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El Sol La Vida
4.0 of 5 Inn   |   Avenida Ernesto Coppel #520 | Nuevo Mazatlan, Mazatlan 82100, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #3 of 36 Mazatlan B&B and Inns
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Truly amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

What can I say about El Sol la Vida that has not been said before, Linda and Ray go way beyond what is expected of hosts and make your stay memorable, welcoming and unforgetable. As previous guests have said the hotel is spotless, the room fabulous and the beds are amazing. Each morning when you go to breakfast the view of the ocean is breath-taking and you can sit for hours enjoying the tranquilty, watch the oyster catchers at work and hear them singing as they gather their catch, just magic. Every evening you can enjoy the sunset, lighting the sky with its memorable colours what a joy.
Every guest is treated as a member of the family and as previously said this beachfront B&B is an absolute jewel. We will be back as El Sol la Vida has stolen a place in our hearts making us want to return.

Room Tip: Would not be disappointed with any of the rooms, they are all to a high standard.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Thank you for your review! We truly enjoyed your company, and look forward to your return visit. All the Best! Ray Linda Leanne & staff at El Sol La Vida.
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Woodstock, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

What can I say about El Sol La Vida that hasn't already been written? First of all, your hosts Linda and Ray, and Chef Leanne are jewels unto themselves. You'll feel welcome and treated like family, without any hovering. Ray picked us up at the airport, and brought us to this beachfront beautiful jewel... While the photos are gorgeous, nothing can convey the calmness, energy, and serenity of the inn and the ocean without actually being there. Almost lured to the most comfortable bed ever after "check in" (there is no checking in! just hugs!) and shower, we could not resist the 70's themed party going on at the Surf's Up Cafe restaurant. Leanne was aware that I am vegan, and made the tastiest special dishes for me all week. Speaking of a week, not long enough. Seriously. Linda arranged in room massages, shopping trips, and Ray brought us to a charming nearby town (not a tourist town). Leanne brought up to the Machado one evening. You really do feel like long lost friends with everyone there. Enjoy the pool, the private beach, the food at the Surf's Up Cafe- but most of all enjoy the hospitality. Stay awhile. I'll be back for two weeks next time. Hopefully soon!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Sunrise Suite. Sunrise over the Sierras, sunsets over the Pacific. But got a tour...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Hi Guys, thank you for writing a great review! It was brilliant hanging out with you, talking about music & art around the bar in the evenings, it was cool we became such close friends in such a short time!!! Still hate goodbyes at the airport, look forward to your return!!! Cheers And All The Best from Ray Linda Leanne & staff at El Sol La Vida & Surfs Up Cafe Thank You!
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Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I won a trip to Mazatlan Mexico for 2 at my staff Christmas party, i had no idea what to expect as it was my first time in Mexico. Ray and his family made my stay better than i could have imagined. The room was amazing,always kept spotless, king sized beds, Canadian cable and nice Samsung HD t.v.'s. The veiw of the ocean and the shoreline was amazing. i have never seen a more beautiful sunset in my life. I was a complete stranger to Ray and he treated me like family. Nothing but love for the El Sol La Vida resort!!! it accomodates all ages, weather your looking to party, or enjoy some nice relaxation time by the beach, this resort can offer it all. The beautiful resort and scenery combined with the hospitality won me over. 5 stars, 2 thumbs up and i may be back in the late to near future, as my friend Garret returned 3 weeks later for more good times! Thanks again to Ray, and his family.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Cheers for taking the time to write a glowing review Mate! Glad you had a great time we aim to please, hope see you again, All The Best Ray & all at El Sol La Vida, and Surf's Up
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Los Angeles
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I loved the way we were treated by the owners. We were able to check in super early (like 9am) so it made all the difference on how we enjoyed our first day of vacation. Starting it right made it all right. The B&B is removed from the action, so plan on renting a car to make it more convenient. The owners gave us a ride a few times, but we didn't want to impose so we started taking cabs and buses, it got expensive after a while. Next time we visit (we plan to go back there) we will rent a car. The place is very clean, cute and romantic. You step out of the hotel right to a beautiful clean sandy beach, where you can lie down on the sand or on a lounge. At night, you can leave the balcony doors open and let the sound of the waves lull you to sleep. An amazing experience, highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review! It was a pleasure having you stay with us, looking forward to seeing you again soon, Cheers and All The Best. Ray, Linda, Leanne & all the staff at El Sol La Vida and Surf's Up Caf'e!
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Ham Lake, Minnesota, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you love serenity, peace, beauty, respite, relaxing, generosity, and kindness you will love El Sol La Vida and Ray and Linda who make it so. They are "the life" of El Sol La Vida. My husband and I had an absolutely wonderful time there. The place itself is gorgeous and removed from the hustle, bustle and noise of the world. It is as though you have your own villa right on the beach. Every day was so restorative to our souls.
Our room was elegant and the bed so comfortable. The meals at the Surf's Up Cafe next door were excellent. Leanne creates the most wonderful dishes you will ever hope to eat. My husband thought the omelet called the Buffy was the best omelet he'd ever eaten in his life! I can't describe it's uniqueness. You'll have to experience it.
I do not have enough words to express how pleased we were with this vacation. We will definitely go back. We will definitely tell others, though I'm tempted, as one other guest said, to keep this to myself. Ray and Linda are excellent hosts, wonderful, gracious, kind and fun people. They are a delight and El Sol La Vida is a slice of heaven on earth.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you so much for choosing El Sol La Vida for your vacation destination and your much appreciated review! it was truly a pleasure having you stay with us, and look forward to our "race on the beach" when you return!!! Cheers & All The Very Best, Ray Linda Leanne and all the staff at El Sol La Vida and Surf's Up Caf'e!
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Santiago, Chile
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Hidden yes, but we must share the secret because Ray and Linda, along with their daughter Leanne and the rest of the amazing staff, go above and beyond to create a true relaxing vacation. We decided to go to Mazatlan just to stay at El Sol la Vida and we were not disappointed.
Mi casa es su casa. Upon arrival we were greeted by a charming Ray who showed us around, you can't help but feel comfortable right away . The pictures posted do not due this small B&B justice. The relaxing, calm, down to earth atmosphere radiates all around, and within minutes you will find yourself unpacked and laying on a lounge chair with a refreshing beverage in your hand. Not wanting to get into the car again, we had the wonderful option of eating with the family, and when the restaurant is open, Leanne has a creative taste and pays attention to detail with her delicious presentations.
If you are looking for a laid back, out of the way, non-resort feel, this is the place for you. We wanted to get away, swim in the ocean, and feel secluded from the hubbub of touristy vacations. Ray and Linda provided not only a place to put your feet up, but also had great suggestions for a different experience in the area; from an old tequila factory, a secluded beach, to a traditional pueblo. So many options, that next time we will definitely book a longer vacation.
Suggestions: have a car, stay on a Saturday to enjoy the afternoon reggae, bring your sweetie, a book and sunscreen (but if you forget Ray and Linda have some on hand!), and definitely splurge on breakfast at the cafe.
Gracias Ray, Linda, Leanne, John and the crew! Best vacation we have truly ever had in all our travels! You went above and beyond and will be back.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
We so enjoyed having you as guests, thank you for the lovely review.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We met the owner Leanne last year in Mazatlan after enjoying a wonderfull dinner at her beachside cafe. This year we stayed a night after checking out of a larger resort down the beach. I really noticed what a difference the small personal nature of this hotel provided as compared to the mega resort we just came from . There was a regae beach party going on when we checked in and we stayed and tried every Tapa that was on the menu. Leanne upgraded us to a nice suite with a balcony that has a quiet garden and Ocean view. It was HUGE. Her father went out fishing in the surf in the evening and invited us to come along. In a city that seems to want to squeeze every extra dollar out of you its nice to get more than expected and feel that you are a valued guest and not a dollar sign.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you for your review, it means a lot to us to here back that what we set out to achieve is being accomplished, giving new found friends what they are looking for in a vacation! Hope you will be back next year, All The Best from Ray Linda Leanne, & all the staff at El Sol La Vida and Surf's Up Caf'e
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Address: Avenida Ernesto Coppel #520 | Nuevo Mazatlan, Mazatlan 82100, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Mazatlan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — El Sol La Vida 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The translation of 'El Sol La Vida' is: The Sun The Life. That's what you get when you visit us! We offer a luxury Bed and Breakfast directly on the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We are in a secluded bay, where you can stroll for miles along the seashore. Each room has its own private entrance. Mazatlan has a lot to offer those seeking adventure, relaxation, or a romantic getaway. Our Boutique Resort is an oasis for the perfect vacation on Mexico's Gold Coast. ... more   less 
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