12 Best Hotels in Mazatlan, Mexico

Azteca Inn

$$ | Av. Playa las Gaviotas 307, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico

This three-story Zona Dorada low-rise is close to everything. Its straightforward accommodations are softened by white-and-yellow walls, colorful bedspreads, and a stand-alone bar called La Capilla (the chapel). Rates bounce up $15–$25 a night during Carnaval, Easter, and school vacations (Christmas through New Year's, July, and August).

Pros

  • Reasonable rates
  • Beach access across the street

Cons

  • No-frills
  • Extremely small pool area
  • Motel-style configuration
  • Ground-floor rooms are noisy
Av. Playa las Gaviotas 307, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico
669-913–4477
hotel Details
74 rooms
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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Best Western Posada Freeman

$$ | Av. Olas Altas 79 Sur, Mazatlán, 82000, Mexico

The 12-story Freeman faces the ocean and fronts a delightful maze of narrow postcolonial streets that surround nearby Plazuela Machado. Other than the spacious and gleaming tiled bathrooms, the rooms don't deviate from the standard chain hotel look—don't expect colonial character—but they are bright and up-to-date and have some amenities (like free Wi-Fi and more than two English-language channels) that you won't find in many of the more expensive hotels. The rooftop bar and pool are marvelous spots to watch the sunset.

Pros

  • Many rooms have small balconies with ocean or nice city views
  • Cool rooftop bar
  • Great location

Cons

  • On-site restaurant is nothing special
  • Some rooms get noise from creaking elevator
  • Chain-hotel design
  • Far from Golden Zone
Av. Olas Altas 79 Sur, Mazatlán, 82000, Mexico
669-985–6060
hotel Details
64 rooms, 8 junior suites
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, Free breakfast

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Casa Contenta

$$ | Av. Playa las Gaviotas 224, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico

An oasis of home-style tranquillity wedged among Zona Dorada's high-energy high-rises, Casa Contenta consists of two buildings: one with seven one-bedroom apartments (some with waterfront terraces) and the other a house that can accommodate up to eight people with its three bedrooms, three baths, and living-dining room. The live-like-a-local quality is authentic down to the cheerful Mexican furniture, well-stocked kitchens, and meticulously tended gardens.

Pros

  • Full kitchens
  • Lots of space
  • Good value for location
  • Good for long-term stays
  • Full kitchens, lots of space
  • Good value for location
  • Good for long-term stays

Cons

  • Interiors could use updating
  • No activities or vacation-planning help
Av. Playa las Gaviotas 224, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico
669-913–4976
hotel Details
7 units
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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Casa de Leyendas

$$ | Venustiano Carranza 4, Mazatlán, 82000, Mexico

The grand, old, Centro Histórico home of a prominent Mazatlán doctor and former mayor is now this excellent bed-and-breakfast. A stay here puts you across from two museums, a block from the beach, and three blocks from Plazuela Machado. Each of its six rooms is dedicated to a different Mexican personage, Pancho Villa and Frida Kahlo among them. Rooms don't have TVs—more reason to head out and explore—but there's a media center with cable TV and a DVD. There's also a central courtyard and a rooftop terrace.

Pros

  • Historic building
  • Tons of personality
  • Great hosts

Cons

  • Some rooms have small bathrooms
  • Far from Golden Zone beaches
  • Small service fee for paying with a credit card
  • Strict cancellation policy
Venustiano Carranza 4, Mazatlán, 82000, Mexico
669-981–6180
hotel Details
6 rooms
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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Casa Lucila

$$$ | Olas Altas 16, Mazatlán, 82000, Mexico

One of the Centro Histórico's nicest and newest hotels is in a remodeled mansion across from the Pedro Infante monument. Rooms are simple, but each has unique details and subdued colors as well as Italian ceramic floors, Mexican furniture, a plasma TV, plush robes, and windows so soundproof that you could sleep through a Carnaval procession in the street below. Most rooms also have terraces with views of the Olas Altas beach and the Pacific. The staff is friendly, and service is personalized. Dinners and other special functions are sometimes organized for guests during holidays and events in town.

Pros

  • Sleek
  • Romantic getaway
  • Beautiful ocean views from rooms and pool
  • Sleek, romantic getaway
  • Beautiful ocean views from rooms and pool

Cons

  • No kids under 15
  • And older kids must have their own room
  • Not within walking distance of most restaurants and shops
  • No kids under 15, and older kids must have their own room, not within walking distance of most restaurants and shops
Olas Altas 16, Mazatlán, 82000, Mexico
981-982–1100
hotel Details
8 rooms
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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El Cid Megaresort

$$$ | Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico

Named after Spain's legendary medieval leader, Mazatlán's largest resort has four properties, three of which are together in the Zona Dorada. The most upscale are the all-inclusive La Castilla and El Moro. The Granada costs less because it's the oldest, has no beachfront, and operates on the European Plan (that is, no meals included). A free shuttle connects these to the upscale, all-inclusive Marina El Cid Hotel and Yacht Club, at the north end of town, overlooking the 100-slip marina. Staying at any El Cid property gets you access to the full-service spa and fitness center, the city's best golf school and course, tennis and racquetball courts, and the aquatics center. Among readers, the Marina seems to be the favorite of the properties for its friendly staff, superior upkeep, and serene mood.

Pros

  • Tons of activities
  • Several price points
  • All-inclusive plans
  • Good restaurants
  • Several price points, all-inclusive plans, good restaurants

Cons

  • Time-share reps
  • About 1 mi from other resorts
  • Some parts of complex feel dated
Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico
669-913–3333
hotel Details
1,320 rooms
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, All-inclusive

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Hotel La Siesta

$ | Paseo Olas Altas 11 Sur, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico

This small seaside inn is rich in history and low in price. Rooms are plain but comfortable; beds are firm, and the TVs have cable. Exterior halls and stairways are made of romantically creaking wood and surround a sweet-smelling courtyard where dieffenbachias grow to primeval proportions and doves roost in tropical almond trees. The first-floor patio is ringed by such nonaffiliated businesses as a car-rental office and a travel agency. El Shrimp Bucket restaurant provides room service.

Pros

  • Nice courtyard
  • Small pool
  • Cheap rates
  • Ocean views from some rooms

Cons

  • Rooms are extremely basic and not that attractive
  • Far from Golden Zone beaches
  • No in-room safes
Paseo Olas Altas 11 Sur, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico
669-981–2640
hotel Details
57 rooms
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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Playa Mazatlán

$$ | Av. Playa las Gaviotas 202, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico

Accommodations are sunny, clean, and tasteful, and most open onto terraces or balconies. The well-kept grounds are mature but not dowdy, the pool is large, and there are palapas lining the beach. When you ask for an ocean-view room, specify that you want one away from Joe's Oyster Bar; also check that it's one of the refurbished rooms.

Pros

  • Lovely grounds
  • Lots of activities including on-site rock-climbing wall
  • Good value for location and amenities offered

Cons

  • A lot of noise from area bars
  • Front-desk service slipping
  • Pool area doesn't have enough seating
  • Pool area doesn't have enough seating
Av. Playa las Gaviotas 202, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico
669-989–0555
hotel Details
408 rooms
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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Pueblo Bonito

$$$ | Av. Camarón Sábalo 2121, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico

A sense of calm, confident service pervades this all-suites hotel. Colors in the garden are rich: deep terra-cotta, strolling pink flamingos, expansive green palms, pristine white umbrellas, and golden koi ponds. Chandeliers and beveled-glass doors sparkle in the imposing lobby. Guest quarters have cool aqua-tile floors, built-in sofas with earth-tone upholstery, beds with egg-crate-foam and pillow-top mattress pads, and pillow menus that let you choose the cushioning that's best for you. Kitchens are well equipped. It all opens out onto a glistening beach.

Pros

  • Close to marina and Golden Zone
  • Great beachfront
  • Less of a party scene than at hotels farther down the strip

Cons

  • So-so restaurants
  • Room decoration is a little dated
  • Street-side rooms are noisy
Av. Camarón Sábalo 2121, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico
669-989–8900
hotel Details
247 suites
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay

$$$ | Av. Ernesto Coppel Campaña 201, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico

The neoclassical elements of Mazatlán's most remote and luxurious resort feel so close to holy that you may find yourself whispering. Balconies protrude from all 425-square-foot suites, where you can contemplate gardens that undulate with the curves of spotless sidewalks, then seem to melt into the shifting sand and rippling ocean beyond. It's easy to enjoy the pillow-top mattresses or 350-foot-long shocking-blue pool. But if you don't like being marooned 10 km (6 mi) north of town, then choose another location. There is a driving range, and a golf course is planned for the future.

Pros

  • Splendid property
  • Far from touristy Golden Zone
  • Great pool areas

Cons

  • Beachfront isn't impressive
  • Obnoxious time-share pitches
  • Beachfront isn't impressive
Av. Ernesto Coppel Campaña 201, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico
669-989–0525
hotel Details
325 suites
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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Ramada Resort

$$$ | Av. Playa las Gaviotas 100, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico

Bring on the partying at this beachfront high-rise just inside the southern entrance to the Zona Dorada. It's home to Joe's Oyster Bar, an open-air dance club–volleyball court that is popular with locals and tourists alike; things really rev up on weekends. Amenities are tasteful, however, with comfortable white-walled rooms highlighted by blue-and-green fabrics.

Pros

  • Great views
  • Good staff

Cons

  • Overpriced
  • Beachfront is noisy and busy
  • Rooms get noise from area bars
Av. Playa las Gaviotas 100, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico
669-983–5333
hotel Details
155 rooms, 45 suites
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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Royal Villas Resort

$$$ | Av. Camarón Sábalo 500, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico

Everything feels supersize in this 12-story pyramid in the throbbing heart of the Zona Dorada, from the marble-heavy atrium lobby to the one- and two-bedroom suites that are done in bold blues and oranges. Even the glass elevators that take you to and fro offer amazing views. All rooms have balconies (be sure to request an ocean view, and if possible a room above the third floor). A delicate touch is the bridge to the pool, which spans a fishpond.

Pros

  • Good bar and restaurant
  • Nice pool area
  • Comfortable beds

Cons

  • Not a place for a serene getaway (loud clubs nearby
  • Kids at the pool)
  • Some junior suites are small for the price
  • Not a place for a serene getaway (loud clubs nearby, kids at the pool)
  • Some junior suites are small for the price
Av. Camarón Sábalo 500, Mazatlán, 82110, Mexico
669-916–6161
hotel Details
123 suites, 2 penthouses
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, All-inclusive

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