Hotel Playa Mazatlan
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A lovely hotel, not too modern not a tall building, we loved the old hacienda style
The "Perla del Pacifico"--Hotel Playa Mazatlan!
It is with a certain reluctance that I write about Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, as I/we, my wife and I, hope that most tourists opt for other locales and leave this wonderful city of integrity to those whom reside there and to those whom truly appreciate the city's beauty and uniqueness among the beach site options on the Mexican Riviera.
Our lodging of choice, by far the finest hotel on the Mexican Riviera, is The Hotel Playa Mazatlan! The staff speaks both Spanish and English--great for my spouse who is just learning Spanish. We have had such wonderful dealings with , (Ms. Laura Lizarraga), that we reserve from here in the USA, call Laura and have her make certain that our trips are absolutely what we expect--the sounds of the ocean as it crashes into the sand and sea wall (el Malecon) at the beach side of the Hotel Playa Mazatlan, the cleanliness of the rooms (presently being remodeled), the restaurant, the restrooms, the pool, the small snack bar at the side of the main restaurant cause us to return again and again to our "hogar" (home!-not house, but HOME!) on the Pacific and Mexican Riviera. Hotel Playa Mazatlan offers views at sunrise and sunset that are incomparable and the prices for everything, and it is possible to just "stay" and "cocoon" at Hotel Playa, are quite reasonable. Breakfast and mid-afternoon room service are without comparison.
If Hotel Playa Mazatlan were to become too well known, it is our fear that far too many travelers would opt for Hotel Playa and our stays would perhaps be less inviting--thus, heed the bigger travel advisors and choose a different site for lodging, yet we will continue to head to Hotel Playa Mazatlan--at least twice per year--June/July and Christmas/Ano Nuevo!
Our reservations are booked as this is written for this Xmas and New Year and we can't wait to arrive at our "Perla del Pacifico" (Pearl of the Pacific)--Hotel Playa Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.
If one analyzes the topography of the country of Mexico, one soon realizes that Mazatlan is/was allowed to retain its colonial ambiente (environment) due to the fact that the Sierra Madre Occidentales remain far enough away to allow for growth inward, toward the mainland, as opposed to Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo which only grow/grew lengthwise due to the montanas (mountains).
Mazatlan has been my destination of choice since the 1980's for many reasons. I have traveled and stayed and worked in the city as an Instructor of TOEFL at the Universidad Occidental; and yet, also have camped at the old, Siesta campsite, just south of what is now the Holiday Inn! My initial site for lodging was in Olas Altas at the Hotel Siesta which houses the Shrimp Bucket, and where one is able to sit on one's patio and overlook the Pacific and the Trasbordos (sea-going vessels traveling between La Paz and Mazatlan)--most of which are of the popular cruise line variety. While, one is also able to hear the marimba music and the gringos locos as they party at the indoor patio of the Shrimp Bucket.
It is possible to stay in Olas Altas and walk downtown, enjoy the Plaza Mayor and the Catedral, or catch a fine bus and travel to the Zona Dorada and mingle with the gringos paying high dollar for their lodging in said area. If you speak both Spanish and English, you can enjoy the facilities of the Golden Zone while residing in Olas Altas, yet once again, if one can afford to do so, stay at Hotel Playa Mazatlan in the Golden Zone, especially if your Spanish is not as fluent as you might like that it be.
Truly, my only fear, trepidation and hesitation of ranting further about "my" city, "my" Hotel Playa Mazatlan, etc. is that too many other travelers will head there! I have seen the closing of Joncol's, a truly authentic Mexican restaurant downtown, and the opening of Sam's Club!
As Roberto Duran cried out, !No mas! The people of Sinaloa are truly beautiful and some of my best friends are Mexicans, with origin in Mazatlan. I ran the first "Maraton del Venado," have walked most every street in the Golden Zone, most every street downtown (including smaller, less affluent neighborhoods), as well as the newly renovated "theater" district. Never has fear been a factor--be I alone or with my wife.
It is my sincerest hope that when retirement age arrives that Mazatlan will still welcome me and allow me to exchange my meager dollars for pesos and by doing such, "rascar/sacarme una vida alli", scratch out a living on the golden area of the beaches of Mexico!
Nowhere in the world have I seen a malecon (seawall) that stretches like that of Mazatlan! From Playa Bruja to Colegio Pacifico! We also have the 2nd highest, natural lighthouse in the world, next only to Gibraltar. But leave it be; it is too pristine, even yet, to further "destroy" by rowdy Canadian and Gringo young folks who think that they have found a cheap destination for their loud, lewd and destructive behaviors.
Head elsewhere! I heard that Cancun has a special for you right now! Please leave Mazatlan and Hotel Playa Mazatlan as they are and grow to be!
The best in town
We have spend many glorious days at the Playa Hotel, just watching the famous Mazatlan Sunsets, sipping tropical drinks fron the veranda at the Playa is worth the stay there. This was our 5 th time and will be back for more.
The staf is wonderful, the hotel spatkling clean & beautiful, grounds marvelous,excelent service, delicious food. What else can I say, been coming to Mazatlan and the Playa Hotel for the last 15 years.
Clean and convenient
My Mom and I went on a wonderful vacation to Mazatlan and stayed at the Playa Mazatlan Hotel. I would highly recommend the Playa for an affordable, fun and relaxing vacation. The hotel staff work hard for their tips and are very friendly, the rooms are super clean, the pools and the rest of the hotel are very nice and clean as well. If you want to party it up, it's a great place as well (Valentinos night club and Gringo Lingo are only a short walk away). Be sure to get tickets for the Playas Fiesta on Friday nights.There is some great shopping downtown, but some of the best souvenirs/items are sold right on the beach. Everything you could desire is in walking distance and if you don't feel like walking the little taxis are very affordable. The drinks on the private beach are great and the snack bars have great food (especially the one by the pool). I definitely plan on going back to the Playa. The only gripes I have are that the main Restaurant has terrible food, the wind and weather can be cool at times and the noise from the clubs at night can be a bit much. Now for a little name dropping, I would have to say that Panchos Restaurant is one of the best little Restaurants in the Sinaloa area (it is right on the ocean) and The Panama Cafe downtown is great for breakfast and pastries.If you are on a budget head over to Sams Club in one of the taxis and get a tourist pass. Here you can pick up some really inexpensive alcoholic drinks (I recommend Mazatlans own "Pacifico" beer) and just keep them in your room on ice. Sams is also great for snacks and beach toys among other things. Be sure to pick up a few bottles of inexpensive Kahlua to bring home, and enjoy yourself, you will not regret booking a trip to the Playa Mazatlan Hotel!!!
The Playa, Oh Mya
Just returned on 04-11-03 from an awesome week in Mazatlan at the Playa Hotel. This was our first trip to Mazatlan. We found a good deal and, before booking, read all the reviews here and at other sites. The other reviewers didn't lie - the Playa is a wonderful place. It's very, VERY clean, the staff is both nice and helpful. The private beach was great - kept the locals hawking their wares at a decent distance so we could rest, read, relax, and enjoy some 'nummy umbrella drinks. There are also pools and hottubs to help you relax even further. In addition, the location could not have been any better. It's easy walking distance to several great resturaunts, shopping, and other beaches. Be sure to try the little bar/restaurant near the pool at the hotel - wed didn't stop there until later in the week but the juices and food are wonderful. I highly recommend the Playa to anyone heading to Mazatlan - I loved it!
We have stayed at the Playa for 17 years and have always enjoyed this resort. Beautiful gardens, awesome beach front, great people. You are treated as if you the most important person, like an old friend returning to visit.
I am preparing for my 5th visit to Mazatlan and the Playa Hotel. I cannot compare it to any of the other hotels in Mazatlan, because I don't want to switch. It is one of the oldest resort hotels in Mazatlan, and definitely the supreme in service and cleanliness. It has a private beach and such great immenities, that you really never need to leave the hotel. It has the ambiance and old time service of quality hotels in the United States of years ago.
Didin't Think of Anyplace Else
For my wife and I this will be our 3rd trip to Mazatlan, and 3rd stay at THE PLAYA MAZATLAN, this time with our 11 year old daughter.
Our friends joining us have been in Mazatlan, and stayed at the PLAYA many more times, (6-7) and when it came to make our reservations, we all decided on the PLAYA. We've had great service each and every time & the locations is virtualy perfect. We also have my brother in law, wife and daughter joining us this year.
In the past there were others in our group, some have stayed here for at least 15 years back.
Hotel Playa Mazatlan -- An Excellent Place to Stay
While I cannot compare the Hotel Playa Mazatlan to other Mazatlan resorts or hotels for the mere fact I have been to Mexico but once, I have stayed in hundreds of hotels around the US and in other countries as well. The quality and level of service I received while at the Playa Mazatlan were by far superior to other hotels. The staff went out of its way to ensure my comfort and satisfaction. I would--and will--stay there again.
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... a gorgeous development right on the beach that could easily house 4,000 people we saw 3 cars and no one walking about or on the pristine not-a-weed-in-sight golf course. After spending a couple of days at the garden taking pictures I became really curious about the names of all these flowers and started looking on line. Some I could find but others I never did. They're a delight to see though and I loved my time among ...
... but still exotic, English and residing comfortably within sight of all the big foreigner-filled hotels. It's genius. Doesn't hurt that you can get a giant rack of ribs for less than the price of two cocktails across the street. And who could forget the almost daily runs to the grocery store (turns out there is more to feeding 19 people than one cart of nachos, one cart of beer and a hen to provide eggs and companionship, as Laynni can surely attest ...
The alarm went off at 4:30am. Actually, the dog woke me up before that, and then I couldn't fall back asleep. We left the house at 4:45am, and we encountered no traffic on the way to the airport (I’m shocked, are you?). Oakland now has the stupidest security lines possible. I was not amused. But we still had time to get coffee then go directly to the gate to board. No issues with flight to Phoenix; sat in the club in Phoenix; no issues on ...
... in between with a margarita which makes the walk back a little easier :] We had planned to go parasailing on this trip so on Sunday we walked down by all the high rises because we had seen people parasailing down there the day before while we were on the beach. It was about a three hour walk down there and we finally found a place that did it so we basically just paid the $700 pesos to do it (about $60 USD) and we walk over to where he tells us ...
... We debated if it was due to the marinade or the smoky grill… Either case, it was delicious… and it was quickly voted the best fish in Mexico.
Then we snoozed. Then Jason showed Michelle how to fly his kite. It was a great break in our bike riding day.
Michelle had the great idea to stay all day and pitch our tents on the beach for the night. No problem said the waitress. We could use the lawn, patio, banos, and pool too. They ...