We were greeted at the El Cid with drinks, which was nice and the kids could not believe it. From that moment on they decided they wanted to stay forever.
Our room was fine. There are pictures on the web that make it look much more luxurious that it really was. But it was fine for us. We chose the most inexpensive room you could purchase and we were very pleased. We had a view out of our room that was spectacular.
There are 3 pools at the El Cid. We didn’t find the 3rd pool until 2 days in. We were pretty sure there was a hot tub, and we knew it was in the 3rd pool, but we couldn’t locate it. The nice thing is many people can’t locate it so it was very quite. There was always a seat to be had at this pool. Plus there were some amazing rocks with waterfalls that you could climb up and and jump off of. And we did that often.
This was all inclusive and that meant all our meals and all drinks. We went expecting the food to be marginal and that is about what it was. I consider myself a foodie. I like good food and I like gourmet food and I really enjoy cooking. But when I choose all inclusives I lower my expectations and I realize that this is vacation and I don’t have to cook or shop or think about it, so it’s all good to me. The other positive thing about food that is good instead of fabulous is that you never overeat.
There were quite a few places that we were able to eat at. We did most of our breakfasts at La Cascada. It was a sit down and we found what we liked there, and it had the best coffee. We went to El Patio one day, the service was not so good and they didn’t have coffee, but ran across the street to get some, so it was a long time coming and when it was gone it was gone. There is always the buffet. It was fine. I went to the very back and got an omelet both times.
For lunch we did the outdoor buffet by the beach. It was easy and again pretty good. We ate all kinds of tacos most days. They often were grilling food right there and that was always good. There was also a snack place in the bar area that had hamburgers, hot dogs and quesadilla.
Dinner wasn’t so good. We went to La Cascada a few times. I think it was the best. The Italian restaurant was not good both times we went, and we tried El Patio once and didn’t like the selection their either. I will say it again though, we found things we could eat that we fill us up and we always had the dinner buffet that we could go to just in case we were still hungry. But because of the selections, we never over ate. That’s a good thing.
So my final opinion would be this. If you are looking for sunshine and a fun get away at an affordable price I would recommend this place. We did have an awesome vacation. If you can afford more there are definitely better places to choose from. We probably won’t go back simply because I am not a huge fan of Mazatlan, but not because I didn’t have a good time.