Take a look at the best party hotels in Mazatlan.
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.
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.
Costa de Oro Beach Hotel offers all the amenities of a typical beachfront resort in a wallet-friendly package. The tradeoff for decent rates, though, are the basic and dated interiors, plus issues like noise and wear. The 230 rooms are simple and straightforward, with air-conditioning, tube style TVs, and private balconies. The large, zero-entry pool and open-air, waterfront restaurant are notable pluses, but the tiny beach, aging nature of the property, and nagging upcharges for Wi-Fi, bottled water, and in-room coffee may dissuade some guests. For a little more money, the three-and-a-half-pearl The Inn at Mazatlan offers the same amenities in a more modern, polished package.