Just got back from 5 days at RIU and booked as a last second trip a few weeks before hand. Most resorts were sold out but it still seemed most people had a good time here. Most everything you read here is pretty spot on. Make sure to request building number 1 ahead of time, it will be well worth you effort. I had a king sized bed in my room ins building number 1 that was NOT two beds pushed together. The food is what it is. Breakfast in the morning is perfectly fine and all you need to know for lunch is the jerk chicken bar on the beach. The buffet leaves something to be desired and the private dinning areas are a little step above and reservations are to come by.
If you are expecting five star food, then go stay at the five star resort and pay the five star price. The staff at this location is absolutely amazing. Everybody from the bellmen to cleaning staff, tip them a few extra dollars and your room bar will be re-stocked every day. The entertainment staff is exceptional, they go out of their way to make sure guests are having fun, they truly work 16+ hour days and probably should be paid more then they get.. wonderful job done by the staff.
You are in Jamaica so relax, if you want to be nit-picky about every detail then pay more money and go to a five star resort. Everything you could possible need and want to do is here at RIU. We also found that the overwhelming amount of guests at this resort were very friendly and did little to complain.
Again, make sure you get building 1, even 2 isn't that bad of a walk. Make reservations or try to. More importantly, relax MON, you are in Jamaica and life is good.
Airport Transportation: If you want to have a private shuttle, which I highly recommend over taking a bus that makes multiple stops, then you need to get in touch with Patrick Grandison, owner of Esperanza Tours. Patrick is a negril local and has been in the business for 20+ years, full of knowledge and just overwhelming a good person. I found him based on another trip advisor post and I cannot stay enough good things about him. Travel in style and get private transportation, trust me it is well worth it.
Disclaimer - I'm a certified travel agent and I was skeptical of this location based on certain reviews, etc. I was pretty well informed on the property based on the reviews and although the food was the biggest issue, it would not keep me from going back again, especially for the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Newly renovated in November 2015 * Located on Jamaica's west coast in Negril * Located on the beach front * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Main building and four 2-story annexes * Surrounded by 45,000 m2 / 56,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * 9 km / 5.5 Miles from Negril's West End * 7 km / 4.4 Miles from various shops * 80 km / 48 miles from Montego Bay airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Hotel Negril
- Rio Negril
- Riu Negril Jamaica
- Riu Resort All Inclusive Negril