Just returned from a pleasant stay in Mazatlan.Lucky for me the weather was fabulous! The hotel property itself is situated in the dorada zone, close to amenities such as restaurants and convenience stores.
As for the hotel it is fair value for the price, it is not a 5 star resort but rather a clean and basic hotel. The rooms were clean, though the bathtub has seen better days and you really can't have bath but the water was hot. The rooms are cleaned daily and outfitted with a TV. The wifi is not available in the rooms but you can log on in the lobby and I was able to use on the beach. I ate several times in the restaurant and the food was OK. If you are looking for a rocking good time this is not the place for you, however if you want a relaxing vacation then this property will suit. The beach front was fine, and you never had to "fight" for a spot on the beach. There were plenty of palapas available, though the service on the beach was sporatic, which was fine you only had to walk to the bar to get what you wanted. Even though the hotel has a policy of not bringing your own beverages and food to the beach most people did and it didn't seem to be a problem.
The breakfast buffet featured an omelet table and mexican specialties. Mostly though I ate offsite. There are many restaurants in the area and across the street is a very good and reasonably priced mexican cantina called "Juanitas". It is frequented by Canadians and Americans who seem to be semi-retired. There are also a number of beachside restaurants in the area and one directly next to the hotel features a concert weekly by a country singer from alberta. Not being a fan of the genre I didn't attend but it appeared to be a sold out event.
I did go on one tour of mazatlan city, which was arranged by Tony who is the resident tour operator on site. He was most helpful and accommodating. If you needed anything by way of tours etc he was your man! He was on site everyday and arranging excursions was a simple exercise.
The views from the room on the ocean side are spectacular. Spend the extra couple of dollars to get a room on this side as you get a wonderful view of the sunsets.
All in all it was good value for the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- More than 260 recently renovated rooms, studios and suites, most with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Mazatlan Islands Nature Reserve, Isla de Pajaros, Isla de Venados, Isla de Chivos. The rooms with street view, overlook Camaron Sabalo Avenue. All Inclusive and European Plans available. Location: Golden Zone 30 minutes away from airport, 15 minutes from downtown, 10 minutes from aquarium, and 10 minutes from golf courses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oceano Palace Hotel Mazatlan
- Oceano Palace Mazatlan