10 Best Resorts in Mazatlan

Mazatlan is one of Mexico's most famous beach destinations – and for good reason. The beautiful, historic city sits perched directly on the Sea of Cortez. With the sparkling sea stretched out before it, the entire city meanders along the coastline, creating one of the most interesting and diverse city-meets-sea resort destinations in Mexico.

The best hotels in Mazatlan stretch all the way from the Centro Historico up to the quieter and more secluded Emerald Bay in the north. Resorts run the gamut from mega all-inclusive to smaller boutique properties.

Whether you're looking for a prime beachfront location or a charming hotel in a historic building, Mazatlan has the resort to match.

Plan your next getaway with our list of the best resorts in Mazatlan.

1. Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

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The spacious, beachfront Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is, without a doubt, one of the best resorts in Mazatlan. While not necessarily close to the thumping energy of Mazatlan's downtown core, the peace and tranquility of the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay is exactly the vibe that its guests are looking for.

Travelers searching for a laid-back, luxurious beach holiday will find everything they are looking for from the Pueblo Bonito, with plenty of things to do on-site.

The resort is packed with features, like three pools, three restaurants, and a sprawling spa. Sprawling, however, is the operative word, and some guests may feel like the resort is a bit too large to navigate.

It is certainly a resort that is grand in scale, with nearly 400 guest rooms. But the lavish amount of space affords the resort the ability to offer distinct vibes and lots of places for its guests to create spaces of their own.

The Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is a solid 25 minutes from Mazatlan's more tourist-trafficked Golden Zone. That means it's a considerable distance to get to restaurants and nightlife; however, those who stay at Pueblo Bonito do not seem to mind its location, as they come for the all-inclusive perks and the benefit of the secluded beach.

The resort features only two room categories, but both are suites, and all feature kitchenettes and private balconies. The rooms are tucked amid lush foliage and babbling koi ponds.

Address: Av. Ernesto Coppel Campaña 201, Zona Nuevo, 82110 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico

2. El Cid Marina Beach Hotel

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One of the best all-inclusive resorts in Mazatlan is the El Cid Marina Beach Hotel. This beautiful beachfront resort is designed like a small village and is located right next to the city's lovely marina.

The elegant resort is tucked amid gorgeous landscaping and lined with waterfront walkways that connect the rooms to the public spaces. The rooms themselves are spacious and modern, many with kitchenettes, clad in marble, and featuring private patios.

The resort is teeming with amenities, as well, from its two pools, one of which includes a waterfall, slide, and hot tubs.

The resort has its own private beach, too, though guests will need to take a short ferry to cross the marina to reach the beach. The location has a private feel to it, even though all beaches in Mexico are public. A beach club provides food and drinks for people spending the day here, as well.

The hotel's primary restaurant is La Marina, which is Mediterranean-inspired. A second restaurant is La Terraza. Guests can indulge at the El Cocay Amenity Spa & Gym, a newer addition to the resort, though the spa services are an extra charge.

Address: Av Camarón Sábalo 1705, Zona Dorada, 82110 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico

3. Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan Beach Resort

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Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan Beach Resort has one of the most enviable locations in the city, perched right on the expansive stretch of the beautiful Golden Zone. The beachfront resort features 250 suites.

Rooms start at Junior Suites, which measure at 575 square feet and have private patios or balconies. The most palatial room is the Penthouse Suite Oceanfront, which features multiple levels and an oceanfront balcony. All rooms are sleek and clean, with large windows and textile accents that give pops of color.

Guests are greeted at the resort with that coastal, Spanish-inspired vibe that is indicative of Mazatlan, from wood-beam ceilings and colonial-style architecture to the thatched roofs.

For dining, the resort is packed with options, from seafood and Asian-inspired dishes to Mexican specialties, Italian food, and almost everything in between.

Things to do at the resort include two large swimming pools, a fitness center, and a weekly calendar of activities.

Address: Av Camarón Sábalo 2121, Sábalo Country, 82100 Mazatlán, Sin., México

4. Luna Palace Hotel and Suites

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Located directly in the Golden Zone, on the northern tip of downtown, the beachfront Luna Palace Hotel and Suites features 71 modest rooms with beautiful ocean views. The hotel design itself may not be as impressive as others, but the simplicity is certainly made up for in the prime location on the beach.

Rooms here are washed in natural light, simple and clean with basic furniture, a white template, and a few pops of color from the fabrics. All rooms, however, do have ocean views, private balconies, and fully equipped kitchenettes.

What you're staying at Luna Palace for is its beachfront location, which truly is special. The sunsets here are spectacular. Another main feature is its freeform pool that is considerably larger than the pools at the competition.

The resort has one restaurant, Restaurant Eclipse, which serves Mexican and international selections.

Address: Av Camarón Sábalo s/n, Sábalo Country, 82110 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico

5. El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel

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Another member of the Mazatlan-based El Cid family, El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel is a huge resort perched right in the Golden Zone tourist resort area.

With a prime beachfront location of Playa Gaviotas, the family-friendly resort has 500 rooms, an all-inclusive meal plan option, spacious rooms, and nightly entertainment.

This hotel is absolutely brimming with energy, from the lively beach scene to the sheer size of the property. Rooms are modern but relatively nondescript, though clean and spacious.

The resort has room categories that feature a pool view and ocean view. All rooms have furnished balconies. Note that Wi-Fi in the rooms is not free.

Amenities on-site include three restaurants, a sprawling water complex, and a beautiful stretch of beach. El Cid Castilla shares the public spaces with its sister property, El Cid El Moro Beach, which is right next door.

The hotel does not have a gym or spa on-site, but guests can walk across the street via an overpass to the nearby El Cid Granada Country Club for both a gym and spa facilities.

Address: Av Camarón Sábalo 326, Zona Dorada, 82110 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico

6. Hotel Riu Emerald Bay

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Accommodation: Hotel Riu Emerald Bay

If you're looking for an all-inclusive resort in Mazatlan with all of the bells and whistles, Hotel Riu Emerald Bay is the resort you're looking for.

The largest resort in Mazatlan, with upwards of 1,000 rooms, this sprawling mega resort has just about everything you'd need from an all-inclusive vacation.

The resort is known for its grandeur, with marble columns, soaring ceilings, sprawling pool complex, and wide variety of restaurants.

Rooms start at 330 square feet and go up to 600 square feet. They all feature a balcony or terrace.

Restaurants include a full breakfast buffet with live cooking stations, as well as dinner buffets and special evenings. Other restaurants include Asian, Italian, and Mexican cuisine.
Guests have access to the El Cid Got & Country Club, while the resort has the Renova Spa on-site.

Additionally, families love the five pools and the Splash Water World water park that is located on the property.

Address: Av. Sábalo Cerritos 3404, Cerritos, 82110 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico

7. El Cid El Moro Beach Hotel

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Yet another El Cid resort with a fabulous location, El Cid El Moro Beach Hotel is perched right on Playa Gaviotas in the Golden Zone. In fact, El Cid El Moro Beach Hotel shares a lot of the facilities with its neighbor, El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel. This makes it one of the largest resorts in Mazatlan.

The 27-story hotel has dramatic views over Mazatlan's Golden Zone and out to its collection of three small islands just off shore. It truly has some of the best views in the entire city.

Of its nearly 400 rooms, guests can choose from a luxury double or king room or a one-bedroom suite. Rooms are warmly decorated, many with kitchenettes and balconies. But guests should note that Wi-Fi is not free and that bottled water and in-room coffee comes with a charge that is donated to the non-profit El Cid Foundation.

Among the favorite amenities at the resort is its beachfront location, as well as the freeform pool, which is one of the largest in Mazatlan. Guests can choose an all-inclusive plan or an a la carte plan. Its La Concha restaurant is a guest-favorite, especially for its outdoor patio and live music.

The resort does not have a spa or fitness center on-site, but guests can walk across the street to use the spa and gym facilities at the country club.

Address: Av Camarón Sábalo 811, Zona Dorada, 82110 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico

8. Casa Lucila Boutique Hotel

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Mazatlan's Casa Lucila is a small, boutique hotel with one of the best seats in town. Perched right at the edge of the Centro Historico, overlooking Playa Olas Altas, the historic home-turned-hotel is walking distance to sightseeing in Mazatlan, with history, culture, and the ocean.

The historic building has lived many lives, including a seafood restaurant and a jazz club. It opened as a hotel in 2007 and never looked back.

With only eight rooms, Casa Lucila is one of the more intimate hotels in Mazatlan, and packs in a ton of heart. Ask about which rooms feature private terraces overlooking the ocean.

In addition to charming, spacious rooms with great views, Casa Lucila is also home to a small, but lovely, rooftop infinity pool. Perhaps one of the best perks of Casa Lucila is its onsite restaurant, which serves decadent breakfasts and rustic lunches and dinners, using local ingredients from the sea and surrounding farms.

Address: Av. Olas Altas 16, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico

9. Gaviana Resort

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Accommodation: Gaviana Resort

The Gaviana Resort is an intimate boutique property located in one of the best locations in Mazatlan – directly on Playa Gaviotas in the Golden Zone. The white-washed, beachfront hotel exudes that tropical vibe with thatched palaces, palm trees, and a color palette rooted in natural earth tones.

The resort's rooms are divided into seven categories, each one named after a different Greek island. Rooms range from 243 square feet to a sprawling 380 square feet.

The largest suite, The Creta Suite, is designed for two couples or a small family, with two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. It also has a living and dining area, as well as a kitchenette.

The Gaviana Resort also has Pyramides Spa, which has a selection of spa packages, as well as a menu of massages and body treatments. Facilities include a sauna and steam room and a Jacuzzi circuit.

The resort is not all-inclusive but it does have several dining options, and is also within walking distance to some of the best restaurants that are located directly on the beach.

Address: Av. Playa Gaviotas 100, Zona Dorada, 82110 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico

10. Oceano Palace Beach Hotel

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The modern, beachfront Oceano Palace is a great option for travelers who want to be right on the beach, but not necessarily in the heart of the Golden Zone. Located next to the Luna Palace Hotel, the 254-room Oceano Palace is bright, clean, and offers its guests beautiful views.

Rooms here are flooded with natural light, with simple, modern-style furniture. Most rooms have a balcony with rooms overlooking Mazatlan's famous Tres Islas. Rooms also have kitchenettes, while the Flagship Suites include an additional bedroom. Keep in mind that Wi-Fi in the rooms is not free.

Oceano Palace has two restaurants, including buffet options and wood-fired pizzas.

Outside, guests will find a massive pool, as well as the stretch of beachfront. The resort has an on-site fitness center, but no spa.

Address: Av Camarón Sábalo 2601, Sábalo Country, 82110 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico

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