Hotel la Siesta
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel la Siesta Mazatlan
Definitely spring for the ocean view room it's only a little extra but completely worth it. El Shrimp Bucket restaurant right downstairs is really tasty especially for breakfast and the room service is awesome.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel la Siesta Mazatlan
Great Hotel, careful on Olas Atlas Beach
We just spent 7 days in Mazatlan at the Hotel La Siesta. It was a fantastic trip. The Hotel was very inexpensive...$28 US Dollars for ocean view room per night (at Best Day website). Rooms were very clean with nice bathrooms, excellent views, cable tv (english in the a.m. spanish in the p.m.), and free wireless internet. I brought my laptop, downloaded pictures everyday and sent them to friends back in the States. Staff was excellent especially the front desk clerk, Isabel. She answered all of our questions and suggested nice places to visit. Thanks Isabel!! Local busses came by every minute and cost no more than 80 pesos. We rented bikes for the week from Kellys Bike shop located up near the zona dorada. They delivered them to our hotel for the price of $50 US dollars for the week. Fantastic deal as these bikes were fine Trek chromolly framed units. We rode them everywhere...ie, Stone Island, Lighthouse, Antenna hill, Gold Zone, Playa Bruja, Central Market.
The only problem for the week cane in the form of a Sting Ray or Monterrey as the locals call it. While at Olas atlas beach I was stung by an unsuspecting stingray while walking through the surf. Nasty!!! I recommend a google search on stingray wounds on how to treat the problem. I couldn't believe the excrutiating pain!!! I walked behind the Hotel La Siesta to a miltary hospital where nobody spoke english. After being admitted a Doctor arrived on the scene that spoke as little english as I spoke spanish. He was very courteous but really offered no solution to the pain. It turns out that without any treatment stingray sting pain will last about 2 hours before going completely away. Now, I'm stuck with an infection and taking anti-biotics to get rid of it. It's all ok though as I would do everything again just the same way. We racked up the stingray incident as dumb luck. We were back in the water that night!!
I was very pleased with the trip and look forward to the same trip next year. Any Questions? I'll be happy to answer them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bargains in Mazatlan
We just returned from a wonderful week in Mazatlan, Mexico. We stayed at the La Siesta hotel our first night. It is an old hotel but with charm. The rooms with ocean view are great except for the traffic noise all night. (It is laocated on the main street)
The sidewalk cafe was great for early morning coffee and breakfast.
We then moved on to Torres Mazatlan at the North end of the city. It is a faily long bus ride but worth it for the quiet. Only a few beach vendors, but they are the same every day and get to know you by the end of the week. Torres was, as always, great. Very friendly staff (we were greeted with "welcome home") and ultra clean units, restaurant and grounds.
We pre-arranged airport transportation with King David tours. They met us at the airport and were very friendly and efficient about getting us to and from the airport. I would most surely use them again. And, the cost was only $15 USD per person round trip. They also offer other tours in and around Mazatlan. Very modern and comfortable buses.
The best bargain for food on the North end is by far La Marina. We went there for lunch twice. (this was the destination of our first trip to Mazatlan 24 years ago so we went back for old times sake) Their lunch specials were 45 pecos. For that we got either a 1/4 pound hot dog or cheeseburger or fish sandwich along with salad, french fries and either a soft drink or beer. AND, it tasted great. Their dinner special were just as economical. Unfortunately we did not have the chance to go but one evening the special was a very thick cut pork chop with salad, baked potato and cake for 990 pecos. That is less than $10!!!!!
Don't miss a tour to the tequila factory and also the Fiesta at the Playa is a must if you have not seen it. Don't forget to stop to see Antonia Lopez outside the Playa. He is the gentleman who painted with his fingers. Not like any fingerpainting you have ever seen. It is almost magical to watch him create a masterpiece right before your eyes.
My ideal winter break from Minnesota, by far is Mazatlan, Mexico.
Great Place to Experience the "Real" Mexico
We've stayed at La Siesta several times over the past few years and love the casual ambience and the great view of goings-on in the neighborhood. A much better experience than the Americanized plastic places in La Zona Dorada. You can practice your Espanol with the staff and the waiters downstairs in the restaurant. Walk the Malecon in the early morning and meet lots of interesting people.
At first when I read about the location I was bummed because it wasn't in the Golden Zone. During check in my boyfriend and I were upgraded to an ocean view. The room was very comfortable and the air conditioning worked great, which is important to me because I can't stand humidity. The beds were comfortable and there were two in there so my boyfriend and I got our own beds. That was nice. Another great feature was the shower was always hot and it was spacious. I could even shave my legs in it. The toliet worked great too. There was a restaurant at the hotel which was great. The staff was excellent at the front desk as well as the cleaning service. There was a problem with the air conditioning one day but the problem was fixed so fast I didn't even notice. It was very quiet which was a plus even though it was on a busy street. There were spontaneous fireworks a few nights in the streets and that was so neat. We watched that from our balcony. The balcony was awesome and so were the sunsets. It was easy to travel to the Golden Zone. We caught a bus to the Golden Zone and then we would take a golf cart back. We were there for New Years and we went to Joe's Crab Shack. That was great. We got complimentary drink tickets and since you get two beers when you order one the only drinks that we paid for were the tequila shots and we got two for the price of one as well. This is the kind of hotel you stay at where you want to relax and watch the sunset. The beach was ok but not as nice as the ones in the Golden Zone but it didn't matter to me. They don't have a pool but the ocean is right across the street. There is a beautiful atrium in the middle of the hotel. The front desk offers excursion. We went on the Stone Island booze cruise and had a great time. The front desk guy even upgraded our excursion package to include activities that we didn't pay for. He just called us up and told us to come down and get the activity tickets. We got the maximum amount of tickets and didn't pay for them. That was great. There was also free internet in the lobby and the front desk always knew my boyfriend and I by name. It made us feel at home. This was a great trip. This is the type of hotel you go to when you want to have a nice relaxing vacation. This trip brought my boyfriend and I closer together and I can't wait to go there again!!
A very nice hotel
I just returned from a two week stay in Mazatlan. Although I have traveled to Mexico for many years, this was my first visit to Mazatlan. I decided to stay at the La Siesta Hotel for five nights until I familiarized myself with the area. Since it was the off-season, there were many vacant hotel rooms. The La Siesta is a well run, clean, comfortable and safe facility. The staff is friendly and efficient in maintaining the property in a smooth operating fashion. The ocean view rooms have a spectacular view of the Pacific and are about seven bucks more than the garden rooms. I enjoy muy tranquillo, so the downtown location was perfect. Although I could have stayed in other hotels for about the same price, some less expensive, I stayed two weeks at La Siesta and enjoyed every minute of it. Bonus, ESPN,CNN and free internet e-mail check.
We paused 1 night in Mazatlan while travelling. The Siesta was great for us. Located right along the ocean in the very attractive "old city" area of the waterfront, the hotel itelf has a kind of funky, almost Art Nouveau decor that we liked. Not lavish by any means (certainly not a resort) but functional and well located for the traveller. And very good value. Friendly helpful staff provided, among other things, a photocopied street map to help us get out of town most easily next morning. We would use it again.
Great Time at La Siesta
Just spent three nights at the La Siesta. What a great location! Our room was clean, the water was hot and the air conditioner cold. We had a beautiful view of the ocean and El Faro. On top of the Shrimp Bucket and close to El Bajia for lunch and dinner. If you want sparkling new, stay in the Gold Zone, but if you ambiance, stay at the La Siesta!
i really enjoyed my trip to mazatlan, mostly because the hotel was so great...quaint, charming, clean. it is worth the extra money to have an ocean view, and it is sooo worth it to take good care of the housekeeping staff. i didn't have one single problem with either cleanliness or bugs. go figure!
it is worth noting,
if you don't give a rat's behind about culture, exploration, or history, please, please please stay at an all-inclusive resort.
Depends On What You're Looking For
This is an inexpensive and comfortable place that will give you the opportunity to experience the historical district of Mazatlan and give you a little taste of life in "real" Mexico. It is not for faint-of-heart North Americans who expect everything to be squeaky-clean and perfectly operational. The rooms rather remind me of any number of inexpensive rural motels I've experienced in the US. You can select either ocean view or garden view rooms. "Garden view" for all practical purposes means "no view," but those rooms are cheaper. The ocean view rooms put you right above a busy street, but the view is very pleasant and you can sit out on the balcony to enhance the enjoyment. It can be a little noisy at night, especially if you leave the window open. The people who run the place are great.
Bottom line: If you are looking for the beach experience and pristine North American style accommodations, don't go here. If you are open-minded and willing to absorb a little Mexican culture, and if you are more interested in sidewalk cafes, visiting the Mercado, and roaming the narrow streets of Antigua Mazatlan, then Hotel La Siesta is a great home base.
Perfect place to stay
We stayed for 7 days at the Hotel La Siesta. We wanted to be in the Historical area of town and get the full flavor of what that area would be like to live full time. The hotel wa clean, people very curteous, very helpful, internet service available free during certin times of the day. We took an ocean view, and although it faced the busy malecon, it was very quiet. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Mindy
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