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Reviewed December 8, 2012

Just got home this evening. The place was amazing! The staff was delightful! The food was better than expected! There were so many different restaurants. The coffee bar was a nice treat. The drinks werent watered down. The location was descent, just a five minute bus ride to all the clubs and restaurants. I gave it a 4 in the "all around" category only because the elevators were glitchy. All of them..

  • Stayed: December 2012
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2  Thank tylerdavej
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

My wife and I and a friend stayed at the Riu Peninsula November 20 thru November 27. We travel frequently to Mexico and have stayed in a few other Riu Resorts including Las Americas and Pacifico in Nuevo Vallarta. This property is truly stunning with sleek modern decor, beautiful pools, and a very nice beach. We stayed in a one bedroom Villa Suite that was on the first floor so we could walk right out to the pool. The Villas have a private VIP pool with towel service so you do not need to use your towel cards.

Since our room was likely one of the most expensive in the hotel and it was also a VIP area, we expected VIP service and that is where this property fell short. We were there for 7 nights and only received turn down service for one night. The quality of the bedding was the lowest that we have ever encountered in a Riu or any other high end hotel in Mexico for that matter. They were polyester and had nubs all over them from overheating in the dryers. We were promised complimentary wireless internet in our rooms, but it never worked even after taking my laptop to the front desk where they tried to connect for 30 minutes and then gave up saying the system was temporarily out of order..

As far as the food is concerned, it was typical Riu quality. The buffet was just ok, with much the same food for breakfast and lunch every day. We ate in three of the specialty restaurants with mixed results. There is a special restaurant for the VIP area called Kulinarium and we ate there twice. The first time the food was excellent as was the service so we decided to try it again. The second time the service was poor and the food was not well prepared. We were told that one of the chefs and one of the waiters did not show up for work. In a 5 star resort they should have backup.

The Italian restaurant, which did not require a reservation, was just average. Not much different from the buffet. The exception to all of this was the Mexican Restaurant "Tamales" This rates right up there with the best restaurants and service we have ever had in Mexico. The Head Waiter,Fernando,was on top of everything. The food was super,particularly the suckling pig. We loved if so much that we cancelled a reservation at the steakhouse to return the next night and we were not disappointed.

This is a fabulous resort and it is a shame that the Riu mangement has not been able to the consistency of service and cuisine that such a resort deserves

Room Tip: I wouldsuggest the Villas Pool front, or a high floorinthe Towers
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank gdomuuse
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

I absolutely loved this resort and would visit again. It's a little pricey compared to the Caribe & Cancun, but you may find the upgraded rooms, amenities & resort are worth it. That's something you have to decide for yourself. I visited all 4 Riu's while in Cancun, and I felt this one offered more in terms of size, and overall quality. I will break down my review into sections to simplify things. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Rooms (in main building):
All have ocean views
Larger than a standard room
Jetted Tub (in the room)
Sitting Area
Separate room with toilet
Large walk in shower (with rain shower)
King size bed or 2 doubles (Bed & pillows both very comfortable)
Premium alcohol (Tequila, Rum, Vodka, Brandy & Dos Equis Beer)
Maid comes twice daily (in the morning & evening)
I took a video of our room, here is the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcD-Wt5abEg&feature=g-crec-u

Lobby:
Air conditioned, very large & modern
Internet access
Cappuccino Bar
Piano Bar
Bank machine & Pay phone
Restaurant reservation desk
Gift Shop (pricey but very useful in case of emergencies)

Food & Drinks:
Food quality was excellent both in the buffet & restaurants
Large selection
Reservations required for all restaurants except the Italian (do this at least a day in advance)
Best restaurant in my opinion was the steakhouse
Premium brand drink (in rooms and on the resort)

Resort Grounds:
4 Pools (infinity pool, swim up bar, activity pool, walk in pool (great for kids & people with disabilities). I didn't see any jacuzzi.
More than enough lounge chairs around the pool & on the beach (choice of sun or shade)
Waiter service
Towel service
Sports Equipment
White sand walk in beach (on the left), and steps down to the beach (on the right). A couple of good spots for snorkeling. No need for water shoes.
One thing they need is a more central toilet, you will have to make your way to the main building to use one.
Small ruins site (uncovered when excavating to build the property)
Theater for evening shows (with 2 bars). The shows were fun to watch.
Here is a link to a video I took of the resort:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwownaHD760&feature=g-crec-u

Service:
The service was beyond my expectations. The front desk staff were helpful. The restaurant / buffet staff would greet us each time, pull out my chair, take our drink orders, put my napkin on my lap, and checked with us several times to see if we needed anything. The bartenders and beach waiters kept our drinks full. The maid came twice a day to make our room, made sure we had towels, each day we came back to our room to find our bed decorated with towel art, and some nights they would leave chocolates on our pillows. Bar was restocked as needed. The people who work at this resort made us feel special and they make this resort special. Everything was fantastic! We will certainly revisit one day:)

Other:
Walking distance (about 5min) to Playa Tortugas. There you will find ferries & excursions to Isla Mujeres, bars/restaurants, and a flea market.
Public transportation about a two minute walk from the resort. You will need it to get to the entertainment area or downtown.
8.5pesos for the bus (less than $1) will take you any where in the hotel zone & downtown Cancun.
Taxi is around $10US to get you to main points of interest.
Conversion rate was about 13 pesos to $1US at time of visit (October 2012)

Room Tip: All rooms in the main building have an ocean view, I am sure you would be happy anywhere. You may want to request a room on an upper floor for an even better view. The villas don't seem to have as good of a view, they are low to the ground, and the row in behind would not have any ocean view.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Grid27
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

A beautiful stunning hotel built at the end of the main Cancun Blvd. Can be seen for miles. Impressive!! Arrival area is massive, well laid out with plenty of staff to accomadate your arrival. Very modern, spacious with the welcoming Bars set away from the main foyer.
Accomodation is very clean, retro with the added spa bath and balcony over looking the sea and pool area. Again Drink optics and fridge is always maintained and re filled daily. Room service is very fast.
Pool area is large with again the added pool bar. Beach and sea is literally 30 secs walk away. Staff around the pool are very friendly and maintain your drinks regulary.
Food is amazing!! Cannot describe everything. It's just amazing. Added restaraunts need to be booked 3 days in advance. Men,be aware of the dress code. The Crystal restaraunt requires shirt / trousers or you won't get in. Therefore pack your self a pair of appropriate attire and not get caught out.
WiFi is 24/7 and can be used around the pool area. Good Strengh and signal.
Now the downside!! - Very poor quality workmanship. All around the hotel the paint is already flaking off (Even in the eating areas). Doors hanging off or not closing properly. Even my banister on the room balcony was loose, requiring maintenance to visit. Not good at level 8. Hot water not available in the evenings to some floors. Sort that problem out, a classy hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank plac56
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

Hotel: Most modern Riu to date, but not the most luxurious. It does not get to true Riu Palace level. We’ve stayed in many Riu Palaces, and most had Palace feeling. This one does not.
The walls in hallways are painted flat paint, not covered by stone or ceramic tiles like in other Riu-s. That paint gets dirty quickly, tarnishing overall appearance. Overall choice of colors is weird at best, although it is personal taste.
Rooms decorated cheaply, with furniture built from white-painted particle boards. However, the view from any room will be great or very good. This is especially true for high floors.
Overall area, beach, pools: It is smaller than other Riu hotels in Rivera Maya or Puerto Vallarta, but it is expected from Cancun. Beach is very good, with very fine soft sand. Pools are clean. Unfortunately, no rest rooms or change rooms are available around the beach or pools, with one exception of the rest room in the back of beach bar.
All amenities, pools and beach are super clean! I mean SUPER CLEAN! The clean all around non-stop!
Service: Superb! Very attentive and friendly! Generally, Mexican people are very friendly, and it shows in service.
Food and drinks: Buffet restaurant is very good. Food is not quite gourmet, but definitely good quality food. They always serve fresh juices, vegetables, fruits, different meats, cheeses, variety of hot food, etc., etc. Breads are excellent, as usual.
Drinks are just OK. There is limited selection of mixed drinks. If you have your favorite drink, you may ask for it, but bartenders may not know it. This Riu has contract with specific vine supplier. White vine is OK, but do not try red one; better take a glass of vinegar!
With pexception of “Kulinarium”, a la carte restaurants are pathetic jokes. For example, if you like Japanese food (we do), avoid Japanese restaurant. If you have never been to Japanese restaurant, avoid it, so you will not get wrong impression about Japanese food.
Overall, it is funny to see how restaurants staff tries very hard to offer the best service, but the food served makes such a discord!
Kulinarium offers great roasted duck breast for main course (if you like duck)!
Overall, Riu Palace Peninsula is good resort, but Riu Palace Los Americas in Cancun is one notch better.

Room Tip: Ask ofr high floor and away from theater.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Le M
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