As a a woman travelling alone and for my first time in PV, I thouroughly enjoyed my experience at the Friendly Vallarta. Stayed there from April 8th to 20th.
-- location, location, location! You can walk to shopping malls or take the bus to Centro or just about anywhere. You are right on the ocean and you can walk for miles along the beach. I even saw whales playing right from my balcony. How cool is that???!!
--the staff are very accommodating and friendly. All very hard working!
-- the food is fresh and tasty although not that varied however, for all the time I was there, I didn't get a chance to try everything.The gourmet restaurant was delicious. I really appreciated that they always had something going on around the pool, ie, fresh fruit with lime juice and salt( to die for!), salsas,, desserts, cold towels, just a special touch, I thought. Thereis always coffee and treats available as well as ice cream in the afternoons--yum, yum!
--very clean although the furniture is date
--i had a room in the tower on the 9 th floor which was very quiet and had ocean view.
--lovely spa facilities
-- good shows every night. I really enjoyed the choice of music which contrary to some other resorts I've been to, wasn't so loud that you can't hear yourself think.
-- everyone is made welcomed and there are no exclusive areas which I liked but you may not
-- the thing that bothered me the most was the amount of constant vendors on the beach bugging you as you settle in to your loungers to sunbathe. You kind of get used to them but I felt really bad having to ignore them as I feel I am ignoring someone's humanity. I was interested in some of their wares but would not dar e ask for fear of having to negociate a price. There are ropes to indicate where they cannot go, but you still see them and hear them. I would therefore try to pick a spot as far away from them as possible. And, as you come in to the hotel, there are timeshare guys, which to me, are far worse than the vendors because they try to rip you off and have nothing to show whereas the vendors carry all of their wares with them and put in really long tiring physical work.
-- no clock radio, water or coffee makers in room. You can request them however
-- the second week I was there, many locals with large families so very busy in the restaurants and at the pool. You might not appreciate being surrounded by so many spanish speaking families but I certainly did because I want to learn spanish and I wanted to get a feel for the culture
--the employees speak little english but I rather enjoyed that. You may not
I really enjoyed the staff who did everything to help me. One of the waiters even recommended a cream for some of my bug bites. I felt really safe and will probablby visit again just to see some of the staff
So depending on your tastes, you would choose this resort if you want a relaxing, family, culturally oriented vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the best all-inclusive vacations in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with the friendliest hotel! Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa offers incredible location in the hotel zone and a wide range of fun experiences. Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa is located in one of the most precious bays of the Mexican Pacific, with a unique location in front of the beach, in the heart of the hotel area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hola Puerto Vallarta Club & Spa
- Hola Vallarta
- Hola Puerta Vallarta
- Hola Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Hola Puerto Vallarta Resort
- Hola Club Puerto Vallarta
- Hotel Hola Vallarta
- Hola Resort Puerto Vallarta
- Hola Club Spa Puerto Vallarta