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Hotel Riu Emerald Bay
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Av. Sabalo-Cerritos #3404 zona costera cerritos | Nuevo Mazatlán - Sinaloa, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #14 of 76 Hotels in Mazatlan
edmonton
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Gotta love it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

stayed from jan 25-feb 8, travelled with sunwing, great flight, hot meal, snacks, and free headsets. Hotel is about a half hour ride from airport. Hotel staff boarded bus and gave us our all inclusive bracelets....we proceeded to lobby bar, greeted with drinks, snacks and lots of smiles. Got envelope with our name and there was room key, towel cards and luggage tags if we wanted it delivered to our room. Room was gorgeous, huge king bed, huge balcony, huge bathroom with double sinks. Mini bar with beer water and pepsi or seven up and four licqour dispensers above it.....Many calls in two weeks to follow to ensure everything was okay and if there was anything we needed. Three pools: quiet pool, activity pool, and pool bar. Beach was beautiful, swim at your own risk due to strong riptides and jellyfish.....beach vendors stay behind rope.and if not interested just say "no thank you" and no problem.....Food was wonderful and not repetitive, lots of choices....we opted to not try a la carte, our choice......entertainment staff are great and work hard...stretching classes, aqua aerobics, spanish lessons, bingo,beach or pool volleyball, water polo, air gun, darts, ping pong, and dance lessons.......evening entertainment was okay, we preferred the audience participation nights. Downtown is an 8 peso busride away, we did this twice.......to go to golden zone, and to walk the malecon. Make sure to take a ride in the open air taxis. We did the stone island excursion and enjoyed what it included.....an hour tour of mazatlan coastline and horseback riding, cart tour of island and the lunch. back to hotel....coffee and food (pizza, nachos,burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches) available 24 hours in sports bar. 90 minutes of free wi fi per day. Felt safe entire stay, even the day we ended up off the beaten path and stayed way too long on bus...lol.....no problems what so ever.....Staff are amazing.......Fabian at pool bar, and waiter Genovani to mention just a couple.....and of course Larissa on entertainment crew.........there is a disco 6 nights a week we just chose not to partake...........It is busier on weekends but nothing the amazing staff there can't handle. Make sure you try their amazing coffee.....coffee, baileys, brandy, ice cream and chocolate syrop....sooooooooo good. Would we go back? You better believe we would...in a heartbeat

Room Tip: all rooms are ocean view, we chose third floor just in case long wait for elevators, which only happ...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Stayed here for 2 weeks early January.
Unfortunately, both myself and another member in our group got food poisoning. The worst thing was this hotel may be all inclusive but does not have room service. Thus despite feeling weak and spending 3 days in washroom, I still had to go down 18 floors just to get myself some tea. Being a type 1 diabetic, the lack of room service along with being ill, caused a problem for me. Additionally, I fell twice on the stairs. Hurting myself both times. No one seemed to care that I was banged up, bruised and ached all over. So between these things... it put a damper on my stay. I felt that they really didn't care. Housekeeping was great, living a tip and showing appreciation helps.
And not once were the drinks mixed the same. And the martinis were never mixed the same. Some bartenders didn't even know the correct way to make one. I have stayed at other Riu Hotels, this one is one I won't be returning to.

Room Tip: I was on th 18th floor, north side. Very quiet. Although the rest of the family, four other rooms...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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St. Albert, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

My husband & I just got back from Mazatlan, Mexico. Feb 8th. ' 2013 Stayed at this beautiful 5 star resort -RIU EMERALD BAY.... The big/spacious hotel is very impressive & super clean. not to mentioned all the super friendly stafff and the guard that seems to work 24/7 to make sure everything is to each guest expectations. Bravo !!! All rooms are ocean view & its amazing first thing when you woke up looking at your veranda room with this spectacular view of the beach and the palm trees. It's so relaxing & the view is truly breath taking. I'll say its close to touching heaven. Indeed a paradise....Foods are abundance and just so fantastic. We hope someday we can also try to stay at RIU EMERALD BAY Resort in a different Caribbean location, as we surely enjoyed our stay. We brought home precious sweet memories of RIU... Orest / Vilma - from St. Albert, Canada

Room Tip: I'll say all room are excellent as all the rooms are ocean views... We stayed on the 7th. floor...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lethbridge, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Me and my husband stayed here for a week. It was very clean, and felt safe. We had a great time. The shows at night were a nice option to have as entertainment. Only complaint would be house keeping was coming to our room after 2, and was sort of a nuisance to not have your room cleaned by the morning. Other than that, drinks great food as awesome!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013 via mobile

Went to the Riu Emerald Bay January 28th, 2013 - February 5th, 2013, and loved it.... I have been to 10 different Riu's in the past and loved them all and this one did not disappoint.

Pros: the resort itself, it was beauitful, the beach is wonderful to go for long walks, even went for a swim in the ocean, it was cold at first, but once your body adjusted it was awesome. I love the food, remember it is a buffet... My husband thought the lunch buffet was a little repetitive... But it is lunch? We went to the Mexican and Italian a la cartes, both were fine.

Rooms where clean and comfortable, we also were lucky to get a suite which was incredible....

The thing I liked the most was the staff... Everyone and I repeat everyone were amazing, friendly, accommodating and welcoming... The front desk especially Erica Engel the marketing manager, the pool bar staff especially Fabain and Arturo and all of the entertainment staff. We thought the Variety Show that the entertainment crew put on was one of the best that we have seen.

We took advantage of the Cerritos bus into town twice, once to the Mega and then to Walmart the next night. We also did some souvenir shopping the night we went to Mega, it was a short walk from Mega and it was fun to walk up the Main Street.

Cons:

The first two days it was cold.... But that is not Mazatlan's fault just Mother Nature and even though the entrainment staff is amazing I think there can be more activities at night time before the shows etc...

However my biggest complaint is the dessert, there is to much Flan type desserts... Everything bounced... Lol


I would definitely recommend the Riu Emerald Bay in Mazatlan... We loved it!

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Lethbridge, Canada
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Well, to start off with, the food was amazing! I especially loved the fresh fruit, the fresh peanut butter, the fresh chocolate, the ice cream, and the guacamole. These people cook amazing food! Secondly, the resort was beautiful and there were always people going around and cleaning it. The staff was extremely friendly as well. Larisa, Regina, Fernando, Raymond, Alex, and Ernesto were some of my favorite staff there. The cleaners did an excellent job of cleaning not only the rooms but the whole place. The drinks were some of the best ive ever had including the beer.Ask Alex or Ernesto in the theatre room for any shot and you wont be disappointed. If anyone wants to know the zipling/tequila tour was awesome thanks to Roberto. The papparazzi was amazing with his camera and i would definetely encourage everyone to book a photo shoot. Thanks to everyone who works there for an amazing one week vacation.

Room Tip: we didnt choose but the rooms were excellent! they all face the ocean so there is no disappointment...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stony Plain
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This is my first review. a few of us go away every year, and with me being in a wheelchair, we always stay at the RIU'sfor the handicap room. Emerald Bay was clean, good food, every room is an ocean view. saw alot of locals eating in the buffets, people walked off the beach into the hotel (we know by the wrist bracelets). The friendly atmosphere was not there, compared to the other RIU's. no decorated towels we always get, no decorated fruit at the buffet tables, staff was nice, but not "friendly". and yes, we tip lots, more than most average people. Guess we got spoiled at the other RIU's.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Av. Sabalo-Cerritos #3404 zona costera cerritos | Nuevo Mazatlán - Sinaloa, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Mazatlan
#6 Spa Hotel in Mazatlan
#8 Romantic Hotel in Mazatlan
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Mazatlan
#13 Family Hotel in Mazatlan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Riu Emerald Bay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 716
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* Opening summer 2009 * 12 km / 7.45 Miles from Mazatlan, overlooking the Pacific Ocean * Located on Playa Las Brujas beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 20-story main building * Surrounded by 13.500 M2 / 16.15 Sq. Yards of lush gardens * 10 km / 6.2 Miles from various shops * 12 km / 7.45 Miles from Mazatlan * 32 km / 19.87 Miles from the airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa ... more   less 
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