I first went to Mazatlan about 8 years ago and was told to check out La Siesta for nice, affordable rooms. La Siesta was full, so on the advice of the desk clerk, I trundled down a couple blocks to the Belmar.
It's not the Ritz, by any means, but it has a some elegant features and a staff that treat me like family.
One year my dad was with me and fell ill after a day of marlin fishing. Joseph, the hotel's manager loaded my dad and I into his truck and took us to the Military Hospital. Joseph translated to the nurse and made arrangements for my dad to see a doctor. After a bit of a wait and some hilarity between the sweet nursing staff and my dad, the doctor arrived and without going into too much detail, all was soon well. The bill totalled about $32 US. (I tried to tip the nurse but she refused, so I took them a dozen white roses the next day.)
Last year I lost my bank card and the Senora at the Belmar's front desk made about 10 calls and located the card for me.
These are simple things when you're in your hometown, but when you're 1,000s of miles away and don't speak the language, they are very unsettling events. People like they have at the Belmar mean the world to travellers.
I first stayed at the Belmar because of the price and beautiful location, but I go back every year because it's like home to me now.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Belmar is Mazatlan's original beach front hotel. Located in front of the Pacific Ocean, in the beautiful historic Olas Altas neighborhood of Mazatlan, Sinaloa. A panoramic sea view over the Pacific Ocean awaits you. With 130 spacious, luminous, comfortable rooms with TV, bath, balcony or terrace and many with air conditioning, your comfort is assured. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Belmar Hotel Mazatlan