I spent a week checking out the luxury travel scene in Mazatlan, Mexico recently to fill a whole we’ve had in our coverage. This is not known as a real luxury travel destination compared to some other Pacific Coast resort areas, but there are a few gems around if you know where to look.

The first review we’re posting is for Casa Lucila, a beautiful 8-room boutique hotel on the waterfront, a ten-minute walk from the heart of historic Old Mazatlan. Besides being a more sophisticated option than anything else in town, it also offers the chance to experience what makes this city unique among Mexican beach resort areas: it’s a real city, not a purpose-built destination with little history. The locals do more than just serve sunburnt tourists.

At this unique hotel you get a sumptuous room, personalized service, and a great spot to take in the sunset while watching people on the move on the malecon. The Mexican and Mediterranean food is good, the atmosphere is inviting, and you won’t see a beer funnel or hear techno music your whole stay.

See our full review of Casa Lucila in Mazatlan.