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“An oasis among large resorts” 5 of 5 stars
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Azteca Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Gaviotas 307 | Zona Dorada, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #28 of 76 Hotels in Mazatlan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“An oasis among large resorts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I have stayed at the Azteca at least twice a year for the past several years. We travel throughout Mexico and this hotel is always our home in Mazatlan. The staff is terrific and all have been there for many years. A typical Mexican hotel but always clean and secure. On site parking is a huge plus with 24 hour security. The value is among our top 5 choices in Mexico. There is a terrific restaurant just up the street on the beach side called Panchos. The food is excellent and the service is better yet. The hotel can be a bit noisy during spring break and mexican holidays but that is to be expected. The pool is terrific and the poolside bar is great for a cold cerveza! We will definately recommend and return! Thanks for the great visit!

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Tacoma, Washington
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

On the other side of the road from all the expensive beach hotels and very nice. Mid-century feel without being too outdated. Loved their little bar. Felt like I could have been Marilyn Monroe sweeping in and having a drink. And inexpensive. Greatly e. great price.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, CA
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I went here for a weekend trip a few years ago. Unfortunately, the most significant memory I will take away is the uncomfortable, hard mattresses - it took my neck and back many months to recover.

The service was great and the people were friendly, there were many good restaurant options around, as well as ATMs and transit options, and it was close to the beach (though not quite as close as I had believed from the advertising), but the beds were so bad that we considered changing hotels mid-trip. We asked the staff about switching rooms, hoping that maybe our room was an anomaly, but they said that all the beds were identical. The rooms were relatively clean, though not immaculate.

Unless they've gotten new mattresses recently, I wouldn't recommend this place. There are many other good options around Mazatlán (and just walking around, we saw a ton that were much, much cheaper but hadn't been advertised on the internet). I'm still giving them 3 stars due to the good location and friendly employees.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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albuquerque
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110 reviews 110 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Azteca Inn is a low budget option but in a great location. The beach is across the street through a different hotel (if you do not use their lounge furniture they do not mind you to just pass through) The ocean had wave action most of the time, but only once it was scary to go deeper than waist high. The beds were hard as all the previous reviews mention, but we did not mind that too much. The rooms had enough space and furniture for a longer stay, but we wished they had a mini refrigerator (there is space for it). The shower is good size and the showerhead was a good one; however, if two people tried to use the bathroom at once, it was very tight. Maid was good about cleaning all the sand out and they change sheets every night (unless the regular maid had a day off). Decent towels and shampoo, but no tea/coffeemaker. AC unit worked great and we only used low setting; windows can open too, and there is a ceiling fan. The TV is an oldie, so the picture quality is bad (I’m used to flat screen HD quality), but we only turned it on once to check the weather. There is a “business center” with internet access, but I had problems almost every time I tried to use internet. For some reason, I thought that they had a laundry machine for guests, but no (we found a Laundromat about 3 bus stops away). By the way, the bus system is great! All the bus stops are at the parallel main street “Camaron”; about 3 stops to the supermarket MEGA and a nice ocean view ride to the old town city center (less than 20 min). The only complaint we had is with other guests: for some reason some locals think that it is ok to run around, yell or sing at 3 in the morning. But according to my research noise complains happen at all the hotels; we figured it was a cultural thing. We did complain to the reception a few times, so it least they can close the pool and hopefully that makes folks ether go to their room or go party somewhere else. No elevator, only stairs; filtered water jar for guests at each floor
Restaurants: the one at hotel was ok (the one time we ate there). Our best option was a chain Panama: very low prices, variety of dishes, always a place available, and fresh ingredients (about 2 blocks away). We also tried an Italian Place across Ramada (overpriced and have no idea what Italian should be like) and American bar next door (barbeque ribs were bad but the fish of the day was tasty, the décor and service were nice)
Shopping: absolutely loved Michaels Gallery (1.5 bls away) – artesian pieces rather than cheap “made in china” quality at very low (by American) standards. Seashell city has no AC, so I couldn’t stay inside to check all their displays; bunch of small stalls around at least get breezes. Maya store isn’t worth waiting for them to open, but can be a nice photo op (since it looks like Chichinitza ruins from outside)

Room Tip: first floor near pool can get noisy, but there is no elevator to 2nd or 3d floors
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

This is a simple cheap motel type inn. It is located close to the beach and in walking distance of most of the gold zone of Mazatlan. It was clean and just adequate. I wouldn't go back, there are too many other choices.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We stayed in April 2011. It was a place to sleep. No access to the beach except thru the hotel across the street. They say you can use the chairs at that hotel but they kicked us off and we had to rent a beach umberella for 9 dollars a day. The front desk staff were very friendly and the room was clean. Mazatlan is a large city with a few iinteresting places to go. It wasnt that warm. The waves there are incredible with some fantastic boogie boarding. One thing about mazatlan was that I thougth the food would be less expensive as this hotel is not all inclusive. In the end I think our holiday cost more than it would have going AI. Lots of police patroling the beach and armed military as well in groups of 20 or 30 patroling the beach. I would neither go back to the Azteca or back to Mazatlan it just wasnt much of a holiday atmosphere.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

If you want an affordable stay in a well kept hotel one block from the beach in the Golden Zone, this is the pick for you. The beds were a tad firm, but the rooms were always cleaned very well. TV's are a little small, and there is no fridge or microwave. We stayed for eleven days and enjoyed the pool (tad chilly at times - don't even bother with the hot tub which is not at all hot) and delicious food in the restaurant, which was also used by the locals (a good sign!). Staff was friendly, though helpfulness of the front staff varied from employee to employee. Its location in the Golden Zone meant numerous shops and restaurants were in walking distance. We will be using this hotel again for a trip in the future.

Room Tip: Rooms along the back edge (bordering the pool) also border a road on the other side which can get qu...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Gaviotas 307 | Zona Dorada, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Mazatlan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Azteca Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 74
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