Riu was an all-around solid choice for a Cancun all-inclusive. Our room on the top floor had a great view - everything there is apparently ocean-view, but it was nice to be above any noise that might float up from the main pool and dining areas during the day. Each room has a patio with a couple chairs, and you can hear the waves breaking. They say they restock the in-room mini-fridge every other day, but a note asking for "mas agua v cerveza" and a dollar tip did the trick; they over-stocked our fridge each day.
Food and drink flow as freely as tap water at Riu; there are just about enough choices for every kind of taste at the main restaurant, and there were choices being freshly prepared during each meal. It was especially nice to follow meals with a massive plate of fresh melon, pineapple, and papaya. At breakfast, they also had all sorts of fresh squeezed juices. I liked the dinner at the main restaurant more than in the reservations-required steakhouse, where everything hot except the steak was served less than piping hot. The guacamole available at every meal was seriously delicious. The bar choices were impressive; the lobby bar was the largest and nicest of them all, and on request they were happy to make drinks with their name brand choices instead of rail brands. They have no clue how to make a good mojito even though it's on their menu; each one tasted good, but not like a mojito, and a little different than the mojito before it. The on-site club and sports bar were a little bit disappointing; the club had a funky smell and was never very busy. There are a few other night spots within walking distance, though.
The beach-front location was perfect; I liked being able to take a dip in the ocean and then go right to the pool, and there was about an equal supply of beach chairs at both the pool and beach areas.
I walked over to the Riu Palace Las Americas next door one day. Las Americas is a good deal nicer - the lobby and feel reminded me of the Paris hotel casino in Las Vegas. Apparently Riu Cancun guests can't use Las Americas except at certain parts of the day, but I scoped out their main buffet; it had more choices than Riu Cancun.
Overall, Riu Cancun was solid in every regard; if the choice is between Riu (basically a 3+ quality property), and a 4 star hotel-resort that isn't all-inclusive, I'd go with Riu. The abundance of choices makes a big difference!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in "Corazone", Cancun's resort area. 14-Storey main building and a 5-storey annex building. On the beachfront. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 20 M/65 ft. From a shopping centre. 10 Km/6.2 Miles from downtown Cancun. 20 Km/12.5 Miles from Cancun Int'l. Airport. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Cancun Hotel Cancun
- Riu Cancun Mexico
- Cancun Riu Hotel
- Rui Cancun