My husband and I (residents of Portland, Oregon,) took our first trip to Mazatlan during the last week of October. We stayed three nights at Casa de Leyendas- we wish we'd stay many more! Casa de Leyendas is absolute perfection. Hosts Glen and Sharon make you feel immediately at home. They are kind, gracious, and lots of fun- we don't have enough good things to say about them and their amazing bed and breakfast! Sharon set up massages for my husband and I- about $20 US dollars for an hour long massage, and a GREAT one at that. They helped us to plan much of our stay with their spot on suggestions and tips. They were never wrong in a recommendation.
We stayed in the Peralta Room, and it was fantastic. The bed is the most comfortable I've ever slept on, the room is large and the details are amazing- sitting room, lively and authentic bathroom, and a gorgeous shower with a skylight. Music from a restaurant next door filled the room when we had the windows open, and we loved it! There are plenty of places in the hacienda to just hang out and make yourself comfortable. Their roof-top has plenty of seating and a perfect view of the ocean- a great place to catch the brilliant Mazatlan sunsets! The breakfasts we ate in their charming courtyard were the best we had all week. And Macaws! They'd recently converted their parking space into Macaws, a wonderful bar (now serving breakfast as well). It was so much fun and a perfect place to meet the other guests, and many, many wonderful Mazatlan residents who frequent the welcoming spot. The bartender, Cesar, is a blast to talk to and makes a mean margarita- try the "Cadillac," again, my favorite margarita I had in the nine days we were in Mexico.
The location of Casa de Leyendas is also perfect! It's in Centro Historico, and there was just so much to see and to do! Unlike the Golden Zone, Centro has an old and charming feel. You can walk around for hours- up and down the Malecon, up and down all the old streets, and never grow tired of the buildings, music, and people. The Casa is directly across from the Art Museum, and just a few blocks from the Machado Plaza, which was my favorite spot of all! Surrounded by incredible (and affordable) restaurants, we stayed late into the night as the plaza is bustling with activity as the night draws on.
A note on safety- be critical of the media hype. Mazatlan felt very safe. We did not have a single questionable experience. Someone had advised me not to take my new, expensive camera. Well, I had it around my neck the entire week and went home with a thousand amazing pictures. While there are certain areas of Mexico it is certainly not wise to visit at the moment, Mazatlan tourism is being hurt by fear-driven media coverage. It was a charming town and the people there were extremely hospitable and helpful. I felt more safe walking around Centro Historico at night than I do when I leave my office at night in downtown Portland. We took the public bus at all time of the day and into the night. It was fine. Be wise, but don't be intimidated.
Go to Mazatlan! Stay with Glen and Sharon at Casa de Leyendas! You won't regret it for a second. It was the best vacation we've ever had, and we can't wait for an opportunity to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de Leyendas is a totally refurbished 8,000 square foot hacienda bed & breakfast with over 2,000 square feet of additional outside terrazzo space. Located in the heart of the central historic district and only 200 feet from the ocean, this casa feels like home away from home. Experience the past and enjoy the present. History, culture, arts and music surround this magnificent bed & breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa De Leyendas Hotel Mazatlan