The RIU Emerald Bay is a very big hotel. If you like 3-4 buildings spread around acres, this is not it. It is a massive building. Even from the plane your see the RIU. I have been to quite a few RIUs and what I really liked about this RIU is that every single room in this hotel has an ocean view! Which is awesome! The views differ based on the class of room your booked, but never hurts to ask for a bigger room, or an upgrade to get a nicer view. Large, clean rooms all with balconies. But seriously why would you want to spend time in your room anyways. The beach at this resort goes on forever. Beautiful sunset everynight. The food is your average resort food. Not authentic Mexican, catered to tourists, but that’s the way it supposed to be. It was a bit chilly at night, so take a sweater. There are 2 bars in the lobby, when facing the beach, the one on your left is way classier. The other one is the sports bar, which is open 24 hours. Also the pool on your left when you exit the hotel is cold, cold cold, all the others are heated. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed. If you really need WIFI it is free in the lobby, but only for 90 minutes per day per device. You can pay for it (pricey) in other parts of the hotel. But other than that it is typical RIU 24 all inclusive hotel, with a fully stocked fridge in your room. Do not drink from the bottles in your room, cheap booze. Make the effort, go to the bar, the bartender in the nicer lobby bar is excellent.
I really enjoyed Mazatlan. It is a more authentic experience of Mexico. No huge resorts, no massive condo projects, serene, friendly and safe. We had our kids with us, purchased a tour package from one of the guys on the beach, and spent a nice morning and afternoon on Stone Island. It included 3 activities; my kids went boogie boarding and horseback riding through the village roads and on the beach. Lunch was provide, alcohol was provided and a live band. All for $80. Yes for all of us and included a 2 hour boat tour of the harbour, history lesson, tractor to the restaurant, transportation from the RIU and back to the harbour, and boat to the island. Umm the boat was a well a …..okay it was a boat, but all of us threw on life jackets anyways……hahahaha………good experience.
Overall Mazatlan needs us the tourists to come back. I found it very safe and beautiful.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riu Emerald Bay Mazatlan