The service was impeccable. I never stayed in a Riu hotel before, but it really lives up to its 5 star reputation.
Food was good, lots of selection for breakfast, lunch & dinner. My only comments would be that the hot food could be hotter, knives could be sharper. A la cartes aren't too special, so if you miss them, don't worry about it. The Beach BBQ party and the Chef Seafood nights were excellent. I'm usually disappointed with meat/seafood dishes in the Caribbean, but it was surprisingly tasty here.
No late night station, which is disappointing. There is a fridge with sandwiches, nachos with cold cheese sauce and a microwave in the 24 hour bar. Really sucks for late night arrivals or snacking.
Its good for couples and families, I can't say I would recommend for singles..
We were there Dec 11-18 and it wasn't too crowded. Lots of beach chairs available on beach & pool area.
Airgun shooting and boogie boarding was free, and pretty fun.
I personally didn't take the bus to the city, but talked to those who have said it was easy to do, safe and they recommended it.
Definitely take a walk out to the market 15 minutes away. Prices are pretty much just as good as the market in the city.
Also, the massage place there... can't go wrong for $20CAD/hour!! I missed out on the restaurant there, but I've heard good things about it.
The money exchange is also better at the Golden Zone, but if you don't make your way out there, its not bad negotiating Canadian/American at the market... still better than the rates at the Hotel.
I'll definitely be back to Mazatlan!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Opening summer 2009 * 12 km / 7.45 Miles from Mazatlan, overlooking the Pacific Ocean * Located on Playa Las Brujas beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 20-story main building * Surrounded by 13.500 M2 / 16.15 Sq. Yards of lush gardens * 10 km / 6.2 Miles from various shops * 12 km / 7.45 Miles from Mazatlan * 32 km / 19.87 Miles from the airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Emerald Bay Mazatlan