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“Slipping into decay until 2015 renos.”
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Hotel Riu Playacar
Ranked #52 of 214 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Abbotsford, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Slipping into decay until 2015 renos.”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

This hotel is due for renos in 2015, and they're just letting it slip into decay in the mean time.
Management is HORRID. We launched many complaints and only one was addressed despited promises to "look into it". This is some (not all) of the problems we had:
1) Ant infestation on the bathroom counters (microscopic little buggers - almost brushed my teeth with them - YUCK) - They sprayed raid to get rid of them for us. This is the only concern they addressed.
2) Internet - Allowance is 90 minutes. The connection is terrible if it even works at all. It timed out after 45 minutes, sometimes earlier, and reception just looked at us and said "well you clearly misjudged your time remaining". If you stay here, be ready to pay $5 for a drink to use Starbuck's wifi across the street.
3) Toilet - The toilet in the room wouldn't flush.
4) Bathtub - The bathtub in the room was clogged and drained very slowly. Be ready to stand in your own filth while you shower.
5) Sheets stained - all of them had large 3" stains on them. God knows what they were. My sister threw hers on the floor in the corner to have it replaced, and the maid remade the bed with it.
6) Umbrella - It rains a lot in Playa Del Carmen. It's beautiful, and a nice way to cool down, but really puts a damper on your holiday because there are no umbrellas available. They are supposed to provide one in every room, but they're all broken, and have no replacements available. We asked every day for 4 days and just received attitude in return so we gave up.
7) No warnings in orientation or signage anywhere about the mosquitos on the beach. These lovely little bugs provide you with large welt-sized rashes. Bring OFF mosquito repellant, they're everywhere after dark.
8) Main receptionist was very rude, spoke very little english, and did nothing to resolve the problems.
9) Pool water uncomfortably cold. I would be shocked if they have a pool heater. It was rare to see people "enjoying" the pool unless they were at the swim-up bar. Everybody else got in and ran right back out.
10) You're unable to keep your bracelet. The Riu Palace lets you keep yours.
11) No elevator and 3 levels per building. If you're unable to do stairs, go elsewhere, as their management is too terrible to guarantee you a floor-level room.

The food is the only thing this place has going for it. Some of the waiters hang around like lost dogs until you hand them a tip, so while the service is good, it's annoying and extremely uncomfortable. Pay a little extra and go anywhere else. This place is definitely not 5 stars. Everybody we talked to was extremely disappointed.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2013

We found the hotel very mexican and this was why we enjoyed our experience there,we picked this hotel because we did not want to stay in a "hospital sterile looking hotel" as we understand most of the Riu hotels are being changed this way,We found all the staff very friendly and helpfull and even though the rooms and most of the hotel does need updating we hope it does not change from being a Mexican themed hotel this is most of the charm..
We found the food very good and they catered for all tastes we did not need to leave the hotel at all as the restaurants had such a good selection.
The beach was very nice and children friendly.This was our first time in Mexico and we would love to go back.,but not if they change the hotel to match all the other Riu hotels.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

Second time at Hotel last time three years ago. Feels like a family hotel, great food, all you could ask for.
Will be back sooner next time.
We have never been to such a friendly Hotel. Entertainment every night and thirty mins walk from Playa Del Carmen along the beach.
Reception staff are Ace and every staff member down to the garden ears always greet you

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2013

Riu Playacar has an amazing beach, Okay Pool, The Hotel is okay - Definitely outdated compared to the Riu Yucatan in the same area. Buffet food was average, Great Entertainment Staff, Terrible Resturants - Was just deep fried - same old buffet food for the most part - we didn't even use all our resturant visits & just ate buffet the were so bad!
The thing I was really Not impressed with was the amout of people trying to sell you drugs!! Not only on the Beach, but in front of the Disco on the resort!!!! Made me feel very uncomfortable.. not sure if Riu promotes this activity, but it definitely turned me off to never book with them again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Visited Riu Playacar in November, 2013. This time, I was looking for good quality all-inclusive resort to rest and spend time with my friends not too far from Playa del Carmen.
As a scuba diver, I was interested primarily in close proximity to the diveshop ( Scubacaribe, right in the hotel ) and cenotes.

Pro:
- 5 star service. Staff is polite, helpful and is doing best to make your stay as much fun as it can be.
- Good food
- Very clean
- Beautiful and clean beach
- Close to Playa-del-Carmen. For $7 taxi brings you to this nice little town with many local tourist attractions, bars, shops and everything else.
- Can visit and use amenities from several other Riu hotels nearby
- Not overly expensive for what you get

Con:
- Dated rooms .Not a big concern, really. Everything in good shape and working.
- Terrible coffee. If that bothers you, you can still go to Starbucks right across from hotel's gate.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2013

I had a great experiance at this hotel. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The hotel and its grounds are quite small which I really liked. The entertainment staff were great and I and girlfriend had a really fun night out with them and had a fun Spainish lesson off Charlie.

I travelled with Thomsons and their rep Jasmine was very helpful and infomative. We also flew out on the dream liner and it really is superior to other aircraft I have been on with Thomson.

Having had all inclusive in Egypt on previous holidays and thinking it was good, having all inclusive in Mexico blows it out the water. I loved all the coctails and the bar men kept them coming all day.

Being right on the beach was great. Being a keen windsurfer there kitis only begginer and very beat up but it was free. I went in November and getting places round the pool and on the beach was no problem at all.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Huntington, West Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2013

For my 60th birthday, my daughter, 3 sisters, 2 nieces and I went to the Riu Playacar. We all had a wonderful time. Had birthday dinner at the Asian restaurant and it was fabulous. They brought out birthday cake and sang. I loved all the restaurants that we ate at. All the activities by the pool were such fun. We were "persuaded" to join in the dancing, which I was totally horrible at but it was fun. We are going again in 2014. Can hardly wait. The rooms did have a musty smell but not too bad. It is one of the smallest of the Riu's and that is why we picked this one. We walked up the beach to Playa del Carmen one day to shop. A little far for older people.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Riu Playacar
Address: Avenida Xamen-Ha | Manzana 6, Lote 6, Playacar, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Top resorts Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#35 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#39 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#50 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#57 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Playacar 4*
Number of rooms: 396
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* In the Playacar resort area, along with the Riu Palace Mexico, Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Riu Yucatan and the ClubHotel Riu Tequila hotels * Main building and 8 annexed buildings * Located on the beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Surrounded by 21,000 m2/25,000 sq. Yards of tropical gardens * Mexican Street, next to Riu Yucatan * 100 m/325 ft. From various shops * 55 km/34 miles from Cancun Int'l. Airport ... more   less 
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