great owners, we really appreciate your contact and concern.

- Phillip L.

Perfect Condo for Family Fun

This condo had EVERYTHING our family needed and then some – from a fully stocked kitchen to books and games for the kids to covered parking.  Our family of five had plenty of room to spread out, and the views were amazing from the upstairs bedroom.  The condo was in immaculate condition, and we enjoyed using the swimming pool and hot tubs on site.  There was a shuttle to and from the ski resort, but we opted to take our own vehicle.  It was an easy drive to and from each day.  The owners were easy to work with and had great communication before, during, and after our stay.  We will definitely be back the next time we travel to Purgatory.

- Christel S.

Skiing Getaway!

Loved it! It was great.

- Joni W.

Nice location

Very nice area.  The pool and hot tub area were under construction, but a nice place with a well-stocked kitchen.

- Beth U.

Beautiful Mountain Chalet

Everything was wonderful! It was definitely a home away from home! Very clean and tastefully decorated, a fully stocked kitchen, extra long balcony with a 2-burner grill, and an amazing view of the mountains!

- Raquel P.


This was our first time in Durango and we had a blast.  the condo was amazing and the owners were wonderful to deal with and checked in on us.  We visited Silverton and rode a razor up Hurricane Pass.  The views and scenery were breathtaking!!! Can’t wait to visit again!!!!

- Connie S.

Home away from home

We absolutely loved staying at this property!  The hosts, Tom and Maria, were wonderful and even texted us on vacation making sure everything was going well.  The condo was so nice and we truly felt like we were in our home away from home.  The view from the balcony and master suite were fantastic.  We brought our own spices, coffee, laundry soap, etc. but we didn’t need to because the cabinets were stocked with these items for us.  There are games in the living room which we enjoyed playing as a family during the evening.  Everything was spectacular and I highly recommend staying here! We will most definitely be back!!

- Ashley G.

Mountain Retreat

Our family had a wonderful stay in this perfectly located condo.  The views are beautiful, close to Silverton and Durango, plenty to see and do, or perfect to relax on the balcony with a mug of coffee.  Tom and Maria were always available to answer questions and tell us more about the area to help maximize our stay.  We would recommend this place to others and definitely return ourselves.

- Hannah C.

Great place to stay!!

There was an honest mistake when we checked-in, but the owners, Tom and Maria, went out of their way to fix it.  They are incredibly gracious hosts, and are eager to help you make your trip and stay great!   I have recommended this property to several coworkers, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking into it.

- Scott D.

Just what we needed! (And More!)

Our family had a wonderful time staying at the condo.  Tom & Maria made sure our experience was unforgettable.  The views were stunning.  Durango was just a 30 minute drive down the mountain, but it never seemed to take very long because of the scenery.  The condo was fantastic.  We loved sitting on the balcony, enjoying our coffee while watching the hummingbirds.  we can’t wait to visit again!

- Michelle T.

Cozy Cabin with nice views

The cabin was cozy, clean and included everything one needs.  Nice views of the mountains.

- Petrus D

Cozy and comfortable

Great location next door to Purgatory Resort.  My 7 and 10 year old kids loved their room. The property is well kept and owners have obvious pride in ownership.  I highly recommend this property.

- Anonymous

Awesome condo in a beautiful location

We really enjoyed everything about this condo…fantastic location, homey and comfortable, well-stocked with anything you might need.  Easy access to the beautiful San Juan Mountains.

- Georgia L.