I have stayed at other Riu before and this was a really good one.
Stayed Thursday Noon till Sunday Afternoon. Took a airport shuttle roundtrip for 2 people ($50 total cost). The hotel is in the hotel zone and along great tourist area.
Hotel: All inclusive of course, Clean and new and modern style. Does have 4-5 theme resturants area that require reservation in advance. Try to do once you check in since it can be rsvp 2 days in advance to beat the others. Smaller area so books up quickly. THe open buffet areas for lunch/breakfast are geared towards american/hispanic/european meals. Simple food and ok. Themed resturants are Japense, FUsion, Italian, Steak and Mexican. There is a VIP one that is only for the VIP suites. Ate at a couple of them and they were ok, bland but edible.
Transportation: Shuttle recommended from airport to hotel. Taxi are expensive. We used the busing system which is along the enitre hotel zone. Frequent buses every 2-3 minutes. It is 9.5 pesos (recommend peso) instead of dollars (1 dollar = 13 pesos at this time of review). The bus drivers were great, we just told them them were we were going and they would announce it or try to let us know to get off at a specific bus stop when arrived. There is one bus stop in fron of the hotel if you are coming from downtown. If coming from the other side, the bus stop is before and after but the walk is quick. Under 5 minutes and safe
Area: Safe to walk if needed, There is a flea shopping area near, and also 3-4 shopping area in the hotel zone
Beach: Clean and great. No seaweed in the water, no shells in the water, no debri, clear if waves are not bad. Beach side had palm trees, and chairs etc. Clean area and safe. There are some rocks /coral that does have fish swimming in it. Snorkeling/body boards/fins are aviable at this hotel. THere is another RIU next door that offers the parasailing/kayaking and other things
Activites: There are acitivtes on the board that list things. Aquafit, volleyball, bingo, table tennis, water sports, yoga etc. There is a painting classes that is free but you MUST buy the canvas which is around $5 and up depending on size
Staff: AMAZING and attentive and kind. Great and quick
Room: Was on the 6th floor Junior Swuite, 1 king bed with a pull out sofa if needed. There was a jacuzzi in the room as well. THe toilet was in separate area. The shower was large and spacious. Two double sinkgs. Typical tv/safe/closet/drawers/tables/chairs/coffee table/ cofee maker, hair dryer/iron/iron board. 5 bottle liquor dispensers. Mini fridge had water bottles, sprite, pepsi, dos equis cans. 24 hrs room service as well. Patio had two chairs and tables. Neihboring rooms are seperated by a wall that is not from floor to ceiling. It is maybe around 7-8 feet and open at top which someone could stand on the chair/table and jump over if needed. Rooms power outlets are turned off if no card is left in the wall/card slot to activate the power
The nightly shows start around 9 and will end by 11 pm. If you have a room near the stage, you will hear it. We had room 634 and we were able to hear it but didnt bother us, but be aware.
Pools: Various pools that were kept clean and warm and plenty around.
Environment: Clean,landscape was kept in really organized and cleaned/trim manner. Pathways were maintained well and kept clean. No eye sores at all.
Wifi: Free wifi in rooms and lobby and it worked really well all over the resort. Beach to rooms to resturants. Only needed to sign in one or twice and the smart phone remememered it. Each room gets own username/password. Good speed and connection. Helps with wifi for emails and apps for texting/data texting for travelers
All Inclusive: Everyone got bracelets to wear that you can visit other RIU hotels and use some of their services
Spa/Gym: DId not visit or use
Shows: Did not attend
Cleanliness: The hotel at this time is around 2-3 years old. Grounds are good, the rooms are in decent shape, pretty good. Some stains on fabric items/pillow/layers that arent use to lay on. The floors are open to the weather outside via windows that line the hallway. Some portions of the door frame sheetrock as worn down or crumbling but doesnt affect the stay
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Riu Palace Peninsula features 3 ADULTS ONLY DELUXE VILLAS in the garden with exclusive services for clients over 18 years old * The hotel is situated right on the white, sandy beach of Caribbean Sea. Its offshore coral reefs and lagoon offers perfect water sports opportunities. The sister hotel Riu Caribe is just 100 m away * Next Village / Location Corazone 4.0 km approx. * Next City Cancún 5.0 km approx. * Airport Cancún International (CUN) 21.0 km approx. * 1 Building 17 floors 514 rooms * 3 Deluxe Villas 3 floors 48 rooms * Accepted Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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