The hotel is a great deal, if you can't afford one of the hotels in Zona Dorada. You only have to walk little to get to either Old Mazatlán or the Zona Dorada, and besides the beach is over the street ... incredible just to wake up and go to the beach for a little morning swim.
Due to some "difficulties" I had to stay in Mazatlán for about three weeks or so. People in Las Jacarandas were incredibly helpful, never forget there support and so on - Thanx a lot to Juan Manuel & Co.!!!
The scene in Mazatlan has been shifting towards the historic downtown in recent years--and 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, 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 restoration of old buildings and many of those restorations have become bed and breakfasts; which show a variety that could appeal to a wide range of tastes. And all of them are just blocks from Olas Altas beach and the cultural heart of Plaza Machado, where you can get espresso with jazz piano across from the opera house and ballet in the open air.
Places like Casa Romantica and La Jolla Mazatlan are designer showcases crammed with charm, art, antiques and sheer luxury. You tend to get fancy baths and posh furniture and pianos at places like this. Some, like Casa Bonita mix that feel with a casual feel and swimming pool. Luxuriant new places like Loro De Oro and Bahia Brisas offer beauty at every hand. Garden of Eden and Finca de Paraiso opt for cool retreats into calm solitude.
Another option for those who prefer the old quarter is the recent crop of furnished suites that have sprung up around the downtown. These apartments feature the comfort and economy of kitchens in suites that you can move into immediately with all linens, cookware, towels, and appliances in place and ready to go. Rentable by week, month, or season, these suites are becoming a popular way to "do Mazatlan".
The easiest way to check out the possibilities is the Mazatlan Lodging Registry, which lists 8-10 B&B's and suites in the downtown, with pictures, descriptions, and links to the website of each accomodation. Great for people who are capable of handling their own "packaging". For a quick scan of home-style stays in Old Mazatlan, see the Registry Website listed below.
In 1998 I stayed at La Mision..a long term motel/hotel. In Feb 2000 I stayed at the Camino Real, a luxury hotel. In Nov. 2000 I stayed at Playa Escondida which is a condo development that people own outright, but some rent their condos by the week. (not a timeshare)In Feb 2001 I bid on www.skyauction.com for 2 wks of condo rental at Vidafel and Pueblo bonito...both nice resorts.
$50. Canadian for La Mision in 1998
$100. Canadian for Camino Real..Feb 2000
$ 75. Canadian for a 2 br condo..Nov 2000
La Mision had a nice band that played at night. The hotel was standard, small room, few ammenities. The Camino Real was a luxury hotel, nice pool, good staff, expensive food, and a great view.Vidafel is a big resort with lots to do, and a nice pool. Pueblo Bonito is a gorgeous resort, wonderful rooms..and conveniently located.
I stayed at Playa Escondido Condominiums, located north of the marina. I made my reservation on the net. These condos are privately owned and then rented out thru an agent.
50 US night for one bedroom, and 75 US night for 2 bedroom, before December.
Nice condo facility, nice grounds, nice staff-helpful, warm pool, great ocean view...
As I was travelling budget through Mexico I certainly avoided the overprized Zona Dorada and stayed in Old Mazatlan. After strolling around a found a nice little hotel near the cathedral and the market - Hotel del Centro. The place was nothing special, but clean, good location, had A/C, bathroom and Sat TV. All of that for 90 pesos as a double room.
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