We bought all inclusive Riu Santa Fe for 2 weeks but stayed there only for 4 days and then upgraded to Riu Palace. A few points of Santa Fe vs. Palace:
1. Santa Fe has 902 rooms; Palace – 642. However, Santa Fe has approx. three times shorter shoreline than the Palace. Overall the property of the Palace appears to be much bigger with much lower density, which allows much more space between loungers on the beach, in the pool and in any restaurant.
2. Santa Fe is cheaper and thus caters to a more economic crowd (mostly young people who like to “burn” their vacations in parties, etc.). Palace’s guests are quieter more refined and more focused on relaxing. Because Santa Fe caters to “go go” type of crowd, the motorized water sports are right on the beach on Santa Fe which overtakes the whole Santa Fe beach not allowing space for swimming. I was twice almost overrun by jet ski. When I went to complain to the management, they said that the hotel does not recommend swim in the ocean. It is true, they do not recommend to swim, but due to the waives! They totally ignore the fact that motorized sports endanger lives of those people who choose to swim. Also, because of the motorized sports (and the parting overly drinking youngsters by the pool), noise level is very high at Santa Fe. Please note that I do like jet skis myself but I believe such should have designated areas, not where people swim. You will not find any of such nonsense in Palace.
3. When I wanted to use a Jacuzzi in the spa of Santa Fe after a treatment in the spa, I found two spa Jacuzzis occupied solid by drinking, smoking and swearing teenagers (in the spa!), so of course, I could not use it. You will not find such nonsense in Palace.
4. The food is almost the same, however, the Palace provided a few dishes/products that Santa Fe does not have (such a smokes salmon, etc., the more expensive options). If you are in Palace, you can eat in both, Palace and Santa Fe. However, if you are in Santa Fe, you can eat only in Santa Fe.
Because of the above, I would not go to Santa Fe anymore, but I would go back to Palace.
- 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