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“Great place to stay in the old town of Mazatlan” 4 of 5 stars
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The Melville Boutique Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Constitucion No 99 | Centro Histórico, Mazatlan, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #14 of 76 Hotels in Mazatlan
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“Great place to stay in the old town of Mazatlan”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2008

The "Zona Dorada" of Mazatlan is all well and good with its beaches, shopping, nightlife and what not but it doesn't give much of a feel of actually being in Mexico. For that I recommend staying at the Melville in the historic old town of Mazatlan.

The Melville is a well restored colonial style building with large, clean, comfy rooms, (Ours had a nice kitchenette and balcony as well) a charming courtyard, a hearty breakfast, friendly staff, laid back guests, and a fantastic location for exploring the old town of Mazatlan. If you are looking for a place to have your every whim catered to then this wouldn't be the place for you, but rather if you are looking for a place to call home while in Mazatlan then the Melville is an excellent choice. One idiosyncrasy that we found about the place was that in spite of a never ending parade of taxis taking tourists from the golden zone by the Melville's front door so that they could peek in on the fountain and courtyard, no taxi we took in a week had ever heard of the place. Odd to be sure.

It is two blocks from the Plaza Machado and all its beauty and charm and about an equal distance from the Olas Altas beach. There are unique and interesting restaurants, bars and galleries very close by. A few blocks further away is the cathedral and just beyond that the fun and bustle of the central market.
Looking to get away from it all....jump a 5 peso bus to the Playa Sur embarcadero and catch the 15 peso ferry to Isla de la Piedra(Stone Island). When you arrive, Walk straight up the pier, cross the road, go over the embankment, and you will find a fantastic beach stretching off into the far distance and wonderful beach front palapa restaurants. They all look good. I personally tried El Pili, Letty's, and Victor's and found them all nice with clean bathrooms, cold beer, and great seafood...and they can all set you up with atv or a horse if you wish to explore more of stone island.

All in all I highly recommend the Melville for an easygoing base from which to explore Mazatlan.

  • Liked — Great location
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Portuguese first
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2006

Like others before me I found this wonderfull oasis by accident. Local rental agents refused to mention it and I know why. Once you stay here and join the very clubby group for happy hour it's hard to consider any other place. Most of the Club Melville people go on to buy a house or an apartment nearby. Join the group on Monday at Canucks for jazz. The accomodation is upscale, the staff is courteous, the dining area is beautiful.
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  • Liked — Very upscale
  • Disliked — a small thing, Wednesday there is an exercise group, annoying.
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay for a month ot more.
  • Stayed April 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2006

We spent a week at the Melville Hotel last November and it was our best stay of any place in Mexico. The two-story colonial mansion has been divided into various sized apartments that rent as hotel rooms from efficiency one rooms to lavish 2 bedrooms. We had a one bedroom on the ground floor with a beautiful king bed and new comfy matress and our own kitchen for the price of a hotel room. Our apartment was decorated with original art and handmade furniture. The interior courtyard was a romantic oasis. There is also a huge common room with TV and beautiful art. The architecture is interesting and beautiful but the other great thing is the location. One block from the beach and malecon for great walks. One block the other direction to Plaza Mechado with wonderful sidewalk restaurants and live music every evening. One night there was a play in the square and another a sidewalk fair. I could move there tomorrow. The evenings in that square will stay with me forever.

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Address: Constitucion No 99 | Centro Histórico, Mazatlan, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Mazatlan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Melville Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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