I wrote a long post about my poetic and undying love for the Hotel Belmar, located at Paseo Olas Altas 166 Sur, in the old part of Mazatlan. Unfortunately, I somehow lost it. So pictures will have to suffice for the moment. Let me just say that if you like quirky, creepy, old, cheap hotels, this is your place. Supposedly Mazatlan’s oldest hotel, the place weeps fading grandeur. Our room was clean, the staff is cool, and plenty of interesting expats appear to live in the hotel on the cheap. If you get a room in the newer part of the hotel, you’ll find it comfortable, clean, and relatively modern. If you ask for a (cheaper) room in the Colonial part of the hotel, you’ll walk down echoing half-abandoned hallways to find a room with high ceilings and an amazing mix of ancient furniture. This place is a serious treasure.
Also, if you would like to read more about my perhaps surprising devotion to Mazatlan, pick up a copy of the 14th edition of The People’s Guide to Mexico. (Cool random note: the Hotel Belmar’s rather funky website clearly states that they are gay friendly.)
Hotel Belmar Mazatlan