The Freeman has four things going for it: location on the ocean (as far from the awful Zona Dorada as possible - if you want Miami Beach, go there), cleanliness, price (you can usually get a deal on-line at Best Western - but don't expect any free up-grades to full-frontal ocean view even if requested and the place is virtually empty), and great wi-fi.
And that may be enough. But be warned: the beds are rock hard, Scotch tape holds together lampshades. Diminishing towels: started with two of each, by the end only one (and no bathmat). The bathroom porthole will open, but only one window in the room could be tugged 6 inches open. The view from my second-class room was actually quite nice, down the beach toward the porcupine hill (Mazatlan's one great eyesore: the spines being communication towers galore). The coffee-maker is located no where near where it can be plugged in (on the floor) and styrofoam cups the only "glasses" provided.
You have to sign for everything: the remote control for the TV (with a 200 peso deposit: 87 channels and not a single English news channel). Breakfast (included) is adequate: but you have to sign daily for the chit and then again when you order.
As everyone notes, the elevator does not go all the way to the top (bar) - and the stone stairs that do are treacherous (without even a handrail) especially so coming down (after a few). And if your room is anywhere near the antique elevators (as most are) you will hear them groaning day and night - sounds like a bass guitar warming up.
In short , the place is long-since due for a major makeover. Until then, take your ordinary straight at La Siesta.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Posada Freeman Express Hotel Mazatlan
- Best Western Mazatlan
- Best Western Hotel Mazatlan
- Mazatlan Best Western