El Cid Granada Country Club
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... try to be there in time for the festival, which runs May 2-4. That will also be the next time we have internet. So for those of you who are getting a bit antsy about your next Winterhawk blog fix we promise to post an entry from Loreto about our trip from here to there.
That’s it from Mazatlan, the shrimp capital of Mexico. Fair winds.
... then selves and invited us to happy hour. That is at 4 every day on the beach. If you look it up on google earth it is 23 degrees 11min 09.61 sec N and 106 degrees 24 min 04.46 sec W. We are camped in the 3rd row about in the middle. And would you believe that Evelyn came over to meet us and after we talked a bit she asked us if we were Bill and Bonnie. What a surprise, that is the first time anyone has asked ...
The Cliff Divers of El Clavadista (45 foot dives into ocean) perform every weekend.
The lighthouse (El Faro) is the highest natural lighthouse in the world.
The twin towers of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which is located in the old town, can be seen from anywhere on the malecon.
The daily, colourful indoor market is full of interesting objects and foods.
People get around using all sorts of transportation - ...
... tourists on the streets/beaches, at least they're not begging. That's one of the many great things about Mexico! We've only come across begging a handful of times at most.
We took a bus ride to the other side of town and walked back along the promenade. This gave us good exposure to how the town once expanded and now appears to be contracting. We ended up walking over 10km, much needed exercise.
Part of the reason we ended up ...
... in. When I told them the one I was in now had no aircon and I hardly slept last for the heat, she got straight on the phone to her daughter who gave me a room for a third of the price!! So I am back in the first hostel now and it's lovely!! The shower could fit 4 people and I have aircon tv and a fan!
In the afternoon I went to the Market and explored some other areas for a few hours and then I died and had to go back to room and lay on the bed with ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Cid Granada Country Club Mazatlan
This was my second time at this hotel. I came using a RCI bonus week. The staff was very friendly and accomodating. I appreciated that I was given a room on the top floor. I felt very safe here. I liked the quiet a lot.
Booked our stay thru Funjets for 8-18 to 8-27. Staff at check in were very nice and put us in a junior suite on the 3rd floor. Went to bed around 10PM. Were awaken at 6AM by the people in the next room openning the lock out door and turning on the lights. Turns out the door appeared to lock from our side didn't. Went to front desk and asked them to fix it. They put us in another room on the 1st floor. Room smelled musty and moldy. Said they would take care it while we were out for the day. Turns out thay just sprayed air freshener. Got back to room around 7PM still smelled pretty bad. Decide we would stay the night and alk to them in the morning. Around 10 pulled back the bedding to go to bed and the smell of urine was over whelming. Went to front desk asking for different room. At first they said there was nothing avaiable till the next day. After alittle over an hour and getting the night manager envlved they some how found a room in El Morro. So about 12:30 we got to bed. El Morro is much better although it does need updating. Only problem at El Morro is time share people but they are every where.
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The Granada is a small part of the huge El Cid resort complex. With that comes many "pros" like access to a variety of restaurants, pools galore, a spa, golf course and ample beach side recliners. My room was right outside the Granada pool which is on the smaller side but also quieter than the others with the swim-up bar. A private oasis. If you like being pampered and having a staff anticipate your needs... this is NOT the place for you. If you like being left alone on vacation and free to do as you please, this place fits the bill (just look out for the timeshare people).
Stayed at the Granda for two nights at the end of our 9 night visit to Mazatlan. Stayed at La Marina El Cid for the first 7 days, and loved it. (Review posted under La Marina.) After staying in our beautiful room at the Marina the Granada was horrible.
We stayed at the El Cid Granada from Sunday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, March 5 on the all inclusive plan. We are a couple in our late 50's. The people at the Granada are very accomodating. We ended up with a room with a kitchenette. The only thing we used was the coffee maker but the extra space was wonderful. On the all inclusive plan you can use the restaurants at the Castilla across the road, including the two al a carte restaurants--La Cascada (Mexican) and Alcazar (International). The food at both places was exceptional. We ate at one of them every night except the Sunday we arrived. Steak and shrimp are on the menu at both restaurants. If you're not sure, ask the waiter. We had Mexican Coffee every night after our meal and then went down to the show at the LaPergola Theater. The entertainment was very good, better than some of the shows we saw at our hotel in Cancun. Even though we stayed across the street from the ocean, it was not a problem. There are many restrooms around the pool at the Castilla so you don't even have to go to your room for that. There is a skyway across the busy street and the only time we went back to our room was to change to go shopping, taking the bus somewhere, etc. We had breakfast at the buffet every morning at 7 a.m. and then had our first Margarita at 10 a.m. after walking the beach. Lunch was at the buffet by the pool or you could order off the snack menu by the pool. The onion rings are outstanding! Both hotels are very clean and the people are very friendly. I would recommend this hotel to everyone but especially those people who like to go all inclusive. There is delicious food for all types of taste and you should never go hungry. The beach is one of the best to walk on and you can go for miles.
We just returned from a 2 week vacation at the El Cid Granada. I would have to say the hotel itself is nothing spectacular. It's a good place to sleep but other than that evrything else is across the road at the Castilla & El Moro. We were on the all-inclusive plan. The Granada doesn't even have a bar. They have a small restaraunt by the pool that is open from 7am- 3pm.
We have just returned a short vacation in mexico. We were only there 4 days. My husband and our two kids had a great time!! (kids are 7 and 12, and very picky eaters). The all inclusive is the only way to go when you are not sure of the food. We stayed at the Granada which is a cross the street from the Castilla (there is a skywalk connecting the hotels). The Castilla is located right on the beach. With the all inclusive package we could use all of the resturants, boogie boards, kayaks, pools, playground and even the kids club (which was great!!). The kids always found food they liked. In the moring they would have made to order eggs, pancakes, french toast along with the fruit and breakfast buffet. Lunch they had hamburgers, hotdogs along with the fruit and lunch buffet. Nights were great with the live entertainment. They also had 2 restaraunts that you needed reservation made 24hrs in advance. We called in the morning and got in that night. This is a nice resturant and they request no shorts. We order T-Bone steak and seafood. Very good! The kids love how they were waited on. (the Castilla also has a pay resturant over looking the ocean-we never ate there)
Our stay was from August 24 - 31, but we ended up staying only August 24 - 28, as the Granada was closed for their annual maintenance.
The Granada is an Older Hotel located on the El Cid Mazatlan Resort ...
over 720 Acres. The room was clean and Functional. The Staff was exceptional. Water is purified. The Marble Floors were polished to a great shine. The balcony was small but overlooked a nice fountain. The pool was quiet and warm. Although Nicer Rooms could be had at the other El Cid Hotels, the staff made our vacation memorable. A Pleasant Place to Stay! I'd go Again!