We spent the week of February 8-15 at this resort. It was beautifully maintained and very clean. The food was delicious with lots of variety but even two of the a la cartes were buffet style. Our ocean view room on the 10th floor was spacious and spotless. There was no shortage of chairs on the beach or around the pool. The pools and the beach were very clean(although I do question the quality of the water in the swim up bar :) The staff were all very friendly and efficient. Most of the staff could understand English. We were at the resort during Carnival(Mardi Gras) so there were a lot of local tourists at the resort. This was not a problem. We took at taxi to downtown and a tour or Stone Island(which is not really an island!). There is a small shopping/strip mall to the left as you exit the resort. This is a perfect place to pick up small souvenirs and gifts to bring home. There is also a small coffee shop called Looney Beans which donates part of their earnings to the underprivileged in Mazatlan. If you are interested in keeping up on Canadian/American sports(ie hockey) there is also a small sports bar/restaurant with daily specials. My only real complaint is the amount of music that you can hear on the beach. Often there is music from the entertainment team and the pool bar(from either side) and the mariachi band on the beach in front of you. Sometimes it is too loud to talk! The beach peddlers all stay behind the rope but if you sit too close they will call you all day.....and don't talk to them until you are ready to barter and buy....they won't leave you alone and they have amazing memories! We had a great vacation at this resort but I don't think we will be going back. That being said we have never gone to the same resort twice.
- 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, Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Emerald Bay Mazatlan