We stayed here 7 nights in January 2009. Under a lot of stress, we were looking for a relaxing time. We didn't get one. The timeshare saleswoman pounced on us as soon as we checked in. She also would call our room and knock on our door. She was relentless. To leave the hotel, we would sneak out through the gift shop to avoid her lurking in the lobby. I'm a mild-mannered Midwesterner but I finally had to raise my voice with her on the telephone to stop the harassment.
Much of Mazatlan was like this, unfortunately. We couldn't walk down the street without timeshare or excursion salespeople hitting us up. To avoid rabid salespeople, we walked on the narrow median in the busy street, inches away from speeding buses, trucks and taxis. Taxis honk constantly at you for rides.
It's too bad because Mazatlan is gorgeous. We had spectacular weather and ate amazing food. There are two picturesque islands in front of Costa de Oro. I never got tired of gazing at them.
We enjoyed Costa de Oro's pool area. When built, the hotel's pool probably was magnificent. It hadn't been renovated in quite some time when we were there. The pool area is elevated, affording great views. The pool service was topnotch. You never had to wait to order a drink or snack. Drinks were reasonably priced and there was a daily happy hour. You could run a tab on a credit card, which gave us the best exchange rate.
I never swam in the pool. I preferred the ocean. However, we couldn't linger on the beach because vendors would approach us every few seconds. No lie. I would cool off in the ocean and race back to the hotel pool to avoid sales pitches. A Costa de Oro saleswoman approached us once poolside.
The room was adequate. We had a balcony overlooking the garden area. We could see the pool and ocean from outside the front door. The beds were rock hard. It was like sleeping on sandbags. Room service was excellent. Bellboys delivered ice immediately. The shower was awesome.
We ate breakfast at Costa de Oro once. It was the worst meal of the week. Gus Gus across the street was probably our favorite restaurant though. Also Munchkins has the most delicious, meaty ribs.
I read somewhere that Hotel Playa Mazatlan somehow restricts beach vendors. If true, it would be worth the extra money to stay there.
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- Also Known As:
- Costa De Oro Hotel Mazatlan
- Costa Del Oro
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