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Friendly Vallarta

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Our Opinion

A nice beach front hotel very close to downtown Puerto Vallarta. While the rooms are nice and clean, the rest of the hotel could use a bit of remodeling. They do have a kids club but families would probably be better off at the Crown Paradise Club or Royal Decameron. It is hard to recommend this hotel as there are nicer ones available for around the same price point. Terrific, friendly staff but the hotel is only a good choice if you want to be right in downtown Puerto Vallarta.


Overview

One of the few all-inclusive resorts just minutes from downtown, the beach front Friendly Vallarta is right across the street from a shopping centre. This newly renovated hotel is known for its spa facilities - the most complete in all of Puerto Vallarta. Indulge yourself with a visit to the eucalyptus inhalation room or pressure showers, join a step or yoga class or try one of the over 30 treatments, including seaweed wraps, acupuncture and cellular recovery treatment. Return relaxed and refreshed from your Friendly Puerto Vallarta holiday.

Location: On the beach in the hotel zone, steps from restaurants, nightclubs and shopping, 10 minutes from downtown, and 15 minute drive from airport.


tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • EDove85 : Front Royal, Virginia, United States
Love this resort!

This has been our second time staying at Friendly Vallarta. It has never disappointed us! Very friendly staff and awesome food! We were very impressed with the massages! I would definitely recommend getting a massage while you are there! Nice family environment and tasty adult drinks for the adults. The resort is close to the airport and very close to the boardwalk. The resort is very relaxing and the pools and beach are nice! We are looking forward to going back again!

  • berryphat00 : Thousand Oaks, California
Back once again and this hotel keeps getting better and better

I just got back a few days ago from staying at the Hotel Friendly for nine days. As always the entire staff is very polite and accommodating. Other reviews say this hotel is outdated, but they have renovated the main tower and are currently working on renovating one of the peripheral sides of the hotel. When I first arrived, I was given a room on the older side of the hotel, which I had to ask to be changed to a different room due to the A/C not working properly. The room I was moved to was much better with properly working AC, on the other side of the hotel where they are remodeling (FYI didn't hear any noise all evening or night). all rooms have a beach view, so you cannot go wrong, as well as a city view of el malecon.The new adult pool was great as well with a hot tub that lies within the pool. There are two other hot tubs which are kept at higher temperatures than the adult one. The food was amazing as always (all inclusive), and they have the best mineral lemonades or orangeades (Limonada mineral). One new restaurant I tried this time was the sushi restaurant and Frida's. Sushi was great and different: serving rolls made of strawberry, kiwi, beef, chicken, and assorted cheeses,. Frida restaurant is the only restaurant which requires a reservation which can only be made the day of. Also, the staff put on great Mexican, rock and roll, Star wars shows on the beach, on a stage built on top of one of the pools. The Mexican show was my favorite featuring typical Folklorico dances from various regions of Mexico. One other neat activity we were able to do was to release baby sea turtles back into the ocean. I booked a Swedish massage for my mother and I and they were both very good for about $45 per person plus tip. The only drawback is that you have to tell the masseuse to press hard for you to actually feel like you are getting your knots worked out :)We were able to partake in many activities throughout our stay such as riding quads and ziplining, which can all be planned through the travel agent within the hotel. Also, we went to the market place a few times because the bus stop is conveniently located 200 feet from the hotel entrance and for about 8-10 pesos you can ride the bus into the market place. A taxi is about 80-100 pesos one way.We also went to Mandala and La bodeguita del Medio (Cuban style bar and dancing) by the malecon. Also, the locals tend to go to El bar del oceano where they can dance salsa and cumbia with a live band. We also ended up going to Punta de Mita, El Eden, and la Joya de Mismaloya which I will write a review; where you can snorkel, tour the islands while one of the restaurants on the beach will prepare freshly caught fish to eat :) very tasty. Overall, I always enjoy Puerto Vallarta, and the hotel friendly never stops renovating and innovating to keep me coming back :)

  • marthasV4131LO : Houston, United States
Exceptional staff!

This was our fourth visit in five years and they have made many improvements and upgrades. The one downside is they are ALWAYS working on it, each and every visit...this time even had some annoying noise from major remodeling of rooms in the other wing, so didn't bother us much. The staff is so friendly and service-oriented, as the name implies. Great deal for the price!

  • :
It's just okay

I was surprised by how outdated the hotel is. I can see how this hotel must of been beautiful in the late 90's. Unfortunately today it just doesn't stack up. Bathroom had some real areas where improvements could be made. Something that really threw me off was no room service. Yet there is a restaurant/ taco shop that is open late hours. The beach area has lot, I mean lots of rocks. The one positive besides the price, was the staff. Very friendly. Unfortunately we won't be returning.

  • TimelessTula : Langley, BC
Great Staff and Delicious Food

The Friendly was great. We were there in March 2016 and the staff, the food, the service was excellent. Our room was large, but they really do need updating. I am not that picky, however, so it was fine for the last minute trip my hubby and I booked. The different food stations that popped up daily were just awesome and kept the variety interesting. The dancing at night was so much fun on the rubiks cube dance floor lol. I see they have a new pool since we were there; if they update the rooms and bathrooms, this place is 5 stars!

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  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • 1 a la carte dinner per week
  • Unlimited domestic drinks from 10am-midnight
  • 24 food and beverage service
  • Snack bar and grill
  • New Year's Eve dinner
  • Pools
  • Children's pool
  • Games room
  • Non-motorized watersports
  • Jacuzzi
  • Scuba clinic
  • Library
  • Games room
  • Gym until 10pm
  • Daytime tennis
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 220 rooms in three 14 & 5-storey buildings
  • Restaurants including 4 a la carte (Mexican, Italian, Grill and Gourmet)
  • 1 outdoor pool
  • 18-hole golf course 15 minutes away
  • Meeting facilities
  • Internet (fee)
  • WiFi in lobby
  • 1 lit tennis court on-site (fee)
  • Sauna
  • Steamroom
  • Jacuzzi
  • Fitness facilities
  • Exercise classes
  • Library
  • Games room
  • Scuba diving nearby (fee)
  • A range of watersports available
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Spa (fee)

Superior Hotel Rooms include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tables and chairs
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • In-room safe
  • Iron (on request)
  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Balcony
  • Full bathroom
  • Partial ocean view
  • Max occ 4 up to 3 adults

Kids Deals - 2 children stay and eat free, 6 years and under. Special pricing for children 7-12 years. Limited availability and select dates apply.

For the Kids - Kids 4-11 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' club, Babysitting service (fee), Playground, Games room

Honeymoon Bonus - Receive a bottle of domestic wine in room on arrival. Marriage certificate required upon check in.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel offers early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Friendly Vallarta
    Puerto Vallarta,Mexico

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Friendly Vallarta Resort
Km 2.5 Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio, Puerto Vallarta 48300 Mexico

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