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“Awesome vacation, all-inclusive” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Cid Marina Beach Hotel

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El Cid Marina Beach Hotel
Ranked #2 of 80 Hotels in Mazatlan
Certificate of Excellence
East Lansing, MI
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18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Awesome vacation, all-inclusive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2012

We stayed at the Ed Cid for a family (12 adults no kids) vacation in early January and had a great time. We enjoyed ourselves so much we are going back the end of March! We had the all-inclusive package and thought the food was great and drinks always plentiful. We enjoyed our days relaxing on the private beach and golfed twice. While the weather was not steamy hot, Mazatlan was beautiful and we look forward to visiting again and again.

The only complaint I have is that I am a light sleeper so I am going to try and request a room on a higher floor for my next trip. It wasn't loud by any means, but for me it was.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Shaski
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CSElCid, General Manager at El Cid Marina Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 10 March 2012
Dear shaski

Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience in regards to your recent stay at El Cid Marina. I am delighted to know that all of you had a perfect vacation and enjoyed of the benefits that the All Inclusive plan offers, definetely, many restaurant options plenty of delicious food to delight

We will be more than happy in having you with us on next march. Please if you need any special assistance you can contact me directly. I can assure you that we will provide you the same personalize service that characterizes us.

Until soon!!!

Isaias Gomez
General Manager
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

First the good news - the place is very clean and well-maintained. The staff is very friendly and helpful. All good.
Unfortunately....
1) the food was terrible. I was very glad we didn't choose the all-inclusive option. Phew! The three meals we had there were all very disappointing.
2) some of the rooms (ours in particular) were really noisy. There were movies right outside our window two nights during the week we were there. Imagine how difficult it was to try to get my children to sleep when there were Hollywood blockbusters shaking the windows! And on the other side, the cleaning carts and the golf carts used to transport people were constantly rattling by. Very frustrating.
3) the heated pool was not always heated. Why, I wonder? It wasn't really warm in the mornings or afternoons, so the heated pool was very necessary. One afternoon, my daughter and her friend were both swimming with chattering teeth.
4) the water taxi to the beach (yes, this resort is not on the beach) stops at 6 pm every day. Don't get your heart set on sunset walks with the waves lapping at your feet. It's not going to happen.
5) the time share presentation was far longer than the 90 minutes advertised (in fact, when we agreed to go, they said it was 45 minutes). That's a long time out of a one-week vacation, but we did it because we were potentially interested, and also we were promised a free ride back to the airport as well as some money to spend on food (see point #1). Which brings me to...
6) the transportation to the airport was not actually covered. Of course, we weren't told of this until our bags were being loaded into the van. Very sneaky and unfair.
So I guess if you're going to cook for yourself, you don't particularly like the beach in the evenings, and you have earplugs, I would recommend this resort. Other than that.....not so much.

Room Tip: far from the main lodge if possible.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank klestom
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CSElCid, General Manager at El Cid Marina Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 8 March 2012
Dear klestom

On behalf of everyone at El Cid Marina, we thank you for taking the time to share your impressions about your recent stay with us; we both appreciate, positive and constructive criticism as it give us the tools to improve or reinforce our product.

I read with pleasure that you have found our staff very friendy and helpful (they are always making their best to pamper you) and to know as well that you have appreciated cleanliness and well-maintained facilities.

On another note, while most of our guests mention on this website the great experience they had with us, I am dissapointed to read that we did not fulfill your expectations and for that we apologize

In regards to your valued comments, our Food and Beverage heads are reinforcing the practice of monitoring personally, presentation, temperature and quality of food, this with the only objective of having your total satisfaction and offer you the highest standards that characterizes us.

Staring the day, Capylso bar has a temperature of 31°C, if during the day weather gets warmer, temperature is adjusted; Jacuzzi at La Gruta pool has a temperature of 38°C to 40°C. We deeply appreciate comments; rest assured that will be analyzed for the maintainance manager.

We are aware how frustrating it is being in a noisy room, for that reason please accept our sincere apologies for any discomfort we may cause you due to the movie night, I would like to share with you that we will reubicate this activity to another area of the ground to avoid this happen again. Your comments in regards to the time share presentation has been addressed to the manager of the Division in order to reinforce with the crew our practice of delivering highest standards in service.

We all appreciate your important comments and look forward to serve you in a near future to have the opportunity to change your first impression.

Sincerely,

Isaias Gomez
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

I had read the reviews for the El Cid Marina and expected a wonderful week but it was beyond the best expectations of both my wife and I. We could not have been treated more graciously and the service was exceptional. We had traded a week from our ski time share for a week at a one bedroom suite at El Cid. We got back yesterday and as I told Jorge Zendejas Valdes, the manager who took care of us, we will be back for the same week next year.

We were called a few days before we were due to arrive and told that we would be met at the airport and be provided with a free transfer to the hotel. As a side note, the cost for a taxi is only 290 pesos (or about $23 US dollars) for a 35 minute ride. We found the taxi rates in Mazatlan very reasonable and for most rides about $3 to $4 and for our longest ride about $8.

When we arrived Jorge personally greeted us as did a number of other staff members. We could not have felt more welcomed. Freddy, the golf coordinator, met us a check-in and briefed us about the courses in Mazatlan and arranged tee times for us for the 4 mornings we played golf. The El Cid course costs $60 US for a round including cart and caddy (it is a 5 minute free shuttle ride from the Marina).

The El Cid Marina reminds me of a Mediterranean village set on a Marina overlooking the Ocean. It is a beautiful facility and is very clean and well maintained. While it only has a small beach there is a free 1 minute ferry to a very nice beach. It has two pool areas each with snack bars. We found the food quality at the snack bars to be very good and reasonably priced. One pool is the activity pool and the other is the more quiet pool. The Marina restaurant is in the main building and has both menu options and buffets for meals. You can either buy an all inclusive meal plan or pay as you go. We selected pay as you go because we knew we would be eating breakfast early in the room (our room had a kitchen) and we wanted to try other eating places is Mazatlan. There was also a premium all inclusive option that had a lot of extras available if we wanted to use it. We thought the menu food in the Marina was quite good and we did not try any of the buffets. There were a lot of different theme buffets during the week. There are actually 4 El Cid properties in Mazatlan all connected with a very convenient free shuttle and if you have an all inclusive plan you can eat at any of the properties.

The El Cid Marina is a bit more adult oriented (although there were certainly families) while the El Moro was larger and seemed to have more family type activities. We had asked for a higher floor ocean view room and found it to be very quiet and an beautiful room. It had a kitchen with stove, micro wave, refrigerator and dinning table. It was open to the living room that had two large sofa's and a chair and coffee table. It also had a 30" flat screen TV with both Mexican and US channels (including HBO, Showtime, CBS, ABC, CNN, TNT, Fox and other stations). Our bedroom had the king size bed we requested with another 30" flat screen TV as well as a bathroom with shower and with his and hers sinks. We also had a nice balcony with chairs. The suite was clean and the maid service was very good.

We never felt unsafe anyplace in Mazatlan and we certainly got around. Virtually all the eating places in town have purified water and ice and we never had a problem with any of them. Our favorite restaurants were Panama for breakfast or lunch (in the central zone a $3.50 taxi ride from the hotel. The pastries are "to die for" and the service excellent. For a very special dinner we recommend Topolo in old town (an $8 taxi ride). Fernand is a wonderful host and his wife is originally from Minnesota. Check out Trip Advisor to see the recommendations for Topolo...you will not regret trying it our. We found most of the eating places to be quite good and the only one that we felt was over rated was Pancho's.

The General Manager of El Cid Marina is Isaias Gomez and he is to be congratulated for the service all his staff offers. We did not meet any staff members at the hotel who did not greet us every time we passed and they all went out of their way to make our week special. Jorge introduced us to Mr. Gomez during our stay and we expressed our pleasure with our stay to him personally. We were amazed that he even stocked our refrigerator with water, beer, sodas and a bottle of wine and that he had a fruit basket waiting for us when we checked into the room. El Cid Marina is a very special place and we have already told our friends about it. We look forward to celebrated my birthday there again next year as we did this year.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Russell43
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CSElCid, General Manager at El Cid Marina Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 8 March 2012
Dear Russell 43

Thank you for taking the time to write your comments and share your experience with future travelers. It is my personal pleasure to find these kinds of reviews on Trip Advisor. This means that our staff is successfully helping our guests make their dream vacations come true. I appreciate a lot your compliments to my person, it is always my pleasure to serve our guests with the most personalized service and that is what I share with my co-workers.

I will share your review with all of the staff you mention by name, rest assured that they will be happy to know how much their special cares made the difference in your stay. We will always try our best in order to go beyond your expectations.

I am sure that your tips will be of great help to future travelers.

We would be happy to welcome you again at El Cid Marina next year hopefully to celebrate your birthday; we would like to pamper you in such special date.

In the meantime we wish you all the best.

Best regards,

Isaias Gomez
General Manager
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Moose Jaw, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

My boyfriend and I were very much impressed with El Cid Marina. It was very clean, quiet and relaxing. All of the staff were friendly and gave great prompt service. We were treated like royalty. I loved waking up in the morning and looking out at our view of the marina and swimming pools and then again at the restaurant sitting outside having our breakfast or watching the sun go down in the evening. So much delicious food to choose from on the buffet as well as on the menu - delicious steak and lobster yummy! It was great to be able to check out El Cids sistering hotels, just jumped in their transportation van (free) and in a few mins you could be playing or relaxing at another pool side sipping drinks. I liked our beach, it was nice and quiet, a small little boat would take you across the marina and you were there in mins but I also enjoyed El Cid El Moro's beach and pool side as well, very nice!
Our room was very nice and spacious and kept so nice and clean. We would go back for sure! One week is not long enough!!

Room Tip: We stayed in between the 2 pools, and over looked the marina. I loved waking up and looking out our...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank margaritas13
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CSElCid, General Manager at El Cid Marina Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 2 March 2012
Dear margaritas13

I am thrilled to read that you and your boyfriend had a perfect vacation at this your home and came back home with great memories. All of us here at La Marina love to take an excellent care of our guests and treat you as a king or a queen and are happy that we exceeded your expectations in facilities and food and service as well; our Chef is delighted to know that enjoyed of the delicious food offered at La Marina restaurant, like steaks and lobster, hopefully next time besides enjoying of the pools in our sister hotels you honor us visiting the Argentinean, Italian or Mexican restaurant, certainly you will enjoy of the variety and tasty dishes than the All Inclusive plans offers.

We will be waiting for your return; I can assure you that we will pamper you even more.

Warmest regards

Isaias Gomez
General Manager
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

From the moment we got to the El Cid until the time we left we Enjoyed our stay. The Employee's were all wonderful, Sebastian, who took us to our room and always made it a point to come say hi, our waiter Rigo, was very good, always brought what we wanted and more, all the waiters very friendly. I really didn’t know what to expect from this place before we went, but I would go back every month if I could, for a week’s getaway, and it’s nice because your just not limited to just that hotel you get to go to all of the El Cids, and there really near each other, and there is a shuttle that comes free every 15 min. Back to the food, everything that we had there was over the top great, All I can say is this place is for me, being in my early 50's there were young and old and families, this is my favorite place to go in Mazatlan and we will be back very soon.
Only had one complaint, the bed was a little hard for me, but my husband likes it like that, so over all this hotel gets 5 stars from me, Thanks for the Hospitality El Cid. And for making our stay great!

Room Tip: Get the Elite package, you get to eat at most the restaurants at all the El Cid Hotels, Loved it!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank clkaka
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CSElCid, General Manager at El Cid Marina Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 2 March 2012
Dear clkaka

Thanks so much for sharing this amazing feedback.

That is our goal, to pamper our guests since the arrival to our property until the moment you leave the hotel; I ma glad to read that we have achieved our comittment. You could experience by your self that our staff put an extra to go beyond expectations in order to make you feel at home.

It is glad to read that you took advantage of the shuttle service to visit the facilities of our sister hotels, I am sure that you spent a great time there.

We thank you for the recognition you make by name to some of the staff members and for having allowed us to serve you and we thank you for the suggestion as well.

Rest assured that all of us here would be more than happy in having you with us every month. We look forward to serve you in a near future.

Warmest regards,

Isaias Gomez
General Manager
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Additional Information about El Cid Marina Beach Hotel

Property: El Cid Marina Beach Hotel
Address: Av. Camaron Sabalo s/n, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Mazatlan
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Mazatlan
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Mazatlan
#2 Spa Hotel in Mazatlan
#2 Romantic Hotel in Mazatlan
#3 Family Hotel in Mazatlan
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,071 - ₹ 20,735
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Cid Marina Beach Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and first class services of one of Mexico's finest beachfront properties located just five minutes from the cultural epicenter of Mazatlan's Golden Zonewith attractive shops, restaurants, nightclubsand El Cid Golf & Country Club. This premier Mediterranean-style hotel is the preferred secluded spot for families who want to reconnect or couples looking for romance. Defined by our unparalleled hospitality, amazing marina-front location, inviting swimming pools, tranquil private beach and tantalizing cuisine, El Cid Marina Beach offers an unforgettable vacation experience. • Beautifully Appointed Suites • European, All-Inclusive & Elite All-inclusive Plans • Upscale Atmosphere • Secluded Golden Sandy Beach reachable by a quick water taxi ride • Two restaurants • Two pools and a spacious Jacuzzi • Two Snack Bars • Full Service Marina with Aries Sports fishing Fleet • Access to facilities of three nearby El Cid hotels and El Cid Golf & Country Club by complimentary shuttle • WIFI Internet Access • Only 20 miles from Mazatlan Airport • Pronatours Tour Desk ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Marina El Cid
El Cid Marina Beach Resort
Marina El Cid Hotel
El Cid Mazatlan Mexico
El Cid Marina Mazatlan
Mazatlan El Cid
Hotel El Cid Marina Beach

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