We stayed at the resort ealy January, for a week. It is the largest hotel I have stayed at in Mexico. The location is really ideal. You can walk to a market and restaurants within 15 minutes along the beach. We didn't eat there, but everyone raved about the restaurant. The staff encourage you to take taxi's if you want to go into town (costs about $16), but the bus stops right infront of the hotel and costs less than a dollar. I have never had an issue taking a bus in Mexico and people are so very helpful with directions.
You can walk along the beach for miles, and swim in the water. We found the water to be fabulous and swam most every day. The sand is smooth and you rarely have to worry about stepping on anything. This is the main reason I like the Pacific side better than the Carribbean side.
I can't imagine why anyone would complain about the food here. We met a couple who did, and they were the type who complained about everything and anything. There are so many choices in the buffets that if you don't like one salad, there are ten more to choose from. There were barbeques on the beach, which were really good. They had beef, chicken, pork and fish. How can you not like that?? There were tons of vegetable dishes, fruit and desserts. I heard that the ala carte restaurants were so so. We went to the Asian one once, and were unable to get into any of the others. They are reservation only, and you have to make it early in the morning or you don't get in. It really didn't matter because the buffets were really good. We even had roast leg of lamb and roast beef (yes, medium rare). It was really good, no question about it.
All of the rooms are ocean view, so you shouldn't pay 'extra' for an ocean view room. We were on the second floor which didn't give you much of a view, but we could take the stairs to our room instead of always having to wait for an elevator.
The staff were very nice, gracious and helpful when needed. One bartender in particular "Poncho" is a riot to watch. The rooms are okay, not very luxurious, but the bed is comfortable. We didn't go there to stay in the room, so I don't really care what the decor looks like, as long as we had enough towels, a comfortable bed and good shower (which it has), I am happy.
The only negative was that it was really crowded on the Friday and Saturday early January and I prefer a quieter resort. This is a big resort, and with this you get a number of pools, tons of chairs, many bars and an extensive variety of food, so it's a good trade off. I wouldn't have any issues staying there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Opening summer 2009 * 12 km / 7.45 Miles from Mazatlan, overlooking the Pacific Ocean * Located on Playa Las Brujas beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 20-story main building * Surrounded by 13.500 M2 / 16.15 Sq. Yards of lush gardens * 10 km / 6.2 Miles from various shops * 12 km / 7.45 Miles from Mazatlan * 32 km / 19.87 Miles from the airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Emerald Bay Mazatlan