Faro Mazatlan Beach Resort
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Won't Stay Any where else in Mexico
My boyfriend and I just returned from a trip to Mazatlan at the Faro. We stayed from 3/23/05 - 3/30/05. We thought it was one of the nicest hotels we have stayed at in our 11 years together. The Staff were some of most friendly people you could want to encounter while on vacation. Faro keeps their hotel very clean.(Always a plus right?) It is an older building but I must say the the day we were returning home they were starting to make repairs on the outside of the building. We had a beautiful room(#1117) with a king size bed and an ocean view and it was beautiful.(Posted pictures to prove it). The food was great, they have just about anything you could want (Except for Mt Dew) which you won't find anywhere in Mexico :( One resturant is indoors and the other is right on the ocean and the beach. They can accomodate to whatever mood you may be in. I highly recommend the breakfast omelette. They have a private very secluded beach at the Faro which I really enjoyed. We did not want to be in the party spotlight since we were arriving towards the end of spring break I was a little concerned but we did not encounter any late night rowdy party animals at all until we went downtown. Faro seems to be very family orientated and we have agreed to bring our 15 year old daughter with us next year, that has to be worth something I hope. The beach was very clean compared to what I seen next door to the Faro on the otherside of the hilltop.I read some reviews prior to booking and alot of people seemed to complain about the beds being to hard, don't get me wrong the were very firm but we thought it was rather comfortable. I guess the only thing I really will complain about is the maid will leave only two bath towels per day when cleaning your room so we just made it habit to ask for more. We did the mark the sheet trick with a pen just to make sure they were being changed and they changed them daily and mopped the floors daily. They take pride in a very clean hotel I will give them that. The swimming pool was nice for all the kids the staff played different water games with the kids. They also had an activity center for the kids. I also have to complain about all of the stairs wow they were killers coming up from the beach at the end of the day. But I looked at as though at least I am still getting my fair share of excercise while we were on vacation. Most of you probably already know don't buy from the beach vendor's but if you don't know take my advice and do your shopping downtown it is much cheaper. As far as the tours I highly recommend a city tour and suggest skipping the Stone Island tour. Hope you take the time to view the pictures I have listed with this review. I do not think you will be disappointed if your looking for a quiet secluded stay at a very nice Hotel Faro is the place for it. If you have other question about the hotel feel free to send me an email.
Faro Mazatlan - value plus
Our stay at Faro Mazatlan was exceptional (week of 2/19/05). This was our 1st trip to Mazatlan and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We chose the 'all-inclusive option ' at the Faro and found it to be a tremendous value. The rooms were spacious, clean, and had nice balconies with exceptional views (ours was beach front but the others overlook a marina). The hotel was older but has been maintained. There are two restaurants and bars. Sometimes there were buffets but you always had an option to order ala cart off the menu. The food and service was excellent. We've stayed at all-inclusives before with long lines at buffets and bars - but none of this at Faro. It was very quite and laid back. On a scale of 1 to 10 this was a '9' for us.
We've been there lots!
We have stayed at this hotel for the past 12 years and would not consider staying anywhere else. It is an older hotel but it is well kept, quiet and relaxing which is what we go for. The staff have always been very attentive and service is always great. We did do the all-inclusive last year and will again this year. One tip - the all-inclusive menu is different than the regular full price menu at the restaurant on the ocean. If you want, you can order off the regular menu and pay half the cost (at least that's what we did last year). The regular menu is very good, not that the all-inclusive wasn't but the regular one is better if you are willing to pay extra. My husband loves to fish and fishes every morning off the rocks on either side of the beach and the restaurant will cook up fish if we want. There are lots of steps down to the beach so it will be tougher for older people, small children or those with bad knees, etc. We look at it as our exercise for the day! Heading there in March and we're counting down the days!!
Faro Mazatlan--secluded haven
I just returned from a stay at the Faro and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Like the other reviews mentioned it is a $5 taxi ride away from the Golden Zone, but this was kinda nice as it kept away the majority of the beach vendors and loud noisy college kids. We were there over 'Carnival' and were told to expect crowds, but there must have been only five other families/couples at the hotel. Most days spent at the pool or down by the beach we were the only ones there. I must mention this hotel is on top of a hill, so there were ALOT of steps to get down to the beach. The rooms were clean, and the food was good but limited--there are only two restaurants and they both offer the same menu. For this reason I don't think I would do the all-inclusive option again. They did offer daily activities but as there wasn't alot of people there nobody was taking advantage of them. All in all I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a quiet relaxing vacation.
Well kept secret
Just got back from a week at the Faro Mazatlan. While the building could use some maintenance (some missing trim, concrete, etc.), the rooms are very clean and everything worked. We had a first floor ocean view room. The iguana's would come and sun themselves on the rocks outside our room. We even had one try and wander in to our room one afternoon. The staff was wonderful. The food was very good, but the menu was somewhat limited. We did the all inclusive plan, but went out for dinner twice, just couldn't make it thru the week without at least one big greasy burger. I think the sexy maid mentioned in one of the other reviews is still wandering the halls.
The beach is great. One of the restaurants overlooks the ocean, the other is right on the ocean.
I can see why this resort does not attract a lot of families though, especially those with younger kids. There are no planned activities for kids, and there are 84 steps from the lobby down to the beach, and almost as many from the lobby down to the street. It's about a 20 minute walk to heart of the golden zone. The bus is only 4 pesos (8 pesos for the air conditioned tourist buses), and they come by about every two minutes, so you can get around quickly.
Very laid back resort
We stayed at the faro resort for Spring Break 2004. The resort is older but it is in pretty good shape, I would say that much of the furniture/accesories are 20+ years old. When we went the pool was under construction for half of our vacation, the hotel did make arrangements to go to another hotel to use their pool, but we could not drink or eat for free while at the other hotel.
We were expecting the resort to be packed but at times I would say that there were only 20-30 people there. If you are looking for a fast paced, lots of people, this isn't the resort to go to. The service was good and the people were very friendly, at times the service seemed a little slow, so I don't know what it would be if there were a lot of people present. Food was good, you have a choice of a buffet or order from a menu.
I would say that most of the people/excitement is about 20-30 minutes from the hotel, or about a $5 taxi ride. Not a lot of shop right by the hotel, we rode the taxi's alot, I would plan at least ten dollars a day for taxi's.
The one negative thing about the faro was that there are no activites, most of the resorts that I have gone to there are always activities going on (basketball, aeorbics, ect). The tennis courts are not set-up, no dancing, bands, ect. The postive thing about the resort is that the service was great and the people were very friendly.
It's been a little while since we were down there, but the memories are still fresh in my mind.
I am a travel agent and I got an amazing deal to stay at the Faro Mazatlan (former Camino Real) in February 2003. So my wife, 1 year old son and I decided to take a chance and go down for a week.
I won't go into details about the flights and transfers. They were fine and everybody has a difference experience on those things. (hit and miss).
We pulled up to this hotel and it was on a big hill. We took the bus to the top and were immediately met by a bellman. He took our bags to the front desk and waited for us to check in.
We had a gardenview room booked, but I always ask for a free upgrade and see what happens. He told us that he could upgrade us to an oceanview room, but no until tomorrow. We said fine that's great.
We went up to our room and opened the door. My wife's reaction was of horror. She has never been to Mexico before. She thought the room was terrible, but I told her that this room was better than what I expected. I told her that she cannot expect the Hilton in Hawaii. It's not going to happen here. I told her to get used to it a bit. It was old style tile and a big bed and nice sized bathroom and a huge window that opened up. After a few minutes she did admit that it wasn't too bad. (she's a little spoiled that way)
We decided to go for dinner at the restaurant by the beach. We were met by Manuel and he treated us like Royalty (actually the whole staff did). We had drinks in our hands in seconds and our son had juice and fruit infront of him with in seconds as well. The restaurant over looked the ocean. It was beautiful. The food was all a la carte. (when we were there). It was great to order food rather than a buffet all the time. It was exceptional.
This was the start to a great vacation.
We were moved to an oceanview room the next day, just like they said.
Identical to the Gardenview room, except with a balconey and an incredible view.
The other restaurant was just a good as the other one and service outstanding. We tried to tip every meal.
The hotel had it's own private beach (not crowded) and our son loved to run on the beach and chase the birds and run in and out of the water.
It was priceless. The beach was kept clean and the waitstaff actually came out to take your order. Unreal.
One night my wife and I wanted to go out and we hired a babysitter through the hotel. She was actually one of the housekeeping ladies. She was great and it only cost us $5 an hour. She played with him and read him stories (in Spanish). He had a pretty bad cough and the next day she brought some cough sirrup to our room for him. Above and beyond what I expected.
We could not get over how well we were treated. They knew us by name by the second day.
The only reasons I did not give this a 5 star rating was because of the swimming pool and because of the location of the beach. The pool was not very big and was very cold. I am a pool person and not a beach person. To get to the beach and the other restaurant, you had to walk down about 100 steps. Not very good for older people and people with little kids. We found it difficult to do with a 1 year old.
This hotel was well kept and very friendly and helpful staff.
A funny story happened to us while we were in walking in Mazatlan. We accidently walked in on a child's birthday party but they invited us in to celebrate. It turned out that the party was for the nephew of the Mexican Tourism Minister. We invited him and his wife and son back to our hotel for breakfast one day. They came and the staff was extra attentive and when they left, they asked us how we knew them. Bringing a big time official to their hotel. It kind of made us feel pretty good.
Would I go back??? If the right deal came up. For sure!!! Wouldn't hesitate.
I do notice that a lot of tour operators do not offer this resort and it's a shame. Definately a diamond in the rough.
Playa Real, is ...real...good!
Although an older hotel, my stay there was tremendous. Guerrillmo the bartender is a hoot, and there was a very sexy maid walking the halls. The hill outside the open air hotel was good for me and my girl if you know what I mean. Lizards everywhere, fresk Pacifico in hand, friendly people all around....I will not stay anywhere else in Maz!
We visited this hotel during spring break 2002. We are young and came for the fun. This hotel is beautiful and very clean, with extremely friendly staff. Although almost all young travelers where on the complete opposite side of the beach. This hotel is a little out of the way from all the nightclubs and party scene, all beach parties and activities where over a 20min walk. This resort is perfect for quiet couples or travelers coming here to relax. It has a beautiful ambiance and our ocean front room was gorgeous. No complaints towards the hotel, even though we came to party and this resort is a little out of the way, we would definitely stay here again, a little walking is ok. The restaurants where a little expensive for our budjet but there are plenty of restaurants in walking distances. Loved the resort! It made our trip more luxurious.
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