The Royal Villas Resort is an all inclusive hotel offered by Sunwing Vacations. If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful get-away with a local flavour and Mexican cuisine then you should consider this option.
The room was a one bedroom suite with 2 double beds and full kitchen/dining/living room and 2 baths and 2 balconies (with ocean view). The refrigerator was stocked with 4 beer, pops, juice and water and a basket on the table had 2 bags of nuts, chips, 2 chocolate bars and was replenished as you ate them. The food was good but not necessarily for everyone. If you are not prepared to eat Mexican then I think you would be disappointed. Seafood or upscale beef on the dinner menu was an extra charge. Dining does get a bit limited because there is only one option open for each meal. It was our experience that so long as they understood what you wanted, they were happy to accommodate you. Because the cost of this vacation is so reasonable, you can spend some money and eat as some of the local restaurants.
Drinks were local so if you wanted a premium brand you would also have to pay extra but beer was Corona & another local brand in the bottle. Drinks were in good sized cups, garnished with fruit and umbrellas.
The atmospherer is laid back with a small pool with ample chairs & towels and attentive service by staff. All staff in every capacity from cleaning staff to reception were friendly and helpful throughout our stay. There are many vendors but you just tell them no thank you and they don't pester you.
The hotel offered boogie boards and a catamaran for all inclusive guests. The surf was fun for the boards on several days.
Although there is currently a travel advisory, we felt very safe and spoke to many patrons who own time-shares in the hotel who share that opinion. You could walk the dark sand beach for quite a distance or walk along the sidewalk on the Playa Dorado for quite a few miles. There are many interesting shops and restaurants.
We went down to the market and Cathedral in the old town. We took the tourist bus (air conditioned) for 9 pesos (less than $1.00) and took a pincho (a supercharged golf cart) back for 40 pesos (less than $4.00). Negotiate your price before you get in.
The only real criticism I have is that on our last day we were scheduled for pick-up at 4:15 but were informed that our bracelets would be removed at 11:00 am. Thankfully Bernardo stepped in and ensured that we had food and drinks of our choice for the day otherwise our last day may have been spoiled by this unexpected glitch.
During our stay, there was a conference and a local wedding. Neither impacted our holiday in a negative way. In fact, the breakfast buffet was presented every day but 2 when usually it would only be on Sat & Sun, so we benefitted from them.
Be sure to tip. They give good service regardless but are appreciative of the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Villas Resort All inclusive a lacarte Description and adventages:THE UPSCALE PROPERTY ON THE BEST BEACH OF MAZATLAN Located right in the heart of the GOLDEN ZONE of MAZATLAN, The Royal Villas resort features: 125 Suites, Jr. Suites and Pent Houses All of them with: Balconies. Kitchenettes and the best beds in town, Enjoy the only Four Diamond restaurant in Mazatlan rated by the AAA : La Hacienda de la Floor Restaurant with fine Mexican cuisine, try our delicious dishes 2007 prize winners, Have fun! during our happy hours at our Lobby Bar with live piano music and a variety of rhythms: Mexican, romantic and Jazz every day from Tuesday to Sunday, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. For Breakfast enjoy one on the best buffet breakfast in town, every day from 7:00 to 11:30 a.m. at our Montealban Restaurant, We also offer: Room Service, Acclimatized Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness center with Sauna, Game room, Satellite TV, Internet access, Spa Services, daily pool and beach activities for children and adults:Other services: Game Room, Kids club, Baby Seating, Room Service, Meeting facilities up to 200 people, Safety deposit Boxes, Handicap rooms, Non smoking rooms, Beauty Saloon, Valet Parking, Direct Dial Phone System, Purified Water System, Travel Agency, Laundry Service and Laundromat .Satellite Television / Pay per view movies Smoking and Non-Smoking Rooms, Money Exchange and Safety Deposit Boxes, Business Center, M.D. on call, hours, Private Ocean View Balconies Spectacular Sunsets.1.-Location.- Located right in the heart of the golden zone. At one of the best beaches in Mazatlán.2.- EP Plan and All Inclusive a la carte2.- Family suites with Kitchenettes3.-Free internet services4:-Daily pool and beach activities program: Daily beach and pool activities for children and adults• Karaoke• Aqua aerobics• Water polo• Bingo• English classes• Spanish classes• Deer island tours 5.-Meeting facilities for up to 200 guests6.- Catering service for up to 300 guests.7.-Wedding facilities ( full arrangements)8.-Free parking and Valet parking service9.-Free work out room10.-Free Sauna services10.-Spa service ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Villas Hotel Mazatlan
- Royal Hotel Mazatlan
- Royal Resort Mazatlan