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Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel
Ranked #16 of 79 Hotels in Mazatlan
Certificate of Excellence
Calgary, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful boutique hotel”
Reviewed 5 May 2010

I recently stayed at Casa Lucila for 5 nights. The hotel and amenities exceeded my expectations. The hotel is small only 8 rooms and it felt like an elegant mexican home. The support staff from check-in, restaurant and maid service were friendly and professional. Located in the centro historico district, the hotel was a perfect location for my stay. I enjoyed a spacious room overlooking the ocean, King-sized bed, beautiful bathroom with European details and huge rain shower. The air-conditioning worked perfectly. There was a beautiful terrace outside my room where I sunbathed, watched the surfers and sunset every day. The beach is right across the street and the Malecon was a great place to walk every morning.
The meals in the restaurant were topnotch. This hotel ranks in my top 5 places I have stayed.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled solo
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5 Thank chloe4245
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CasaLucila, Manager at Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear chloe4245,

Thank you so much for your words, we do strive so hard to make Casa Lucila a great place to stay, and when we hear kind words like this it truly makes all our efforts feel worthwhile!
I personally love it when someone fully appreciates the convenience of the Malecon across the street to our hotel and really takes advantage of the beautiful walk to the end of the boardwalk.
Thank you and do come and see us again sometime!

Kindest regards,
Sophia
Hotel Manager
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2010

A very fine hotel that we unfortunately booked during the wrong week. We loved the design of the hotel, location (with all it's pluses and minuses), staff and the lovely, gracious, gregarious owners Conchita and Chris. It was a wrecked pile of rubble (ask Chris or Conchita for the "before" photos) before they turned it into the elegant, extremely well constructed building in its current incarnation as a boutique hotel. The all Italian bath fixtures, extremely well made double paned windows and doors, etc are all top quality. We looked at some of the other rooms and liked ours (Esther) the best because of the balcony overlooking the beach and the spacious well naturally lit bathroom with the huge shower. The restaurant is also quite good and unique to Mazatlan for its style and quality. We noticed many upper class Mexicans using it as a regular meeting place for drinks/breakfast. Now the serious issue - it's location right on the Olas Altos. Normally this would be great - stunning views of the beach/coast and close proximity to the centro historico for easy walking to and through the most interesting part of Mazatlan. Unfortunately, we inadvertently booked our stay during Carnaval and the noise was nearly unbearable. From Thursday when the sound checks began through our Monday departure the amplifed music from THREE bandstands reverberated through the hotel until 3 am in the morning. If we had not been traveling with ear plugs and a white noise machine, it would have been impossible to sleep. The amplifed bass notes still throbbed through all our protective gear. We missed not being able to leave the doors to the balcony and windows open to hear the surf and the rooms were not as ventilated as they could be had the noise levels been normal and we could leave the windows open. We almost considered moving to another hotel. The positive is that on the Saturday of Carnaval weekend they have a wonderful buffet and party with excellent mole, tamales, streamers, masks with the best view in Mazatlan of the fireworks display commemorating the naval battle when Mazatlan defeated the French Navy. This year about 90 friends/ clients/neighbors made reservations. Absolutely the best fireworks I have seen (and we have been all over the world with fireworks displays). We stayed in Esther (all the rooms are named after Conchita's sister) which has a balcony to which we retired after the buffet to watch the fireworks. So, if you are night owls and enjoy partying until 3 in the morning and don't mind the lack of sleep, then by all means book rooms during Carnaval. If you are looking for a peaceful restful place, then come to Casa Lucila but ask if there will be any festivals on the Olas Altos (such as Carnaval) and avoid booking then. With our current knowledge, we might have booked starting Saturday so we could enjoy Carnaval with their celebratory dinner, and only have to endure four days of no sleep (Sat until Tuesday night when it ends). Better to enjoy Carnaval in a quiet location and take a taxi or walk to the parade and music scene then go back to sleep than be plunked no more than 30 yards away from one of the music stages. Our last night there can only be described as a cacophony of competing music. Also, they block off the Olas Altos for the festivities and access to the hotel is impeded. We had a taxi that refused to take us back to the hotel (not a real problem because we could walk around the fences using back streets except for one night when that street was a mud bath from work on the water lines and we had to cajole a gate keeper to unlock the gate to allow us to exit the area and get back to the hotel). I would definitely return to Casa Lucila for all its wonderful features but the noise level is a major issue. For others who would consider being in the center of the Carnaval festivities a definite asset and who normally stay up late, Casa Lucila is perfect. For us, Casa Lucila is near perfect as long as you don't book during any festival where the Olas Altos becomes a massive soundstage. In a way it is a compliment to the hotel that it's many assets overcame the huge noise issue. For any other hotel we would have immediately moved once the problem became evident. One last thing - the wifi does not reach the rooms because of the thick stone walls. At first we thought it was our computer/iPhone setup (we had been given the wrong password for one thing) but then realized that the wifi was great outside the room in the interior hall but just a few feet away further down the hall the signal was lost. You'll have to experiment with your equipment when you get there to find the hot spots. We spoke with Chris about getting boosters but in the morning we would often see our neighboring guests also balancing laptops on the balcony in the hall. A somewhat communal activity and chance to meet other guests!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank cyssf2003
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CasaLucila, Manager at Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear cyssf,

Thank you for the honest and impeccable feedback! First things first, we are so sorry you didn't sleep so well! Experience has taught us to be upfront about Carnival season and to give our guests the heads up about our close proximity to the fireworks and noise. As much as we wish we could soundproof our hotel, it wouldn't look too nice with our current facade.
We are thrilled you did get to experience the fireworks falling above all of our heads during the Combate Naval. A great (and noisy!) experience to go through at least once. We do wish you will come back and visit us again during another time so we can make your next stay as memorable (in a different less noisy way!) as the last one.

Many thanks,
Sophia
Hotel Manager
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed 9 February 2010

I stayed at Casa Lucila for a week at the beginning of February. I was about to start a new job and just wanted to escape and relax. Casa Lucila was the perfect place to do it. The hotel looks exactly as it's shown on it's website - it is beautiful, clean and modern, with a very European feel. I loved that hotel only has 8 rooms, as it was quiet, peaceful and intimate, unlike a giant resort. I can't say enough how lovely the hotel staff is - everyone from Conchita and Chris (the owners), to Maria at the front desk, to Turo and Miguel in the restaurant (who let me practice my bad Spanish with them every night) was so welcoming and kind to me. The Old Town of Mazatlan is vibrant - interesting architecture, art galleries and great restaurants. I absolutely loved my trip and my stay at Casa Lucila. I HIGHLY recommend this hotel!!

Stayed February 2010, travelled solo
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CasaLucila, Manager at Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear ashinsf,

Thank you so much for your kind words, we have tried so hard to provide nice things that our guests will enjoy, such that it's a true pleasure to hear we are indeed being enjoyed, so thank you again for taking the time to let us know you had a good time! We hope that the new job - back in 2010 - has taken you on amazing adventures and we hope to see you again soon! From Chris, Conchita, Arturo (Turo) and Maria, we send you our many thanks!

Best,
Sophia
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
304 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2010

This hotel is a converted mansion located on the beach overlooking a lovely coastline. It is walking distance from the central city, which has restaurants and a marketplace. The hotel staff, even with limited English, could not have been more helpful. We especially liked the warmth of Maria (who was working at night) - she had an enthusiasm that is contagious.

The rooms have a porch that overlooks the shore. We believe that the walls are brick, which makes them particularly quiet, and the double paned glass doors kept most of the noise out. While the curtains did not block out much light, and the towels were sort of thin, the cleanliness of the room and the hotel more than made up for those minor flaws. Apparently the hotel was recently remodeled and the attention to detail was not only evident it was impressively done. This is a hotel for adults, not children!

They provide two bottles of water every night in a small refrigerator, plus soap and shampoo in the bathroom. If you want to party stay somewhere else; if you want a really nice, comfortable and friendly hotel this is the place. We honestly could not imagine staying elsewhere when we go back to Mazatlan.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank ExperiencedTravelers
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CasaLucila, Manager at Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear ExperiencedTravelers,

Even your TripAdvisor name itself warrants respect! Thank you for the absolutely wonderful review and honest feedback. We too felt that the towels were sort of thin so they have been updated since you last visited. We work hard to give good service so it makes our team, especially Maria, feel great when we hear we've hit the mark, so thank you!

Do please come and see us again,
Sophia
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seattle
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Reviewed 19 January 2010

Really enjoyed my time at Casa Lucila. I met Conchita and Chris my first night there and helped them get WiFi working for MacBooks, they were grateful and I enjoyed getting to know them and their friends over dinner.

Conchita and Chris are gracious and down to earth hosts that love what they do, and their passion shows in every detail of the property. However, it's not just the incredible property (which Conchita built from the ruins of an abandoned historic restaurant), it's also all the wonderful people that you'll encounter at the hotel, from Mari at the front desk to Ivan in the restaurant, they all enjoy what they do, and it shows.

I would definitely stay here again.

Now, if you're looking for a mega-resort, this isn't it. There are 8 rooms, each different (try to get one with an ocean view), and each large, modern, and incredibly luxurious. Although not overly appointed, the rooms are modern (check out pics on their website), and really enjoyable. The bed is great, as are the linens, and furniture. Additionally, the hotel is clean, feels very new, and is quiet. I love the modern windows, tile, and italian fixtures. The shower is massive, as is the jetted tub.

Lastly, this hotel is in the old part of town, Centro Historico. It's beautiful here, no "Senior Frogs", no time share or anyone else chasing your gringo dollars. Instead you'll find a live vibrant town filled with happy locals going about their lives. You'll hear music in the square and children laughing. Most won't even notice you as a tourist, just another traveler. It's great!

The beach is really nice as well, it's right across the street. Walk to the lighthouse (aprox 1.5hrs round trip) then jump in the water to cool off. Grab some food at "Te Amo Luci". The chill out by the little pool at the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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1 Thank ihatesigningup
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CasaLucila, Manager at Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear ihatesigningup,

First of all, I know this is a delayed response but thank you for helping us out with the Wi-Fi for Macbook! Obviously Wi-Fi and social tools are not our area of expertise as we are a tad late in getting back to our fabulous reviewers such as yourself. We are still here and are awaiting your next visit with us! We are very grateful for the honest review and excellent commentary about "Senior Frogs" and tips on what to do.

Looking forward to having you come back soon,
Sophia
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Vancouver, BC
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Reviewed 3 January 2010

We stayed in Esther's Room and it was very roomy and comfortable. The king size bed, upscale furniture and linens and a huge bathroom with a shower big enough for 2 or more. The room is very bright and opens up to a huge balcony overlooking the ocean and the start of the Malacon, a long walkway stretching from the centro historico, the old town of Mazatlan where we were located all the way to the zona dorado where all the resort hotels are.

We enjoyed this part of Mazatlan much more than where the resort area is. The old town has character and charm. We walked everywhere and were always greeted in a friendly manner by the many residents we encountered on our walks. there are many restaurants and attractions just in the old part to keep you busy. One of the best places to eat is in Le Sorelle, the restaurant in the Casa Licila. Also, go to the Plaza Machado and the surounding area for other good eats and entertainment in the evenings.
Conchita, the owner of the Casa Lucila, and her staff will make you feel right at home. The size of the Hotel makes this a much more personal and pampered feel to it, you think this is your home on the ocean in Mazatlan and are catered to as if it were.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank BCTedeBear
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CasaLucila, Manager at Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear BCTedeBear,

Thank you for your kind words, I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed our little spot and the location to old town. We too love the character and charm that so richly decorates old town versus the Zona Dorada resort-ville. We shall be sure to keep Ester's Room on standby (I know, it's that extra-large bathroom with the walk-in shower that you liked.....) should you decide to come back and visit us again soon.

Many thanks!
Sophia
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Fort Worth, TX
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Reviewed 2 January 2010

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Lucila. The view from our balcony was stunning. The rooms and common areas have an old world feel with modern convenience and the staff were helpful and friendly. Casa Lucila is a short walk from the beach, restaurants, convenience stores, banks with atm's and Plaza Machado and Plaza Centro. We had breakfast at the restaurant downstairs, Le Sorelle, every day we were there and were always pleased with the food and the service. We highly recommend Casa Lucila, especially if you are in the mood for more 'local' flavor than the resorts can provide.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank TinaFromTX
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CasaLucila, Manager at Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Hi TinaFromTX!

Thank you for your compliments on our hotel. We thrive off hearing people acknowledge our local flavor and uniqueness so thank you for noticing that about us. We hope that even though many years have passed, that we will be able to see you and your husband back again soon.

Many thanks,
Sophia
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Property: Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel
Address: Privada Olas 16 | Colonia Centro, Mazatlan 82000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #16 of 79 Hotels in Mazatlan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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