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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.


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
  • Ruth P :

Hotel room was broken into the first night we were there - we subsequently left the resort. Hotel unwilling to refund any of our $ for unused nights - completely dismissing our request, hiding behind contract, not taking into account the circumstances etc. Ok enough place (nothing spectacular for the price that's for sure) - if anything unfortunate happens to you during your stay you will be on your own as they obviously do not care about their guests beyond getting their money.

  • cdmusicman : Bellevue, Washington

This was our first time visiting the Friendly Vallarta and while the staff was awesome and very friendly, the food was extremely disappointing especially based upon the reviews we had read in advance of booking. The rooms could have used updating, but overall perfectly acceptable with amazing views. We were there for a week however and the "specialty" restaurants were rarely open and even then the food lacked variety and was mostly mediocre. The buffet is tiny and the food is basically the same morning, noon and night. Also, during our stay the resort was 90% Mexican guests with MANY MANY children in each family, and they were mostly let loose and running amok, so not so relaxing inside or out and the poor staff was constantly having to ask parents to obey the signs that said "NO NINOS" in the adult only pool. The staff did a great job.

  • g0rdk1 : Winnipeg, Canada

This was are 4th time staying at the Friendly VallartaThis time we stayed March 8- March 22,2017Had a great time everyone is great.We will be returning next march,2018Everything is in walking distance if you like to explore or you can just enjoy the pools and the beach.Food is good no complaints and the specialty restaurants are just awesome.The room are very clean the tower is just wonderful.The staff helps you in any way they can.Blakes restaurant down the road is just great to watch hockey games.Also the staff is great and the food.

  • ekTripAdvisor : Oregon
Great Vacation

Paid to upgrade for a room on higher floors. View from balcony was great. The rooms need upgrading. Closet shelves were unpainted plywood and tub would leak due to flat tub enclosure. The staff were always friendly and helpful. The beach staff was great. They would get chairs and set it up for you. There are 5 restaurants serving good food. At the beach restaurant a different daily special was prepared (BBQ fish, seafood stirfry, donuts). Many activities available (kayaking, zumba, Spanish classes, movie night, kids' crafts). The majority of the guests were Canadian who were friendly and fun.

  • evat77 : Mancelona, Michigan

A group of six of us stayed at the Friendly Vallarta several years back when it was called the Friendly Hola. We have since stayed at several different AI Resorts in PV, Always talking about and remembering the Friendly Vallarta as one of our favorites. Next trip to PV we are heading back to the Friendly and are very excited to do so. This will be the only time we have ever stayed at the same resort more than once. As I remember, the staff was top notch and the best we have ever encountered at any AI on either coast of Mexico. The entertainment was fantastic, food was good, views were excellent, pools were refreshing, drinks were awesome and Sergio (who we could never forget) now known as Double Double (I think) has always remained our favorite. There will be a group of approximately 10 to 15 of us and we will be celebrating out 27th wedding anniversary back at the place we enjoyed the most. Can't wait to come back and bring some newbies. Only the wait to get there. We are hoping for the celebration we wanted at another resort for our 25th that was promised buy never delivered. p.s. I was required to pick a date that we traveled and the date we actually traveled was not offered so the date is incorrect.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • 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)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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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

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

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