We had the pleasure of staying at the RIU Palace in Los Cabos from August 21st until August 31st for our honeymoon. Due to Hurricane John we were evacuated and flew home a few days early via a Sunquest provided charter.
We used this site as a reference prior to our vacation and would like to take the opportunity to post a review of our excellent vacation. We only hope the RIU palace is as beautiful as the day we had to leave it.
Since we booked through Sunquest, upon arrival we were pre-assigned rooms upon arrival. When I noticed that we had a ground floor room I went to the front desk with our arrival package and requested a room change. The concierge switched our room to a beautiful oceanview suite on the quieter side of the resort. I also took the advice of a friend of mine and immediately booked reservations at two of the restaurants once we had our room assignment. Reservations do get fairly busy so I would highly recommend booking early and continuing to book on a daily basis.
Our room was beautiful, was very clean and was exactly what we were hoping for. The minibar was stocked daily, the coronas were always cold and the friendly housekeeper did a wonderful job cleaning our room each day and we left a $2 tip for her every other day. We requested a mattress topper to make sure the bed was extra soft.
The food was excellent. As mentioned above, book your reservations early and continue to do so every day. You are allowed to book reservations daily for a maximum of 2 reservations. The gourmet restaurant (St. Lawrence) was our favorite with the Japanese restaurant (Mikasa) a close second. The steakhouse was also excellent. In every restaurant the staff were very friendly, polite and made us feel welcome. We were disappointed with the Mexican restaurant (San Jose), it had the most beautiful view, was right on the ocean but the food was not nearly as good as the other restaurants. For breakfast and lunches, we enjoyed the El Mendano buffet and Pool Area buffet. The food at both of these places were excellent including the omelettes and guacamole.
The entire hotel was immaculate and spotless, staff were constantly cleaning everywhere and anything. The pools are beautiful, swim-up bars were excellent and the beach was breathtaking. There is a strong undertow so be careful swimming. There is a red/yellow/green flag system for swimming. Truthfully, the flag at the hotel was always red but we did go swimming almost every day. I don't think that the hotel even owns a yellow or green flag. If you are careful and an experienced swimmer you will be fine.
At the hotel we enjoyed the nightly entertainment, Spanish lessons and beach volleyball. All of these were available at no charge. We booked several activities including swimming with the dolphins (unbelievable), atvs (amazing), horseback riding (amazing), snorkeling (fun), lovers beach (beautiful). We had a very bad experience parasailing so I would not recommend it. Due to problems with the boat, we were dropped out in the ocean, dragged through the water and needed to be rescued by a water taxi. You can get downtown for a $10 cab ride, we checked out the shopping mall, marina, Cabo Wabo and El Squid Roe. If you like a good time and excellent nightlife it is definitely worth checking out.
Everyone was very friendly, accommodating and looked after our every need. If you do come across Gustavo (Mikasa Restaurant Sushi Ninja), Raul (Lobby and Bar Area Manager), Jorge (Swim-Up Bartender) and Bertha (Bar area server), they are all excellent and deserve nice tips for their services. They will make you feel very welcome and became good friends of ours during our stay at the RIU, please say Ola!
- 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