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Mariana Beach Apartments & Hotel
Av Camaron Sabalo y Priv. Costa Azul, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #6 of 36 Mazatlan B&B and Inns
Seward,Alaska
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Great place to meet new friends.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

The Marianna Hotel is perfect for a cheaper alternative to the higher priced hotels if your looking for a longer stay or on a budget.

Vern and Alfredo are what really make this place special. They will go out of their way to make sure you have as pleasant stay as possible. For example..They rearranged a room and took out a bed I didn't need after my friend left. They called and set appointments for horseback riding, dentist, massages etc. I enjoyed several nights of playing Sequence with them and others staying there. Vern even went horseback riding with me.

The maids are awesome and I had fun trying to learn Spanish. Dora is absolutely the best and always makes sure the rooms are as clean as can be. Never saw any bugs which is a big thing for me.. no ants!

I loved the music from Gus Gus and rarely missed the fire dancers that showed up around 8pm. I had a birds-eye view and the whole rooftop patio to dance around on. I was worried about the 3 flights of stairs to the rooftop but they are smaller steps and wasn't nearly as bad as I thought they would be. I found myself using them a few times as exercise and to warm up.... Nights got very cold this year.

I stayed in 3 different rooms and overall I liked the rooftop the best.
The Fishermen's Apt was my favorite for the spaciness, the view out the window and having a separate bedroom with multiple people is a plus.
The Bungalow's thatched roof is really cool with the lights. This room would be great in warmer weather. No problem with getting lots of extra blankets.
The Beach Suite is a spacious room but not so much in the bathroom. A tall person would be ducking in the shower.

Some highlights ... The bus stops right out front. Walking distance to Mega, casino, shops and restaurants. Locked gate at night. Lots of plants, tables, chairs, loungers. Internet worked great. Feeding the birds. Great grilled steaks (Jake, their cute little dog always got the bone) very close to the beach with beautiful sunsets on the rooftop. Poncho and his huge jug of hot cocoa and other treats every morning( awesome cheesecake) and a fresh shrimp vendor on sat mornings.

Thank you Vern and Alfredo for the wonderful stay and memories.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
Victoria, BC
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2011

On our previous Mexican vacations we have stayed at 4-5 star all inclusive type hotels. This trip we wanted something more adventurous and cultural.

The owners are husband and wife. Alfredo was raised in Mazatlan and his wife Verneen is Canadian. The fact that they are both so knowledgable of the area and speak both spanish and english was such an asset to making our trip amazing. We told them we wanted a more cultural vacation so they recommended a few excursions which we did and really enjoyed. One of our favorites was a trip to a small town called Veranos. It was about 1 hour from Mazatlan but we went through 7 or 8 small towns to get there, which really gave us the flavour of the Mexican culture. We went ziplining and river kayaking down an amazing scenic winding river. The day ended with a Mexican meal which included a boiling cheese and mushroom lava pot dish. On our drive back we saw a ring tailed Lemur and an Armidillo! That had to be one of our most memorable days.

Our room was clean and had a kitchenette (fridge, stove, oven) which we really liked because we were able to cook our own breakfasts and then get on with our day. They also have toasters and microwaves available (no charge) if you ask. We had clean sheets, towels and washed floors daily. They have these wonderful balconies on each level with tables and chairs so we would sit out and have our morning coffee and breakfast. Alot of times we were joined by other guests staying in the hotel which some have now become our friends.

The location of the hotel is very convenient in the "Golden Zone" so there are lots of restaurants, shops, taxi's etc. It is on the beach side of the road however it's not right on the beach but about a 4 minute walk from the beach. We felt very safe in the hotel as they have a gate they lock every night. The guests all get a key to the gate if they come in late. The area itself we felt very safe as well. It is in a tourist area and there is local and federal police presence everywhere.

It's hard to think of things we like least because the experience we had really overshadowed any little problems. If you are looking for a five star all inclusive this hotel with all the comforts of home, this is not for you. The hotel is about 45 years old and though you often get hot showers sometimes you don't (not cold but warm). Our room did not have a bathtub and I'm not sure if any of the rooms did. There is no pool however there is a hotel next door, Costa D Ore that has a pool that you can use. There is also a bar across the street called Gus Gus which at times has very loud music. When we were there they didn't have the music loud every night and I think they had it shut down by around 11pm to midnight depending on the crowd there. I usually bring earplugs when I go to places but there is an overhead fan in each bedroom which not only kept us cool, it droned out the music so I never had to use my earplugs once. Being in the Golden Zone you are acosted by alot of "timeshare" people. They are more annoying then anything but we would just tell them we weren't interested and kept walking.

My husband and I both felt like this was one of our top memorable vacations and I believe it had a lot to do with us staying at the Mariana. Thank you Verneen and Alfredo, we will be back!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2011

Vern and Alfredo are wonderful hosts, and it’s no wonder that many of their guests are repeaters! Several highlights from our stay included being invited to a pot luck dinner and a birthday party on the deck! The atmosphere is very welcoming and friendly…it feels like visiting family! We got to meet numerous family members of Vern’s and Alfredo’s also, which added to the overall experience. Very delightful folks!

Each room and/or apartment is decorated differently. One is cuter than the next! I loved the use of bright paint colors and the clever accent walls and border stripes that were painted. The patio’s and roof top were great places to hang out and read or visit with other guests. It is an older building, so there were a few quirks (nothing too bad!) but the whole place was spotless! Every floor was mopped 1st thing every morning, and all the linens were nice and clean. The main negative would be traffic noise and the band at Gus y Gus, but using earplugs and turning on the AC helped to minimize the noise.

Another big plus is the location. It is right in the middle of the Gold Zone, so there are numerous shops and restaurants within comfortable walking distance.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2011

Stayed here the 1st 2 weeks of march. i found this hotel throught trip advisor. went to the website and decided to try it. i have seen this hotel many years from across the street. the stay was wonderful. the room were clean and the owners are very nice people. they make you feel like famaliy. when a birthday party is happe4ning they invite you to it. they have pot luck dinners and makes sure every one knows and is welcomed . they even drove me to the airport in their own car.

1 day something was broken and it was fixed right away, unlike other places that takes time to repair.

i will be returning here.

maybe i should not be saying good things about this place as they have limited # of room and want to make sure i have a place for next year ( just kidding).

would i recommend this hotel, yes. and i have to many people.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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saskatchewan
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

We stayed at Mariana Beach Apartments & Hotel for 2 months in 2010...from January 15 until March 15 and enjoyed our stay immensely. Verneen and Alfredo were terrific hosts and the staff couldn't be beat! We had a great time and a lot of it is thanks to Verneen and Alfredo. Mary and Bob are very sweet and make wonderful co-hosts for Mariana.

The rooms are great and the atmosphere is very cozy. It is like visiting family when you get to know everyone. We couldn't have had a better holiday anywhere else.

Verneen and Alfredo are a very helpful and friendly couple and went out of their way to accomodate us and make our vacation one that we will always remember.

Our hats are off to you all at Mariana and look foward to visiting with you again in 2011!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AZ
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

We travel to Maz at least once a year. We have been stayng at the Costa but have tried renting apts, etc. The first time we rented to Marianas was probably 10 years ago. A relative came to MAZ and we put her up there. Rooms were in need of repair but the owners were gracious and we just needed a place for her to sleep. around 5 years ago, we stayed there. No AC in our room but we did get a breeze. Finally, we tried again last year. This time, we requested a room with kitchen and AC. Alfredo and Verneen are still in the process of upgrading the rooms, but we found the rooms freshly painted and clean. the applicances were adequate. Verneed and Alfredo responded quickly to our requests. It's in a great spot and a bit cheaper that the Costa (next door) and other resort Hotels. We had a great time and it felt like we were staying with family. Not fancy, but comfortable.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, BC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

I stumbled upon this hotel a few years ago and thought it was a great value. (used to be Bugambilias) The new owners Verneen and Alfredo are amazing! She is Canadian and he is from Maz. The rooms are upgraded and clean, the staff is very friendly and the other guests are mostly repeat visitors who stay for months at a time. Many rooms have kitchens (fully equipped and if there is something missing Vern and Alfredo will lend from their own suite!) and all have tv. Once a week there is a potluck BBQ for any interested guests. The atmosphere is so warm and friendly that it feels like I am visiting family! In the past, I have travelled with a friend but this time had no problems alone. Spent time on the patio with other guests playing cards, drinking coffee and reading. There is a collection of books and games that are there for everyone. There is also a rooftop patio open to all guests. If you can, request the rooftop bungalow with a thatched roof! The hotel is not quite on the beach as there is a house in between but you can see the beach and the ocean from the roof. If you need a blanket, chair or umbrella for the beach just ask! Alfredo will probably volunteer to carry it down for you. Be advised though, that the bar across the street Gus Y Gus plays live music every night from 8-1. It gets a bit loud if you are an early to bed type but just turn on the airconditioner or bring ear plugs and it's all good! Even better, go across and enjoy some american style rock and roll and giant lethal margaritas! Drop by Mr. Coco's, the restaurant downstairs (not run by Vern and Alfredo) and try the huevos moltulenos for breakfast. Say hi to the parrot that whistles to all the ladies going by!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Av Camaron Sabalo y Priv. Costa Azul, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
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Ranked #6 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Mazatlan
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