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Royal Villas Resort
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Reviewed 3 March 2008

we are heading back to the Royal Villas on Saturday, March 8th. We have been staying at the Royal Villas for the last three years now. We have a family with two teenagers, 12 and 15. We also take along another family with kids 6 and 12. The folks at Royal Villas have always treated us great. The rooms are always kept nice and clean for us (tip the maid, it helps!). We love the pool area and love having Jesus and the guys wait on us. They work very hard serving us as fast as possible. We always get the Palenque suite and have tons of room. We cook in the kitchen once in a while and then go out to get most other nights.
We feel right at home at this resort!!!!

Stayed: March 2007
3  Thank mazatlanagain
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Reviewed 3 February 2008

Just returned from Royal Villas after a ten day stay. While there is very little WRONG with Royal Villas, there is very little GREAT either.Check in was fine, room was acceptable, yet at night the band at Gus Gus across the street plays loudly until 1:00a.m. so request a room on the lefy or ocean side. Bed was comfortable, housecleaning left something to be desired. A "hairball" remained on the floor , same place , for three days, until we disposed of it, indicating a lack of floorsweeping, towels plentiful, plenty of hot water. No safe in rooms and must use hotel safe room... a must in Mexico! Evening piano player near bar wonderful. Bar prices, even in happy hour, rather high for area. Pool area has many cushioned chaise loungers and good waite staff. Beach was GREAT for walking... miles and miles open to walks at low tide. Beach vendors are pesty, but walk in the shallow water and they do not bother you since they do not want to get their feet wet! Villa's one restraunt imaginative menu and limited but decent wine list. EXCELLENT sandwich shop to the left across the street.. MARY'S. Tours through VISTA professional and on time especially airport transfers.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank bertal
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Reviewed 19 January 2008

My daughter-in-law works for RCI, and was able to get a week at Royal Villas. Six of us went and had a wonderful time, the people at Royal Villas were all wonderful, very friendly, helpful. We had the all inclusive plan, and we made the most of it. Would go back at any time. Jesus and all the staff were always ready to get us a drink or food.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank travelgirlOregon
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Reviewed 10 January 2008

This was rated quite highly on trip advisor, so we were looking forward to a mommy break away. We were using a timeshare week we got through craigslist.

Sadly our visit was not very pleasant.

The rooms at the hotel were really icky - the first room they took us to smelled so badly of mold I started sneezing instantly. The second room smelled better, but when we looked around, it was filthy - the sheets on one bed were covered in stains - or actually looked more like they had never been washed and the bathtub was full of hair. There were ants crawling all over the kitchen and a spider in one of the beds. Plus the door to the balcony did not lock and that balcony was easily reached from the back stairway. We were told there were no other rooms available (since it was low season I dont believe that for a minute) and the "manager" had already left for the day. Plus we were exhausted from getting up at 3am to fly down there so we just tried to get some sleep but that was nigh impossible with our bags jammed against the sliding door all night and jumping at every noise.

The next day they kept telling us that the manager would be available in half an hour so while we were waiting they badgered us until we agreed to take an "information update". At this, they showed us a lovely room and tried to convince us that we had to buy a timeshare. I was really unhappy. I asked to pay to upgrade our room and was told that we couldn't do that, we'd have to buy a timeshare. At this point, we felt like we would be better off leaving and going to another hotel. When I politely explained that, the timeshare salesperson got the manager on the phone and she let us upgrade for $70 per night to an updated one bedroom. This room was better but we still had problems with sewer backing up and smells waking us in the night, the air con going off all the time (and since it was very hot and humid this was a bit of a deal), and mold in the bathroom. These were not the only problems, but you get the idea!

The rooms could have been quite nice if they were clean - they had nice limestone and granite, but the appliances were rusty and they were simply grimy. The couch in our room was covered in stains so I put down a towel before sitting on it!

Then, when we went to check out, they tried to overcharge us by over US$300 for the room upgrade and were just ghastly to deal with - even after they admitted their mistake on the upgrade and corrected that, they tried to leave the taxes the same - we spent an hour trying to get it sorted out. Finally after an hour the accounts manager came out and corrected it and apologized but by then we were so fed up it was too little too late.

I am not a yeller - I think you get more flies with honey than vinegar - and we are two moms, so maybe we were encountering some sexism, because frankly I was pretty shocked by how rudely we were treated.

I have to say I was really disappointed. We were looking for a resort where we could hang out by the pool, get some sun, a few margaritas, and relax. This was not relaxing at all. We couldnt even relax by the pool without being harassed by vendors, and the service was really bad. So after the first day, we gave up on relaxing and went shopping and did some tours.

We made the most of our trip and did the parasailing outside the hotel, rented jetskis, did the tequila tour and the city tour. Actually the only person at Royal Villas who was helpful was Anna at the activities desk. We still had fun, but it was despite the hotel, not because of it.

I am not a pampered princess, but I do need things to be clean and staff to be helpful and pleasant. So. to make a long story short, I couldn't in good faith recommend this place.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with friends
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3  Thank KiwiCowgirl07
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Reviewed 18 December 2007

This was our 4th trip to Mazatlan. We have always stayed at Costa de Oro with no issues but we decided it was time to try something different so we turned to our “old friend” tripadvisor.com and found the Royal Villas hotel very highly rated.

The best part of Royal Villas are the beds! They were new Sealy Posturepedics! We found the room spacious and clean. In addition, the room had a microwave, fridge and 2 burner stove top and everything worked. We had a nice ocean view room from the north/west side of the hotel.

The first night we were booked in a room that shared the balcony with 2 other rooms, rooms “x”17-”x”22 are like this on both sides of the hotel. I think these rooms would be great if you are with other couples and want to party together out on the balcony. We didn't like the fact that people we didn't know could walk right past our big glass door and look inside, we always had to keep the drapes closed. We requested and were moved to a different room the next day but only after we demanded to speak to the Manager because the front desk clerk told us there were no available rooms. We could tell the hotel was not that busy and knew that there must be other rooms available.

Problems continued with the staff...friends from Culiacan Mexico called the hotel and asked for us, they were told we were not staying at the hotel so they did not come down for the two days that they were planning on.

The Bar wait staff out by the pool was virtually nonexistent. We sat out by the pool for HOURS without anyone asking us if we wanted a drink. We could not accept the inattentive wait staff any more and spent our afternoons around the Costa de Oro pool area. They need to take lessons from Lucy next door at Costa de Oro – Lucy would never let you get dry. If only Costa de Oro had Royal Villas beds....

We ate breakfast there the first morning, it was OK but had to ask for a menu because they try to push you to the $11.50 buffet. The next morning we could not even get someone to wait on us so we walked across the street to GUS GUS. Breakfast there was 2 eggs, hash browns, 3 slices of toast, juice, 4 slices of bacon $6.50!! Great breakfast, great bargain, great service with a great price.

I should also mention that this hotel is in the “Golden Zone” so there will be music blaring until after midnight. It did not bother us but it may bother you. If you want less noise, go out by the Marina but you will need to use the taxi's a lot to get back to town.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Seadog57
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