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“Good Hotel for Family” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mayan Palace Mazatlan

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Mayan Palace Mazatlan
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Av Sabalo Cerritos | Zona Hotelera Norte, Mazatlan 82100, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #63 of 75 hotels in Mazatlan
El Paso Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good Hotel for Family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

This a great hotel if you are traveling with children. It has a lot of entertainment for your children. The ocean is always red but there is a section where you can jump waves and have fun. There is a lot of Palapas and the bar is just at the back of them. Great pool and there is an iguana that lives in the middle island of it.
If you want to go downtown take a taxi for $150.00 pesos, Camaron Sabalo bus for $9.50 pesos with air conditioner or Cerritos bus for $6.50 pesos, but also the famous Pulmonias for $100.00 pesos. 20 minutes drive and it really depends on how fast the driver drives.

Room Tip: Above 4 floor to get a better view of the ocean and pool.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Eaton, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

Mayan Palace is clean and a nice place to stay. Next time I will NOT stay at a time share. I thought I could handle this after the reviews but after working extremely hard for over 2 years and going on vacation I did NOT want to be woke up to phone calls wanting me to " eat breakfast" . Finally I caved met them for breakfast, talked to the salesman, told him no, they passed me off to 3 other guys and the third guy actually told me the salesman only had one chance of making a sale today and if I had no intention I should of said so from the beginning. I was furious! I had been telling all of them that from the beginning ! I told him I wanted to be left alone so I finally said yes and now this meeting was Over!.
My Aunt & Uncle are owners and I may have considered it but when I am on vacation , I am on vacation . I would of Never made any decisions that week. Next time I will find a great location on the Golden Zone. Mazatlan was fabulous!!

Room Tip: Always ask for room with a view ( the beach) and make sure it is ours did not have much of a view bu...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Socialmediamanager1, Manager at Mayan Palace Mazatlan, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Dear terrisboomer :
We are grateful for your taking the time to write a review about your experience while staying at Mayan Palace and for your kind words about our facilities.

As one of the most successful companies in the Mexican tourism field, we clearly communicate the terms and conditions associated with accepting an invitation to our sales presentation and everyone - at free will, attends and we appreciate their visit whether they decide to acquire our products or not.

Our goal is to make each one of our guests’ vacations relaxing and we look to please them by making sure they receive all the benefits they are expecting to enjoy during their vacation. We do appreciate any feedback being provided to us and it will be shared with the appropriate areas.
We hope to have an opportunity to welcome you back in the future to truly impress you with what we have to offer.

Sincerely,
Mayan Palace Mazatlán Management.
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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

We just got back from a wonderful stay at the Mayan Palace at Mazatlan, we were not sure what to expect with all the bad news about the place, but our experience was nothing but the best ever in Mexico. Mazatlan is a beautiful city, with lots to see and do, we enjoyed eating seafood at Azul's right on the beach in the Malecon, great food and service, and very reasonable prices, we tour all zona dorada and loved breakfast at Mary's.
You can take the bus right at the Mayan and go anywhere you want to go. Our room at the Mayan was beautiful, two double beds and a beautiful bathroom, our room did not face the ocean, but that was okay, we were at the beach to watch all the sunsets anyway, the room was kept very clean, and the staff is very helpful, the food was nice, but we much rather explore the area restaurants and markets, for good fruit and a great experience, we went to the Mercado (fruit and vegetable market) right downtown, you just take the bus there, amazing prices for fresh fruits!

The weather was fantastic, the grounds were well kept, the beach is very beautiful and the pool area is clean, we have nothing bad to say about the place, we are planing to go back.

The Sea Garden building is older and dated, so make sure you book at the Mayan Palace, not the Sea Garden.

Room Tip: Stay at the Mayan Palace, not the Sea Gardens
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bakersfield, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

Beautifully kept place, fun games & crafts poolside. That do hound u to go to the breakfast timeshare but we never answered phone. Need wi-fi but was nice to disconnect

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cannon Beach, Oregon
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Our room was nice but we weren't given an ocean front room =( and we found out cell phone CHARGERS r considered valuable. Had mine out on the nightstand along with vicodin and a watch and the charger got STOLEN and staff did NOTHING about it.. We got HOUNDED about going on the breakfast, told them up front we weren't interested. Didn't matter! The lady in charge of trying to get us signed up, called MANY times and DIDN"T like hearing "no we ARENT interested". We feel Mazatlan is like our second home and have been going since the late 1980's. We met there and got married there. Definitely wouldn't go back to Mayan Palace, unless we absolutely have to. There are other great resorts to stay at; we've stayed at many and have never had anything stolen before! Also, when we checked out after our stay, the management hounded us for a survey of our opinion of our stay, the same lady that came to tell us that they arent responsible for stolen items.

Room Tip: Make sure all valuables INCLUDING cell phone chargers are put in safe. Mine got stolen, Management c...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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san juan cosala
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

Our fifth trip to Mazatlan. A beautiful city that is virtually abandoned because of the drug cartel and
time share rip offs. Hotel is clean with good service. Prices for food and beverages are way too high and very few people eat or buy drinks. They bring their own . Jewlelry stolen from our room. Management filed a report. Pulman costs $5 for a 1 block ride.Our last visit to Maz. LaJolla time share never returned our deposit. Government has a lot of work to do to turn this city around.

Room Tip: Make sure you do not leave any valuables in the room, including cameras
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

We arrived home yesterday from a 1 week vacation at the Mayan Palace and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. This resort does not compare in size or have the amenities available as other Mayan Palaces that we have stayed in but for the size, they did a very good job at making our stay enjoyable.

We were traveling with another couple and had a 2 bedroom unit on the 3rd floor of the newer Tower behind the Reception area. We had a view of the ocean but we were just above the palm trees so we could not see the beach. We had a very small balcony which was great to watch the beautiful sunsets every night from but did provide much in the way of having a place to sit and lounge around on. The rooms are all huge and and it had a very nice, small but efficient, kitchen which we used every day for Breakfasts. It had an under-counter refrigerator but no dishwasher. All of the kitchen utensils, pots, pans and glassware were available. The coffee maker did not work but had another one there within an hour of when we called about it.

The air conditioning worked great and kept our rooms at a cool 65 degrees. The unit was very clean when we arrived and it was cleaned every day. We really enjoyed the towel sculptures and Hershey Kisses that Ignacia, our cleaning lady, provided everyday.

The TV programming was a little to be desired but we did not go there to sit and watch TV anyway. The only English speaking programs were HBO, Fox News, CNN and Nat Geo. They had good recreation center and internet room which I used everyday with business back home. There is no WIFI available at the resort.

The pool is a lot smaller than most Mayan Palaces but was clean and we had plenty of seating available. The pool bar service is a little spendy and we used sparingly. The beach access had plenty of palapas available but we did not use them The ocean was really rough due to the hurricanes south of Mazatlan and we had some pretty good winds at times. We saw very few beach vendors and that was not a problem. The ones we did talk to, had some great bargains as they were really anxious to make any kind of sale at all.

We only had 2 encounters with the Time Share people and I gently but firmly told them I was not interested and not to waste their time on me. They left us alone except for a couple calls that left a message on the phone but we never did return the calls.

We only ate at the restaurant on site the first night we were there and tried breakfast the next day. After that, we only tried the Poolside Bar / Cafe for lunches and did Room Service on three different evenings. Food was all average to good. Room Service was probably the better of all venues available. Pricing was moderate to high. We found eating at the recommended restaurants in town a little better in quality of food and value. Restaurants recommended to us were Pancho's, Bruha and another one downtown that I have forgotten. They were all good. We had the fresh shrimp at all of them with Bruha being the better place.

We are not into the local tourist attractions and tours so we talked with Manuel, the concierge that was on duty every afternoon, about setting us up with a local guide to show us around Mazatlan. He lined us up with a local Red Line Pulmonia driver named Marcos Antonio Pina who spoke very good English but was confused at times with how fast we Americans speak. He toured us all over Mazatlan for the day and then we rented a car and he took us up into the mountains the next day to a little town called Copala and to a couple other little towns they call Ranches. We were looking for silver and we got some great deals.
The best deals were made in Copala. It was off season so we were the only tourists in the town. We went through the local church (500 years old) and stopped at several little shops. We had lunch at the local hotel / restaurant and had the best meal of our trip. Just local fair with a their famous banana cream pie for desert. All in all, the service and recommendations were right on.

Business was really down and the locals seem to blame most of it on the drug problems they have been having around Mexico along with our recession here in the states. There was a problem downtown on Thursday in an area that we were in on Wednesday and the police killed 7 drug people in a confrontation. But again, if your not looking for drugs and stay in the typical resort areas, you should have no problems. To me it is as safe as any big city if
you use common sense.

We used the King David shuttle from the airport and back. The resort covered the cost from the airport in a big air conditioned bus but cost us $9 ea for the return trip back in a van that was jammed full with very little AC. We were not impressed with how they handled that part of the trip. We used the air conditioned cabs the first couple trips to town but they were so small we started using the pulmonias We rather enjoyed the open air trips over the taxi's. Same price so I guess it is just up to the individual.

All in all, we had a wonderful trip and would recommend to others with no hesitation.

Room Tip: Try to get a room above the 3rd floor in the Tower for a much better view. Even numbered rooms are o...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mayan Palace Mazatlan

Address: Av Sabalo Cerritos | Zona Hotelera Norte, Mazatlan 82100, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Mazatlan
Hotel Class:4 star — Mayan Palace Mazatlan 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come to the pearl of the Pacific. This charming spot welcomes you with beautiful beaches and the warm hospitality of its attentive staff. Relax under a palapa on the beach, explore old Mazatlan or indulge your passion for deep-sea fishing. The brand new Mayan Palace Mazatlan spreads out over the ten acre beachfront location featuring spacious one and two bedroom suites with all necessary amenities and full hotel service: Acqua Restaurant, La Ola Beach Bar and Sunset snack-bar. Room service 7:00 to 22:00. Two heated outdoor pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean and one indoor pool for Winter season convenience. Fitness Center, Sun Mini-Super Market on-site, Boutique, Gift shop and many more. ... more   less 
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