Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas is a HUGE resort and everything you need (food, pool, beach, spa, reception, gift shop, etc.) is very far away for most guests. Some higher paying customers get to stay in the main 'Palace', but most are on the outskirts.
HOTEL: Very beautiful property. Very big and grandios. Gorgeous landscapes. The hotel was very clean & you see staff cleaning the plethora of tile constantly. No, I mean constantly. Sometimes it took away from the beauty of the resort because you were always stepping around the janatorial staff. But, it was definitely clean.
ROOM: We had the Jr. suite ocean view room. (rm#2035) It would have been a great ocean view if there weren't palm trees in front of the balcony, but if you look real hard, you could see the ocean. We don't spend much time in our room, so it's not that big of a deal. I wouldn't recommend spending the extra money on ocean view, unless you are going to be cooped up in your room the whole time. Defintely not worth the extra dough. Bed was comfortable, a little hard, but after drinking and partying in the sun all day, it was a place to lay your tired head.
BARS: The staff at the bars were great. Very entertaining and nice to talk to. My hubby speaks spanish, so he was right at home & enjoyed the conversations. Drinks were OK. Nothing fabulous, a little watered down, unless you ordered a straight shot of something. They should have taken food/appetizer orders at the bars, especially the pool bars, that would have been helpful.
FOOD: Breakfast at El Medano was buffet style and was good. It reminded me of a Las Vegas buffet. We enjoyed it. No complaints. Lunch at the Mar de Cortez was gross. It was equal to a school cafeteria buffet, terrible food & NO TACOS!! Can you believe it, no tacos on the menu in Mexico. But, there was this pizza type food that was semi-edible, but still, no tacos??? Dinner at the Japanese Misaki was TERRIBLE! Well, the services was terrible, I can't talk about the entre's because all we got was the sushi appetizer (which was really the sushi they sell at Costco) and some soup, which I couldn't swallow because it was so gross. Then, an hour and fifteen minutes later, we still had no entre. It was 9:15pm. I got up & told them I was not going to wait any longer and we left. I don't recommend that place, obviously. San Jose for the Mexican dinner was fabulous. Service was outstanding & the food was delicious. We didn't get to go to Krystal, as they were booked while we were there.
OVERALL: It is a beautiful resort, but I probably wouldn't go back knowing what an all-inclusive hotel, service and food should be like after going to Sandals resorts over the years. I wanted to give RIU a chance & I did. It's OK, but if your going to look & dress like the 'big dog', then you better BRING IT! Fun trip, but we always have fun. :)
OH YEAH: If your man wears tank tops or cut-off shirts, then don't bring them to RIU, they are pretty strict with their dress code, & the dress code for the restaurants doesn't allow that kind of dress for men, now the women can go practically naked, but the men, no way. It was kind of silly, but whatever.
- 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, Amex, Visa, Diners. ... 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