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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
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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I was surprised by how outdated the hotel is.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!

  • Scott A : Nanaimo, Canada
Best Family Vacation

First time going to Mexico and first international trip for my son. The staff at check in was amazing our room was not ready yet but they supplied us with our wrist bands to enjoy the facilities in the resort until it was and they took our bags up to our room for us. The enterntainment was amazing and the food was just to die for. Staff around the resort from servers to security to housekeepers were very friendly and helpful. Even saw a few Iguana's at the resort. Please note this was not in December 2016 we stayed in December 2014. But i do know that i have referred friends to this resort and they have come back just as impressed as i was if not more so. We look forward to going back and visiting the resort again in the near future. Thank you for the lovely memories.

  • Caitlin H :
A wedding weekend to remember at Friendly Vallarta!

We could not be happier with our stay at Friendly Vallarta Hotel in Puerto Vallarta. We, along with about 150 friends and family celebrated our marriage at the hotel. Most stayed 3-5 days and have wonderful things to say about the hotel and the whole experience! Hotel: The hotel was great as a whole. It is not a luxury hotel, but was perfect for what we wanted. The rooms were simple and comfortable. All rooms had AC, but the rest of the hotel did not. Wifi was great where it reached, but we stayed on the top floor and couldn´t connect. The adults only pool was a favorite of mine with beautiful views. The beach was not huge, but very nice. They had a volleyball court, and many guests took advantage of the kayaks. The hotel had a lot of fun activities like Zumba, dancing, pool exercise, etc., and made it a fun environment to be in. One thing to be cautious of is that if you are on the first few floors and want to go to bed early, it can be noisy because of all the events. They had great food, and my favorite was at the international buffet, at the grill, Rosario made delicious food, and was very friendly. I did not get to go to Frida, but heard the food was great. Wedding: Our wedding turned out more wonderful than I could have imagined, due in large part to Adriana! She was so wonderful to work with and not only was she organized, but very personable, and really cared about making our special day, special. Our wedding was during the rainy season, and at first I felt pretty strongly about having everything outside, but after discussing with Adriana, we decided it was best to hold the reception inside, which turned out to be great. We were able to have the ceremony outside, but it was quite hot, and the reception inside was great because it was cool, and private. The food was delicious, the DJ was great, and room looked beautiful. We wanted to have a dance performance during our dinner, and Adriana did all the work in finding a WONDERFUL group and coordinating it all. Everyone was so pleased with the performance. The dance floor was great, and the service was exceptional. We are so happy with our wedding day and could not be more grateful to Adriana and the whole Friendly staff. If you are thinking of having your wedding there, feel free to reach out and I´d be happy to share about my experience. Biggest Pro: The biggest pro of Friendly is exactly as their name says - friendly! The staff is wonderful and so personable and kind and warm and it just made the stay so enjoyable. I also want to mention the cost, and that for everything we got, on the wedding day and throughout the weekend, it was a great price! Biggest Con: I have never seen rain like I did in Puerto Vallarta, and we were staying on the top floor, and the first night the hallway was flooded. It was not very safe. Overall we are so happy with our stay and would love to return someday to Friendly!

  • Sherry L :
Nice place, great beach, lots of venders

We stayed for 2 weeks, it's a great place, very clean and helpful staff. Large pools but Lots of people and crowded at time. The food was great . Sometimes it was hard to get a waiter or drinks but for the most part it was great.The rooms are slightly dated but I like that old Mexican style. The beds are ok not posh but you can sleep on then. The maid service was excellent. They have a great coffee bar. Some of the entertainment was good, other nights not so great.The staff and waiters were super friendly especially Eric, and Roma on the beach.

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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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