Reviewed 5 November, 2020
We are driving from Utah to Nayarit and found this gem of a hotel on our first day staying in Mexico. After a long day of flat tires and lengthy permitting and border crossing as we are towing a trailer this hotel was a find. Our room over looks the beach and we slept w the window open so we could hear the waves.
The lobby and grounds are lovely old Mexican architecture and a beautiful young girl was enjoying a photo shoot in the lobby to commemorate her 15 years.
The restaurant is open 7-3 so we missed dinner but breakfast was delicious. This hotel is huge with RV hook ups too. Highly recommend this place.
Too loud couldn't rest because of a wedding at the patio til 2 am with loud live music , most rooms face the patio
Reviewed 26 October, 2019
There was a wedding , my bad , I couldnt sleep , so please ask of there is going to be a wedding before making a reservation on this hotel or you won't be able to sleep
Rooms are kind of nice they are big and clean but they already feel outdated but I guess it's the colonial decorations of the hotel
worth it for the view
Reviewed 17 December, 2018
The Playa de Cortes boasts a storied history (mariachi music was invented here, for one), but it’s current incarnation could do with a bit of sprucing up. The faux-colonial property sprawls across a parcel of premium beach front, with an impressive cactus garden dominating the grounds both in front and in back. Rooms are pretty characterless; some are more comfortable than others, but expect a bit of funky plumbing no matter in which wing you stay. Service is friendly, though, and while the food is merely adequate, the view of the half-moon bay is divine, and the cantina a lively retreat. Don’t miss the idiosyncratic wood carvings above the bar and along the walls. The work of expat American artist Dick Wikken in the 1940s, they’re the three-dimensional equivalent of a black-velvet painting.
Lord Have Mercy
Reviewed 30 July, 2018
It would be such a fabulous destination if they put a little money into it. Even if eoom by room they need to tear it apart. Clean & people are lovely but definitvely very very dated. The restaurant could be turned into a fresh restaurants rather than dingy, dark and stiff. Try other locations for your stay if you can.
Reviewed 9 July, 2018
We have been going to this hotel since the 70s although it had been 5 years since we last were there.
We got there and had no trouble getting a mini suite upgrade, although they did have to pay a 100 peso deposit for the TV remote which we thought odd. We got to our room and found it had been upgraded? with dormitory type plain tile, removing the lovely Mexican tile we remembered from prior visits. Next I sat on the bed and found it to be the hardest mattress I have ever felt, which caused us a sleepless night to go with the A/C unit which was original when we were first there in the 70s. It made such a racket, my wife would wake up saying someone was trying to get in the room. This was after we had eaten the worst meal ever in Mexico. I had ordered carne asada, one of their specialties and one for most of Sonora. What I got was not steak, but cut up, thin beef in a red dye of some sort, it looked like worms, and did not taste like much either. The side dishes were not what were on the menu either. My wife ordered shrimp and it was so overcooked you could bounce it like rubber. When we tried to get an explanation, suddenly our waiter could not speak English, so when I switched to Spanish, he became mute and left quickly, no explanation.
We think a large wedding that was catered had left overs, and they reheated the shrimp and cut up the steak and reserved it also. Breakfast, and we did remember it is a buffet on the weekends before, but this one had no discernable food for gringos, which was not our experience in the past. I could not even eat cereal as it was just the ones full of sugar for kids. Needless to say, we checked out immediately and went over to a hotel in San Carlos promising never to darken their door again, and it is visually such a wonderful hotel on a picturesque beavch but if you can't sleep or eat there, that is certainly canceled out.