Just got back from the Riu Palace in Cabo. Lots of good things to say about this place but first and foremost....
If you want quiet, try and get a room away from the lobby over the "quiet" pool. Rooms near the disco or lobby are loud. The rooms are small but so clean. Lots of hot water. Reviews about 2 twin beds pushed together to make a King are true. Our bed was hard and lumpy, pillows are crap. Our friends down the hall had a great bed. Hit or miss on this one. Ask the maid to make it as a king. Lots of hot water. Bottled pop and small/large water bottles in fridge. 6 Tecate canned beer per day. Take the beer out put it in your suitcase and 6 more will be in there, that way you can stock up for day trips etc. Bacardi rum, Jose Cuervo tequila (gasoline), brandy and one other in the bar. Safe worked good. We turned the a/c on once and the room stunk for the day, mildew and musty. Went away in a few hours with the window open.
5 different restaurants. Japanese place was decent, steak house was ok. They seem to cook meat to death here, even the lobster was beaten up and hard. Mexican restaurant was ok, fajitas came out so hot! but chicken was way overcooked, dry and hard. They do try very hard though. Best of all is the large buffet restaurant. Killer food here. Excellent breads, breakfast, lunch and dinners. Ice sculptures, something different as a main display every day. Seafood varies every day as well. Big toasters, fresh juices, jams of all sorts, cheese trays, fresh guac and salsa all the time, omelette stations, lots of hot foods at each sitting. Waiters are very good, no Pacifico bottled beer at any of the restaurants or buffet. Dos Equis is the favourite here. The open area bar in the lobby is incredible, I drank lime Margaritas made from a slushy machine with Don Julio Reposado tequila every day!! The view from the Lobby bar out to the arches is incredible. Both bars at the quiet pool are good. Ask the waiter to make them strong with your brand, he will. Tip them 20 to 40 pesos. Beer at the pools is draft, i started taking the Tecate canned beer from the room down to the beach and pool. Ice machines are few and far between.
Be careful. Cab company Capitan at the front will call you a cab but also ask if you have booked tours etc. We went to the Marina to grab a water taxi to Lovers Beach and the Arches ($10 US each person, dont pay more,) He asked me if where we wwere going and if we had booked a tour, I said no. he then got his buddy to come get us, this idiot cab guy drove us to the very far end of the Marina where his friend was standing. i was pissed.. we had to walk a mile to where we were booking a boat. I complained to the front desk.
Buses are 10 pesos into Cabo from the resort. If you take the bus from the hotel gate it gores north before coming south again. walk out to the main road, be careful crossing the traffic and wait in front of the blue store, it will save you 10-12 minutes of bumpy bus ride.
cabs in Cabo are all large vans. Tired after a day in town? grab a cab and ask how much. 120 pesos only, no tip, no more.
We hired a driver from Cielito Lindo after reading horror stories on here about the bus transfer service. Cost was $135 US incl. going back there. I would take the $20 transfer service when booking next time. We also used the same company to go north to Todas Santos shopping for the day. $260 US for 6 hours, ouch. Should have taken the bus, nice new Suburban though, driver Edgar was ok, not the best tour guide. Stopped at Cerritos Beach on the way.
water taxi to Lovers Beach and the arches was excellent. $10Us each. He will drop you at the beach for an hour of sun tanning then come back for you. Guy on beach will help get the wife /girlfriend back on the boat as the waves are big. Let him help. Give him 20-40 pesos, well worth it.
Typical vendors selling trinkets at the marina, not so bad in Cabo town. Watch out for the kids selling little toys, they will pull your heartstrings and sell you stuff for a buck each which the mother nearby promptly takes from them. They dont go to school. Buy them a burger instead of buying their stuff
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 4.5 km/2.8 miles from Cabo San Lucas. 5-storey building. On the beachfront. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 32,000 m2 garden. 3.5 km/2.2 miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas. 40 km/25 miles from the airport. 500 m/1650 ft from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Palace Los Cabos
- Riu Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Los Cabos
- Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas Los Cabos