We badly needed to escape this frozen mess of a winter. Through Sun Country Vacations, an all-inclusive resort and flight was at a price where we'd regret NOT going! Off we go to Mazatlan for a Mid-January 2014 vacation!
Check-in took a little while. That's to be expected considering we were part of a full bus that transferred us from the airport. Our reservation wasn't in the system that also led to a brief delay, but in due time we were all set. We ignored the very aggressive timeshare salespeople and headed to the pool bar for some drinks!
The pool-side room on the second floor was clean and comfortable. The view faced the ocean which gave us a partial view of the Pacific and some awesome sunsets! The beds were on the firm side but our bed had a pillowtop cover that made sleeptime cozy. A heads up; you may want a different room if you don't like noise. It was pretty quiet at night but can get noisy during the day. Showers were hot with good water pressure.
The food was, all in all, okay. The breakfast buffet was a strength. Their made-to-order omelets were delicious and there were many options at the breakfast buffet. For dinner, the taco station at the Mexican restaurant is a must-try. The guacamole, salsa and ceviche were good for a mid-afternoon snack. Otherwise, the other meals on the property had a frozen dinner quality to them. I would encourage going off the property and try some of Mazatlan's other dining options for a change of pace. There are many excellent seafood places to check out and prices are very reasonable.
Drinks at the resort were made to order. Beer is ice cold and you can have any beer you want as long as it's Pacifico or Modelo. Tip your server well the first round and the drinks will keep coming. Margaritas, Micheladas, whatever you're feeling, the bartenders make them well.
The beach had a lot of vendors. Each sunset, they were there trying to make one last sale in a production I dubbed "Desperado Theater." They're aggressive, but a firm no will send them to another unsuspecting victim.
The poolside was enjoyable. Plenty of pool chairs available to bask in the 80F and sunny days. The pool was clean and the temperature was just right. If you're bored, jump off the cliff into the deep end or go down the slide. You're never too old for that.
One of our favorite parts of the trip was interacting with the Actividades crew. Ruben, Luis Gonazlez, Hans and Angelica were amazing hosts. They were always positive and encouraging and had a fun personality that was contagious! DJ Frank spun fun tunes and had a good sense of humor during the silly, but entertaining, pool games. In the evening, the crew puts on an entertaining program as well.
Another highlight of the resort was the lobby bar lounge. Brush up on your pool game and meet new friends.
The location is great. You can get a pulmonia (a golf-cart taxi) for 70-80 pesos that fits up to four people and take you anywhere in town. Haggle a little for shorter trips and pay even less! The OXXO is a two-block walk for your Ruffles Queso chips and Mexican Oreos.
Overall, for the price, we were very impressed with this resort. Every employee of the property was friendly and aimed to please. We would strongly consider a return trip to this Mazatlan resort in the future. If you want to have some fun and not break the bank, consider El Cid Castilla Beach for your stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of Mazatlan's Golden Zone with splendid views of the ocean, refined comforts, and warm, friendly service, El Cid Castilla Beach offers a delightful combination of sun and fun for all ages. Relax on our beautiful sandy beach as the Pacific laps at your toes, sip a refreshing beverage at one of our two connecting pools or enjoy a gorgeous sunset from your balcony as it melts on the horizon. Serving as a tropical oasis for unforgettable getaways, Castilla's vibrant location makes it the perfect retreat for entertainment seekers as it is just a few sandy steps away from the energetic nightlife, enjoyable shopping, and restaurants including Senor Frogs restaurant and disco on site. • Ideal for Friends and Families • European, All Inclusive and Elite All Inclusive Plans • Three restaurants with international cuisine • Kids Club (From 10am -10pm) • Teens Club (From 11am-7pm) • Theme night dinner buffets with live entertainment • Two expansive, connecting free form pool with swim up bar • Beach front property with aquatic center • Pronatours Tours Desk • WIFI Internet Access • El Cid Golf & Country Club, offering golf, tennis, spa, and fitness center • Only 18 miles from Mazatlan Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel El Cid Castilla Beach
- El Cid Mazatlan
- El Cid Castilla Mazatlan