We stayed at the Friendly Hola from February 9th - 21st. When I had been researching hotels to host our wedding it was extremely important that we had something that was of good value for our friends and family, allowed for children, and we got a good "vibe" from. As soon as I came across The Friendly Hola Vallarta I knew that we would not be disappointed.
True, this is not a 5-star resort, however, we were never treated like it wasn't. When we needed something, it was there, all we had to do was ask. The staff was greatly accommodating to our needs, and extremely personable. It was extremely clean (I didn't see one insect in the hotel), and I thought the food was amazing (ie. I didn't find it boring at all).
For our wedding, Araceli took special care to ensure ahead of time that we had everything in place, that we had the time we wanted, beautiful flowers, and a delicious private reception on the beach. After our reception, we found our room adorned in flower petals, and a bottle of champagne with chocolate and strawberries. It was truly romantic, and a beautiful touch to top of an amazing day.
The only complaint I have is that while we were there Reading Week students showed up, and defnitely changed the positive vibe we had at the resort. We had noticed when we booked that this was "not a Spring break hotel", however it didn't seem to deter the Spring breakers from coming down in droves. Perhaps what bothered me the most about that was their rudeness to the staff and demanding nature. I had to remind myself more than once to bite my tongue.
We will definitely be going back to the Friendly Hola Vallarta, though likely not during Reading Week or Spring break. We enjoyed the local flair and the great hospitality and hope that others can enjoy the same.
- 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