Viva Hotel is a refreshingly different WordPress travel theme on the ThemeForest site. It’s different because it doesn’t go all out to scream “luxury!” but is none the worse for it.
The theme still ticks all the important boxes: it includes slider functionality, and is responsive and retina ready for mobile devices. It also includes a range of colour schemes and fonts, allowing more scope for customisation than the average theme geared towards the hotel industry.
There is also an attractive reservation form, but it’s important to note that this is rather rudimentary as it doesn’t have any availability functionality.
Resident Designer’s Opinion
“One problem with WordPress themes for hotels is that they often look rather similar, with designers all seeming to favour sliders and huge images.
Viva Hotel maintains a similar approach, but has a different focus. The first major plus point is the level of customisation possible – there are lots of colour options, and you have relatively free reign over sidebars and other design choices.
The fact that Viva doesn’t go all out for a luxury look and feel doesn’t make it “low rent.” This is a funky and down-to-earth travel theme for funky and down-to-earth travel businesses.”
Viva Hotel’s main home page displays a prominent slider image, but looks a little more like a traditional website than many modern travel themes, which aim for an almost “full screen” effect.
The above screenshot shows the “slit slider” homepage layout, but you can also configure the home page to show blog posts below the main image.
It’s once you begin to explore Viva’s content pages that you see the flexibility this theme can offer. The rooms page (shown below) is a simple but effective portfolio layout:
There’s also an “events” layout, which again is straightforward but does the job.
The “news” layouts are essentially Viva’s equivalent of a blog section. We particularly liked the news grid view shown below, complete with the subtle pop animation effects as the photos appear.
There are also more conventional news / blog layouts. These come with a left sidebar (shown below), right sidebar, or no sidebar at all.
The contact page uses the “huge map” approach, which seems extremely common in modern WordPress themes!
Finally, there are a host of short codes and widgets – more than we typically see in a hotel theme. There is also the useful additional of a “landing pages builder” to help with SEO and promotional efforts.
Here is ThemeForest’s features list for Viva Hotel:
- Retina Ready – Your theme will look amazing for even most demanding customers
- Promote pages with amazing landing pages builder!
- Choose your style from multiple color schemes!
- Import demo data with just one click!
- Responsive design
- Powerful Administration Panel
- Embed YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo or Selfhosted videos in your posts
- Choose your fonts from more than 100+ Google API Fonts
- Google fonts support
- Font Face
- WordPress 3.1+ ready!
- Google Analytics
- Layered PSD files for customization
- 8 custom widgets
- Contact Form
- Google Map
- Custom Recent Posts
- Social network links
- Toggle, Tabs and Accordions
- Supports for all major Browsers
- Detailed Documentation
Viva Hotel fits with ThemeForest’s regular pricing structure, and costs $45 for a regular license and $2250 for an extended licence.
We feel the theme offers good value for money, though as stated above, you should note that the reservation functionality is really a glorified contact form, and not a booking system that monitors room availability.
Even so, Viva Hotel is worth every penny, and designers will appreciate the ability to customise.
The designers of Viva Hotel have made a wise decision by daring to break away from the luxury feel of most modern travel themes. Not every travel firm is a boutique hotel, and the Viva theme manages to be a better fit for less pretentious businesses.
This doesn’t for a moment mean the theme feels cheap – everything fits together well, and sites built using it don’t compromise on desktop functionality for the sake of a better tablet experience.
All in all, our experience with Viva was very positive – beach resorts and family hotels need look no further – and the landing page builder is a great added extra.