This was my first all-inclusive beach resort and it definitely met my expectations. Hands down best part is the gigantic indoor buffet (the outdoor one is just ok). The two giant pool areas were spacious and very conducive to laziness, plus there are plentiful bars with a variety of fruity drinks as well as Mexican beer- hope you like Tecate because that's what they server everywhere. In some of the restaurants you can get others, but Tecate is everywhere and in most cases the only option.
The entrance makes a great first impression - huge colonial style open foyer where the registration desk is - you instantly get a good feeling when you arrive. Our room was huge but the bed was only so-so (namely you can hear the plastic sheets crinkling underneath you). Loved the included in-room bar with liquor, mixers, beer and plenty of bottled water stocked daily. The only slightly annoying thing was our number of clean towels was changed daily - one day we only had two, one day we would have four. One day a single hand towel, one day four - strangely inconsistent but they will of course bring you additional towels if you call the desk. No problem.
We tried the Japanese restaurant our first night and it was average - I knew I shouldn't have bothered trying to get sushi in Mexico. But it was edible. The main buffet is the real gem of this place - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Anything and everything you can imagine and plentiful Mexican dishes which was great for my group who wanted to try local flavors. At breakfast the fresh juice and smoothie bar was awesome.
I got a decent massage and good manicure at the spa and hit the gym a few times as well - it was great to gaze over the beach while you run on the treadmill! The Palace hot tub area was very small and wasn't heating up for some reason when I was there so I recommend making reservations at the connected Riu Santa Fe resort - walking distance and the hot tub was more than twice the size.
There seemed to be lots of activities during the day and on-stage entertainment at night which is fun and lively. If you're feeling ambitious you could walk down the beach into town, but it's easier to take a cab - about $12USD. I like a little adventure and exploration in my vacation so we went into town several times during our stay - and had some excellent street food there, not to mention some fun bars like Squid Roe and the Giggling Marlin. Even if those aren't your typical scene, it's worth a drink or two to see how crazy it gets! Also some good restaurants in town if you want to mix it up a bit and get away from the resort fare.
All in all I would recommend Riu Palace to anyone looking for a solid, clean, safe all-inclusive in Cabo - the kind where you don't have to leave if you don't want to, you don't have to spend extra $$ if you don't want to. It felt like a great value for us. Also good for groups - I went with my boyfriend and another couple and it was great for both alone time for us, and hanging out with them.
One odd incident we encountered seemed a bit out of the blue but I feel compelled to mention it here - one night we came home after gorging at the delicious buffet and noticed several drops of blood on our floor. We hadn't been back since the room had been cleaned earlier in the day, so it definitely wasn't our blood :-/ which could only mean one of the cleaning staff must have cut themselves or got a nose bleed or something, it dripped on the floor and then they walked in it because it got tracked through the room and bathroom as if on the bottom of someones shoe. A little disconcerting to say the least. We called the front desk and they sent a cleaning staff member to take care of it - which was prompt although all she did was mop it up (no cleaning fluid or bleach which would have made me feel better). So that was weird. But the only bump on our otherwise smooth ride.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 4.5 km/2.8 miles from Cabo San Lucas. 5-storey building. On the beachfront. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 32,000 m2 garden. 3.5 km/2.2 miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas. 40 km/25 miles from the airport. 500 m/1650 ft from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners, Discover ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Palace Los Cabos
- Riu Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Los Cabos
- Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas Los Cabos