Riu was actually a last minute replacement for us and we would return in a heartbeat. The grounds were beautiful and the service was top notch. The food was wonderful and actually maybe a little too high class for us average joes. We didn't get the opportunity to try the specialty restaurants but heard great things from the many friends we made during our stay.
As for drawbacks, our room was in the 2000 block and had a slightly musty smell when the air was going. I heard from other people in our block that they had the same smell. The other thing that surprised me was that even though this is an all inclusive resort, tips are encouraged. The service is excellent so we basically tipped the people on the last day we were there. We pretty much had the same people every day so we got to know them... same waitress at dinner every night etc.
The entertainment staff is top notch and they have activities during the day and a nightly show which I initially thought was done by professional dancers. They make sure everyone feels welcome at the resort.
We spent a week at beaches prior to the riu which was spectacular and I would put riu right up there. The people really make this resort and I would stay there again!
We stayed here as a couple. Not a lot of kids. Not sure how kid friendly you would think this place is. For kids I would probably recommend beaches instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Renovated in summer 2008 * Located in Negril, on Jamaica's west coast * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 1-storey main building and 2-storey buildings * Victorian-style architecture * Surrounded by 47,000 m2 / 56,500 sq. yards of lush gardens * 7.5 km / 4.7 miles from Negril West End * 6 km / 3.8 miles from various shops * 80 km / 48 miles from Montego Bay airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel Negril
- Riu Tropical Bay Jamaica
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay Negril
- Riu Tropical Bay Negril Jamaica
- Negril Riu Tropical Bay Hotel
- Riu Jamaica
- Riu Tropical Jamaica