After finding an unbelievable last-minute deal on a flight Wednesday night - I found myself in Mazatlan Thursday afternoon.
After spending time visiting and catching up with various friends and grabbing a late dinner - I realized that I was way past the hour of reasonably checking in anywhere and found myself in an awkward position... I had not booked a hotel.
I dragged my suitcase from Ice Box Hill, through Plazuela Machado, and arrived at the door of Loro de Oro well after 10:00 pm; and was greeted with a broad smile and immediately welcomed, despite the late hour.
Tony, the proprietor, led me to one of his studio suites, gave me a quick tour of the amenities, and bid me good night.
I've stayed at many hotels in Mazatlan; Hotel Belmar, La Siesta, Old Mazatlan Inn, Posada Freeman, and the Inn at Mazatlan among them...
LORO DE ORO is TOP OF THE LINE.
The kitchenette had a full size refrigerator, rather than the typical dorm-style of many places. Also, the stove is the perfect size, not so large that it fills the room - but not so small that you can't have two things happening at once. Let me also mention that, unlike many kitchenettes you find in hotels and B&B's - the utensils and cooking ware that Tony and Lucy stock are very user friendly and a pleasure to cook with.
The shower had excellent water pressure and the hot water was an endless stream of perfection; which is not the norm in many Mazatlan hotels.
Immediately upon laying down on the king size bed, I sank into the comfortable mattress and soon found myself drifting off to a night of perfect sleep.
When I woke up in the morning, well rested and ready to face the day - I had the first opportunity to really soak in the atmosphere that Lucy and Tony have created. Comfortable, safe, and understated elegance are words that immediately come to mind.
Immediately outside the door of my room is a common area and lounge that is a marvelous living room - and a true extension of the hospitality I've enjoyed for years at their restaurant.
Nowhere in Mazatlan have I found a better library with such a diverse collection of reading material. I found titles ranging from Hemingway to Danielle Steele, and was surprised to find myself lounging on the couch and browsing through the pages of various books before I remembered that I was in Mazatlan, and needed to be out enjoying the city.
In addition to comfortable couches, chairs, and books - there were also board games to be enjoyed after a long day spent enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of Mazatlan.
LOCATION is PERFECT. Located a few short steps from the excitement of Plazuela Machado, but it feels like a world away from the plaza when you are ready to call it a night and revel in the silence of a place that truly feels like home.
Did I mention free Wi-Fi? Not just free Wi-Fi - but one of the strongest, uninterrupted signals I've ever experienced in Mexico.
The swimming pool is exceptional, Tony's hand crafted bar a sight to behold; and the conversations with Tony and Lucy are always a joy.
Most "how to succeed in business" books advise readers to find one thing, focus on that, and be the best.
The authors of those books have never met Tony and Lucy - and never enjoyed the hospitality of Loro de Oro, or the incredible meals at Te Amo Lucy's. If they ever do; they will amend their writing to delcare that, at least in the case of Loro De Oro... Tony and Lucy do two things exceptionally well - and we are all better off for it.