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“Perfection!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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El Sol La Vida
Ranked #4 of 49 Mazatlan B&B and Inns
Norwalk, Connecticut
Level Contributor
27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Perfection!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

Just got back from Mexico, and Linda and Ray Wright have got it right! This lovely, small, secluded B&B was wonderful. Linda & Ray are fabulous hosts, attentive without being intrusive. They were always ready to help us out in any way, and couldn't have been warmer or more accommodating. Our room, Sunrise, was perfecly appointed: fabulous private terrace, large bathroom, great satellite TV (from Canada!). The grounds are beautiful, with an immaculately kept pool, and you are literally steps away from the ocean. The beach seems endless and is almost always empty, you can walk a long way without seeing anyone. This is the perfect spot for a real getaway. The Surf's Up cafe run by their daughter Leanne is right there, open for breakfast & lunch (though guest get a fine continental breakfast included, served by the pool). Leanne will fix you a wonderful private supper if you make plans ahead of time...we did, after consulting about what was available we decided on a pasta primavera - delicious, served under the stars...be sure you visit the cafe one way or the other.

One thing to keep in mind, El Sol La Vida is in Nuevo Mazatlan, so it's quite far from the malecon or Centro Mazatlan. You'll need a car or a cab to get just about anywhere. Linda and Ray were great about helping us get cabs - and there are buses too, if you speak Spanish and can find the right one. If you value seclusion, this is a fabulous place. If you need more action, grab a cab. But get to this little piece of paradise soon, we understand development is coming and before you know it, the high rise hotels will sprout! Right now, it's a private paradise, we hope it keeps it's charm no matter what!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

El Sol la Vida is one of those places that makes you feel good fortune has somehow brought you there.

Ray and Linda are wonderful hosts. Generous and genuine. You have everything you need before you need it.

Laying by the pool in the heat and Ray suddenly provides a cold beer and you think "Hey, that's just what I needed!". It happened over and over.

The rooms are lovely and immaculate, the beds are comfortable, mini bar is always stocked, towels are cozy and water is hot for days.

Surfs Up cafe is part of the property and run by Ray and Linda's Daughter Leann. The food is fresh and delicious.

I had everything from waffles with strawberries and mascarpone to empanadas.
It was all incredilble.The girls also make a great cocktail!
They have a reggae band and tapas on saturday, total enjoyment and fun!

The sun was hot, the pool refreshing, the beer cold, the beach gorgeous and deserted.

This place is a bit of magic in Mexico.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MissLovelyD
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Torreon, Mexico
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

We stayed at this place for three nights and found it lacking. Right in front of it at the beach is a crumbled protective wall. The bed was kind of soft, breakfast was a laugh, luke warm coffe and some bread. Please don't call it a B & B. The pool is very cold so it is kind of useless. The worst was the last night, we were locked in while the propietors went out for the night, the only way out was to climb over the fence, since they forgot to tell us where the door control was. This with the danger of injury to ourselves. Ray and Linda are very nice and friendly, but they don't speak spanish so we were at a disadvantage in communicating with them. This could be an awesome place, but again......... We found it lacking

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Alicia L
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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
We value TripAdvisor and its reviewers as they help provide others with guidelines of their experiences. Unfortunately, there are always two sides and in this case I feel it is important to voice the second because its unfair to small businesses when they work hard to provide quality services and customers voice their opinions in a negative manner.

We have addressed the breakfast making a note to our guests that if they have a nut allergy like you did, to make it known so we can make sure that we have nut free selections. We would have really appreciated it if you had mentioned your concerns about breakfast so we could have provided you with other selections other than our croissants, english muffins, variety of breads, fresh fruit, yogurt, granolas and cereals. As breakfast is a continental and free of charge we always encourage our guests if they are looking for a full style breakfast to try next door is to our Bed & Breakfast a wonderful restaurant that can easily cater to many allergies and intolerance's.

As for the pool we heat it to 89 degrees. It was just unfortunate that your holiday here did not have the best of weather to encourage those to go swimming, as often you were pool side with a sweater. This bad weather was the reason we had high winds and rough seas, creating big waves; which gave our beach a hard beating taking most of the sand away exposing an old sea wall.

I am sorry you felt it was hard to communicate with us, as you and your husband spoke very good English and never tried to speak with us in Spanish. I felt our conversations were always pleasant and up lifting. We always have people around who speak Spanish to help with any of our guests questions.

Now this last part is where I feel the need to express to all fellow readers that you are making a false statement about climbing over fences. It is true we went out for the evening, knowing all our guests staying with us had been fully informed on how to enter and exit the premisses. I am not sure why you feel the need to express that you climbed over a fence to get out as the security guard informed us he helped let you out by opening the gates. However, due to this event, we have taken it in to consideration that from time to time our guests may forgot what we have explained. To make sure that this does not happen we have created handouts that they can keep in their wallets, showing how to enter and exit the property.

We enjoyed having you two here as we felt our interactions to be very pleasant and enjoyable. We are sorry that we were not able to meet your standards and can only hope that your next weekend getaway to Mazatlan will be an enjoyable one.
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Mexico City, Mexico
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

At some point, me and my girlfriend were the only ones on the huge beach. The bed was great to sleep in. Lovely place, honest, tasteful, discrete, and charming, run by a friendly family. Fway from the crowded beaches and loud speakers blasting music all day long. Comfortable rooms and great service, personalised and well priced. You get much more than what you pay for.

Breakfast is delicious and served poolside. We were there for a wedding so could not taste the food they serve on their beachfront restaurant but if its as good as the breakfast that they prepare at the inn then you are set. Cheers to Ray, great host and great pizza maker. Wanna go back to try those wood fired pizzas.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tadeo0
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Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Level Contributor
23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Spent a weekend with Ray & Linda y El Sol la Vida... it was an incredible discovery, we spent a great time! The place is very cozy, very relaxed, it`s on the beach and you can take long walks, great swims in the sea and view the most beautiful sunsets! And staying with Ray & Linda, the owners is the best experience ever! They are full of life and good vibes, very helpful. We went to Mazatlán to surf and they recommended us a surf instructor that was excellent, one really feels on holidays there! Will go back for sure to enjoy this place again! It`s a great place if you want to escape the big and noisy city of Mazatlán!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Julie v
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El Dorado Hills, California
Level Contributor
90 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

Nowhere in Mazatlan will you find a relaxing paradise like EL SOL LA VIDA. We stayed at our timeshare for 5 days prior and by the time I got to El sol, I was stressed!
Ray and Linda make their beautiful place , your personal home. Private pool, private beach. unbelievable value I recommend this place for honeymooners, weddings, or just a romantic private getaway.

Room Tip: kokopelli is the biggest room, two beds and a private balcony
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mepps W
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New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

Amazing, unique, beautiful, fun, and relaxing are all words that I would use to describe my experience at El Sol la Vida. My partner and I spent 9 glorious days at this B&B. Ray and Linda, the owners, were incredible, welcoming, warm, and a lot of fun. They were one of the main reasons that made our trip so special.

The property itself is tranquil and inviting. It has a lovely garden, a fantastic pool, and breathtaking views of the sea. There is a café next door, which was closed during our visit; however, it will open its doors again this autumn. Ray and Linda’s daughter runs it, and I would imagine if she’s anything like Linda in the Kitchen, the place will offer deliciously scrumptious meals.

Our room was perfect. The bed was extremely comfy, the A/C worked well, the bathroom was spacious, the balcony was charming, and the décor was tastefully done. They do a great job in keeping it super clean.

I would recommend this place to people wanting to relax and rejuvenate. I would not recommend this place to people wanting to party.

We can’t wait for our next visit!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: El Sol La Vida
Address: Avenida Ernesto Coppel # 520 | Nuevo Mazatlan, Mazatlan 82100, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Mazatlan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — El Sol La Vida 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The translation of 'El Sol La Vida' is: The Sun The Life. That's what you get when you visit us! We offer a luxury Bed and Breakfast directly on the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We are in a secluded bay, where you can stroll for miles along the seashore. Each room has its own private entrance. Mazatlan has a lot to offer those seeking adventure, relaxation, or a romantic getaway. Our Boutique Resort is an oasis for the perfect vacation on Mexico's Gold Coast. ... more   less 
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