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Some choice picks in Mazatlan

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A May 2004 trip to Mazatlan by El Gallo

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Quote: Mazatlan offers are clear-cut choices for backpackers and penny pinchers, and some obvious spots for the price-is-no-object crowd. For the average vacationer, it can get confusing or just the result of random picking. Well, here's a local's list of some good "in between" places that stand out for various reasons.

Some choice picks in Mazatlan

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Overview

Olas Altas Cove (With view of Hotel Freeman) Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Mazatlan, tourist-wise, is more like three separate cities. The Golden Zone is a sprawling, raucous strip of tourist traps and overpricing (still cheaper than U.S. or even other Mexican beach resorts, though). It also has a long beautiful beach, tropic islands just offshore, nice hotels with cool pools, flashy restaurants, and nice shopping. And, of course, thousands of other people just like you. The Historic Zone, downtown, is rising from ruins and has a couple of hotels on Olas Altas beach, lots of great, cheap restaurants, museums, cafes, jazz and R&B joints (along with crazy Mazatlan music), a real public market, art galleries, symphony concerts and opera . . . and a laid-ba...Read More

Costa De Oro Beach Hotel

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Hotel | "Costa de Oro"

Costa De Oro Beach Hotel Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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The Costa de Oro isn't the oldest, newest, or biggest hotel on Sabalo, and it doesn't drip with luxuries and pampering: what it offers is comfort, barefoot beach access, a great pool area . . . and a lower price than its neighbors. Cheaper rooms with two double beds start at about $65 USD a night with air conditioning, cable, balcony and coffee makers...a cut above Holiday Inn and a sort of beach cottage feel. Goes well with the sound of surf you get in every room. The suites run up to around $170 US a night and are everything you could want in a beach retreat. The living room and kitchen are very nice, with access to lawn or balcony and the sleeping areas are ingeniously stepped up almost li...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Costa De Oro Beach Hotel
AVE CAMARON SABALO S N
Mazatlan, Mexico 82110
52-669-913-8021

Royal Villas Resort

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Hotel | "Royal Villas"

Royal Villas Resort Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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I've been staying in a suite in Royal Villas for two days and I have decided to live here. It's the kind of life I was born for. I'm not coming out. You'll never take me, coppers. Send up some ice cream. Locals consider Royal Villas one of the best bargains in the area for luxury accommodation. A lot of the credit belongs to the architects and planners: the Royal Suites' design is very smart. The twelve stories look sort of squat, like a beehive, with a mass of angles that give all the suites a great view. Sea breeze wafts through the lobby and up through the hollow core, gently waving the hanging gardens and cooling the place through Mazatlan's brutal summers. The lay...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Royal Villas Resort
Ave Camaron Sabalo 500
Mazatlan, Mexico 82110
+52-669-916-6162

Best Western Posada Freeman Express

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Hotel | "Hotel Posada Freeman"

Best Western Posada Freeman Express Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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In 2002, the old Freeman was reborn as the historic district experienced a renaissance. The round windows allow it to claim a sort of art-deco image, and the rooftop pool bar is an icon of the lifestyle of Olas Altas cove. . .which WAS Mazatlan back when Lee Marvin, John Wayne, and Jane Fonda romped there. The painstaking restoration gave the new version the look and feel of modern hotel convenience with a touch of the old days: the old design and colors have been retained: the cheerful blue/white/yellow tile, the lobby dome, even the pattern of the carpet. Glass cases in the lobby display artifacts from the old days: a bronze DC3 clock, blue logo plates, invitations for Carni...Read More

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Best Western Posada Freeman Express
Olas Altas 79
Mazatlan, Mexico 82000
526699856060

Hotel Playa Mazatlan

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Hotel Playa Mazatlan Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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The Playa was the first of the Golden Zone hotels, and remains everybody's recommendation for lodging value. Back in 1955 when Ulysses George built a low-lying motel with one killer stretch of beach, nobody thought much of the idea. Today the Playa is the grandaddy of the row of hotels that stretch north: there are bigger, cheaper, posher hotels, but there is something very Mazatleca about the Playa. For one thing it is resolutely un-highrise. One of the new wings is five stories, but it doesn't project that attitude . . . it just seems to be a sprawl of bedrooms right off the Pacific with pools everywhere you turn. Those rooms don't try to be anything more than hotel rooms, f...Read More

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Hotel Playa Mazatlan
PO BOX 207
Mazatlan, Mexico
669-989-0555

Mazatlan Lodging Registry

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Hotel

Mazatlan Lodging Registry Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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The scene in Mazatlan has been shifting towards the historic downtown in recent years, and is now attracting a whole new kind of individual. The days when tourism in the Land of Maz was all about MTV twerps drinking their way from discos to highrise hotels in the Golden Zone is becoming passe. The new profile favors people who appreciate older buildings with attractive architecture, small restaurants and jazz clubs, and the quieter atmosphere of narrow streets and sidewalk cafes. People, in other words, who would like staying in comfortable, elegant surroundings and can get around the world without "package deals". The renaissance of the Historic Center has been fueled by resto...Read More

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Mazatlan Lodging Registry
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Mazatlan, Mexico

Canucks

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Restaurant

Canucks Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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The old Fregata, a gigantic palm-thatch watering hole right across from the water on Olas Altas, went from the embodiment of Mexico to the local capital of Canada when pianist Phil Nevile moved in and turned it into a showcase for the best rock and blues band in the city. It's the spot to be on Canada Day, but all nationalities find the food good, the music fantastic, and the view splendid. The seafood tradition continues even under the Maple Leaf, but the new chef also does a great job with Mexican food and North American chow. (Is there such a thing as Canadian cuisine?) Sunday is a good time for barbecued-rib specials and romantic Mexican music by top local groups. But Friday and Satu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 13, 2004

Canucks

Mazatlan, Mexico
981-5916

Old Broadway Cafe

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Attraction | "The Old Broadway Cafe"

Old Broadway Cafe Photo, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Ladies seem to like taking slinky dresses and dancing heels on vacation, even to a sandals, shorts, and sunburn locale like Mazatlan. Well, suddenly there's a reason to bring along that glitter gown--there is now a Manhattan night club in town. The Old Broadway Cafe is a bright splash of urban glitz on the Maz night: a big room with red leatherette booths, concert lighting, hardwood dance floor, grand piano, and everything that goes with the big photos of Frank and the Rat Pack on the walls. The decor, linens, and waitstaff signal sophistication and the menu continues the feeling: expensive but not exorbitant, lush, rich, and with that elusive scent of spoiling one's self. But ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 15, 2004

Old Broadway Cafe
418 Camaron Sabalo
Mazatlan, Mexico