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Av de Los Cocoteros s/n Lote Hotelero G, Nuevo Vallarta 63732 Mexico
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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.


#16 of 29 hotels in Nuevo Vallarta
Travelers' Choice
The All Inclusive 24h Hotel Riu Vallarta, completely renovated in 2019, opens all year round and is located directly on the Playa Flamingos beach in Banderas Bay in Riviera Nayarit. The RIU Classic Hotels offer comfortable rooms and excellent facilities with great leisure and relaxation facilities, as well as international gastronomy. Enjoy a relaxing holiday - whether alone, with family, partner or friends! The location is ideal because of its proximity to Nuevo Vallarta and Bucerías (2km), Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) (13 km) and Puerto Vallarta (22 km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 678 comfortably furnished rooms and offers many amenities. Relax in the spa or get in shape at the gym. 4 outdoor pools, 1 of them with swim-up bar, and 1 children’s pool with slides. For the youngest guests, RiuLand kids’ club (4-7 & 8-12 years old). For adults, daytime and evening entertainment, as well as discotheque and Riu Get Together Parties. For lovers of gastronomy, live cooking stations at our main buffet, as well as Gourmet, Asian, Italian and Steakhouse specialty restaurants; 5 bars and grill.
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Room & Suite (1,051)1,051
Full view
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Parking garage
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Outdoor dining area
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Golf course
Horseback riding
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids pool
Car hire
Taxi service
Head massage
Currency exchange
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Bay View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Christopher T wrote a review Aug 2
Edmonton, Canada24 contributions
Great hotel, the renovations are top shelf and if you can’t find something to eat, chances are it’s you and not the hotel. There are plenty of loungers and the staff are about as sweet a bunch of humans as you will find. Also there are people whining on here about the liquor, if you want name brand alcohol, just ask and voila you shall receive. There are lots of activities to partake in, and if a quite vacation is more your jam, fret not there are plenty of quiet spaces to do some chillin like Bob Dylan. The only thing I can fault the resort for is, holy dang the smoking!!! Especially in the evening in the court yard when you are trying to enjoy the shows, holy smokes (no pun intended) you can’t escape the waft of people sucking on their cancer sticks. I am a former smoker and am usually not bothered, but beware it even became overwhelming for this fella. Nevertheless, the pros far outweigh the cons and I would return without hesitation.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
TyW wrote a review Jul 2020
1 contribution
My family and I just got done with a 10-day vacation at the RIU Vallarta. Everything was really nice, but the staff made our vacation! Without Edgar, Pepe, Gil, David and Margarito it would have been an ordinary vacation. They went out of their way to make us feel less like guests and more like friends! The next time we are back in Puerto Vallarta, we will be staying at the RIU Vallarta because of them!
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Date of stay: July 2020
Cindy G wrote a review Jun 2020
Saskatchewan, Canada12 contributions5 helpful votes
The resort was renovated in 2019 and many changes took place, I was told. The resort looks wonderful and the landscaping is beautiful. The staff are very friendly and work hard to make your stay enjoyable. The POSITIVE about resort: - The Junior suites was beautifully decorated. The design of the room was strange. The toilet had its own room, but the door faced the bedroom, not into the bathroom. - The bed and pillows are comfortable - Room was always clean with nice towels animals - Pool were clean and water temperature good - The mobile bartenders were great - The food is good on the buffet, but got a little boring by the end of the week. Same food everyday, with a few special dishes each day. - Daily activities on the resort - Beautiful beach, you can walk for a long way The NEGATIVES about the resort: - Couldn’t guarantee the room would be smoke free, unless I filled in a special request form - No hand sanitizers in buffet, went to complain at front desk. Next day there was hand sanitizers at the entry doors of the buffet, but no staff requesting guests to use it. - They need to be more clear about their pool designations. Everyone has a different point of view and can be confusing and frustrating for many people. There are 4 pools on the resort. The first one is clearly understood- Adults only pool with a swim-up bar and is known as the Pee pool. Because people will stay in there for hours and drink and never leave to go, to the washroom. The other 3 are in the gray area; one looks to be a family pool with small kids. Second is the activity pool, with all ages groups and the Third pool by most, considered the quiet pool. The problem is, the resort doesn’t say that. They say all pools are family pools except the adults only pool. Making it difficult to enjoy if you have kids at every pool. - People were going out early in the morning to save chairs, even though the resort said “No Saving Chairs” - Resort allows Smoking outside anywhere, not under a roof. This is very unpleasant for somebody who is allergic to smoke. You can’t enjoy the evenings entertainment without somebody sitting beside you and start smoking. Same goes with the pool, beach or outside eating at the buffet. Not sure why they don’t have designated smoking areas. They do on the RIU resorts in Jamaica.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
2 Helpful votes
Response from RiuHotelsandResorts, Online Reputation Manager at Hotel Riu Vallarta
Responded Jul 2, 2020
Dear guest, Sincere thanks for staying at our beautiful 5-star hotel and for taking the time to share your impressions with us. While we appreciate you highlighting our friendly staff and wonderful facilities, unfortunately, you were not completely satisfied on this occasion. Please rest assured that we will analyse your remarks with our management team and improve where necessary. However, we truly regret to learn other guests smoking made your stay less enjoyable and we would like to apologize for the inconveniences caused. We are very surprised by your comment as our policy only allows smoking in designated areas, please rest assured that we will follow up on this in case standards have not been met. Your remark about hand sanitizers really surprises us as they are placed in all our hotels, and has been available previous our strictly implemented anti covid- 19 protocols. Despite this, we hope you have taken away some joyful memories of your holiday and we would love to have the opportunity to accommodate you in one of our other hotels in the future, Best regards, Hotel Riu Vallarta Online Reputation Manager
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Abygail M wrote a review Jun 2020
9 contributions3 helpful votes
Stayed for a week and the staff was amazing and so sweet !!! Especially Abad and Victor great bartenders. Hotel room was cleaned thanks to the lady’s ! Food is great . And live music also great. The secret club downstairs does need some cleaning though. But great relaxing stay :)
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
2 Helpful votes
Response from RiuHotelsandResorts, Online Reputation Manager at Hotel Riu Vallarta
Responded Jun 15, 2020
Dear 524abygailm, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your positive review! We are delighted to know that you enjoyed our cleanliness, our gastronomic offer and the excellent attention of our staff. We will certainly consider your suggestions regarding the club as they are an important contribution to our continuous improvement process. It would be very nice to welcome you again in the near future! Best regards, Hotel Riu Vallarta Online Reputation Manager
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Gabrielle M wrote a review Jun 2020
1 contribution4 helpful votes
We went with a total of 3 couples and were in rooms 5048, 5049, 5051 February 20-26, 2020. The first day everyone's rooms seemed great! We were nearly in the center of the hotel with a beautiful room that looked directly over the courtyard and onto the ocean. Guests are not allowed to make reservations for any of the themed restaurants in advance, which they said shouldn't be a problem. But then when we'd show up at 6:30-7:00 pm, receive a buzzer and are told it's a 40 minute wait, then check at about 45 minutes and there are still 13 people in front of us? That didn't make sense. Unfortunately, we ate the buffet most days which kind of gets boring. Especially when their site raves about their restaurants. For our room 5048, the circuit breaker kept tripping in our room by day 2. We would enter the room, put the key in the slot for electricity and the circuit breaker would trip. Over and over. I only had a hair straightener in the restroom and a phone cord plugged into the USB port in the outlet near the bed. So it's not like we were overloading the fuse box. we continued to deal with it and fix it ourselves each time. I had to use the restroom in the dark a few times and even shower in the dark. Talk about a tripping hazard 🙁 Because the circuit would trip, we would come back to a damp room which meant damp clean clothes (No Air Conditioner going). We knew to leave our extra key in the slot while we were out of the room. That way our room would always be comfortable after a hot day... That wasn't the case. The worst part was on the last morning (early am) of our trip, the circuit kept tripping so much that it would kick the AC on and off and not allow us to be able to sleep. I was able to tell a utility guy day 3 and demonstrate the issue with him being he didn't seem to understand me, but that didn't fix the problem. I let the front desk know what was happening too and nothing was fixed. Than, to top it all off, the other two rooms flooded from the sprinkler system. (5049 and 5051). The floors were flooded which is where all their suit cases were open and laying out. The beds were soaked and the walls and ceilings were leaking. So much so, that water somehow got into the safe of 5051 and dampened their passports and any other personal items (money, jewelry, etc). No dry cleaning was offered for either couple, and the couple in 5049 didn't even get switched rooms and their room flooded later again that day. The couple in 5051 was switched to a room across from the hotel. We tried not to let it affect our last day/night at the resort. But we did spend quite a bit of money for having the poor experience we did. The worst part about it all, is RIU refused to take responsibility nor address our experience. We booked the trip through a local travel agent who then booked our trip with Delta Vacations, who then books RIU. This was RIU insulting response: “As for the customer complaint XXXX, the hotel had a small leak in the hallway by the entrance of the rooms. As soon as they reported it, the housekeeper dried it. The 3 clients were offered a change of room which they refused (because they said they were fine in that room and it was not a problem) except for one of them (room nr. 5051) who accepted the change however due to availability it could not be assigned next to their friends. Also, all the rooms were offered laundry. Regarding the issue of electricity, the issue was fixed the same day they reported it. In reference to the stay of our mutual clients XXXX and their inconveniences during their stay at the Riu Vallarta, we´d like to inform you that there was a small leak in the hallway by the entrance of the rooms. As soon as they reported it, the housekeeper dried it and they offered the guests to laundry their clothes. Our clients were offered a change of room which they refused Regarding the issue of electricity, the issue was fixed the same day they reported it. We understand that the hotel addressed their issues and offered assistance with the clients´ concerns, therefore, we are unable to offer any compensation in this case”. All of that was B.S. They did not offer any of that and DID NOT fix the electricity issue. I WILL NEVER BOOK WITH RIU AGAIN!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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3 Helpful votes
Response from RiuHotelsandResorts, Online Reputation Manager at Hotel Riu Vallarta
Responded Jun 7, 2020
Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your impressions of your stay with us. We are truly sorry to have fallen short of your expectations and that you were not satisfied with your vacation at the Hotel Riu Vallarta. Please accept our apologies for the inconveniences you may have had. We regret to read that you were not happy with the restaurants booking system. Please let us inform you that this policy was implemented after carefully assessing our guests’ feedback regarding this matter. It is a pity that our wide selection of food and drinks did not meet your taste. Please rest assured we will pass on your comments to our Chef and Food & Beverage Manager for further consideration. It is also a shame that you did not feel well attended by our staff and After Travel Costumer Care team, it was certainly not their intention as our aim is always to provide a professional and friendly service. If you wish to place a formal complaint, we kindly ask you to contact our After Travel Customer Care at complaints@riu.com. We cannot undo your unfortunate experiences in our hotel, but we very much hope that you will give us another chance to convince you of our services in the near future. Sincerely, Hotel Riu Vallarta Online Reputation Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Riu Vallarta
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Riu Vallarta?
Nearby attractions include Santuario de Cocodrilos El Cora (0.8 miles), Nuevo Vallarta Beach (2.5 miles), and Estudio-Cafe (3.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Riu Vallarta?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Riu Vallarta?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Riu Vallarta?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Riu Vallarta?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Riu Vallarta?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sabrosa Italia, Insu Sky Bar, and Etonne.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Riu Vallarta?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and fitness classes during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Riu Vallarta?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Riu Vallarta?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel Church (8.2 miles).
Does Hotel Riu Vallarta have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Hotel Riu Vallarta accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.