My wife & I vacationed here 7/8-7/15 and really enjoyed almost everything about this property. Now that we've marked this place off our list I would strongly recommend it to anyone. I'll try my best to be honest and fair with this review.
Check in & 1st Impression: Very quick check in with nice refreshing drinks. The entrance and the lobby of this place are very nice. It sits just in front of the Riu Santa Fe's check in (also a nice place). The Santa Fe's entire property actually wraps around the Palace to one side and it just feels like a HUGE RIU COMPOUND.
Rooms/Service: I gave the young lady @ checkin a generous tip and she arranged to have us upgraded to a top floor ocean / lands end / pool view that was awesome. Room #4111 was very clean, fully stocked, AC was working great! They re-stocked everything daily, always used fresh linens, and all the staff always had a welcoming smile. No complaints here.
Pool/Bars: In all reality this place has something for everyone. The Riu's always do it right. Seems like what ever is on one side of the property is on the other. One is for totally relaxing and the other has activities, more drinking, more movement. Lots of pool space for whatever you feel like doing. The bar tenders & entertainment staff make the whole experience even better. They are all great but I need to mention "Uvaldo" this guy is awesome. Totally knows what and how to handle all types of crowds. It really helps if you tip. I did notice a few rude americans, they basically were treated just like they were treating the staff. If you run into this type of treatment or attitude then you probably are the reason. These people have seen it all and you are no better than anyone else who's on vacation. Remember they are serving you food & drink and you would not want to make a negative impression with people who have that kind of access.
The whole reservation thing is somewhat annoying and I only say that because the food really does not back up the time involved. Yes you can wake up early and make reservations but we just always found ourselves having these reservations and regreting that we did. For example; Reservation for the Steakhouse/ 6:30pm, we are in the pool talking to cool new friends and we're in the mix (Cabo in full effect) then you remember that you have to go and eat at a particular time and BAM (BUZZKILL). Got to go back to room, shower, Iron, get ready for a meal that probably is no better than the buffet food. Really, the buffets are fully stocked with all kinds of food. A couple of times we skipped our reservations, me & whoevers husband would jump out of the pool and go to the buffets and prepare plates loaded with all the good food and then bring it and eat it poolside/chairs and continue on with our fun socializing. The ladies were happy, we were happy and the good times kept rolling. Maybe a couple nights of a nice quiet dinner for you & your spouse is good enough but you're in Cabo so live it up!
This place does try its best with nightly themed shows and they are fun to watch, they property club "PACHA" is a nice touch and fun only when its packed. One night it was packed and lots of fun the next we poked out heads in and maybe 10 people? The property is top notch. Lots of nice landscape, very clean, easy access to bathrooms, amazing views.
Beach / extra stuf:
The beach is awesome. Waves are powerful, fellas make sure and tie your shorts tight & ladies think twice about getting in there with a string bikini. The sand is not like Cancuns, kinda rough. The whole getting on the water taxi thing is true, you have to time it right or else you get clobbered (fun to watch). We went parasailing (BLAST - go on the one with the HUGE blue/white Corona logo). I negotiated them down to $60 for both of us, took to the SUNSET CRUISE($90-both) over & around lands end (must do with your spouse). They provided drinks, great fajitas & fun music and of course the breath taking views and experience. We also went on the Wild Extreme Ziplining tour. 8 platforms, 1 tarzan swing, Rock climbing, repelling (100ft), crazy bridgecross(like Indiana Jones) $180-both. Awesome experience! I was sooo pround of my wife because she did great on these tours. We of course went to Cabo Wabo (4x's-great food) & Squid Roe. Both places were cool however it seemed like all the locals(young people) went to Squid Roe and dominated the place. You must go to a hole in the wall Piano Bar "Legends". We met the owner who is a very nice, talented Canadian woman who is trying to get her little business going. One night we hung out with her and her staff & friends & had a great time singing old american / mexican classics all the while recruiting people to come in and spend some of their time / $$$. Great times.
Overall this place was awesome for us. Our whole Cabo experience was something we will never forget. Like with anything, it is what it is and what YOU make of it! Have a blast and VIVA MEXICO!
- 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