We love Mazatlan and we return at least once a year, if not more. We stay at different resorts, since I use RCI to trade for this resort. The place is beautiful and the food is very good, but it can be expensive compared to what else is available in the many good resturants around the area. We chose not to do all inclusive since we like to experience the city and go into Plaza Muchado and the surrounding area around the city at least 3-4 times during our stay.
The area is wonderful, it is towards the end of the Golden Zone, but just a short taxi ride or bus ride to pretty much anything you want to see or eat. Great resturants such as Pancho's (right accross the street), The Fish Market - walking distance, Chili's Peppers for the best Mango Margarita in the city and unbelievable coconut shrimp or Casa Country for a great steak and the chance to see where the locals go.
If you want to go into the city - is is about a $10 taxi ride (100-120 pesos) and it takes about 20-30 minutes depending on traffic but you get to see the Malacon on the way. Tupolo is a great resturant right off of Plaza Muchado and Pedro and Lolas on the Plaza is someplace you cannot miss. Be sure and ask for Alex as your waiter and order a Spanish Coffee if you want a great show along with a great drink.. On the weekends they close off the streeets round the Plaza and push the tables out and add live entertainment. It is a full evening of fun and food. You also have the Shrimp Bucket right off of Olas Atlas beach or if you are feeling adventurous go to the Market in the city, where you can find anything from a new pair of sandals to a full pig's head. We also go for the smoked marlin to use for afternoon snacks or the great price on Sea Bass to make a meal back at the room.
My only complaint is check in for those who are not owners. We don't go to the check in desk, we are taken to a table accross the lobby and then directed to the people who want you to go to a breakfast and a tour of Pueblo Bonita Emerald Bay. They will not give you your keys or tell you your room number until you have told them no at least 5-10 times, I have more timeshares than I want now.. They kept telling me they didn't want to sell us anything, but when I told them I had friends coming in a few hours, they asked if it was a couple and if they were bringing their husband. Of course they want to sell us something. I also received 4 calls during the week asking if we had changed our minds.
As always we will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape for an unforgettable getaway to Mazatlán's exciting Golden Zone, where new discoveries abound in this idyllic 400-year-old city. Authentic Mexican style unites with modern amenities at this Mazatlan resort. Each suite at the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán comes with an ocean view and amenities to meet your every expectation. Availably activities include sport fishing, golf, tennis, or any number of nearby beach and water activities. ... more less
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