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“Nice Hotel, Sting Rays in the Ocean” 3 of 5 stars
Review of El Cid El Moro Beach Hotel

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El Cid El Moro Beach Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Av. Camaron Sabalo S/N B, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #7 of 72 hotels in Mazatlan
Los Angeles, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice Hotel, Sting Rays in the Ocean”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We were pleased with our room as it was on the 27th floor and had spectacular city and ocean views. I wish I had seen the sting rays from above (as another reviewer mentioned) as my 16 year old son was stung. It was a VERY painful and scary experience. El Cid should post warning signs because if we had known we would not have gone into the water.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

We had a good time this week in Mazatlan. The hotel picked us up from the airport, which was great. The check-in process took over an hour, however. This is the risk you run when staying at a hotel which services multiple timeshares, inclusive deals, etc. The checkin process is frustrating, so be prepared. The food is what you'd expect from a resort offering inclusive packages, so try to eat in town when you can. The service is fantastic overall. Our bellman, Ramon remembered us and offered additional help to secure a van back to the airport after the front desk told us they only assist with vans (there were 6 of us) TO the hotel. Ramon rocks. The poolside waiters are fantastic--especially Francisco, who went out of his way to accommodate us, providing us with anything we wanted. Multiple pools, a great beach area, and rooms which, while dated, are always clean.

The worst part of the experience was the timeshare up sell. Be warned that if you go to a presentation, which is presented as part of the deal when you stay here as part of an existing timeshare visit, there are multiple confusing layers, interviews and incentives. We joked that it was Like Hotel California, and feels like you can check in but you can never leave. This aside, the hotel staff is great overall and we enjoyed our week here.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Port Orchard, Washington, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Family of 4 first time to Mexico. We went 12/20-12/26. Mazatlan was amazing. The staff at the El Cid resorts treated us like gold. The food was amazing. We had Elite All Inclusive and it is true, everything is included. Even what wasn't on the menu.
Ramon was a favorite waiter at the pool and he was great. All the waiters and hotel staff was amazing.
Yes, the pool is heated and it was like bathwater. Our two girls (7 and 10 years old) loved the pool and the resort. And the pulminias.
We went everywhere in Mazatlan and never felt unsafe. The locals were friendly, helpful and wanted us there. It was great.
El Cid was better than we expected and we loved it. It is great for families. We travel a lot to resorts in Southern California, Vegas, and Hawaii. El Cid was right up there with those resorts as far as service and food. The staff was the best we have ever dealt with. They were so great and helpful.

I have noticed many people on Trip Advisor leave negative reviews about Mexico. Yes, there are something challenging or different. But isn't that why we go to another country, because things are different? Mazatlan and Mexico was amazing and we will go back for Thanksgiving 201

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mexico City, Mexico
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12 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

Bad service i was shouted by one employee speaking to me out loud (her name was Carmen) once i went to the hotel program. The rooms are old, the service is poor. Dont spend your money in this hotel while you can have an excellent service somewhere else

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

We arrived dec 21 and checked in fairly quickly. We booked our rooms through club Wyndham and were expecting a renovated rooms based on the description we were given and pictures we saw. Unfortunately our rooms 1-1 bedroom and 1 regular room were very dated and the beds were one step up from plywood. We are not picky and have slept on hard beds in the past but nothing like these. The showers in each bathroom did not drain and there was a tub full of water by the end of the shower.
We were greeted by the time share company at the airport and agreed to attend the breakfast the next morning with the promise of half price all inclusive wristbands. The breakfast and presentation took over 2 hours. I said I would not ever consider purchasing after receiving the quality of rooms we got using our own timeshare. He said he would check about getting us a better room. We waited over half an hour more and he came back to say we had to put 20% down in order to get a better room. What a scam. We left to talk to the front desk about the rooms. They showed us 2 rooms, one of which was an improvement and the beds are excellent but the other room is no different. We changed our room but instead of hearing the ocean, we were kept awake much of the night by the noises from the street. We could also hear showers from nearby rooms very loud very early in the morning. In my sisters room, their phone didn't work and neither did their tv. It took a long time before anything was done about it. The food so far (we have been here 1 and a half days so far) has been ok but not amazing. We got our wristbands but only to find out they are not actually all inclusive. There a 3 restaurants we cannot use them for supper or for the Christmas supper. Very disappointing. The peddlers on the beach do not respect the rope boundaries at this hotel like they do at other hotels down the beach. We were eating supper near the beach and one guy was actually throwing jewellry up to our table while we were eating! There were security close by but they couldn't be bothered. In summary, we are here for 6 more days and unless something happens for the good, we will not be staying here ever again. I will add more when our stay is complete.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chapin, South Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We got picked up at the airport and were greeted by sales staff that was very nice and explained the tours and all inclusive deals during the 30 min ride to the hotel. When we got there we went to our room and then came down to finish our plan for our stay that took way too long to complete the paperwork. We stayed in theElCid Moro, 23rd floor and room was spacious but a little dated but accomodating with the kitchen and nice views. We finally finished and enjoyed a late lunch and after enjoying some relax time had dinner at the dance show (it was alright but needs some work before going to Vegas).
As for the hotel, as noted it was nice but in need of upgrading and the beds were hard with little give; the grounds were very nice and pools and water falls glistened in the sun. I would stay there again but will probably stay at the Marina even though we would have to travel to the Moro dining room for meals. now for the only negatives were we had no water one morning for about 45minutes and one nights found ants in one of the bathrooms and felt the staff was a little slow and never did call us to let us know the water was working, and very poor follow up.
Lets talk food and drinks! Well the food was good but you had to choose between the many mexican dishes, especially on the buffet at Breakfast: there were pleanty of choices and all the food was very good. The drinks were good as well with one exception, the Strawberry Margaritas were "The Best"! We truly enjoyed ourselves and hoped they wouldn't run out of strawberries.
Last was the Waiter staff, we must give high marks there as we had Joshua the whole time for Lunches and Dinners and were treated superbly. He was always by far the most accomodating to our needs and we felt he was truly interested in making our stay comfortable and special; would also add that one of the managers "Victor" keeps a tight ship and the Dining Hall was always very well kept and tableclothes were changed daily with different colors and themes, a truly nice touch for those that appreciate the little things to make your stay pleasurable. However I cant say the same for the other dining establishments. If you go to the mexican Sushi bar expect a disappointment with both food and waite staff. The all inclusive requires to make reservations before 5 PM daily for some places and not sure why since there were more waiters than diners (2 tables of 2) in the Sushi Bar.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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labtec359
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

First, when I got to the hotel, everything worked out fine and had a decent room @ the other hotel. I think it was the El Cid Beach. After a day, I kept receiving a call from front desk stating that I did NOT have all inclusive package and from bookit they never sent the entire paper work. Therefore, I was down graded, and they switched my wristband colors. After dissatisfaction, bookit and the hotel, was nice enough to upgrade me and place me in the El Cid Moro in the corner 23rd fl with a view. OMG, it was an apartment overlooking the beach and the sunset. The most beautiful scenic site I have EVER seen. The hotel was able to contact bookit.com and make all the necessary arrangement to make my stay pleasant and no further interruptions. Left a basket of goodies full of fruits as well. ; ) Stay at El Moro. The experience in the service is night & day when you are served at the pool. Definitely will rebook for next year to stay here.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GMELCID, General Manager at El Cid El Moro Beach Hotel, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear: Labtec359

Thanks for your recent review, it's very satisfying to see how been going from bad to good, fortunately we are pleased to know that we could fix the situation with a wonderful finish, I’m so happy to know my team was a support as they usually do for clarified the misunderstandings.
I am very pleased to know that you enjoy our rooms, amenities, view, and that had a great experience after that happened, our principal goal is make happy faces, we love when our customers write about their experience.
Thank you once again for letting us be part of your vacation and for this great review that allows readers to decide which option is the best when they travel to Mazatlan.
If you decide come to Mazatlan, feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Salvatore Sanchez
General Manager
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Additional Information about El Cid El Moro Beach Hotel

Also Known As:
El Cid Moro Beach Hotel
El Moro Tower El Cid Mazatlan
Address: Av. Camaron Sabalo S/N B, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Mazatlan
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Mazatlan
#7 Romantic Hotel in Mazatlan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Cid El Moro Beach Hotel 3.5*
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