On April 30, 2013 we checked in for 14 nights. Your bracelets are attached to your wrist on the bus before you even step off. We've been on at least 22 all-inclusive trips and this place; we decided ranks 3rd. Only 35 minutes from the airport, we arrived and both simultaneously gawked at the sparkling, clean, modern freshness of the lobby, with all of its artwork and statues and pristine floors and total lack of dust and dirt of any kind. Bank machine and currency exchange. U.S. dollars aren't welcome due to drug cartels and money laundering. For every 1000 pesos I withdrew from the bank machine, including service charges showed up as $88.00 on my ING bank statement when I got home We arrived at 1130 am and were told check in was at 4 pm, however when we went to the front desk to ask a question we were told our room was ready anyways, so up we went. Unit # 1212. Up the elevator (under surveilance) to the 12th. floor and the view stepping out of the elevator was spectacular; an entire panoramic view of the mountains and city to the right, water park straight to the front and Mazatlan bay to the left. Again, the hallway was sparkling. Into the room and our first impression was the cleanliness and modern look to the room. Spacious bathroom with double sinks, over sized shower. Large closet with safe, iron, tons of hangers, with a top shelf. The bed was a king size with proved to be quite comfortable, 2 bedside tables with drawers and wall lamps. Dresser with 6 drawers. Best of the best air conditioning. GREAT shower, with no hot waters issues. The both of us unpacked 100% and found a spot for everything (and you should see the crap she brings!) There is also a fridge STOCKED to the brim including 2 ice trays. Above that is a marble counter top equipped with ice bucket, glasses, and 4 different liquor bottles attached to the wall ready for pouring. Flat screen t.v. (approx. 32") about 40 channels, 20% English. Hope you like Friends, Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half men. Then there is the balcony.......WOW!!!!!!! What a view. Breathtaking ocean view (no such thing as non ocean view so DON'T request it cuz you'll pay extra for it.....so we've heard lol.) The sprawling Pacific in front, mountains to the left, rock formations to the right. The whole pool area right below you. The balcony was in tip top condition with tiled floor, stucco walls, white railing, towel racks to hang your wet things, table with 2 chairs, and quite spacious. So, fully unpacked, we venture down the elevator and out to the pool area. 3 pools with a ridiculous amount of lounge chairs (with the hotel at full capacity you can still get a chair by noon without a problem) The smallest pool has a swim up bar also with tables and sitting areas built right into the pool. The other 2 pools welcome children and are quite large. The beach is 30 seconds away where you can walk to and burn the crap out of your feet or engage in a lengthy conversation with one of many vendors who always have a "special price for you amigo, today only". DON'T BUY THE SILVER. I'm experienced enough not too, but I know of a few friends who did.........sad........ Told ya! If you enjoy the tarnished look and lots of attractive bumps on you neck which itch with delight, then go ahead and buy the silver! There are ropes in the sand dividing you from the vendors which they will not cross. The ocean is sandy, no need for water shoes, and the undertow is a little on the strong side. So be cautious please. There were about 3 seperate rescues that i heard about. One jellyfish attack which was sad. A girl (14 ish) looked like someone took a leather strap to her back and upper left leg. They took her to the hospital. After that, at any given time there were 30 people in the ocean and no more attacks. If you turn right at the beach, you can walk for 10 minutes to a rocky hill and you'll see lots of beautiful shells sweep up the shore with every wave, complete with craps and the occasional lobster. There, you will find a restaurant who serves lobster. We read on TRIP that it had the best lobster, but speaking to a few people, it couldn't hold a candle to "ROY'S". When you walk to the end of the driveway from the hotel, turn left, walk 10 minutes to a strip mall which has more stores......you know.....the kinds that ALL sell the same things lol. You'll find a few restaurants as well. ROY'S gave us a meal never to be forgotton. What you'll get is 2.....................yes----TWO lobsters cut in half and 4 shrimp, veg, fries, garlic butter. garlic bread 199 pesos!!! ($18 Can) There are 5 varieties of shrimp....we chose coconut shrimp. When butterflied and breaded, each was the size of the palm of your hand HUGE! Served with a wooden bowl of sweet mango sauce. When a 250 lb. man says he's full, then you know it's a lot of food. Also at Roy's, you can phone Canada or USA on the house!! Next door was a sports bar called "The Last Drop". Free wifi and a number of flat screens. Alex, the server is very attentive and friendly and practically runs the whole show. Say hi to him and tell him Sean and Colleen (Toronto Maple Leaf fans) sent you. Yes, we were at the bar for all 7 games of the Leafs/Bruins series and were present for the jaw dropping game 7 third period collapse of the Leafs. Sure he'll remember THAT! The bar was so full, he ran out of beer and we took turns going over to ROY'S to buy 6 beers and bring em back to THE LAST DROP. He also sells lobster, 2 lobsters NO shrimp included 179 pesos. Mammoth burgers which I couldn't finish, Very good chicken wings. If you order mild, they're hot. If you order hot, they're hotter! So ladies, ask for barbeque wings lmao! beers are $2 but if you get there before 5 pm they're $1.50. We would get there for happy hour and order 6 or 8 beers in an ice bucket. On the way back to the hotel, it's dark and the evening breeze is welcoming. On the way home, we feed the stray dogs along the boulevard the rest of the burger i cannot eat. Tails wagging, cuz the burger had cheese and bacon on it I suppose. If you don't feel like walking, taxis are always ready and waiting to serve you for $2-5. The next morning you may want to venture out to the "Golden Zone". At the end of the driveway, you can wait for a bus named "Cerritos" which you should confirm with the driver "Golden Zone?" 8 pesos (70 cents) or you can take a taxi 120 pesos ($11) In the golden zone you will find everything. Suvenirs, clothes, food, bars, authentic and as well as McD, B King, D.Q., etc. The Mega store, which sells groceries and dept. store items as well. You can walk down the street or ride in any vehicle with a beer no problem. Coming home, look for Cerritos again and ask the driver..."Riu"? You can buy an excursion for $25-30 from the hotel which will be a guided tour of the golden zone as well as "Old town". There are many excursions you can buy as well for well under $100 (surprisingly) We did Stone Island for $52 which included 6 seperate excursions on the island that you get to choose any 2, lunch and alcohol inc. I heard of people going on an atv trip for $75. If you run out of smokes or simply want a Kit Kat, sunscreen or some chips, you can turn right at the end of the driveway, walk 10 minutes and you'll find a brand new gas station/variety store. All half price compared to hotel prices. You'll see lots of gecko's and a few lizards on the way to the gas station, or the strip mall. Now I know you want to know about the food. BUFFET: huge huge variety. Keep in mind it gets repetitive, it's the patrons who change....NOT the food. breakfast had it all.....pancakes, maple syrup, honey, eggs all styles, bacon, donuts, many fresh healthy juices, smoked salmon, cream cheese, peanut butter jam, all of the authentic items too, enchiladas, beans, fruits, hash browns (almost as good as McD'S), bagels, breads, 2 cuppicino/ espresso machines. Lunch.....pan fried fish, pastas, wings, burgers, nachos, burritos, ice cream, pizza (yuk), spicy salsa's, Dinner.....ribs, roasted chicken, turkey, roasted pork, fish pan fried also crispy breaded (yum), calamari, pastas. All meals had massive cold tables which infinite salad items....all in all i'm sure I'm missing 1000 items. Specialty restaurants......Italian buffet 5/10. Asian buffet 6/10. Mexican ala carte 5/10. main buffet 8/10. snack bar (served between lunch and dinner) 6/10. Outside restaurants at the strip mall and golden zone 9/10. Mazatlan is safe, enjoyable, exciting, breathtaking, hot and cheap. The resort is full of friendly staff who are always dressed in clean pressed uniforms and smiles. Free wifi in the lobby which I suggest you take your smart phone to the front desk first time signing in as you'll need to be walked through the procedure. Signal is choppy but sufficient. What else????? Oh ya. From May to August alot of locals stay there as a family getaway. I love this because of the entertainment value. When you see 3 amigo's arm in arm, and the guy in the middle has each of his eyes focused on two seperate clouds and his legs drag while the friend on either side of him are smiling and assisting him to his room....if he has no friends presently on either side of him, then amusing is the fashion in which he walks and his balance is quite unlike yours or mine.These are what we call Mexicans on vacation. This entertainment is included in the price. All in all, great spot, worth the money and would return there if the world wasn't so big!
- 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