Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

3 stars
Km 2.5 Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio, KM 2.5 Zona Hotelera, Puerto Vallarta, 48300
Hotel Overview

4/5

Overall score

90%

Would recommend

Amenities:
3.8
Cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4.7
Comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.4
Value:
4.4
Puerto Vallarta hotel sports casual vibe, live shows, outdoor dining
Friendly Hola Vallarta - All Inclusive lives up to its name. The casual resort provides plenty of opportunities for guests to mingle, from the daily buffet to the authentic Mexican bar that hosts live music and dancing. Recreational activities keep visitors on Vallarta time, thanks to a full-service spa, yoga classes, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Rooms evoke tropical flavor -- sporting floral comforters, tile floors and views of Banderas Bay from terraces or balconies.
Highlights
  • Tropical rooms overlooking Banderas Bay
  • Alfresco dining
  • Saturday themed dinners
  • Multiple bars
Rooms
Renovated rooms at Friendly Hola Vallarta - All Inclusive capture traditional tropical style. Two-toned tiled floors coordinate with blond-wood headboards, work desks and floral-patterned bedding and sofas. Guests can relax on a patio or terrace to admire views of Banderas Bay, or unwind at the end of the night in front of the satellite-equipped TV. All rooms are air-conditioned, and all include bathrooms with showers and baths, one king or two double beds and toiletries.
Features
When there's a kink in the neck or skin to exfoliate, leave it to Friendly Hola Vallarta - All Inclusive to tend to beauty needs. The hotel offers more than 30 kinds of massages, facials and body treatments. Yoga classes, a fitness center equipped with cardio and weight machines, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a steam room make for other enticements.
Dining
From casual buffets to upscale dining, Friendly Hola Vallarta - All Inclusive is perfect for all types of occasions. Guests enjoy ocean views and the breakfast buffet at Sunset Grill, open-air dining at La Fiesta and a la carte global fare at Gourmet. An extra treat: the Saturday-night dinner theater, which hosts themed entertainment. Margaritas, at the heart of the resort, sets the scene with tasty cocktails and live music.
Transportation
  • Puerto Vallarta Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (3.5 mi/5.6 km)
Attractions
  • Malecon (2.7 mi/4.3 km)
  • Marina Vallarta (3.5 mi/5.6 km)
  • Downtown Vallarta (1.8 mi/2.8 km)
  • Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • Bay of Banderas (2.1 mi/3.4 km)
Business
  • Event space
  • Catering
  • Audiovisual equipment

Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive Rooms

Superior Room
Spacious and bright, decorated in a contemporary style with a traditional Mexican flare. The room provides a lovely view with a balcony or terrace. A choice of one king or two double beds, rooms can accommodate up to two adults and two children. Each large, private bathroom is equipped with a bathtub shower combination. Further, the room offers individually controlled air conditioning; ceiling fan, satellite TV, direct-dial telephone; ample sized toiletries, hair dryer, and safe deposit box.

Amenities

  • All inclusive
  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
General
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Spa
Game room
Tennis
Dining
All inclusive
Restaurant
Services
Laundry service
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Doctor on call
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Hotel Map

20.6417 -105.2369
Area served
Puerto Vallarta.
Nearby airports
Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport and Puerto Vallarta Airport.
Area description
El Malecon downtown with restaurants, night club and shopping area, marina puerto vallarta, day and sunset tours to the differents bays around the area.

Dining

Sunset Grill
Start your day off with an international breakfast buffet with ocean views. By night, grilled delicacies perfume the air and an elaborate salad bar complements the dining experience. Breakfast 7 - 11 am Dinner 7 - 10 pm
Dinner Theater
On Friday nights guests are treated to live entertainment while enjoying themed dining and internationally inspired menus all in the comfort of the indoor, air-conditioned environment of the Concha Nacar Salon. Dinner and show 9 pm - 1 am.
Margaritas Bar
This authentic Mexican bar is the heart of the resort. This space vibrates to the sound of live music, entices guests to interact, provides a meeting point for all and serves up tasty late-night snacks. Dancing is encouraged and cocktails overflow. This is the perfect place to end another perfect day in paradise. Bar open from 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sweet Corner
A new cafeteria located by the lobby, enjoy your favor desert or ice cream with a selection of coffee, expreso or cappuccino. The perfect setting to relax and unwind. Open daily from 3:00 to 10:00 pm.
Villa Linda
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet style in this airy restaurant which is located inside and just around the corner from the lobby. Pool and ocean views make this a relaxing space from which to enjoy a wide variety of international specialties. Breakfast 7 - 11 am Snacks and lunch 12 - 6 pm Dinner 7 - 10 pm Late night snacks 10:30 pm to 6 am
Gourmet
A la carte International favorites served in a cozy setting, the dcor and ambience offer a unique dining experience with dining specialties created by the owner, a recognized chef in Mexico. Dinner 6:30 to 10 pm (adults only 18+) Reservations required.
La Fiesta Bar
Located poolside with sweeping views of the ocean this open-air bar is an ideal place to meet and mingle during the day or to join friends and family for a cocktail before dinner. For guests enjoying the pool, swim up bar service is offered. Open 10 am - 6 pm.
Dinner Theatre
This is an ideal place to retreat for a cocktail, cool off and see some exciting performances. Cocktail and beverage service is offered throughout the show. Open from 9pm to 01 am.
La Fiesta
Choose a quick snack or light lunch - or both - at this open-air restaurant, adjacent to the soft sands of the beach. Daytime views are breathtaking and come nightfall La Fiesta hosts theme dinner buffets. Snacks and lunch 11 - 6 pm Dinner 7 - 10 pm

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Four meeting rooms are available at Hola Puerto Vallarta with capacity from 80 people in classroom shape to 400 in banqut style

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (120)

Ratings and reviews for Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
120 out of 120
Amenities:
3.8
Cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4.7
Comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.4
Value:
4.4

90% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
JoAnn M.
Business
Billings
Feb 22, 2015

Love the Friendly

Although the Hotel property is dated, they are improving and updating every year. The wonderful happy employees makes up for any shortcomings I may have noticed. I will return next year.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Holly L.
Business
Olympia
Feb 21, 2015

Family Vacation

We love Friendly! Our experience with our entire family (22 of us) was absolutely great. The staff goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Wonderful food, atmosphere and amenities. The view from our hotel room was exceptional. I would highly recommend this property for anyone visiting Vallarta.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Keeter Don
Business
N/A
Feb 4, 2015

Great get away

This hotel was awesome! From the front desk help to the maids, the bartenders, waiters they were top notch!! Everyone was very helpful and friendly!! Would recommend this hotel to anyone!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: In Hotel

The entertainment was great! Had some type of entertainment every evening- also cooked on the beach and made food around the pool!! Was fun to see them make homemade donuts!!!

Review of Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Milkman
Business
N/A
Feb 4, 2015

The Friendly Experience

I had an awesome time being my first stay at The Friendly Vallarta. The hotel lives up to it's name! The rooms were clean, the bed was a little hard for my liking so they rectified that with a foam topper, good food and best of all the service, your beverage was always full, dishes removed instantly and all with a smile to go with it.all in all I certainly would return but only longer next time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
LD.709
Business
syracuse
Jan 15, 2015

awesone family vacation

We stayed at this hotel with our 2 kids ages 4 and 6. I can't say enough good things about this hotel. Amazing service and amazing location!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Kent S.
Business
N/A
Jan 12, 2015

best vacation in years

this was one of the best family vacations we've taken in several years. With young adult children it's not always easy to please everyone but this trip did and everyone wants to go back. The staff was incredible, the food was bountiful and really good. The hotel was clean and the rooms were nice. Plenty of English tv stations and a wonderful housekeeping staff. The entertainment every night was so fun, like a real resort back in the day. Fun activities to participate in all day and a great location just a 5 or 10 minute taxi ride to anywhere. Also loved all the different guests from so many places in the world. Everyone was so friendly. We are coming back next year!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: In Hotel

Vallarta adventures was the most professional group to take excursions with. We went whale watching, to a private island for dinner and a show and then back for a day of water activities. Well worth the money!

Review of Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Tenmile Tam
Business
N/A
Jan 7, 2015

Wonderful staff but noisy

The hotel staff were wonderful, helpful and fun. Someone was there to assist before we even realized we needed or wanted something. My husband and other gents in our group caught some fish and the hotel chef went above and beyond preparing it in three different ways for our family group. The presentation was beautiful also. The buffet was clean and plentiful. Again, the staff worked extra hard making sure everything was just right. The only downside was that the outdoor speakers are so loud that you just can't sleep until after midnight. If you can stay up until midnight each night, I would recommend this hotel for a family vacation.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Christy R.
Business
N/A
Jan 5, 2015

Food nightmare.

The staff at the friendly Vallarta is just that, friendly. However, the food and hotel are just awful. The "5 restaurants" all serve the same food everyday for every meal. Which might be okay if it were delicious but it is the lowest quality and they are doing things like serving soy patties and trying to pass them off as a hamburger. I also found hair in my food on 2 occasions. Now as for the rest of the hotel, I would say it is generally run down, but they do keep it fairly clean. The beds are so hard and uncomfortable that 3 out of 4 people in our family were having back pain and had a hard time sleeping. Plus, it is so loud it will drive you crazy. They blare techno music everyday from noon to midnight. Lastly, the beach is lovely, but it is not a private beach and every 2-3 minutes there are peddlers walking by harassing you to buy things. There is now avoiding their aggressive sales techniques and they will drive you crazy. So do yourself a favor and do not stay at the friendly Vallarta. Trust me!!! It is not relaxing in any way.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Take the centro bus for $7.5 pesos. It stops on every block and runs every couple minutes. It takes you right into downtown, the pier and romantic zone. It will save you tons of money and was very easy to navigate.

Review of Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Raegan T.
Business
N/A
Dec 29, 2014

Very Friendly

Very friendly, loved the staff. Right on the beach!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Tenmile Tam
Business
N/A
Dec 17, 2014

Fantastic staff

The hotel was older, but very clean. Repairs were ongoing while we stayed there. The evenings were LOUD until midnight. This was frustrating until we were used to the time change. However, the fantastic part of staying at Friendly Vallarta was the staff. They were efficient, hard working and caring. I would feel ambivalent toward this hotel if it wasn't for the staff. They were absolutely heart warming. I would go back!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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