We stayed here for our second week in Mazatlan. Our first week was at sister resort El Cid Marina.
This is part of the El Cid mega resort. The El Moro beach is the tower, and the Castilla makes up the other buildings on the beach side, with the Grenada to the east across the street.
We stayed in a one bedroom condo on the 12th floor... it was the northwest corner and had fabulous views of the ocean and sunset.
The rooms themselves are a bit older and dated, but typical for a timeshare resort of this vintage. Lots of space for dining and living area, plus two bathrooms, both with nice big soaker stone tubs.
- fairly central to the Golden Zone, close to many restaurants and stores, including an upscale boutique array of stores right in the complex.
- several restaurants in the complex; the a la carte menu restaurants were very good, but I didn't find the buffet restaurants to be as good for a paid dining experience (we did not do the All Inclusive option, so found it very pricey for the quality and choice of food). However, the pergola dining room features a rotating buffet selection and entertainment every night with supper, and the Mexican Fiesta (featuring games, music and entertainment) over at the Grenada is a worthwhile outing for Wednesday evening.
- easy transit access with busses, taxis and pulmonias everywhere to take you where you want to go. NOTE: there is a new Walmart super center north in the Marina area, so you no longer have to go down town to shop.
- several pools; the VIP resort is on the north end, in the quiet zone; the central main pool is heated and where most of the activities take place; the south pool is unheated, but more private and quiet.
-there is a shuttle that takes you up to the Maina resort if you want to do tours, or hang out at their more private beach on the other side of the marina canal.
- we came during a less busy time of the year, so we were able to up grade into an ocean view unit, instead of a side unit.
- the beach was handy for walking and strolling in both directions... lots of interesting things in the surf and shoreline if you look for it; yes, there were the ubiquitous vendors, but they generally leave you alone if you don't make eye contact or just say "no, gracias"
- the resort hosts do ask if you want to attend a presentation in exchange for transportation, tours, etc when you first arrive, but were pretty good about not harassing us continually (unlike some other resorts...) once we told them we were not interested.
- our showers only had two settings, "on" or "fire hose"... both bathroom showers had this issue where the shower pull would still direct water to the shower head as soon as you turned on the water - pulling it up into shower mode gave you a strong blasting shower, whereas pushing it to "off" gave you a softer shower. If you wanted to have a bath, you had to fill it up via shower, first.
- We asked for a light bulb to be replaced in our unit, which was not done before we left.
- internet service was down during a few times during our stay, but you could at least get a decent value for it... 330 pesos for a week's access, for one device at a time.
- there was a rather obnoxious brass band that wandered the beach in front of the resort on the weekend evenings, making it very hard to get to sleep. (rather inconsiderate if you have children, or prefer early to bed, early to rise on your vacations...) We had to call the front desk several times to complain before they got security to talk to them. Other friends and patrons staying at the resort that we spoke to were none too fond of this disturbance, either. We were tempted to transfer back to the Marina resort, but thankfully it did not continue on during the weekdays, so we stayed put.
Overall, it was not a bad place to stay, but I would have enjoyed it more if the brass band hadn't put us in a foul mood in the first few days of arriving.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover paradise by the sea at our breezy oceanfront El Cid El Moro Beach hotel with exquisite palm-lined beaches, endless diversions andfriendly staff ready to facilitate your dream vacation. Treat yourself to snorkeling, sailing, and deep-sea fishing; savor international cuisine and warm tropical breezes at oceanfront La Concha;swim in two large connecting pools featuring cascades and rock formations, swim-up bars and snack areas. Enjoy indulgent spa treatments, golf, and tennis just a stroll away at nearby El Cid Golf Country Club. El Moro is also conveniently connected to the pools, beach, and restaurants of sister hotel El Cid Castilla Beach,and it is ideally situated near the eclectic restaurants, bustling nightlife, and diverse shopping in the Golden Zone. • Ideal for Couples and Families • Upscale Resort right on the Beach • Gourmet Beachfront restaurant La Concha and Mexican-style La Cascada • All Suites withPrivateBalcony • European, All-Inclusive & Elite All-inclusive Plans • Large connecting pools with water cascades, rock formations waterfalls and swim-up bar and snack area • Easy access to facilities at neighboring El Cid Castilla Beach and El Cid Granada hotels • WIFI Internet Access • Short walking distance from El Cid Country Club, offering golf, tennis, spa, and a fitness center • Pronatours Tour Desk • Only 18 miles from Mazatlan Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Cid Moro Beach Hotel
- El Moro Tower El Cid Mazatlan