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El Cid Marina Beach

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Our Opinion
This hotel is quite far from the Golden Zone. It's a big complex with a beach that you have to take a boat to, so it's not very convenient, but the pools are fantastic.

Overview
Located in the marina area of Mazatlan, this full-service, all-suites hotel with convenient kitchenettes, boasts two pools and a fabulous restaurant. A shuttle will take you across the marina to the beach two minutes away, and guests can also enjoy a complimentary shuttle to its sister property, El Cid Castilla Beach, and use of the facilities there.

Location: Oceanfront, 35 minutes from Rafael Buelna International Airport and 10 kilometers to downtown Mazatlan.

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  • John D : Morrison, Colorado
Great Resort Hotel

The rooms were very nice and the staff very friendly and helpful.Easy access to all the surrounding areas. The other resorts of El Cid were free to get to with the shuttle service. The pool activities were full and well managed by Dante the activity director.

  • Travellingchick47 : Courtenay, BC
Hope to go there again.

I can rate this resort as excellent. The staff were helpful whenever asked. Especially Hector on the front desk. The grounds are clean and well maintained. Club car was available with just a phone call to take us to our building. Happy hour allowed us to see all the pool/beach area and enjoy inexpensive drinks. The point is a spot to sun and relax in a small semi-private area. Great area for watching the sunset. The harbour is busy and there is always something to watch. The shuttle to the other El Cid resorts made it easy to head into town. It is not a bad walk to where the busy Mazatland shops begin. I was excited to see that the resort offers a container in the room for " green" material. We ate most of our meals there and the option to compost this material was appreciated. Our unit was clean, well maintained and serviced. I would definitely go back. and would like to take my grandchildren who would enjoy jumping into the pool from the formations around the two waterfall. Bus stop is right in front of the resort.

  • winnipegirl : winnipeg
Exceeded our expectations!

First off I will say I don't understand how there can be a really bad review of this resort. It's unlikely that everything will be perfect (certainly not the way my life goes) and it's unlikely that everything will go wrong unless you are just having a lot of bad luck that week! Everyone's entitled to their opinion and what pleases one may not please another. Every other guest we spoke to loved it. It's such a nice warm beautiful small resort. I can say that I feel comfortable recommending this hotel if staying in mazatlan. Especially to those who prefer upscale, smaller boutique hotels with excellent staff and service. Great for couples or families who prefer quiet evenings and ala cartes. Also great for first time visitors to Mazatlan. I think this area is under-rated and we plan to return. So much we still need to see and do. One week not enough! This place is Not recommended for someone looking to party and be up late on the resort or needs to be walking distance to nightlife. We visited the other el CID properties and they were busy and lively places. We we returned to our "home", we greatly enjoyed the peace and serenity of our marina property! We had the regular all inclusive package. Great value for us! PoolsIguana pool has hot tub (very nice and warm jacuzzi) and a cold deep pool with water falls, cliff jumping and caves. Near building A AND B. No towel game here. Towel service avail at each pool and beach. They give you a card for the week. You can take your towel to room at end of day and get card act next day. Seemed to always be free chairs at either pool at any time while we here. Be brave and swim in the caves, it's really cool under there! The hot tub was very popular at happy hour when things getting cooler and darker around the resort. The best place to meet others at the resort. We met such lovely people from all over Canada and US. LOTS of info sharing here. :)Calypso pool is the warmer of the two and is also the noisiest, I mean liveliest. Lol it hosts the swim up bar that wasn't really used much by the guests. There's bingo in afternoon and various other activities all of which are pretty low key. A lot of kids in both pools but never so many that it took away from my enjoyment. If you want quiet then head to beach!BEACH. for ocean sand and waves, you must take water taxi to beach club. Never wait more than 5 min. Runs a bit past sunset or later if an event going on at the event center over there. There was a couple weddings. A bit loud as sound carries over to the resort. You do need to order from waiter for drinks and food. There is no bar or restaurant for service. No need to seat save the palapas. Plenty on the days we were there. On one day, a cruise ship group arrived. We were told it was an unscheduled stop. The only day where we could not get a chair. Restaurants. 2 main restaurants on property and food was amazing! LOTS of alacarte options throughout the day. La marina. Upstairs from Lobby. Buffet at breakfast and dinner. Reservations not required but Very good idea if a large party (6 or more so they can prepare a table but not necessary). It is indoor but surrounded by windows that open. Excellent for controlling wind or for cooler nights. La terraza is downstairs outside of the marina bar(lobby bar/sport bras) and is alacarte only. It is outside. You can eat here for breakfast lunch and dinner. Reservations suggested for dinner. You can walk up and make reservations onsite anytime. I LOVED THIS. easy to get any seating time you want (for us anyway). They always had room to accommodate our group of 8 any time. This restaurant is the outdoor extension of the lobby bar which itself is entirely indoor. Nautical themed with different performers and activities throughout the week. Snack bars at each of the pools. Service from about 10am until around 6 for calypso and 7 for iguana. The menus were similar but not identical. Excellent coconut shrimps at iguana!ROOMS- buildings A to H are on the right side of maps (west side of resort towards ocean). Building j which is east side of resort towards inland and marina, has units plus houses a few shops, convenience store, liquor store, laundry and harbourmaster. The water taxi is in front of this building which a very short walk from lobby. ROOMS. not all rooms have balconies or terraces. Water pressure in our room was fantastic. We stayed with our sons and had adjoining rooms. Ours was a 1 bedroom suite (2 balconies) attached to their junior suite (1 balcony). The space was huge. Excellent for families. We had a back entrance to each unit from from and back. A bonus for the second floor rooms. We also has our own private staircase to both suites. Made for EASY access to pools and snack bars in front and path in back (short cut to restaurants and lobby). There were a total of 5 doors (and 3 balconies) so it was hilarious when someone knocked. Spent at least 5 minutes trying to figure out which door it was! The one bedroom suites are a nice big size. My sister in law had a 1 bedroom (2 balconies) adjoining to a junior suite with no balcony. It was a corner unit in building b I think. On 4th floor. They used elevators to access or stairs. They loved their view near the iguana pool with view of the Beach across marina. Almost all rooms have marina view. They mostly all face north with the exeption of building A Which has some rooms that face west (and some corner rooms that view south). Behind building A is a few chairs and palapas in some sand overlooking a rocky area above the ocean. Very peaceful spot if you can snag one. Not too close to any accessible water here. Great place to watch sunset. Also we took elevator to top floor of building A for great view from the open hallway. We loved the kitchens! Full size fridge and coffee maker a huge bonus! They don't supply coffee for free. It's a donation to a charity actually. I assume you're supposed to leave the money on counter?. I expected charges for the couple bags we used first day but didn't get charged. We went to convenience store onsite and purchased a bag of coffee that cost $70p and lasted the week (along with some baileys and canned cream). Same with bottled water. It said 10p for bottles. It wasn't refilled. I'm not sure how this works so ask when you there. We had no problem getting bottled water from the bars or restaurants and brought them back to room. I wish they had a 5gallon water dispenser in room that could be used instead of the waste Of all those bottles but they do recycle. There was a bin for organic wastes (green bags) and non organic black bags. TIPS- I would say that this is one place where you should be a bit more generous because the service is fantastic. We did try to tip almost all staff who did anything to help us in anyway. Keep in mind that most staff probably make less than $10/day in wages. Don't say the cost of lives no is cheaper because it's not really. We saw lots of locals shopping in stores paying same prices we do here at home. The lobby will change into smaller denominations. I liked having some smaller denominations like the 10 peso coins to tip some of the ground staff and cleaners etc. For the dinners we would usually tip anywhere is from 70 to 100 pesos to our waiter. We were a group of eight usually. I don't feel that is excessive considering our size of group. I would love to have tipped more but we are travelling on a budget. We usually tipped 20 to 40 pesos for our breakfast or lunch's or more if service was deserving. If giving staff gifts especially housekeepers, please leave a note to ensure that it is understood that this is a gift for a staff memberTRANSPORTATION. One of our favourite things about Mazatlan was the unique transportation options we had. First off I loved that we had a free shuttle to the other resorts. This gave us a quick and easy access to more eating options as we were on the all-inclusive plan so it was nice to venture off our site for some other restaurants. There was also a bus stop in front of our resort. For 10 pesos you could take the bus south to town or north to playa bruja which is where the RIU Emerald Bay is. Gorgeous beach to check out there and do some surfing if you'd like there is a rental shop just north of the RIU. But my favourite thing of all was the PULMONIAS (open air taxis up to 4 ppl AND THE ARRIGAS (red truck taxis where you ride in the back they hold up to 10 ppl!). they play music and it's in the open air which is much funner way to travel around town. We always ordered drinks to go in plastic cups and then headed out to the lobby to catch our transport. Sometimes we'd catch a shuttle to Castillo and grab taxi from there to cut coat a bit. Plus you need a refill on the drink at lobby of Castillo. OTHER RESORTS - as this resort is the top end resort, you are entitled to most of the restaurants at the Castillo and the Granada and the Moro. Definitely Not la concha at Moro or at the steakhouse at the country club unless you purchase the elite or VIP plan. We did not but still had plenty of options. You need to call a special phone extension to make a reservation at the other restaurants. You could do it that day or the day before. I found were only able to get 9 PM reservations offsite. This was not a problem for us as we planned accordingly and had a late lunch or snack at around supper. It gave us more time to enjoy the hot tub and chill Our favourite restaurant off our main resort was at the Castillo which was the Al cazar (Italian). Everything we ordered was delicious. The only thing I did not care for was the carpaccio. We also ate at the Argentinian steakhouse at the Granada. This one has an outdoor patio area and a sunken indoor area which is open on the sides so you don't really feel like you're outside but it is warmer. They had a great salad bar there and everyone enjoyed their meals. We did not book at the sushi restaurant which is located at the golf and country club which is adjacent to the Granada. We heard from another guest that the sushi was not as good as the sushi that was on Sunday at our resort in the buffet upstairs. We missed it :(. We ate our lunch at Castillo one day. I believe we have breakfast privileges as well at the Granada restaurant and possibly at the Castillo but I'm not sure about that. CONS Not much negative to add. Yes the Wi-Fi charge was a pain. But I have experienced that in most resorts. There was a room behind the front desk where you had access to two computers which were rarely ever booked or used. The rooms are a bit older so are not in brand-new perfect condition but they were clean and large and that was more important to me. Sometimes I think that people are spoiled because of a certain high standard of living that is enjoyed by some people living in places like Canada or US and they expect that in other places but this is Mexico. I suggest you take a tour to where many locals live or staff and then maybe you won't feel the need to complain about a small crack in the bathroom or some caulking that doesn't look perfect. For The price I feel this is a good value. If you want a brand new resort I'm sure you will be paying more than here. I did not see an elevator so if you have someone in a wheelchair or who is mobility challenged I would check with the hotel to see if they have a way to access the second floor restaurant which is the main buffet for breakfast and dinner. I would love to have had a walk up bar or restaurant at the beach area as opposed to a server but it was no problem at all. You just need a little more patience. Beach servers not as outstanding as others. No rentals of beach equipment on site, you would need to go to the Castillo to use stuff. We never did this so I cannot comment. Room service was an extra charge. Luckily our room is right next to the snack bar so we would place an order and usually the waiter would just run it up to our room. On all resorts no disco or place to dance. There was a band on our last night in the Castillo and a small area where people were dancing but this was right in the main lobby bar which I find has zero ambiance. It's almost like a cave with low ceilings and not very tropical feeling. SUMMARY Please feel free to message me if you have any further questions. I am the type of traveller that likes to know everything in advance so I can hit the ground running when I arrive. If you are like that too I am more than happy to help assist if I can. In summary I'd like to say that the best things about this resort where the service as stated by other reviews, and the access to many different restaurants offering à la cart options. I do not care for buffets generally unless I am in a hurry. I could've stayed here a week and never eaten one buffet meal. I also really liked that it was no problem to get seating for our group of eight on our own resort. I was very thankful that we were able to eat offsite and get reservations at two of the other restaurants. I felt very safe on the resort or when We took transportation into town and walked along the beautiful Malecon. Check out the Freeman posada hotel ! There is a rooftop terrace that you can go up and order some drinks. Take elevator to too then walk 2 flights of stairs. Great views of the city. We went there three times ! This was a highlight of our trip. We loved the pulmonias and the Arrigas! WE WOULD COME BACK TO MAZATLAN JUST FOR THAT!

  • toyoume : Oliver, BC,
Wonderful Place

This is our regular winter retreat and we love it. We were able to get the room we like thank to Rogelio at the reception. The staff in the Dining Room is friendly and very efficient. We love our meals there. We love a our time in Mazatlan and especially the El Cid. The shuttle between the El Cid facilities is great and provides us with many restaurants, swimming pools and different beaches. A great place for a wonderful vacation

  • johngC6614KB : Colorado Springs
A gem

El Cid Marina Beach is the best of the several El Cid hotels in Mazatlan. The location is just outside of the busy Golden Zone and line up of hotels giving it a feeling of privacy. The marina location and well manicured grounds is visually appealing and there is an ocean front beach. This being said, the best thing about this property is the friendliness of the people staffing the hotel. Aside from providing excellent service they are genuine about their smiles and greetings.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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  • 210 rooms in one 7-storey & ten 4-storey buildings
  • 1 a la carte restaurant (International)
  • 2 bars including Lobby bar, Swim up bar
  • Room service (fee)
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • 27-hole golf course on-site
  • Meeting facilities (fee)
  • Shopping on-site (Sundry shop)
  • Sauna (fee)
  • Jacuzzi

All accommodations include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • In-room safe
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Kitchenette

Junior Suites include:

  • 2 double beds
  • Max occ 4

One Bedroom Suites include:

  • 1 king bed and 2 day beds
  • Max occ 5 up to 4 adults
  • Additional room categories available

Kids Deal - All Inclusive Plan: Kids 2-14 stay and eat free when sharing room and existing beds with 2 adults, Max 2 kids. Air & Hotel Plan: Kids 2-14 stay free when sharing room and existing beds with 2 adults; Max 2 kids.

For the Kids - Babysitting service (fee), Playground, Kids' section of main pool.

Bonus - All Inclusive guests receive complimentary upgrade to a One Bedroom Suite (if available at check-in) and use the features at the El Cid Castilla including: restaurants, bars, disco, lobby bar, theme dinner show, activities Kids Club and gym. Free shuttle service also available.

Honeymooners - Receive room upgrade (if available at check-in) and bottle of sparkling wine. Request when you book. Requires proof of marriage.

Golf - All Inclusive Golf Package includes unlimited green fees. Mandatory caddy, optional cart and gratuties are extra. Subject to tee-time availability. Additional rounds for same-day play are accepted after finishing first round. All guests sharing room must pay the All Inclusive with Golf rate, even if they are not using the golf portion. Package is non-refundable and non-transferable. ID may be required upon check-in at golf course.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • El Cid Marina Beach
    Mazatlan,Mexico

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El Cid Marina Beach Hotel
Av. Camaron Sabalo s/n, Mazatlan 82110 Mexico

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