This was my first trip to Mazatlan, 8 nights in a 2 bedroom family suite in building A (the oldest tower right on the beach). As a VI owner I have to say I loved this place. The most unique thing about Torres Mazatlan vs. the other VI resorts I’ve been to is that the entire resort is owned & operated by VI. It made for a great ice breaker in the hot tub at night. You get to meet people from all over and find out their favorite VI resorts and any local Mazatlan favorites and tips. We ordered the Spanish coffee at the resort and I have to say that was the most amazing presentation I’ve personally ever seen. I’m not a coffee drinker but that was truly an exception! One tip I do have is that you can NOT buy liquor after 8 at night and 4 on Sundays. Also if you like to have English muffins or beagles for breakfast in your hotel room you need to bring them from home as the grocery stores don’t carry anything like it. After going to a couple grocery stores we preferred Mega. We felt like they had more selection. Also AWAYS negotiate your taxi rate BEFORE you agree to a ride. For us in the two bedroom suite one half of our party slept on the beach side (which I personally LOVED) at night the waves crashed so loudly at times that it rattled the windows and vibrated the floors a little bit, the other half of our party slept towards the walkway, they had early morning dove cooing and a ferrell cat that LOVED to talk at all hours of the day and night…luckily they had ear plugs so they could sleep in past 5. The only complaint we had was that the bathrooms were so dark. Many times we had to go out to the balconies so we could see what we were doing also yes, the beds are a bit hard but doable. I personally wasn’t a fan of the “Golden Zone” except for the restaurant Los Zarapes. We ate there two nights in a row it was so good. I highly recommend the Chicken Kabobs topped off with Banana flambé!!! Mmmmm! If you go on a Saturday night you’ll need to make reservations as they have live entertainment. We went to Sr. Frogs on a Tuesday night and were shocked when they closed at 10pm. We went back the next night for Mardi Gras night and it was fun but not a whole lot of people there for the high season time of year. In fact we noticed that everywhere we went. On the other hand I LOVED the old district! The market, the church was the most beautiful thing I think I’ve ever seen, the theater/art district, all of it was just wonderful! We went to a little art shop on the corner across the street from the theater called Nidart where they sculpt using leather. I highly recommend checking it out! We also went to Salsa & Salsa (they only offer it to towns people on Mondays, the rest of exclusively for the cruise ships) which is held in a hotel in the Golden Zone, we had a lot of fun there, although make sure you eat breakfast first or you’ll be drinking it as the margarita’s start from the moment you walk in and continue on until the dancing starts. All and all it was a wonderful trip, we never felt nervous or afraid (except for when we were riding in taxis or buses) we were pleasantly surprised by the towel change on the 2nd day and a full room cleaning I think two days after that, we LOVED the free popcorn by the pool in the afternoons, the friendly staff and security people, the fact that each person could open their own individual room credit cards to help keep things simple, and the AMAZING sunsets!!! I hope you come and enjoy it as much as we did!