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  • Valentine’s Day Potluck- Dia de San Valentin

    Valentines at the Mariana Hotel.

    Valentine's at the Mariana Hotel.

    Margret was the first to come around and suggest a Valentine’s party…a potluck on the rooftop.  We all readily agreed and the cooking began.

    Margret fue la primera persona que sugiere una fiesta para el Dia de San Valentin…que podemos hacerla en la terraza. Todos nosotros fácilmente concordamos y empezamos a cocinar.

    Tables were moved, chairs dragged upstairs and everyone began to gather.  There was a lovely warm wind that kept us cool as we relaxed in the heat of the

    A feast at the Mariana Hotel for Valentine's day.

    A feast at the Mariana Hotel for Valentine's day.

    afternoon.  Soon plates of food were brought and presented with much ooohing and aahhing.  We feasted on tiger shrimp, ceviche, roast pork and pastas.  There were salads, beans, chillies and breads.  For dessert we were served plates of apple pie and Margret made a cake that had Yarnel licking the plate. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Chuyita’s Birthday – Compleaños de Chuyita

    Nuestas chicas...our girls, Dora, Chuyita and Lupita

    Nuestras chicas...our girls, Dora, Chuyita and Lupita

    Chuyita is our round little bundle of joy that works with us here at the Mariana Beach Apartments and Hotel.  She is a lovely young lady who,if you are staying here with us, will probably clean your room and steal your heart .  She comes to work everyday with a smile on her face and an open heart which she shares with everyone.

    Chuyita es una mujer gozosa y maravillosa que trabaja con nosotros aquí en la Mariana Beach Apartments y Hotel. Es una señora encantadora que, si permanece aquí con nosotros, probablemente limpiará su cuarto y robará su corazón. Viene a trabajar diario con una sonrisa en la cara y un corazón abierto que comparte con todo.

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  • The Plumbing Party at the Mariana Hotel in Mazatlan


    As some of you know…the Mariana is one of the oldest hotels here in the Golden Zone…and with age comes plumbing problems in both bodies and hotels.   Alfredo and I, being new at the Hotel Business….New Years eve was one heck of the beginning of a learning curve.  It started with a simple note under our door saying that the toilet wasn’t flushing so good in one of our rooms.  Turned out that we have 6 rooms all interconnected through their plumbing so when one plugs up…they all have problems. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Our Mexican Christmas Party


    Christmas in Mazatlan, Mexico

    We just had the best Christmas here at the Mariana Beach Apartments and Hotel.  A seriously good time!   It is the custom in Mexico to  celebrate Christmas on the 24 th, Chistmas Eve.   The parties start around dinner time and the  kids anxiously wait for midnight because that is when the presents come out.  Then everyone sleeps in the next day as the 25th is a day of rest.

    Not one to buck tradition, we decided to have a shin-dig right  here at the hotel.  We invited all our guests,  friends and family.   A big blend of North America…Mexican, American and Canadian!  It was a great crowd.  The blend of languages and voices, laughing and singing…..’course the beer and tequila might have had something to do with the singing. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • The Hurricane in Mazatlan


    Last November there was a hurricane that came into the waters near Mazatlan.  What a storm it was!  Alfredo has been through several hurricanes and storms but it was a first for a Canadian girl like me.  I have seen my share of lightning storms but never the fury of a wind that can whip ocean and sand like that.  And we didn’t even catch the hurricane full on..(Thank-God!)   The storm was freakin’ amazing.  It was ripping and pulling and throwing and chucking.

    On one side of the hotel is a private street.  It turns into a path between two walls that lead to a beautiful stretch of sandy Mexican paradise.  The storm picked up all of the sand from the beach and basically tossed it at our hotel. The next day, all the rooms were full of sand. It was mounded up everywhere. You would pull back the sheets from the beds and they would be sandy and gritty.

    The next afternoon,  I walked to the beach and I was amazed to see a wall at the the end of the path were it meets the beach. Who the heck would build a wall here in the public walkway?  And how did they build it so fast, only a few hours after a hurricane?  Who are these people?  What the…? » Read the rest of the entry..