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“Beware the hard, painful mattresses!”
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Azteca Inn
Ranked #20 of 79 Hotels in Mazatlan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 November 2012

I went here for a weekend trip a few years ago. Unfortunately, the most significant memory I will take away is the uncomfortable, hard mattresses - it took my neck and back many months to recover.

The service was great and the people were friendly, there were many good restaurant options around, as well as ATMs and transit options, and it was close to the beach (though not quite as close as I had believed from the advertising), but the beds were so bad that we considered changing hotels mid-trip. We asked the staff about switching rooms, hoping that maybe our room was an anomaly, but they said that all the beds were identical. The rooms were relatively clean, though not immaculate.

Unless they've gotten new mattresses recently, I wouldn't recommend this place. There are many other good options around Mazatlán (and just walking around, we saw a ton that were much, much cheaper but hadn't been advertised on the internet). I'm still giving them 3 stars due to the good location and friendly employees.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

Azteca Inn is a low budget option but in a great location. The beach is across the street through a different hotel (if you do not use their lounge furniture they do not mind you to just pass through) The ocean had wave action most of the time, but only once it was scary to go deeper than waist high. The beds were hard as all the previous reviews mention, but we did not mind that too much. The rooms had enough space and furniture for a longer stay, but we wished they had a mini refrigerator (there is space for it). The shower is good size and the showerhead was a good one; however, if two people tried to use the bathroom at once, it was very tight. Maid was good about cleaning all the sand out and they change sheets every night (unless the regular maid had a day off). Decent towels and shampoo, but no tea/coffeemaker. AC unit worked great and we only used low setting; windows can open too, and there is a ceiling fan. The TV is an oldie, so the picture quality is bad (I’m used to flat screen HD quality), but we only turned it on once to check the weather. There is a “business center” with internet access, but I had problems almost every time I tried to use internet. For some reason, I thought that they had a laundry machine for guests, but no (we found a Laundromat about 3 bus stops away). By the way, the bus system is great! All the bus stops are at the parallel main street “Camaron”; about 3 stops to the supermarket MEGA and a nice ocean view ride to the old town city center (less than 20 min). The only complaint we had is with other guests: for some reason some locals think that it is ok to run around, yell or sing at 3 in the morning. But according to my research noise complains happen at all the hotels; we figured it was a cultural thing. We did complain to the reception a few times, so it least they can close the pool and hopefully that makes folks ether go to their room or go party somewhere else. No elevator, only stairs; filtered water jar for guests at each floor
Restaurants: the one at hotel was ok (the one time we ate there). Our best option was a chain Panama: very low prices, variety of dishes, always a place available, and fresh ingredients (about 2 blocks away). We also tried an Italian Place across Ramada (overpriced and have no idea what Italian should be like) and American bar next door (barbeque ribs were bad but the fish of the day was tasty, the décor and service were nice)
Shopping: absolutely loved Michaels Gallery (1.5 bls away) – artesian pieces rather than cheap “made in china” quality at very low (by American) standards. Seashell city has no AC, so I couldn’t stay inside to check all their displays; bunch of small stalls around at least get breezes. Maya store isn’t worth waiting for them to open, but can be a nice photo op (since it looks like Chichinitza ruins from outside)

Room Tip: first floor near pool can get noisy, but there is no elevator to 2nd or 3d floors
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

This is a simple cheap motel type inn. It is located close to the beach and in walking distance of most of the gold zone of Mazatlan. It was clean and just adequate. I wouldn't go back, there are too many other choices.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank chriss z
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

We stayed in April 2011. It was a place to sleep. No access to the beach except thru the hotel across the street. They say you can use the chairs at that hotel but they kicked us off and we had to rent a beach umberella for 9 dollars a day. The front desk staff were very friendly and the room was clean. Mazatlan is a large city with a few iinteresting places to go. It wasnt that warm. The waves there are incredible with some fantastic boogie boarding. One thing about mazatlan was that I thougth the food would be less expensive as this hotel is not all inclusive. In the end I think our holiday cost more than it would have going AI. Lots of police patroling the beach and armed military as well in groups of 20 or 30 patroling the beach. I would neither go back to the Azteca or back to Mazatlan it just wasnt much of a holiday atmosphere.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

If you want an affordable stay in a well kept hotel one block from the beach in the Golden Zone, this is the pick for you. The beds were a tad firm, but the rooms were always cleaned very well. TV's are a little small, and there is no fridge or microwave. We stayed for eleven days and enjoyed the pool (tad chilly at times - don't even bother with the hot tub which is not at all hot) and delicious food in the restaurant, which was also used by the locals (a good sign!). Staff was friendly, though helpfulness of the front staff varied from employee to employee. Its location in the Golden Zone meant numerous shops and restaurants were in walking distance. We will be using this hotel again for a trip in the future.

Room Tip: Rooms along the back edge (bordering the pool) also border a road on the other side which can get qu...
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

Stayed 3 nights at this small but comfortable hotel in the Golden Zone. Clean, comfortable, very reasonable price. Right in the heart of the Golden Zone so you can walk to all sorts of small shops and places to eat.

This is not a 5 star hotel, but you can't beat it for being convenient and clean. Will certainly stay here in the future.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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2  Thank Maz_friendtoo
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

We were there for five days and had a wonderfull time, the hotel is very clean and well kept

everybody was friendly like martha, our room maid, they have a small sportsbar, and the food at the restaurant is delicious, also is very well located across from the beach

we will be back

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Avenida Playa Gaviotas 307 | Zona Dorada, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Mazatlan
Price Range: £33 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Azteca Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Azteca Inn Hotel is located right in the center of fun and entertainment, in the Golden Zone (hotel zone). Just a few steps from the beach and surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants, bars, discos, cinemas, supermarket, pharmacies, beauty salon, banks, craft centers and shops, among many other amenities. Room with two double beds and capacity for 4 people. (Including children) It offers amenities including desk, air conditioning, cable TV, Free Wi - Fi, telephone, iron and ironing board, ceiling fan, hair dryer and bathroom with amenities. ... more   less 
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