We returned from the RIU Palace in Cabo last night. My husband, as usual, made all the plans. I was swamped w/work and didn't pay much attention to where he had booked us until the night before we left. I spent some time reading reviews and got a bit concerned as it seemed they were either glowing or really panned the hotel on a number of different subjects. Hubbie is really superb at picking places so we both went w/the attitude we try to always have which is to enjoy, roll w/the punches, pick your battles and learn something new.
We were both completely delighted from the moment we arrived. Omar at check in was very helpful [no tip needed to secure a great room] Once we got into our room my husband started his usual wondering if there was a better location so he called Omar and he explained what else was available. We elected to stay put and it ended up having not only a great view but being very conveniently located to where we had to go through out the day.
Yes, there are a lot of beautiful palm trees and they just about block some portion of every room in the house I suspect but we definitely saw the ocean, beach and grounds while enjoying the rustle and sway of the palms. We were on the 3rd story up, only one more higher but in european fashion that was the 2nd floor, same as the lobby. We originally had an ocean front booked and I mean on the ocean but am so glad we decided to save the 500.00 xtra and just go w/an ocean view/front [ not sure what it was as they can get pretty specific in what they call a certain view] back in the body of the hotel. The first 2 nights we were there the surf was extremely high and was booming all night like a canon, spectacular but loud!!! Our sliding door to the balcony rattled when they hit, some people who were right on the ocean said it was so loud they couldnt sleep. This only happens once in a while but it is something to see and is dangerous....
It is a very large complex and we prefer to be closer to whats going on and not way out at the end of some wing even if the view is purported to be "better" Also depending on what side of the complex you are on you could get full afternoon sun and I wanted to be able to sit out there not in the sun after a full day w/a drink before dinner.
Speaking of which, the liquor was very good and very generous. I loved the in room distillery, Tequilla, Baccardi rum, Vodka and oddly, brandy in full bottles w/dispenser pours. The fridge had Dos Equis, water and sodas which were refilled daily again w/o having to tip xtra, though it is nice to do so.
The bars had every drink imagineable, were generous w/the liquor, had gorgeous settings, particularly "the veranda" off the lobby looking over the ocean. Beware that your 1st night you will drink too much....its just inevitable even if you dont want too. Even if your idea of a good time is not drinking too much you probably will as its so easy and fun. Unfortunately there are the fools that try too and really go overboard, I may have been one of those myself 20 years ago, I hope not but suspect I could have been. I saw no gross displays but heard about a couple and sure as hell heard them at night. The only drawback is that the hallways are all tile and open to the outdoors and they echo like a drum and people, especially drunks are LOUD and STUPID and if you are at the start of a hallway you get a lot of people going by. We were so tired at night we slept thru a lot of it but near the weekends the crowds seem to get younger and louder. I just used some of those soft earplugs and it killed most of the noise, that and tequilla.
The pools are are beautiful and not slimy at all. There are 2 identical sides to the hotel with the same pools, pool bars, fountains but one side is the "activity" pool and one is the quiet pool. We were on the activity pool side and I have to say it could get really annoying during the afternoon if you were in your room as the activity staff[ like a cruise ship] are yelling into a loudspeaker and blaring music to the volley ball players and others in the pool. It does stop by 4.30 or so but if I never hear that stupid "whoop, whoop" sing song chant again it will be too soon. The other side is indeed quiet so we went there when we did pool time. There were no rooms avail there as we might have considered moving however the disco is on that side and we werent sure if that made noise at night, it worked out fine but it is something to note.
We ate at all the specialty restaurants and had no problem w/the reservation system. All were very good, I was not as impressed w/Crystal as others seem to be but I am not a "foodie" We thought the buffet was very well done. They had an incredible fresh array of fruits, veggies, entress, desserts, drinks, you name it. We ate very, very well in what I thought was a lovely surrounding especially outside. The "san jose" is the specialty mexican dinner house but go there for the buffet lunch when they are open, killer Italian food among other choices and right over the beach. Very nice. I very much liked the Japanese resturant and loved their quiet, courtyard setting.
We did ATV's and survived. Used "Amigos" tours and got a good price for at least a couple of hours or more. Picked us up at hotel and took us out to the beach area beyond town. Rented jetskis at the hotel, bargained for 45.00$ each for 40 min . Thats the price down the beach and they matched it. We were out there close to an hour so it was great. Use the 5.00 water taxis on the beach to go across to the rocks, lovers beach/divorce beach. Also tip the guys who help you get in and out as they were very helpful and it got dicey when the high tide came in and we had higher seas those 1st couple of days. Its almost impossible w/o their help to not get completely wet and/or not get into the boat at all.
I swam in the ocean after those high surf days but it does have a steep beach and strong under tow. I did fine til the last day and timed it wrong and did get tumbled around pretty good. There is a life guard and hes good but unless you are strong and careful you could get in trouble fast. There is a swimming beach about a 1/2 mile further down the beach in front of another hotel.
Did some shopping in town and used the local bus for .80 that stops outside the gate. No problem at all. We like going "native" at least w/transportation so it was fun. Stops at Costco, sams/walmart etc if you want. Can call for taxi and spend more or walk but it is a ways and it gets hot. We did walk to Costco but after that we used the local bus. We did not eat at all downtown, didnt want to but a lot do....bring your pepto bismal. Shopping is typical tourist, shop around and compare or just buy the darn thing and be done w/it. Start bargaining for 1/2 what they quote and know what you are willing to spend and then be done w/it. I drive myself crazy trying to decide.
Did not get sick but were not reminded at check in that the tap water in the room is not potable....I should have remembered to ask, it is Mexico afterall but did not get sick after brushing teeth and making coffee in AM. I then read it in the hotel info and there is a small decal on the bottom of the mirror...oops.
I have written too much I know. However I read so many negative comments I wanted my more positive comments to be heard!
- 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:
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- Riu Palace Los Cabos
- Riu Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Los Cabos
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