Go for the sun – but stay for the rest, relaxation and F-U-N!
On my latest trip to Mexico, I vouched for the sultry coastline of the Pacific Coast. It wasn’t Cabo either.
Mazatlan has started to do a big reveal, and the El Cid Marina Beach Hotel was where the action was for this travel scribe.
Ideally situated in a secluded marina where the open sea is lashing around the bend, the 200-luxury suite property is prepping for this colonial city’s next big wave of tourism.
Insiders declare how plans are in the works for railroad connectivity from the rugged Copper Canyon down to Mexico’s only colonial city on the beach which will boost railway tourism, making tourists want to hop off the rails of “El Chepe” and stay in Mazatlan for a while. There’s a new mall, a new Malecon with a spanking futuristic bike lane, loads of mini putt putts called pulmonias for easy transfers to the charming colonial city and a new marina. Plus loads more.
Now why should you stay at the El Cid Marina Beach Hotel?
Location, Location, Location
It’s located at the entrance of the exclusive zone “New Mazatlan.” Also a swift 20-minute drive from the Mazatlan International Airport will get you in the sun in no time.
El Cid Marina Beach highlights
Spacious apartment-like suites and rooms in a Mediterranean-style afford plenty of space to spread out.
You get to stay-and-play at four resorts when you invest in the All Inclusive Elite Plan. The El Moro, El Cid Granada Country Club, and Castilla Beach are within walking distance of each other. You can take a complimentary shuttle bus that runs every 15 minutes between these hotels and the El Cid Marina Beach Hotel is just 5 minutes away.
Book sightseeing trips with the hotel brand’s local land operator, Pronatours and head into the countryside.
Go for the breakfast buffet – TexMex style of eggs, huevos rancheros, green chili sauces – and loads of healthy options.
Newly renovated, all rooms have been refreshed adopting a clean white ambiance where you can slide open your balcony door to bring in the sensational sea breezes. The property takes aim at sustainability and was awarded the highest distinction by the Mexico Ministry of Tourism in 2018. See the distinguished “S” designation which echoes the policies from EarthCheck and the Rainforest Alliance, two globally recognized companies. Linen and towel re-use, property-wide recycling, on-site composting as well as a sea turtle release program and a beach cleaning program are some of the reasons guests with an eco-love will enjoy staying here.
You get to play at four resorts, enjoying amenities, dining and daily activities. There is a 27-hole Championship Golf Course, a Teens Club open daily and for the guests in the Elite Club plan the use of boogie boards and kayaks (one hour daily complimentary use) are available at the El Cid Castilla Beach.
Grab a lounge chair and spread the towel out at one of two pools on-site. The heated pool is a good one so is the waterfalls pool.
Want that beach? A charming free water taxi ferries you in the shortest boat ride to the other side of the marina where you’ll spot ample beach chairs, shady palapa huts, and soft white sandy private beach to sink your toes in.
Go for the two on-property restaurants, La Marina and La Terraza Restaurant. Enjoy seafood and international menus.
In total, there are 8 other restaurants at the nearby El Cid Resorts – all either in walk or driving distance with the hotel’s complimentary shuttle bus.
It’s easy to find local charm at an independent beach hotel chain where Mexican hospitality is a natural signature. The guest experience truly makes the renovated sun property a nice draw to stay for extended breaks.
You can make your booking at the website. Room rates are seasonal. For a standard room, the low season nightly rates per person start from $125 and high season rates are from $160. You can compare rates and book through Hotels.com and other booking sites as well.
Photography by Ilona Kauremszky + supplied.
El Cid Resorts and Mazatlan Tourism Board hosted Hotel-Scoop Reviewer Ilona Kauremszky’s stay and did not approve editorial.