I was SO nervous before going here after reading all the reviews. In fact, I was freaking out! I couldn't believe what I was reading and it made me crazy. Especially since my husband and I decided to have our destination wedding in Negril and bring 85 of our closest family and friends with us. The hardest part about the planning was trying to find a place for everyone to stay that would please everyone. While our wedding ceremony and reception were at Negril Escape (a beautiful cliff side spot in Negril), we decided that staying at a big resort would suit our large group best since we had all ages from 7 months to 94 years old.
When planning our destination wedding we wanted as many people to come with us as possible. We needed something nice, but also affordable and that allowed children. I'm not a big fan of large all-inclusive resorts myself, I prefer something smaller and boutique, that embraces the local culture...otherwise why travel? But for this trip I knew I needed a big all-inclusive to best suit our needs.
Listen - Riu is not bad. Why all the harsh remarks on here? As you pull in, the lobby is clean, spacious, and very pretty. Opens to a beautiful fountain and a view to the pools and beach. There's palm trees and well manicured pathways, and many nice areas to sit and relax all over the place. The Staff are so friendly and greet you with big smiles and check you in right away. Someone whisks your bag to your room and honestly I had such a fabulous time with my group that I didn't want to leave. I stayed in a Jr. Suite and it was perfect for us. Huge bathroom, great water pressure in the shower, his and hers sinks...big comfy bed, A/C worked great, nice living room area. And our maid was brilliant - we hugged when we checked out. :-)
The food was fine - much better than I expected. Always something to be found that was good. Drinks aren't that strong...just ask them for an extra shot - its no problem at all.
Everyone in my group had a fabulous time. It was so fun to walk the resort and constantly bump into someone we knew. We hung by the bars, chilled in the pools, ate leisurely meals in the buffet, walked the beach, (definitely go for the lobster man on the beach - yummy!) and enjoyed our time at Riu very much.
We also left the resort to take a really fun Wild Thing catamaran sunset cruise, another trip to Seven Mile beach and Margaretville, and also Rick's Cafe...not to mention the wedding at Negril Escape - so we were fairly active. I just love Negril, such a great place.
I used to work as a Cruise Hostess on a 5 star Ocean Liner - and I’ve literally been around the world and I've done quite a bit of travel. For those that complain on here about Riu and what a dump it is...how much are you spending? Really, if you want 5 star - well then you have to throw down the money. Let's be real. My husband and I went to The Caves after the Riu for a honeymoon- and yes it was insanely fabulous! It was also $700 a night. I know that the garden view rooms at Riu were going for $180 per person per night for my group - that's your room, food, drinks, tax and fees, oh and round trip transfer was included in that too (and this is high season!)...I'm sorry but you can't beat a better deal than what Riu is offering, and it's not a dump....where else can you get all that for $180?
I'm writing this review for other brides who were like me and thinking, oh my god...I've told all my friends and family to come to this hotel which is a bug infested dump. I was so nervous. Well as soon as I got off the bus I was immediately reassured. I would 100% recommend Riu to anyone doing a destination wedding or large group event that has a variety of ages and is looking for something for everyone. The grounds are clean, the resort is pretty, the vibe is relaxing, and the food aint bad. I checked out all the options in Negril for such a large group – and for the price we paid – we couldn’t have picked a better spot.
Enjoy it, we honestly had the best time here and I don't have one complaint to speak of. Thanks to Riu and the hardworking staff for such an enjoyable trip!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on Jamaica's west coast in Negril * Located on the beach front * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Main building and four 2-story annexes * Surrounded by 45,000 m2 / 56,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * 9 km / 5.5 Miles from Negril's West End * 7 km / 4.4 Miles from various shops * 80 km / 48 miles from Montego Bay airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Hotel Negril
- Rio Negril
- Riu Negril Jamaica
- Riu Resort All Inclusive Negril