For a moderately priced all-inclusive, the Riu Caribe did not disappoint. The hotel has fresh, modern decor and our room was spotlessly clean. The bathroom was crazy huge. Unfortunately, the air conditioning in our room never got very cold. I suppose we should have complained, but the ceiling fan made it bearable and we didn't spend much time in our room anyway.
The food here was nothing special, and didn't vary much from one day to the next. However, there were so many different items to choose from in the buffet that we could always find something we liked. One thing that would have made breakfast so much better would be if they'd serve espresso drinks. I was really craving my morning latte. They have them available later in the day at the lobby bar, but during breakfast hours they only serve regular coffee.
A few tips if you do stay here: there's a bus stop right in front of the hotel with buses that run 24/7. It only costs a dollar and will take you into town for shopping, bars, restaurants, etc. The beach at the Caribe has very calm water. Not the place to catch any waves, but there is great snorkeling at the east end of the beach (where the Caribe meets the Riu Palace). We saw all kinds of colorful fish and a few stingrays without having to go on a snorkel tour. If you need shuttle service from the airport, book it through the Riu for only $20 per person roundtrip.
Why didn't I give it five stars? There are better places to stay in Cancun. But they cost a lot more. We would happily return to the Riu Caribe if we visit Cancun again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 24h All Inclusive Hotel Riu Caribe opens all year round and is located right on the beautiful beach of Cancún. 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 Cancún Airport CUN (20 km) and Cancún city (5 km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 506 comfortably furnished rooms and offers many amenities. Relax in our spa or get in shape at the fitness center. 3 outdoor pools. For the youngest guests there is the RiuLand Kids Club (ages 4-7&8-12 years) and for adults, day and evening entertainment. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer a live cooking stations at our main restaurant, Asian and Mexican specialty restaurants, Steakhouse, and 5 bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Caribe Real Cancun
- Grand Caribe Cancun
- Grand Caribe Real Cancun
- Riu Caribe Resort Cancun
- Riu Caribe Cancun Mexico
- Riu Caribe Mexico