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“Mazatlan B&B gets A+”
Review of El Sol La Vida

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El Sol La Vida
Ranked #4 of 52 Mazatlan B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 February 2016

El Sol La Vida, a charming adults-only bed-and-breakfast off a dusty dirt road in Nuevo Mazatlan, is a true oasis in the parched, sun-drenched Sinoloan scrubland – and a welcome alternative to the Golden Zone of tourists and high-rise hotels a few miles away.

The peaceful, breezy pool area, with its palms and cacti, affords an incomparable unobstructed view of the Pacific. Three well-built palapas provide shade, and a hot tub occupies a front corner atop the sea wall.

Waves crash close to shore, and a few fishermen dot the secluded mileslong Playa Cerritos below. Gulls, hawks and pelicans soar overhead, while a friendly dog and two young cats laze around the immaculate grounds.

Stone, brick, clay and tile are used artistically throughout this former hacienda. Hibiscus and bougainvillea bloom prodigiously, adding bursts of color. A vivid gold concrete wall separates the adjacent Surf’s Up Café, which opens from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Our comfortable and spacious second-floor suite – one of just four units – featured a king-sized bed with an elaborately carved headboard, flat-screen TV, A/C, Wi-Fi, ceiling fans, mini-fridge and large balcony, where we could watch the sunrise – and see the towering Riu across Emerald Bay in the distance.

Ray and Linda, our attentive British hosts, served sumptuous al fresco breakfasts, with coffee, OJ, sweet bread, yogurt and tropical fruit. Expertly made and beautifully presented main courses were: scrambled eggs and bacon, huevos rancheros, omelets, and eggs Benedict Mexican-style. Even the toast was exceptional.

Their unwavering hospitality extended to preparing coconuts fresh off the tree as a poolside thirst-quencher and snack, and inviting us to their Friday night fish fry for friends and family.

Room Tip: Sunrise suite
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  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2016

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and good description of the surrounding area, this will be very helpful to trip advisor readers. Once again many thanks it was a pleasure to meet you both.

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Reviewed 20 February 2016

Just beautiful! Ray and Linda , the owners don't just treat you like a guest, they treat you like family! Amazing location, private beach , pool, hot tub and beautiful deck with palm palapas. only 4 rooms that are all beautiful and include a beautiful breakfast every morning. The question is not if we will come back, it is when!

Room Tip: we always stay in Kokopelli, the biggest room with two king beds.
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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2016

Thanks for visiting us again, always enjoy seeing you guys, look forward to your return.

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Reviewed 18 February 2016

We stayed here for 2 weeks and love everything about it. The owners, Ray and Linda, are just terrific hosts and know how to treat their guests. It is always kept very clean and that includes the grounds, pool, patio and of course, your room. It felt like a private getaway. The kingsize bed made me want to sleep in every morning. They are very comfortable and nothings better than a good night's sleep. No children allowed and I particularly appreciated that. That is the first thing that attracted me to this place. The beach is beautiful, clean, and quiet. You can walk forever on nice white sandy beach. We fished from the shore too.

The Surf's Up Cafe next door is owned by Ray and Linda's daughter, Leanne. She is a terrific cook who makes the best soups and the best hamburgers you've ever tasted. The place is pleasant and inviting. But, you don't want to miss the breakfast that is served by Ray and Linda every morning for the guests. No need to go out for breakfast. Wonderful food and well presented too. It's always fresh with fruits, homemade breads, and other full breakfast foods that are prepared with the guests in mind.

Taxi's are readily available and not expensive either. We used them the first week of our trip and then rented a car for the second week. Renting a car was a fun choice since we wanted to drive around the area and scout out the local Mexican flavor from nearby villages. El Quelite in particular is a place I recommend about 20 miles north of the resort. Beautiful place, friendly people and good food to try. Some have said not to rent a car in Mazatlan, but we say, do it. I've seen worse drivers where we live in the US. It's fairly inexpensive too.

Don't like the big hotels, the noise, the kids, the lack of attention? Then this is the place to stay. It works well for older people too since everything is ground level with easy access. I needed that because of walking difficulties. We will definitely make this our go-to place when we visit Mazatlan.

Room Tip: The Sunrise Suite is really comfortable.
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  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2016

Thank you for your glowing review it was a pleasure to meet you both and look forward to seeing you both again. Raz has also missed you!

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Reviewed 29 November 2015

Excellent bed and breakfast type hotel on the beach. Adults only with 4 rooms. Ray and Linda are great hosts and can help you plan your day if needed. The restaurant next door has excellent food. The rooms are clean and comfortable and all have an outside sitting area.

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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SunandLife, Owner at El Sol La Vida, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2015

Thank you for the review, It s was great meeting you both really enjoyed your Company.

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Reviewed 22 August 2015

My husband and I stayed 8 nights at this lovely bed-and-breakfast, family owned and managed. It is located in a remote area right on the beach so it is peaceful and private. The mangement and upkeep was fantastic. The adjoinig café, Surf´s Up, was also run by the daughter who was also the cook - the food was great, reasonably priced, and served with a smile. The room was spacious and decorated in good taste with a large bathroom and a very comfortable king-sized bed.

Breakfast was served in the patio and was ready as soon as we arrived. It was very generous, hearty and freshly made for us. The coffee was very good and plentiful. Our suggestion to enhance breakfast would be to include a little more variety in the type of fruit and juices, for example, and add some pastries or cakes to the selection.

There is no public transportation nearby so we rented a car in order to be able to get around town and take day trips.

Ray and Linda were always ready to attend to our needs and are very pleasant people. They made the difference on how we experienced our vacation.

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: Avenida Ernesto Coppel # 520 | Nuevo Mazatlan, Mazatlan 82100, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Mazatlan
Price Range: $192 - $301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — El Sol La Vida 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The translation of 'El Sol La Vida' is: The Sun The Life. That's what you get when you visit us! We offer a luxury Bed and Breakfast directly on the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We are in a secluded bay, where you can stroll for miles along the seashore. Each room has its own private entrance. Mazatlan has a lot to offer those seeking adventure, relaxation, or a romantic getaway. Our Boutique Resort is an oasis for the perfect vacation on Mexico's Gold Coast. ... more   less 
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