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Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Blvd Kukulkan, Km 5.5 Lote 6-C | Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico   |  
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Impressive hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We came back on February 7th from 9 nights at the Riu Palace Peninsula.
The hotel is impressive, ultra modern (you have to like the color purple). The landscaping is beautiful.
Reception: Was quick, however, the clerk automatically coded our room keys for 7 nights and we were locked out on the 7th day after 12:00 noon.
Room: Spacious, modern with bathtub & sinks in the room proper. This would not be suitable for families with kids. The furniture is square, the sofa somewhat uncomfortable to sit on. We were on the 9th floor (facing the ocean), the balcony was large and the view was magnificent. The room was clean and fresh towels were always available.
Food: Breakfast & lunch were very good, lots of variety. Dinner buffet was average and after a few days we got tired of the same choices. The fish & seafood were good, the beef dishes were below average. The service at all meals was excellent.
Pools: Beautiful, however, the lap pool is not heated and the water is very cold. The heated pool was mostly used for games and water aerobics. The villas have a heated lap pool reserved for them. We did not see swimmers at the villas' pool, so we used it a couple of times - it was great.
Beach: Small white-sand beach where you can enter the ocean (barefoot) and swim short distances. The ocean was calm most of the time. The longest stretch of the hotel's beach is rocky and accessible by going down some rocks. We missed long walks on a sandy beach. However, you can cross on the rocky trail to the next neighboring hotels and walk on the sand for about 5 minutes in each direction. Beach chairs & umbrellas are available. Most people seat by the pools and there was no problem finding chairs.
Entertainment: The shows start at 9:30 (usually not on time). Some of the shows were very good and others somewhat mediocre. However, comparing to other hotels the shows here were better. The music is very loud!!! This is true in all the all-inclusive hotels.
Gym & Spa: We used the gym twice when the weather was bad. The gym is small but was fairly empty. The spa has 2 jacuzzis - water was not hot enough to our taste.
All in all we enjoyed our stay and will probably go back.

Room Tip: Higher floors, facing the ocean (not the lagoon) away from the theater.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burlington, WI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

I've been in the hotel business for over 15 years and couldn't have been more impressed with Riu Palace Peninsula. The grounds and pools were kept very clean. The resort was sold out and there was never a problem finding lawn chairs on the beach or by the pools. They offered many different restaurants as well as the buffet that had many wonderful options to choose from for any taste. The service was FANTASTIC! The housekeeping staff throughout the resort was exceptional. There were a few minor mechanical items in our room that we reported (light not working, safe needed a battery) but nothing major that made any impact on our stay. We went deep sea fishing and the Steakhouse Chef met with us to ask how to prepare the fish we caught so everything would be to our liking. The Chef served our table himself and the meal was absolutely fantastic! A few of the wonderful people that took care of us during our stay were: Francisco (AM Dining), Freddy (PM Lobby Bartender), Diego & Bernardo (Swim Up Bar), Tello (Kulinarium), Fer & Elvis (Mexican Restaurant) & the wonderful Chef at the Steakhouse Restaurant.

If you are looking for a relaxing vacation with beautiful views, outstanding service, exceptional food, extremely clean and a very accommodating staff, I would highly recommend the Riu Palace Peninsula.

Room Tip: All rooms facing the ocean have an exceptional view. We were traveling with a group and had no probl...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victor, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Great food, attentive staff, and nice rooms. All rooms have ocean views; this was a definite plus; the view is gorgeous. Beautiful lobby with bar with gourmet treat cafe which is 100% included with the all-inclusive. Liquor dispenser in the room even has premium brand bottles.

Room Tip: Higher level rooms on floors five and six are recommended over villas for view. If you are looking...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We recently returned from a visit to the RIU Palace Peninsula in Cancun – January 27,2013-Feb 5, 2013 via Sunwing Vacations (Sunwing review will follow)

We arranged our trip through Margaret Prefontaine at CAA in Winnipeg and got great service as always. CAA always matches the best price online and looks after all the details necessary with the hotel and the airline

The RIU Palace Peninsula is an outstanding hotel. Our 5 star experience started right at the door as we were welcomed to the hotel by Alex the doorman. Always smiling and helpful, Alex will get a taxi for you when required and assist with your entry and exit.

As I use a wheelchair and crutches for mobility, certain portions of this review will refer to issues or concerns that I have that specifically relate to mobility challenges that I encountered at this property.

When we travel, we of course check the reviews and look to see the experiences chronicled by other patrons of the properties that we are considering. With the RIU Peninsula, there were not many reviews due to the newness of this hotel (opened in the spring of 2012)

The lobby and décor of this hotel is stunning although far too much purple for our liking. The rooms, pools and lobby seem more like we would expect at an art-deco hotel in Miami than what we would expect in Mexico and may be too stark for many but we loved it so much here we will have to return.

The staff at this hotel take a really great experience and make it OUTSTANDING. We made many great friends on the RIU staff and I shall try to mention all of them but the list is long and suffice it to say that you will be served “with pleasure” by all you encounter. As a matter of fact, this was one of the first things we noticed; when we would thank someone for assisting us or providing service; rather than the standard “you’re welcome” or the annoying “No Problem”,each time the staff response would be “It is my pleasure”(and delivered like they really meant that)

Many staff excelled in their roles to ensure that our stay was exceptional; Alessa and Victor – went out of their way at the front desk to ensure our room was always satisfactory and that the hotel was meeting our needs on a daily basis; Elio the ever-smiling captain of the serving staff in the buffet-this guy will always bring joy to your heart – mucho gusto encantado Elio!; Enrique – true friend and maitre’d of the Steakhouse a la carte restaurant and captain in the buffet –made sure we were comfortable and got the seating that we desired – Thank you Enrique; Eduardo – waiter-beach, pool and inside provided great service daily; Raul-our friendly, jocular and always indulgent waiter at breakfast and lunch, Susanne –artist at the RIU Art – worked with my wife to create an amazing picture in acrylics – Don’t miss this if you enjoy to paint – very relaxing and lots of fun; David and Paloma of the Entertainment team – David even helped to get me out of the pool in my wheelchair after my swim; Oscar –lifeguard – also helped me to get out of the pool on occasion; Ray and David – Room Service with a smile!;Elvis our fantastic waiter in the Steakhouse and the Mexican a la cartes; and who could forget Ron – the effervescent leader of the RIUfit team – Ron even braved the cool water in the lap pool to help me with stretching and strengthening exercises – Good luck in the fights Ron and thank you for the First Aid.

And I cannot forget Hector Lopez, bellman and RIU hotel ambassador. When my wife found the height of our room on the 6th floor to be not to her liking, Hector took me around to see some alternative rooms, handicapped and non-handicapped so we could find one that would be more comfortable and moved us the same day to a more acceptable room on the 3rd floor. Every day that Hector saw us in the lobby, he would come over with his warm smile and see if he could assist us in any way. I cannot thank you enough, Hector! – When I wanted to review some more rooms on the 1st floor with a view to our next visit to the RIU, Hector found some rooms and pushed me around, allowing me to take pictures of the view, the balconies and the washroom amenities. A true friend, mucho gusto Hector Lopez!

I could go on about the hotel, the great food, the impeccable service, the attention to detail, the pools, the cappacino bar, the 24 hour room service and the daily stocked mini-bar in your room
Speaking of the rooms, the beds were oh so comfortable and the AC worked great! We found the layout from a privacy perspective to be a little odd but we adapted to it. The rooms are quite large and include flat screen TV, radio-alarm-mp3, sitting area and desk, fridge stocked daily with beer, pop and water and a liquor dispenser including tequila vodka, white and amber rum.

Every room has a view and my one disappointment would be that they put the handicapped rooms at the backside of the hotel so you do not have the enjoyment of the full on ocean view

This hotel has 4 pools you can enjoy and an additional VIP villa guest only pool. The four pools include a ramped pool that provides easy access for people like me with mobility issues, a heated pool, an infinity pool and a pool with a swim up bar that housed all the party folks. If you really want to party, you should consider the RIU Caribe or RIU Cancun – that cater to a different clientele.

We took advantage of our Palace gold bracelets to visit and enjoy the food and facilities of the other RIU properties in Cancun (you can use the Cancun, Caribe and Palace Americanos)

Pros
Staff
Service
Rooms
View
Pools
Bars
Food

Cons
Ramp to Pool Level
No Restaurant at Pool Level
No handicap rooms at the front of the hotel

We chose this hotel because it was new and assumed that it would be very accessible to my wheelchair . The hotel does include handicapped rooms – 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 and handicap washrooms at pool level and off the hotel lobby but the ramps to the pool level from the hotel are far too steep to navigate a wheelchair on your own and present significant difficulty for anyone that is trying to assist you . The easiest ramp to navigate, with a slightly better slope is located near the VIP villas and is accessed by travelling through the entertainment area.

I did not enjoy this aspect of the hotel because if I wanted to eat or go to my room I needed help to get into the hotel

I will post pictures of the washrooms so you can see if the rooms will suit your needs
The beach is small but you can also attend the larger beach next door at the Caribe – The loungers are very plentiful both poolside and at the beach and even on days when the hotel was busy we had plenty of room in the pools and no problem finding a shady spot.

We found the food in all of the a la carte restaurants to be excellent and enjoyed the sushi appetizer in the Japanese, the crab legs, rib eyes, lobster and baked Alaska in the steakhouse and the tiramisu in the Italian. Really, If you cannot enjoy the food here….you must have an exceptional chef at home.

Thank you RIU Peninsula for making our 1st stay in Cancun a memorable one. We are looking forward to our next visit with you!

Room Tip: All the ocean view rooms are excellent.rooms 102,103,104,105 and 106 all offer handicap accessible s...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sandy, Utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

first the good!...awesome hotel!everything was kept very clean and grounds manicured meticulously.everything down to the guys raking away the seaweed each morning and covering the Mayan ruin to prevent damage.Swim-up bars and bartenders were PHENOMENAL even bringing us whatever we wanted on the beach as well.they upgraded our room for free to a nicer one up higher and the view was perfect.the only restaraunt we needed,(or wanted) served HUGE assortment of buffet foods of every kind and the service was impecable. No one would ever starve here!...the bad...the swamp smell of "the lagoon" permeated the upper halls where the elevators were and there was no air conditioning there until you got to your room.it was kind of nauseating.ALL the bars were DEAD by 7pm except the sports bar and the one which had the show twice a week.basically,after 7,unless you were going to an off resort locale,it was time for bed..LOL!,also WAY too much PURPLE everywhere and WEIRD little "mad hatter"chairs all over the lobby...kind of psychadelic decor.oh,and the ATM was BROKEN the entire week of our vacation so if we wanted to withdraw cash we had to go elsewhere.overall though,awesome place and for the price,it cant be beat!

Room Tip: as long as you can survive a few minutes of swamp smell until your elevator pops open,the upper floo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southport, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Stayed at the Peninsula 23rd Jan till the 30th Jan 2013 we only booked it the week before we left and I have to say that this hotel exceeded our expectations. We had stayed at the Las Americas Palace in 2011 and really wanted to go back there , however this new beautiful contemporary hotel was excellent. The rooms are fabulous and the themed restaurants were great with the exception of the Mexican Restaurant. This was mainly due to the poor service and bad attitude of the waiter in this particular restaurant. Every other member of staff we encountered we found to be friendly and we generally enjoyed a fantastic level of service. A special mention to Freddy in the main bar who makes the best Mojito's and Diego in the swim up bar who we knew from the Las Americas both lads always smiling and great sense of humour. Overall a great hotel and I certainly return.

Room Tip: All rooms have a sea view
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Stayed at a suite for 5 days in feb. Everything seem very modern and new. The food was okay but not the greatest. Service was good and people were very friendly. The front desk would call often to check if we needed anything. And they even gave us a bottle of el jimador on the house. The bad weather made the experience not so great, it was really windy and cloudy for couple days. The room was big and nice but i felt that the furniture was a little cheap. The service for the reserve restaurants was a weird and slow. I actually prefer the buffets. The view was awesome, must been the best thing about the suite. The beach there is so so due to the rocks some people might like it some dont. Pools were nice and it was a overall nice experience.

Room Tip: suite 907 they keep telling me its the best view in the whole resort all angles of the beach and the...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Blvd Kukulkan, Km 5.5 Lote 6-C | Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cancun
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 178 Hotels in Cancun
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula 4*
Number of rooms: 562
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