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Rio Vista Hotel

El Fuerte 81820, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ben_RC2013 San Diego, California
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel has the best location in El Fuerte, at the side of the fort, with a view on the river. The owner is very friendly, he knows a lot about the city and helped us with information anytime we asked. We had a room with a view on the river, and they served us breakfast on the table just... More

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65 reviews 65 reviews
46 hotel reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We stayed in this hotel both before and after our great trip to Copper Canyon on the Chepe train. We had three rooms for six of us. It's a unique property, filled with folk art and artifacts. Each room is unique, hand-painted, spacious and cute. Nearly all of them have a river view. This place would be particularly attractive to... More

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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

Great staff, very friendly, very helpful. The views are fantastic, the breakfast is lovely, and the hotel is very unusual. It does need a bit of work, but the rooms are a good size, and the prices are more than reasonable. It is very eclectic as others have said, the views from room 22,23 and 24 are fantastic. We had... More

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Sisters, Oregon
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Chal and his brothers run one of those little gems of a place that appeals to experienced travelers who seek out reasonable comfort but with a large dose of CHARACTER. The Rio Vista delivers. The rooms and hallways are covered in folk art...so fun and so colorful. The rooms and beds are comfortable if sometimes just a little funky... Get... More

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Sydney, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The hotel is conveniently located. The building is sprawling and fairly rustic.We stayed one night before catching El Chepe. There were very few guests, probably because of the season. There was a heavy rainfall which caused a leak in our room that the staff dealt with calmly. Our room was comfortable with interesting decor and a great view. The restaurant... More

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Alresford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Best service we've ever had at an hotel. Run by three brothers it has a family feel. One brother Chal made a special effort to recover our lost case, another Phillipe took us on a wonderful river boat bird watching tour and Nacho prepared us a great breakfast. So often you can feel people just want your cash but these... More

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San Francisco, California
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38 hotel reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Maybe not so chic... no, really, I loved it at first sight, but first impressions can be deceiving when you dig a little deeper. 3 stars doesn't really describe it. 3 stars is average, or "just ok." No, chain motels are "just ok." What was good about this place was really good, but what was gross was really gross. First,... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Hotel Rio Vista. November 2013. What a treat this little place was. A beautiful view of the river from the highest point around. The hotel is a quaint old building right next to the fort/museum. When I say close I mean that the back wall of the fort is the side wall of the hotel walkway. We were greeted by... More

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Seattle, WA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Friends and I went to El Fuerte on our way through Copper Canyon. Best of all it cuts 2 hours of boring train ride off the beginning of that ride. The hotel owner, Chal, is friendly beyond belief. He is flawlessly honest with prices and referrals. We ate most meals in El Fuerte at the hotel because it was simply... More

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Columbus, Indiana
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20 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

The hotel is located just two blocks from the main plaza and also offers boat tours to Petroglyphs. I paid 93 USD (1200 Pesos) for two nights. The owners are very friendly and were very prompt to respond to any requests. If you arrive in El Fuerte by El Chepe train, you can take a bus from train station to... More

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Address: El Fuerte 81820, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > El Fuerte
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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On the highest hill with a view of the Fuerte River, this lodge is a reconstruction of the original stables to the fort. Verdant gardens are abuzz with hummingbirds and many endemic birds may be viewed from the balconies. The owner, Chal, is an avid birder and his river float offers true birding with a spotting scope. The open trailer offers birding to other areas. ... more   less 
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