We stayed 1 week starting 18 January. While it was not perfect it was pretty good.
First the drinks. There were two beach bars (one swim up) plus two drink carts and one beer cart. Never had to wait more than a couple of minutes. The RIU serves a variety of imported drinks as well as the domestics. The drinks were well made and as strong as you would like. One Canadian lady had a 16 ounce insulated coffee mug she kept having filled with Baileys!
The beach bars still have wasps. They only sting the bar tender.
Three other bars plus wine and beer in the restaurants.
Food; there were three a la carte restaurants in addition to the Grande Buffet. Only one appealed to me, it served steak and was seldom open. The other two, one Mexican, the other Oriental were really just other buffets with a more limited menu. The Grande Buffet was top notch with great variety and constant replenishment.
The guests were better than in many other all inclusives. Most dressed well, acted politely, did not get too drunk. On the weekends there were a lot of Mexican families on two and three day packages. They all have children.
The hotel is quite a ways north of Mazatlan, a thirty minute city bus ride for either 7 or 9 pesos. Take the Sabalo Centro it goes eveywhere including the old town.Taxi to the Golden Zone was $10 US, you might do better.
Rooms perfectly clean, the hotel is just 7 months old.
There were shortages of face cloths and hand towls, nothing that calling the desk could not rectify.
Entertainment. Great dancers, good productions of Momma Mia and Grease.
Free wireless internet in the lobby that worked half the time.
Mini bar was restocked every two days, but heck who wants to sit in the room and drink.
- 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