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“River view, great people, great breakfast.”
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Rio Vista Hotel
Reviewed November 21, 2013

Hotel Rio Vista. November 2013. What a treat this little place was. A beautiful view of the river from the highest point around. The hotel is a quaint old building right next to the fort/museum. When I say close I mean that the back wall of the fort is the side wall of the hotel walkway. We were greeted by Eleazar spoke good English. He showed us a couple of rooms and we picked la beautiful corner room. The sitting room which was attached to the bedroom stuck out on the patio with a 180 degree view. They brought us 2 quarts of bottled water gratis. This building is not a plastic and steel Hilton. It is rustic colonial with many antiques around the outside and older fixtures inside.

We had a breakfast at 7 am before catching the 830 train to the Copper Canyon. (a 10 minute 100 peso cab ride). They came to our room door and told us that coffee was ready, just like the 1000 room Hiltons do :). Breakfast was several kinds of fruits, toast, eggs, coffee. Price was 75 pesos each. Our total bill was 800 pesos which included room, tax, meal, and a ride to the hotel.

To get to El Fuerte from Topolobampo , we took 15 minute bus ride to Los Mochis for 17 pesos each. Then walked 2 blocks to the bus station that took is to El Fuerte. This bus was a modern bus with a movie and air conditioning and cost 70 pesos each and took about 2 hours. When in El Fuerte we walked a few blocks to the Zocolo, which is the main square with the cathedral and municipal building. Very beautiful. Along the way we had passed a restaurant called Meson del General that looked good. so we went back a block and ate there. Excellent sea food. Air conditioned also. Beautiful colonial decor. Our bill for two was was 340 pesos including a pitcher of lemonade and a coffee.

We called the hotel from the Zocolo (thinking it was a distance away, turned out to be a couple of blocks) and they sent down a fun ride. A open trailer, painted multi colors, pulled by a truck. It is the same one they use to take people on Eco tours. They specialize in bird tours and petroglyphs toys. We did not do these. We would consider staying in this town an extra day if time permitted. This is authentic colonial Mexico.

Book this place... you will be pleased.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Gary K
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Friends and I went to El Fuerte on our way through Copper Canyon. Best of all it cuts 2 hours of boring train ride off the beginning of that ride. The hotel owner, Chal, is friendly beyond belief. He is flawlessly honest with prices and referrals.

We ate most meals in El Fuerte at the hotel because it was simply so good and easy. The balcony of the hotel which overlooks the river to the north and snugged up under the actual walls of the fort on the other side, is a fantastic place for drinks and meals.

Chal directed us around town, got us to the train safely and cheaply, had great food for us, directed us to the petroglyphs outside of town for no charge, and was generally an easy going true friend.

The city of El Fuerte is an old colonial city with beautiful building and streets. Worth a night or two.

Room Tip: If it is a Saturday night or other party night you will not want a room facing the fort (noisy party...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is located just two blocks from the main plaza and also offers boat tours to Petroglyphs. I paid 93 USD (1200 Pesos) for two nights. The owners are very friendly and were very prompt to respond to any requests. If you arrive in El Fuerte by El Chepe train, you can take a bus from train station to the city for 10 Pesos. If it is late at night, then taxi might be the only option and it will cost around 100 Pesos.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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1  Thank bhramar
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

I spent two nights here. I felt the hotel location and river views to be fantastic. The hotel sits on the highest part of the town overlooking the river. It is near the museum at the top of a hill. The best parts of this hotel in addition to the river views are the conversations (in english) and interaction with the staff. The owner Chal was very pleasant and helpful. Another group of guests had some beverages on the beautiful patio overlooking the river, and Chal produced a cooler and ice free of charge for them without being asked. Felipe did the river boat, bird watching, petroglyph trip with me as his only customer for the same price as if I was in a group. (Please don't expect him to do it this way all the time based on my review, I can't believe he did it for me. It is a three hour excursion!) Felipe was so knowledgable about the history, plant-life, and birds of the area he could teach a college class on these subjects. Some of the negative comments in the other reviews for the Rio Vista are puzzling to me. The rooms and facilities were certainly more than adequate for my needs. Remember the price is very affordable compared to most hotels overlooking the prettiest part of a town with glorious sunsets on your patio. If your expectations of a good hotel are the Waldorf Astoria or if you want it to look like every chain hotel in the United States, what are you doing in El Fuerte Mexico?

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

The balcony outside our comfortable room offered great views of the river below. We enjoyed the hotel's open-air dining area for breakfast and lunch, which offered more delightful views. The food was very good too. It's a short walk from the hotel to the zocalo or central plaza of El Fuerte, a colorful and attractive town. We came with a group in a van, so I'm not sure about parking. There's not a lot of space on the hotel's hilltop perch.

Overall, the lovely hilltop setting overlooking the river is the key strength of the hotel, but the outdoor dining was a delightful as well. The rooms are comfortable by American standards too.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This was the best place I stayed on my whole trip to Mexico!

First there's the extraordinary river view: Magnificent and unbeatable anywhere in town.
But, secondly, there's Chal, who runs the place, is a mine of information, and incredibly helpful.
I was in town off-season and without him I would have been lost. He knows where everything is, gives directions, is always on hand.... And he even took me to the train station next morning.

Rooms are clean and comfortable and the air conditioning works well. No question: staying at Chal's place makes a vist to El Fuerte a highlight of your trip!

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank patisson
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Laura T, Manager at Rio Vista Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2012

Thanks my friend for allow us show you this amazing part of México. Our team really appreciate your comments and we look forward to seeing you again!!

Hasta pronto!

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Reviewed September 19, 2011

I just want to let people know that this hotel used to be nice and beautiful, but now is the worst in price and acommodations.
My friend and I arrived at night, the room was crowded of bugs (crickets), most of the rooms were closed, the outside areas were in dirty and like a ruin.
We spend the next days in other hotel, with the same price much much better and safer.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Progreso s/n | next to the Mirador Museum, El Fuerte 81820, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > El Fuerte
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in El Fuerte
Price Range: $52 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the highest hill with a view of the Fuerte River, this lodge is a reconstruction of the original stables to the fort. Verdant gardens are abuzz with hummingbirds and many endemic birds may be viewed from the balconies. The owner, Chal, is an avid birder and his river float offers true birding with a spotting scope. The open trailer offers birding to other areas. ... more   less 
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