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Royal Villas Resort
Ranked #23 of 80 Hotels in Mazatlan
Reviewed 23 December 2008

We just returned from a 1 week stay at Royal Villas, staying in the Tulum Suite on the 5th floor. There were 4 of us: me and my husband (50's) and his sons, 25 and 17. It was our first time in Mazatlan.

Our first look at the suite and the view from it was breath-taking. We had to pinch ourselves. We took the all-inclusive package for all 4 of us since we booked through RCI and it is mandatory through them. I learned while there that it is not mandatory if you book any other way, but we all thought it was well worth it given that you can order al a carte from the restaurant, which is excellent, at any time of day or night when and where you want - by the pool, in your room, in the restaurant itself. The service was first class and fast. We frequently used the room service option and the food always arrived in 10 minutes with a smile. We had several outstanding meals with bottles of wine, champagne, flaming desserts, specialty dishes prepared table-side, fresh, by "David" the head waiter at the restaurant. By the pool, "Jesus" and the other staff were always there offering margaritas, beer, anything you want, right at your deck chair. It was simply the best service we have ever experienced - we felt like royalty.

The suites are cleaned daily - we had "Lucy", a cheerful bustling lady, who was excellent. The beds are so comfortable with lots of pillows and there is a patio door in every room with a patio and a gorgeous view. Lucy stocked our room every day with water, beer and snacks. The air-conditioning worked very well and was quiet.

We partook of many activities - some of which were included - boogy boarding, catamaran sailing, horse-back riding on the beach, para-sailing (very safe and well-run), snorkeling, and the boys loved the water machines (I forget the name of them - like a snow-mobile on the water). We rode around town frequently in the open-air taxis called pulmonarias - they are fun. Old town Mazatlan bears some more extensive exploring than we did this time - very European in feel and architecture. We always felt very safe wherever we went. The street and beach vendors are the only drawback to Mazatlan but we did not find them hard to put off with a wave of the hand and a "no, gracias" when they approached.

I had an issue with my ears while I was there (too much ocean and pool swimming I guess), and went into a pharmacy across from the hotel. There was a lady doctor right there in the store who took me back to her office to examine them, then recommended antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. It was so convenient and cheap. She charged me 500 pesos for her time - less than $50 dollars.

But the most impressive factor of this resort for me is David, the Manager. I had an issue with my credit card company when checking in and trying to pay for the all-inclusive packages. He graciously allowed me to pay for it in installments over 4 days - no problem. On my last day, we weren't flying out until 6 pm and he gave us a room to stay in until 3 and use the all-inclusive feature until 12. Whatever I asked of him, he made arrangements for without question. The personal service at this resort is extraordinary! We will definitely be back - and we'll recommend it to all our friends and family.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 October 2008

Royal Villas Mazatlan Mexico Sept. 22-Oct. 6, 2008


We returned to Royal Villas this year on Sept. 22-Oct. 6, 2007, for a two week stay in a Tulum two bedroom unit. We entered the lobby which is expansive and open aired. Check in went without a glitch, smooth and friendly service. We did do the All Inclusive, I believe $563. per person per week. Due to this being a slow time in Mexico the hotel was pretty much empty, only six rooms being used our first week and maybe 6 the second week. Except for one weekend when a wedding was planned, we had the place almost to ourselves. We got to experience the wedding on the beach, along with a live wonderful band and such. There was remodeling and construction of some of the rooms but it bothered us none, nor did we hear any of it. This of course, shows that the hotel/resort is well maintained.

We were greeted by David the manager, he is the greatest. Then we went up the glass elevator, which is air conditioned, a nice amenity. The girls at the desk in the lobby also greeted us with the offer of going to a timeshare presentation for a buffet breakfast which we declined. We did spend some time talking with these girls throughout our stay and made some new friends in them. We did visit the salesman to request a photo with the TUG banner. This a website with great information to timeshare users. They were more than willing to do the photo shoot, knew of TUG, and of course did speak to us about a timeshare, of which we declined.

The Tulum units are 2 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. Sleeps 8-10. Full size kitchen with all the necessities and a full size refrigerator, microwave, and cook top, no oven. Kitchen table for 4, and also a bar or counter area for seating of two people. The living room and kitchen combine into one open space. The living room has a couch, chairs, end tables, TV, and of course sliders leading to a balcony the length of the unit, as well as a balcony off each bedroom. The Tulum units are ocean front so the view is wonderful. We had requested a wider balcony but due to the construction in some remodeling of rooms and the possibility of hearing noise early in morning we opted not to have that. We could have moved on the second week to a unit with that but chose to not move and we were happy and fine with our unit on the third floor. All of the rooms had telephones, colorful décor, down comforters on beds, the beds were so comfortable, not too common in Mexico, you never wanted to get out of them….lots and lots and lots of closet space, irons and ironing boards. All bathrooms were replenished daily with soap, shampoo, body lotion, towels , shower caps, shoe polishers, etc. Maid service also included daily. Due to the All Inclusive package, the room was also replenished daily with cerveza ( beer), soda, juice, chips, nuts, snacks, water, etc. and you could ask for more and as much as you wanted. Each bedroom had a desk, and we also had internet throughout our room with no charge. You can also use internet in lobby or in business center. A total of 3 Tv’s in Tulum units, with a good assortment of English and Spanish channels.

The resort, actually hotel is small, about 125 rooms, but homey and the service is impeccable, and it is well maintained. There is a nice lounge, with a piano player, named Carlos, most nights or music or TV other nights. Not a party place at night but just up the street in one direction is a bar/restaurant place called GUS’s with loud music, and in other direction can be found Valentinos Disco and such.

Everything was plentiful during our stay. The pool is crystal clear, well maintained with a slide, the Jacuzzi on top of the waterfall has sadly been changed to a hot tub at bottom. The hot tub is nice but the Jacuzzi on top of waterfall was more unique. There are bathrooms easily accessible poolside. Water temperature in pool was perfect, not hot nor cold. There is still a poolside open air restaurant, or you can order food in the lounge/bar area called El Cenote, or poolside. The waiters as usual were wonderful. Always trying to please. Our accolades go out to some of the staff such as David the manager, Pancho in sales, Carmen and Karen in lobby directing sales presentation offers, they are persistent but very sweet. Francisco, Raphael, Pablo and Jesus our favorite waiters and friends. Ernesto the new waiter on the block with an incredible personality. Also the waiters in Hacienda de La Flor and the cook , all of whom we forget their names, but again awesome service with a smile. Although we do not know all the names of the staff they are all fantastic.

The beach is soft packed, flat sand, wonderful for walking or swimming. There are many activities on the beach, such as parasailing, jetskiing, kayaking, etc. There are also a tirade of vendors, but this is Mexico and pretty typical for beaches here. I have found a “No Gracias” or a wave of the hand sends them on their way but I kind of like to shop beachside, so do not find them bothersome. They will bargain and if you speak Spanish you can get some great deals. Many of them speak English though. The view and sunsets from the resort/hotel are awesome, with the ocean, the mountains, the islands all in one, along with the huge city . We had a great view of everything with our 3 wrap around balconies. We walked the beach most days and it was very quiet on one end but more lively on end leading to Valentino’s and many people from cruise ships were in Restaurants and on beach.

The restaurant “La Hacienda de La Flor”, had a guitar player with soft music nightly. He catered the music to those in restaurant and is interactive with guests. He played a lot of songs from the Guadalajara area knowing we have a home near there. The menu continues to be varied and plentiful with lots of shrimp, seafood, lobster, Italian food, beef, etc. Try the Chili Poblano stuffed with lobster, delicious and won a cooking award, of first place. They also have a new dish which won second place. Pretty much a gourmet menu, but you can get the usual hamburger and fries if you like. There was new chairs with a different décor in the restaurant. The service in the restaurant was meticulous, maybe on the slow side for fast paced Americans but this is the Mexican way and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had flambes and wonderful desserts as well as celebrated my husbands 50th birthday with very special treatment. The restaurant is open for dinner and lunch or even for room service, full menu. When they deliver room service, they even set up the table in the room. First class treatment. You can get breakfast in the open air restaurant off the lobby via menu or buffet or order room service.

If you are doing the All Inclusive, it is just that, all drinks, all food, as much as you want, and even includes free use of boogie boards and kayaks on the beach and a tour to Deer Island, just a short ride in a boat across from hotel, lunch provided and refreshments. We did go on the Deer Island tour and it was a good experience. Short boat ride over to island and then boxed lunch and all the beer, soda or water you wanted while there. The water on that side is pretty clear and very calm. The island was pretty deserted and thus it was like we had it to ourselves. We had an enjoyable 4-5 hours relaxing in sun, swimming, snorkeling, eating and drinking while there.

There is a spa, hairdresser, and gift shop on site. They even have their own tequila, called “Osuna”.

We did a lot of walking around the Gold Zone, we shopped and shopped, and people watched and such. We walked and drove along the malecon. We bought silver jewelry, resort clothing, and leather for awesome prices.

Oh you have to try a pie from Panino, great restaurant with bakery. Yummy!! We bought a pie called Queso Helado, with a fruit topping, cheesecake bottom for 140 pesos, we have tried it before and it is wonderful. We ended up buying 3 of them to take home. We did not go out to eat this trip, planned on a few restaurants but instead opted to just relax and de-stress and get more acquainted with the staff. We met a family from San Luis Pitosi, who were very nice, as well as another American couple. We spent some time talking with them and even had dinner and drinks one night with them.

The resort remains suitable for families, couples, all ages. Continues to be a relaxing resort ( least at this time of year), with a great beach, pool, service, well maintained rooms and property, many of staff speak English, continues to have Mexican charm and nice touches, comfortable beds, just a “home away from home”. If you are looking for a glitzy Las Vegas resort, this is not it, Mexican hospitality and graciousness with the guest being the top priority. The staff, each and every one are friendly, responsive and happy to serve you. The Gold Zone is great at night if you want action, but quiet in the resort on the ocean side. We roamed without any fears in Mazatlan. The resort/hotel is very convenient to everything in the Gold Zone. Mazatlan remains much cheaper than for example, Cancun, PV, NV, but with all the progress and construction going on in marina who knows if that will continue.

We did exchange dollars for pesos and found either the Amex, just up the street to be giving the best exchange if you had an American Express card with you, or the banks, with the cambios being the least. We did tip with pesos and though not required, this staff is so incredible you actually want to tip. One of the bellboys, who my son met on a former trip…would not accept our money. We tried and tried but he said “you are my friends and I will not take a tip, please tell your son to return to Mazatlan and Royal Villas soon, I want to see him” . What an extremely kind young person and definitely a friend to us. His name is Arturo and he went out his way whenever he saw us to talk or help us etc.

Personally this resort is a 10 rating to us, but we gave it an 8, due to its small size, lack of golfing, and lack of lots of nighttime entertainment which is important to many. This is a great exchange for a nice beach, nice pool, clean, well maintained, nice but not lavish accommodations. Top notch service.

Check out went as smooth as check in, without glitches and absolutely no extra charges. We have already planning a return again next year. This is a good exchange thru RCI, despite the mandatory AI, which is well worth the price.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank bezerk
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Reviewed 27 October 2008

Just returned from a wonderful week at Royal Villas.
Last year we had a look around and dinner. This year we stayed a week, and it wasn't enough.
The hotel is right in the Gold Zone, within walking distance of so many things. The bus stop is half a block from the hotel and the pulmonias and taxis stop right in front.
The lobby is so welcoming and the staff very friendly.
We had an ocean front, one bedroom apt. with a great view of the pool and beach. All units are at least ocean view. Unlike several other resorts in Mazatlan, the Royal Villas has a smooth, clean beach and gentle surf that allows you to wade out very far and not feel at all unsafe.
The bed was great, not too hard as is often the case in Mexico.
The kitchenette is adequate, but could be a little larger. It was well equipped with a full size fridge, toaster, microwave, coffeemaker and blender.
The open air restaurant by the pool is pleasant, has good food and fair prices. It is open for breakfast and early lunch. The main restaurant in the lobby is OK, clean, attractive and friendly. We weren't all that impressed, especially when there are several wonderful places to eat just a short walk away.
One of the nicest treats we found there is a shrimp vender named Jose who comes every morning to the sea wall to sell prawns just off the boat. He cleans and veins them for you.
The pool is not huge, but well kept and very attractive. The poolside staff is helpful and very friendly. That is one of the main appeals of this resort, the friendly and accomodating staff.
The ice machine was broken for two days, but hey, it's Mexico. We got ice from the barman with a smile.
We will most definitely be returning next year!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank auntkimmie2004
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Reviewed 15 July 2008

We really enjoyed the Royal Villas and the time of the year we went. It was lovely to sit in the indoor/outdoor dining area for breakfast! The view was really beautiful and the wait staff was exceptional. They were all very attentive and nice. Breakfast food was delicious, if you enjoy Mexican Style Huevos (eggs), beans, bacon, etc.

The 4 star restaurant was nice, but over priced and over rated. We had mushrooms and they were canned and not special at all. They did do an amazing job with the flaming coffee after dinner drink. It was great entertainment to watch them prepare the drinks. They also tasted delicious. One day after fishing we brought back a Mahi Mahi (dorado fish) that the restaurant cooked for us and they did a nice job. The music in the restaurant was nice although it could have been better. It was very cheesy at times.

We loved the pool area and our room was spacious and comfortable. It's difficult to get a king size bed, if not impossible. My husband and I slept in separate full size beds each night except the first, which is NOT great on a vacation.

We found some of the front desk staff rude, unfriendly, and unhelpful. Not all the staff, but most of the front desk people were not gracious. The spa within the hotel was so so. The person giving me the massage quickly ushered me into the room, didn't ask any questions, left me and then came back. When the massage ended, she just left the room and said nothing. It was not the gracious type of exchange that usually takes place and the thought of going again wasn't appealing. The massage was good, but the attitude of the masseuse wasn't great.

The housekeeping did a good job cleaning and were very nice and cheerful. The bathroom could use some new paint and caulking though to make it appear more fresh. I love to take baths, but there tub was not appealing enough for me to enjoy a bubble bath.

What we really did NOT like was how they have people set up everyday next to the elevator being WAY TOO PUSHY trying to book you on a tour. We wanted to relax on our vacation and not do anything the first couple of days, and the pestering was very annoying. After a few days the ladies stop pestering and were very nice and friendly, but when they first spot a new guest they are relentless.

On my last day I took a city tour that I booked with the girls by the elevator. The guide was outstanding. Everyone on the tour said the trip was really good and exceeded their expectations. We went to a beautiful church, stopped to see a cliff diver, stopped at a bakery in the historic district which was unique and very good, went into a museum, and more. Our guide spoke knowledgeably about Mazatlan in a fun and interesting way.

The hotel is located in walking distance of a very cool coffee shop.

Stayed: April 2008
5  Thank mytripoutoftown
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Reviewed 18 April 2008

Comming from a 5 Star Resort in Lake Tahoe, Service is everthing to me. This Resort is the best! Buy the All Inclusive $595. It was the best investment! At the end of the week I tallied my stay as if I were at home in Tahoe. I figure i would have spent at least $5000, just on food & drinks. I have very expesive taste and I ordered only the best. Ocean View Rooms, Room service, Turn down service every day & and one of the best resteraunts in town. Ever seen a Corona comercial? This is it. I would lay beach and order a bucket. Also the Salmon dish with crakers for a snack. I dont want to leave out the giant shrimp cocktails. The night life was awesome. take the open air taxis's, they are a blast! make sure they have music before riding. Try Gus Gus he right across the street, order a flamming drink & be perpared for a great show. Rafeal at the pool & bar is the best although everyone provided great service. Make sure you wrhere your sunscreen. The shopping is fun, dont be afraid to haggle. I went down there by myself and had a awesome unforgettable time.
I will be returning to the Royal Villas.

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4  Thank Daleintahoe
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Reviewed 7 April 2008

We stayed the week of March 29th, 2008. It was a great hotel and room. There is five in our family and we had plenty of room and needed the 2 bathrooms. The staff were all friendly and the maid did a great jopb keeping our room clean. Beds are comfortable. The guys at the beach were great and really made our stay enjoyable. Would stay again.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank thefamily52008
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Reviewed 7 April 2008

We Stayed at Royal Villas Janaury 7th to 14th, 2008. We went through RCI so AI is mandatory. But it was SOOO worth it. We were on the 8th floor of the hotel. So we had a huge balcony that overlooked the pool and the ocean, it was so peaceful at night. Yeah you could hear Gus Gus. But its not like it was all night long. Only til about 2am. But it never bugged any of us. I went with my Husband, sister in law, brother in law, mother in law and father in law. We all had a blast. The only thing that I hate about Mazatlan is Joe's Oyster Bar. If you go there beware and keep track of your drinks. The screwed us over and we paid way to much. The were charging us 150 pesos per drink. That's 15 american dollars for one stinkin drink. I will never go back to that bar again. Let me tell you. And Im pretty sure we paid our tab more than once there. So just be careful... But Mazatlan as a whole and the resort were fantastic...

Stayed: January 2008
1  Thank TravelerLindsey
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Additional Information about Royal Villas Resort

Address: Calzada Camaron Sabalo No. 500, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Mazatlan
#7 Best Value Hotel in Mazatlan
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Mazatlan
Price Range: £53 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Royal Villas Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Royal Villas Resort All inclusive a lacarte Description and adventages:THE UPSCALE PROPERTY ON THE BEST BEACH OF MAZATLAN Located right in the heart of the GOLDEN ZONE of MAZATLAN, The Royal Villas resort features: 125 Suites, Jr. Suites and Pent Houses All of them with: Balconies. Kitchenettes and the best beds in town, Enjoy the only Four Diamond restaurant in Mazatlan rated by the AAA : La Hacienda de la Floor Restaurant with fine Mexican cuisine, try our delicious dishes 2007 prize winners, Have fun! during our happy hours at our Lobby Bar with live piano music and a variety of rhythms: Mexican, romantic and Jazz every day from Tuesday to Sunday, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. For Breakfast enjoy one on the best buffet breakfast in town, every day from 7:00 to 11:30 a.m. at our Montealban Restaurant, We also offer: Room Service, Acclimatized Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness center with Sauna, Game room, Satellite TV, Internet access, Spa Services, daily pool and beach activities for children and adults:Other services: Game Room, Kids club, Baby Seating, Room Service, Meeting facilities up to 200 people, Safety deposit Boxes, Handicap rooms, Non smoking rooms, Beauty Saloon, Valet Parking, Direct Dial Phone System, Purified Water System, Travel Agency, Laundry Service and Laundromat .Satellite Television / Pay per view movies Smoking and Non-Smoking Rooms, Money Exchange and Safety Deposit Boxes, Business Center, M.D. on call, hours, Private Ocean View Balconies Spectacular Sunsets.1.-Location.- Located right in the heart of the golden zone. At one of the best beaches in Mazatlán.2.- EP Plan and All Inclusive a la carte2.- Family suites with Kitchenettes3.-Free internet services4:-Daily pool and beach activities program: Daily beach and pool activities for children and adults• Karaoke• Aqua aerobics• Water polo• Bingo• English classes• Spanish classes• Deer island tours 5.-Meeting facilities for up to 200 guests6.- Catering service for up to 300 guests.7.-Wedding facilities ( full arrangements)8.-Free parking and Valet parking service9.-Free work out room10.-Free Sauna services10.-Spa service ... more   less 
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