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Marina El Cid
We spent 2 weeks at the Marina ElCid and loved the hotel. The first week was in a 1 bedroom unit that was large and very comfortable. Firm king size bed, 2 separate bathroom counters with sinks (His and Hers). The couches in the living room were very firm and not very comfortable. Kitchen was equiped with the basics to prepare meals. The first week we were near the pool with a lovely view of the marina and the boats. The second week we moved into a much larger 1 bedrrom unit (1400 sq. ft.) facing the ocean where we could listen to the waves crashing. This unit had no more furniture than our first unit but had two complete bathrooms. One couch was a trundle bed that could be rolled next to the 2nd couch to form a qeen size bed. Dropped off our laundry and came back several hours later to find it folded and plastic wrapped ready to go for a few peso's. The hotel resturant had the best Mexican plate entre we tasted anywhere in Mazatlan. They provided free shuttle service to their other hotels in town cutting down taxi expense. Quiet private beach with few venders. We'd love to return next year.
Marina El Cid needs a new chef
We enjojed our RCI instant exchange room at the El Cid Marina. We had nice two corner ocean views(best from 4th Floor). No chairs! Mexico must not have liability laws, as the place had no screens in windows, and all sorts of places small children could get seriously hurt. We didn't have any small children, but the eyes of a social worker don't miss anything-even on vacation! Walls were thin but desk responded with noisy neighbor's T.V. at 1:30 A.M.(we had not slept for 2 days with travel). We were branded in the lobby upon arrival with "the carnation" signifying that we had been approached by a timeshare salesperson. This has to happen in order to get a bell man to bring your bags. We were VERY clear that we were in no mood for a sales pitch.Never heard from her again. The food was really poor at EL Cid Marina. I concur with the Cal. writer who said how hard it was to get Mexican food. Why do they think we want American? We could have stayed home. I have a condition with which I cannot eat wheat, oats, barley, or rye. This threw the kitchen into a frenzy when I took out my Spanish dietary needs card.
They tried, but it was too wierd for them to come up with a solution.
At Sr. Peppers(awful!!!!!!) they said. "We have no food for you here".
They actually did, and it wasn't worth the high price, poor attitude and terrible service. The El Cid food was unimaginative at best-except for the Sunday brunch's Mimosa -all you can drink(hint- skip the OJ, ask for the bottle of champagne to be left at the table). This is then a great time to walk down to Celito Lindo and buy lots of great silver jewelry(real Mexican-look for the .925 Mexico" print). Have fun and relax-you'll be home all too soon!
All Inclusive / El Cid doesn't know the meaning
I stood here with my family in July of 2004. We opted for the all inclusive pacckage. But I guess El Cid needs to understand the meaning of that concept. Upon checking in, we were given an explanation of all the limitations of the "all inclusive package". Say what? While we were free to go and swim in the neighboring El Moro, we were not allowed to get service from their bar.
Instead, they had a table with a small canopy to serve guests from the El Cid Marina Beach. The swim up bar was exclusive for the time share people staying at the "El Moro" . The same with the restaurants. Umbrellas were extremely limited, try three in total. Their concept of an all inclusive package is the opposite, you have to pay for everything. When my niece and I wanted to go the Disco, we had to pay the cover charge to cover for the foam party they were having that evening.
As long as you stayed on the El Cid Marina side of the hotel, you were fine. But once you stepped over to the El Moro side, you were made to feel like a second rate guest. The hotel was a bit run down, and the air conditioner only works by inserting your door key into a slot that turns the A. C. on. So, if you go out for the evening, you have to take your key out, thus shutting down the A. C. You'll be coming back to a hot room. Fodd was not the greatest, they need to understand the concept of "all inclusive". Try elsewhere.
Great Resort - Great City
Stayed at the El Cid Marina hotel a week in June 2004 - had a great time - 4 adults - 2 kids. Loved the entire El Cid Resort. Weather was perfect. When you land at the airport in Mazatlan you will be hit up immediately to sign up for time share breakfast presentation. There are numerous ones - we actually did one the next morning at the El Cid Marina. When you are negotiating with them at the airport about what you want in return for sitting thru presentation make sure they put it all in writing on your paper. Make sure it specifies the # of adults and or # of children who receive "free/discount" items. This is very important and will save any questions after the presentation and they give you the coupons. It is carbon copy they keep part and give you part. We got our 60$ van/cab fare, 2 for 1 Fiesta, free boat/island tour (boat was Kolanahe that leaves right from El Cid Marina) and a free City tour. We loved everything we got - especially the Boat tour-(if you do the boat make sure your "free" coupon includes not just boat, but ALL activities - otherwise you find out you have to pay extra for bannana boat and snorkeling, etc.) .
The timeshare presentation itself was not bad - we listened about 45 mins. - said NO and got our coupons. These are coupons and NOT the tickets you will need for the Fiesta or Boat tour. When they are giving you the coupons go ahead and book what you want to do right then with the person giving you the coupons- do not wait - then you just have to go redeem your coupons for the actual tickets. The Kolanahe you do at the Harbor Master Office right at the El Cid Marina (make sure it includes ALL activities). For the Fiesta tickets you go to the El Cid El Moro and there is a little office just above SEnor Frogs to go get your tickets.
Another reason we liked El Cid resort is that the El Cid provides free shuttle between all 4 El Cid hotels. This saved a lot on cab fares. Taking the shuttle down the strip a little further to other El Cid properties got you closer or w/in walking distance of plenty of restaurants, etc....
Stay away from City Market in Old Mazatlan - very, very dirty and they are unrelenting on the tourists. This was our least favorite part of trip.
Best part of stay was boat tour on Kolanahe - this leaves El Cid Marina around 9:30 am and returns about 4 pm. Open bar for entire trip - full lunch at Deer Island. Kids did bannana boat, snorkeling, etc.. LOVED IT. Take a travel bag with sunscreen, towels, camera, etc...
Kids liked the pool at the El Moro better than the Marina - more going on - Marina is more relaxing - has a GREAT cave at the far pool - kids liked. Food at the pools was good - drinks too. Lots of 2 for 1 drink offers in the afternoon. At the El Cid Marina you will have LOTS of Iquanas that stroll up and want food - pretty fun.
Have to agree that food at El Cid Marina just OK - there is lots better out on Main Drag - recomend the Purple Onion - very good. Also La Casa Country - GREAT -
Will definitely go back again.
Very nice, but not perfect!
We just returned from our second visit to Marina El Cid. This time we were on the sixth floor with a terrific view of the ocean. Weather was ideal. Also enjoyed hearing the surf -- very relaxing. But, the bed was very firm - not comfortable. Also, we could hear the talking and TV from the next unit. We ate there a couple times -- nothing great. Best food was in town.
Next time we're going to try Pueblo Bonito at Emerald Bay. We sat through their sales pitch -- these people are the best sales professionals in the business! We didn't buy and the sales lady went from super friendly to cold in one second. Soon as she realized we weren't buying, she turned off and pointed out the exit! But, I guess that's normal. I wouldn't buy there, but the facility is excellent and we're going to stay there next year to see how it compares to the Marina.
We stayed at here from April 24 through May 1. Our trip was very enjoyable. The resort was unique to us due to the setting at the marina. The daily catch comes in at around 3pm. We have always had beach side rooms at other hotels in the past, but here we had a view of the marina as well as the shallower of the two pools. The adjoining rooms we occupied were more than large enough for the four of us during our stay. When we would venture in to town, there wasn't a single local person that didn't give us the feeling we were staying at the best place in Mazatlan.
Getting to the beach was unique, due to the fact it is placed across the waterway from the hotel (A water taxi has to be taken-not a huge deal but just different). The beach is very quiet and the beach vendors were few and far between. The service from the hotel staff was excellent. The view of the hotel from the beach is stunning. The pools were very nice, but our group consisted of four 30 somethings and we found the El Cid Moro to have a more lively pool. When a low key day was in order the Marina El Cid's pool was more than fine.
The staff was excellent and provided great service and even gave good suggestions for restaurants. I highly recommend dining in almost any of the local restaurants, as we had some incredible meals in great settings. We only ate at the Marina once, aside from a quesadillas at the pool, and found the food to be expensive and undesireable. We ate the breakfast buffet ($14 US/person) and it was not good at all. Another couple told us that ordering off of the menu is much better, but we didn't see the need to give it a chance. You can go into town and eat at Gus-Gus, or the Purple Onion, for $5 US and it is amazing.
Ths shuttle service was very convenient. Especially since the other hotels are located in an area more conducive to shopping and dining out.
Enjoy your stay, and if you see Juan at the hotel, tell him Eric said, "Hola"
Excellent all round
Yes - a wonderful vacation. The Marina El Cid was very good, the room (a 1-bedroom) was splendid - bright, spacious and comfortable - and the service and attention of the staff was top class. After the flight transfers through LAX - it was like a haven of rest!.
I'd certainly recommend the Marina for those who want to enjoy the glitz of
Mazatlan, but prefer to stay somewhere away from the maddening crowds. The other El Cid hotels El Moro and El Castillo were more central, but were big, busy, noisy and lacked the charm that the Marina had. They'd be good for kids, though, the Marina's a bit limted that way. The Country Club was quieter, but not beachside. The free shuttle bus was convenient between the hotels, though, I must admit, it's punctuality and availability was, well,....very "Mexican"!! The phrase that we really got to know very well (even before they said it) was "It's coming.....".
Food in the Marina Restaurant was very good . A nice selection of local and
international dishes, extremely well presented and reasonably priced. Drinks were relatively pricey (by local standards) but still cheaper that Canada or the US! Service was exceptional - the waiters were real characters and actually spent some time chatting to you - they weren't just order-takers. Recommend their Bananas Flambe, and their Mexican Coffee specialities - gourmet stuff, both flambe'd with flair at your table! The live entertainment was subdued and classy - you could always talk to your waiter or friends without having to shout or be blasted by loudspeakers.
Talking of beaches, the Marina beach was superb. Even though you had to take the Marina Ferry to cross to it, the ferry came and went on demand and took only 2 minutes. We never had to wait more that a few minutes to catch it. The beach went on for ever and was quiet, sandy, fabulous for beachwalking and OK for swimming - though the seas were fairly rough when we were there - but that's to be expected at that time of year (2 weeks at the end of January). The beachfront area had it's own bar/snack bar facilities and the waiters there were very attentive - but never intrusive. Beach vendors were there, but they took "No Gracias" for an answer and really didn't bother us at all.
The notorious Timeshare Presentation was actually very professional and
enjoyable. As a computer person myself, I was more interested in the program they used and the graphics than the words they were saying! We attended, and got our breakfast, bottles of booze and freebie tours. We were not interested in the proposal, but it was in no way a pressure job or
unpleasant. We were NEVER bothered after that..in fact we still said Good
Morning to the Timeshare folk whenever we saw them, passed a few niceties and smiles, without any hassling at all. I think Mazatlan, or at least the El Cid group, has got the message that constant Timeshare hassling and pressure has the opposite effect - it switches folk off.
So, all in all, a great time. Maz is a good place and has a good feeling
about it. We'd go back!
Mazatlan is paradise
"Our first visit to Mazatlan"
March is still the winter for Mazatlan. The temperature was 84 degrees F, with a cool ocean breeze during the day, and closer to 74 degrees F in the evenings. Coming from a fairly warm climate on the east coast of the US, it was perfect weather. Many Canadians and other Americans have made Mazatlan their destination of choice on an annual basis. It was our first visit, and I'm sure we will return as soon as we can! The Mexican people were helpful and friendly. The weather was perfect. The food delicious and economical. The scenary was paradise! We spent a week, eating at the best restaurants, visiting with the locals and seeing possible accommodations for future visits.
"El Cid Marina"
We picked the El Cid Marina for our family vacation. This resort is on a marina and has its own private beach as well. There are spacious rooms and also condos for rent, an onsite restaurant and bar as well as 2 swimming pools, a few stores and other amenities. It was listed as one of the best locations in Mazatlan, although it is away from the downtown area. We found it to be a 5-star resort, luxurious and delightful. For visits to town, a van picks up people right out front every day and returns them as well. The service there was tops and the entertainment spectacular.
"Our favorite restaurant-La Terraza, Playa Mazatlan"
We quickly discovered that the restaurant, La Terraza, at the Playa Mazatlan Hotel had the best view, excellent food and great prices. The restaurant has a gorgeous view of the beach and ocean. Vendors pass by and sometimes stop to offer their wares for sale. Seagulls stop and walk on the terrace floor in search for crumbs. The restaurant seating is outdoors, but covered by another terrace above. The ocean breeze is pleasant, and the food simply delightful. The atmosphere at lunchtime was perfect to dream and stare at the ocean, or to carry a comfortable conversation on the touring plans for the day. I highly recommend it!
A View of the El Cid Marina
Private beach at the El Cid Marina
El. Cid.Marina Beach Hotel
Can anyone tell me about the El Cid Marina Beach Hotel. We are staying there for 2 weeks. Are there any bars or anything in walking distance. Thanks
RE: El. Cid.Marina Beach Hotel
The Cid is a bar in itself. You will try Senor Frogs, El Patio, Joe's Oyster Bar and a few others but, always end up at the El Cid disco El Caracol(sp). The street hot dogs are great.
RE: El. Cid.Marina Beach Hotel
I stayed at the marina in 2005 and Im staying there again march 2nd through 10th. The place is great its has 2 nice pools one with a playboy grotto type thing and the other has a swim up bar. There really isnt any bars in walking distance but with a 5 minute cab ride you are in the middle of the golden zone. You can walk it a few of my friends did one drunken night but I wouldnt do it.