The RIU was exactly what i needed at exactly the right time. I didn't want to do alot of research I just needed an emergency vacation that was a great deal, and all inclusive, on a beach.....so if this is your perspective, then the RIU was great.
A couple of things though: the younger fellows at the front desk can be arrogant and rude. the women were always super gracious.
the food can get boring, i never once tried any of the authentic food because i never knew if it was that days cooking or several days ago and with other reports of illness i shied away...the green salad fixings were slim so that was a bummer (for me) and i understand the need to use leftovers but some of the pizza offerings were just plain bad.....but really there was plenty of food and quite a variety, especially at dinner...i loved the sushi night.
yes, people are always cleaning which is nice because it's difficult not to track sand around.
it is definitely a family and party (frat boy/sorority girls) kind of place (at least the week i was there). i loved the kids and i found the pool (furthest from the bar) that was left "greek free". i didn't see nor was i bothered by children running amuck with no parent available which too made me super happy.
the beach IS really rough. the hottest day was around 90 degrees and there were maybe 30 people in the ocean (the hotel had at least 300 people in it during the week i was there) i was hoping for the calm floating ocean experience and there was none of that. I did venture to old mazatlan and beaches to the south of the RIU were what I wanted from a beach front. But again, that was my fault for not researching. it didn't damped my experience but because of this i won't stay at this RIU again.
i had a great time, it was worth the money and time i invested for a much needed vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Opening summer 2009 * 12 km / 7.45 Miles from Mazatlan, overlooking the Pacific Ocean * Located on Playa Las Brujas beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 20-story main building * Surrounded by 13.500 M2 / 16.15 Sq. Yards of lush gardens * 10 km / 6.2 Miles from various shops * 12 km / 7.45 Miles from Mazatlan * 32 km / 19.87 Miles from the airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Emerald Bay Mazatlan