Take a look at the best beach hotels in Mazatlan.
Situated on the northern tip of downtown Mazatlan, Luna Palace Hotel / Suites provides mid-range, beachfront lodging with a little more personality than its three-pearl competition. The 71 simple rooms all have modern touches like flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, sea-view balconies, and kitchenettes. While it lacks a full spa or fitness center, the hotel offers the essential must-haves -- a quiet and lovely beach, a sparkling freeform pool, and an alfresco water-view restaurant. However, it's at least an eight-minute drive to the touristy Zona Dorada. Travelers seeking a more lively atmosphere plus additional dining opportunities can find them at Oceano Palace -- the neighboring sister property -- for less.
El Cid Marina Beach Hotel is a relaxed beachfront all-inclusive resort that's one of the better options in Mazatlan. The beach, two beautiful restaurants with alfresco dining, and sparkling pools with waterfalls and hot tubs draw plenty of families and couples. There are 200 spacious rooms done in a fresh, modern style, and all include kitchenettes, private balconies (with optional water views), and satellite TVs. However, the lack of free Wi-Fi, curious beach setup (access requires a water taxi), and limited dining options may leave some guests wanting more. As an alternative, The Inn at Mazatlan offers similar amenities, plus large, apartment-style rooms, convenient beach access, and a lovely spa for less money.
Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay is one of Mazatlan's most upscale resorts, with a ton of features that keep all-inclusive travelers happy. The extensive list of amenities includes three large pools, swim-up bars, three open-air restaurants, a cocktail lounge, and a huge, beautiful spa complex. All 378 suites have spacious layouts with private, ocean-view balconies, flat-screen TVs, and kitchenettes. However, the scale of the property makes it difficult to navigate, only paid Wi-Fi is available throughout, and the beach is heavily eroded (as of mid-2016) with no permanent seating or facilities. Although it’s less polished, the sister property, Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan, offers many of the same amenities and a more central location for less money.
Ramada Resort Mazatlan is a nice step above many of the area resorts in Mazatlan's touristy Golden Zone. The three-pearl hotel features a solid list of resort amenities, including a large freeform pool, a wide stretch of Playa Camaron beach, and two restaurant/bars, including one of Mazatlan’s most popular late-night dive bars. Each of the 200 rooms is plain, but features modern amenities like free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning, plus optional balconies and kitchenettes. However, the on-site dive bar and central location amid the Golden Zone’s bustling traffic and noisy beach may provide too much of a party-hard atmosphere for some. For the same money, neighboring Emporio Mazatlan offers similar amenities with more polished rooms and a quieter atmosphere.
Oceano Palace offers all the must-have amenities -- a wide beachfront, a large pool with a swim-up bar, spacious fitness center, and two restaurants with room service -- that most travelers will need to make for a pleasant beach vacation. The 260 rooms are done up in bright, IKEA-like decor and feature flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and (optional) tiny balconies. This is a solid mid-range option that's in better shape than its competitors, but the constant raucous atmosphere may prove too lively for some and Wi-Fi isn't free. Travelers seeking a quieter, more relaxed getaway should look to Luna Palace Hotel/Suites -- the neighboring sister property -- which has similar amenities with a little polish for a bit more money.
The massive Hotel Playa Mazatlan is a three-pearl all-inclusive resort with tons of amenities in the heart of Mazatlan's Golden Zone. With six pools, three full restaurants, a massive beach, a theater, and a beautiful, man-made lagoon, it's unlikely most visitors will want for more. The 404 rooms include a wide range of features -- flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and private balconies are standard, while upgraded categories have kitchenettes, minibars, and sea views. However, the poor Wi-Fi, a lackluster spa/fitness center, plain decor, and a too-lively vibe do detract from the atmosphere a bit. For a bit more money, El Cid Marina Beach Hotel has a more relaxed upmarket style with many of the same amenities.
Coupled with its neighboring sister property (El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel), El Cid El Moro Beach Hotel is one of the largest, most full-featured beachfront resorts in Mazatlan. With a wide, soft-sand beach, a huge freeform pool, two alfresco restaurants, and an on-site grocery store, guests have access to almost everything they need without ever venturing off-property. The 390 rooms are simple, but sharper than many in the region, and they feature kitchenettes, flat-screen satellite TVs, and private balconies (with optional sea views) are all provided. The lack of free Wi-Fi, a spa, and a gym, plus an overcrowded beach and sometimes loud vibe, are likely to turn off some guests. For a bit more money, the four-pearl Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay offers the same amenities and more sophisticated rooms.
El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel is one of the most full-featured and family-friendly three-and-a-half-pearl resorts in Mazatlan. Each of the 500 rooms offers modern amenities including flat-screen satellite TVs, air-conditioning, and private balconies, some of which have sea views. The property features an extensive list of common amenities, including a wide beach, three restaurants with alfresco dining and room service, and one of Mazatlan’s largest pool complexes. However, the easily overcrowded beach and lack of free Wi-Fi, a spa, or a gym are surprising in a hotel of this class. El Cid Marina Beach Hotel offers a quieter, more elegant atmosphere with access to all of the same amenities for less money.
Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan is a pleasant all-inclusive resort with an expansive beachfront setting and a family-friendly slant. With three restaurants plus two large pools with hot tubs and a swim-up bar, the hotel ticks all of the boxes that most all-inclusive travelers are seeking. There's also a simple spa, water sports, and shops selling beach gear on-site. Each of the 247 rooms offers a spacious, suite-style layout,with features like kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs, and sea-view balconies, though decor is a bit dated and gaudy. For a bit more money, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay (the hotel’s sister property) offers a sprawling, secluded location with more pools, additional dining options, and a stunning spa.
The 215-room The Inn at Mazatlan is a popular three-pearl option near Mazatlan's tourist-friendly Golden Zone, with a nice spot right on a small beach. Features include a modern restaurant with alfresco dining, a full-service spa, and two sea-view pools with hot tubs and a waterfall. Studios feature flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, while Suites upgrade to spacious, apartment-like floor plans with kitchenettes, multiple bathrooms, and beautiful sea views. While things are mostly well kept, the style is homey and a bit dated. Additionally, the tiny beach, minor charges for things like parking and decent Wi-Fi, and timeshare pitches may deter some visitors. For a bit more money, Hotel Playa Mazatlan offers almost every possible amenity with a lively, resort-style atmosphere.
The Palms Resort of Mazatlan is a mid-range beachfront property that's unpretentious and a bit dated. All 183 rooms feature an eclectic mix of modern and older decor, along with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges/kitchenettes, and private balconies with optional sea views. The wide, sparkling, waterfront infinity pool is impressive, particularly for a mid-range property. However, the tiny beach, utterly basic fitness room, and two less-than-stellar restaurants may leave true resort-seeking travelers wanting more. For the same price, Emporio Mazatlan offers a more polished atmosphere, plus a wide beach and a larger, beautiful pool terrace.
As Mazatlan’s largest resort, the 716-room Hotel Riu Emerald Bay has just about every feature an all-inclusive traveler would expect in a typical, slightly dated package. There are three large pools, a massive, a semi-private stretch of beach, numerous restaurants and bars, and a large spa. Rooms are typical of the Riu brand, ranging from simple and dated to more upmarket, with amenities like all-you-can-drink liquor racks and minibars, flat-screen TVs, and private balconies (with optional water views). Make no mistake: This is a party hotel and is built for people who like a higher-volume beach getaway, and there's nothing really within walking distance. For a bit more money, Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan has a quieter, more relaxed vibe and similar features.
Emporio Mazatlan -- a mid-range beachfront property with a hint of sophistication -- is in the city's Zona Dorada tourist district. The hotel offer more than the expected amenities for a tropical resort in this category, including two heated pools with a mini-water park, hot tubs, and a waterfront restaurant that's open all day. The 133 air-conditioned rooms, which include suites with separate living areas, are bright and have private balconies with ocean views. We did spot a bit of wear as well. It's worth noting that the beach has suffered substantial erosion, and when Oyster visited in mid-2016, it was partially closed. Travelers might want to consider the Ramada Resort Mazatlan next door, which has more restaurants and a more polished vibe for rates that can be similar.
The 125-room Royal Villas Resort offers beachfront lodging in the heart of Mazatlan’s Golden Zone. The list of amenities -- an a la carte Mexican restaurant, a freeform pool, and a lovely perch on Mazatlan’s Playa Gaviotas Beach -- is just long enough to keep most of the hotel's guests satisfied. The style is modern-ish, and reminiscent of any three-pearl hotel found across the United States. The all-suite room categories offer a decent list of features including kitchenettes, free Wi-Fi, and balconies with spectacular ocean views. However, the hotel’s relatively small beach and the fact that the gym and spa are closed indefinitely (as of mid-2016) may discourage some travelers. With similar nightly rates, Emporio Mazatlan offers more polished rooms and a large, beautiful pool terrace.
Las Flores Beach Resort is a mid-range option situated on a quiet stretch of Playa Camaron within a short walk of the Golden Zone’s attractions and services. The list of amenities -- including two sparkling outdoor pools, an alfresco restaurant and bar with ocean views, and beachfront massage services -- is just long enough to keep most guests happy. However, the 119 rooms are a mixed bag. Many are relatively modern -- with air-conditioning, ocean-view balconies, and (optional) kitchenettes -- but some feature unattractive furnishings and old tube TVs. Additionally, Wi-Fi isn't free. As an alternative, the nearby three-and-a-half-pearl Ramada Resort Mazatlan offers more dining options, a wide stretch of beach, and a massive pool for less.