El Cid Granada Country Club
Travel Blogs from Mazatlan
... 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.
We took a day trip to Mazatlan with Evelyn and Steve. A couple from Colorado that we met at the campground. Evelyn is a very adventurous woman who drove her motorhome down by herself. Steve is still working and has only three weeks off, he flew down to join her for a while before they drive home.
We took the water taxi from Stone Island to the city, a three minute ride, ...
... a 1 hour time change.
A taxi took us to Captain Moe's B and B (it was 4 am remember), and after ringing the bell, we finally met the Captain in his bathrobe, who kindly let us in, pointed to our room and said that breakfast would be ready for us whenever we got up. We could eat in the garden with the hummingbirds and orioles who came to visit the feeder. Perfect.
The B and B is located in the busy Zona Dorado, or the Golden Zone, which is the really ...
It's our anniversary!
The prospect of spending our 9th "Commitment Celebration" anniversary in Mazatlan was not very appealing.
Few people had anything positive to say so our expectations were low. Its hey-day was apparently in the 80's. Her natural beauty is still very much evident but many streets and buildings are delapidated. Mazatlan also has a bad rep for drug cartel-related activities that has scared away visitors who ...
... no idea what we were talking about! Most of the time I wasn't sure what he was saying and I'm not sure if I was saying what I wanted to say! All I know for sure is that he wanted a kiss and I said no!!! On the way back he told me I couldn't get a bus and I didn't believe him as I thought he was lying to keep me with him for longer so I checked with someone else and I could! Next thing he had disappeared!!!
I was so exhausted from the walk that I ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Cid Granada Country Club Mazatlan
Good for Solo Female Traveler
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.
The resort is old and has the charm and feel of the Mexico I recall from the late 60's when I was a teenager. The wonderfully heated pool is a traditional square and is excellent for swimming laps. It has a Romanesque aqueduct and statues upon which some lovely little yellow with black trim birds like to perch. There are also two iguanas who make the pool area their home. The big one bullies the littler one...kinda like Ralph and Ed or Fred and Barnie. If you want loud music while you swim or read, don't come here. It is refreshingly quiet.
The rooms are well equipped if a bit dated in furniture. Again, I rather like older. The location is excellent and one has access to all the amenities of the larger El Moro resort. It all worked for me and I would stay here otra vez.
Gabriella... a rare traveler in these parts from the East Coast of los Estados Unidos
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.
Good Time at Granada
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.
I thought it wouldn't be too bad after reading the recent reviews after all it was only for two nights. I was horrified the minute we walked up to the front desk. I guess I should be gratefully we got our room right away after reading recent reviews about the castilla. But the gentleman was anything but welcoming and friendly. The room stank and was horribly dark, dingy and out-dated. We had a studio with a kitchenette. I didn't cook, I was to depressed about the room to want to feed my family in it. The beds were hard, hard, hard. The pillows were hard and lumpy and the pillow cases barely covered the stained pillows. We only got 3 towels for the four of us and they did knock on the door each morning to pick them up around 10am. Hated every moment in that room and that hotel, especially after staying at the Marina. Thought that maybe the up side would be the pools at the castilla and the moro. Walked around both pools of the castilla and the moro then took the shuttle back to the marina. The pools at the castilla and moro have almost zero shade, no umbrellas, no empty chairs, the pool looked like it needs a good cleaning, the tiles grout was black in a lot of places, yuck, and there wasn't any safe place for my girls to swim. The one thing that I can say is that the bell man (there is only one at at time) at the granada was the only remotely friendly face and person we encountered during our stay.
In retro-spect I guess if I hadn't ever stayed at La Marina, and using my experience with other hotels in Mexico as my guide, we've stayed all over in all types of hotels, the granda would be a tolerable place to stay for a couple of nights if I wasn't planning to be in my room at all except to sleep. Which by the way I was so uncomfortable I didn't sleep well either night. So maybe not. If you aren't looking for anything fancy and think that Motel 6 is a nice hotel this wouldn't be too disappointing. I've definately stayed in worse driving down Baja but this comes pretty close to those road side dumps in my opinion. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone I wanted to really enjoy a trip to Mazatlan, which I love. Mazatlan has just enough touristy stuff mixed in with the true Mexico. Of course if you stay in the golden zone you won't find the true Mexico unless you really look for it. Venture out...and stay some where other than the Granada.
Wonderful time at the El Cid Granada
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.
El Cid Granada a good place to sleep
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 stayed on the 2'nd floor which has a walkway that goes over the 4 lane road that connects the Granada to the Castilla. This was very handy as we didn't have to try to cross the busy street. We ate all our meals and spent every day at the Castilla and El Moro.
The rooms at the Granada were quite basic. The view off the balcony was of a parking lot and the roadway to the golf course. If you like watching tv in bed pack yourself a piece of cable as the tv is situated at the head of the bed and it only has a 3 foot long cable coming out of the wall.
The food was very good at the El Alcazar a la carte restaraunt. To get reservations all you had to do was call them the morning before from your room or you could go through the concierge. We found that if we called before 8:30 am we could usually get whatever time we wanted. The food at the buffet was hit or miss some days were good and others not.
There was never a shortage of chairs but if you wanted a specific spot you needed to get up early. To get a palapa on the beach you usually had to get it by 7am. The bar service was generally pretty good.
The animation staff did a decent job. The wait staff was very good also. They had waiters who would take your drink orders and bring them right to your chair on the beach.
If you sit at the El Moro pool be careful because the maids throw their dirty water on the balconies to wash them and all the water showers down on the sunbathers. It wasn't very nice. One day we also had paint splattering us because the maintenace crew was painting on a windy day. Several people had their swimsuits and other belongings ruined. The management staff apologized and offered to dry clean their belongings.
We went on 2 day trips. The Tequila tour and the jungle tour. They were all right. We also went to the big market downtown. We took the bus which was only 8 pesos. Then we went down to the malecon to see the cliff divers. We then took a Pulmonia back to the hotel for 45 pesos.
There are lots of little shops and markets near the hotel. The prices were pretty good and you could barter with most. The vendors weren't as willing to barter when the cruise ship was in port. If you waited until the cruise ship people left you could get the stuff much cheaper. A woman off a cruise ship bought a leather parrot for $24 U.S. and 15 minutes later I went back to the same vendor and got it for $14 U.S.
All in all I would recommend going to Mazatlan but I would spend the couple hundred dollars extra and stay at the El Cid Castilla.
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)
The Pool was great!!! HUGE! 2 swim up bars, a kids area with slide (seperated from the deep part of the pool), large rock formation with slide going through it (my 12yr love this) and water fall that you can jump off of. If you were just hang out by the pool you could also join in on any of there activities like darts, bingo ect.... Very relaxing
We did use the boogie boards in the ocean which was very fun. Both of my kids loved this. They stayed in until they couldn't stand the sand burns and the salt water mixing any longer. Nice showers on the beach to get all of that salt water off of you.
If you don't want the peddlers on the beach to bug you don't make eye contact or act like you want something. If you find something don't be afraid to make them go way way down on the price. We booked a tour off of a guy on the beach to rock island for a fraction of what the hotel was selling it for and it was great. BE Careful, Most of the people working at the front desk at el cid are trying to sell time shares. If you are looking for a time share talk to them. We avoided them. When I asked how to get to the restaraunt the lady said if I woundn't talk to her about a time share she wouldn't give me any hotel info (she was wearing an el cid name tag and uniform).
Our Room was very big and clean. It had 2 queen size beds, refrig and toaster oven, and sink. The hotel is older and has a musty kind of smell but I think most of the hotels that I have stayed out of the country have a different oder. **Try to get the room on the 2nd floor close to the skywalk if you plan on using the Castilla pool, ect (it will save you from having to go up and down the stairs or using the older elevator). We never did use the resturant or pool at the granada but it looked very nice.
I feel for what we paid, less than $400 per person (with all 4 of us in 1 room) for the whole trip (air, hotel, all inclusive package) We got a great deal!
Great hotel, would stay again
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.
We found this a great, older hotel from the time we checked in till we had to leave. The room was clean, spacious, staff courteous, and we loved the fact we could use all the El Cid pools. Great location. The only issue was our room had no in-room safe. The staff tried to find us a new room, but none of them had a safe available, so we used the hotel safety boxes - no biggie.
We would stay here again. After four days, they requested we move to the El Moro as the hotel was being closed during our stay for annual refurbishment. They did give us the option to stay, but we decided to move, and this was handled well - although the El Moro was not without issues.
Our six year old loved the pool at the Granada.
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!