Friendly Vallarta Resort
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Hi. Mexico is good. Really hot. Sweating a lot. But drinking lots of beer. Mmmm, beer. And getting a really good sunburn (ha ha). Watched the hockey game at a bar last night. It sucked. And they never did bring our shrimp platter. But we drank lots of beer. Mmmm, beer. Julie got drunk and spit on Christian Slater. Or a guy who looked like …
I quite enjoyed Puerto Vallarta. I know its super touristy but it's big enough that the city seems to absorb it fairly well and on weekends many Mexicans flock here, blending with the scores of Canadians and Americans, searching for sun, warmth, the ocean and good times. Everybody mixes here and the vibe is generally very positive.
I visited the botanical gardens, a lovely, rambling place about 25 km south of PV, hung out with Rob and watched football a couple ...
... It was late in the afternoon, so the sun was nearly setting and there were no tourists out there. BUT, there were
dozen’s of vendors. It seemed that their radar went on and they swarmed me like
a pack of wild dogs. They were selling everything from jewelry to trinkets, to
cigars. And if you didn’t want that, they could get you marijuana, cocaine and
hookers!! They wanted to sell you something, anything, and a polite no was not
... The battered bus was a far cry from the moderately upscale bus we’d just experience. The destinations were written on the windshield in chalk, and all I could discern was “Malecon”, so it seemed like a good idea. That good idea evaporated as rapidly as the sweat and urine smells arrived. The bus was comparable to a sweat shop, and looked like a bus one would take on an Amazonian safari where passengers pack the aisles and cling to the bus’ roof. ...
... Vallarta has been in the business of catering to tourists for a long time.
Today we had scheduled two stops… both at tequila factories. After the stops we were told we would also be stopping somewhere for a bit to shop. I like shopping so okay by me. This was an early tour and would be over by 1:00pm so we had the rest of our day in Puerto Vallarta. Today's weather forecast was for 97 degrees with 100% humidity. The storm ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsFriendly Vallarta Resort Puerto Vallarta
Service was incredibly friendly (it is right in the name after all), nice pool and beach, good views from the rooms. Really enjoyed the food, a lot of good Mexican food available, some of our group that don't like Mexican as much weren't as happy with it. Lobby was a bit awkward and noisy to hang out in at night, just the way it was set up. But a great stay overall, highly recommend it.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Friendly Vallarta Resort Puerto Vallarta
I have been to PV several times this was a first for Qualton and arrived at 8:30 a.m. my room was ready at 9:00 a.m. just great the service was excellent staff couldn't do enough for you. The food was excellent I would recommend it. I just arrived home Sat. 15/03 was there for 2 weeks. I diffentally would go back there.
This was my first trip and I chose the right hotel. The staff was very welcoming and the rooms and food were great. The activity staff are all really friendly and do their jobs great. The shows at night are a must to see. I have really enjoyed my stay at the Qualton and I would definately recommend it to anyone who wants a vacation!!
this place was excellent! from the time we arrived, the staff at qualton were at our beckoning call. the bellboys not only took our bags to our room upon arrival, but also cam to grt them on the day of our departure and stored them for us until we were ready to leave tge hotel. the food was great, especially breakfast. qualton guests get an armband to identify them as guest and this helps keep anyone else from "wondering" in to use the pool, are help themselves to the bar or restaurant. the rooms were emaculate, and the houskeepers decorate the room with fresh flowers. the staff here are very willing to help you find your way around town and can be very helpful when it comes to planning off property activities. this is a great place for anyone as the range of people is wide. all ages and nationalities. a great spring break, or family facation spot. we'll definately be returning!
This place sucks, maybe if you are retired and just want to get a tan go here, but thats it. It's very small and chair after chair side by side, beach is very small. Front desk not willing to do anything for you unless you complain day after day. After staying a few days finally got the room we asked for and was promised. Unless your in a high rise section the view sucks.The entertainment is not very good, they are not actors, and can't dance very well. They also lie to you, just so they can make a few bucks when they try and take you out to there bar of choice that night since the place shuts down after 12pm. The send you in a cab to downtown into a bar and have to pay for your drinks. The guys who serve you at dinner are really good. Thats the only thing I can say was good there. Food on the other hand... Not so good, same crap day after day, and leftovers from the night before for breakfast. Got to love that. yummy....
An amazing holiday
To everyone:This hotel has style and is worth the money you pay. I stayed for three weeks and it was the best holiday I ever had. The food was great, accomodations were good and the location was the best part. I'm going back in April because they have just renovated the hotel. Anyone who goes to P.V must seriously consider this hotel. I miss the Qualton Club and Spa. email@example.com
We stayed at the Qualton Club in July 2001, and cant really say i would reccommend it. The hotel was clean and the bedrooms good but some of the facilities were a lot to be desired. The pool area was to compact and small for the amount of people the hotel holds. it was impossible to get into the pool and many mexican people use the hotel and seem to bob up and down in the pool all day from sunrise to sunset. The bar areas were poor. Only one bar in the evening which closed at 11.30pm sharp. The evening buffet food was OK but the cattle market room you ate in was more to be desired as it took place in the ballroom which was a massive room seating upto 500 people all on large tables seating 20 people. Not exactly what I wanted on holiday. The Italian a la carte was good however and you wouldnt think you were in the same hotel. This only opened every other night though and as we chose not to eat in the cattle maket the night the italian was closed we had to eat out. Did meet some loverly fellow british people but they never rated much of the hotel either. To be honest, it doesnt deserve the 5 stars its rated. The hotel is tired and needs a good refit.
Very disappointed. We have been here once before and it was better then. don't count on a cool room, there are none, really no place to get cool except the pool. Pavilion area attached to the bar is gone due to the hurricane in November. We only had two towels in our room to start with, no washcloths. One person in our group had to end up making her own washcloths out of the hand towels because she asked for them for three days in a row with no success. Many in our group had no hot water and some had none at all at times. they do seem to want to keep the place clean although many of our people complained of mildew in their rooms. Their towels are old and there are many, many structural cracks in the building due to a small earthquake that happened about a week before we got here. Don't know if an engineer ever looked at them or not but they seemed to be just puttying over them, very scary. WE WON'T BE BACK!!!
We have been to Puerto Vallarta numerous times and have stayed at a couple of other hotels. I was thoroughly impressed with the Qualton Club. From the time that we got to the hotel to the time we left the service was excellent! We had a porter take all of our things up to our room and when we checked out (our flight was a couple of hours after the checkout time) left they came to get everything and stored it for us until we were ready to leave. The rooms were beautiful and very clean. Our chambermaids would make sculptures out of our towels and decorate the room with flowers. We kept the air conditioning on the entire week so our room was always very comfortable.
I want to be fair, The room accommodations are 5 star (at least ocean veiw rooms) dont count on strong A/C in the rooms. Service was non existent no one helped us to our rooms, activites counter closed my whole 5 day stay,
Hotel was very enjoyable and activities during the day a lot of fun. Inclusive plan worked out great.
One complaint was front desk staff. Very rude!! The girl at the front desk was always on the phone with what seemed to be friends, and it was obvioulsy annoying for her to wait on anyone. Check in wasn't til 4pm! And there was no getting around that even if rooms were available. Also, I booked a upper level, ocean view room with balcony... but got a first floor, horrible patio with a view of dirt.