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Travel Blogs from Mazatlan
Entry #1 - Remembering the old days.
I've been wanting to start a blog for a while, and now that I'm sitting at home alone on a Thursday night, I've got the inspiration. I've been obsessing over planning an RTW (my first!) and still haven't quite got the balls to commit to it. But I think about it all the time. Literally. I swear it even …
The drive to Mazatlan is all on straight toll-highways (5 tolls booths and about $25 later). There are a lot more 'gringo' faces here so maybe the staring will be less. I parked the van in the hotel lot and the kids got out and announced that I had parked right next to where they keep their dead bugs… sure enough there were several dead …
... a lead. Anyway, the 2nd or third time Lola
leaped into the water the undertow got her and she went under and was swept
away about 3 feet. She emerged from the surf sputtering and eyes as big as
plates. She now has a healthy respect for the ocean. She isn't scared, she just
learned a good lesson.
We met some really nice people (Van, Rosanne and Kristy).
Van and Kristy live ...
... your bones are going to turn to dust.
Between El Fuerte and Culiacan the munchies hit us so we stopped in a town to hunt down a tacos street vendor which we promptly located. I'd be paying for that later... As we where leaving this town, stuck in a bit of traffic, me riding behind Brett, I see beside us a police pickup truck with 4-5 cops in the back, one of which of looking a Brett a lot, the cop eventually leans over to ...
... at the daunting "Playa Olas Altas" where the surf is really strong and crashes directly on the rocks. However this Zona Dorada doesn't really do it for me. Ok, it has the beautiful beach, it's cleaner, it is sprinkled with Palapa bars and restaurants... but the road along the beach is way too noisy and has a lot of traffic. The sweet smell of exhaust fumes on a morning run...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Azteca Inn Mazatlan
Great value for the money
I highly recommend the Azteca if you are looking for a budget week in the sun. Be sure to check your room location before unpacking - some of the rooms back onto the noisy back alley. Bring your own cheap pillows (at $5 each they are worth it). Pillows provided were very old and thin. Leave the new pillows there when you leave - for all the other budget travellers who will replace you. Housekeeping staff could not have been more sweet - please tip them, they only make about $4-5 US a day. We tipped $2 US a day, and the service we got was spectacular (they came in and folded all our clothes we so carelessly dropped on the floor!). Pool area was OK but just hop across the street for the great beaches! I'll go back next year for sure.
Azteca Is Great
This is a great hotel if it is not important to you to be right on the beach. We have stayed at Azteca many times and will always come back. It is a really clean and friendly hotel and it is very centrally located so walking to shopping, beach and restaurants is very short.
We enjoyed our stay & will like to come back, the music in the bar was fun and enjoyable.
the location it's great!! definatelly we were in the right place, where the fun is.
we stayed at the azteca last september and we were very pleased, nice clean rooms with marble floors, also is in the middle of the tourist zone, you can walk to many stores and restaurats,we will go back
I've been to various cities in Mexico over a dozen times. I typically try to find budget hotels to save a dollar or two and I'm very generous about sharing the names and locations of some of the great finds around.....Azteca Inn is NOT one of them.
my wife and I just returned from mazatan on jan31we liked the aztecca inn's friendly staff but found the teenagers too loud at night and the noise wasn't controlled when we voiced our complaints.other than that it is in an ideal location in the golden zone and the beaches are beautiful.we travelled all over mazatlan by buses .the aircon ones were 8.5 pesos and the older buses that the locals use were 5 pesos.we easily reached the municipal market in less than 30 minutes and perhaps an hour going by way of cocos and wallmart.we found the prices for most items in wallmart to be more expensive than in canada.also if we went to burger king or dairy queen it was much higher priced than in canada i.e.a big burger in burger king cost 60 pesos and wasn't very good but when we went to the lunch counter at the playa mazatlan it was 24 pesos and superb and we could eat under a palapa hut on the ocean.we didn't go to mexico to eat burgers but once in a while you crave one.the seafood in mazatan is wonderful but pricey in the golden zone.at the shrimp factory across from senor frogs it cost us 400 pesos for 2 shrimp dinners you can buy a kilo of jumbo shrimp in the market for 100 pesos and the panama restaurant and panderia is also a great place to eat and moderately priced.if you wanted to live in mazatlan you can find a one bedroom apartment for about 300 canadian a month furnished and with everything you need in the kitchen to cook with.the mexican people are friendly and music fills the air everywhere.I can't wait to go back george chalmers vancouver bc.
Spiders and cockroaches
We stayed in a room right by the pool and when we come into our room after dinner we have over 100 cockroaches in the bathroom and had about 1000 little white spiders coming out from around the mirror....its was awful,,,we changed rooms to the 3rd floor and it was ok...I would not stay there again this was my 3 rd visit
Clean & excellent service
we found the Azteca inn to be a cheap and nice place to stay. The rooms were small but were clean. Had air conditioning and desk staff were very nice and courteous. It had a pool and hot tub and was kept clean. Water in hot tub was drained and refilled on daily basis. Hotel was close to all activities in Golden Zone. At night was very quite. Would stay again.
Not only is the Azteca in cheap in price, it is cheap all the way. I mean the rooms are very very small, no a/c but they do have a ceiling fan(like that helps). We had to go into the Playa's lobby just to cool down from the heat. The place is very dirty. We couldn't even look at the pool it was brown. We snuck into the Playa across the street to go into the pool. Like I said before it is very cheap! Believe me when you are partying, you have to rest at some point. The Azteca is not the place to put your head, feet, lugage, anything down anywhere! DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY. They also have bugs in the rooms. Not just ordinary bugs. But big ugly bugs that the hotel wouldn't do anything to get rid of them.
Excellent cheap hotel
Last year i took my first trip to Mazatlan, Mexico. It was amazing!!!! The Azteca In is a remarkably cheap hotel located across the street from "The Playa Hotel" the rooms are adequate but if your there to party it doesn't really matter. it has a respectable pool and hot tub, the rooms have showers but no bath tubs, a/c, and a ceiling fan, compared to the more expensive hotels that won't even let you bring in your own beer, this is the best bang for your buck in mazatlan. have a good trip!!!!