We only stayed one night at the Riu Peninsula in Cancun, but I was very impressed with the hotel. When our return flight to Toronto was cancelled, our airline put us up at the Riu Peninsula overnight - I wish I had stayed the entire week at this hotel!
Despite the last minute "reservation", the hotel staff was very efficient and courteous at check in. They were sympathetic to every stranded traveller, which went a LONG way with weary folks who had spent the last 16 hours at the airport. Although the restaurant was closed when we got there, room service was available, but we headed to the bar for a drink instead :) Loved the fact that premium alcohol was included - most other resorts only include "domestic brands" in the AI package.
Our room was very nice and clean and overlooked the ocean. We were on the 8th floor - not too high, not too low, no complaints.
Resort was very well maintained, lots of lounge chairs available, no matter what time of day (okay, we only stayed at the resort until 1 pm the next day, but compared to the resort we had been at for the rest of the week where loungers were reserved by 5 am, this was awesome!)
We are now looking at booking our 2014 getaway and are definitely considering the Riu Peninsula; not sure how you could find anything better.
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