My cousin and I stayed at the Jonathon during our recent trip to Mazatlan. It was a lovely and enjoyable experience! The staff was super friendly and very helpful. They all spoke english so there weren't any communication issues. Mostly, I was very happy because they all entertained my millions of silly questions with a smile! We got 2 standard rooms, both which could comfortably accomodate 2 people. It felt very posh and luxurious with its modern and contemporary decor. Everything was very clean and you can tell there was a keen attention by the staff to maintain the cleanliness and upscale nature of the hotel. Also, after a long day out, the bed was just heavenly! We dined at the Lauren restaurant (in the hotel) one of the nights, and the meal was good - but definitely with an American twist. But after being out in the sun all day, we really enjoyed hanging out up on the terrace bar looking out over the city. The restaurant and bar seem to be popular with the locals, which adds tons of credibility to the experience.
My most favorite part of the hotel was its location! While most visitors to MZT likely stay in the Zona Dorada, we actually were much happier staying in the Old City. During the day, we'd grab a pulmonia (little golf cart taxi thing unique to mazatlan!) or walk the long walk up (3-4 miles in total, but flat and easy walk) the malecon (boardwalk along the coast) and head to the beaches in the gold zone (fact: the beaches are gorg in the north). However, the BEST part was leaving the vegas lights and spring break/senor frog crowds in the gold zone and heading back to the old city to experience some real Mexican/Mazatlan culture. The Plaza Machada was beautiful with tons of al fresco dining, and locals attending shows at the Angela Peralta theater or just sitting on a bench and people watching. It is a very warm and welcoming area and we always felt safe and secure, even when returning to the hotel after a late night out.
Highly recommend and if I visit again, I'd definitely stay at the Jonathon again!
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