We stayed at the Friendly Vallarta From April 13 to 20. This was our sixth time at this resort.
We keep coming back for the wonderful staff and pleasant stay.
The resort is older but is kept very clean. It's also nice to see that every time we come back there always improvements being made. Over the last couple of years they have added a coffee bar in the lobby, added bathrooms near the beach so you don't have to walk so far to use the bathroom.
I enjoy the food at this resort. Yes, it's pretty much the same food on the buffet everyday, but you choose something different each day so it doesnt get repetitive. It's like going to Denny's. It's the same menu, but you can choose different items each day.
The staff are all very helpful and friendly. They will get you anything you need. The servers at the pool and beach always come around to serve you drinks, so you don't have to get up if you don't want to.
We don't participate in the entertainment much but there are activities throughout the day. The entertainment staff are organizing volleyball, kayaking, water aerobics etc. There is usually a show or activity every night for entertainment.
Request a room on a higher floor. It's quieter and you get a wonderful view of the bay. The rooms are basic but big and clean. There is no mini fridge or coffee maker but it's not a problem for us. We go to the lobby for a coffee.
I recommend this resort for couples, and families. It's not really geared for people who want to party.
One last thing. Get to know the staff! They are wonderful people and they work hard. After so many visits they become your friends