Left at 4am for airport. We arrived in Mazatlan at noon. Travelscape (old king david vans) was right outside of security to pick us up. We had about 3 other groups, to deliver to other resorts. We were at Pueblo Bonito Maz. by 1pm = not bad! People we met in the van were staying at Inn at Maz. (for the 20th time) and they highly recommend it, so we checked it out and will stay there next time.
Well for PBM, we arrived and checked into our first room. View was bad, they stuck us on back section with a quarter view of the ocean, overlooking maintenance yard. Well after staying here last year, this room didnt fly with me. We asked to move and the resort was full. They arranged for us to move the next day. With in 5 min (hadnt even unpacked), they called and told us that they have a new room in the older section overlooking the pool w/ocean view. Now all was good. The resort has definetly aged in the rooms (beds were warned and could be replaced). Our a/c was blowing warm air, so they came and fixed it, then it was blowing semi-cool air and it was manageable. If weather was any hotter it would not been comfortable in the room. I ask many guests and the a/c thing was the big complaint on the rooms. For the rest of the room, all was great!
Now for the service at PBM = EXCELLENT! Everthing was topnotch and they were very much into making sure we were well taken care of at all times.
We tipped maids 20-30 pesos a day and they went above and beyond in their cleaning of our room. I finely talked to the maid torwards the end of our stay and she said surprisingly enough, that only 15-20% of people tip them daily and only 50% tip at the end. She said, she was happy to have her job and doesnt critisize the non tippers.
Over all, I would stay here again.
Well for eating out. Los Zarapes and Carlos 'n Lucia was one of our favorites this year. Fatfish was good and the price for 2 people was unbelievably cheap. Georges tacos was a great place and was always busy.
We seemed to always end the night at Gus Gus (or goose goose for what they like to call it), the bands were always great and the place was always packed.
Went to the market and bought 4 pounds of shrimp (biggest ones) and cooked it in the room. We brought our own cocktail sauce and crab/shrimp boil. Oh my God, it was great! Ended up going back to the shrimp market and buying 8 more pounds to bring home (in my handy cooler I brought). All was still frozen when I got home. Next time I will bring a bigger cooler and stock the freezer.
Checked out other resorts 1 day and to be honest, I will never stay at el cid moro or castilla. 9 out of 10 people (older people) complained heavely about the out dated rooms and the not so friendly services. All said, they would not recommend it or ever stay there again. Talked to 3 other couples at dinner 1 night staying at el cid marina and they love it there, but said dont stay at moro or castilla. Now for the 1 out of the 10, were college kids and they loved the all inclusive, but they said they could eat anything and they would be happy.
For Inn at Mazatlan met others at our resort and everybody only had great things to say about it.
For resorts, to each there own. Whats good for 1, might not be good for another.
Safety - Well was unsure what to expect in Mexico this year. Took half a day outside the resort to judge any concerns. I never and I MEAN NEVER was in fear for my safety or my life. We walked the golden zone (at night, during the day etc.) I spent sat. night down by the cathedral (el centro) walking around with me and better half. There was a few dark streets we went down and were never bothered or harassed, this was about 11 pm. I wouldnt take the chance being alone, but was safe and then ended up at panamas for a late tortilla soup. Out of all the comfort zones this is the only place to be alittle more concerned at late night (NEVER during the day or early evening hours). Walked from gus gus to PBM at 1 - 2 am several times and was amazed of all the tourists walkin around at these hours. In this area, you could be walking alone and still be safer than ever.
Over all Mazatlan was very full of tourists, more so than last june. And my only complaint was I should of made it a 2 week trip.
The pools loungers and palapas are a struggle and damn the ones who put their towels down to never return. I watched almost 1 fight over the palapas. Someone put their towels down at 7am and by 1pm no one was there. A group came and moved the towels and low and behold someone came out of the blue and started yelling. There was about 8 of us who stood behind the late comers and after security came and resolved the issue (made the reservers leave the palapa). We saw the people (reservers) the next day and they apologized saying they felt they did nothing wrong. Well for taking up something you are not ever planning on using, is rude, greedy and deserves an @ss kicking (if you ask me). There are signs all over saying no reserving, but happened everyday and most didnt say anything. I feel you should have to rent the damn things by the hour (only palapas), that way there wouldnt be no problems and you would have em as long as you pay for them. Pool wasnt as bad, plenty of chairs and people were alittle more respectful.
Well thats it in the nutshell and by April next year I will be back and like I said min. 2 weeks. If all is good in business, I hope to be there by fall.