Faro Mazatlan Beach Resort
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Of the three, I was worse off by far for some reason. So up early, the kiwi's where prepping for the short hop over to Mazatlan while I was seriously contemplating just staying here: judging the bed a convenient distance from the bathroom, which would not be the case on Big O. But then looking at where I needed to be by the end of then month and where I wanted to go visit, I simply could not afford a day off ...
... of getting there and experiencing all this beautiful city has to offer. Plus, we've been to Detroit, St. Louis, Oakland, Memphis, Birmingham, and Atlanta - the six most dangerous cities in the United States. We were hardly afraid of staying in a posh resort in Mazatlan.
We arrived at the Phoenix airport with plenty of time to check-in for our flight and get to the gate. When we checked the flight loads the night before, there were ...
... a good dog she is. She has also developed what we call “the 3 pat”. When she would like some water or a wants us to do something for her, she will raise her paw and tap you very gently 3 times. It’s oh-so-cute and usually gets her whatever she wants.
The sun greeted us through the haze the morning of May 4. We arrived at the entrance of Mazatlan’s City Harbor at dawn after 41 hours of motoring. The southwest swell had ...
... ex-pats. So the big Miramar (Sea view) restaurant is closed. Fine by us, Gail walks us down to the corner store (Mini-Super) where we get Chihuahua cheese and the thinnest tortillas I have ever seen. We go home and I make cheese quesa---oops - quesadillas and we settle in for a great night's sleep. Our worries about 'Ocracoke-like' conditions are unfounded. Yes it's a very windy cool night, but this place is as snug as bug, even the sound of the wind has a hard time getting ...
... morning. First stop was the obligatory jewellery store...not to shop you understand...but rather to wait for the tour company to collect the day's customers from all over the city....the cruise ships....all-inclusives and those time-share resorts....and bring them to one place where they divide them up into various vans for the different tours people have purchased....it just "happens" to be a jewellery store!! So while we waited Deb found [actually, Tom found for me! - D] ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Faro Mazatlan Beach Resort
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 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!!
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.
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.
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.
It's been a little while since we were down there, but the memories are still fresh in my mind.
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.