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Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay

Norman Manley Blvd Bloody Bay Beach, Negril Jamaica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 06/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 06/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#28 of 83 hotels in Negril
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The All Inclusive 24h Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay opens all year round and is located on Jamaica's west coast, in the tourist area of Negril, on the island's longest and most beautiful beach. Riu Palace is the most elegant category in the RIU hotel chain, with hotels that meet the highest standards in terms of luxury, excellence and sophistication, creating a unique experience. The location is ideal due to its proximity to Negril (6 km), Montego Bay (80 km) and Sangster International Airport Montego Bay (MBJ) (80 km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and has 452 comfortably furnished rooms with free WiFi and many amenities. Relax in our spa or get in shape at the gym. 3 outdoor pools, 1 of them with swim up bar, and 1 children's pool. For the youngest guests, RiuLand kids’ club (4-7 & 8-12 years old). For adults, daytime and evening entertainment and water sports. For lovers of gastronomy, live cooking stations and themed buffets at our main restaurant, as well as Fusion, Italian, Japanese and Steakhouse specialty restaurants; 6 bars located in different areas of the hotel.
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Room & Suite (641)641
Full view
Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Car hire
Taxi service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
VIP room facilities
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family Resort
Bay View
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Stacy B wrote a review Yesterday
6 contributions1 helpful vote
I absolutely loved this resort and my vacation here! I went for an early birthday trip by myself and it was such a great decision. It’s farther out than some of the other tourist areas so it’s quieter and cleaner. They have everything you could ever want at the resort including unlimited food and drinks. I loved the buffet. There were SO many choices it was overwhelming! The staff were absolutely incredible. Top notch staff and they were all so professional. This place is super super clean and pristine. I literally didn’t see even one piece of trash anywhere on the grounds while I was there. The beach is right there, just steps from your room. The water is clear and warm! I loved the different pools they have. If you want a party pool with the bar they have that or a sports pool to do laps or a lounge pool to relax. It’s just incredible. They also had amazing entertainment every night. My favorite was the Steel Band. I had a massage at the spa and loved it. I also worked out in the gym every day and it was well kept and maintained. Honestly I was surprised at how quiet, beautiful, clean, and well maintained the property was. I spent a luxurious 9 days at Riu Tropical Bay Negril. I cried when the taxi picked me up to take me to the airport. Cant wait to go back!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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travelingbaysters wrote a review Jun 10
Hailey, Idaho6 contributions2 helpful votes
We and 3 of our daughters went snorkeling with Captain Nemo and Julie 2 days ago. It was really fun seeing pirate ruins, reefs, lovers cave, and beautiful fish. Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay was amazing! Everyone is so kind, happy and helpful. Spotlight makes everyday fun along with Chocolate Thunder, Bubbles and all the Entertainment. We will definitely be back. Greg, Martha and family!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Rooms are all clean, and most have ocean views.
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Steve B wrote a review Jun 10
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida1 contribution
Just got back from 5 days at the Riu Palace with my son. Place is on-point. Huge beach; clear water; good food; excellent staff with a special shout out to Diamond, Kristoff, and the girls at the front desk who all remembered our names and made our stay even nicer. Best night for entertainment that we were there was the steel band and I'm pretty sure it was Saturday night. A MUST do is the pub crawl with Lenbert. email him at bananaznegril@hotmail.com. Tip him nicely as he will take you to the hidden gems along the beach at the west end along with his house that has a bar in the yard run by his lovely wife. Email him weeks before you go as sometimes the bus fills up quickly. My son and I went twice in 5 days, unreal scenery. This was my 5th time on the bus and plan to go every year.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: Building 3 is closest to everything
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DaveT wrote a review Jun 7
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Our 30 year anniversary visit was to be special and full of memories, good ones, just like the two times 26 and 30 years before. The place is beautiful and located in a gorgeous piece of the seven mile Negril beach. The staff if friendly and kind as you enter and get situated. Our room clean and accommodating. Bed was fine and we slept well, at least the first two nights. That's pretty much the end of the good side of things. Now, I totally understand we are just now slowly edging out of a pandemic so we try to be a little forgiving,but...potential guests need to know what can happen when you visit this flagship Riu location. First..the food at the specialty restaurants at this all inclusive was lacking flavor, had strange sauces on the main dishes that made them unpalatable to many, and portions definitely modest in size. Deserts there were not robust in flavor or something to remember. Drinks tasted watered down. Most original alcohol taste that we found was the standby red stripe from the can, not the tap. The standard buffet was best for all meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Very tasty and good food appeared enjoyed by other guests as well. Not the uncooked..literally..uncooked yellow rice provided with shrimp from the outdoor pool grill and jerk hut. When we asked the chef about the rice issue we were told they had a problem with cooking the rice due to a flame issue earlier. So we did make the management aware of the food issues when asked by a lady surveying guests about our experience. We are not picky people and do not take complaining as fun, and rarely say anything. We tipped on almost everything even though you arent required to, I know it is appreciated. Some things are fixable & guests should know what they may experience. I won't go into any more food issues other than to say if your a big eater, you will probably still hit the buffet after your specialty restaurant dinner, I did see some do that. To reiterate again, the staff working here are very welcoming and kind. Issues being discussed are beyond their doing. Management needs to be involved. Here comes the big issue we experienced. Our nice, oceanfront room all of a sudden was without water. Toilet would not flush, no handwashing or shower. And upon calling front desk was told they have an issue on the property & are working on it. 5 hours later, no change, I walked to front desk and spoke with another customer complaining that his wife had vomited and he could not use toilet or water & asking how long..to the lonely person working behind the desk. I also asked him how long and was told probably by morning as it was an underground issue. Now I know of the laid back island attitude, and that's fine..but when your wife's on her anniversary vacation, or sick as was the other guests case and basic things like cleaning and going to the restroom are a major issue...life gets a little dicey. we do expect health & sanitation issues to be dealt with & possibly find an accommodating resolution for the room elsewhere that works..if that exists. Which this sole worker did not know what else to do. I asked for a maintenance person to come to the room and look at toilet to see if that could at least be fixed.. he came, looked and could do nothing. I said i would like a room of equivalency and the maintenance man checked and helped us to another room. We are not sure why this resolution wasn't offered at front desk offered no resolution but after suggesting it to a maintenance man. He could make it happen. Management issue again. So if you are thinking of visiting Riu Tropical palace, I hope your experience is better than ours. Management issues that are fixable if addressed. Customers are excited and ready to travel, but not to this type of experience.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from RIU Hotels and Resorts, Owner at Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Responded 3 days ago
Dear OhioDaveT, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and for expressing your concerns. We are sorry to hear about your disappointment during your visit and that we did not manage to live up to your expectations this time! First of all, we are glad you enjoyed the hotel´s great location, your room´s commodity and cleanliness and our staff members´ dedicated service, however it is truly disappointing to hear that our gastronomic offer could not reach your personal taste as we try to offer our guests a large variety of quality food and drinks and our Chefs strive to satisfy the many culinary wishes of our guests offering the most delicious international and local dishes. Your impressions will be forwarded to the responsible department to be taken into account for future improvement. Also, we are sorry to find you experienced the mentioned issue with the lack of water in your room and that it had not been solved within a timely manner and that our staff did not attend your concerns accordingly. Having said this we are very sorry that this stay was not up to scratch and we very much hope that you may reconsider a return stay whereby giving us the possibility of regaining your trust in our property and our service. We remain with best wishes, Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay Online Reputation Manager
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Margaret wrote a review Jun 6
Saint Louis, Missouri2 contributions
Donell in the Riu entertainment group was absolutely wonderful. He remembered my name and made sure to say hi every morning knowing I was a solo traveler. As for the hotel, it was wonderful as well. I will return again due to the friendly and safe environment.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from RIU Hotels and Resorts, Owner at Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Guest. Thank you very much for your positive feedback! It was a pleasure for us to be your host and it makes us happy to know that you have felt comfortable during your stay with us. Our director and our team thank you for the excellent rating and your words of praise. We hope you visit us again soon. Best regards, Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay Online Reputation Manager
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$230 - $524 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay?
Nearby attractions include Seven Mile Beach (2.9 miles), Mary, Gate of Heaven Catholic Church (3.3 miles), and Bloody Bay (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fireman's Lobster Pit, Office of Nature, and Patsy's Coffeeshop.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and fitness classes during their stay.
Does Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Does Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.