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ann arbor
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273 posts
7 reviews
why are the hotels so cheap?

I am totally amazed by how cheap hotels are in Mazatlan compared to other resorts in Mexico-----i have never seen rooms for 80 dollars a nite? Why is this place not over run with tourists?

Lake Minnewawa, mn
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2,764 posts
1. Re: why are the hotels so cheap?

Mazatlan resorts and restaurants have always been the best buy in Mexico.

Nothing new there.

Mazatlan grew up naturally and is not a made to extract NOB money place like many of the other areas.

NOB travelers in the winter are just a fill in for the slow season. Mexico is a very popular resort for Mexican nationals the rest of the year.

Lake Minnewawa, mn
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2,764 posts
2. Re: why are the hotels so cheap?

Too late to edit.

Mazatlan is a very popular resort destination for Mexican nationals the rest of the year.

Millsboro, Delaware
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1,341 posts
31 reviews
3. Re: why are the hotels so cheap?

And you can rent apartments by the month for less than a third of that.

Saskatoon, Canada
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for Riviera Maya
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11,696 posts
41 reviews
4. Re: why are the hotels so cheap?

There are loads of cheap hotels in other resorts areas, at least below $100 and lots in PV and Zihua for $50 a night too...a few in Huatulco too. Like Maz, Zihua gets lots of national tourists too, the majority I would say.

Although aren't there different prices for foreign tourists at most MX hotels?

Quilcene, Washington
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4,002 posts
3 reviews
5. Re: why are the hotels so cheap?

Supply & demand simple as that.

There was a huge build out during the early to mid 2000s then a recession & perceived dangers from gang violence came into play & they now have more rooms than people to fill them.

Saskatoon, Canada
Destination Expert
for Riviera Maya
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11,696 posts
41 reviews
6. Re: why are the hotels so cheap?

Also let's not forget the much cheaper labour costs, that must figure in there, even if just a little bit.

Oregon Coast, Oregon
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1,077 posts
54 reviews
7. Re: why are the hotels so cheap?

Clearly Mazatlan is a relative bargain, which is one reason why we have frequented it in our 15 years of visiting Mexico. We have cut back on our travels there because of the downturn in business they have experienced in recent years - this downturn creates a sense of a lack of virbrancy for the area compared to what it once was.

We will continue to go to Mazatlan for all the other reasons we once went there so often - great beach, nice resorts and food, and wonderful people. One of these days it will make a comeback...

ann arbor
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273 posts
7 reviews
8. Re: why are the hotels so cheap?

so can you speak more to the lack of vibrancy issue---for example last year we went to Playa del Carmen-----how does it compare to Playa as that seemed like a really happening place?

Oregon Coast, Oregon
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1,077 posts
54 reviews
9. Re: why are the hotels so cheap?

Maybe if you hadn't been to Mazatlan before, you wouldn't notice a lack of "vibrancy." Simply way fewer people on the streets, in the resorts, in restaurants, etc. Also several established businesses closing their doors. It is really noticable in the "Gold Zone" (literally) where many of the city's jewelry shops are located. These did a lot of business off of the cruise ships, and when they stopped, business caved in.

As compared to Playa del Carmen, simply no comparison currently. No area like 5th Ave in Mazatlan. It is easy to get a feel for the tourist activity in the two places - simply look at Trip Advisor Travel Forums for the areas. Very small amount of forum activity for Maz compared to PDC. The same goes for Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, etc - lots more interest in those areas at the moment.

Minneapolis
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172 posts
17 reviews
10. Re: why are the hotels so cheap?

Airlines have also cut back the number of flights to Mazatlan in the past 5 years or so and the flights are now more expensive than they used to be.