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“Great hotel and facilities with stunning views”
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Hotel Riu Caribe
Ranked #45 of 175 Hotels in Cancun
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great hotel and facilities with stunning views”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

Myself and my boyfriend visited Cancun last April for a 2 week holiday, We chose the Riu Caribe because of the price! Very reasonable.....Food available throughout the day.........We never went hungry however it didn't set the world on fire but was fine for what we wanted! Asian restaurant was very good.....make reservations for this.

Drinks served to us on the beach! we didnt event have to lift a finger! Staff within the bars, restaurant and reception were very helpful! Reps very good and not over the top! they would ask if you want to be involved in the activities without that usual pushy rep way! and would also accept no meaning no!

Beach activities available throughout the day..........Towels available all day! Some people have commented about sunbed wars! we found plenty of beds and also moved round throughout the day! but i suppose is depends on what time of year you visit.

I would however say that the nightlife within the hotel was pretty poor! everything stopped at about 10pm! which is great if you want a quiet holiday however if you wanted a little more going on it would mean leaving the hotel and paying to go somewhere else.

Rooms really nice and tidy, Make sure you take the correct plug adapter as they are expensive to buy within the hotel! rooms serviced everyday and mini bar and fridge topped up!

The one disappointing thing was that when we left we noticed on the coach that our English money had been taken from our belongings it was around £40 however more fool us we should have locked it away in the safe! I just didn't think we needed to! I did email the hotel to complain and they said they would give us a free upgrade next time we visited! not sure we'll ever be back to use it but i did feel they took the complaint seriously.

All in all its paradise! Hope this review helps all looking to book in the Riu Caribe

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Nothing bad to say except the stress every morning to get a sunbed with some shade. Food ok, but they need to get better ventilation at the buffé the clothes always smelled of fried food after lunch/dinner. Restaurant staff was amazing- always had a big smile :-) try to get a room on floor 5 and up. The door to the room is paperthin and it sounds like people in the bar is actually in your room!? Beautiful beach!

  • Stayed April 2014
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2014

This was a family holiday and we had a awesome time. The hotel is based with local amenities near by. The main strip is only a ten min bus ride away.

We had a fantastic receptionist called angel. He was ever so warm and welcoming and helped us out in getting to different places. The hotel staff are lovely and friendly.

We are all vegetarians and the restaurant manager was absolutely amazing ..and accomodating. He ensured that we were happy and even advised that he was able to get one of the chefs to make us a lovely meal. The food was delicious .. lovely variety.

In terms of the bedrooms they were always cleaned and maintained well, our house keeper zoila was such a lovely lady.

The rooms were modern and we had a beautiful sea.view. the only down side is the size of the beds. They are a single bed and a half rather than a double. Never the less we had.a single bed added to our room by the next day.

However one needs to be careful too, as a mobile phone was stolen whilst it was charging from the room. This was reported and the staff were very helpful in compiling a report. However it was never found. This does not reflect the overall experience of the hotel, as the hotel is lovely.

Although there were some people who were on spring break. This did not effect our stay.

In essence, apart from the stolen phone we had a fantastic time. Thank you to all the staff who made our experience enjoyable; angel, zoila, the restaurant managers, the chefs, security and all the receptionists

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

We were at this resorts the first week of March. Our first night we.didn't sleep because our room was off the lobby. We even woke up to find vomit in front of our door. We complainedto front desk and got moved immediately to the best room in the resorts. The food is great at the buffet and we really enjoyed vthevpizza at the pool restaurant. The a la carte is good. You should try the steak house. The resort is clean and staff friendly. The only thing missing was a bath tub in room. The sand at the beach is the softest sand we've ever walked on and we've been to Jamaica, Cuba, Barbados and Mexico.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

My self and my 2 friends have just come back from a two week holiday at the Riu Caribe and had the best time ever,

The hotel was very clean and well presented, all staff were very accommodating and welcoming, the entertainment staff were a joy to be around and so funny!
I would recommend this hotel to everyone who wanted to visit cancun, we did go for spring break but did not see much of it as the hotel was so nice and offered everything we wanted so we did not venture out that much.

One down side about the hotel was the size of the beds in our room! they are not full size doubles only slightly bigger than a single bed so with 3 girls shearing 1 room we had to take it in turns with 2 shearing and 1 sleeping alone, after the 4th night we did ask for an extra bed which was brought up the following day and sorted the sleeping problem out :)

The food in the hotel was lovely and such a wide selection. We ate at the steak house twice and the Mexican and Asian once you can use these as many times as you like throughout your stay but you do need to book them in advance the day before you wish to go.

The hotel offers a 24hr bar which comes in handy and they also offer snacks so if your peckish at 3am you know you can grab a bite to eat .

The wifi in the hotel is limited to 90 minutes a day per device so if you can't live without Facebook & twitter etc I would recommend taking a tablet (iPad) as well as your mobile, you are given instructions upon arrival to the hotel on how to use the wifi, the 90 minutes you get are in one go so once you log on you can not stop and start it but it does reset at midnight.

We also did the dolphin discovery while there and that was AMAZING I would recommend to everyone :)

The hotel has a spa, gym, hair/nail salon at additional charges & a mini market where you can get gifts, sun cream and branded snacks etc but I would recommend using the one just out side the hotel as it is a bit cheaper.

I hope you book you holiday to the Riu Caribe and enjoy your stay like we did x

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

We just got back from here a couple of days ago-it's a great hotel and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wishing to stay here!
A big thank you to all the staff for making our visit so memorable!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Winnipeg, CANADA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2014

The hotel is lovely, the food really is good for an all inclusive and the staff were superb. Everyone from the front desk staff to the bartenders, waiters, cleaning staff and maintenance were kind, patient, helpful and friendly. And, the beds are comfortable !!

The pools are clean and warm. There are enough pools to chose from that you don't need to stay in the noisy one that are full of kids or, in our case because of Spring Break, very drunk, very rowdy to the point of dangerous, 16 - 20 somethings. Lovely in-pool seats to lounge on.
Great pool and beach drink service. Food available all the time.

The entertainers worked very hard to please but the shows were not terribly exciting at the evening cabaret.

The beach and the ocean are clean and full of lots of small colourful fish beside the pier if you like to snorkel. No reef but then you're not in Cozumel, you're in Cancun. The beach vendors are congenial and not the least bit bothersome or intrusive.

You can also use the Riu Cancun which is across from the shopping mall. It was fun to use their beach and restaurant [breakfast or lunch only].

The only serious downside was the time of year which we chose to travel which was during Spring Break. We totally forgot about that and wound up in the hotel with a million really loud, really drunk kids. We won't do that again.

I would stay at the Riu Caribe again for sure, but maybe in January or February to avoid Spring Break

Room Tip: stay at the very end of a hallway, away from the main lobby area it's very loud and the hallways...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Riu Caribe
Address: Blvd. Kukulcan, Km 5.5, Lote 6-C | Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cancun
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Family Hotel in Cancun
#32 Romantic Hotel in Cancun
#35 Spa Hotel in Cancun
#38 Top resorts Hotel in Cancun
#41 On the Beach Hotel in Cancun
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Riu Caribe 3.5*
Number of rooms: 506
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Cancun's resort area. 9-Story building. On the beachfront. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 3 Km. /1.9 Miles from a shopping center. 4,5 Km/2.5 Miles from downtown Cancun. 21 Km/13.1 Miles to Cancun Int'l. Airport. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Gran Caribe Real Cancun
Grand Caribe Cancun
Grand Caribe Real Cancun
Riu Caribe Resort Cancun
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Riu Caribe Mexico

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